Chapter 6: The Thought-less Mind
So the stars that we see at night are not where we see them. The night is very misleading, the stars are very misleading - none of the stars are really there where you see them. And these stars are very far away. In the case of some stars it takes a hundred years, for others it takes a thousand years, before their light reaches us - and some of them take millions and billions of years. There are stars whose light started traveling towards the earth before the earth even came into existence some four billion years ago and their light has not reached here yet. Who knows what might have happened out there in those four billion years?
What we are looking at is not exactly that which is. And even during that short fraction of time it is changing. When I look at your face, the rays of light start from your face and reach my eyes, but this too has a time gap. By that time you are not the same. Everything has changed inside. What to say about forever - the form does not remain the same even for one moment.
Heraclitus has said, “You cannot step in the same river twice.” Even this is not totally right. It is difficult to step in the same river even once, stepping twice is impossible - because as your foot touches the surface of the river it is flowing away. As your foot goes a little deeper, the water on the surface is flowing away. When your foot has reached a depth of one foot, all around it the water in the river is flowing rapidly on. When your foot is on the surface, the water beneath you is flowing away and when your foot is at the bottom, the water on the surface is flowing away.
Form runs away like a river, but to us it appears to be static. It looks identical because it looks similar. It appears to be the same as what we saw yesterday, it appears to be the same as what we saw in the morning, and so we take it to be identical. But form is changing every moment.
Arjuna has become very worried about the world of forms and shapes; we are worried, too! He says, “What will happen if these people die?” - about those who are already dying each moment. He is worrying about those who are already dying, who cannot be saved; he is worrying about impossible things. And the person who worries about impossible things can never become free from worrying.
Worrying about the impossible turns into insanity. It is difficult to save the form even for a moment; the question of saving it forever does not even arise. There is a world of forms - of appearances, of sound, of rays and waves - it is in a constant flux. Everything is continuously changing. Right now, we are all sitting here - all of us are changing, pulsating, wavering. Everything is changing. Anyone who wants to save the changing world from change wants the impossible. Man becomes insane through bumping against the banks of impossible desires.
I am reminded of an incident in Socrates’ life. When Socrates was dying, Creto, one of his friends asked, “You are about to die but you don’t look worried or concerned.”