Richness, wealth, treasure — is there and you have not claimed it yet — and it is yours, just for the asking. You need not spread your hands anywhere before anybody. The treasure is hidden within your own heart. And people go on searching everywhere else except in the heart. They can go to the moon and to mars; and that journey seems to be easy. Man seems somehow to be very stubborn about going into his own heart. Maybe he is afraid that he may find it there.
Psychologists say that there is a very deep-rooted fear of success in the human mind. It looks absurd when you hear for the first time that man is afraid of success, but when you ponder over it, slowly it dawns on you that it has some deep relevance. Just think of it a moment and even in thinking you will start trembling inside, if all is fulfilled, then what? Would you like to succeed to that point? And when you think about that you will see the point of what psychologists mean when they say there is a deep-rooted fear of success.
Man is afraid of success, because if he succeeds, then what? The fear is, then what? Just think of a day when you have succeeded and all that you desired has been attained, all that you always longed for is in your hands. Then what? — That is the fear. Then what will you do? — Because all doing is searching, all doing is desiring, all doing is possible because there are goals which we have not attained yet. So in a subtle way he tries to succeed and yet creates such obstacles that he cannot succeed. On one hand he tries to succeed, on the other hand he disturbs his own success so the game can go on. One is occupied, happily busy.
It almost always happens that when a person is at the last rung of succeeding, something goes wrong. And, he thinks something has gone wrong from the outside, no. He does something, he takes a wrong step, he moves in an opposite direction. He blames fate and he blames society and others, but if you search deep down you will find that people fail only when they were just going to succeed.
There seems to be that deep fear which at the last moment says to them ‘What are you doing? Avoid it.’ It is very unconscious. They fail, and then they are busy again. That’s how people keep themselves busy; life in and life out they keep themselves busy. Mystics call this, the wheel, the samsara, this is their world. That’s why people don’t go into their hearts, which is the closest point to go to. They go on great journeys and pilgrimages, but they don’t search within. Each individual has to discover it. Each individual has to be a light unto him or herself. All that I can suggest is, be silent so that you can hear the still small voice of your heart. And it is always speaking, but you are so noisy you go on missing its message.
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