The other day you were telling us the effects of radioactive matter on the body. But I am feeling and experiencing the radiation of a buddha – an enormous energy radiating from you which not only rejuvenates body-mind continuously, but makes us laugh, dance and celebrate. Please comment.
The question that you have asked has been asked for centuries. Perhaps it is one of the oldest questions mankind has raised whenever there was a man who has come to know himself. It has been felt around Gautam Buddha, it has been felt around Lao Tzu, it has been felt around Mahavira and thousands of others who were more blessed than ordinary humanity.
But it has only been felt by those who were receptive, by those who were in deep love. It has not been felt by those who were closed. It has not been felt by those who had come just like spectators, by the curious, but only by the disciples – and more clearly by the devotees.
So two things are involved in it. A man who has come to know himself – certainly all his darkness that was within him is no longer there. He has become purely a luminous phenomenon, and his luminosity is very delicate and very subtle. It is not like the radiation that comes from an atomic explosion. The radiation from an atomic explosion will affect all: whether you are open or closed doesn’t matter. The radiation from an atomic explosion is a violent aggression against anyone who comes across it. But the radiation of one who is awakened is a very delicate phenomenon. It is just like a fragrance. Only if you have the understanding and the courage to receive it will you be able to know it; otherwise…thousands of people passed by Gautam Buddha realizing nothing. They were puzzled: “Why are others feeling so much, why are others in tears of joy?”
The radiation of the awakened, of the enlightened, is nonaggressive. That is one of the most significant things to be understood. In no way is it going to transgress your individuality unless you invite it, unless you are in a state of welcome, unless you are waiting for it. Unless you are ready to be a host it won’t knock on your doors.
And naturally, if it does not knock on your doors you will feel that all these people who are experiencing radiation, light, joy, seem to be a little strange, because the majority of humanity has not felt it. The majority of humanity is completely closed – not even a single window of the heart is open. It is almost the same as a blind man denying that there is sun and there is light. As far as he is concerned, he is right. He has never seen the sun and he has never seen the light.
I have told you the most illuminating story about Gautam Buddha and a blind man. It contains so much that if you can comprehend it in its totality, it may help you to open your eyes, to open your heart.