Chapter 1: Always on the Rocks
While listening to me you can listen in two ways. The scientific way is to concentrate - what I am saying, concentrate on it. That means close your mind to everything else: the airplane passes by, and the train makes a noise, and the traffic on the road and the birds singing in the trees - close your mind to everything. Just let there be only a small keyhole available to me; listen only to me. That’s how the scientist listens; he looks through a keyhole into existence.
The mystic comes out of the room, stands under the sky, utterly open to everything. That is the other way of listening, the way a meditator listens. Then you go on listening to me, and the chirping of the birds goes on as a background to it. And the chirping of the birds cannot disturb what I am saying - no, not at all. It enhances its beauty, it gives it color, it gives it music And not only the chirping of the birds but the airplane passing by and sudden noise create more silence in contrast.
When the airplane has passed by, you are suddenly listening to me on a deeper level. And while the airplane is passing and the noise is there, you listen to both. You don’t become disturbed. You don’t say inside, “This stupid airplane is disturbing me.” The airplane cannot disturb you. But if you say inside, “This stupid plane is disturbing me,” your saying it will be a disturbance; when you are saying it you will lose track of me. The airplane cannot disturb, but your reaction to it is bound to.
Listening meditatively means all that is, is accepted, welcomed. In all its multiplicity the universe is received. You are simply open from all sides to all that is happening. And you will be surprised. It brings such a great silence, such exquisite silence, such profound silence.
Concentration tires you, meditation never tires you. But it is difficult for everybody, not only for the scientist - because we have become accustomed to a certain pattern of looking at things. You will have to melt your pattern; you will have to become a little more liquid, fluid, and meditation will come to you. Don’t be worried that it is difficult for the scientist; that idea can create difficulty. Once you have accepted the idea that it is difficult then it will be difficult. Don’t bring that idea; that will become auto-hypnotic, it will become a suggestion. It is not difficult, meditation is the simplest and the easiest thing in the world. We have just become accustomed to concentration. We have been told since childhood to concentrate; from the primary school to the university we have been trained for concentration. This is a kind of habituation; it takes a little time to drop the old habit and to learn something which is not a habit but your very nature.
You say: “Why has there never been a society in which the inner and the outer sciences, the science of gentleness and love and the science of aggression and death, live in harmony?” Now the time has come. Everything can happen only at a particular time. Religion has come to its ultimate peak in the buddhas; now science is also coming to an ultimate peak. And only when two things have grown is a meeting possible.