For full three hours that I spent in the airline office I was
practising patience and forbearance. It
not speed up matters.
At least it did not slow them down, as your kicking would have
surely done! You want immediate
We do not dispense magic here. Everybody does the same mistake:
refusing the means,
wanting the ends. You want peace and harmony in the world, but
refuse to have them in
Follow my advice implicitly and you will not be disappointed. I
cannot solve your problem
mere words. You have to act on what I told you and persevere. It
is not the right advice that
but the action based on it. Just like a doctor, after giving the
patient an injection, tells him:
keep quiet. Do nothing more, just keep quiet,' I am telling you:
you have got your 'injection',
keep quiet, just keep quiet. You have nothing else to do. My Guru
did the same. He would tell
something and then said: 'Now keep quiet. Don't go on ruminating
all the time. Stop. Be silent'.
I can keep quiet for an hour in the morning. But the day is long
and many things happen that
me out of balance. It is easy to say 'be silent', but to be silent
when all is screaming in me and
me -- please tell me how it is done.
All that needs doing can be done in peace and silence. There is no
need to get upset.
It is all theory which does not fit the facts. I am returning to
Europe with nothing to do there. My
is completely empty.
If you just try to keep quiet, all will come -- the work, the
strength for work, the right motive. Must
know everything beforehand? Don't be anxious about your future --
be quiet now and all will fall
place. The unexpected is bound to happen, while the anticipated
may never come. Don't tell me
cannot control your nature. You need not control it. Throw it
overboard. Have no nature to fight,
to submit to. No experience will hurt you, provided you don't make
it into a habit. Of the entire
you are the subtle cause. All is because you are. Grasp this point
firmly and deeply and
on it repeatedly. To realise this as absolutely true, is
If I am the seed of my universe, then a rotten seed I am! By the
fruit the seed is known.
What is wrong with your world that you swear at it?
It is full of pain.
Nature is neither pleasant nor painful. It is all intelligence and
beauty. Pain and pleasure are in
mind. Change your scale of values and all will change. Pleasure
and pain are mere
of the senses; treat them equally and there will be only bliss.
And the world is, what
make it; by all means make it happy. Only contentment can make you
happy -- desires fulfilled
more desires. Keeping away from all desires and contentment in
what comes by itself is a
fruitful state -- a precondition to the state of fullness. Don't
distrust its apparent sterility and
Believe me, it is the satisfaction of desires that breeds misery.
Freedom from desires is
There are things we need.
What you need will come to you, if you do not ask for what you do
not need. Yet only few
reach this state of complete dispassion and detachment. It is a
very high state, the very
I have been barren for the last two years, desolate and empty and
often was I praying for death
Well, with your coming here events have started rolling. Let
things happen as they happen --
will sort themselves out nicely in the end. You need not strain
towards the future -- the future
come to you on its own. For some time longer you will remain
sleep-walking, as you do now,
of meaning and assurance; but this period will end and you will
find your work both fruitful
easy. There are always moments when one feels empty and estranged.
Such moments are
desirable for it means the soul had cast its moorings and is
sailing for distant places. This is
-- when the old is over and the new has not yet come. If you are
afraid, the state may
distressing; but there is really nothing to be afraid of. Remember
the instruction: whatever you
across -- go beyond.
The Buddhas rule: to remember what needs to be remembered. But I
find it so difficult to
the right thing at the right moment. With me forgetting seems to
be the rule!
It is not easy to remember when every situation brings up a storm
of desires and fears. Craving
of memory is also the destroyer of memory.
How am I to fight desire? There is nothing stronger.
The waters of life are thundering over the rocks of objects --
desirable or hateful. Remove the
by insight and detachment and the same waters will flow deep and
silent and swift, in greater
and with greater power. Don't be theoretical about it, give time
to thought and consideration;
you desire to be free, neglect not the nearest step to freedom. It
is like climbing a mountain: not a
can be missed. One step less -- and the summit is not reached.