Enormous bang, millions of years ago, billions of years ago, which flung all the galaxies into to space. Well, let’s take that just for the sake of argument and say that was the way it happened.
It’s like you took a bottle of ink and you threw it at a wall – Smash – and all that ink spreads – Zishhh – and in the middle, it’s dense, isn’t it? And as it gets out on the edge, the little droplets are finer and finer and make more complicated patterns, see?
So in the same way there was a big bang at the beginning of things and it spread. And you and I sitting here in this room, as complicated Human beings, are way way out on the fringe of that bang. We’re the complicated little patterns on the end of it. Very interesting. But, so we define ourselves as being only that.
If you think that you are only inside your skin you define yourself as one very complicated little curlicue way out on the edge of that explosion, way out in space, and way out in time. Billions of years ago you were a big bang. But now you’re a complicated Human being.
And then we cut ourselves out – Crrhhh – like this, and don’t feel that we’re still the big bang. But you are. It depends how you define yourself.
You are actually – if this is the way things started, if there was a big bang in the beginning – you’re not something that is a result of the big bang on the end of the process, you are still the process. You are the big bang, the original force of the universe coming on as whoever you are.
So then, let me connect this with the problem of birth and death, which puzzles people enormously of course.
Because, in order to understand what – what the Self is, you have to remember that it doesn’t need to remember anything. Just like you don’t need to know how you work your thyroid gland.
So then, when you die, you’re not going to have to put up with everlasting non-existence, because that’s not an experience. A lot of people are afraid that when they die, they’re going to be locked up in a dark room forever, and sort of undergo that.
But one of the most interesting things in the world – this is yoga, this is a way of realization. Try and imagine what it will be like to go to sleep and never wake up.
Think about that. Children think about that. It’s one of the great wonders of life. What will it be like to go to sleep and never wake up? And if you think long enough about that, something will happen.
You will find out, among other things. That it will pose a next question to you. What was it like to wake up after having never gone to sleep? That was when you were born.
You see? You cant have an experience of nothing; Nature abhors a vacuum. So after you’re dead, the only thing that can happen is the same experience, or the same sort of experience of before you were born.
In other words, we all know very well that after people die, other people are born. And they’re all you, only you can only experience one at a time.
Everybody is I, you all you’re you. And wheresoever beings exist throughout all galaxies it doesn’t make a difference. You are all of them and when they come into being as you come into being. You know that very well.
Only you don’t have to remember the past in the same way you don’t have to think about you work your thyroid gland or whatever else it is in your organism. You don’t have to know how to shine the sun, you just do it. Like you breathe.
Doesn’t it really astonish you that you are the fantastically complex thing and that you’re doing all of this and you never had any education on how to do it. Never learned, but you’re this miracle.