Chapter 8: Always Remember to Laugh Twice!
You have a headache. Before you take an aspirin do a little meditation; it may be that the aspirin is not needed then. Just close your eyes and feel where the headache is exactly, pinpoint it, focus on it. And you will be amazed, that it is not such a big thing as you were imagining before, and it is not spread all over the head. It has a locus, and the closer you come to the locus, you become distant from it. The more diffused the headache, the more you are identified with it. The more clear, focused, defined, demarked, localized, the more distant you are.
Then there comes a point where it is just like a needle point, absolutely focused; then you will come to have a few glimpses; sometimes the needle point will disappear, there will be no headache. You will be surprised, “Where has it gone?” Again it will come. Again focus; again it will disappear. At the perfect focusing, the headache disappears, because at the perfect focusing you are so far away from your head that you cannot feel the headache. Try it. Start with small things; don’t jump to the last thing so immediately.
Patanjali also has traveled a long way to come to these sutras of vivek, discrimination, awareness. He has been talking about so many things as preparatory, as basic requisites. Very necessary: unless you have fulfilled all that, it will be difficult for you to non-identify yourself with the mind and body.
So never ask how about it; it has nothing to do with how. It is a simple understanding. If you understand me, in that very understanding you will be able to see the point. I don’t say you will be able to understand it, I say you will be able to see it. Because the moment we say, “understand,” intellect comes in, the mind starts functioning. “Seeing it” is something which has nothing to do with the mind.
Sometimes you are walking on a lonely path and the sun is setting and the darkness is descending, and suddenly you see a snake crossing the path. What do you do? You brood about it? You think about it, what to do, how to do it, whom to ask? You simply jump out of the way. That jumping is a seeing; it has nothing to do with mentation. It has nothing to do with thinking. You will think later on, but right now it is just a seeing. The very fact that the snake is there, the moment you become aware of the snake, you jump out of the way. It has to be so because the mind takes time and the snake won’t take time. You have to jump without asking the mind. The mind is a process; snakes are faster than your mind. The snake will not wait, will not give you time to think what to do. Suddenly the mind is put aside and you function out of the no-mind, you function out of your being. In deep danger it always happens.
That is the reason why people are so attracted to danger. Moving in a speedy car, going one hundred miles per hour or even more, what is the thrill? The thrill is of no-mind. When you are driving a car one hundred miles per hour, there is no time to think; you have to act out of no-mind. If something happens and you start thinking about it, you are lost. You have to act immediately; not a single moment has to be wasted. So the greater the speed of the car, the more and more the mind is put aside, and you feel a deep thrill - a great sensation of being alive - as if you have been dead up to now and suddenly you have dropped all deadness and life has arisen in you.