That Sufi used to shout loudly. Finally, the disciple decided that it was better to keep him in the basement at night. So they arranged a bed in the basement of the house, so he could pray as loudly as he desired and nobody would be disturbed.
But in the middle of the night the whole neighborhood gathered, and they said, “Why have you put him on the roof of your house?”
He said, “Roof? We have put him in the basement.”
But they went up to the roof and he was there praying to God so loudly. And when you are praying from the roof, naturally your sound goes on waking all the neighbors.
The disciple asked, “How did you manage to go to the roof?”
The mystic said, “I had to, because from the basement God will not hear me.”
Mohammedans have great pillars around their mosque, high pillars they call minarets. And the priest goes to the high pillars, because if you pray from the high pillars there is a possibility God may hear you.
Hindus have in their temples – Tibetans also have them in their temples – different kinds of bells, gongs. Did you know their purpose is to attract the attention of God? So you give a good beat on the gong and God will listen to you. Then after giving the beat on the gong, or the drums, or the bells, you can pray.
In the Hindu temple the bell is where you enter. And the bigger the temple, the bigger the bell. The richer the temples, the bigger and bigger the bells…deafening sound. First you have to ring the bell to wake up God for him to listen to you. But you don’t know where he is. Your gong, your bells are just resounding in the empty sky. There is nobody to be wakened.
No-mind is a reality that you can experience, but for that no prayer is needed. You don’t have to look outside of you. You have to close your eyes, and you have to look inwards without any idea of what you are going to find. If you have any idea that this is what you are going to find, then most probably you will imagine, and you will think you have found it.
Go inwards without any prejudice, because all prejudices are part of the mind. Your Jesus, your Krishna, your Rama – all are part of your mind. If you carry any prejudice with you, you remain confined to the mind. If you want to transcend the mind and reach to the no-mind, which is the ultimate consciousness, pure consciousness, the very essence of existence…But for that, prayer is not of help, nor are temples of any help, nor are scriptures of any help.
No philosophy is needed, no system of beliefs is needed, no theology is needed. All that you need is to unload yourself of everything that has been forced upon you.
Drop everything that has been given to you by your parents, by your teachers, by your priests, by your leaders.