In the afternoon meditation – kirtan, dancing, singing – another inner work has to be done. In the morning you have to be fully conscious; in the afternoon meditation you have to be half conscious, half unconscious. It is a noontide meditation – when you are alert but you feel sleepy. It is just like a man who is under the influence of some intoxicant. He walks, but cannot walk rightly; he knows where he is going, but everything is dim. He is conscious and not conscious. He knows he has taken alcohol, he knows his feet are wavering, but he knows this half-asleep, half-awake. So in the afternoon meditation remember this – act as if you are intoxicated, drunk, ecstatic. Sometimes you will forget yourself completely like a drunkard, sometimes you will remember, but don’t try to be conscious just like the morning. No. Move with the day – half-half in the noon. Then you are in tune with nature.
In the night, just the opposite of the morning – be completely unconscious; don’t bother at all. The night has come, the sun has set, now everything is moving into unconsciousness. Move into unconsciousness. This whirling, Sufi whirling, is one of the most ancient techniques, one of the most forceful. It is so deep that even a single experience can make you totally different. You have to whirl with open eyes, just like small children go on twirling, as if your inner being has become a center and your whole body has become like a wheel, moving – a potter’s wheel, moving. You are in the center, but the whole body is moving.
Start slowly, clockwise. If somebody feels it is very difficult to move clockwise then move anti-clockwise, but the rule is to move clockwise. If a few people are left-handed then they may feel it difficult; they can move anti-clockwise. And almost ten percent of people are left-handed, so if you find that clockwise you feel uneasy, move anti-clockwise; but start with clockwise, then feel. With open eyes, start moving.
Music will be there, slow, just to help you. In the beginning move very slowly; don’t go fast, very slowly, enjoying. And then, by and by, go faster. The first fifteen minutes go slowly; the second fifteen minutes fast; the third fifteen minutes faster; the fourth fifteen minutes, just completely mad. Then bring your total energy…you become a whirlpool, an energy whirlpool, lost completely in it: no witnessing, no effort to observe. Don’t try to see; be the whirlpool, be the whirling. One hour.
In the beginning you may not be able to stand so long, but remember one thing: don’t stop by yourself, don’t stop the whirling. If you feel it is impossible, the body will fall down automatically, but don’t you stop. If you fall down in the middle of the hour there is no problem; the process is complete. But don’t play tricks with yourself, don’t deceive; don’t think that now you are tired so it is better to stop. No, don’t make it a decision on your part. If you are tired, how can you go on? You will fall automatically. So don’t stop yourself; let the whirling itself come to a point where you fall down. When you fall down, fall down on your stomach; and it will be good if your stomach is in direct touch with the earth. Now close the eyes. Lie down on the earth as if lying down on the breast of your mother, a small child lying down on the breast of the mother. Become completely unconscious – and this whirling will help.
Whirling gives intoxication to the body. It is a chemical thing, it gives you intoxication, to be exact. That’s why sometimes you may feel giddy just like a drunkard. What is happening to the drunkard? Hidden behind your ears is a sixth sense, the sense of balance. When you take any drink, any alcoholic thing, any intoxicating drug, it goes directly to the seat of balance in the ear and disturbs it. That’s why a drunkard cannot walk, feels dizzy.