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Chapter 2: Center and Periphery

When the bigger gaps come, you will not only have clarity to see into the world; with the bigger gaps you will have a new clarity arising, you will be able to see into the inner world. With the first gaps you will see into the world: trees will be more green than they look right now. You will be surrounded by an infinite music, the music of the spheres. You will be suddenly in the presence of the divine - ineffable, mysterious; touching you although you can not grasp it; within your reach and yet beyond. With the bigger gaps, the same will happen inside. The divine will not only be outside, you will be suddenly surprised - it is inside also. It is not only in the seen, it is in the seer also - within and without. By and by.but don’t get attached to that either.

Attachment is the food for the mind to continue. Non-attached witnessing is the way to stop it without any effort to stop it. And when you start enjoying those blissful moments, your capacity to retain them for longer periods arises.

Finally, eventually, one day, you become master. Then when you want to think, you think; if thought is needed, you use it; if thought is not needed, you allow it to rest. Not that mind is simply no longer there; mind is there, but you can use it or not use it. Now it is your decision. Just like legs: if you want to run you use them; if you don’t want to run you simply rest. Legs are there; in the same way, mind is always there.

When I am talking to you, I am using the mind. There is no other way to talk. When I am answering your question, I am using the mind - there is no other way. I have to respond and relate, and mind is a beautiful mechanism. When I am not talking to you and I am alone, there is no mind - because it is a medium through which to relate. Sitting alone, it is not needed.

You have not given it a rest. Hence, the mind becomes mediocre, continuously used, tired, and goes on and on and on. Day it works; night it works. In the day you think; in the night you dream. Day in, day out, it goes on working. If you live for seventy or eighty years, it will be continuously working.

Look at the delicacy and the endurability of the mind - so delicate! In a small head all the libraries of the world can be contained; all that has ever been written can be contained in one single mind. Tremendous is the capacity of the mind - and in such a small space. In fact, it does not make much noise.. If scientists some day become capable of creating a parallel computer-like mind.computers are there, but they are not yet minds. They are still mechanisms, they have no organic unity; they don’t have any center yet. If some day it becomes possible - and it is possible that scientists may some day be able to create minds - then you will know how much space that computer will take, and how much noise it will make.

Mind makes almost no noise - it goes on working silently. And it is such a servant - for seventy, eighty years. And then, too, when you are dying your body may be old, your mind remains young. Its capacity remains yet the same. Sometimes, if you have used it rightly, its capacity even increases with your age - because the more you know, the more you understand, the more you have experienced and lived, the more your mind becomes capable. When you die, everything in your body is ready to die, except the mind.

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