Albert Einstein's wife often suggested that he dress more professionally when he headed off to work. "Why should I?" he would invariably argue. "Everyone knows me there." When the time came for Einstein to attend his first major conference, she begged him to dress up a bit. "Why should I?" said Einstein. "No one knows me there!"
This attitude of finding unique logical excuses everywhere and for everything is an inherent trait of the entire humanity and not limited to a few spearheads. This is why there are arguments among people, courts and jails across nations. The worst thing is that none of us realise that our explanations and excuses are not our own.
A Zen student said to his teacher, “Master, I have an ungovernable temper. Help me get rid of it.” “You have something very strange,” said the teacher. “Show it to me.”“Right now I cannot show it to you.” “Why not?" “It arises suddenly.” “Then it cannot be your own true nature,” said the teacher, “if it were, you would be able to show it to me at any time. Why are you allowing something that is not yours to trouble your life?”
Let us not go deep into this ‘hidden factor’ behind the show. It might perhaps tell us that it is this ‘factor’ that controls over 90% of our system. We cannot control the beating of our heart, we cannot control the digestive organs, we cannot also ‘will’ something to forget….most miserable is our state at sleep; virtually we have no conscious control over it.
Human life, in other words, is like a machine controlled by remote stimulations. The main difference with that of a saint is that he is more automatic; that is, he lives like a conscious machine which needs less outside interference or allows none of that. Everything in his life is absolutely under his conscious and wilful control (managed by inner self). He is aware of every breath, he is aware of each silly movement he makes, he is aware of each word he utters, he is aware of each thought that passes by, he is aware of his purpose every moment, he is aware of the Energy that contains everything…. In other words, he is in control of everything in his life. The more one turns aware the more the Universe hand over control of his/her self, thus transforming him/her to a complete human being who might appear to us, a spirit unstained.