No one can teach you how to Meditate
Modern gurus are everywhere and make a lot of money out of it. They are multi-millionaires. They are appalling beings, they are all out for money … WITH THEIR TRICKS AND THEIR ”THOUGHTLESS” ENTITY WORSHIP. So to enquire into meditation, you have to enquire first not only measurement, but also this constant becoming something, psychologically.
And they tried to reach god, which is the ultimate principle, in India it is called Brahman, the ultimate principle. And meditation is to reach the ultimate.
So meditation is really very, very complex, it is not just merely meditating for twenty minutes in the morning, twenty minutes in the afternoon, and twenty minutes in the evening – which is taking a siesta, not meditation at all.
So if one wants to discover what is meditation one has to ask … why does one have to meditate?
Meditation is seeing the constant touching the ever-changing movement of life.
The man who has progressed through being a sinner to being a saint has progressed from one illusion to another.
This whole movement is an illusion. When the mind sees this illusion it is no longer creating any illusion, it is no longer measuring.
Therefore thought has come to an end with regard to becoming better.
Out of this comes a state of liberation – and this is sacred. This alone can, perhaps, receive the constant.
Silence comes when thought has understood its own beginning. Meditation is to be aware of thought, of feeling, never to correct it, never to say it is right or wrong, never to justify it, but just to watch it and move with it.
In that watching and moving with that thought, with that feeling, you begin to understand and to be aware of the whole nature of thought and feeling.
Silence comes when thought has understood its own beginning, the nature of itself, how all thought is never free but always old.
To see all this, to see the movement of every thought, to understand it, to be aware of it, is to come to that silence which is meditation, in which the `observer’ never is.
No technique, therefore no authority
Meditation is a state of mind which looks at everything with complete attention, totally, not just parts of it.
And no one can teach you how to be attentive.
If any system teaches you how to be attentive, then you are attentive to the system and that is not attention.
The end of meditation is meditation itself
The search for something through and beyond meditation is end-gaining; and that which is gained is again lost.
Seeking a result is the continuation of self-projection; result, however lofty, is the projection of desire.
Meditation as a means to arrive, to gain, to discover, only gives strength to the meditator.
The meditator is the meditation; meditation is the understanding of the meditator.
Why are we such tortured human beings?
Meditation is really very simple.
We complicate it.
We weave a web of ideas round it, what it is and what it is not.
But it is none of these things.
Because it is so very simple it escapes us, because our minds are so complicated, so time-worn and time-based.
And this mind dictates the activity of the heart, and then the trouble begins.
But meditation comes naturally, with extraordinary ease, when you walk on the sand or look out of your window or see those marvellous hills set against the sun. Why are we such tortured human beings, with tears in our eyes and false laughter on our lips?
If you could walk alone among those hills or in the woods or along the beach, in that solitude you would know what meditation is. The ecstasy of solitude comes when you are not frightened to be alone no longer belonging to the world or attached to anything.
Then, like that dawn that came up this morning, it comes silently, and makes a golden path in the very stillness …
which was at the beginning, which is now, and which will always be there.