Osho - How to Stop the Mad Mind
- Osho : There is a Sufi story...
Junaid was going through the market-place of the
town with his disciples. And it was his way to take
any situation and use it. A man was dragging his
cow by a rope, and Junaid said 'Wait' to the man,
and told his disciples 'Surround this man and the cow.
I am going to teach you something.'
The man stopped Junaid was a famous mystic and
he was also interested in what he was going to teach
these disciples and how he was going to use him and
the cow. And Junaid asked his disciples 'I ask you
one thing: who is bound to whom? Is the cow bound to
this man or is this man bound to this cow?' Of course,
the disciples said 'The cow is bound to the man.
The man is the master, he is holding the rope, the
cow has to follow him wherever he goes. He is the
master and the cow is the slave.'
And Junaid said 'Now, see.' He took out his scissors
and cut the rope and the cow escaped.
The man ran after the cow, and Junaid said 'Now look
what is happening! Now you see who is the master; the
cow is not interested at all in this man in fact,
she is escaping.' And the man was very angry, he said
'What kind of experiment is this ?' But Junaid said
to his disciples 'And this is the case with your mind.
All the nonsense that you are carrying inside is not
interested in you. You are interested in it, you are
keeping it together somehow you are becoming mad
in keeping it together somehow. But you are interested
IN it. The moment you lose interest, the moment you
understand the futility of it, it will start disappearing;
like the cow it will escape.'
People come to me and ask 'How to stop this mad
mind?' I say 'There is no need to stop, all that
is needed is that you become disinterested in it
and the rope is cut.' That is the meaning of sannyas:
become disinterested in the mind. That is the meaning
of real vairagya, detachment.
It has nothing to do with renouncing the world, but
it certainly has something to do with cutting the rope
to the mind. Just become disinterested in the rubbish
and slowly slowly you will see a gap arising. The cloud
that used to surround you always is getting farther and
farther away and, one day, suddenly it is no more there.
And when you are left without mind, that is the state
of spiritual perception, that is the state of darshan,
that is the state when you can see, you have eyes;
otherwise your eyes are so full of smoke you cannot see.
Source: "The Sun Rises in the Evening" - Osho
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