In fact, the only way mind has ever become silent is whenever you are utterly indifferent – as if it is not your mind and it does not matter whether it chatters or not. When your indifference is so deep that it does not matter if it chatters…Let him chatter.
If the mind stops chattering, don’t start patting your back. Just remain calm and quiet, alert and watchful…and mind has always stopped. Meditation has never failed if you have followed the right rule.
When I heard you telling the story of Buddha sending Sariputta back to his kingdom, this sudden fear arose: if I got enlightened, you wouldn’t send me back to Texas, would you?
Sarito, it seems you are from Texas. Nobody has ever heard that any Texan has become enlightened, so it is a very faraway possibility. Texan and enlightened? – it has never been heard!
Moreover, if by being a sannyasin you have dropped the idea of these stupid divisions of nations, states, races, religions, and you have become simply a human being, an inhabitant of this whole beautiful planet, you may become enlightened. But certainly I will not send you to Texas, because there is a famous rule of Mars: An expert is anyone from out of town. In Texas nobody is going to hear you. I will send you somewhere else.
But I will send you, certainly, so beware of enlightenment. If you don’t want to go, don’t become enlightened!
But I think it is worth going. It is worth going anywhere, because once you are enlightened, you need to share it. You have to go to those who are still groping in the dark. With enlightenment necessarily comes a deep feeling of compassion. The people may not listen to you; the people may even feel irritated and annoyed by you; the people may even be condemnatory of you, but still you will have a deep compassion.
Whatever they are doing is bound to be – they are ignorant. You have also been ignorant and you have also behaved in the same patterns. Now you are out of darkness, you can understand: those who are in darkness are going to behave accordingly. But they need help – in spite of themselves they need help.
And by giving help to those who are living in unawareness, in unconsciousness, your own enlightenment will become richer. It will grow new dimensions to it. So it is not only helping them; you are also being helped immensely. Sharing what you have, you will have more of it.
Existence is never in favor of hoarders, of misers.
Existence believes in abundance.