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Chapter 2: The Way Is Perfect

If you want to be quiet, what will you do? - because quietness means non-doing. You simply float, you simply relax. And when I say simply relax, I mean simply. No method is to be used for relaxation, because method means again you are doing something.

There is a book; the title of it is You Must Relax! And “must” is just against relaxation; the “must” should not be brought in, otherwise you will become more tense.

This law was rediscovered by Emile Coué, and he said, “Let things happen, don’t force them.” There are things which can be forced - all that belongs to the conscious mind can be forced. But there are things which cannot be forced. All that belongs to the unconscious, to your depth, cannot be forced.

It happens many times: you are trying to remember a name or a face and it is not coming, but still you feel it is just on the tip of your tongue. The feeling is so deep that you feel it is going to come and you try to bring it. And the more you try, the more it is not coming. You even become suspicious whether the feeling is true or not. But you feel.Your whole being says it is there, just on the tip of your tongue. But why is it not coming if it is on the tip of your tongue? It will not come. Do whatsoever you want to do, it will not come.

Then you get frustrated, then you feel hopeless, then you drop the whole project. You go in the garden, you start working in the garden, or you start reading the newspaper, or you put on the radio and listen to music - and suddenly it pops up. What happened?

It belonged to the unconscious, it was deep in you. And the more you tried, the narrower you became; and the more you tried, the more the unconscious was disturbed. It became a chaos, then everything became unsettled. It was there just on the tip, but because you were too active to bring it out: you were using will, and will cannot bring anything out of your depth. Only surrender brings it, only when you let go.

So when you went into the park or into the garden, started reading the newspaper, digging a hole in the earth, listening to the music, you forgot about the whole project; suddenly it was there. This is the law of reverse effect. With the unconscious, remember, will is of no use - not only of no use, it is also dangerous, harmful.

Lao Tzu, Chuang Tzu, Bodhidharma, Sosan are the masters of this law of reverse effect. And this is the difference between Yoga and Zen. Yoga makes every effort and Zen makes no effort, and Zen is truer than any Yoga. But Yoga appeals, because as far as you are concerned doing is easy - howsoever hard, but doing is easy.

Non-doing is difficult. If someone says, “Don’t do anything,” you are at a loss. You again ask, “What to do?” If someone says, “Don’t do anything,” that is the most difficult thing for you. It should not be so if you understand.

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