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Chapter 9: The Master Is a Mirror

If in my presence you feel in yourself a childishness, a mind which has not become mature. This awareness has to be welcomed. Once you become aware that you are retarded somewhere, that something is blocking your consciousness, then those blocks can be removed. In fact, to be aware that there are some blocks - the very awareness removes them. There are things which one has just to be aware of. The very awareness brings the transformation; it is not that after being aware you have to do something to make the change. Seeing your mind as childish, you can also see that you are not the mind - otherwise, who is seeing the mind as childish? There is something beyond the mind: the watcher on the hills. You are only looking at the mind. You have completely forgotten who is looking at it.

Watch the mind, but don’t forget the watcher - because your reality is centered in the watcher, not in the mind. And the watcher is always a fully grown-up, mature, centered consciousness. It needs no growth. And once you become aware that the mind is only an instrument in the hands of your witnessing soul, then there is no problem; the mind can be used in the right way. Now the master is awake, and the servant can be ordered to do whatever is needed. Ordinarily the master is asleep. We have forgotten the watcher, and the servant has become the master. And the servant is a servant - it is certainly not very intelligent.

You have to be reminded of a basic fact: intelligence belongs to the watching consciousness; memory belongs to the mind. Memory is one thing; memory is not intelligence. But the whole of humanity has been deceived for centuries and told indirectly that the memory is intelligence. Your schools, your colleges, your universities are not trying to find your intelligence; they are trying to find out who is capable of memorizing more.

And now we know perfectly well that memory is a mechanical thing. A computer can have memory, but a computer cannot have intelligence. And a computer can have a better memory than you have. The day is not far off when people will be carrying small computers in their pockets rather than unnecessarily going through years of studying history and geography and chemistry and physics. All that can be contained in a small computer which you can carry in your pocket, and whatever information you want, the computer can supply it immediately, and it is going to be absolutely correct.

Man’s memory is not so reliable. It can forget; it can get mixed up, it can get blocked. Sometimes you say, “I remember it, it is just on the tip of my tongue.” Strange, it is on the tip of your tongue, then why don’t you speak?

But you say it is not coming, “It is on the tip of my tongue, I know that I know, and it is not very far; it is very close.” But still some block, some very thin block - it may be just a curtain - is not allowing it to surface.

And the more you try, the more tense you become, the less is the possibility of remembering it. Finally, you forget all about it, you start doing something else - preparing a cup of tea or digging a hole in the garden - and suddenly it is there because you were relaxed, you had forgotten all about it, there was no tension. It surfaced. A tense mind becomes narrow. A relaxed mind becomes wide - many more memories can pass through it. A tense mind becomes so narrow that only very few memories can pass through it.

But for thousands of years a misunderstanding has continued, and it continues still, as if memory is intelligence. It is not. You will find people who have a great memory but no intelligence, and you can also find people who have great intelligence and no memory at all.

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