The mind leads you astray

Mulla Nasruddin was eager to learn to swim. He found a teacher who said, “Come, I am going to the river.” As it happened, the Mulla slipped as soon as he stepped into the water. He fell over and almost drowned. Somehow he found his way to the bank, whereupon he got out of the water and ran away.
The teacher called out to him, “Where are you going? Don’t you want to learn how to swim?”
“First teach me how to swim,” said the Mulla, “and then I’ll get back into the river.”
“That’s almost impossible,” said the teacher. “Unless you get into the water you cannot learn.”
But the Mulla said, “Never again will I set foot in the river, at least not in this life.”
You also reason like Nasruddin, and your reasoning is correct. The Mulla will only step into the river if he knows how to swim, for was he not almost drowned? It was sheer good luck that he found himself alive!
One day Nasruddin was teaching his wife how to drive. He stood at the edge of the road, well away from his wife, who sat at the wheel of the car. He was shouting out instructions: “Press the clutch! Change gears!”
A friend watched him intrigued. He went up to him and asked, “Mulla, I have seen many people teach driving, but yours is a unique method! How can you teach someone from outside the car?”
The Mulla replied, “The car is insured; I am not.”
Logic always demands insurance; it wants a guarantee. The seed also demands a guarantee that it will become a tree, but how is one to assure the seed? Faith is invaluable. There is no way to assure you. Faith is a jump in the dark, therefore the faithful reach and the logical don’t. The mind misleads, leads you astray; the heart takes you all the way to the destination.
When you are in love you never listen to the mind. Even when you pray you cannot pray if you listen to the mind. If you listen to the mind its logic always seems one hundred percent correct, but the ultimate result is zero. The seed remains a seed; not only does it remain a seed but it begins to rot.
Ask yourself this question: “Is what I have real?” What does a seed possess? Don’t ask whether the tree will or will not be; instead ask the seed what it has that it is so afraid of losing. This is what faith always asks. Faith says: “What do I have that I fear losing?” There is nothing apart from anxiety, anguish and distress. Why be afraid of losing them? Is there any bliss, any joy in you, so that you are afraid you might lose it and be so much the poorer for it?


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