The dog felt very miserable; tears came to his eyes. Mulla Nasruddin, out of compassion, came out and said to the shopkeeper, “This is too much. Your dog followed your instructions exactly. Sleep is also an activity – and when I fell asleep, the poor dog could not resist the temptation to fall asleep. Don’t be angry at him.
“And when I was asleep, he thought, ‘Now he cannot steal’ – nobody has ever heard of sleeping people stealing fruits in the marketplace. But after all, he is a dog; he could not make a distinction between pretended and real sleep.
“Don’t be angry at him. Next time you instruct him, tell him clearly, ‘If somebody sleeps in front of the shop, that is the moment to remain very awake – because if you fall asleep that man is going to steal.’”
And he said, “Don’t you worry, I will find some other way to steal.”
The time is not yet right and ripe for going into the world. One day, I myself will tell you to go into the world, when I see that now the mob psychology cannot affect you; that your awareness will remain the same; that your silence will remain the same; that your ecstasy may even grow deeper.
Jivan Mary, you are right in saying, “I wonder whether this frail bud is yet ready enough, that maybe it needs a little more sweet dew and sun fire….” It needs not “a little sun fire” – it needs much; not “a little dew” – it needs much.
But you are on the path, and to be on the path is almost half the pilgrimage.
The bud will soon become a flower, dancing in the wind and in the sun and in the rain. Then, whether you go or not, your fragrance will be reaching out there into the world – and that fragrance will trigger more people.
My own experience is that when you try directly to make somebody more aware, he starts defending himself. Rather than becoming more aware, he becomes more closed. It is a kind of attack on his territory – and it is an attack; you are destroying all his past, his lifestyle, his way of thinking. You are destroying his very mind – although you are destroying it to bring his reality to the surface. Your destruction is not for destruction’s sake; it is in the service of the greatest creation in the world.
My experience is that it is far easier indirectly. For example, when I am answering Jivan Mary, others are listening more openly, because it is not their question; so they are not defending themselves in any way. When I am answering somebody else’s question, it is possible that you will be benefited more than the questioner himself – because the questioner becomes in a certain way tense; it is his question, he is involved in it. Others are relaxed; it is not their problem – although it is everybody’s problem. Jivan Mary is just an excuse; she has asked it on behalf of all of you who are present here, and all of my sannyasins who are not present here will also listen to it.
Everybody feels that when joy comes, they want to share it; when awareness arises in them, they want to make others aware.