Chapter 53: From Death to Deathlessness
That’s why Buddha has emphasized the moment so much. He says, “Remain in the moment and there will be no mind.” But the moment is very atomic, it is very subtle; you can miss it easily. The mind is always the past - whatsoever you have known - and the reality that is passing just now is not part of the mind. It will become part of the mind a moment later.
If you can be aware of the reality here and now, you will remain always transcendental to the mind. And if you can remain transcendental to the mind - always above, never entangled in it, using it, but never getting involved in it, using it as an instrument, never getting identified with it - the ego will disappear. You will be egoless, and when you are egoless, nothing else is to be done. Then all else happens to you. You have become vulnerable, you have become open. Then the whole existence happens to you, then all the ecstasies are yours, then suffering is impossible. Suffering comes through the ego. Bliss comes through the egoless gate.
Now we will enter the techniques - because these techniques are concerned with being egoless. Very simple techniques, but if you understand this background then you can do them, and much becomes possible through them.
The first technique:
Focus on fire
rising through your form
from the toes up
until the body burns to ashes
but not you.
Focus on fire rising through your form, from the toes up, until the body burns to ashes but not you. A very simple technique and very wonderful, very easy to do, but some basic requirements are to be fulfilled beforehand. Buddha liked this technique very much; he initiated his disciples into this technique.
Whenever someone was initiated by Buddha, the first thing was this: he would tell him just to go to the burning place and observe a body being burned, a dead body being burned. For three months he was not to do anything, but just sit there and watch. So the seeker would go to the burning place of the village. He would stay there for three months, day and night, and whenever a dead body would come there he would just sit and meditate. He would just look at the dead body; then the fire would be created and then the body would start burning. And for three months continuously he would not do anything else - just look at dead bodies being burned.
Buddha said, “Don’t think about it. Just look at it.” And it is difficult not to come upon the thought that sooner or later your body is going to be burned. Three months is a long time, and continuously, day and night, whenever there was a body to be burned, the seeker was to meditate. Sooner or later he would start seeing his own body on the burning pyre. He would start seeing himself being burned.