And Jesus said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven”.
The real predicament with human beings is that they do not live with their original face but a painted one given to them by society. A child is born with an original face which no one has changed. But sooner or later society starts working on it and the original face gets hidden and many faces are given for different occasions. Through the day as the situation changes the need for different faces arises and many faces are worn. When a person in authority approaches a different face is put on it again changes when a beggar comes close. As the day progresses from moment to moment there is a change of faces. All these faces are gimmicks, techniques to deceive, techniques to defend. What Jesus is implying is that all these false faces have to be dropped before you can enter the Kingdom. When all faces are dropped and the original face without modification is exposed only then the doors to the Kingdom will be open. Anybody who is lying through words, gestures cannot be part of the Kingdom. Only one step exists between a person and the Kingdom. Not a path but just a step: drop all the borrowed masks. Drop all the falsities – untruths, deceptiveness, fallacies, and hollowness.
Why does a person want to hide the original face? Simply because there is hatred for the self. The whole conditioning of society depends on creating self-hatred, a self-condemnation, and guilt. A child is forced from birth by everybody to become like them. Whatsoever the child proposes to do is condemned as wrong. The freedom is killed and the child is forced to feel that he is wrong. The child begins to hate the self. A person who hates the self cannot love anybody else and therefore the need for masks. It is this self-hatred which leads to the charade of loving others that prevents the real face from being laid bare. Only few people are able to get out of this prison because it has such a strong foundation. The irony is that since the poison exists at the source it poisons all relationships.
People who cannot love the self cannot believe that anybody can truly love and that true love can be experienced. They become skeptical and doubtful. They cannot trust and find every means to prove the other person too does not truly love.
A boy and a girl were playing together. The boy had a collection of marbles. The girl had some sweets with her.
The boy told the girl that he will give her all his marbles in exchange for her sweets. The girl agreed. The boy kept the biggest and the most beautiful marble aside and gave the rest to the girl. The girl gave him all her sweets as she had promised.
That night, the girl slept peacefully. But the boy couldn’t sleep as he kept wondering if the girl had hidden some sweets from him the way he had hidden his best marble.
When a person cannot be truly honest in a relationship, there will be a doubt whether the other person is being truly honest.
When a child is forced to put on clothes for the first time there is rebellion against it. The child is against it because it confines the freedom and gives falseness. Though it is a natural response the child may be persuaded to wear the clothes on the pretext that in to go out clothes are essential. Since the child wants to go out with the parents, clothes are worn. But the moment the child returns home he/she removes the clothes, throws them on the ground and jumps on them because the child feels that the clothes are enemies that make him/her false. When the clothes are off there is freedom and the child celebrates by jumping on the clothes.
Accepting the self is the foundation. Being real and trusting reality without fighting against it is indispensable. If there is anger it has to be accepted without creating opposites like forgiveness. Forgiveness is a mask because the anger remains. Masks are created when opposites are created. Masks are not helpful but transformation is. Transformation needs deep acceptance of the self with no judgments about good or bad. With acceptance comes transformation. When there is self-acceptance only then can the acceptance of everything become possible.
Jesus makes it clear that a person has to become like a child by dropping all the masks given by society is a pre-requisite to enter the Kingdom. Society has not given a person life but masks. Society has not given a person the self but an ego. Drop the masks and the ego disappears. One can never succeed in anything with masks because it can be compared to a foolish person who builds his/her house on the sand. Jesus succeeds because He stands in His originality. When the masks are removed it leads to purity – it leads to the Kingdom.