Chapter 5: The Unity of Emptiness
Buddha has called it shunyata - absolutely empty. Nothing happens there, nobody comes, nobody goes. There is nobody, because if somebody is there then something or other will happen.
Mind cannot live in the eternal now. Mind wants change and goes on hoping, and goes on hoping against all hope. The whole situation is hopeless, but mind goes on hoping.
I have heard.
Mulla Nasruddin remained unemployed for many, many years because he wanted to be an actor and he had no talent. But every day, religiously, he would go to the agent. Hopefully, he would knock at the door, enter the office and inquire, “Has something happened? Am I booked somewhere?”
And the agent would always say the same: “I cannot do anything, nothing is possible.”
Days passed, weeks passed, then years passed and the Mulla’s knocking became a routine. Whatsoever the season, the climate, good or bad, one thing was certain for the agent - that Mulla would come. And he would again ask hopefully, and the man would again say the same thing: “Nasruddin, I cannot do anything, nothing is possible.”
Then one day the knock was different, a little sad. And when Mulla came in, even the agent was surprised: “Why is he so sad?”
Mulla said, “Listen, for two weeks don’t book me anywhere because I’m going for a vacation.”
This is how mind functions - goes on hoping, not for many years, but for many lives! You knock on the same door with the same inquiry and desire, and it is always no. What have you gained through mind except no’s?
Yes has never come that way; it cannot come. Mind is a futile effort. It is desert-like, nothing grows on it, nothing can grow. But it goes on hoping. Even a desert dreams, and dreams of beautiful gardens, rivers flowing, brooks and waterfalls. Even a desert dreams, and that is the dream of the mind.
One has to be alert. There is no need to waste any more time - no need to knock on the agent’s door. You have lived enough with the mind. You have achieved nothing through it. Is it not the right time to be alert and aware?
Of course you have gathered many miseries and many hells - if you call them achievements then it is okay - anguish, frustration. And wherever you move with the mind something goes wrong, because mind is the mechanism of the wrong. You look, something goes wrong.
Mulla Nasruddin’s son was entered into the school. The teacher was talking about geography and she talked and explained the shape of the earth and everything. And then she asked Mulla Nasruddin’s son, “What is the shape of the earth?”