But there is a possibility to go even beyond that – because that is your individual consciousness. If you can go beyond it, you enter into the cosmic consciousness. We are living in the ocean of cosmic consciousness, just as a fish lives in the ocean and is not aware of the ocean. Because it is born in the ocean, it lives in the ocean, it dies in the ocean; the fish knows only the ocean. If a fisherman pulls it out of the ocean, throws it in the sand on the beach, then for the first time it becomes aware that something had been surrounding it, nursing it, and giving it life, and that without it, it cannot remain alive.
It is easy to give a fish the experience of being out of the ocean. It is very difficult to give man the experience of being out of the cosmic consciousness. Because the cosmic consciousness is everywhere – there is no beach, there are no boundaries to the cosmic consciousness. So wherever you are, you are always in an invisible ocean of consciousness.
Modern psychology stops at the mind. The mind is only an instrument, and it is an instrument of the physical body – so they are not wrong in saying that it is a byproduct. But the mind is not all. The mind is only a bio-computer, and the day is not far away when the function of the mind will be almost taken over by computers.
You will be able to keep just a small computer in your pocket containing the whole Encyclopedia Britanica. Any information about any subject will be immediately available – there is no need to remember it, there is no need to read it, there is no need to study it. Your mind is going to lose its job very soon.
But the psychologist is concerned only with the mind. And there are people called behaviorists who say there is no mind either, that man is only a physical organism.
In the Russia they don’t accept the mind. The Russian psychology is even more primitive; it accepts only the behavior of your body. There is nothing which you can call mind; hence in Russia there is nothing parallel to psychoanalysis. There is no question – if somebody’s mind is behaving in an abnormal way then medicine is needed, not psychoanalysis. Then he has to be hospitalized; he is suffering from a sickness just like any other sickness.
At least in the West they have taken the first step beyond the body – not a very big step, very small, very negligible, but still a step accepting that there is something like the mind, that although it is a byproduct, it functions on its own as long as the body is alive. And now it is a great profession: psychologists, psychoanalysts, psychotherapists; they are all fixing people’s minds because everybody’s mind is in trouble.