Chapter 2: Just See It
The whole idea of hurry is a creation of the mind. Let me say it in this way: mind and time are synonymous; the moment your mind stops, time also stops. The more you are in your mind the more you are in time; the less you are in your mind the more you are out of time.
There is a famous statement of Jesus Christ - of course, it is not related in the Bible. The Bible has missed many beautiful statements of Jesus, but truth has its own way of persisting. It has been carried by the Sufi mystics down the ages.
The statement is: somebody asks Jesus, “You talk again and again about the kingdom of God. What will be the most special thing about the kingdom of God? What will be the most unique phenomenon in the kingdom of God that you talk about?”
Jesus said - a very simple statement but very pregnant; he said, “There shall be time no longer.” Strange, unexpected. One would have expected something else from Jesus: God the Father will be there, the Holy Ghost will be there, all the saints will be there, and angels will be playing on their harps “alleluia” - something like that. And what he says is totally different. He says, “There shall be time no longer” - and he is right.
Eternity means timelessness. But the Judaic tradition out of which three religions were born - the Jewish religion, the Christian religion and the Mohammedan religion - they all live with the idea of one life. That idea of one life creates hurry, worry, a constant rush to reach, not knowing exactly where you want to reach or for what or what you will do even if you do reach. A craziness has been created because time is short and it is slipping out of your hands and soon death will knock on the doors and you are still unfulfilled, nothing special has happened yet.
Hence, as days pass your anguish becomes more and more deep, your anxiety becomes bigger and bigger, your life becomes a burden, you start dragging yourself. You are constantly trembling and afraid that you are not going to make it.
That’s what Bhagawati says. She says: “The cocoon of slumber I am existing in seems to suffocate me, and I am afraid I will never make it.”
There is nothing to make! All that is needed has happened; it is there from the very beginning. You have to enjoy it, not make it. You have to rejoice in it, not make it. But the idea of a small span of life, just seventy years, and a great trembling is bound to arise, because one-third of it will be lost in sleep, another third will be lost in education, schools, colleges, universities and all kinds of nonsense. The remaining third will be wasted in earning bread and butter, quarreling with the wife, taking care of the children, nagging the husband, fighting with the neighbors, competing for this and that.