This Buddhist meditation of taking note – try it, play with it. I cannot say practice it, I can only say play with it. Sitting, walking, sometimes remember it – just play with it. And you will be surprised that Buddha has given to the world one of the greatest techniques to penetrate into your innermost core.
Psychoanalysis does not go that deep. It also depends on something like this – free association of thoughts – but it remains superficial, because the other’s presence is a hindrance. The psychoanalyst is sitting there; even if he is sitting behind a screen, but you know he is there. That very knowledge that somebody is there hinders. You cannot be a real mirror, because the presence of the other cannot allow you to open totally. You can open totally only to your own self.
Buddha’s method is far more deep going because it is not to be told to anybody else. You have just to take note inside. It is subjective and yet objective. The phenomenon has to happen in your subjectivity, but you have to remain objective.
Just take note, and go on taking note as if it is none of your business, as if it is not happening to you, as if you have been appointed to do some job: “Stand on this corner of the road and just take note of whosoever passes by. A woman, a woman. A dog, a dog. A car, a car.” You have nothing to do, you are not involved. You are absolutely aloof, distant.
It can take you from one thing to another, and a moment comes when you have reached to the very cause of a certain chain. And there are many chains in your being, thousands of threads have got intertwined into each other. You have become a mess. You will have to follow each thread, slowly slowly, and you will have to come to the end of each thread. Once the end is reached, that chain disappears from your being. You are less burdened.
Slowly slowly, one day it happens – all threads have disappeared, because you have looked into all causes that were causing them. They were effects. One day, when all causes have been looked into, you have observed everything – all the games of the mind that it goes on playing with you, all the tricks and cunningnesses of it, all the deceptions and mischiefs – the whole mind disappears, as if it has never been there.
There is a famous sutra which Buddha has said about the mind, about life, about existence. The sutra is one of the most golden ones. He says:
“Think about the mind as stars, a fault of vision, as a lamp, a mock show, dewdrops, or a bubble, a dream, a lightning flash, or a cloud. So should one view what is conditioned.”
Mind is a conditioned phenomenon. It is the effect of some causes. You cannot destroy the effects directly, you will have to go to the causes. You cannot destroy a tree just by cutting its branches and leaves and foliage; you will have to go to the roots – and roots are hidden underneath. So are the roots in you. These things have to be understood. Buddha says: “Think of your mind as stars.” Why? Stars exist only in darkness. When the morning comes and the sun rises they disappear.