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Chapter 6: Strive to No Goals

The second still went on talking and asked, “Suppose he has one million dollars?”

Then the first got excited. He sat up and he said, “Now it is different. You are talking real dough!”

This is how the mind goes: imagination, dream - and the dream becomes the real dough. Nobody is there, but now excitement is there.

Think something and soon you get excited. Even a picture of a nude woman and you get excited; hence so much pornography in the world. It is just a picture - lines and color on the paper, nothing else. There is nobody, and you know it well, but you will hide this picture from others, and when you are alone you will meditate on it. What are you doing? - real dough.

Mind is just imagination, but you get excited. And once you get excited, the mind has sold you something. And then you will remain miserable, because the mind can sell the idea but can never supply the stuff. That is the problem: it has no stuff to supply. It can sell you the idea - a good salesman, but nothing to supply. And by the time you reach and you ask, he will supply you with something else.

I have heard.

One salesman came back to his boss and said, “I am in a difficulty. That land we sold, now it is a problem. The man goes on phoning me, because the whole land is covered under six feet of water. And he says, ‘What type of land have you given? And how is a building to be erected?’ So what should I do? Should I give him the money back and cancel the whole thing?”

The boss said, “What type of salesman are you? Take two motorboats and sell them to the man!”

A salesman has to go on selling things. If this has not worked, then something else. And if the man got excited the first time, why not the next time? You only need tricks.

Mind goes on selling you ideas of the future. It cannot supply you because the future never comes. And whenever it comes it is always going to be the present. The supply is in the present, and the salesman talks about the future. The supply is here, and mind thinks in terms of hope, dream, imagination.

Accept the reality as you are and the world is. Don’t try to change anything - and there is enlightenment. And then everything changes, because now you are no longer the same. If you change something, nothing will change. If you accept, everything is transformed. It becomes luminous with an unknown light. Suddenly a music is heard which you have never heard before, a beauty revealed which was hidden. A door opens, darkness disappears, a sun has risen.