Chapter 2: Attraction to the Difficult
They talk differently; they have different patterns of mind. Patanjali is a scientific thinker. He is a grammarian, a linguist. Heraclitus is a wild poet. He does not bother about grammar or language or form. And when you say that listening to Patanjali you feel that Heraclitus and Basho and Zen appear childish, like kindergarten teachings, you are not saying anything about Patanjali or Heraclitus, you are saying something about yourself. You are saying that you are a mind oriented person.
You can understand Patanjali; Heraclitus simply eludes you. Patanjali is more solid; you can have a grip on him. Heraclitus is a cloud; you cannot have any grip on him. You can make head and tail out of Patanjali; he seems rational. What will you do with a Heraclitus, with a Basho? No, they are simply so irrational. Thinking about them, your mind becomes absolutely impotent. When you say such things, comparisons, judgments, you say something about yourself - who you are.
Patanjali can be understood; there is no trouble about it. He is absolutely rational, can be followed; there is no problem about it. All his techniques can be done because he gives you “the how,” and “how” is always easy to understand. What to do? How to do it? He gives you the techniques.
Ask Basho or Heraclitus what to do, and they simply say there is nothing to be done. Then you are at a loss. If something is to be done you can do it, but if nothing is to be done you are at a loss. Still, you will go on asking again and again, “What to do? How to do it? How to achieve this that you are talking about?”
They talk about the ultimate without talking about the way that leads to it. Patanjali talks about the way, never about the goal. Patanjali is concerned with the means, Heraclitus with the end. The end is mysterious. It is a poetry; it is not a mathematical solution. It is a mystery. But the path is a scientific thing. The technique, the know-how appeals to you. But this shows something about you, not about Heraclitus or Patanjali. You are a mind oriented person, a head oriented person. Try to see this. Don’t compare Patanjali and Heraclitus. Simply try to see the thing - that it shows something about you. And if it shows something about you, you can do something.
Don’t think that you know what Patanjali is and what Heraclitus is. You can’t even understand an ordinary flower in the garden - and they are the ultimate flowering in existence. Unless you flower in the same way you will not be able to understand. But you can compare, you can judge, and through judgment you will miss the whole point.
So the first rule of understanding is never to judge. Never judge and never compare Buddha, Mahavira, Mohammed, Christ, Krishna. Never compare! They exist in a dimension beyond comparison, and whatsoever you know about them is really nothing - just fragments. You cannot have the total comprehension. They are so beyond. In fact, you simply see their reflection in the water of your mind.
You have not seen the moon; you have seen the moon in the lake. You have not seen the reality; you have simply seen a mirror reflection, and the reflection depends on the mirror. If the mirror is defective, the reflection is different. Your mind is your mirror.