” It seems to me that the real problem is the mind itself, and not the problem which the mind has created and tries to solve.
If the mind is petty, small, narrow, limited, however great and complex the problem may be, the mind approaches that problem in terms of its own pettiness.
If I have a little mind and I think of God, the God of my thinking will be a little God, though I may clothe him with grandeur, beauty, wisdom, and all the rest of it. It is the same with the problem of existence, the problem of bread, the problem of love, the problem of sex, the problem of relationship, the problem of death.
These are all enormous problems, and we approach them with a small mind; we try to resolve them with a mind that is very limited.
Though it has extraordinary capacities and is capable of invention, of subtle, cunning thought, the mind is still petty. It may be able to quote Marx, or the Gita, or some other religious book, but it is still a small mind, and a small mind confronted with a complex problem can only translate that problem in terms of itself, and therefore the problem, the misery increases.
So the question is: Can the mind that is small, petty, be transformed into something which is not bound by its own limitations?”
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