Unmani bhaavah paadyam
The upward flow of the mind
is paadyam – the water for divine worship.
The mind is the bridge between matter and consciousness, between without and within, between the gross and the subtle. When I say mind is the bridge, I mean many things. Man comes to the world through mind; man comes to the body through mind; man comes to desires through mind. So wherever you reach, the reaching is always through the mind. If you create a hell for yourself, you create it through mind. If you create a heaven, that is also through mind.
One of the Zen patriarchs, Hui-Hai, has said, “Mind is heaven and mind is hell.” So whatsoever you are or whatsoever you can be, it will depend ultimately on how your mind works. This working can create something for you which is not; this working can reveal to you that which is. So a mind can create a very illusionary world around it: it is capable. It can dream, and its dream can be so real that you cannot even detect that whatsoever is seen and perceived is not real.
So mind has a projective force; it can project. Mind can create that which is not, and because mind can create that which is not, it can forget that which is. It can just be in such a state that the reality is never in any contact with it; and whatsoever happens, it depends only on the mind. So the mind has to be taken as the root of everything that one can experience. Even if one has to know the divine, one has to go through mind. Of course, that “going” is difficult, because that “going” implies the dropping of the mind. Even if dropping of the mind is needed, it is through mind. Unless you drop the mind you will never be able to know the truth.
Mind is everywhere, either positively or negatively. Whatsoever you are doing – creating an illusory world or discovering the real, creating a madness for yourself or creating a meditative state – it is all through mind. Wherever you go, you go through the bridge of the mind. Even if you have to come to your Self it will be through mind. Of course, the coming will be negative; you will have to negate mind. You will have to come back, and the same steps will have to be taken, only the direction will be different. If I go from my home, there are steps which lead me away from it. If I am returning, the same steps will lead me back – only the direction will be different. So if you can understand how mind goes out, you know that the same path has to be followed back.