“There is nothing to feel guilty about. It is immensely significant that the trees don’t listen to Catholic priests. Otherwise, they would make the roses feel guilty: ‘Why do you have thorns?’ And the rose, dancing in the wind, in the rain, in the sun, would suddenly become sad. The dance would disappear; the joy would disappear; the fragrance would disappear. Now the thorn would become its only reality, a wound – ‘Why do you have thorns?’
… The whole existence is guiltless. And the moment a person becomes guiltless, they become part of the universal flow of life. That is enlightenment, a guiltless consciousness, rejoicing in everything that life makes available: the light is beautiful; so is darkness.”
I absolutely agree that the whole existence is guiltless. Yes, enlightenment is a guiltless or guilt-free consciousness that rejoices in everything that life makes available, including light and darkness. I like what he said about trees and roses don’t listen to priests or the dance and joy and fragrance might disappear because it demonstrates the fact that Nature is non-religious, holistic and liberating, unlike organised religions that tend to be separatist, dogmatic and oppressive. That’s why I love Nature so much – there is joy, there is fragrance, there is freedom to be our authentic and unique self, and there is also a pleasant rest and quietude where we feel at one with Divine Love. I think that is why Jesus chose to retreat to the wilderness too, so as to find solace and peace from religious establishments and societal conditionings.