Mind usually is in two minds; that’s how the mind functions. You will have to understand the whole mechanism of mind, how it functions.

The functioning of the mind is to divide. If you don’t divide, the mind disappears. The mind needs division. The mind creates opposites. The mind says, “I like you; I don’t like you. I love you; I hate you.” The mind says, “This is beautiful; that is ugly.” The mind says, “This has to be done; that has to be dropped.” The mind is a choice. Hence, Krishnamurti’s insistence that if you become choiceless you will become no-mind. To become choiceless means to drop dividing the World.

Just think. If man disappears from the earth, will there be anything beautiful? Will there be anything ugly? Will there be anything good, anything bad? All divisions will simply evaporate with humanity.

The world will remain the same. The flowers will flower, the stars will move, the sun will rise – everything will continue the same. But division will disappear with man; man brings division into the world. “Man” means “mind.”

That’s the whole meaning of the Biblical story. God told Adam not to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge. It would have been better if we could translate the “tree of knowledge” as “tree of mind.” The whole story will become Zen. And exactly that is the meaning. The tree of knowledge is the tree of mind; otherwise why should God want his children to be ignorant? No, he wanted them to live without mind. He wanted them to live without division, to live in unity, in unison. That’s the meaning of the Biblical story. If a Zen Master is to comment on it, or if I am to comment on it, I will say, “Better to say the ‘tree of mind.’” Then the whole thing becomes very clear.

God wanted Adam to live without mind. To live, but without dividing life; then life has a tremendous intensity. Division divides you also. Have you ever watched? Whenever you divide, something shrinks in you, something breaks in you. The moment you say, “I like somebody,” a hand is extended towards that somebody. The moment you say, “I don’t like,” the hand shrinks back. You are not open to life in its totality. God wanted Adam to remain total.

And the Biblical story says unless man drops his knowledge again, he will not be received back into the garden of God. Jesus dropped knowledge. That’s why Jesus looks absurd, paradoxical.

What Adam did against God, Jesus washed out, cleaned it away from human consciousness. Adam came out of the garden; Jesus entered again. How did Jesus enter again? Dropping the mind, the division.

Mind always functions through division. Just try not to divide. You see a flower: don’t say it is beautiful. There is no need. It is beautiful without you saying so. You don’t add any more beauty to it by saying so. So what is the point?

There is a small story about Lao Tzu. He used to go for a morning walk. A neighbor used to follow him, knowing well that Lao Tzu didn’t want to talk much; he always kept himself silent. But once a friend was staying with the neighbor, and he also wanted to come, and he came. Lao Tzu and Lao Tzu’s neighbor remained quite silent. The friend was a little embarrassed, but he also kept himself silent because the neighbor had told him not to say anything. Then the sun was rising, and it was so beautiful. He forgot and he said, “So beautiful this morning.” Only this much. Nobody commented on it – neither his friend nor Lao Tzu.

Back home Lao Tzu told the neighbor, “Don’t bring this man again. He is too talkative.” Too talkative?

Even the neighbor said, “He has not said anything; he simply said, ‘How beautiful a morning.’” Lao Tzu said, “I was also there, so what is the point of saying it? And it was beautiful without saying it. Why bring the mind in? No, this man is too talkative; don’t bring him.” He destroyed the whole morning? He divided the world. He said the sunrise is beautiful. Whenever you say something is beautiful, something has already been condemned, because beauty cannot exist without the ugly. The moment you say something is beautiful, you have said that something else is ugly. The moment you say, “I love you,” you have said that you hate somebody else.

If you live without dividing…. Just watch the flower. Let it be there, whatsoever it is. Let it be in its reality; don’t utter anything. Just see it. Not only that you don’t utter, don’t say inside also. Don’t formulate any ideas about it. Let it be there, and you will come to have a great realization.

When sadness comes to you, don’t call it sadness. I have given this meditation to many people, and they are surprised. I tell them, “Next time you feel sad, don’t call it ‘sad.’ Just watch it.” Your calling it sadness makes it sad. Just watch it, whatsoever it is. Don’t bring the mind in, don’t analyze, don’t label it. The mind is such a great divider, and goes on continuously labeling things, categorizing. Don’t categorize. Let the fact assert itself, let the fact be there, and you simply be a witness. Then by and by you will say, “See, sadness is not sadness,” and happiness is not so much happiness as you used to think.

