Chapter 2: The Root Problem of All Problems
The song continues:
If one sees naught when staring into space,
if with the mind one then observes the mind,
one destroys distinctions and reaches buddhahood.
The clouds that wander through the sky have no roots, no home;
neither do the distinctive thoughts floating through the mind.
Once the self-mind is seen, discrimination stops.
In space, shapes and colors form,
but neither by black nor white is space tinged.
From the self-mind all things emerge.
The mind by virtues and by vices is not stained.
The root problem of all problems is mind itself. The first thing to be understood is what this mind is, of what stuff it is made, whether it is an entity or just a process, whether it is substantial, or just dreamlike. And unless you know the nature of the mind, you will not be able to solve any problems of your life.
You may try hard, but if you try to solve single individual problems, you are bound to be a failure - that is absolutely certain - because in fact no individual problem exists: mind is the problem. If you solve this problem or that, it won’t help because the root remains untouched.
It is just like cutting branches of a tree, pruning the leaves, and not uprooting it. New leaves will come, new branches will sprout - even more than before; pruning helps a tree to become thicker. Unless you know how to uproot it, your fight is baseless; it is foolish. You will destroy yourself, not the tree.
In fighting you will waste your energy, time, life, and the tree will go on becoming stronger and stronger, far thicker and more dense. And you will be surprised at what is happening: you are doing so much hard work, trying to solve this problem and that, and they go on growing, increasing. Even if one problem is solved, suddenly ten problems take its place.
Don’t try to solve individual, single problems, there are none: mind itself is the problem. But mind is hidden underground; that’s why I call it the root, it is not apparent. Whenever you come across a problem the problem is above ground, you can see it; that’s why you are deceived by it.
Always remember, the visible is never the root; the root always remains invisible, the root is always hidden. Never fight with the visible; otherwise you will fight with shadows. You may waste yourself, but there cannot be any transformation in your life, the same problems will crop up again and again and again. You can observe your own life and you will see what I mean. I am not talking about any theory about the mind, just the facticity of it. This is the fact: mind has to be solved.
People come to me and they ask, “How to attain a peaceful mind?” I say to them, “There exists nothing like that: peaceful mind. Never heard of it.”