Chapter 5: The Discipline of Transcendence
So the first thing to be understood before we enter into these sutras is that a man becomes blind by passion, by desire. And why does he become blind by passion and desire? Because desire and passion bring two things: first, a discontent with the present. It is the very root of desire. If you are not discontented with the present, desire cannot exist. Desire can come into existence only with discontent.
Just see.. If you are sitting here and if you are contented in this moment - and I don’t see why you should not be contented in this moment - then there is no desire. And when there is no desire, there is such calm, such quiet. The silence becomes so solid that you can almost touch it, you can taste it, you can hold it in your hands.
Whenever there is contentment there is no desire. When there is no desire you are at home, relaxed. In that relaxed state there is no mind. Mind is the accumulated tensions. Mind is not a faculty, mind is just a bundle of all your desires, all the waves that you go on creating. One passion is lost; before it is lost you get involved in another passion. One desire is finished, and even before it is finished you start planning for another trip in the future.
So you go on rushing into the future and you go on missing the present. And presence is possible only in the present. And when you are present there is no mind. And this state of no-mind is the goal, the Buddhist goal.
When there is no tension, no thought, no desire, no passion, a great well-being arises in your soul; it wells up. That’s what benediction is. You feel tremendously happy, and you feel happy for no reason. You feel tremendously high - but this high has no cause to it. It is not that you have taken some drug, or alcohol; it is not that you have been chanting a mantra - because mantra also changes your chemistry. The constant repetition of a certain sound brings changes in your body chemistry. It is a drug. A mantra is a drug, a very subtle drug: it creates certain waves in your being. And if you go on chanting a certain mantra - Aum.Aum.Aum - by and by, the sound “Aum” changes your whole body chemistry.
Or you can go on a fast. And look at the absurdity: people who preach fasting are against drugs, but fasting is a chemical change. It is as much a drug as any other drug. When you fast what are you doing? - you are not giving certain chemicals to your body - chemicals which, if not given, the balance of inner chemicals will be changed. It is the same. Either you take some drug - that changes your inner proportion of chemicals; or you stop taking food - that changes your inner balance of chemicals. When people feel high, when Mahatma Gandhi says that he feels very high when he is on a fast, he’s not talking about anything different from what Timothy Leary says. Both are saying the same things: both are talking about chemistry. Though ordinarily we don’t see fasting as a drug, it is a drug - it can make you high, it can make you weightless.