Chapter 10: Not to Be in the Mind Is Everything
But even people like Bodhidharma have certain blind spots. It is something like the scientists say: at least ten percent of people in the world are color blind although they are not aware of it. It is a big percentage; it means out of ten people, one person is going to be color blind. And by color blind they mean that the person cannot see a certain color at all.
Rarely does one come to discover one’s color blindness. It happened in George Bernard Shaw’s life. For sixty years he was not aware that he was color blind. On his sixtieth birthday a friend sent a gift of a beautiful suit, but he must have forgotten to send a matching tie with the suit. And Bernard Shaw loved the suit and he told his secretary that they should go immediately to find a matching tie, “Because this evening many friends will be coming to celebrate my birthday and I would like to use this suit for the evening.”
They went to the shop where the best quality ties were available and he looked at many ties and finally he chose one. The shopkeeper was shocked, his secretary was shocked; they could not believe what he was doing. It looked very ridiculous; the suit was green and he had chosen a yellow tie. Simultaneously the secretary and the shopkeeper both said to him, “It will look very odd. You have chosen a very strange color. With green, this yellow will not look good.”
George Bernard Shaw said, “What do you mean? They are the same color.” He had no eye for yellow; yellow looked to him like green. He could not see the yellow at all. But it was just coincidental. Perhaps millions of people live and die without knowing that they are color blind. If this certain circumstance had not happened, George Bernard Shaw would have died - sixty years he had lived, forty years more he could have lived, he could have made the whole century - and remained unaware of a certain blind spot in his eyes.
Something similar happens to people. Even though they may be of great awareness, there are points where they are blind, and unless these blind spots disappear, a man’s enlightenment cannot be called perfect. It remains imperfect, incomplete. And the surprising thing is, when Bodhidharma talks about great things he is so accurate, so impeccably perfect, but just on a few points he simply forgets everything and falls down into an ordinary state of mind where people become opinionated, prejudiced.
You have to remember him and learn one secret from him, so that this does not happen to you.
Using the mind to look for reality is delusion.