Cause and effect is a relationship between events or things. Nothing takes place without a cause – something has to happen in order for there to be an effect.
But what if it’s the other way round?
“I will tell you one of the deepest laws of life. You may not have thought about it at all. You have heard – the whole of science depends on it – that cause and effect is the base. You create the cause and the effect follows. Life is a causal link. You put the seed in the soil and it will sprout. If the cause is there, then the tree will follow. The fire is there: you put your hand in it and it will burn. The cause is there and the effect will follow. You take poison and you will die. You arrange for the cause and then the effect follows. This is one of the most basic scientific laws, that cause and effect is the innermost link of all processes of life.
“Religion knows about a second law which is still deeper than this. But the second law which is deeper than this will look absurd if you don’t know it and don’t experiment with it. Religion says: Produce the effect and the cause follows. This is absolutely absurd in scientific terms. Science says: If the cause is there, the effect follows. Religion says the converse is also true: you create the effect, and see: the cause follows.
“There is a situation in which you feel happy. A friend has come, a beloved has called. A situation is the cause – you feel happy. Happiness is the effect. The coming of the beloved is the cause. Religion says: Be happy and the beloved comes. Create the effect and the cause follows. And this is my own experience, that the second law is more basic than the first. I have been doing it and it has been happening.
Just be happy: the beloved comes. Just be happy: friends are there. Just be happy: everything follows.
“Jesus says the same thing in different words. He says: ‘Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, then all else will follow.’ But the Kingdom of God is the end, the effect. Seek ye first the end…’ End means the effect, the result – and the cause will follow. And this should be so.
“It is not only that you place a seed in the soil and the tree follows. Let there be a tree and there are millions of seeds. If the cause is followed by the effect, the effect is again followed by the cause. This is the chain. Then it becomes a circle – start from anywhere, create the cause or create the effect. And I tell you, it is easier to create the effect because the effect depends totally upon you; the cause may not be so dependent on you. If I say I can only be happy when a certain friend is there, then it depends on a certain friend, whether he is there or not. If I say I cannot be happy until I attain this much wealth, then it depends on the whole world and the economic situations and everything. It may not happen, and then I cannot be happy.
“Cause is beyond me, effect is within me. Cause is in the surroundings, in the situations –cause is without. Effect is me. If I can create the effect the cause will follow. Choose happiness – that means you are choosing the effect – and then see what happens. Choose ecstasy and see what happens. Choose to be blissful and see what happens. Your whole life will change immediately and you will see miracles happening around you – because now you have created the effect and causes will have to follow.
“This will look magical; you can even call it the law of magic. The first is the law of science and the second is the law of magic. Religion is magic and you can be the magician. That’s what I teach you, to be the magician, to know the secret of magic.
“Try it. You have been trying the other your whole life – not only this but many other lives also. Now listen to me. Try this magic formula. I give to you this mantra: create the effect and see what happens. Causes immediately surround you, they follow. Don’t wait for the causes; you have waited long enough. Choose happiness and you will be happy.
“What is the problem? Why can’t you choose? Why can’t you work on this law? – because your mind, the whole mind, which has been trained by scientific thinking, says that if you are not happy and you try to be happy, that happiness will be artificial. If you are not happy and you try to be happy that will be just acting, that will not be real. This is what scientific thinking says – that that will not be real, you will be just acting. But you don’t know: life energy has its own ways of working. If you can act totally it will become the real. The only thing is, the actor must not be there. Move totally in it, then there is no difference. If you are acting half-heartedly then it will remain artificial.
If I say to you dance and sing and be blissful, and you try half-heartedly, just to see what happens, but you remain behind – and you go on thinking: ‘This is just artificial. I am trying but this is not coming, this is not spontaneous.’ Then it will remain acting, a waste of time.
“If you try, then try wholeheartedly. Don’t remain behind, move into it, become the acting – dissolve the actor into acting and then see what happens. It will become real and then you will feel it is spontaneous. You have not done it; you will know then that it has happened. But unless you are total this cannot happen. Create the effect, be in it completely, see and observe the results.
“I can make you kings without kingdoms, only you have to act like kings, and act so totally that before you even a real king will appear as if he is just acting. And when the whole energy has moved into it, it has become reality. Energy makes anything real. If you wait for kingdoms they never come. Even for a Napoleon, for an Alexander, who had big kingdoms, they never came. They remained miserable because they didn’t come to realize the second, and the more basic and primal law of life. Alexander was trying to create a bigger kingdom, to become a bigger king. His whole life was wasted in creating the kingdom, and then there was no time left for him to be king. He died before the kingdom was complete.
“This has happened to many. The kingdom can never be complete. The world is infinite –your kingdom is bound to remain partial. With a partial kingdom how can you be a total king? Your kingdom is bound to be limited and with a limited kingdom how can you be the emperor? It is impossible. But you can be the emperor. Just create the effect.
“Swami Ram, one of the mystics of this century, went to America. He used to call himself Badshah Ram – Emperor Ram – and he was a beggar. Somebody asked him: ‘You are just a beggar, but you go on calling yourself the emperor.’ So Ram said: ‘Don’t look at my things, look at me.’ And he was right, because if you look at things then everybody is a beggar – even an emperor – may be a bigger beggar, that’s all. Ram said: ‘Look at me!’ In that moment Ram was the emperor. You could have looked, and the emperor was there.
Create the effect, become the emperor, be a magician – from this very moment, because there is no need to wait. One has to wait if the kingdom has to come first. If the cause has to be created first, then one has to wait and wait and wait and postpone. To create the effect there is no need to wait. You can be the emperor this very moment.
“When I say: Be; Just be the emperor and see – the kingdom follows. I have known it through my experience. I am not talking to you about it as a theory or a doctrine. Be happy, and in that peak of happiness you will see that the whole world is happy with you.
“There is an old saying: Weep and you weep alone, laugh and the world laughs with you. Even the trees, the rocks, the sand, the clouds – if you can create the effect and be ecstatic, they will all dance with you. Then the whole existence becomes a dance, a celebration. But it depends on you, if you can create the effect. And I say to you, you can create it. It is the easiest thing possible – looks very difficult because you have not tried it yet.
“Give it a try!”
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