Chapter 1: Meditation: The Art of Celebration
Everyone is in conflict because of this split between the unconscious and the conscious. But only if the potential, the unconscious, is allowed to flower can you feel the bliss of existence; otherwise not.
If the major portion of your potentialities remains unfulfilled, your life will be a frustration. That is why the more utilitarian a person is, the less he is fulfilled, the less he is blissful. The more utilitarian the approach - the more one is in business life - the less he is living, the less he is ecstatic. The part of the mind that cannot be made useful in the utilitarian world has been denied.
The utilitarian life is necessary but at a great cost: you have lost the festivity of life. Life becomes a festivity, a celebration if all your potentialities come to a flowering; then life is a ceremony. That is why I always say that religion means transforming life into a celebration. The dimension of religion is the dimension of the festive, the nonutilitarian.
The utilitarian mind must not be taken as the whole. The remaining, the greater - the whole mind - should not be sacrificed to it. The utilitarian mind must not become the end. It will have to remain there, but as a means. The other - the remaining, the greater, the potential - must become the end. That is what I mean by a religious approach.
With a nonreligious approach, the businesslike mind, the utilitarian, becomes the end. When this becomes the end, there is no possibility of the unconscious actualizing the potential; the unconscious will be denied. If the utilitarian becomes the end, it means that the servant is playing the role of the master.
Intelligence, the narrowing of the mind, is a means toward survival, but not toward life. Survival is not life.
Survival is a necessity - to exist in the material world is a necessity - but the end is always to come to a flowering of the potential, of all that is meant by you. If you are fulfilled completely, if nothing remains inside in seed form, if everything becomes actual, if you are a flowering, then and only then can you feel the bliss, the ecstasy of life.
The denied part of you, the unconscious part, can become active and creative only if you add a new dimension to your life - the dimension of the festive, the dimension of play.
So meditation is not a work, it is a play. Praying is not a business, it is a play. Meditation is not something to be done to achieve some goal - peace, bliss - but something to be enjoyed as an end in itself.
The festive dimension is the most important thing to be understood - and we have lost it totally. By festive, I mean the capacity to enjoy, moment to moment, all that comes to you.