The first question:
What is your view of being successful in ordinary life? – I am afraid you are against success!
I am neither against anything nor for anything. Whatsoever happens, happens. One need not choose – because with choice is misery. If you want to be successful then you will remain miserable. You may succeed, you may not succeed; but one thing is certain: you will remain miserable.
If you want to succeed, and you succeed by chance, by coincidence, it is not going to fulfill you – because this is the way of the mind. Whatsoever you have got becomes meaningless, and the mind starts going ahead of you. It desires more and more and more. The mind is nothing but the desire for more. And this desire can never be fulfilled, because whatsoever you have got you can always imagine for more. And the distance between that “more” and that which you have got will remain constant.
This is one of the most constant things in human experience: everything changes, but the distance between that which you have and that which you would like to have remains constant.
Albert Einstein says: The speed of time remains constant – that is the only constant. And buddhas say: The speed of mind remains constant. And the truth is that mind and time are not two things, they are both the same; two names for the same thing.
So if you want to succeed, you may succeed, but you will not be content. And what is the meaning of a success if you are not content? And this, I say, is only coincidence that you may succeed. The greater possibility is that you will fail because you are not chasing success alone, millions of people are chasing.
In a country of six hundred million people only one person can be the prime minister – and six hundred million people are wanting to be the president or the prime minister. So only one succeeds, and the whole crowd fails. The greater possibility is that you will fail; mathematically that seems to be more certain than success.
If you fail you feel frustrated; your whole life seems to be a sheer wastage. If you succeed, you never succeed; if you fail, you fail – this is the whole game.
You say that you suspect that I am against success – no, I am not. Because if you are against success, then again you have another idea of being successful – that is, how to drop this nonsense of being successful. Then you have another idea…again the distance, again the desire.