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One has to be choicelessly attentive, fully aware; and this state of choiceless attention is meditation. 2. If you observe your own mind in what you call meditation, you will see that there is always a division, a contradiction between the thinker and the thought. As long as there is a thinker apart from thought, meditation is merely a ceaseless effort to overcome this contradiction. 3. Is there a new experience in meditation? The desire for experience, the higher experience which is beyond and above the daily or the commonplace, is what keeps the well-spring empty. The craving for more experience, for visions, for higher perception, for some realization or other, makes the mind look outward, which is no different from its dependence on environment and people. The curious part of meditation is that an event is not made into an experience. It is there, like a new star in the heavens, without memory taking it over and holding it, without the habitual process of recognition and response in terms of like and dislike. Our search is always outgoing; the mind seeking any experience is outgoing. Inward-going is not a search at all; it is perceiving. Response is always repetitive, for it comes always from the same bank of memory. 4. To concentrate is not to meditate, even though that is what most of you do, calling it meditation. And if concentration is not meditation, then what is? Surely, meditation is to understand every thought that comes into being, and not to dwell upon one particular thought; it is to invite all thoughts so that you understand the whole process of thinking. 5. Awareness is observation without choice, condemnation, or justification. Awareness is silent observation from which there arises understanding without the experiencer and the experienced. In this awareness, which is passive, the problem or the cause is given an opportunity to unfold itself and so give its full significance. In awareness there is no end in view to be gained, and there is no becoming, the 'me' and the 'mine' not being given the continuity. 6. To understand what this self-centred activity is, one must obviously examine it, look at it, be aware of the entire process. If one can be aware of it, then there is the possibility of its dissolution; but to be aware of it requires a certain understanding, a certain intention to face the thing as it is and not to interpret, not to modify, not to condemn it. 7. Meditation must enter into every corner of our life. 8. Meditation is a process of understanding. Understanding is not a result and it is not something you gain. It is a process of self-discovery. That means meditation is an awareness of your whole process of living. Meditation is a process of understanding, the process of your whole being, not only a part of it, and that means that you have to be aware of everything that you are doing. it is not concentration. You take a picture and you focus your attention on that.
as you are sitting there. 11. however pleasing. the gossip. Without criticism just be aware. the jealousy . and find. So meditation can take place when you are sitting in a bus or walking in the woods full of light and shadows. depending on the quality of your mind. Only in total freedom does bliss exist. When you learn about yourself. Meditation is not the pursuit of pleasure and the search for happiness. you can seek. That gives you great sensitivity. without any choice. and love is then benediction 12. Once it is there. But they come. looking at the speaker. .to be aware. causeless. 10. conflict has ceased. Happiness and pleasure you can buy in any market at a price. however desirable. But the ending of conflict is not necessarily the total freedom. looking all around you without a single choice. is a state of mind in which there is no concept or formula. In this explosion of bliss the eyes are made innocent. Meditation demands a mind that is not caught in any system. however romantic. what you say.if you are aware of all that in yourself. the way he looks. sensitive. that is part of meditation. it remains timeless. the hate. To be aware without any choice. empathy. they will not touch that mind. watch yourself. to be aware of your neighbour. to be aware how you speak to another. though you may live in the world with all its noise. Meditation is a movement of the mind in this freedom. and a thing that is not measurable by time. and therefore total freedom. All this is implied in meditation . Once it is there. like happiness.to be aware. or listening to the singing of birds or looking at the face of your wife or child. Meditation. and go. aware of everything that is going on around you. Pleasure. so that your body is subtle. the colour of the coat. how you eat.9. on the contrary. You cannot possibly seek it. how you eat. watch the way you walk. Happiness and pleasure are timebinding. Once it is there. what you eat. in many ways. It is only to such a mind that this bliss comes unsought and uninvited. But bliss you cannot buy for yourself or for another. Bliss that strange sense of joy has no motive. see where you are. pleasure and brutality. how you treat another. just look . how you walk. to be aware how you talk. to be conscious of your environment.