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Chapter 5: Truth Is That Which Is

That subjectivity is your truth. And the only way to know it is to be in total rest - as one is in sleep - and yet be totally aware, alert, and without any thoughts. This is samadhi, this is the ultimate state of dhyan - meditation. This is what Buddha means when he says: Quietly consider what is right and what is wrong.

Now, if you consider what is right, what is wrong, you miss. You are bound to start thinking, “What is right and what is wrong?” And what will you think about? You will start chewing over many thoughts that have been provided to you by the society. The society has taught you, “This is right and that is wrong,” and you will start chewing them again. Maybe you will make some new combinations, you will color and paint and decorate them, but basically, essentially, they will be impositions from others. It is not your own experience. Hence Buddha can’t mean thinking.

He says: meditate quietly. Be silent and see. And in that seeing you will know - without any logical process you will simply know: This is this. This is good and this is bad. Not that you have to decide it according to the Bible or the Koran or the Gita. If you have eyes you know where the wall is and where the door is. Do you have to think about it? Each time you go out of your room do you have to think again and again where the door is and where the wall is? You simply go out of the door without thinking at all, because you can see! But if you are blind, each time you will have to think again, “Where is the door?” You will have to grope for the door.

Thinking is a blind state, it is a groping in darkness. Meditation is a state of having eyes, you are capable of seeing. You simply see what is right and what is wrong. And when you see what is right and what is wrong you can’t do the wrong, you can’t go against the right.

A meditator naturally follows that which is good - not that he decides to follow it - and naturally avoids that which is bad. Not that he decides to avoid it; a meditator never takes any vows - there is no need. A man with eyes never takes the vow that “I will always enter from the door, go out from the door. I promise you, God, that I will never try to enter from the wall. Believe me, I am a man of my word, I will keep it, although I know there will be many temptations.” If somebody is saying that, you will laugh. “What nonsense he is talking! What temptations?” Have you ever been tempted by the wall to get in and out through it? No such temptation is there.

When one can see clearly, good results. It is so natural, it is so spontaneous, you can’t say that you have decided it. You can’t say that you have used your will. You can’t even say that this is your act. All that you can say is that this is how things are happening, not that you are doing them, you are only allowing them to happen. Then life has such a relaxed joy, because no tension follows it, no strain. The achieving mind is no longer there, hence there is never any frustration.

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