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I am reminded of an old story. It happened: A merchant, very old man, was in heavy debt, and the money-lender was a very dangerous man. The moneylender came to the merchant's house. It must have been a morning like this, a winter morning. The merchant was sitting outside in his small garden. Where he was sitting the garden was paved with white and black pebbles. His young and beautiful daughter was also sitting by his side. The money-lender had come to threaten that if the man was not going to pay the money within a certain limit of time, he would be thrown into prison for at least twenty years.

A fatalist is one who feels helpless, frustrated. In fatalism he seeks consolation. " He's trying so avoid that he has failed. It was going to be so, so what can he do? He is throwing the responsibility on fate, on God, on XYZ. "I'm not responsible, what can I do? It was written in my fate. " He has failed. In deep frustration he is trying to find some refuge, some shelter. Fatalism is a consolation. And the other thing,'just floating, feeling everything is beautiful', is not a consolation -- it is an understanding.

Very significant words -- try to understand them. Thou art the Christ. What does this word'Christ' mean? It has nothing to do with Jesus. Buddha is also a Christ, Krishna is also a Christ. And there is every possibility that the word'Christ' comes from'Krishna'. In Bengali, Krishna is called'Cristo'. There is every possibility that Christ is a form of the same root, Krishna. What does'Krishna' mean? The word means 'that which attracts'. Krishna is one who has become capable of attracting the divine in him.

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