Because of his patience – he has a uniqueness in the whole history of man – he discovered one thousand inventions. Anybody else could have done it, but nobody had that quality of patience. There were many intelligent researchers, but they would go a little way and have a few failures…and start moving into another direction.
Jalaluddin Rumi, one of the most important Sufi mystics, one day took his disciples to a nearby farm where the farmers were trying to dig a well. They had made eight holes, and now they were working on the ninth; on each one they had gone only so far, and then seeing that there was no water, they dropped that project and started in another place. They had destroyed the whole farm.
Jalaluddin Rumi had taken his disciples for a specific purpose – to see how impatience is idiotic. If these people had put all the energy that they had used in destroying the whole field with several holes into digging a single hole, they would be bound to find water. But these are not the kind of people who are going to find water.
He was telling his disciples, “You should not be impatient. Put your total energy, your total trust, one pointedly, arrowed towards one goal. When the master is with you – who has traveled the path, up and down many times, and who knows that the path is going to lead you to your cherished dream – don’t feel dejected, don’t feel impatient, don’t start new projects again and again. That way nobody has ever been able to find anything.”
You say, “The other day I found myself upset, impatient, and irritable!”
You cannot suddenly find yourself upset, impatient, and irritable. You must have been always impatient, upset, and irritable. Perhaps the other day you came to a peak of realization; you realized that these great qualities are in you. But they must have always been there; they cannot come suddenly. You must have become accustomed to them.
“When will I grow up?” What is the hurry? And what are you doing by growing up? Even if you grow up today, what will you do? You will get even more upset and impatient and irritable, thinking, “My God, there was a goal, now even that is finished. Now my life is absolutely meaningless.”
Growing up comes by itself. You have to work, but not directly on how to grow up soon; you have to work more on meditation, more on silence, more on love. And the total result is growth. The growth itself is not something separate; it is the whole synthesis of all great qualities. You have to work on those qualities.
In my childhood – and perhaps in India in everybody’s childhood – it must have happened…I used to plant mango seeds. My impatience was so much that I could not even sleep the whole night – I wanted to see what had happened in the night. In the morning, I would dig them up again, and see whether anything had happened or not. Nothing had happened!