There’s one thing you must understand before starting to read this: that you are capable of doing anything. Rules aren’t the modus operandi of some particular process; they are the hurdles that you must cross in life to actually know what that process is in its entirety. Knowing even what staring at a wall actually is takes more than life. More, than life.
I meant more. That’s Death to speak the truth.
But that’s another story. Let’s talk about the rules you experience in your daily life. There are two kinds of rules or laws: (i) Human-made laws, and (ii) Natural Laws. I trust you already know how to break the first kind, so there’s only one kind of law left for you to conquer: Natural Laws. Human beings grow up in a cocoon of laws and rules so that they take law-breaking to be some sort of sin or wrong. What I believe is that law-breaking is like writing or roller-blading or studying: a constructive process that will give you the same effect as these other processes give you: peace of mind. Remember the worker in the previous article? Work in any form is work.
Breaking Natural Laws is going to be tougher than hell. I’m not telling you to try it out. I want you to step out of that cocoon of lies and believe you can do it.
Everything you see, hear or feel is just a set of electrical pulses interpreted by your brain, deciphered by this cocoon-wrapped mind of yours to form sights, sounds and feelings. The wonder that’s hidden in this process is that for a particular external phenomenon that occurs, the information that the brain sends to
different parts of your body in response to that is free to be altered by your mind.
Take a few seconds to think about the last paragraph. What it actually means is that a red-hot splinter laid along your left hand may cause you to shiver as it burns through your skin, or swimming in the Antarctic Ocean may give you a blister or two.
Such strange responses have been achieved through hypnotism, and that’s where the joke comes in. It means that your mind is more in control of someone else than yourself. You know what’s responsible for that? It’s that rule-dependent existence of yours. We’ll call it the Matrix. Some of you will know why.
Say someone put you on top of the Twin Towers in Malaysia and told you to jump. Jump, that is, from one tower to another. You look at the distance and say you can’t do it. You are taken down a few stories and put in front of the bridge that connects the towers and you are told to cross over to the other tower. You are at an altitude of hundreds of feet from the ground, and gusts of cold wind are sweeping across your face because it’s December. The streets look a little hazy from where you are standing, and the bridge in front of your eyes looks like an obsolete and crazy proposal. Are you going to do it? No.
Now let’s say another man appears on the other side of the bridge with someone alongside him. You rub your eyes and look again: it’s your new girlfriend. It’s been about a week since you met her. You are told that if you don’t cross the bridge at once, that girl is going to be thrown off the platform and she is going to be a bloody mess down where the streets look hazy and she’s going to hold up the traffic for some time.
Suddenly the bridge looks very narrow, barely more than a few strips of steel and concrete joining heaven and earth. You drop to your knees and start crying. When you rub your eyes and look up, you see your brother standing dangerously near the edge, being held from behind by the same man who a moment earlier was grabbing your girlfriend. You are told the same thing again, and offered a sum of a quarter of a million
dollars if you can get across. The people seem dead serious now. Your brother looks very frightened. You watch as his freckled face peers over the side of the platform to glance at the deadly heights below. The cold wind seems to rip through your skin. The streets below are out of focus. You stand up and look at your rother again. Ten years bind you together. The concrete strips suddenly seem stronger, the bridge suddenly looks wider. You run across the dangerous narrow path and grab your brother with both your arms. You don’t remember the money. You just crossed the bridge linking the Twin Towers of Malaysia for your brother, and that’s the whole story.
Now how did that happen? You just got hold of a few laws that were tying you down and you ripped them apart. These laws included a warning that you might fall off the bridge because it was so narrow, the natural law of gravity and the law that says that terrible things happen when you fall off a bridge linking the twin towers and hit the ground. Well, actually you didn’t. What you did was to get away for a few seconds from the fear that these laws give you and become master of the situation. What you must see, realize and believe for yourself is that you can conquer not only the fears that accompany these laws but the laws themselves. It doesn’t at this level mean that a narrow bridge means you are safer up there, or there’s nothing called gravity, or you’ll feel better after you’ve hit the ground after the fall. It means that a calm and composite frame of mind can make up for a narrow bridge, and even if you fell down — although it is completely avoidable, but even if you somehow fell down, you wouldn’t feel a thing as you hit the ground and death would quickly take over and you wouldn’t even know. Trust, distrust, friendship, hatred, anger, love, pain are all electrical pulses free to be interpreted by your mind as anything you want them to be. That’s fact.
And now here’s a little secret you’ll never believe. I know you won’t, but I’ll still tell you. The secret is the fact that at a higher level of knowledge you’ll know that a narrow bridge may mean you are safer up there, and there’s nothing called gravity, and you may feel better after you’ve hit the ground after the fall.
Those of you who haven’t yet watched The Matrix, please do. And there’s something you should know before buying the tickets: it was based on that old, old book of the Indians, the Gita.