The lowest – muladhar – is the center of unrest, the highest is the center of rest, and between these two there are seven divisions. You can call them seven colors – yes, man is a rainbow. Or, you can call them seven notes of music. Eastern music divides sound into seven notes: sa, re, ga, ma, pa, dha, ni – these are the seven basic notes. And out of these seven basic notes all music is created – all symphony, all melody, all song, all dance.
Remember, seven is a very significant number.
And one thing more, before we enter into the sutras. To be more modern and contemporary, I would like to divide these seven centers in this way. The first I call no-mind. No-mind means mind is fast asleep – muladhar. it is there, but so fast asleep that you cannot even detect it. In the rock, God is fast asleep. In the man he has become a little alert – just a little alert, not very much. In the rock he is fast asleep, snoring. If you listen closely you will hear the snoring…God snoring. That’s why rocks are so beautiful – so deeply silent, no turmoil, no anxiety, nowhere to go. This I call no-mind. I don’t mean by no-mind that they have no mind; I simply mean the mind has not manifested yet. The mind is waiting in seed, the mind is getting ready to awake, the mind is preparing, the mind is resting. Sooner or later there will be the morning and the rock will become a bird and will start flying, or will become a tree and will start blossoming.
The second state I call unconscious mind. In the trees, the mind is there – not like the rock, God has become a little different from the rock. Not conscious, unconscious. Trees feel – they cannot feel that they feel, but they feel. Listen to the difference. If you hit a tree she feels it, but she cannot feel that she feels it. That much awareness has not happened. Feeling has come in, the tree is sensitive. And now there are modern experiments proving it, that trees are tremendously sensitive.
This I call unconscious mind. Mind is there…almost like one is asleep. In the morning one remembers that it was a beautiful night and “I slept deeply, the sleep was very profound.” But you remember in the morning, not when the actual sleep is happening; you remember later on, retrospectively. Mind was there in sleep, but was not functioning at that moment; it only functions retrospectively, later on. In the morning you remember – a beautiful night, such a soothing and satiny night, such deep silence and such happiness – but you recognize it in the morning.
The third state is subconscious mind. Subconscious mind is in the birds, animals. It is like dreaming. In a dream you become a little more conscious than you become conscious in your sleep. Let us say the rocks are in a coma; in the morning they will not even be able to remember how profound was the sleep – it is a coma. The trees are in a sleep; when they awake, they will remember. The birds and the animals are dreaming – they are very close to humanity. I call this subconscious mind.