"Sirs, look, we never put the impossible question - we are always putting the question of what is possible. If you put an impossible question, your mind then has to find the answer in terms of the impossible - not of what is possible. All the great scientific discoveries are based on this, the impossible. It was impossible to go to the moon. But if you say, `It is possible' then you drop it. Because it was impossible, three hundred thousand people co-operated and worked at it, night and day - they put their mind to it and went to the moon. But we never put the impossible question! The impossible question is this: can the mind empty itself of the known? - itself, not you empty the mind. That is an impossible question. If you put it with tremendous earnestness, with seriousness, with passion, you'll find out. But if you say, `Oh, it is possible', then you are stuck."
Is it determination or dissatisfaction -ie total disgust with the world and your sordid little life - that finds you posing the impossible question with all your being?
Everyone is dying and everyone is full of sorrow. Especially those consumed by busy-ness (the truly productive are another category altogether). No one has thought to befriend death. No one has thought to look sadness in the eye. Everyone is trying to escape sadness. But no one can escape sadness. You can look it in the eye, confront it fully with all your heart. That is what the living do. They befriend death; they get to know death with intimacy and affection. And the look sadness in the eye without walking away. They look within and find all the misery in the world. They look within and they find all the light of heaven. They look within and nothing is lacking. They, and only they, have the opportunity to go beyond the pairs of opposites. There is no possible and no impossible.
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