Actors are born like poets, because acting is poetry, it is art; you have to have an inborn spirit. Not everybody can be an actor, because one has to get so much involved in the act, so deeply involved, that one forgets that one is separate. One has to lose one’s identity in the acting, one has to become one’s part; one has to forget everything about oneself. This is no ordinary feat…

Acting is certainly the most spiritual of professions — for the simple reason that the actor has to be in a paradox: he has to become identified with the act he is performing, and yet remain a watcher.  If he is acting as Hamlet he has to become absolutely involved in being a Hamlet, he has to forget himself totally in his act, and yet at the deepest core of his being, he has to remain a spectator, a watcher…

The really spiritual person transforms his whole life into acting. Then this whole earth is just a stage, and all the people are nothing but actors, and we are enacting a play. Then if you are a beggar, you play your act as beautifully as you can; and if you are the king, you play your act as beautifully as you can. But deep down the beggar knows, “I am not it,” and the king too knows, “I am not it.”

If the beggar and the king both know that “What I am doing and acting is just acting; it is not me, not my reality,” then both are arriving at the very centre of their being, the silent witness. Then they are performing certain acts and witnessing too.

Acting is the most spiritual profession, and all spiritual persons are nothing but actors. The whole earth is their stage, and the whole of life is nothing but a drama enacted.

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