Solly has been tossing and turning all night long, unable to sleep. “Solly, what is the matter?” asked Becky. “It is that five hundred dollars I owe Benny. I have to repay him tomorrow, and I have not got it.” Becky opens the window wide, and yells at the house opposite, “Benny, Benny, you know that five hundred dollars Solly owes you? He is due to pay you back tomorrow, right? Well, he has not got it.” She shuts the window and says, “Now, let him do the worrying. You go to sleep.”
Somebody has to wake you up…not to send you to sleep. The whole society is geared for sleep, because the people who are asleep are not rebellious, are not disobedient, are not against any stupid superstitions that the society thinks are great truths.
What does it matter to a man who is asleep, what is truth and what is untruth? He moves like a drunk in his life. This mystery school is just to wake you up, not to send you to sleep. I don’t give you any doctrine, any belief system, any scripture; I simply give you only one thing: a hard shaking, so that the dormant, the asleep potential starts becoming aware of its own reality.
The master cannot give you anything except a kind of seduction. He can seduce you that wakefulness is beautiful, that wakefulness is blissful, that wakefulness is the ultimate ecstasy.
Forget about those seven years; they don’t count. Start counting your life from today. This recognition of my presence will soon become a realization of your own presence.
In his book The Fourth Way” Ouspensky says, “In the work, the first condition is understanding what one wants to gain and how much one is prepared to pay for it, because one has to pay for everything.” In the marketplace we accept that nothing is free; yet as far as the non-material things are concerned, like love, happiness, meditativeness, we tend to think this law does not apply. We seem to take them for granted, as if they are our due – things that life owes us, because we have been good enough to grace existence with our presence. Would you please comment?
Ouspensky is right. In the work, the first condition is understanding what one wants to gain and how much one is prepared to pay for it because one has to pay for everything.
I can understand your doubt about Ouspensky’s statement. You say, “In the marketplace we accept that nothing is free; yet as far as non-material things are concerned, like love, happiness, meditativeness, we tend to think this law does not apply.” This law still applies, but in a more subtle way, in a more invisible way.