That is what you are experiencing. You say: “I am more and more able to watch my body, my thoughts and feelings, and this feels beautiful.” This is just the beginning. Even the beginning is immensely beautiful – just to be on the right path, even without taking a single step, will give you immense joy for no reason at all.
And once you start moving on the right path, your blissfulness, your beautiful experiences are going to become more and more deep, more and more wide, with new nuances, with new flavors, with new fragrances.
You say, “But moments of no thoughts are few and far between.” It is a great achievement, because people don’t know even a single gap. Their thoughts are always in a rush hour: thoughts upon thoughts, bumper-to-bumper – the line continues, whether they are awake or asleep. What you call your dreams are nothing but thoughts in the form of pictures…because the unconscious mind does not know alphabetical languages. There is no school, no training institute that teaches the unconscious language.
The unconscious is very primitive; it is just like a small child. Have you looked at the books of your small children? If you want to teach the child, you have to make a big picture first. So in children’s books you will see pictures, colorful pictures, with very little writing. The child is more interested in the pictures. He is primitive, he understands the language of pictures.
Slowly, slowly you make the pictures and the language associate. Whenever he sees the mango he knows, “it is a mango,.” and he starts learning that underneath the picture of the mango there is a certain word describing it. His interest is in the mango, but the word mango slowly becomes associated. As the child grows, the pictures will become smaller and there will be more language. By the time he enters university, the pictures will have disappeared from the book; only language will remain.
By the way, this reminds me to tell you that television has brought humanity back to a primitive stage – because people are again looking at pictures. There is a danger in the future: it is already apparent that people have stopped reading great literature. Who bothers to read, when you can see the film on the TV? This is a dangerous phenomenon, because there are things that cannot be reproduced in pictures. Great literature can be only partially reproduced in pictures. The danger is that people will slowly start forgetting language and its beauty and magic, and they will again become primitives, watching the television.
Now the average American is watching television for seven and a half hours every day. This is going to destroy something that we have achieved with great difficulty. Now, this man who is watching television for seven and half hours per day…you cannot expect him to read Shakespeare, Kalidas, Rabindranath Tagore, Herman Hesse or Martin Buber or Jean Paul Sartre. The greater the literature, the less the possibility of putting it into pictures.