Chapter 18: The Mind Is a Deceiver
I loved the introduction about the psychological universe that you gave me yesterday. And yet I would like to repeat the question.
You say that you were studying us in order to find out which are the difficulties that the seeker finds on the path towards realization of the self, towards his own awakening. Now you have been studying us for fifteen years, and I would like you to give us some hints on what you find in your living experiment. Or, in other words, what are the patterns the seeker gets most entangled in, and what is the function of the master in that?
There are patterns the seeker gets entangled with.
The first thing is: most of the seekers are lost in an illusory feeling that they have arrived. It is a kind of dream in which you feel you are awake. You are still dreaming - your feeling of being awake is part of the dream.
The same kind of thing happens to the seeker. The mind is capable of creating the illusion that now there is nowhere to go, you have arrived. The mind is a deceiver, and the function of the master in this condition is to make you alert that this is not the reality but only a dream; you have not arrived.
This can happen at many points, again and again. And one can get very irritated and annoyed with the master for the simple reason that whenever you feel you have got it, he simply takes it away and puts you back into your ignorant state.
For example, it was happening to a German sannyasin continuously. Whenever he was in Germany he was living in a beautiful castle of his own - he was very rich - meditating; and then he would get the feeling that he had become enlightened. And the force of the illusion was so much that he could not keep it to himself, he would tell others. Not only would he tell other fellow sannyasins, he started writing letters to the presidents, prime ministers, kings, queens around the world: “I have become enlightened, and if you want any advice on any matters that concern the future of humanity in the world, I can help you.”
He was so certain. This happened three times, and because of his certainty he came to India to get my blessings. Naturally, it shows his certainty that he came for my blessings. One can think that the first time perhaps he was not aware that I would destroy his illusion, but the second time, he came again after two years; and a third time, after two years again he came.
Each time I had to tell him, “You are just being deceived by your own mind. Nothing has happened to you, you are simply the old man - the new man has not arrived. And all that you are doing - writing letters to the UN, to other governments - are just ways of the ego. And you are in the grip of the ego.”
Close to me, he understood. Three times he became enlightened and I had to make him unenlightened. Now, that is not a good job. The fourth time he never came back; perhaps he is afraid I will make him again unenlightened. Now he remains in his castle and remains enlightened!
It is very easy to live in a beautiful dream. It is hard to see your dreams shattered by reality.