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Chapter 1: The Great Way Is Not Difficult

We will be talking about Sosan and his words. If you listen attentively, suddenly you will feel a release of silence within you. These words are atomic, they are full of energy. Whenever a person who has attained says something, the word is a seed and for millions of years the word will remain a seed and will seek a heart.

If you are ready, ready to become the soil, then these words, these tremendously powerful words of Sosan - they are still alive, they are seeds - they will enter in your heart if you allow, and you will be totally different through them.

Don’t listen to them from the mind, because the mind carries no meaning about them; the mind is absolutely impotent to understand them. They don’t come from the mind, they cannot be understood by the mind. They come from a no-mind. They can be understood only by a state of no-mind.

So while listening here don’t try to interpret. Don’t listen to the words but to the gaps between the lines, not to what he says but to what he means - the significance. Let that significance hover around you like a fragrance. Silently it will enter you; you will become pregnant. But don’t interpret. Don’t say “He means this or that,” because that interpretation will be yours.

Once it happened.

Mulla Nasruddin was coming back, completely drunk, in the wee hours of the morning. As he was passing by a cemetery he looked at the signboard. On it was written in big letters, capital letters: ring for the caretaker - and that’s what he did.

Of course, so early in the morning, the caretaker was disturbed. He came out, staggering, angry, and when he looked at Nasruddin, absolutely drunk, he became even more angry.

He asked, “Why? Why did you ring? Why did you ring for me? What is the matter? What do you want?”

Nasruddin looked at him for one minute, silently, then looked at the signboard and said, “I want to know why you can’t ring that damn bell yourself!”

It was written: ring for the caretaker. Now how to interpret it? It depends on you.

Don’t interpret - listen. And when you interpret you can’t listen, because the consciousness cannot do two opposite things simultaneously. If you start thinking, listening stops. Just listen as you listen to music - a different quality of listening because you don’t interpret. There is no meaning in the sounds.

This is also music. This Sosan is a musician, not a philosopher. This Sosan is not saying words, he is saying more - more than the words. They have a significance, but they don’t have any meaning. They are like musical sounds.

You go and sit near a waterfall. You listen to it, but do you interpret what the waterfall says? It says nothing, still it says. It says much, much that cannot be said.

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