The Sufi mystic Mansoor was murdered only because of this experience of the third eye. When for the first time he became aware of this inner space, he started crying, “I am God!” In India he would have been worshipped, because India has known many, many persons who have come to know this inner space of the third eye. But in a Mohammedan country it was difficult. And Mansoor’s statement that “I am God – ana’l haq!” – was taken to be something anti-religious, because Mohammedanism cannot conceive that man and God can become one. Man is man – the created – and God is the creator, so how can the created become the creator? So this statement of Manor’s, “I am God,” could not be understood; thus, he was murdered. But when he was being murdered, killed, he was laughing. So someone asked, “Why are you laughing, Mansoor?”
Mansoor is reported to have said, “I am laughing because you are not killing me, and you cannot kill me. You are deceived by this body, but I am not this body. I am the creator of this universe, and it was my finger which moved this whole universe in the beginning.”
In India he would have been understood easily. The language has been known for centuries and centuries. We have known that a moment comes when the inner space is known. Then one simply goes mad. And this realization is so certain that even if you kill a Mansoor he will not change his statement – because really, you cannot kill him as far as he is concerned. Now he has become the whole. There is no possibility of destroying him.
After Mansoor, Sufis learned that it is good to be silent. So in Sufi tradition, after Mansoor, it has been consistently taught to disciples, “Whenever you come to the third eye, remain silent and do not say anything. Whenever this happens, then keep quiet. Do not say anything, or just go on formally saying things which people believe.”
So Islam has now two traditions. One is just the ordinary, the outward, the exoteric; another, the real Islam, is Sufism – the esoteric. But Sufis remain silent, because since Mansoor they have learned that to talk in that language which comes when the third eye opens is to be unnecessarily in difficulty – and it helps no one.
This sutra says:
Closing the seven openings of the head with your hands, a space between your eyes becomes all inclusive.
Your inner space becomes all the space.
The fourth technique:
Blessed one, as senses are absorbed in the heart, reach the center of the lotus.