Chapter 19: Breath Is Your Life
The Vedas have said that breath is Brahma, and it is right in a very subtle way. Breath is your life, and breath is also the bridge between the conscious and the unconscious, between your body and your soul. This bridge has to be used. If you can use this bridge rightly, you can go to the other shore.
I wonder whether or not you have observed that your breath changes with your emotions. When you are angry, you breathe in a different way. Try to observe how you breathe when you are angry, and then try to breathe differently while you are angry. You will not be able to be angry. You can be angry only in a certain way, with a certain rhythm of breath - or a certain non-rhythm of the breath.
When you are in love, observe your breath: the rhythm, the music, the harmony. Disturb that harmony and the love will disappear. Or, create that harmony and love will appear.
If you can become the master of your breathing - and it is a deep science - you become master of your emotions. When you are in the sex act, observe how you breathe: your breathing is basically related to the sex act. You cannot do anything in which your breath is not deeply related.
You cannot move into meditation unless you try to understand, and use your breathing system. Your breath is also the bridge between your conscious and unconscious. The unconscious goes on changing the rhythm, and if you become aware of this rhythm and its constant changes, you can become aware of your unconscious roots, aware of what the unconscious is doing.
Many things can be known about you through the rhythm of your breathing, even while you are sleeping. If you are sleeping and you are having a dream about anger, your breath can be observed, and the observers can know that you are angry in your dream. If you are having sex in your dream it can be observed from the outside and can be known that you are having a sexual experience in your dream, because your breath will follow a certain rhythm.
If you observe the rhythm of a buddha’s breathing, it is different from yours. It remains constantly the same. While he is asleep, his rhythm remains the same. When he is awake, whether he is talking or he is silent, his rhythm remains the same.
So in this camp, you are to do three things with your breathing system. One: breathe deeply the whole day - rhythmically, silently. Not forced, but deep, slow and deep. Create a silent rhythm and feel that in the rhythm you are relaxed, not strained. Then, follow that rhythm for the whole day. Whenever you remember it, breathe deeply, relaxedly, silently, with a musical rhythm. Feel the music of it. It has a music.
And secondly: watch your breath, observe it. When the breath goes out, move with the breath. When the breath goes in, move with the breath. Go out, go in, with the breath. Follow it. If you can observe your breath it will become deep, silent, rhythmic. And with this following of the breath you will become very, very different, because this constant awareness of the breath will detach you from your mind. The energy that moves into thinking will move into observation.