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Chapter 6: The Thought-less Mind

Krishna:
“It is not that there was once a time when I was not,
or you were not, or all these kings were not;
nor will there ever be a time when all of us will not exist.
This is absolute, ultimate.

“Just as this being
passes through childhood, youth and old age in this body,
so too it passes through the changing of bodies.
And the serene and tranquil ones do not grieve over this.

“As the senses come in contact with objects,
O Arjuna, son of Kunti,
heat and cold, happiness and unhappiness result;
these come and go, are impermanent;
hence, O Arjuna, descendent of Bharat, endure them well.

“O Arjuna, best of men,
the serene and tranquil one whom these do not afflict,
who remains unmoved by pain and pleasure both
is worthy to experience deathlessness.”

Osho,
Actions are triggered by the idea of a goal and we want certain results. So if the mind is egoless or thought-less all the time, how can actions take place? How can the thought-less mind manifest anything? If everybody becomes inactive by remaining continuously thought-less, how can the society carry on? Won’t it perish?

One doesn’t become inactive when one becomes egoless. Neither does one become inactive when one is without thought. By becoming egoless only the idea of “the doer” drops. Action is surrendered to the whole and flows with full momentum. A river is flowing and there is no ego. The wind is blowing and there is no ego. The flowers are blossoming and there is no ego. And in exactly the same way, everything takes place from a spontaneous, egoless life-center - except that no sense of the doer gathers inside.

So when I said this morning that Arjuna’s ego has become his constant suffering and torture, it doesn’t mean that when he drops his ego his actions will cease. And when I said that thinking creates worry for man, and if his mind becomes thought-less - if it goes beyond worrying - it doesn’t mean that a thought-less mind will no longer speak or act, or that it will cease to express itself.

No, it isn’t like that. The thought-less mind becomes hollow like a bamboo flute. Songs will flow through it, but not its own songs, rather those of the divine. Thoughts will emerge out of it, but not its own, rather those of the whole.

Such a mind will be surrendered to the whole. It will only speak what the whole makes it speak. It will only do what the whole makes it do. The inner core of the “I” will disintegrate - and with its disintegration, there will be no anxiety, no anguish.

“It is not that there was once a time when I was not,
or you were not, or all these kings were not;
nor will there ever be a time when all of us will not exist.
This is absolute, ultimate.”

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