There are people who go on thinking, and there are people who go on renouncing action. But in the Himalayas what will they do? Then not moving into action, the whole energy will move into thinking. They will become great philosophers. But philosophy is a fool’s land: you live in words, not in realities. Love disappears, only the word love is retained. God disappears – because he was there in the fields, in the market, in the world – but the word God is retained. Actions disappear, only concepts are carried. Your head becomes your whole being.
Avoid this. Never renounce action, only renounce thinking. But if you renounce thinking there is a possibility you may become unconscious – or you may become a fool. You may start doing anything whatsoever, because now you don’t know what to do, and you don’t think. You may go crazy. Thinking is to be renounced, but you are not to become more unaware, more unconscious. You have to become more conscious.
This is the whole art of meditation: how to be deep in action, how to renounce thinking, and how to convert the energy that was moving into thinking, into awareness. It is going to be very delicate and subtle, because if you miss a step you fall into infinite ignorance.
It is easy to drop thinking, but then you go to sleep. Every day in deep sleep it happens: you renounce, thinking stops – but then you are no longer there, consciousness drops. Your consciousness has become too attached, associated with thinking, so whenever thinking stops you fall into a coma.
And this is the problem. One has to renounce thinking and not fall into a coma, because the coma will not lead you to reality. If you fall unconscious you are not going into reality, you are simply fast asleep: the conscious has merged into the unconscious. Just the reverse has to be attained: the unconscious merges into the conscious. If the conscious falls into the unconscious you fall into a coma, and if the unconscious falls into the conscious and becomes conscious itself, you become enlightened, you become a Buddha, a Sosan.
And it is very easy to help the conscious fall down into the unconscious, because it is a very small fragment. One tenth of your being is conscious, nine tenths of your being is unconscious. Just a small fragment has become conscious, and that too is always wavering. Any moment it can fall, it is very easy.
That’s how it happens in intoxication: you take alcohol, the conscious falls into the unconscious. Hence, the appeal of alcohol in all the ages and all the climates and in all the countries. And this is what happens when you take a drug: the conscious falls into the unconscious.
It is beautiful because thinking stops. Sleep is beautiful and you have many, many dreams. And if you are a good dreamer then a drug will give you beautiful dreams – fantastic, more colorful than any dream can be, more luminous. You move into paradise, into a dreamland, but you are not moving into reality.