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Chapter 1: The Body: The First Step

From early childhood all education is an education of the mind, there is no education of the navel anywhere in the world. All education is of the mind, so the mind goes on growing larger and larger, and our roots go on becoming smaller and smaller. We take care of the mind because the flowers blossom there, so it becomes larger - and our roots go on disappearing. Then the life-energy flows more and more feebly, and our contact with the soul becomes weak.

Slowly, slowly we have even come to a point where man is saying, “Where is the soul? Who says there is a soul? Who says there is a God? We do not find anything.” We will not find anything. One cannot find anything. If somebody searches all over the body of the tree and says, “Where are the roots? I cannot find anything” - then what he is saying is right. There are no roots anywhere on the tree. And we have no access to the place where the roots are; of that place we have no awareness. From early childhood all training, all education is of the mind, so our whole attention gets entangled and ends up focused on the mind. Then for our whole life we wander around the mind. Our awareness does not ever go below it.

The journey of a meditator is downwards, towards the roots. One has to descend from the head to the heart and from the heart to the navel. Only from the navel can anybody enter into the soul; before that one can never enter it.

Normally the movement of our life is from the navel towards the head. The movement of a seeker is exactly opposite: he has to descend from the head to the navel.

In these three days I will be talking to you and showing you, step by step, how to descend from the head to the heart and from the heart to the navel - and then how to enter the soul from the navel.

Today it is necessary to say a few things about the body.

The first thing to understand is that the center of man’s life-energy is the navel. Only from there does the child acquire life; only from there do the branches and sub-branches of his life start spreading; only from there does he get energy; only from there does he get vitality. But our attention is never focused on that energy center - not even for a minute. Our focus is not on the system through which we get to know that energy center, that center of vitality. Instead our whole attention and our whole education is focused on the system that helps to forget it. That is why our whole education has gone wrong.

Our whole education is taking man slowly, slowly towards madness.

The mind alone will take man only towards madness.

Do you know that the more a country becomes educated, the more the number of mad people increases there? America has the largest number of mad people today. It is a matter of pride! It is proof that America is the most educated, the most civilized country. American psychologists say that if the same system continues for another hundred years, it will be difficult to find a sane man in America. Even today the minds of three out of four people are in a shaky condition.

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