Satsang in Ottawa, Canada – Transcript

The Mind


Your mind can only weigh one thing against another. That’s how the mind works. It knows about opposites. It knows about right and wrong. It’s endless really. It knows about weighing things. When the mind is quiet, you’re in the state of love. A whole life can be lived in a justified state. It’s like a lawyer pleading for his client in court for people to ignore the facts that he’s a crook and he murdered a few people, but go to your heart anyway and find it in your heart that you could be him and find him innocent. You are this, believing you are that. Playing by the rules of duality, justification, emotional states, anger, fear, whatever, impatience. It appears very, very real. Especially when you’re in it. But when you’re not in it and you see the total picture, it is silly. Because no matter what’s going on, all is well, and you’re sitting in that right now. All is very well. That’s what my teacher always said, Robert Adams. All is well. It used to drive me crazy. It is not well. This is going on and that’s going on and it’s not well. But from his point of view, all is well. It took me awhile. He said it all different ways. He would also say there are no problems. Of course, we would say, easy for you to say.

Well, it feels right now there’s absolutely no problem. I know my mind will come back and say, yes there is.

But your mind has to come back to do that. Yes, so the mind comes back and tells you there is a problem and this is the situation and it certainly looks like a problem, and if you really get into it, it is a problem and then one goes about trying to solve the problem, so we become problem-solvers. Look how good I solved that problem. I’m a very good problem-solver. I mean, look at most executives, that’s what they do, right? Or a good secretary, she’s a good problem solver, but we’re all that. As they come up, we try and solve them as best we can. We’re looking outside of ourselves for the solutions. If we got still, very still, all the problems would disappear. It would solve all the problems and it does and if you’ve experienced it, you know it. The problem pulls you out, it makes you do this and that and the other thing, and when you stop and you bring yourself back, there’s peace again. And somehow in that peace that is in you, somehow there’s a shift in the outside problem that you didn’t take directly.
Well, in some way there’s a change and you know that you didn’t make it happen. But what you do know is that you stopped trying to fix it. You stopped trying to make it better. You got still. You went to the source. And that’s something that a rational mind won’t do. It does not know to do that and if it did know, it wouldn’t do it. It’s very obstinate. So it’s very good that you’re all here at least listening. What you do with it, that’s your business.

You’re hearing it from a slow learner.

Does that mean it’s going to have a slow impact?

I hope not. That’s why I said I was a slow learner. I should have said resistant.

- Recorded at Stuart’s Retreat at the Barn near Ottawa, Canada on August 21, 2009