Nisargadatta Meditation (1) ________________________
With deep and quiet breathing, vitality will improve,
which will influence the brain and help the mind to grow pure and stable
and fit for meditation. Without vitality, little can be done, hence the
importance of its protection and increase. Posture and breathing are a
part of yoga, for the body must be healthy and well under control, but
too much concentration on the body defeats its own purpose, for it is
the mind that is primary in the beginning. When the mind has been put to
rest and disturbs no longer the inner space, the body acquires a new
meaning and its transformation becomes both necessary and possible.
Whatever you may have to do, watch your mind. Also you must have moments
of complete inner peace and quiet, when your mind is absolutely still.
If you miss it, you miss the entire thing. If you do not, the silence of
the mind will dissolve and absorb all else.
Keep quiet. Do your work in the world, but inwardly keep quiet. Then all
will come to you. Do not rely on your work for realization.
It may profit others, but not you. Your hope lies in keeping silent in
your mind and quiet in your heart. Realized people are very quiet.
Give all your attention to the question: "What is it that makes me
conscious?", until your mind becomes the question itself and cannot
think of anything else.
Try to be, only to be. The all-important word is "try". Allot
enough time daily for sitting quietly and trying, just trying, to go
beyond the personality with its addictions and obsessions. Don't ask
how, it cannot be explained. You just keep on trying until you succeed.
If you persevere, there can be no failure. What matters supremely is
sincerity, earnestness; you must really have had surfeit of being the
person you are; now see the urgent need of being free of this
unnecessary self-identification with a bundle of memories and habits.
This steady resistance against the unnecessary is the secret of success.
The value of regular meditation is that it takes you away
from the humdrum of daily routine and reminds you that you are
not what you believe yourself to be.
It has nothing to do with effort. Just turn away, look
between the thoughts, rather than at the thoughts. When you happen to
walk in a crowd, you do not fight every man you meet, you just find your
way between. When you fight, you invite a fight. But when you do not
resist, you meet no resistance. When you refuse to play the game, you
are out of it.
No particular thought can be mind's natural state, only silence. Not the
idea of silence, but silence itself. When the mind is in its natural
state, it reverts to silence spontaneously after every experience, or,
rather, every experience happens against the background of silence.
Keep quiet, undisturbed, and the wisdom and the power
will come on their own. You need not hanker. Wait in silence of the
heart and mind. It is very easy to be quiet, but willingness is rare.
To go beyond the mind, you must be silent and quiet. Peace and silence,
silence and peace - this is the way beyond. Stop asking questions.
To go beyond, you need alert immobility, quiet attention.
These moments of inner quiet will burn out all obstacles without fail.
Don't doubt its efficacy. Try it.
Meditation will help you to find your bonds, loosen them, untie them and
cast your moorings. When you are no longer attached to anything, you
have done your share. The rest will be done for you.
When you are not in a hurry and the mind is free from anxieties, it
becomes quiet and in the silence something may be heard which is
ordinarily too fine and subtle for perception. The mind must be open and
quiet to see. You need not worry about your worries. Just be. Do not try
to be quiet; do not make "being quiet" into a task to be
performed. Don't be restless about "being quiet", miserable
about "being happy". Just be aware that you are, and remain
aware. Don't say "Yes, I am. What next?" There is no
"next" in "I am". It is a timeless state.
When you sit quiet and watch yourself, all kinds of things may come to
the surface. Do nothing about them, don't react to them; as they have
come so will they go, by themselves. All that matters is mindfulness,
total awareness of oneself, or rather of one's mind.
Silence is the main factor. In peace and silence you grow.
In peace and silence, the skin of the "I" dissolves
and the inner and the outer become one.