Chapter 1: The Absolute Host
Meditation means no mind - no past, no future, no present.just eternity, a pure mirror which reflects the whole and is not scratched by anything. Just as the sky is not scratched by the clouds moving, or the sun rising, or the full-moon night, the sky remains unscratched.
You have heard the Zen haiku about the shadows of the bamboos.sweeping the temple steps, but they don’t make any noise.
The moon in the sky is reflected in the smallest pond but it does not disturb the pond. It does not create even a single ripple. And the miracle is, neither does the pond want the moon to reflect nor does the moon want to be reflected. But existence manages spontaneously a beautiful phenomenon - a single moon being reflected all over the earth.
In rivers, in oceans, in ponds, in lakes, in streams.even in a single dewdrop on a lotus leaf, the full moon is reflected as fully as in the biggest ocean.
But everything is happening so silently on its own accord.
In existence there is no effort, there is no intention. Everything is very relaxed and at ease.
Gautam Buddha was the first man to say that anybody who is searching for himself is a fool. The very search is preventing you from finding. Don’t search! Don’t go anywhere, just sit down and close your eyes and be within. Forget all about past and future, forget the body and the mind - you are the host. This is only a house, a temporary caravanserai; by the morning you will have to go on. The caravan continues from one serai to another serai, so don’t get attached to the caravanserai where you happen to be right now, in this moment.
Detached, aloof, just watching.and the mind disappears.
Mind is your attachment with the body and through the body with the world and all its greed, anger, love, hate, jealousy. The whole world is a projection of your mind, in which you live in suffering and misery - or once in a while a little joy, a little pleasure, but very superficial, not even skin deep.
But behind all this scene is hiding your buddha, your awareness, your pure consciousness - unclouded, unscratched, from eternity to eternity.
To realize this is the greatest experience in the world.
But all the religions have been driving people astray, searching for gods which don’t exist, praying before gods they have never met. No prayer has been responded to, but all the religions are combined in a conspiracy to take you away from yourself. These are the ways.. God is far away; self-realization is going to be through arduous practices, disciplines. Everybody cannot afford it. Nobody has that much time, nobody has that much capacity for self-torture. Nobody is so much a masochist that he can become a saint.
Naturally, the ultimate outcome is the present-day humanity: everybody has lost his way to himself.
And it is a single step - just turning in. It is not a finding, it is not a discovery, it is not an invention. It is simply a remembrance.