The first question:
You have said: Not in thousands and thousands of years has such an opportunity come to this earth. And you have also said that this age is like any other. You have said: Surrender to a stone and it will happen. And you have also said it is very dangerous to tread this path unless you do it under the guidance of a true master. You have said: Surrender and I will do the rest. And you’ve also said that you do nothing. For us here and now, and for those in the West who will read these words, would you talk to us some more about the master/disciple phenomenon.
I contradict myself and do it knowingly. Truth is so infinite, so great, that no partial statement can contain it; the opposite has to be included immediately. The whole will always be contradictory, only the part can be consistent – because the whole has to consider the opposite also. The opposite is there. It exists.
Philosophers can be consistent because their understanding is partial. They can be neat and clean, they can afford to be logical. I cannot afford it, because if I try to be consistent immediately the whole thing becomes untrue. The opposite has to be involved, the opposite has to be absorbed.
For example, when I say: “Surrender and I will do the rest,” this is one part. Why am I saying it? I am saying it so that you can surrender totally. If you can feel this and trust this, that the remaining shall be done, your surrender can be complete.
If you have a fear, a distrust, then even after surrender you will have to do something, then the surrender cannot be complete. If after surrender you have also to do something, then you have to retain yourself, you have to hold back – surrender cannot be total. And when surrender is not total it is not surrender at all. Surrender can only be total, you cannot surrender in part. You cannot say: “I surrender half” – because the half that has been retained will be against the surrender. It can only be retained against it.
So surrender can only be total. It is just like a circle, a geometric circle. It cannot be half; you cannot draw a half circle. If you draw it you cannot call it a circle. A circle must be complete. Half, then it is something else, not a circle at all. Surrender can only be total. It is also a circle, a spiritual circle. You surrender from end to end. Nothing is left behind.