Just the other day
one of our beautiful sannyasins, Vimalkirti, who belongs to the royal family of
Germany, he is the great-grandson of the last German Emperor, suddenly
He was doing karate and his breathing stopped. His heart is functioning
perfectly well, but the brain centre that controls the breathing is no longer
functioning. There has been a haemorrhage; some blood has covered the breathing
centre in the brain.
I went to see him
last night and although he is in a coma a part of him immediately felt my
presence. When I touched him he responded. That response is not of the brain,
that response is not of the body. The body is in a mess, the brain is no longer
functioning, but man is more than the body and the brain.
That something more, that plus, immediately danced with joy. I am part of him,
he is part of me. In his life he is part of me, if he goes he is part of me.
Vimalkirti is blessed. He was one of those few of my chosen sannyasins who
never wavered for a single moment, whose trust has been total the whole time he
was here. He never asked a question, he never wrote a letter, he never brought
any problem. His trust was such that he became by and by absolutely merged with
He has one of the rarest hearts; that quality of the heart has disappeared from
the world. He is really a prince, really royal, really aristocratic!
Aristocracy has nothing to do with birth, it has something to do with the
quality of the heart. And I experienced him as one of the rarest, most
beautiful souls on the earth
The day he had the
haemorrhage I was a little worried about him, hence I told my doctor sannyasins
to help him remain in the body at least for seven days. He was doing so
beautifully and so fine, and then just to end suddenly when the work was
He was just on the edgea little push and he would become
part of the beyond.
In fact, that's the reason why I want one of the most modern medical centres to
be in the commune. If somebody is just on the verge and can be helped medically
to remain in the body for a few more days, then he need not come back to life
again. Many questions have come to me about what I think of living through
Now, he is breathing artificially. He would have died the same dayhe
almost did die. Without these artificial methods he would have already been in
another body, he would have entered another womb. But then I will not be
available here by the time he comes. Who knows whether he will be able to find
a Master or not?and a crazy Master like me! And once somebody has been so
deeply connected with me, no other Master will do. They will look so flat, so
dull, so dead! Hence I wanted him to hang around a little more.
Last night he managed: he crossed the boundary from doing to non-doing. That
'something' that was still in him dropped. Now he is ready, now we can say
goodbye to him, now we can celebrate, now we can give him a send-off.
Give him an ecstatic
bon voyage! Let him go with your dance, with your song! When I went to see him,
this is what transpired between me and him. I waited by his side with closed
eyeshe was immensely happy.
The body is not at all usable anymore
The surgeons, the neurosurgeons and
the other doctors were worried; they were asking again and again, enquiring
about what I was up to, why I wanted him to be in the body, because there
seemed to be no point in iteven if he somehow managed to survive his
brain would never be able to function rightly.
And I would not like him to be in that state. It is better that he goes.
And they were worried about why I wanted him to go on breathing artificially.
Even his heart stopped once in a while and then, artificially, his heart had to
be stimulated again. His kidneys began to fail yesterday, his skull has been
drilledthere was such a great swelling inside. This was something
congenital; it was bound to happenit was a programme in his body.
But he managed
beautifully: before it could happen he used this life for the ultimate
flowering. Just a little bit had remained; last night even that
So today you will have to give a beautiful send-off to
Vimalkirti. Give it with great laughter. Of course, I know you will miss
himeven I will miss him. He has become such a part of the commune, so
deeply involved with everybody.
I will miss him more than you because he was the guard in front of my door, and
it was always a joy to come out of the room and see Vimalkirti standing there
Now it will not be possible again. But he will be around here in your smiles,
in your laughter. He will be here in the flowers, in the sun, in the wind, in
the rain, because nothing is ever lostnobody really dies, one becomes
part of eternity.
So even though you
will feel tears, let those tears be tears of joyjoy for what he has
attained. Don't think of yourself, that you will be missing him, think of him,
that he is fulfilled. And this is how you will learn, because sooner or later
many more sannyasins will be going on the journey to the farther shore and you
will have to learn to give them beautiful send-offs.
Sooner or later I will have to go, and this is how you will also learn to give
me a send-off with laughter, dance, song.
My whole approach is
of celebration. Religion to me is nothing but the whole spectrum of
celebration, the whole rainbow, all the colours of celebration. Make it a great
opportunity for yourself, because in celebrating his departure many of you can
reach to greater heights, to new dimensions of being, it will be possible.
