you are not doing anything at all – bodily, mentally, on no level – when all
activity has ceased and you simply are, just being, that's what
is. You cannot do it, you cannot practice it; you have only to understand
Whenever you can find time for just
being, drop all doing. Thinking is also doing, concentration is
also doing, contemplation is also doing. Even if for a single
moment you are not doing anything and you are just at your
center, utterly relaxed -- that is meditation. And once you have
got the knack of it, you can remain in that state as long as you
want; finally you can remain in that state for twenty-four hours
you have become aware of the way your being can remain undisturbed, then
slowly you can start doing things, keeping alert that your being is not
stirred. That is the second part of meditation. First, learning how just to
be, and then learning little actions: cleaning the floor, taking a shower,
but keeping yourself centered. Then you can do complicated things.
example, I am speaking to you, but my meditation is not disturbed. I can go
on speaking, but at my very center there is not even a ripple; it is just
silent, utterly silent.
meditation is not against action.
not that you have to escape from life.
simply teaches you a new way of life:
become the center of the cyclone.
Your life goes on, it goes on really more intensely -- with more joy, with more
-- yet you are aloof, just a watcher
on the hills, simply seeing all that is happening around you.
not the doer, you are the watcher.
the whole secret of meditation, that you become the watcher. Doing continues
on its own level, there is no problem: chopping wood, drawing water from the
well. You can do all small and big things; only one thing is not allowed and
that is, your centering should not be lost.
awareness, that watchfulness, should remain absolutely unclouded,
Meditation is a very
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