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Chapter 5: The Unity of Emptiness

He remained silent, so just to provoke his answer she said, “Is it flat?”

The son said, “No.”

She became more hopeful; she said, “Then is it a globe, round-shaped?”

Nasruddin’s son said, “No.”

Then she was surprised. She said, “The possibilities are only two: either it is flat or it is global, and you say no to both. So what is your idea?”

The son said, “My Dad said it is crooked!”

For the mind everything is crooked; not because everything is crooked - the way the mind looks, anything that penetrates the medium of the mind becomes crooked. Just as you put a straight thing into water, a straight staff, and suddenly you see the medium of the water has done something; it is no longer straight. You bring it out of the water, it is again straight. Put it in again, and you know that the staff remains straight even in water, but your eyes still say that it is not straight. A hundred times you can bring it out and put it in. Even if you know well that the staff remains straight, the medium will again give you the false information that it is no longer straight.

You have known many, many times that the misery is created by the mind, but again you fall a victim. Mind creates misery; it cannot create anything else because it cannot encounter reality. It can only dream - that is the only capacity for the mind. It can only dream. And dreams cannot fulfill, because whenever they come against the reality they are shattered.

You live in a house of glass: you cannot face reality. Whenever reality comes your house is shattered, and many houses you have lived in have been shattered. You carry their ruins in the mind, the anguish that resulted, and that has made you very sour, very bitter.

Taste anybody and you will taste bitterness. And that is the experience of others about you also: everybody tastes bitter. Come closer and everything goes bitter; remain distant, everything looks beautiful. Come closer, everything goes bitter - because when you come closer, minds penetrate each other and everything is crooked, then nothing is straight.

This has to be realized as your experience, not as a theory from me or Sosan. Sosan can’t help, neither can I. It must become your own experienced phenomenon. Experienced, it becomes a truth - and then many things start changing, then you drop the mind.

And when the mind drops, all worlds disappear. When the mind drops, objects disappear; then they are no longer objects. Then you don’t know where you end and where things start. Then there are no boundaries - boundaries disappear.

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