Chapter 6: The Purity of Yoga
Just the same has happened with the mind. You call it your mind; that “your” is false. The mind is part of the infinite. Just as matter is part of the infinite, mind is part of the infinite. Your soul is also part of the infinite. When the “my” is lost you are the infinite. So if you appear finite, it is an illusion.
Finiteness is not a reality; finiteness is just a conception, an illusion. And because of your conception you are confined in it. And whatsoever you think, you become. Buddha has said - and he was repeating it continuously for forty years - that whatsoever you think you become. Thinking makes you whatsoever you are. If you are finite, it is a standpoint that you have taken. Drop the standpoint and you become infinite.
And the whole process of Yoga is how to drop - how to drop the frame, how to destroy the mirror, how to move from the reflection to the reality, how to go beyond the boundaries.
Boundaries are self-created, they are not really there. They are just thoughts. That’s why, whenever there is no thought in the mind, you are not. A thoughtless mind is egoless, a thoughtless mind is boundary-less, a thoughtless mind is already the infinite. If even for a single moment there is no thought, you are the infinite - because without thought there can be no boundary. Without thought you disappear and the divine descends.
To be in thought is to be human, to be below thought is to be animal, to be beyond thought is to be divine. But the logical mind will raise questions, the logical mind will say, “How can the part be equal to the whole? The part must be less than the whole. It cannot be the equal.”
In Tertium Organum Ouspensky writes - it is one of the best, one of the few best books in the world - that not only can the part be the equal to the whole, it can be even greater than the whole. But he calls it a higher mathematics. That mathematics belongs to the Upanishads. In the Ishavasya Upanishad it is said, “You can take out the whole from the whole, and still the whole remains behind. You can put the whole into the whole, and still the whole remains the whole.” It is absurd. If you like to call it absurd you can call it absurd. But really, it is a higher mathematics where boundaries are lost and the drop becomes the ocean and the ocean is nothing but a drop.
Logic raises questions, it goes on raising them. That is the nature of the logical mind, to raise questions. And if you go on following those questions you can go on ad infinitum. Put aside the mind, its logic, its reasoning, and for a few moments try to be without thought. If you can achieve that state of non-thought even for a single moment you will come to realize that the part is equal to the whole, because suddenly you will see all the boundaries have disappeared. They were dream boundaries. All the divisions have disappeared, and you and the whole have become one.