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    Yoga: The Alpha and the Omega, Vol 10



    Yoga: The Alpha and the Omega, Vol 10



    CHAPTER 1

    Dropping the artificial mind 1 May 1976 am in Buddha Hall

    NOW BEGINS THE LAST SECTION OF PATANJALI’S SUTRAS, KAIVALYA PADA.
    1. THE POWERS ARE REVEALED AT BIRTH, OR ACQUIRED THROUGH DRUGS, REPEATING
    SACRED WORDS, AUSTERITIES, OR SAMADHI
    2. THE TRANSFORMATION FROM ONE CLASS, SPECIES, OR KIND, INTO ANOTHER, IS BY
    THE OVERFLOW OF NATURAL TENDENCIES OF POTENTIALITIES.
    3. THE INCIDENTAL CAUSE DOES NOT STIR THE NATURAL TENDENCIES INTO ACTIVITY; IT
    MERELY REMOVES THE OBSTACELS – LIKE A FARMER IRRIGATING A FIELD: HE REMOVES
    THE OBSTACLES, AND THEN THE WATER FLOWS FREELY BY ITSELF.
    4. ARTIFICIALLY CREATED MINDS PROCEED FROM EGOISM ALONE.
    5. THOUGH THE ACTIVITIES OF THE MANY ARTIFICIAL MINDS VARY, THE ONE ORIGINAL
    MIND CONTROLS THEM ALL.

    MAN IS ALMOST MAD – mad because he is seeking something which he has already got; mad
    because he’s not aware of who he is; mad because he hopes, desires, and then ultimately, feels
    frustrated. Frustration is bound to be there because you cannot find yourself by seeking; you are
    already there. The seeking has to stop, the search has to drop: that is the greatest problem to be
    faced, encountered.

    The problem is that you have something and you are seeking it. Now how can you find it? You are
    too occupied with seeking, and you cannot see the thing that you already have. Unless all seeking
    stops, you will not be able to see it. Seeking makes your mind focus somewhere in the future, and
    the thing that you are seeking is already here, now, this very moment. That which you are seeking is
    hidden in the seeker himself: the seeker is the sought. Hence, so much neurosis, so much madness.
    Once your mind is focused somewhere, you have some intention. Immediately, your attention is no
    longer free. Intention cripples attention. If you are intently looking for something, your consciousness
    has narrowed down. It will exclude everything else. It will include only your desire, your hope, your
    dream. And to realize that which you are you need not have any intention; you need attention, just
    pure attention: not intending to go anywhere, unfocused consciousness, consciousness here-now,
    not anywhere else. This is the basic problem: the dog is chasing its own tail. It gets frustrated; it
    becomes almost mad because each step, and nothing comes into its hands – only failure, failure,
    failure.

    Just the other day a sannyasin told me that he was now feeling frustrated. I became tremendously
    happy. Because when you feel frustrated, something opens within you. When you feel frustrated,
    if really frustrated, then future disappears. Future can exist only with the support of expectation,
    desire, intention. Future is nothing but intentionality. I became tremendously happy that one man
    was frustrated.

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