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Chapter 9: Save the Cat

But one day he was surprised. There came a man, the owner of the restaurant, with a bill for the smell of the food. That poor man ran into his house, brought his tiny money box, rattled it in the ears of the owner and said, “Hereby I pay for the smell of your food, by the sound of my money.”

Mind is just smell and sound, nothing real. Whatsoever you do, mind is smell and sound, nothing authentic. It is the source of all falsity.

So you have heard the story: don’t try now to imitate it. You can do it easily now, now the secret is known. You can put the shoes on your head and walk, but the cat will be chopped. It will not save it, it will not help it. Act spontaneously. Put aside the mind and do something. Doing it you will come to know the cat has never been chopped, because the cat cannot die. Putting aside the mind you will come to know your own eternity, and that very moment you know the eternity of the cat also. Mind is mortal, not you; you are immortal. Mind has a death waiting for it, not you; you are deathless. Putting aside the mind you will laugh, and you will say this Nansen played a trick; the cat cannot be killed.

That’s what Krishna goes on saying to Arjuna: “Don’t you be worried. You chop these fellows, because nobody can be killed.”

The Gita is very dangerous. Nowhere on the earth does such a dangerous book exist, so nobody has followed it. People recite it but nobody follows it. It is dangerous, and even people who love it very much and respect it very much, never listen to what it says. Even a man like Mahatma Gandhi, who called the Gita his mother, wouldn’t listen to it. How could Mahatma Gandhi listen to it? He believed in nonviolence and this Krishna says, “Chop these fellows! Nothing exists; it is like a dream. And I tell you, nobody is killed, so don’t bother about it.”

How could Gandhi believe? So he had to play a trick - this is how the mind plays tricks - he said, “This is a parable, this is metaphorical; don’t take it literally. The fight is not real. The Kauravas and the Pandavas, these two groups of warriors, are just a story. Kauravas represent evil and Pandavas represent good. It is the fight between good and evil, between God and the Devil, it is not a real fight.” But this was Gandhi’s mind playing tricks.

There have been Buddhist interpreters of Nansen also. They said, “This is just a parable. There was no real cat, and this never happened.” But I tell you this happened. The cat was real, as real as Nansen, and the cat was chopped. Nansen could do it. Nansen was a Krishna; he knew nothing is destroyed.