Chapter 16: I Want a Meeting of East and West
The Western mind is very speedy, fast, because the conditioning is for only one life - seventy years - and so much to do. One third of your life goes into sleep, one third of your life goes into education, training - what is left?
Much of it goes into earning your livelihood. If you count everything, you will be surprised: out of seventy years you cannot even have seven years left for something that you want to do. Naturally there is hurry, a mad rush, so mad that one forgets where one is going. All that you remember is whether you are going with speed or not. The means becomes the end.
In the same way, in different directions.the Eastern mind has cultivated itself differently than the Western mind. Those one hundred and twelve methods of meditation developed in the East have never taken account of the Western man; they were not developed for the Western man. The Western man was not yet available. The time that Vigyan Bhairav Tantra was written - in which those one hundred and twelve techniques have come to perfection - is nearabout five to ten thousand years before us.
At that time there was no Western man, no Western society, no Western culture. The West was still barbarous, primitive, not worth taking into account. The East was the whole world, at the pinnacle of its growth, richness, civilization.
My methods of meditation have been developed out of an absolute necessity. I want the distinction between the West and the East to be dissolved.
After Shiva’s Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, in these five or ten thousand years, nobody has developed a single method. But I have been watching the differences between East and West: the same method cannot be applied immediately to both. First, the Eastern and the Western mind have to be brought into a similar state. Those techniques of dynamic meditation, kundalini meditation, and others, are all cathartic; their basis is catharsis.
You have to throw out all the junk that your mind is full of. Unless you are unloaded you cannot sit silently. It is just as if you tell a child to sit silently in the corner of the room. It is very difficult, he is so full of energy. You are repressing a volcano! The best way is, first tell him, “Go run outside around the house ten times; then come and sit down in the corner.”
Then it is possible, you have made it possible. He himself wants to sit down now, to relax. He is tired, he is exhausted; now, sitting there, he is not repressing his energy, he has expressed his energy by running around the house ten times. Now he is more at ease.
The cathartic methods are simply to throw all your impatience, your speediness, your hurry, your repressions.
One more factor has to be remembered, that these are absolutely necessary for the Western man before he can do something like Vipassana - just sitting silently doing nothing and the grass grows by itself. But you have to be sitting silently, doing nothing - that is a basic condition for the grass to grow by itself. If you cannot sit silently doing nothing, you are going to disturb the grass.