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Chapter 3: Power

Mind has no power at all; mind is just like the walking stick of a blind man. The stick walks, but the power is coming from the blind man. The stick cannot walk on its own, although it is called a walking stick. The blind man walks, and all the power that the stick has belongs to the blind man.

Your mind is a blind man’s walking stick.

The moment you open your eyes and understand the identity, you can withdraw your power from the mind. You have given it, and the moment you withdraw your power, mind simply collapses. So to talk about mental power, he must have heard some teacher.

Do not be concerned with whether or not a three-year-old child can say it, or whether or not an eighty-year-old man can carry it out. Just don’t do any evil and you have mastered these words. They apply whether you believe or not, so please think it over.

Now he goes on committing mistakes.if you compare him to any enlightened man’s statements. First: Just don’t do any evil. No awakened being of the world has ever said that because awakening makes one clear. You go on doing evil acts because of your unconsciousness. Evil acts don’t have any grip over you.

Gautam Buddha used to say that if a house shows light from the windows, from the doors, then thieves remain away. They know that the owner of the house is yet awake. The light is enough indication for a thief not to take the risk. But if the light is put off then the thief can come closer; it is a good opportunity. In darkness he can manage to steal something.

He used to say that the situation of human beings is the same. If your eyes show light, if your very existence shows illumination, if you radiate.then evils don’t come close to you. Then whatever you do comes out of your blissfulness, and blissfulness cannot do any evil.

To teach people not to do evil is absolutely absurd.

If they are unconscious they are bound to do evil. They can try; they can force themselves to do good and not to do evil, but it will remain superficial. They don’t have even the awareness of what is evil and what is good.

Once a man, a very rich man of Calcutta, came to Ramakrishna. He wanted to do some good act. He was becoming old, and he was very rich, and he thought it would be good to donate one thousand golden rupees - at that time there were gold rupees. The word rupee simply comes from gold. It is a Sanskrit word, raupya; in Hindi it has become rupaya; in English it has become rupee - but it comes from gold. Now even a paper note is called a rupee; the word has lost all meaning, it has no relevance. But that’s how things go on changing, and we go on using the same words for new realities to which they do not belong at all.

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