Meditation is one of the most extraordinary
things, and if you do not know what it is
you are like the blind man in a world of bright
colour, shadows and moving light.
It is not an intellectual affair, but when
the heart enters into the mind, the mind has
quite a different quality: it is really, then,
limitless, not only in its capacity to think,
to act efficiently, but also in its sense of
living in a vast space where you are part of everything.
Meditation is the movement of love. It isn't
the love of the one or of the many. It is like
water that anyone can drink out of any jar,
whether golden or earthenware: it is inexhaustible.
And a peculiar thing takes place which no
drug or self-hypnosis can bring about: it
is as though the mind enters into itself,
beginning at the surface and penetrating ever
more deeply, until depth and height have lost
their meaning and every form of measurement ceases.
In this state there is complete peace not
contentment which has come about through
gratification but a peace that has order,
beauty and intensity. It can all be destroyed,
as you can destroy a flower, and yet because
of its very vulnerability it is indestructible.
This meditation cannot be learned from another.
You must begin without knowing anything about
it, and move from innocence to innocence. The
soil in which the meditative mind can begin
is the soil of everyday life, the strife, the
pain, and the fleeting joy. It must begin there,
and bring order, and from there move endlessly.
But if you are concerned only with making
order, then that very order will bring about
its own limitation, and the mind will be its
prisoner. In all this movement you must somehow
begin from the other end, from the other shore,
and not always be concerned with this shore or
how to cross the river. You must take a plunge
into the water, not knowing how to swim. And
the beauty of meditation is that you never know
where you are, where you are going, what the end is.
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