All the intellectuals all over the world have this idea that intellectuals cannot be hypnotized. But the real reason is because they cannot trust. Trust needs a man of heart, of feelings, not of thoughts. And all these people who are using hypnotism as an entertainment should be stopped by law – it is a crime. They are spoiling a tremendously valuable science.
Only a master should be allowed – and then too, he should hypnotize only his own disciples. And not to make a mockery of it, but to increase the consciousness of the disciples, to increase the intelligence of the disciples, to change their wrong habits to make them more integrated, more consolidated, to give them more courage and stamina.
And when other students, other disciples will see that hypnotism can be a blessing – the same man who was so much afraid has lost all fear, even the fear of death; the same man who was always miserable has lost his misery and is always in a state of joy – more trust will be created, more and more people will be ready to be hypnotized. That readiness, that trust, that receptivity is missing because for centuries hypnotism has been misused.
People like magicians, showmen, entertainers – the wrong kind of people – have made hypnosis condemned.
It can become such a great benediction to humanity. You need trust, you need receptivity, you need intelligence to go into it. All these things will be strengthened when you attain new dimensions, new talents, new genius. Then you will be more able to go back into it.
And soon everybody who has been hypnotized by a loving compassionate master, who cannot harm you, who cannot imagine hurting you…after a few sessions of your being hypnotized, he will start a new phase: self-hypnosis.
In deep hypnotic states he will tell you, “Now you are able to hypnotize yourself – you don’t need me, you don’t need anyone else.” So he is not going to use hypnosis to create a spiritual slavery. He will use it to give you more spiritual freedom than you ever had before. And the day you can hypnotize yourself is a great day; something valuable has been achieved.
Then you can do miracles with it, upon yourself. You can change things that you have always been trying to change; but the more you try to change them, the more difficult it becomes.
I used to stay in Calcutta with an old man, Sonalal. He was famous all over India as the greatest gambler. He never paid a single cent to the government in taxation because he never kept any books. I was surprised at how he maintained all his businesses – gamble winnings of millions – how he kept the accounts. And when I stayed in his house, I asked him. He took me to his bathroom – all over his bathroom were his books, on the walls.
So no income tax officer can conceive that on his walls in the bathroom he keeps all the accounts from different countries, of different people – where, in which bank, what number, telephone numbers…everything. He said, “This is my accounts office.”