- There is no Goal
- Charity is Sharing
Path towards God
- Rabia al-Adawiyya
- Sufi Mystic Bayazid
Osho on Judgement
- Osho on Laila Majnu
Osho on Attachment
Sufi Rabia on
Identification is Misery
- How to Stop Mad
- Sufi Rabiya and Hassan
Master is Always There
Mulla Nasruddin wisdom
- This World is only a caravanserai
- Rabiya and Hassan Story
How to Stop the Mad Mind
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
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