Chapter 14: Clarity
The dogs said, “This is one of our great qualities. It is said in our holy scriptures that intellectuals are born as dogs.” It is their old habit of barking at each other.Everything they have forgotten, but the barking has been their very soul.
Now, as you can see, this man is calling others phony. I don’t know what word has been translated as phony. One thing is certain, at the time of Ta Hui China had no telephones.The word phony comes from telephone, because the voice on the telephone becomes unreal. It loses a living quality; hence the word phony. The word is not Chinese; the word is American - and in America, everything is phony.
What word has been translated as phony? It must have been something like inauthentic, insincere. But to call others inauthentic, insincere, phony, not genuine, without giving any reason, because they are.teaching people to control their minds, and sit quietly. To sit to the point where the breath ceases. I call this lot pitiable. I am asking you to meditate in just this way, but though I instruct you like this, it is just that there is no other choice.
If there is no other choice then why are you calling those poor people phony? They also don’t have any other choice.
So the first thing: intellectuals have a very egoistic, quarrelsome attitude, always ready to start a battle of words. That is not right for a mystic.
Secondly, the method that the people he calls phony are teaching is not a right method, but because he himself has never meditated, he does not understand what is right and what is wrong. The method these people are teaching - and he himself is teaching - is to control your mind.
Meditation has nothing to do with controlling the mind - because every control is a kind of repression and that which is repressed will take its revenge. Whenever you relax a little, the mind that was in control will immediately come up and start, with vengeance, to stir up everything within you.
Meditation is not control, because control creates tension and meditation is based on relaxation. Meditation has a few essential things in it, whatever the method. But those few essentials are necessary in every method.
The first is a relaxed state: no fight with the mind, no control of the mind, no concentration.
Second, just watching with a relaxed awareness whatever is going on, without any interference.just watching the mind, silently, without any judgment, any evaluation. These are the three things: relaxation, watching, no judgment.
Slowly, slowly a great silence descends over you. All movement within you ceases. You are, but there is no sense of “I am”.just a pure space.
There are one hundred and twelve methods of meditation; I have talked on all those methods. They differ in their constitution, but the fundamentals remain the same: relaxation, watchfulness, a non-judgmental attitude.