Chapter 16: The University of Inner Alchemy
To know “I don’t know anything” makes everything a miracle. It depends on your inner state, it depends on you. And to live a life without miracles is not to live at all. You can have a million miracles every day, you are entitled to have them. But because you don’t know how to connect yourself with the miraculous, you are being cheated by stupid people.
If somebody produces a Swiss-made watch and you think this is a miracle, then you become victims of ordinary magicians. Don’t be befooled. The seed sprouting into leaves is a miracle - not somebody producing a Swiss-made watch out of nothing. That is just a trick, a very ordinary trick; street magicians are doing it all over the world. It is just that they are just simple people, they are not cunning people, otherwise you would have worshipped them.
While exploring the wilds of South America, a man was captured by savages. They were dancing excitedly around before killing him when the explorer had a bright idea. He would baffle them with magic. Taking a cigarette-lighter from his pocket, he shouted, “I make fire!”
With a flick of the thumb, the lighter burst into flame. The savages fell back and gazed in wonder.
“Magic!” cried the explorer.
“It certainly is,” said the chief. “It is the only time I ever saw a lighter work on the first try.”
It depends on you, what you call a miracle. As far as I am concerned, there is nothing else except miracles. And drop these stupid kinds of miracles.
Mulla Nasruddin and his wife were sitting one Sunday listening to the radio, when this faith healer comes on and he says, “If you have a part of your body you want healed, place one hand on the radio and the other hand on the afflicted part.”
The wife placed one hand on the radio and the other on her heart. The Mulla placed one hand on the radio and the other on his appendage.
So the wife said, “Mulla, he’s trying to cure the sick, not raise the dead.”
Enough for today.