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Chapter 1: Dropping the Artificial Mind

Now begins the last section of Patanjali’s sutras, Kaivalya Pada.

1. The powers are revealed at birth, or acquired through drugs, repeating sacred words, austerities, or samadhi

2. The transformation from one class, species, or kind, into another, is by the overflow of natural tendencies of potentialities.

3. The incidental cause does not stir the natural tendencies into activity; it merely removes the obstacles - like a farmer irrigating a field: he removes the obstacles, and then the water flows freely by itself.

4. Artificially created minds proceed from egoism alone.

5. Though the activities of the many artificial minds vary, the one original mind controls them all.

Man is almost mad - mad because he is seeking something which he has already got; mad because he’s not aware of who he is; mad because he hopes, desires and then ultimately, feels frustrated. Frustration is bound to be there because you cannot find yourself by seeking; you are already there. The seeking has to stop, the search has to drop: that is the greatest problem to be faced, encountered.

The problem is that you have something and you are seeking it. Now, how can you find it? You are too occupied with seeking, and you cannot see the thing that you already have. Unless all seeking stops, you will not be able to see it. Seeking makes your mind focus somewhere in the future, and the thing that you are seeking is already here, now, this very moment. That which you are seeking is hidden in the seeker himself: the seeker is the sought; hence, so much neurosis, so much madness.

Once your mind is focused somewhere, you have some intention. Immediately, your attention is no longer free. Intention cripples attention. If you are intently looking for something, your consciousness has narrowed down. It will exclude everything else. It will include only your desire, your hope, your dream. And to realize that which you are, you need not have any intention; you need attention, just pure attention: not intending to go anywhere, unfocused consciousness, consciousness herenow, not anywhere else. This is the basic problem: the dog is chasing its own tail. gets frustrated, gets almost mad - because with each step nothing comes into its hands, only failure, failure, failure.

Just the other day, a sannyasin told me that he was now feeling frustrated. I became tremendously happy. Because when you feel frustrated, something opens within you. When you feel frustrated, if really frustrated, then future disappears. Future can exist only with the support of expectation, desire, intention.. Future is nothing but intentionality. I became tremendously happy that one man was frustrated.

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