That is, one has to achieve, to become the joy is important. And once you become that joy it’s not a duality, it’s not a duality. It’s not a thing in which you feel the happiness and unhappiness but you feel the joy. Joy is a witness, it’s a kind of a power of a witness which sees a drama, by seeing the drama, whether tragedy or comedy, it’s at a point where it is just a witness and enjoying it. In the same way, you’ll see so-called comedies and tragedies of your life and the futility of your nonsensical endeavours and you’ll laugh at it, oh that’s it, that’s me. For example in Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare has tried to show the futility of all those egos. According to Indian standards, he was Avadhotta, as they call it, a person who was realised and was a very evolved personality. And if you want to see how Romeo should get his realization and how he should feel that after all that happened he should laugh loudly. She gets realisation, oh what a fool a stupid thing I was. Shakespeare did not show him getting realization he kept it for us Sahaja Yogis to see it, but should have seen to it that Romeo laughs at himself and makes fun of himself, oh stupid Mr. Romeo, now you better settle down. But he showed and very cleverly if you see in all his Macbeth or any of his dramas that he has tried to show the futility of our ego, our enterprises, we think that is very important in life.
I would say there are so many great writers in the English language, which I cannot name them in a series, but I have read them. Somerset Maugham, I would say was another one. I was very much impressed by his writings and read most of his novels because he was very much there. Cronin, for example, is another one I would say who wrote Citadel was another great person who could see the drama of stupidity. Leave alone your great poets like William Blake and all those. But all that was to show that there is a higher being you see, which sees all this, and giving you a drama of yourself, projecting it through you. That this is what you are, you see, see yourself. That’s what they did and despite everything we’re lost. We are lost quite a lot. We have to become the same like Shakespeare to see the drama, like Somerset Maugham, we have to become the same. (Public Program, London (United Kingdom), July 8th, 1984)
Now, Shakespeare was a very great realised soul, no doubt about it. His contribution is so beautiful, but people do not see it. They have no eyes to see what he’s trying to show. Say we saw Hamlet. Hamlet is what? Is nothing but he’s trying to show the futility of every nonsense we do. First of all, a man killing another king. Then the woman running after that man. Because the father is killed the father comes to the boy and compels him that you should take revenge. He taking revenge. One little girl, innocent girl, madly loving that fellow. I mean, the whole life is made into something so small. The mother’s life, she has no esteem, she thinks that by loving this man she is the last word. So she can kill her husband. The husband, so-called the second husband, he thinks by killing this man and getting this woman, he achieves the last. Then the third person is this poor son, who gets the ghost to tell him that “this has happened.” The ghost himself should die and go away from this world and live where he is. But he comes back and tells him that, “You take the revenge.” He is not interested in his [son’s] Spirit, in his well-being, the father also. Now the son takes a tip and he goes on hating. He gets into this of destroying. He wants to destroy this man. In that destruction, he kills the father of that little girl – his fiancee – and the girl also dies, she also becomes mad. Everybody becomes mad. Even Hamlet becomes mad.
What does he show, you see? I call him Shakespeare, an avadhuta. Avadhuta is a person who’s beyond. He’s a person who’s not an incarnation. Incarnation comes on this earth, plays with you, lives with you, acts like you, goes with you into all kinds of moods and things you live with, and tries to help you on that level. The incarnation can come down very little. They do not. They keep themselves there. And what do they show? The futility, the futility of this kind of a nonsensical life people are leading. This is what he tried to show in Hamlet. Now, how many people who read Hamlet understand this point that the futility of even taking the revenge on his mother or the fellow who killed his father was there? It’s so evident. All those emotions to which we pay so much importance and make it so much identified with your whole life, are nothing but wasteful and futile things, we are wasting our energy.
So he puts a drama before you. “See, this drama is a play. See now.” Now what happens, you become Hamlet if you see that. You become one of the persons. If you see that drama you’ll become Hamlet. Immediately you start thinking, “How many revenges I have to take?” You’ll make a list of people. You immediately become Hamlet. You do not become Shakespeare, you become Hamlet. “And now how many people have I to hurt? How many revenges have I to take? Which is the way I should do? Should I play a drama the way he played?” Or you can even become the lady. You can even become the person who killed. You can become anything, instead of becoming the person who has created it. (Caxton Hall, London (United Kingdom), September 1st, 1980)
William Shakespeare (26 April 1564 (baptised) – 23 April 1616) was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet, and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including collaborations, consist of approximately 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.
There is continuing debate as to whether William Shakespeare of Stratford was the actual playwright. Some have argued that his plays were written collectively.
“I wonder if Shakespeare was one man or many people put together.” (Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, Caxton Hall, London, July 21st, 1980)
An increasingly popular view is that the plays were written by Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford (1550-1604).