Your mind will say, “What type of a miracle is this? It is nothing to be proud of.” But I say to you, Bankei has said the real thing. That’s what a Buddha can do, that’s what a Mahavira is doing, that’s what a Jesus is to do. Only then is he a Christ, otherwise not. What he is saying is such a simple thing. He says, “When I feel hungry I eat.” Is it so difficult that he calls it a miracle? I say it is difficult for you; for the mind it is the most difficult thing – not to interfere. When you feel hungry the mind says, “No, this is a religious day and I am on a fast.” When you don’t feel hungry the mind says, “Eat, because this is the time every day that you eat.” And when the stomach is overfilled the mind says, “Go on eating, the food is delicious.” Your mind interferes.
What is Bankei saying? He is saying, “My mind has stopped interfering. When I feel hungry I eat, when I don’t feel hungry I don’t eat.” Eating has become a spontaneous thing; the mind is not a continuous interference. “When I feel sleepy I go to sleep.” No, you are not doing this. You go to sleep as a ritual, not when you feel sleepy. You get up as a ritual because it is brahmamuhurta, and you are a Hindu and you must get up before sunrise. Because you are a Hindu, you get up. Who is this Hindu? It is the mind. You cannot be a Hindu, you cannot be a Mohammedan; there is no sect for you but the mind. The mind says, “You are a Hindu, you must get up,” so you get up. When the mind says, “Now it is time to go to sleep,” you go to sleep. You follow the mind, not nature.
Bankei is saying, “I flow with nature; whatsoever my whole being feels, I do it.” There is no fragmentary mind manipulating it, manipulation is the problem. You go on manipulating and this disturbance, interference, this manipulation from the mind is the problem.
Even in dreams you go on manipulating. Ask the psychologists; they say, while awake you continue manipulating. The mind doesn’t allow you to see what is there, it projects; the mind doesn’t allow you to hear what is being said to you, it interprets. Even in dreams you are false, because the mind goes on playing tricks with you.
Freud discovered that our dreams are also false. You want to kill your father. In the dream you don’t kill your father, you kill somebody who looks like your father. You want to poison your wife, but you don’t poison your wife even in a dream, you poison some woman who somehow resembles your wife. The mind is interfering continuously.
I have heard: one man was saying to another, to his friend, “Did I dream last night! What a dream! I went to Coney Island – such delicious ice cream, such a tasteful dinner…I have never eaten such a thing in my whole life.”
The other man said, “You’re kidding. You call that a wonderful dream? Last night I dreamt that on one side was Elizabeth Taylor, on the other side was Marilyn Monroe, both in the nude!”
The other became excited and said, “Then why didn’t you call me?” The man said: “I called you, but your wife said you had already left for Coney Island.”
Even in dreams the mind goes on creating the world – Coney Islands, Elizabeth Taylors – and you become jealous even about another’s dream: Why didn’t you call me?