But enlightenment is a totally different plane of being. Dreams don’t exist there. And if you continue to dream, enlightenment will not be possible.
I was reading just the other day a beautiful anecdote….
A parson had a parrot, but despite all efforts to try and teach it to speak the bird remained dumb. The parson mentioned this one day to an elderly lady parishioner who visited him. She was interested and said, “I also have a parrot which does not speak. It might be a good idea to put the two birds together and see what happens.”
Well this they did, the parrots being put in a large cage while the parson and his lady parishioner withdrew out of sight but not out of hearing. At first all was quiet, then came some fluttering and the old lady’s parrot was heard to exclaim, “What about a spot of love, deary?” To which the parson’s parrot replied, “That’s what I have been silently praying and waiting for for years. Today my dream is fulfilled, I can speak today.”
If you are waiting and praying and dreaming for love and fame, it will happen one day! It is not a difficult phenomenon. One just needs stubbornness, and it happens. One just needs to go on and on and on…it is bound to happen, because it is your dream. You will find some place or other where you can project it and you can see it, almost as if it has become a reality.
When you fall in love with a woman or a man, what are you doing exactly? You were carrying a dream inside you; now suddenly the woman functions as a screen, you project your dream on her. You start feeling “My dream is fulfilled.” The woman projects her dream on you; you function as a screen, and she feels her dream is fulfilled. If you go on dreaming some day or other you will find a screen, somebody will become a screen, and your dream will be fulfilled.
But enlightenment is not a dream, it is a dropping of all dreams. So please don’t dream about enlightenment. Love is possible through dreaming; in fact it is possible only through dreaming. Fame is possible through dreaming – in fact it is only possible through dreaming, it happens only to dreamers. But enlightenment is not possible through dreaming; the very existence of dreaming will make it impossible.
Dream for it and you will miss. Wait for it and you will miss. Hope for it and you will miss. Then what are you supposed to do? What you are supposed to do is to understand the mechanism of dreaming. You can leave enlightenment aside, it is none of your business. You just look deep into the faculty of dreaming, understand how dreaming functions; that very understanding will bring a clarity. In that clarity dreaming stops, disappears.
When dreaming is not, enlightenment is.