Chapter 12: Different Breezes
“Try to pick it up!” How can you “try to pick it up”? Either you pick it up or you don’t pick it up. How can you try?
Then he got the point that trying is not possible. Either you pick it up or you don’t pick it up - trying is not possible. Then he laughed.
And he said, “I understand.” He bowed down, thanked the master.
And the master said, “Remember, never try. Either do or don’t do. There is no way to try.”
Either you are enlightened or you are not enlightened. There is no way to make efforts for it, there is no way to try. Trying brings tension. And you have been trying, you have been trying in many ways. When you miss from one way you think that way is wrong. No, sir, that way is not wrong - trying is wrong. When you miss with one master you think that this master is wrong. No, not necessarily. The master may not be wrong at all. Just because you were trying you missed.
You miss in the church so you go to the temple. You miss in the temple so you go to the mosque. You miss in the mosque so you go to the gurudwara. But you don’t drop your addiction to trying. Neither the temple, nor the mosque, nor the church, nor the gurudwara is going to give it to you - because you already have it.
The only thing that is needed is an understanding of the absurdity of trying. This is a speed mania - first trying, and then, naturally, the second idea comes automatically: to get there soon and fast. Who knows, tomorrow life may not be there. So first one starts trying, reaching, grabbing for the goal, and then one becomes interested in how to attain speed.
In day-to-day life, or in the so-called spiritual life, the problem is the same.
Just the other day I was reading: “The average American spends fifteen hundred hours annually driving some seven thousand-odd miles and earning the capital needed to keep his vehicle in tow, shelter it, park it, and pay highway taxes. For each hour of his life invested, he covers only five miles in his car.
“In nations where highways are few, citizens cover such distances on foot. The difference between Americans and these backward, non-industrialized folk is that Americans spend twenty-five per cent of their time each day concerned with getting to and fro, and the walking citizens of other lands spend only five per cent.”
Now this great effort to reach there fast, with speed. has created only problems. It is ridiculous that the backward country people only give five per cent of their time to going to their work and coming back home, and the Americans give twenty-five per cent - with all the modern techniques, speedy vehicles. This is ridiculous! What is the point of it all?