The highest powers of the mind are understanding,
intelligence and insight. Man has
bodies -- the physical, the mental and the causal (prana,
mana, karana). The physical reflects
being; the mental -- his knowing and the causal -- his
joyous creativity. Of course, these are all
in consciousness. But they appear to be separate, with
qualities of their own. Intelligence
is the reflection in the mind of the power to know (chit).
It is what makes the mind
The brighter the intelligence, the wider, deeper and truer
the knowledge. To know
to know people and to know oneself are all functions of
intelligence: the last is the most
and contains the former two. Misunderstanding oneself and
the world leads to false ideas
desires, which again lead to bondage. Right understanding of
oneself is necessary for freedom
the bondage of illusion. I understand all this in theory,
but when it comes to practice, I find that
fail hopelessly in my responses to situations and people and
by my inappropriate reactions I
add to my bondage. Life is too quick for my dull and slow
mind. I do understand but too late,
the old mistakes have been already repeated.
What then is your problem?
I need a response to life, not only intelligent, but also
very quick. It cannot be quick unless it is
spontaneous. How can I achieve such spontaneity?
The mirror can do nothing to attract the sun. It can only
keep bright. As soon as the mind is
the sun shines in it.
The light is of the Self, or of the mind?
Both. It is uncaused and unvarying by itself and coloured by
the mind, as it moves and changes.
is very much like a cinema. The light is not in the film,
but the film colours the light and makes it
to move by intercepting it.
Are you now in the perfect state?
Perfection is a state of the mind, when it is pure. I am
beyond the mind, whatever its state, pure
impure. Awareness is my nature; ultimately I am beyond being
Will meditation help me to reach your state?
Meditation will help you to find your bonds, loosen them,
untie them and cast your moorings.
you are no longer attached to anything, you have done your
share. The rest will be done for
By the same power that brought you so far, that prompted
your heart to desire truth and your
to seek it. It is the same power that keeps you alive. You
may call it Life or the Supreme.
The same power kills me in due course.
Were you not present at your birth? Will you not be present
at your death? Find him who is
present and your problem of spontaneous and perfect response
will be solved.
Realisation of the eternal and an effortless and adequate
response to the ever-changing
event are two different and separate questions. You seem to
roll them into one. What
you do so?
To realise the Eternal is to become the Eternal, the whole,
the universe, with all it contains.
event is the effect and the expression of the whole and is
in fundamental harmony with the
All response from the whole must be right, effortless and
cannot be otherwise, if it is right. Delayed response is
wrong response. Thought, feeling and
must be one and simultaneous with the situation that calls
How does it come?
I told you already. Find him who was present at your birth
and will witness your death.
My father and mother?
Yes, your father-mother, the source from which you came. To
solve a problem you must trace it
its source. Only in the dissolution of the problem in the
universal solvents of enquiry and
can its right solution be found.