Chapter 2: The Root Problem of All Problems
If you get identified, you become the mind. If you get identified, you become the body. If you get identified, you become the name and the form - what Hindus call nama, rupa, name and form - then the host is lost. Then you forget the eternal and the momentary becomes significant. The momentary is the world; the eternal is divine.
This is the second insight to be attained, that you are the host and thoughts are guests.
The third thing, if you go on watching, will soon be realized. The third thing is that thoughts are foreign, intruders, outsiders. No thought is yours.
They always come from without; you are just a passage. A bird comes into the house from one door, and flies out from another; just like that a thought comes into you and goes out of you.
You go on thinking that thoughts are yours. Not only that, you fight for your thoughts, you say, “This is my thought, this is true.” You discuss, you debate; you argue about it, you try to prove that “This is my thought.” No thought is yours, no thought is original - all thoughts are borrowed and not even secondhand, because millions of people have claimed those same thoughts before you. Thought is just as outside as a thing.
Somewhere, the great physicist, Eddington, has said that the deeper science goes into matter, the more it becomes a realization that things are thoughts. That may be so. I am not a physicist, but from the other end I would like to tell you that Eddington may be true: that things look more and more like thoughts if you go deeper; if you go deeper into yourself, thoughts will look more and more like things. In fact, these are two aspects of the same phenomenon: a thing is a thought; a thought is a thing.
When I say a thought is a thing, what do I mean? I mean that you can throw your thought just like a thing. You can hit somebody’s head with a thought just like a thing. You can kill a person through a thought just as you can throw a dagger. You can give your thought as a gift, or as an infection. Thoughts are things, they are forces, but they don’t belong to you. They come to you; they abide for a while in you and then they leave you. The whole universe is filled with thoughts and things. Things are just the physical part of thoughts, and thoughts are the mental part of things.
Because of this fact, many miracles happen, because thoughts are things. If a person continuously thinks about you and your welfare it will happen, because he is throwing a continuous force at you. That’s why blessings are useful, helpful. If you can be blessed by someone who has attained no-mind, the blessing is going to be true - because a man who never uses thought accumulates thought energy, so whatsoever he says is going to be true.
In all the Eastern traditions, before a person starts learning no-mind, there are techniques and much emphasis that he should stop being negative, because if you once attain to no-mind and your trend remains negative, you can become a dangerous force. Before the no-mind is attained, one should become absolutely positive. That is the whole difference between white and black magic.