Chapter 29: I Am Crazy, but You Are Crazier!
What he is saying is this: in every situation where mind starts any kind of desire, greed, lust, ambition, possessiveness, the meditator has to be just a mirror. And what is that going to do? To be just a mirror means you are simply aware. In pure awareness the mind cannot drag you down into the mud, into the gutter. In anger, in hatred, in jealousy, the mind is absolutely impotent in the face of awareness. And because the mind is absolutely impotent, your whole being is in profound silence: the peace that passeth understanding.
Naturally that peace, that silence, that joy, that blissfulness will affect the mind. It will create ripples in the mind, it will change the wave lengths in the mind, and the scientist will be reading those waves, those wave patterns and he will be thinking, “If these wave patterns can be created in someone by mechanical devices, then we will be able to create the profoundness of a Gautam Buddha.” Don’t be stupid!
All your technical devices can be good, can be helpful. They are not going to do any harm; they will be giving some taste of peace, of silence. Although very superficial, still it is something for those who have never known anything of peace. For the thirsty, even dirty water does not look dirty. For the thirsty, even dirty water is a great blessing.
So you can start your experiments with all my blessings, but remember it is not meditation that you are giving to people - you don’t know meditation yourself. You may be giving them a little rest, a little relaxation, and there is nothing wrong in it. But if you give them the idea that this is meditation then you are certainly being harmful, because these people will stop at the technical things, with the superficial silence; thinking that this is all and they have gained it.
You can be helpful to people. Tell them that this is just a mechanical way of putting your mind at peace, and the mind at peace is not the real peace - real peace is when the mind is absent. And that is not possible from the outside, but only from the inside. And inside you have the intelligence, the understanding to do the miracle.
It is good for people who cannot relax, who cannot find a few moments of peace, whose minds are continuously chattering. Your technical devices are good, your biofeedback mechanisms are good. But make it clear to them that this is not meditation; this is just a mechanical device to help you relax, to give you a superficial feeling of silence. If this silence creates an urge in you to find the real, the inner, the authentic source of peace, then those technical devices have been friends, and the technicians who have been using them have not been barriers but have been bridges. Become a bridge!
Give people the little taste that is possible through machines, but don’t give them the false idea that this is what meditation is. Tell them that this is only a faraway echo of the real; if you want the real, you will have to go through a deep inner search, a profound understanding of your mind, an awareness of all the cunning ways of the mind, so that the mind can be put aside. Then the mind is no longer between you and existence, and the doors are open.