Chapter 3: A Gap of Millions of Miles
The Bauls say:
You must be single-minded to visit the court
of my beloved.
If your mind is torn in two,
you will swim in a quandary
and never reach the shore.
The dreamer’s mind is divided in two: in witnessing and dreaming. Then you are not one, you are split. While you are simply witnessing you are one. There is no duality in you. You are - that’s all. So try to become one, single-minded. Whatsoever you are doing, try to become one. To say that you are dual is not true - you are many, you are a crowd. It is not only that you are two, you are many. Bring these fragments together. Any one thing, continuously followed, will help you to crystallize.
For example: meditators try to meditate continuously. They do a thousand and one things, other things, but one thing continues as a current, as a thread running underground. They eat, but they make a meditation out of eating. They walk, but they make a meditation out of walking. They talk, but they make a meditation out of talking. They listen, but they listen meditatively. They do many things, but they connect everything with meditation. That becomes their one-mindedness.
Lovers, the followers of the path of love, Bauls, make love their undercurrent. They eat, but they eat with love. They walk, but they walk with love - because the earth is holy ground. They sit under a tree, they sit with love - because the tree is divine. They look at somebody, they look with love - because there also is divinity. Everywhere they see their beloved, in each movement they remember their beloved. It becomes their constant remembrance.
But whether on the path of meditation or on the path of love, one thing has to be done. Doing a thousand and one things, you have to connect them with one thing. That connection, that running thread will make you one-pointed, one-minded. It will give you integration. In that integration, dreams dissolve. It is the crowd within you which dreams, it is the split that dreams. When the split is bridged, dreams disappear - because then you start enjoying being herenow so tremendously that who bothers to desire? Who has time to think about the tomorrow? Today is more than enough. A single moment of undivided being is so big, bigger than eternity.
Then nobody thinks about the past - the gone is gone. And nobody thinks about the future - that which has not come yet, has not come yet. One simply goes deeper and deeper into the present, and that is the door of God.
The present is the door and your single-mindedness is the key.
Enough for today.