Chapter 6: The Three Psychologies
The first question:
Patanjali says, “Do not cling to life,” and this is easy to understand and follow. But he also says, “Do not lust for life.” Are we not to enjoy in the present all that nature has to offer us: food, love, beauty, sex, etc? And if this is so, is it not lust for life?
Patanjali says that lust for life is a barrier, a barrier to enjoying life, a barrier to being really alive, because lust is always for the future; it is never for the present. He is not against enjoyment. When you are in the moment enjoying something, there is no lust in it. Lust is a hankering for the future, and this has to be understood.
People who are not enjoying their lives in the present have lust for life in the future. Lust for life is always in the future. It is a postponement. They are saying, “We cannot enjoy today so we will enjoy tomorrow.” They are saying, “Right this moment we cannot celebrate, so let there be a tomorrow so that we can celebrate.”
Future arises out of your misery, not out of your celebration. A really celebrating person has no future; he lives this moment, he lives it totally. Out of that total living arises the next moment, but it is not out of any lust. Of course, when out of celebration the next moment arises, it has more capacity to bless you. When out of celebration the future arises, it goes on becoming more and more rich. And a moment comes when the moment is so total, so whole, that time completely disappears.
Time is a need of the miserable mind. Time is a creation of misery. If you are happy there is no time - time disappears.
Watch it from another dimension: have you observed that whenever you are in misery, time moves very slowly? Somebody is dying, somebody you love, somebody you would like to be alive, and you are sitting by the side. The whole night you sit by the side of the bed and the night looks as if it is an eternity. It seems not to be ending at all; it goes on, and on, and on. The clock on the wall seems to be moving very, very slowly. In misery, time moves slowly. When you are happy - you are with your beloved, your friend, you are cherishing the moment - time goes fast. The whole night has passed and it seems that it has been only a few moments or a few minutes. Why does this happen? - because the clock on the wall doesn’t bother about whether you are happy or unhappy; it moves on its own. It never goes slow, never goes fast with your moods. It is always moving with the same pace, but your interpretation differs. In misery time becomes bigger, in happiness time becomes smaller. When somebody is in a blissful mood time simply disappears.