From one master to another, from one ashram to another: nothing will be of much help…
Once a man came to a psychoanalyst, a very absentminded psychoanalyst — and everybody is absentminded because mind is absent-mindedness, not at home; that’s what absent-mindedness means. A man went to this very absentminded psychoanalyst and told him. ‘I am in great trouble. I have knocked at the doors of all types of doctors but nobody could help me, and they say that nothing is wrong. But I am in trouble. I snore so loudly in my sleep that I wake myself up. And this happens so many times in the night: the snoring is so loud that I wake myself up!’
Without exactly listening to what this man was saying, the psychoanalyst said, ‘This is nothing. A simple thing can change the whole matter. You simply sleep in another room’.
You understand? — this is exactly what everybody is doing. You go on changing rooms, but sleep continues, snoring continues, because you cannot leave it in another room. It is not something separate from you; it is you, it is your mind, it is your whole accumulated past, your memory, your knowledge — what Hindus call SANSKARAS, all the conditionings that make your mind. You go in another room, they follow you there.
You can change your religion: you can become a Christian from a Hindu, you can become a Hindu from a Christian — you change rooms. Nothing will come of it. You can go on changing your masters — from one master to another, from one ashram to another: nothing will be of much help. You are changing rooms; and the basic thing is not to change rooms but to change YOU. The room is not concerned with your snoring; the room is not the cause, YOU are the cause. This is the first thing to be understood.