Chapter 5: From Emptiness toward Truth
There is a great scientist in Soviet Russia by the name of Fiodev. He carried out an experiment in telepathy over a distance of a thousand miles. Sitting in Moscow, he sent a wave of thought vibrations, without the help of any instruments, to a place called Tiflis, a thousand miles away. A few men were stationed in a garden in Tiflis to keep watch over a bench that bore the number 10. Soon a man came and sat down on this bench. Fiodev was informed that the seat was now occupied.
Sitting in Moscow, Fiodev began to concentrate on him and send him suggestions: “Go to sleep, go to sleep”.the man on bench number ten fell fast asleep in three minutes! Fiodev was duly informed, but he was told to give more proof of his experiment. It could have been that the man was tired and had gone off to sleep. He was asked to wake him up in five minutes. Fiodev sent a fresh wave of suggestion to the sleeping man: “Get up! Get up within five minutes.” Within five minutes this man, a thousand miles away, awoke from his sleep, and to the astonishment of all the observers, he looked anxiously from side to side as if he were looking for someone. They went up to him and asked him what had caused him to get up so startled.
“I am puzzled,” said the man. I came and sat here, as I normally do every day. Then it seemed to me as if someone was coaxing me to go to sleep. I thought perhaps I was tired and it was my mind telling me to rest. So I went to sleep, but hardly five minutes had gone by when the same voice ordered me to get up. ‘Get up’ it said, ‘Get up within five minutes. I am so intrigued - who could it be?”
Fiodev has carried out very many experiments in telepathy and given proofs thereof. Thoughts cannot be seen, but they are very much there; the soul is even more invisible, but it is very much there.
Those who enter the depths of meditation are, in a manner of speaking, able to “see” the soul. The roots of the tree are hidden, but if we start digging around the base of the tree roots can be seen. It is a similar action when one concentrates and tries to separate the living consciousness from the gross body. This leads to the seeing of the self within.
There was a Muslim fakir by the name of Sheikh Fareed. People came from far and near to touch his holy feet. One man asked him: “It is said that Jesus was smiling when he was being crucified. How could this be? And it is said that when the limbs of Mansoor were being cut off, he too was laughing. When they pierced his eyes, there was not a twinge of pain on his face. This is impossible.”
Fareed picked up a green coconut near him and, handing it to the man, told him to break it for him without injuring the kernel.
“That is not possible,” said the man. “The coconut is tender, and the kernel is stuck fast to the shell. When I break the coconut, the kernel is bound to break.”
Fareed picked up a dry coconut. “What about this one?” he asked.
“There is no problem with this one, for the fruit is dry and the kernel is free of the shell,” replied the man.