Chapter 22: Witnessing
He has a non-discriminating awareness. He is simply seeing everything that is there, but he has no judgment about it. He cannot have - he has not yet been introduced to the color called green, the color called red. It will take a little time for him to learn discrimination.
In fact, our whole education is nothing but creating discriminating consciousness in every person. Every person is born with a non-discriminating consciousness - that is a witnessing consciousness. He is born with that which a sage finally achieves. It is a very mysterious phenomenon that what the sage attains ultimately, the child has from the very beginning.
It is not coincidental that different sages, different mystics of different ages, have become aware of the fact that the final illumination, enlightenment, is nothing but regaining your childhood. The same consciousness that you had the first moment you were born has to be attained again. It is not something new that you achieve; it is something ancient, eternal, that you rediscover.
You get lost into the world.there is every opportunity for you to be lost, because the world needs all kinds of discriminations, judgments, evaluations, the idea of good and bad, the idea of right and wrong - all kinds of shoulds and should nots. The world necessarily needs them, and it trains every child for them. The child goes on getting more and more lost into language, into words, into thoughts, and finally comes to a point from where he cannot find the way back home.
Jesus says, “Unless you are born again you will not understand the kingdom of God.” What does he mean when he says, “Unless you are born again.”? It is obvious, the meaning is clear: unless you look at the world and existence again as a child..
And that is the essential meaning of meditation: to help you to get out of the mind, to help you to get out of the discriminating consciousness and make a path so that you can enter into a witnessing consciousness.
These two are the only possibilities in your consciousness: either you can be pure sky or you can be sky with clouds; either you can be a consciousness without any thought or you can be a consciousness full of the traffic of thoughts, feelings, sentiments, emotions.
When you are full of the traffic of the mind, you cannot know who you are; you are too engaged, you are too busy. When there is no traffic you are so at ease, so relaxed, that it is impossible to avoid knowing yourself. Nothing is left there to know, so knowing turns upon itself. The knower and the known are no more separate.
This state - where the knower and the known become one and consciousness is just a pure witness - Ta Hui calls wisdom. To understand him, remember that he is not using the word wisdom in the ordinary sense.
There are two senses in which the word is used by ordinary language: one is the man who has experienced all kinds of failure, success, poverty, richness, the worldly experiences - one meaning of wisdom is to be rich about worldly experiences - that man is called wise. Naturally, this means the man must be old.