- One has to become more and
more centered in the process of watching. One has to
disidentify oneself from the bodymind complex and
this is the whole process of meditation: the process
of disidentification. That is the negative part of
the process. And the positive part is centering into
the process of witnessing, becoming more and more
rooted in watchfulness.
These two things done, the negative and the positive
-- disidentification with the bodymind complex and
centering in the process of awareness -- that's the
whole of religion. Nothing else is needed. No
scripture, no doctrine, no dogma. This is enough to
liberate. More than that is an unnecessary burden.
- Meditation does not mean
concentration, it does not mean contemplation: it
means getting beyond the mind. Concentration,
contemplation, are both of the mind. Meditation
means getting unidentified with the mind, seeing the
mind as separate, knowing the mind as separate,
witnessing the mind but not getting identified with
it. Slowly slowly as witnessing grows, the distance
grows between you and the mind. Soon the mind is a
faraway echo, and finally you cannot even hear the
echo; then you are left utterly alone.
That needs courage, hence very few people have been
able to know their own selves, and very few people
have been able to become Buddhas. Before one can
become a Buddha, one has to pass through a death --
of the mind, of the ego, of all that we think we
are. We have to lose all that we think we possess,
then only can we possess the eternal.
- Bliss follows witnessing
-- and that is going to be your meditation. Witness
your body as separate, witness your mind as
separate. Remain rooted in witnessing: "I am only a
watcher." That is going to transform your whole
life, it is going to give you the ultimate.
- Wake up from your dreams
and make every possible effort to get deeper into
meditation, into awareness, into witnessing. Become
more and more conscious and you will become a king.
Everybody has the potential to become a king. If we
miss, we miss only because of our lethargy. We never
make any effort, we never try to go inwards.
Or if once in a while we try, within minutes we are
tired and again we start running and rushing into
the outside world. A persistent effort is needed and
perseverance is needed and patience is needed.
Victory is bound to happen, but it happens only when
you are really ready. That readiness comes through
intense effort. Make every effort to be meditative
-- that is the key, the master key to the doors of
the kingdom of god.
- Man can live in freedom
only if he is meditative, otherwise not. Meditation
is the source of all freedom. Without meditation you
are a slave, a slave of your own instinct, a slave
of your unconscious desires. You may think and
believe that you are free, but you are not. Somebody
insults you and you become angry.
Are you free to be angry or not to be angry? You are
not free. He has simply pushed your button and you
have behaved in a mechanical way. You are
predictable. It was not within your capacity not to
You see something and greed arises. You are not
free, you can't do anything about this greed. Or
lust arises and you are simply a victim of it.
It is only through meditation that slowly slowly
more consciousness is created within you, more light
is created; more watchfulness, witnessing, happens.
And that is the miracle of awareness: if you become
aware of anger you become a master of anger. Then it
is up to you whether to be angry or not. You are
absolutely free to be this way or that way.
To people who have not meditated may go on believing
that they are free but they are deceiving nobody
else except themselves. Be more meditative and you
will know how to live in freedom. And of course,
life is life only when you are able to live in
- In samadhi, in the highest
form of meditation, the same thing happens: the mind
stops functioning... but you are conscious. That is
the only difference, but the difference that makes
the difference. One is fully alert, luminous. One is
there witnessing, watching, but there is no cloud of
thought. The sky is utterly empty: as far as you can
see you cannot see any content.
- Meditation is a simple
method. Your mind is like a TV screen. Memories are
passing, images are passing, thoughts, desires, a
thousand and one things are passing; it is always
rush hour. And the road is almost like an Indian
road -- no traffic rules, everybody, is going in
every direction. One has to watch it without any
evaluation, without any judgement without any
choice, simply watching unconcerned as if it has
nothing to do with you, you are just a witness. That
is choiceless awareness.
If you choose, if you say 'This thought is good --
let me have it', or 'It is a beautiful desire, a
beautiful dream, I should enjoy it a little more, I
can go into it a little deeper'... if you choose you
lose your witnessing. If you say 'This is bad, this
is immoral, this is a sin, I should throw it out,'
you start struggling, again you lose your
You can lose your witnessing in two ways; either
being for or against. And the whole secret of
meditation is to be neither for nor to be against,
but unconcerned, cool, without any preference,
likes, dislikes, without any choice. If you can
manage even a few moments of that witnessing one
will be surprised how much bliss happens, how
ecstatic one becomes.
In the beginning there are only a few moments, then
those moments become bigger. And as you become a
true witness, without any choice, in that moment the
whole traffic disappears. Suddenly the TV screen
just a white screen, there are no pictures at all.
And to see your mind as utterly empty is the
greatest experience in life because it turns your
consciousness inwards. There is nothing to see
there, so the consciousness takes a turn, a
one-hundred-and-eighty degree turn, an about-turn.
And in that turning you encounter yourself. That is
selfknowledge, and to know oneself is to know all.
You have found the door to the divine.
- Meditation means that no
outer light is going to help, no outer treasure is
going to make you rich, no outer conquest is going
to make you a real conqueror. The real treasure is
within you and the real conquest has to be made
there. It is such a ridiculous thing that we go on
searching for something which we have already got,
but we never look within. We look everywhere else we
can go to the very corners of the earth or even to
the moon in search of some illusory pleasure -- just
one territory we never enter, and that is our own
Meditation is a simple technique of entering it.
Meditation means awareness, alertness, watchfulness,
witnessing. Witness your actions, witness your
thoughts witness your feelings so that slowly slow
you can see you are neither the body nor the mind
nor heart -- that you are the witness of it all.
- When you start meditating
on your ego, on your thoughts, on your mind, you are
suddenly separate, because whatsoever you meditate
on, you are separate from it. That has become the
object and you have become the subject.
- Meditation brings a third
state: mind is non- functioning, just as it is in
deep dreamless sleep -- that is one part of
meditation, the circumference of meditation. And the
second part is when you are not asleep, you are
fully awake, alert, a flame of witnessing -- that is
the centre of meditation. Whenever these two things
happen -- you are aware and there is no mind, no
thought, no desire, no dream passing through the
screen of consciousness -- you attain to ultimate
clarity. That is the meaning of Beryl: crystal
In that crystal clarity one knows what truth is,
what bliss is, what beauty is. And to know it is to
have attained the ultimate flowering, to know it is
to have come to the highest peak. Then one feels at
home, at rest. Now finally there is nowhere to go,
nothing to attain. One has arrived. We in the East
call it samadhi. Samadhi means a state of ultimate
realisation, of truth, beauty, bliss, consciousness,
freedom -- of all the higher values.
- You can repeat a certain
mantra continuously -- it will hypnotise you, it is
auto-hypnosis. You will fall into a peaceful sleep,
that's true, and if you are searching fora peaceful
sleep a mantra can be used. I am not against it. It
is a good non-medicinal tranquilliser but it is not
meditation and not at all transcendental meditation,
because transcendence simply means transcending the
mind, and that can be done only by one thing and
that is witnessing the mind; not by doing anything,
not by repeating a mantra, chanting or anything. Any
doing will be part of the mind.
There is only one secret which is not part of the
mind, and that is witnessing, watching. Thoughts are
passing, desires are moving, memories are coming and
going like clouds in the sky and you are sitting
silently simply watching, not doing anything. If you
do anything immediately the mind starts functioning.
What you do does not matter -- doing is part of
mind. A non-doing witnessing, just witnessing, as if
a mirror goes on witnessing whatsoever passes by --
that is awareness. And that awareness takes you
beyond the mind. It is true meditation.
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