The eyes are just an opening – the cunning person is afraid; he will always look sideways. He will be talking to you but looking at something else; his talking and his seeing will not be in the same direction. He will be listening to you but his eyes will not be concentrated on you. The man who wants to deceive you cannot confront you eye to eye. Only a simple, sincere person, a person with a loving heart and with no cunning desire will allow you to look into his eyes because he knows you will find his truth. He has nothing to hide.
So if you are using glasses, then use them only for particular purposes. If you need them for reading, use them for reading. If you use them continuously it is dangerous – not to your eyes, but to your whole being. If you need them to look far away, you can use them; but don’t make it part of your being.
Your glasses should never become part of your being. Only when necessary use them. When you feel they are not necessary, put them away, so at least for long periods you are available to the world in your authenticity, and the world is available to you; there is no barrier.
You cannot do anything about the basic harm, but if you give birth to a child, it is better to give birth amongst your loving friends, with candlelights, with incense burning, with flowers all around. Give the child at least a good welcome to the world.
Don’t be technical – man is not a machine – be human. Let him first breathe; then cut the connection with the mother. There is no hurry. He should be given the chance to be spontaneous; otherwise his whole life he will suffer troubles and problems concerned with breathing.
There is no need for glaring lights; otherwise you have started already destroying his eyes. Soon he will need glasses. If you have been using them since you were one year old, that shows what we have been doing with children. And nobody tells you to use glasses only when you need them; otherwise don’t let them become an essential habit.
It is known about Mulla Nasruddin that one night he woke up and asked his wife, “Where are my glasses?”
She said, “What is the need in the middle of the night for glasses? Just go to sleep.”
He said, “I don’t want to fight – I am not in a position right now – I will explain everything later on. First, my glasses!”
With his glasses on he tried for a few minutes, then he said, “You destroyed it. If you had given them to me immediately, perhaps I may not have missed. I was having such a beautiful dream; just then I remembered, ‘I cannot see without glasses.’ Such a beautiful dream – I must be missing much. And you are so stupid that you started arguing with me.
“When I was asking for my glasses, you should have understood there must be some need, and later on you could have discussed it. But at that very time…and the gap became so big that I tried again and again with the glasses, but the dream was broken. And with it broken I could not manage to catch up with it again.