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Chapter 20: Mind Is Drunk

The twentieth saying:

His disciples said to him:
When will the repose of the dead come about and when will the new world come?
He said to them:
What you expect has come, but you know it not.
His disciples said to him:
Twenty-four prophets spoke in Israel and they all spoke about thee.
He said to them:
You have dismissed the living one who is before you, and you have spoken about the dead.

Jesus said:
I have cast fire upon the world, and see, I guard the world until it is afire.

It has happened again and again: Jesus comes, but you don’t recognize him; Buddha comes, but you don’t recognize him. Why does this happen? And then for centuries and centuries you think about Jesus and Buddha. Then religions are created, then great organizations are created for the one whom you never recognized when he was here. Why do you miss a living Christ? This has to be understood, because it must be something very deep-rooted in the mind, in the very nature of the mind. It is not an individual error, it is not a mistake committed by this man or that man. For millennia it has been committed by the human mind.

The mind has to be penetrated and understood. One thing: the mind has no present, it has only past and future. The present is so narrow that the mind cannot catch it. The moment the mind catches it, it has already become the past. So the mind can remember the past, can desire the future, but cannot see the present. The past is vast, the future also is vast; the present is so atomic, so subtle, that by the time you become aware, it is gone. And you are not so aware! A very great intensity of awareness is needed, only then will you be able to see the present. You have to be fully alert; if you are not totally alert, the present cannot be seen. You are already drunk with the past or with the future.

The other day it happened, Mulla Nasruddin came to see me. He hailed a taxi, entered it and said, “Driver, take me to the Osho Meditation Resort.”

The driver came out of the car very much annoyed because the taxi was standing before 17, Koregaon Park. He opened the door and said to Mulla Nasruddin, “Fellow, we have reached the Meditation Resort. Come out!”

Nasruddin said, “Okay, but don’t drive so fast next time.”

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