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Chapter 3: The Twenty-first Century Approach to Meditation

Those are the blocks now. They were never there before. Particularly in the East they were never there before. The mind was not so repressive; we accepted things as they were. But now, the whole world lives under a Christian shadow and everything natural has become condemned. The body, sex - all the instincts are condemned.

So we are in an inner conflict. Reason has become supreme and reason has suppressed everything that is not rational. And reason is just a tiny part of the whole being of man - the tenth part, just a small fragment - but this small fragment has become supreme, dictatorial, and it has suppressed everything else in the personality. These suppressed layers have to be released first, and unless they are released and one comes to a deep harmony within - with one’s own instincts, nature, body - nothing further can be done.

All the old methods start with you as you are. For example, Mahesh Yogi’s Transcendental Meditation starts with you as you are. It gives you a particular technique, a mantra to work upon. That mantra will help you to calm down but it cannot transform you. It can make you more adjusted to the society which itself is ill, it can make you more still, a certain well-being will come to you, but no transformation - because the repressed layer will remain as it was. It is not even touched by it. You bypass it and you do something with your mind which gives it a superficial tranquility.

All the old methods - if used directly, without catharsis of the mind - will not be of much help. So my method starts with catharsis, and only then, when tensions are released, can you have a deeper jump deep within yourself.

That jump is possible - and I think that it has become so urgent for us, that we can take the jump. But the preparation is bound to be different from how it has always been in the past.

So my method works first as catharsis. Then it tries to create a harmony with your body, because we are living with a gap between us and our bodies. All the old traditions have emphasized that body and mind are two things. That is absolutely wrong. Body and mind are just two poles of one existence. All the old traditions have emphasized that you are not the body. My emphasis is quite the contrary. You are the body. You are more also, you go beyond the body, but you are also the body. And there is no division as such, and no conflict.

But we have created the conflict, and that conflict has created a gap. This gap has to be bridged. My method is a means to bridge the gap, and only when the gap is bridged do you become whole. And then the jump becomes possible because you cannot jump as a fragment. One part of you cannot jump ahead of another part. You have to take the jump as a whole being, and to me, holy means whole. This wholeness has to be created. So I work on these lines.

The body has many dimensions of its own. If you take it for granted that you are not the body, your body becomes closed, a dead thing hanging over you. Then you are not living in it, just carrying it. So to bring man back to the body is the first thing. Then to bring him to his total mind, the second, and then only is it possible to bring him to his spirit.

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