Chapter 7: The Proper State of Mind
Remember, whenever you have two things, two alternatives, choose the new one, choose the harder, choose the one in which more awareness will be needed. At the cost of efficiency, always choose awareness and you will create the situation in which meditation will become possible. These are all just situations. Meditation will happen. I am not saying that just by doing them you will get to meditation, but they will be helpful. They will create the necessary situation in you without which meditation cannot happen.
Be less efficient but more creative. Let that be the motto. Don’t be bothered too much about utilitarian ends. Rather, constantly remember that you are not here in life to become a commodity. You are not here to become a utility - that is below dignity. You are not here just to become more and more efficient. You are here to become more and more alive, you are here to become more and more intelligent, you are here to become more and more happy, ecstatically happy. But then that is totally different from the ways of the mind.
A woman received a report from the school:
“Your little boy is very intelligent,” said the teacher’s note accompanying the report card, “but he spends entirely too much time playing with the girls. However, I am working on a plan to break him of the habit.”
The mother signed the report and sent it back with this note: “Let me know if it works, and I will try it out on his father.”
People are constantly searching for cues to control others, cues which can give you more profit, “profitable cues.” If you are after cues on how to control others, you will be in the control of the mind always. Forget about controlling anybody.
Once you drop the idea of controlling others - husband or wife, son or father, friend or foe - once you drop the idea of controlling others, the mind cannot have the same grip on you because it becomes useless.
It is useful in controlling the world, it is useful in controlling society. A politician cannot meditate - impossible - even more impossible than for a businessman. A politician is at the very other end. He cannot meditate. Sometimes politicians come to me: they are interested in meditation but not exactly in meditation - they are too tense and they want a want a certain relaxation. They come to me and they ask if I can help them, because their work is such that they are too tense, and constant conflict, leg-pulling, rat-racing, continues. They ask for something so that they can have a little peace. I tell them that it is impossible, they cannot meditate.
The ambitious mind cannot meditate because the basic foundation of meditation is to be non-ambitious. Ambition means the effort to control others. That is what politics is: the effort to control the whole world. If you want to control others you will have to listen to the mind, because the mind enjoys violence very much.
And you cannot try new things, they are too risky. You have to try the old things again and again. If you listen to the lessons of history, they are amazing.