Chapter 4: The Mystery of the Knack
They say, “It is impossible.”
But I brought my friend to one doctor and, I told him, “Show this doctor..”
And the doctor said, “My God! He moves his ear lobes very easily, without any trouble.”
In fact, ear lobes have no biological possibility of movement, you have no control over them - you try. You don’t have any control. They are your ear lobes, but you don’t have any control. But I know one man who manages. And I have asked him, “How do you manage?” He said, “I don’t know. Just from the very beginning I have been doing it.”
It is absolutely impossible, physically impossible - because to move those lobes you need a certain nervous system to control them, and the nerve system is not there. The lobe is just flesh. Meditation, in the last resort, is a knack too.
That’s why for thousands of years people have been meditating, teaching, but very few people have achieved heights in meditation, and very few people have even tried.
And the vast majority of humanity has not even bothered to think about it. It is something.a seed you are born with.
If you don’t have the seed, a master can go on showering all his bliss on you, still nothing will happen in you.
And if the seed is there, just the presence of the master, just the way he looks into your eyes, and something of tremendous importance happens in you - a revolution that you cannot explain to anybody.
It is one of the difficulties for all meditators that they cannot explain to their friends, their families, what they are doing. Because the majority of humanity is not interested in it at all. And those who are not interested in it at all simply think about people who are interested, that something is loose in their heads, something is wrong.
Sitting silently, doing nothing, the spring comes and the grass grows by itself - but in the first place, why should you bother about the grass? Basho’s beautiful haiku will look absurd to them. Grass is going to grow by itself whether you sit silently or not, why waste your time? - grass is going to grow by itself. Let the spring come - spring comes by itself, grass grows by itself. Why are you wasting your time? - do something else meanwhile.
If a man has not something in his heart already - a small seed - then it is impossible for him.
He can learn the technique, he can learn the art.
But if the knack is missing he is not going to succeed.
So thousands of people start meditation, but very few - so few that they can be counted on ten fingers - ever achieve to enlightenment. And unless meditation becomes enlightenment, you have simply wasted your time.