Chapter 13: Three Tickets for Titsburg
When you come across a snake, whether it is paper or made of rubber or plastic or dead does not matter. It does not take any time to freak out; it is not a process. You say it is a long process, “such a long process - does it have to take a long time?”
Somebody has sent me the Ashram’s Law of Shortcut: The shortest distance between two points is always under construction.
It is very difficult to find any shortcut here.but there is no need either if you follow rightly my understanding, my approach. Time is not involved at all; neither is any kind of distance.
This very moment you can look at your mind, and you can see all that your mind contains. And that will be enough just to be finished with it. It is not a question of time; it is not a question of effort. It is only a question of clear understanding.
That’s what we don’t do. We fight with anger, we fight with jealousy, we fight with everything, but fighting never helps because it takes time. And fighting shows one thing absolutely: that you don’t understand that by fighting you cannot go beyond mind. Fighting is simply one part of mind fighting with another part. It is like making both my hands fight with each other. Do you think any hand is going to win? It depends on me; I can make the right hand win or I can change the idea and make the left hand win. But I know perfectly well that it is within my power: both hands are mine.
Any conflict in your mind, any split in your mind is just a game. You have become two teams, football teams or. And you can go on playing the game and you can enjoy that you are on a spiritual pilgrimage, that you are a great seeker - but you are just playing football. And you are playing for both sides; there is no question of any victory, no question of any defeat.
That’s what so-called religious people have been doing and are still doing. Their rituals, their prayers, their austerities certainly take time. And not only do they take time, they never arrive anywhere, they remain the same persons. Maybe they have repressed their sexuality, but the sexuality is there. Repressed, it becomes more dangerous because it becomes more deep-rooted in your unconscious, from where it will create a thousand and one perversions.
I have heard that three rabbis were standing on the railway station. They were going somewhere, obviously. And finally the youngest one said, “Now it seems the train is going to come and I should get the tickets.”
So he went to the window and saw a beautiful woman working on her register. The young rabbi said to the woman, “Lady, how much will it cost for Titsburgh?” He forgot that he is going to Pittsburgh.
The woman was very angry, and said, “You are a religious man.” The rabbi felt very ashamed. He came back and told the other rabbis, “You can purchase the ticket because I am feeling very nervous, and in my nervousness I have said something wrong.”