Be Realistic: Plan for a Miracle
Talks given from 13/3/76 to 6/4/76
13 March 1976 pm in Chuang Tzu Auditorium
[A sannyasin asks about his work in the West and his relationship:... it’s crazy that I should ask you
these things... I’ve got my own mind.]
No, you ask... that is a way of making up your mind, mm? Now you are part of me and I am as much
involved in you as you are – even more. So don’t think that you are crazy. Just tell me. Even telling
me will be of much help.
I cannot decide for you, but I can help you to decide. These two things... something else? There
must be a third thing also.
[He answers: Well... I have a tendency to be negative, critical, low energy... ]
Mm mm... because that third is the most basic, and these two are coming out of it.
If you feel a basic low energy, then you cannot make any decision. That is the problem for a low
energy person, mm? You cannot decide – you go on thinking and thinking and wavering your whole
life. But remember one thing – whether you decide or not, a decision is continuously being taken.
Even if you can’t decide – that too is a decision.
For example, if you don’t decide to leave this woman, you are deciding to be with her. The other
is also as much a decision. Sometimes for a low energy person, the decision that looks like a
no-decision becomes the only decision in life.
So what I will suggest is that you don’t think that you have to change your profession.
Rather than think whether you have to do it, decide whether you are to remain a dentist. Do you
want to remain a dentist? Don’t decide the other thing... decide this.
And if you are not decisive, don’t continue in it. Sit and meditate, and if you cannot decide, remain
suspended. You follow my point? If you cannot decide this, then the same has to be done with the
other – because it is the same problem. The problem is the third.
That’s why I insist that there is a third problem, more basic. These two are just off-shoots. And it
always happens that off-shoots look like real