Chapter 7: All Dreams Must Cease
In the present there is no dream. In the present there is no mind. In the present you are there and the truth is there. And then there is no gap between you and truth - because both are true and there is no boundary. You melt into truth and truth melts into you. You become brahman, brahman becomes you. Dreaming is creating a fence around you, very invisible but subtle, powerful.
Now, try to enter this sutra:
Rest and unrest derive from illusion;
with enlightenment there is no liking and disliking.
Why do you like and why do you dislike? How does it happen that you like a certain thing and you dislike a certain thing? How does this division happen?
Have you ever penetrated the mechanism of liking and disliking? It is worth trying to penetrate it. You say, “I like this person and I don’t like that.” Why? And suddenly one day you don’t like this person and you have started to like that. Why? What is the mechanism? Why do you like a person?
You like a person if he allows you to strengthen your ego. If he becomes a screen and helps you to dream, you like the person. You like the person if he adjusts to your dreaming. You dislike a person if he is a maladjustment to your dreaming, if he does not allow you to dream. Rather, on the contrary, he disturbs. He does not fit, he does not play the role of a screen. He is not passive, he becomes active - you dislike him. You like a passive screen, so whatsoever you dream the other simply helps it.
Ouspensky, Gurdjieff’s greatest disciple, has dedicated his book In Search of the Miraculous to his master with these words: “To the person who destroyed all my dreams.” But you will not like a person who destroys all your dreams. Even Ouspensky had to leave Gurdjieff, and in the last years he never came again to see him. He started working on his own. In the end he died an enemy of Gurdjieff’s.
Even a person of Ouspensky’s alertness, who could feel that this man destroys the dreams, had to leave. You may feel. But when somebody really goes on destroying and destroying you feel that this man is an enemy.
A real master will always look like an enemy, and this is the criterion. A false master will always help you to dream; he will never disturb your dreaming. Rather, on the contrary, he will give you consolations, tranquilizers. He will console you, soothe you. His teaching will be just like a beautiful lullaby. He will sing around you so you can sleep well, that’s all.
But a real master is dangerous. To move near him is full of danger. You are moving at your own risk, because he cannot allow you to dream and he cannot help your dreaming, because then the whole purpose is lost.
He will destroy your dreams. And dreams are very close to your heart. You think your dreams are your heart, and when dreams are destroyed you feel you are being destroyed. It is just as if someone is murdering you. Hindus have been aware of this, so they say a real master is like death.