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knowing what is wrong, not knowing any distinctions. Once distinctions enter, once you know this is right and that is wrong, you are already ill, and you are far away from reality.

A child lives naturally -- he is total. He does not make any effort, because making an effort means you are fighting with yourself. A part of you is for and a part of you is against -- hence the effort.

You can achieve much, remember. In this world, particularly, you can achieve much through effort because effort is aggression, effort is violence, effort is competition. But in the other world nothing can be achieved through effort, and those who start with effort finally have also to drop it.

Buddha worked for six years, continuously meditating, concentrating -- he became an ascetic. He did all that can be done by a human being, not a single stone was left unturned -- he staked his whole being. But it was an effort, the ego was there, and he failed.

Nothing fails like the ego in the Ultimate; nothing succeeds like the ego in this world.

In the world of matter nothing succeeds like the ego; in the world of consciousness nothing fails like the ego. The case is just the opposite -- and it has to be so because the dimension is just the opposite.

Buddha failed absolutely. After six years he was completely frustrated, and when I say completely, I mean completely. Not even a single fragment of hope remained, he became absolutely hopeless. In that hopelessness he dropped all effort. He had already dropped the world, he had already left his kingdom; all that belonged to this visible world, he had left, renounced.

Now after six years of strenuous effort he left also all that belonged to the other world. He was in a complete vacuum -- empty. That night he slept a different quality of sleep because there was no ego; a different quality of silence arose because there was no effort; a different quality of being happened to him that night because there was no dreaming.

If there is no effort, nothing is incomplete, then there is no need to dream. A dream is always to complete something: something which has remained incomplete in the day will be

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