This is a special evening, because one of us has left for the other shore.
Swami Anand Maitreya was certainly a man of tremendous courage.
He met me sometime near 1960.
He had already been a member of parliament for twelve years and he was very close to the first prime minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. But the moment he heard me he simply dropped his whole political career.
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru tried to persuade him, saying, "There is every chance for you to become the chief minister of your state."he was from Bihar, the land of Buddha.
But Maitreya said, "I want one thing understood clearly: ambition is hell and I am not going to look back; politics is finished for me. All ambitions are finished for me."
And since then he has been with me. He has never asked a single question. He has never doubted, his trust was absolute.
In these years, thousands of people have come to me; many have been lost, but he remained unwavering.
He could not conceive how people can find contradictions in my statements. Sometime in 1984 Maitreya became enlightened, but he had chosen to remain silent, so he remained silent. He did not even tell me what had happened to him .
All these years before his enlightenment and after his enlightenment, he just remained absolutely ordinary, with no ego, with no desire, with no greed.
Just before I came back to Poona, Maitreya told me in Bombay, "I have got ten thousand rupees in a post office deposit in Patna, Bihar; that's all I have, but now I will not need it."
Certainly he was becoming aware that his time of departure was coming closer. And he transferred the money to Neelam for the ashram.
He died without anything, any possessions.
And he slipped very slowly, very silently, from sleep into eternal sleep.
I am saying this evening is special, because one of us has moved from the world of mortals to the world of immortals.
He will not be born again.
He has attained to the freedom and the liberation we have been talking about. This is a moment of great celebration and rejoicing.
It happens very rarely.
In millions of people perhaps one comes to this silent explosion of light and disappears into the ocean of consciousness that surrounds existence.
I would like these talks to be dedicated to Swami Anand Maitreya, who slipped from sleep into eternal sleep. But he was not asleep!
He has gone in full awakening.
He has gone with full awareness.
You will keep him in your memories because he has shown the path to you, too. He lived joyously, although he had nothing, and he died peacefully, blissfully. That's what attaining to one's destiny means.
Those who live in misery and die in misery go on missing their destiny.
They are failures, and because they have failed so many times, they become accustomed to failing again and again.
But even if one person amongst you succeeds, it is your success, too.
He has proved that what we have been talking about is not mere philosophyit is an authentic path to self-realization.
Maitreya will be missed.
Just the other night, when I last saw him, I had a certain strange feeling as if he is going to depart very soon.
And this feeling happened to many other people too; it was as if he was gathering himself and preparing for the eternal pilgrimage.
He has gone the way a man should gojoyously, ecstatically.
You have to remember that his whole experience was based on two things: one, that he has fallen in trust with me It is a strange language that I am using.
You may not have ever heard the phrase `falling in trust'. Falling in love happens every day. Falling in trust happens only once in a while.
And secondly, not for a single moment since he has met me has he missed entering into meditation as much as possible.
His death was not an end to life, but the ultimate culmination of a tremendous trust and meditativeness. Where trust and meditation meet, one attains to one's potential in its whole glory and splendor.
Maitreya! Maitreya! Forever dividing himself, He is here, there, everywhere Yet scarcely noticed.
This haiku is particularly important for us, because Maitreya is lying here.
Hotei was not aware where Maitreya is.
He used to sit here in the front row, and he has been missed . He is being missed tremendously, but anyway he is here in the trees, in the air.