Sadhguru: One reason why the majority of humanity lives a mediocre life is because they are kanjoos [meaning “stingy” in Hindi] about everything. They cannot smile fully or express themselves fully. When you are that kanjoos, life is also very kanjoos with you.
Total giving, total living
It is not the imminent danger of you being swallowed by something which limits you. It is calculation. A stingy man’s calculations are unbounded – they just go on and on. If they get one fruit, they would like to cut it into a million pieces and give one piece to somebody. Cutting a fruit into a million pieces could take half a lifetime. That is what is happening. To give little, people take a whole lifetime. This life happens in a certain totality. Only one who gives totally will know life in its totality.
There is a story told about Gautama the Buddha. Not a true story. It is a story. They say when Gautama attainted to nirvana and moved towards the gates of ultimate liberation, mukti, his back was facing the gate, not his face. So they asked him, “Why, Gautama? We opened the gates of ultimate liberation to you. Why are you turning your back to them?” Gautama said, “I have no intention of entering the gate, that is why I am looking the other way. I am just waiting for everybody to pass before I go. I am not in a hurry. I think it is a little unaesthetic for me to pass before others go.”
How many of you in the last 24 hours, smiled at someone or something in such a way that tears came to your eyes? Why are you so kanjoos just to smile? You will not get dehydrated if you shed a few tears. If you dissolve yourself in the process of breathing and living here, then you are a solution for everything.
Dissolution will not happen with calculation. Dissolution will happen in giving – just giving every moment of your life. Just becoming a process of giving. If that is not there, you do not dissolve. If you do not dissolve, there is no solution.
I want you to try this: In the next 24 hours, you must know at least one moment of total giving. You must give in such a way that everything in you should melt. One moment of giving in 24 hours. Can you do that?