Chapter 7: Does the Spoon Taste the Soup?
Just the other day I was reading a journalist’s report; he was here for five days. He writes, “for five days,” as if it is a very long time to be here; five days, as if he has been here for five lives! Because he has been here for five days he has become an authority. Now he knows what is happening here because he has watched people meditating. How can you watch people meditating? Either you can meditate or not, but you cannot watch people meditating. Yes, you can watch people’s physical gestures, movements, dance, or their sitting silently under a tree, but you cannot see meditation! You can see the physical posture of the meditator, but you cannot see his inner experience. For that, you have to meditate, you have to become a participant.
And the basic condition for being a participant is that you should drop this idea of being a watcher. Even if you participate, if you dance with the meditators, with this idea that you are participating only to watch what happens, then nothing will happen. And, of course, you will go with the conclusion that it is all nonsense - nothing happens. And you will feel perfectly right inside yourself that nothing happens, because you even participated and nothing happened.
That man writes that he was in darshan and much was happening to sannyasins - so much was happening that after a deep energy contact with me they were not even able to walk back to their places - they had to be carried away. And then he mentions, “But nothing happened to me.” That is enough proof that all that was happening was either hypnosis, or people were pretending just because the journalist was there, or it was just an arranged show, something managed - because nothing was happening to him.
There are things which can happen only when you are available, open, unprejudiced. There are things which can happen only when you put aside your mind.
The journalist writes again, “The people who go there, they leave their minds where they leave their shoes - but I could not do that. Of course,” he says, “if I had left my mind behind, then I would have also been impressed.” But he thinks the mind that he has is something so valuable - how can he leave it behind? He feels himself very clever because he didn’t leave his mind behind.
Mind is the barrier, not the bridge. In the new commune, the first concentric circle will be for those who come like journalists - prejudiced people, who already know that they know. In short, for the fools.
The second concentric circle will be for those who are inquirers - unprejudiced, neither Hindus nor Mohammedans nor Christians, who come without any conclusion, who come with an open mind. They will be able to see a little deeper. Something of the mysterious will stir their hearts. They will cross the barrier of the mind. They will become aware that something of immense importance is happening - what exactly it is they will not be able to figure out immediately, but they will become aware vaguely that something of value is happening. They may not be courageous enough to participate in it; their inquiry may be more intellectual than existential, they may not be able to become part, but they will become aware - of course, in a very vague and confused way, but certainly aware - that something more is going on than is apparent.
The third circle will be for those who are sympathetic, who are in deep sympathy, who are ready to move with the commune a little bit, who are ready to dance and sing and participate, who are not only inquirers but are ready to change themselves if the inquiry requires it. They will become aware more clearly of deeper realms.