Energy and Understanding
Just as it happens in the world of physics, so it happens in the world of metaphysics. After a certain quantity of energy… the qualitative change happens. The qualitative change is nothing but quantitative change. For example, if you heat water up to a hundred degrees it evaporates. Up to ninety-nine it has not evaporated; it is still water — hot, but still water. But beyond a hundred, it evaporates — it is no more water. It has changed its form. The transformation has happened.
Just like that, our energy accumulates and we don’t go on wasting it on objects. And people are wasting it on objects. Somebody is interested in money — he puts his whole energy on the money. Of course, he accumulates much money, but in accumulating it he dies, dissipates, becomes empty, becomes a beggar. Money goes on accumulating and he goes on becoming more and more beggarly. Somebody puts his energy into politics, into power. He becomes a prime minister, but deep down he is a beggar. He may be the greatest beggar in the country.
If we put our energy into objects, we will live a life of non-understanding, unawareness. Don’t put energy into objects. Let energy fall into one’s being. Let it accumulate. Let our life become a great reservoir. Let our energy just be there without any occupation. And at a certain point the transformation happens and energy becomes luminous, turns into awareness, becomes understanding.
It is energy that becomes understanding. So, when we are depleted of energy, we start losing our understanding. When we are tired, our intelligence is less. We have observed it. In the morning our intelligence is fresher than in the evening. In the morning we are more understanding, more compassionate, more loving, than in the evening.
Children are more understanding than old people. Old people become very hard-hearted, cruel, cunning. Their whole life they have remained occupied with objects. Young children are innocent, trusting. Why? — Their energy is overflowing.
Young children learn things so fast. Why? The energy is there, hence the intelligence. The older we become, the more difficult it becomes to learn a thing.
Children learn fast. If a child is born in a town where five languages are spoken, he starts learning all five; he becomes efficient in all five languages. They all become his mother languages. A child has infinite capacity to learn. And the reason is only one: his energy is still overflowing. Soon it will be dissipated in life.
The man of meditation becomes the man of understanding because his energy accumulates. He is not wasting it. He does not put any energy at all into petty things. So, whenever the time arises to give, he has energy to give. Energy is understanding. Be conscious of it and use this energy very consciously, and use the energy in such a way that it is not wasted.