Chapter 23: Inner and Outer Realities
But ordinarily, people don’t use the brain so much. For ordinary work it is not needed. Only five percent of your capacity - the average human being uses five percent of his brain and the people you call very great geniuses use only fifteen percent. But if a person has used his brain to at least one-third of its capacity - that is, thirty-three percent - then it has strength enough that it can survive enlightenment. Not only can it survive, it can serve it too.
Out of ten persons whose brains survive, nine never become masters; only one becomes a master. The nine can at the most be teachers. They can talk about their experience. They can quote scriptures. They can be very famous teachers. People can confuse them for masters; they will have many followers - but they are not masters, because the quality of the master is missing in them.
The master is not only a teacher but a magnet. To teach is one thing, but to teach with a magnetic force so that just by hearing it you are transformed.then there is a master. It means the teacher can give you words, but he cannot give you life. The teacher can give you explanations, but he cannot give you experience. The teacher can approach your mind, but he cannot reach your heart.
Why does it happen to only one person in ten? Before enlightenment, if a man has been a teacher already - although he has not experienced, but his intelligence is so comprehensive that he can understand what has happened to others - he need not commit mistakes to learn. He can see others committing mistakes and that is enough for him to learn.
And if he has been from his very birth articulate, has enjoyed the very sound of words - their music, their poetry - has been expressive, has never found himself in any difficulty as far as expression is concerned, and his expression has been convincing.not that his argument was greater than your argument, but the way he managed to express, the poetry of his expression, the argument of his expression, the music of his expression is convincing, and yet he has not experienced himself..
If this kind of man happens to become enlightened, then he is coming with a skill of being very articulate. His enlightenment will add something to his articulateness - it will make it authoritative, it will give it magnetism. It will make it a presence to be felt, a presence to be overpowered by, a presence in which you easily fall into love, into trust.
The teachers who start teaching after their enlightenment remain amateur. But this man, who has been a teacher already, is immensely enriched by enlightenment as far as being a master is concerned.
It is reported that when Sariputta - one of Gautam Buddha’s chief disciples, and one of the few who became enlightened in Gautam Buddha’s lifetime - when he came to Gautam Buddha, he had come to argue. He was a well-known teacher and many thought he is a master. He had come with five thousand disciples to argue with Buddha about the basic principles.
Buddha received him with great love and said to both his disciples and Sariputta’s disciples, “Here comes a great teacher, and I hope that he will become a master one day.” Everybody was puzzled what he meant by it - even Sariputta.