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Chapter 4: Knowing the Mind

Only one thing has to be done: you have simply to relax your body. Yesterday I told you to first tense your mind, but perhaps you misunderstood. Relax your mind, do not tense it. That is not necessary - because if you get caught up in the idea of tensing the mind, then that itself will become a problem. So drop that idea; it was not a part of the meditation. I had told you to do that just so that you could get some idea of what a tense mind and what a relaxed mind are. There is no need to worry about this idea. Drop it. And now relax. Let the mind be relaxed. Relax all the tense tissues and nerves of your brain. It is a matter of relaxing. The question is not of learning the art of making the mind tense. You need to forget the art of keeping the mind tense. I told you that just so that you can understand the contrast between your mind being tense and being relaxed. For now, drop whatever you cannot understand. Just simply relax it.

So everybody please sit, keeping some distance from each other. Nobody should be touching anyone. Use this space in front. Come up here or go to the back, but nobody should be touching anyone else.

Allow the body to be totally relaxed and then slowly close the eyes. The eyes have to be closed so gently that there is no strain on the eyes. You should not close the eyes tightly, otherwise you will feel a strain. The muscles of the eyes are very much related to the mind, so let them be absolutely relaxed. Let your eyelids fall in the same way small children’s do. Let the eyelids fall slowly, relaxedly. Then relax all the muscles of the face and head. You have seen the face of a small child, absolutely relaxed, nothing tense. Make your face like that - absolutely loose and relaxed. Let the body also be relaxed. The moment you let everything relax the breath will become relaxed and silent on its own.

Then do only one thing: listen silently to whatever sounds are coming from all around. A crow will make a sound, a bird will make a sound, a child will speak on the road - listen to them silently. Go on listening and listening and listening, and everything will become silent inside.

Listen - listen silently for ten minutes. Let all the attention be on listening.

Be just listening, doing nothing else.

Listen.the birds are singing, the winds are shaking the trees - whatever sounds may come, listen to them silently.

Listen.and by and by, within you, a humming of silence will begin.

The mind is becoming silent. Go on listening and listening. The mind is becoming silent, the mind is becoming silent.the mind is becoming silent..

The mind has become silent, the mind has become absolutely silent. A deep silence is present inside. Listen to it, just listen to it. Listen.and by and by the mind will become silent.

The mind is becoming silent, the mind is becoming silent, the mind is becoming silent. Go on listening and listening, the mind is entering an absolute silence..