|The mind is impatience incarnate
Posted by OWF Monday, February 18, 2019 at 18:10
|Very simple is life, and very simple is death - but only if you can see without the mind. Once you bring the mind in, then everything is complex, then everything is confusion. And mind tries to solve the confusion when really it is the source of all confusions, so more confusion is created.
It is as if a small stream is flowing in the hills. Some carts have passed through it and the stream is muddy, and you jump into the stream to clean it. You will only make it more muddy. It is better to wait on the bank. It is better to let the stream become tranquil again, calm down by itself, so that dead leaves go and the mud settles and the stream is again crystal clear. Your help is not needed. You will only confuse it more.
So if you feel that there is a problem, please dont poke your nose in it. Sit by the side. Dont allow the mind to get involved, tell the mind to wait. And it is very difficult for the mind to wait - it is impatience incarnate.
If you tell the mind to wait, meditation happens. If you can persuade the mind to wait, you will be in prayer - because waiting means no thinking, it means just sitting on the bank not doing anything with the stream. What can you do? Whatsoever you do will make it more muddy; your very entering into the stream will create more problems. So wait.
All meditation is waiting. All prayer is infinite patience. The whole of religion consists in not allowing the mind to create more problems for you. So many things, simple things which even animals enjoy, which even trees enjoy, man cannot enjoy - because immediately they become problems, and how can you enjoy a problem?
You fall in love, and the mind immediately says: What is love? Is this love or sex? Is this true or false? Where am I going? Can love be eternal or is it just momentary?
The mind wants first to decide everything, then to take the step. And with the mind there is never any decision, it remains indecisive; indecision is its inherent nature.
It says, "Dont take the jump." And when mind tells you these things, it seems very clever, it seems very intelligent, because it seems that you may go wrong. So dont take the jump, dont move, remain static.
But life is movement and life is trust. Love happens - one has to move into it. Where it leads is not the point. The goal is not the point. The very movement of your consciousness in love is a revelation. The other is not the point, the beloved or the lover is not the point. The point is that you can love, that it could happen to you; your being opened in trust, without any doubt, without any questioning. This very opening is a fulfillment.
But the mind will say, "Wait, let me think and decide; one should not take any step in haste." Then you can wait and wait. That is how you have been missing life.
Every moment life knocks at your door, but you are thinking. You say to life, "Wait, I will open the door, but let me first decide." It never happens. The whole of life will come and go, and you will be simply dragging, neither alive nor dead. Both life and death are good because death has a life of its own.
So remember, the first thing is not to allow the mind to interfere. Then you can be like trees, even greener. Then you can be like birds on the wing, and no bird can reach to heights which you can touch. Then you can be like fishes which go to the very bottom of the sea - you can go to the very bottom of the ocean. Nothing is comparable to you. Human consciousness is the most evolved phenomenon, but you are missing. Even less evolved states are enjoying more. A bird is a bird, a very much less evolved being than you; a tree is almost not evolved at all, but enjoying more, flowering more. More fulfillment is happening all around it. Why are you missing?
Your mind has become a burden. You have not been using it; rather, on the contrary, you are being used by it. Dont allow the mind to interfere with your life, then there will be a flow. Then you are unobstructed, then you are transparent, then each moment is a bliss because you are not worried about it.
Osho, The Empty Boat, Ch 11 (excerpt)