My beloved ones,
Man is tied up in chains of thoughts, like a prisoner. In this prison of thoughts, what kinds of stones have been used as a foundation? In the afternoon we talked about one of those stones; tonight we will talk about the second, but equally important, one. If these two foundation stones are removed, the mistake of thinking that borrowed knowledge is real knowledge can be seen, and man will then very easily be able to rise above his prison of thoughts.
What is this second stone? What is the other foundation stone on which the prison of thoughts in man’s mind has been built, on which the web of thoughts has been woven? Perhaps you do not know. Perhaps you have no idea how you have become so full of so many contradictory thoughts.
Your situation is like a bullock cart which is being pulled by bullocks from all four sides: the bullocks are being forced to move so that different destinations can be reached; the bullock cart is in danger, its structure is becoming loose; the bullocks are pulling it in different directions from all sides. Can it go anywhere? Can it reach any destination? There can be only one destination for it, only one destiny: it will be broken apart, destroyed. With the bullocks pulling it apart, running away in opposite directions with all its pieces, nothing but destruction can happen. The bullock cart cannot reach anywhere.
The inner conflict between the different thoughts in your mind is killing you. All your thoughts are irrelevant and contradictory, in opposition to each other. All the bullocks of your thoughts are pulling the mind in different directions, and you are in misery and suffering in the middle of this. You have no idea how this struggle, this conflict, has come to be there within you.
I was a guest in the house of a very great doctor. In the morning the doctor and I were about to go out of the house when suddenly his child sneezed. The doctor said, “This means bad luck! Let’s wait for awhile, for a few minutes, and then we will go.”
I said, “You seem to be a strange doctor. At least a doctor should know what causes a sneeze, and that there is no relation between sneezing and whether somebody should stay or go somewhere. This is just a superstition. It is very surprising that even a doctor isn’t clear about this.”