These are the moments which should not be missed; these are the moments which
should be used to their fullest capacity. When Vimalkirti came to me and became
a sannyasin I had no idea that he was the great-grandson of the German
emperorhe never told me. He was a rare human being: being a part of the
oldest royal family in Europe, he was just working as a guard in front of my
house. You will be surprisedfor years he was there, meditating, doing his
work, but he never told anybody. When he died, only then did we become aware
that he was the great-grandson of the German emperor
When he came to me and I asked him, "Vimalkirti, what work would you
like?" he said, "You simply sayanything." I loved the man
from the very first moment I saw him. He had a certain quality.
So I said, "Okay, you be my guard, because you are so silent you will not
create any disturbance. You just sit by my door."
And he said, "I
will remain grateful forever, because I would have never thought I would be so
fortunate as to be so close to you. You will be sleeping just inside the door,
and I will be sitting outside. You will be working inside, and I will be
sitting outside. Just this closeness is enough for me; I don't ask for more.
You have given me everything."
You have to understand that in the world the program that says you have to do
much to get anywhere is perfectly right. If you are after money, if you are
after position, power, then you have to do much. But if you are just to realize
yourself, you have not to do anything, because you have got it already. Just a
relaxed moment, a peaceful moment when your mind is not wandering anywhere and
just settles within itselfin that settling is liberation.
Vimalkirti was a
rebellious spirit. He married out of loveTuriya, a commoner. The whole
family was against itnot just his own family but many families in Europe,
royal families, because it is against their tradition. And naturally, because
they're all connected, Vimalkirti became almost an outcast.
If the empire had
still been there, Vimalkirti would have been the emperor of Germany. His mother
is the daughter of the Queen of Greece. She is also the sister of England's
Queen Elizabeth's husband, Prince Philip.
She must have other sisters, other brothers, who have entered into other royal
families. They were all against it, they tried hard to stop Vimalkirti from
marrying Turiya. But he was a man of integrity and intelligence. He could not
understand the superstition.
Nobody, no expert, if given few samples of blood can find out which is the
royal blood. Blood is blood. And when Vimalkirti and Turiya came here, that was
really outrageousthat the great-grandson of the German emperor, the
oldest royal family in Europe, should become a sannyasin and be a bodyguard of
a beggar like me who has nothing of his own.
They have been so furious that when the Queen of Greece diedand she had
become the Queen Mother because she had so many children; almost all the royal
families had become connected through her childrenher last words were,
"Somehow bring Vimalkirti, Turiya and their daughter back from that
diedand he died because this stupid idea of royal families marrying. Then
you are really marrying your sisters, your brothersthey are all closely
And the closer is the connection, the more dangerous; this is the finding of
modern science, medicine, physiology, chemistry. Marriages should be between
people who are as far away as possible; then children are healthier, more
intelligent, more beautiful. Otherwise, certain diseases go round and round in
twelve or fifteen families
Still the mother, and later on the father who came, were angry at me. Their
whole anger against Vimalkirti turned towards me. They were consulting legal
experts about how they could sue me in the court for the death of their son.
They had to stop that, because they would have given me a chance to prove to
the whole world that this nonsense of royal marriages should be banned.
They stopped suing
me because Vimalkirti had died from a disease that he had inherited. Just after
a few days, his uncle died in the same waysuddenly fell unconscious,
brain hemorrhage, and finished.
And later on, I came to know that their grandfather had also died in the same
way. For no reason, no diseasejust from nowhere the brain hemorrhage, and
the man is gone. They stopped suing me, seeing the situation that I would bring
into the court: Your father was not my sannyasin, Vimalkirti's uncle was not my
sannyasin. Rather than suing me, take care of yourself because you will be
dying in the same way, it is only a question of time. The disease is
Prince Charles is
deeply interested in meditation. He is also interested in exploring the inner
world. But in the West, unfortunately, such people are thought to be a little
crazya little loony
When he was in India, he had specially called Vimalkirti and his wife,
Turiyathey both were my sannyasins. Vimalkirti was one of his cousins.
Vimalkirti was the great-grandson of the German emperor, and he was directly
connected to Prince Philip; Prince Philip was his mother's brother. He talked
for hours about me, about meditation, about what is happening here.
Vimalkirti and Turiya both invited him to come; he was very interested, but
very afraid of the royal family.
He was specially told by Queen Elizabeth not to go to Poona.
He went to see the shankaracharya, he went to see Mother Teresa, but Queen
Elizabeth was more afraid of Poona than anything.