Tag Archives: Mind

The Great Fool

There is a famous story by Turgenev: THE GREAT FOOL. In a village there was a fool. He was very upset because no matter what he said people laughed at him. People had decided he was a blithering idiot. Even when he said something right people still laughed at him. He lived cowering, not daring […]

People are just the way you are

A Sufi story. A man was sitting at the gate of a town, an old man. A rider stopped, a horse rider and asked him, “what are the people of this town like?” The old man asked, “Why do you ask this?” The rider said, “The people of the town I have come from are […]

Seeing Tozan

I was reading about a Zen master, Tozan — a very famous Zen master.

The mind is always late

    It is said of Immanuel Kant, one of the greatest systematizers, that one girl proposed to him. In the first place it is bad that the girl should propose, it is always the boy who proposes. But the girl must have waited and waited and Kant wouldn’t propose; the idea never occurred to […]

Goose is Out

  Nansen is a rare man. THE OFFICIAL, RIKO, ONCE ASKED NANSEN TO EXPLAIN TO HIM THE OLD PROBLEM OF THE GOOSE IN THE BOTTLE. The problem is very ancient. It is a koan; it is given to a disciple, that he has to meditate on it. It is absurd; you cannot “solve” it. A […]

The great Sleep

I have-heard a very beautiful Jewish story. It is tremendously significant — it is about a man: He was always sleepy. And always ready to sleep. Everywhere. At the biggest mass meetings, at all the concerts, at every important convention, he could be seen sitting asleep. You must have known that man because you are […]

The thought and the reality….

The Hindu heaven has certain trees, which they call kalpavriksha, wish-fulfillment trees. You don’t have to order a cup of tea or a woman or a car; you don’t have to order anybody; you don’t have to call any bearer or give a call to some agency. You just sit under the wish-fulfilling tree — […]