LET us say your friend left a message for you. He wants you to call him back immediately. Won’t the suspense kill you? Slow down. Watch your mind. Before you pick up the phone to return the call, how many thoughts come into your mind? How many fears does it rise? How many expectations does your mind build up?
If you watch your mind with awareness, you will notice a rush of thoughts, events, and imaginations in your mind. Do you want to know why this happens?
WE WANT to cling to the idea that we’re somebody. This identity seems to keep us alive. As long as we feel we are a separate entity, a unique individual, we will want to hold on to that distinction. We will want to find a distinct place. We believe that we have an identity. But let us be very clear here. It is here that you will run into resistance. You will be resisting yourself.
SOCIETY, in the form of political or religious institutions, controls you through fear and greed. These institutions believe that unless you are prodded by fear and greed, you cannot be effective, productive and valuable. But productive effective and valuable to whom? It is certainly not for any advantage to your own Self, but perhaps to the benefit of these institutions.
EVERY one of us has intelligence. It is an inherent, inborn quality of life. Intelligence is not something to attain; every living being is endowed with intelligence. Most of us have lost touch with our natural intelligence; that is why we are not able to live life to its fullest potential. We constantly mistake our acquired knowledge for intelligence.
PEOPLE spend more time arguing about whether they are driven by destiny or acting out of free will than doing what they should do. They forget that they waste their time of their own accord, their own sweet free will! There is no such thing as future. Future does not exist till you create it in your present moment, here and now.
WE FEEL happy or satisfied when we are running after desires or when we run away from our fears. So every moment, we are continuously either in greed by running after our desires or in fear by continuously running away from something. Our happiness in every moment is measured only by either greed or fear.
IMAGINE for a moment that the first half of this column is empty. Imagine that the tape you are listening to is silent and has no content for just two minutes. What happens? Your mind races. Thoughts flood you. What has happened, you wonder, what has gone wrong? Why are there no words?
Nothing has gone wrong, nothing at all. Your mind cannot tolerate silence; that is all. Thoughts and words are a call of your consciousness telling you that your centre is unfilled...
Psychologists say that a person living in western countries never sleeps for more than 14 minutes at a stretch — more often it is less. After 14 minutes he comes back to the dream state or wakeful consciousness or just floats in the dream level. You never need to have any dreams. You can directly enter into deep sleep, if you know how to live in the now, the present moment.
LET us scan a day in our life. From the moment we are out of bed to the time we return to it, it’s filled with unreality. Almost everything we do is a sham.
Even our smile is phony. In fact, we use our smiles as masks. We sport broad smiles even when our hearts are boiling. When we smile, we don’t want the other person to know what is on our minds. We avoid looking into each
other’s eyes. Why
IF YOU take decisions consciously, you will never have any stress! Stress happens only when you take decisions unconsciously, when engrams interfere with your decision-making. Engrams are ‘engraved or past memories’ that can distort or disturb your decision-making capacity.