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Chapter 8: The Profound and the Trivial

The question has arisen because Dhruva must have been thinking these are contradictions, the trivial and the profound. No, they are not contradictory; they are complementary. The trivial hides the profound. The trivial functions like a cover, like a crust; it protects the profound. It is almost like a seed. The seed is protecting the possibility of the tree. That possibility is very soft; the seed is hard. The hard seed, the hard crust of the seed, is protecting the softest possibility, of flowers, of a big tree. And the seed will protect it till the seed finds the right soil. Then the seed disappears, then the sheath disappears, then the hard crust dissolves into the earth and the soft life arises.

The profound is hidden in the trivial, so look deep. Wherever there is the trivial there is the profound. Don’t escape from the trivial; otherwise you will be escaping from the profound. And don’t seek the profound against the trivial; otherwise you will never find it.

The second question:

A play question: if you were to come here now to this ashram as a young unenlightened man, how would you respond? Would you become part of the ashram? What work would you do? Where would you sit?

A beautiful question.

First, he asks, “If you were to come here now to this ashram as a young unenlightened man, how would you respond?

Even if I was unenlightened I would not be so unenlightened to come to this ashram. That much is certain.

Mulla Nasruddin’s wife was dying, and of course he was consoling her in every way, and the wife opened her eyes and said, “It seems almost certain that this night will be my last. I will not be able to see the sunrise again. Mulla, how will you react to my death?”

The Mulla said, “How will I react to your death? I will go mad!”

Even in that serious moment the wife started laughing: she said, “You cunning fellow. You will not go mad. I know within a week you will be remarried.”

And Mulla said, “No. I will go mad - but I will not go that mad.”

So even if I was unenlightened I would not be that unenlightened.

Second thing, you say, “Would you become part of the ashram?”

Even now I am not part of the ashram. I cannot be part of any institution or any organization, even my own. And if I had come as an unenlightened man, naturally, the ashram will not be mine, will be somebody else’s. I cannot be a part even of my own organization, so how can I be a part of anybody else’s organization? Impossible.

And then you ask, “What work would you do?”

I have never done any work. I am the laziest man in the world you can find.

And the last, you ask, “Where would you sit?”

I would escape immediately! I would see some organization, some ashram and I would run! You are asking, “Where will you sit?” I will not sit at all.

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