Old habits become automatic. Someone is angry and the next thing you know, your anger is incited. It has become so automatic – as if someone had pushed a button and the light went on. It is just like pushing a button. You need not do anything about it, anger comes so automatically.
Psychologists say that our mind is like a robot, an automatic machine – you need not be aware of it. Whatever you have learned you give to your robot and it will perform. Your mind is just like a computer: once you have fed it, it will work. You can rest; you are not needed.
The robot is helpful as far as ordinary life is concerned, because without it you will not be able to do many things; it is a necessary help. But as far as higher things are concerned, the robot becomes a problem.
The robot knows when to be angry. You need not be aware when someone abuses you or looks at you in anger; the robot takes charge. It begins to throw poison into your blood, it makes you ready to jump in and fight. This is mechanical. You have to take charge of the robot – at least as far as the lower openings are concerned. It is good to let the robot drive, but don’t allow it to love and to be angry.
Your robot is doing everything for you. It has done the same thing so many times that it has become an expert; you are not needed. When a husband and wife love each other it becomes a robotlike phenomenon; no awareness is needed. The robot goes on repeating things. Don’t leave such subtle things to the control of the robot.
The robot is the only difficulty as far as spiritual progress is concerned. Take charge. Be conscious of things which have become automatic. Then, by and by, as you become more and more aware, the lower opening will be closed. And when the higher opens, you need not do anything more: then the higher begins to do everything through you.
You have to do something with the lower. With the higher there is only a surrendering – you are not. When we say Bhagwan, Buddha, it only means that now Buddha is no longer Gautam Siddhartha – Siddhartha, the person, has dissolved – the higher has taken charge.
Even people who don’t believe in God, who say there is no bhagwan, no God as the creator, still call Mahavira Bhagwan for this reason: because they cannot call him by his old name. The person, Vardhaman, has dissolved completely. Now there is no ego functioning; now it is not Vardhaman who is alive – it is the beyond. Now the beyond has entered, the infinite has come within, and everything happens according to the infinite. Once you are open to the higher, you have dissolved: you are not, and the higher is. Then the miracle happens.
A Mohammed fighting becomes a problem for us. How can one who has become a higher being fight? But it is not a question of Mohammed’s decision. Mohammed is no more; the divine has taken charge. Now it is the higher which is acting, and wherever it leads, Mohammed follows like a shadow. If the higher leads him into war, Mohammed goes willingly.