Chapter 8: A Little Taste of Buddhahood
And that’s how the disciple, in one sense becomes absolutely devoted to the master, and in another sense becomes absolutely free of the master -because when you have found the master within yourself, then there is no dependence on the outer master. Then the outer master was just a reflection of the inner. Hence people go on seeing in me what they want to see, they go on projecting.
There are three kinds of meditators in the world. The first kind meditates with open eyes. There are methods of meditation which can be done only with open eyes. With open eyes you relate with nature, the physical manifestation of existence, with all its beauties, all its rejoicings, the birds singing and the trees flowering and the stars. With open eyes you can see the manifest existence; hence there are a few techniques of meditation which have to be done with open eyes.
There are a few techniques which have to be done with closed eyes. Then you see the unmanifest existence, which is far more important, because the manifestation is momentary and the unmanifested is eternal. I am here in the body; this is a momentary phenomenon. Tomorrow I may not be here in the physical body.
My sannyasins have to learn it - whether they are in Pune or Chicago they have to learn to connect with me, to contact me with closed eyes. Then I am forever; then whenever they close their eyes they will be surrounded by me. It will not be a form, it will not be a face, it will be simply a fragrance; it will not be a flower but only a fragrance. You can catch hold of a flower but you cannot catch hold of a fragrance. You can experience it but there is no way to keep it in your fist. You cannot touch it, but you can be moved, tremendously moved by it, transformed by it, transmuted by it.
There are a few meditations which are done with half-closed and half-open eyes; Buddha particularly insisted on doing your meditation with eyes half-closed and half-open. Why? His path is the middle path in everything. He is a very consistent man. He says: “Be exactly in the middle, because if you are outside with open eyes you may become attached to the manifest world; if you are with closed eyes you may become attached to the unmanifest world. But with half-open and half-closed eyes you will remain detached from both. You will be just a watcher, in the middle.” On one side the existence of nature, on the other side the existence of godliness, and you simply standing in the middle - that too is a way of meditation.
My own suggestion is, first meditate with open eyes; second, meditate with half-open and half-closed eyes; third, meditate with closed eyes. Slowly, slowly move into the unknown and the unknowable.