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Chapter 30, You Are Free NOW
Q: You seem to favor the dream theory?
NM: Theories are neither right nor wrong. They are attempts at explaining the inexplicable. It is not the theory that matters, but the way it is being tested. It is the testing of the theory that makes it fruitful… You are being offered several plans of your prison, none quite true. But they are all of some value only if you are in dead earnest. It is the earnestness that liberates and not the theory…Theories may be good as starting points, but must be abandoned, the sooner – the better. 118-119
Q: There is a Yogi who says that for realization the eightfold Yoga is not necessary; that will power alone will do?
NM: Whatever name you give it: will, or steady purpose, or one-pointedness of the mind, you come back to earnestness, sincerity, honesty. When you are in dead earnest, you bend every incident, every second of your life to your purpose. You do not waste time and energy on other things. You are totally dedicated, call it will, or love, or plain honesty. We are complex beings, at war within and without. We contradict ourselves all the time, undoing today the work of yesterday. No wonder we are stuck. A little integrity would make a lot of difference. 119
Q: What is more powerful, desire or destiny?
NM: Desire shapes destiny… and destiny shapes desire… desires are conditioned by heredity and circumstances, by opportunities and accident, by what we call destiny. 119-120
Q: At what point am I free to desire what I want to desire?
NM: You are free now.
What is it that you want to desire?
Desire it. 120
Q: The fact is that I do not feel free to desire what I think I should, and when I seem to desire rightly, I do not act accordingly?
NM: It is all due to weakness of mind and disintegration of the brain. Collect and strengthen your mind and you will find that your thoughts and feelings, words and actions will align themselves in the direction of your will. 120
Q: How does one begin?
NM: You can start only from where you are. You are here and now, you cannot get out of here and now… You can be aware of your being – here and now… That is all. There is nothing more to it. 120
Q: What is the new factor you want me to bring in?
NM: The attitude of pure witnessing, or watching the events without taking part in them. 120
Q: Can I control what is going on?
NM: What is going on is a projection of your mind… Be aware, therefore, of your mind and its projections. You cannot control what you do not know. On the other hand, knowledge gives power. In practice it is very simple. To control yourself – know yourself. 121
Q: Shall I be able to deal with the chaos of the world?
NM: There is no chaos in the world, except the chaos which your mind creates. It is self-created in the sense that at the very center is the false idea of oneself as a thing different and separate from other things. In reality you are not a thing, nor separate. You are the infinite potential. 121
Q: Why do I desire pleasure and fear pain?
NM: Pleasure and pain are states of mind. As long as you think you are in the mind, or rather, the body-mind, you are bound to raise such questions… As long as there is a body and a mind to protect the body, attractions and repulsions will operate. They will be there, out in the field of events, but will not concern you. The focus of your attention will be elsewhere. You will not be distracted. 121-122
Q: People die willingly quite often?
NM: Only when the alternative is worse than death. But such readiness to die flows from the same source as the will to live, a source deeper even than life itself. To be a living being is not the ultimate state; there is something beyond, much more wonderful, which is neither being nor non-being, neither living nor not-living. It is a state of pure awareness, beyond the limitations of space and time. Once the illusion that the body-mind is oneself is abandoned, death loses its terror, it becomes a part of living. 122
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