“But,” Diogenes said, “I don’t understand. Why? If I can enjoy without conquering the world, why can’t you enjoy right now? Why are you postponing that which can happen right now? And this bank of the river is big enough for many people. You will not be encroaching on my space – it is big enough; nobody ever comes here.”
It is said Alexander became very sad after he met Diogenes, and he remained sad for many days and talked again and again about Diogenes. The impact was tremendous.
A passive, inactive, empty mind has a beauty, and only in the inactive mind one comes to know what is true. The activity creates the illusion. The activity creates ripples around you and you cannot see that which is. Inactivity…all ripples gone, the lake silent…the mind has no thought; everything disappeared, the smoke gone…and the flame burns bright. When the consciousness burns so bright that there is no smoke and the flame is pure, then you know what is real.
The way to reality is through inaction, passivity, receptivity. The way to the real is through feminine receptivity. The way to the unreal is through male, aggressive activity.
The second question:
Why don’t I have a question?
It is from Vani.
You are fortunate. Now don’t bring the question from the back door, don’t become worried about it – “Why don’t I have a question?” You are fortunate; you are blessed, because not to have a question means you are getting ready to have the answer.
A person who is too full of questions will never receive the answer, remember. Ordinarily people think “How are you going to get the answer if you don’t ask?” It is wrong. You only get the answer when there is no question. A non-questioning mind arrives; a questioning mind never arrives. If you ask – yes, some answer will be given to you, but it will never be received. When a mind is too obsessed with questions, even if this mind should receive an answer, it will create more questions out of this answer and nothing else. You ask one question; I will answer, and out of my answer you will find ten more questions arising in you. Your questioning mind will go on creating questions. A non-questioning mind is needed to receive the answer.
The answer is here. The answer has always been here, but because you are asking so many questions you cannot receive it.