Chapter 37: Each Moment Is Insecure
“I wept that night, that thieves should learn a few things. At least they should inform a day or two ahead when they come to a man like me, so we can arrange something, so they don’t have to go empty-handed.
“And it is good that you remembered me in the court; otherwise those fellows are dangerous, they may have mistreated you. I offered that very night to come with you and be partners with you, but you refused. Now you want.. There is no problem, you can come. Whatever I have I will share with you. But it is not material: it is something invisible.”
The thief said, “That I can feel - it is something invisible. But you have saved my life, and now it is yours. Make whatever you want to make of it. I have been simply wasting it. Seeing you, looking in your eyes, one thing is certain - that you can transform me. I have fallen in love from that very night.”
Maturity to me is a spiritual phenomenon.
Often I hear you saying that we can wake up any moment. Your words, and how you say them, thrill me so much that I often start shaking. What is really preventing me from waking up? Is the unconscious really so mighty? Do I need more and more dry cleaning?
The unconscious is certainly very powerful and immense. It is your whole past, from the very beginning. All that has happened in existence is part of your unconscious. It is as long and infinite as your past - but so is your superconscious. It is as long and as infinite as your future. You are just in the middle - you are always in the middle.
The past is very powerful because it has already happened, so it has left its marks on you. The future is not so powerful because it has not happened yet; it is only a possibility. The past is a reality; it is a history. Your unconscious is your history, and tremendously vast; your superconscious, which means awakening, is only a probability. You can go on postponing it.
And that’s what your past manages to do. It goes on telling you the idea is good - one has to wake up, you have to try it - but all these are the ways of postponing. The past goes on questioning how to wake up. The idea is appealing, but how to wake up? That “how” is also a way of postponing. So when I say, “Wake up!” something in your superconscious gets stirred and a thrill goes through you.
The unconscious is a very thick wall, but it cannot prevent you from waking; it can only postpone it - and that too depends how deeply you are listening to me, whether you are only hearing or listening. And remember the distinction between these two words.