The fourth sutra:
Kill out all sense of separateness.
Mind thinks in terms of separateness, division, analysis. Through mind, life is divided into fragments. Life itself is not divided: life itself is a unity. Life itself remains undivided, but mind thinks in terms of fragments, so whatsoever the mind says is bound to be false.
The tree over there, the sky above you, the earth, you and everything are in a deep unity. The tree appears to be separate from you, it is not: it cannot be. The sun is so far away, but you cannot exist here if the sun dies. You would immediately cease to exist here. Without the sun there – ten crore miles away – you cannot live here. If the sun ceases to exist we will never know that it has ceased, because there will be no one to know it. We are part of it, rays of it.
The whole universe is a cosmic unity. You are not isolated, you are not like an island. You are connected: you are rooted in the ocean of existence, you are just like a wave.
Unless this is deeply felt, one cannot enter samadhi, one cannot enter the total ecstasy of existence – because if you think yourself separate, you cannot merge. If you think yourself separate, you cannot surrender. If you think that you are not separate, surrender becomes easy; it happens. If you feel that you are one with life, you can trust it. Then there is no fear. Then you can die in it happily, ecstatically. Then there is no fear of death.
The fear of death comes into existence because you think that you are separate. Then you start fighting, then you start protecting. You start seeing yourself as an enemy, in conflict. You think in terms of conquering, of being victorious. But then you will be defeated; your defeat is certain.
You are just a part of the whole, and you are fighting with the whole. Just as though my hand started fighting with me, the hand is going to be defeated. That’s why, everywhere, you see that everyone is a failure: defeated, frustrated. And in the end, everyone comes to realize that life has been a long defeat and nothing else. Not only those who are unsuccessful, but also those who are successful feel defeated. Even a Napoleon, an Alexander feels defeated.
Why? – because you are not separate. I call a man irreligious if he thinks he is separate from life. I call a man religious if he thinks that he is just an organic part of the whole. I call it an organic part of the whole, not a mechanical part, because a mechanical part can be taken out. An organic part cannot be taken out. An organic part is not really a part, it is in a deep unity with the whole.