Chapter 5: The Art of Let-Go
I teach you let-go, because that’s the only thing that can make you a sage. No church will help, no theology, no religion, because none of them teach you let-go. They all insist on work, on the dignity of labor. They use beautiful words to enslave you, to exploit you. They are in conspiracy with the parasites of the society.
I am not against work; work has its own utility - but only utility. It cannot become your life’s be all and end all. It is an absolute necessity that you need food, that you need clothes, that you need a shelter. Work, but don’t become addicted to work. The moment you are out of work, you should know how to relax. It does not need much wisdom to relax. It is a simple art, and it is very simple because you already knew it when you were born. So it is already there; it just has to be made active from a dormant position, it has to be provoked.
All methods of meditation are nothing but methods to help you to remember the art of let-go. I say remember, because you knew it already. And you know it still, but that knowledge is being repressed by the society.
Simple principles have to be remembered. The body should be the beginning. Lying down on your bed.and you lie down on your bed every day, so there is no special necessity to do so. When you lie down on the bed, before sleep comes, start watching with closed eyes the energy from your feet. Move from there, just watch inside: Is there some tension somewhere - in the legs, in the thighs, in the stomach? Is there some strain, some tension? If you find some tension somewhere, simply try to relax it, and don’t move from that point unless you feel the relaxation has come.
Go through the hands - because your hands are your mind; they are connected with your mind. If your right hand is tense, the left side of your brain will be tense. If your left hand is tense, the right side of your brain will be tense. So first go through the hands - they are almost the branches of your mind - and then reach finally to the mind.
When the whole body is relaxed the mind is already ninety percent relaxed, because the body is nothing but extensions of the mind. Then simply watch the ten percent tension that is in your mind, and just by watching the clouds will disappear. It will take a few days for you. It is a knack. And it will revive your childhood experience - when you were so relaxed.
Have you ever watched? Children go on falling every day, but they don’t get hurt, they don’t get fractures. You try it; whenever the child falls you also fall.
A psychoanalyst tried an experiment. He announced in the newspapers, “I will pay enough money if somebody is ready to come to my house and just follow my child for the whole day. Whatever my child does, you have to do that.”
A young wrestler turned up and he said, “I am ready. Where is the child?”