Chapter 5: Gutei’s Finger
The doctor observed very minutely, looked from this side and that. Ten minutes passed. The artist became a little apprehensive, then he asked the doctor, “What is the matter? What do you think about this painting?”
The doctor said, “It appears to me double pneumonia!”
This is happening to everybody, because a doctor has his own attitudes, ways of looking at things. He looked at the painting - he cannot look at anything except in his own fixed ways; without them he cannot look - he diagnosed. The painting doesn’t need any diagnosis; he missed. The beautiful thing turned into pneumonia.
This is how mind functions. When you look at a thing, you bring in your mind to color it. Don’t do that with an enlightened person, because that is not going to make any difference to the enlightened person, but you will miss the opportunity to see the beauty of it.
Second thing: an enlightened person behaves from a center, never from the periphery. You always behave from the periphery, you live on the periphery, the circumference. To you, the circumference is the most important thing. You have killed your soul and saved your body. The enlightened person can sacrifice his body, but cannot allow his soul to be lost. He is ready to die - any moment he is ready to die, that’s not a problem - but he is not ready to lose his center, the very core of his being.
To an enlightened person the body is just a means. So if it is needed, then even an enlightened person will tell you to, “Leave the body, but don’t leave your inner being.” This is how all tapascharya, all austerity, is born. The circumference is to be sacrificed for the center. Even if the head needs to be cut - if that is going to help you, if with your head your ego can fall - an enlightened person will tell you to drop the head, to cut it off: “Don’t carry this head if it helps the ego, because for nothing you are losing all.”
This has to be remembered: when you live from the center, the outlook is totally different. Then nobody dies, nobody can die - death is impossible. If you live from the periphery then everybody dies, death is the final end of everybody; eternal life exists nowhere.
Krishna talking to Arjuna in the Gita is really the center talking to the periphery. Arjuna lives on the periphery: he thinks of the body, he does not know anything about the soul. And Krishna talks from the center, and he says, “Don’t bother about these bodies. They have died many times and they will die many times. Death is nothing but a transformation, as if someone leaves his clothes, leaves his old house, and enters into a new house. This body is nothing, Arjuna, so don’t be bothered about it. Look within.” But how can Arjuna look within others if he has not looked within himself?