Chapter 10: No Yesterday, No Tomorrow, No Today
Emptiness here, emptiness there,
but the infinite universe stands
always before your eyes.
Infinitely large and infinitely small;
no difference, for definitions have vanished
and no boundaries are seen.
So too with being and non-being.
Don’t waste time in doubts and arguments
that have nothing to do with this.
One thing, all things:
move among and intermingle,
To live in this realization
is to be without anxiety about non-perfection.
To live in this faith is the road to non-duality,
Because the non-dual is one with the trusting mind.
The way is beyond language,
for in it there is
Man is lost because of words, symbols, language. You are not lost in reality, you are lost in a linguistic dream - because reality is always there in front of you, but you are not always there in front of reality. You are somewhere else, always somewhere else, because you are a mind and a mind means something gone astray.
A mind means: now you are not looking at that which is, you are thinking about it. The “about” is the problem, the “about” is the way to miss reality. Philosophy is the way to miss reality. The moment you think about it, the target will never be reached.
What is thinking? - it is a substitute. If you know love, you never think about it. There is no need to think about it. If you don’t know love, you think about it - really, you don’t think about anything else. How can you know love through thinking? - because it is an existential experience. It is not a theory, it is not speculative. To know it, you have to be it.
Why does mind think about things which are not experienced? - because this is a substitute; the whole being feels the need, so what to do? Just thinking about it you feel a little at ease, as if something is happening, as if you are experiencing. It happens in the dream, it happens while you are awake - because the mind remains the same whether you are asleep or awake.
All dreams are substitutes and all thinking also, because thinking is dreaming while awake, dreaming is thinking while asleep. They are not qualitatively different, they are the same process. If you can understand dreaming, you will be able to understand thinking.
Dreaming is more primitive, hence more simple. Thinking is more complicated, more evolved, hence more difficult to penetrate. And whenever you want to penetrate a thing, it is better to penetrate from the simplest form of it.
If you have not eaten in the day, in the night you will have dreams about food: you are being invited by the king, you are eating delicious foods. If you are starving for sex, you will have a sexual dream. If you are starving for power and prestige, you will have a substitute dream for it: that you have become an Alexander or a Napoleon or a Hitler, you dominate the whole world.