Once the mind is silent, empty, spacious, you have found the golden key, the master key, which opens all the mysteries of love, of truth, of eternal life.
Socrates’ idea is basically right, but about his method I do not agree. His method is unnecessary. If you are going to come home, why run miles away and then come back home? You are already there. Just close your eyes and be silent, and relax. But the conclusion is right: “A man who practices the mysteries of love will be in contact, not with a reflection, but with truth itself. To know this blessing of human nature, one can find no better helper than love.”
Either you can start by increasing your love, expanding your love…but where will you expand it? Your mind is standing like a China wall all around you. First that China wall has to disappear – and that is the function of meditation.
Socrates could have been for the West their Gautam Buddha, and the whole history of the West would have been totally different. He has created the basic path for the western mind: argument. And argument by and by, rather than discovering love, has discovered atom bombs, nuclear weapons, science, technology.
The East has not been able to discover these things because it has never given any credit to argumentation, to reason. Its whole concentration has been on expanding consciousness – and to give it space, it has to get rid of the mind. Once the mind is not there you don’t have any boundaries, even the sky is not the boundary. You are all over the place. This feeling of being all over the place is love; and knowing it, that it is arising from the very center of your being, is truth.
But, Socrates is not talking in California. He is not talking to so-called lovers all over the world. He is talking to a few disciples who have come in search of truth. He helped a few people; he could not help many, for the simple reason that with everybody the process was so long.
But the East has been fortunate to discover a single-step pilgrimage: from mind to no-mind – and you have arrived home.
You have always been there. You have never left it for a single moment! Just, your mind has been wandering all over the world, but you have never been anywhere else; you are exactly where you should be.
If the wandering of the mind stops, suddenly – the revelation.
At the age of thirty-seven I feel as if I’m starting a new life. Knowing nothing, unsophisticated and childish, dreams and ambitions are being shattered, and the future is totally unknown. I feel that you are stripping me naked; is this your work?
This is my work: to take away from you all that is false.