Chapter 4: Meditation: The Only Medicine
And the third path is bhakti yoga - adding meditation to feeling, a deep joining of meditation and feeling, the wedding of meditation and feeling. So, while feeling, become meditative.
Through these three paths one can approach the witness. But the method that brings you is meditation, the fundamental thing is meditation. It is just like a doctor giving you medicine, saying to take it with honey, and you say you don’t eat honey, you are a Jaina. Then he says to take it with milk, and you say you cannot drink milk because milk is a form of blood, you are a strict Quaker - you don’t drink milk, it is like eating meat. So the doctor says take it with water. But the medicine is the same - honey, milk or water, it doesn’t make any difference. They are only to help swallow the medicine, to get it down the throat. Medicine won’t go down by itself.
Meditation is medicine.
There are three types of people in the world. Some people cannot live without action. Their whole life-flow is in working. If they try to sit quietly they cannot; they have to do something or other. There is energy, flowing energy. There is no harm in this, but the masters say, swallow the medicine of meditation with the action. You can’t stop doing, but you can add meditation to doing. You say, “I can’t sit a single moment without doing something. I just can’t. Sitting is not within my power, it’s not my nature.”
Psychologists call them extroverts: they are always occupied, they need to do something or other. Until they fall down exhausted and sleep it is not natural for them to stop working. Activity is their nature.
The master says, “Good. Do it riding on action. Make this your horse. Mix your medicine with this and swallow it. The real question is the medicine. Start working meditatively. Whatever you do, don’t do it unconsciously, do it with awareness. Stay awake while doing.”
Then there are some who say doing has no attraction for them, but thoughts come rushing in waves. They are thinkers - they have no juice for doing. They have no interest in the outer, but great waves arise within, a great tempest. And they cannot be inside for a single moment without thoughts. They say, “If we sit silently more thoughts come. When we sit silently more thoughts than usual come. Just mention worship, prayer, meditation, and a great deluge of thoughts - armies - come in wave after wave and drown us. What should we do?”
The master says, “Drink meditation mixed in with your thoughts. Don’t stop your thoughts, but when thoughts come observe them. Don’t get lost in them, stand a little apart, at a distance. Calmly watching your thoughts, you will gradually attain witnessing. Add meditation to your thoughts.”
Then there are some who say, “We have no trouble with thoughts, no trouble with doing. We have an excess of feeling. Tears flow, the heart is overwhelmed, drowning - in love, in affection, in trust, in devotion.”