By and by the boundaries merge, meet, and disappear. And then you will say it is one energy – happiness, unhappiness: both are one. Your interpretation makes the difference; the energy is one.

Ecstasy and agony are one. Your interpretation makes them two. The world and God are one. Your interpretation makes them two.

Drop the interpretation and see the real. The uninterpreted is the real; the interpreted is the illusory.

The question is: “Are we usually in two minds….” Mind is always in two minds; that’s the way the mind functions, thrives, and lives.

Sun and moon: that has also to be understood. Because every man is also a woman and every woman is also a man.

How this is possible: you can remain divided inside – the man separate from the woman, the inner woman separate from the inner man. Then there will always be a conflict, a certain tug-of-war. This is the ordinary state of humility. If your inner man and woman can meet, in a deep embrace, merge into each other; for the first time, you will become one – neither man nor woman. Then you will be transcendental.

Let me tell you one story, one of the very daring and courageous stories. Such a courageous story is possible only in India. Not today’s India, because today’s India has become very cowardly.

You must have seen a lingam, Shiva’s symbolic representation as a phallus. There are millions of temples devoted to Shiva’s lingam. In fact you will never find a statue of him. His statues have completely disappeared; only the symbol has remained. The symbol is not only lingam; it is yoni also. It is both, man and woman. It is man into woman, it is sun into moon. It is the male meeting the female. It is yin and yang in deep sexual embrace. This is the indication of how the inner man meets with the inner woman, because the inner has no face. That’s why Shiva’s statues have disappeared.

The inner is just energy, so the lingam has no form; it is just energy.

But the story is told…. Don’t be shocked by it, because the Western mind has become much too afraid of reality.

The story is that Shiva was making love to Devi, his consort. And of course when a Shiva makes love to his consort, it is no ordinary love. And he does not make love with closed doors; the doors were open. There was some emergency in the world of the gods, and Brahma and Vishnu and the whole crowd of gods had come to ask Shiva’s solution about some urgent problem. So they came into the room – the privacy of Shiva became a marketplace – but he was so deeply in love that he was not aware that a crowd was watching. All the gods became voyeurs. They could not leave, because something tremendous was happening. The energy was so high; they felt it. They could not leave.

They could not disturb Shiva, because it was so sacred.

And Shiva went on making love, and on and on and on. The gods became worried, whether he is ever going to end it. And they were in such a problem that an urgent solution was needed. But Shiva was completely lost. He was not there, Devi was not there – the man and woman had completely merged into each other. Some unity has happened, a great synthesis, a great orchestra of energies.

They wanted to stay, but then they became afraid of the other gods. That’s how the puritan mind works. They were very interested in seeing and watching, but they were afraid because if others saw them watching and seeing and enjoying it, their prestige was at stake. So they all cursed Shiva: “From today your form will disappear from the world and you will always be remembered as a phallic symbol”: lingam in yoni, sun in moon, the jewel in the lotus. “Now you will always be remembered as a sexual orgasm.” This was a curse.

This always happens. I have one friend who is very against pornography, and his whole library is full of pornography. So once I visited him; I said, “What is this?” He said, “I have to read all the pornographic books just to criticize them. I have to be aware of what is happening in pornography because I am so much against it.” He is eating his cake and having it also.

The other devas cursed Shiva, but to me that curse seems to have proved to be a blessing, because the symbol is really beautiful. It is the only phallic symbol in the world worshipped as God, without any condemnation. Hindus have completely forgotten that it is phallic; they don’t think that it is phallic. They have accepted it deeply. And the symbol is beautiful because it is not only Shiva there, there is yoni also. Yin is also there. The lingam is placed in yoni; both are meeting. It is a symbol of meeting, of orgasm, of energy becoming one.

The same happens inside, but it will happen only when you drop the mind. Love is possible only when you drop the mind. But if you drop the mind, then not only love but God also is possible; because love is God.


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