Empty Your Mind
Meditation is not the taming of the brain to conform nor is it a self-introspective analysis, it is certainly not the training in concentration that includes, chooses, and denies. It’s something that comes naturally when all positive and negative assertions and accomplishments have been understood and drop away easily. It is the total emptiness of the brain. Out of this emptiness, love comes, otherwise, it’s not love. The Foundation of righteousness is in this emptiness. It’s the end and beginning of all things.
The word meditation implies both in Sanskrit and in English, not only the brain concentrating on a certain subject but also a great deal of attention. But primarily in Sanskrit, it means to measure. In English, too, the meaning is almost the same. The ancient Greeks were the originators of measurement. Without measurement, there would be no technology. And to the Asiatics, especially in India, measurement is an illusion, limitation. And also in meditation is implied, the meditator and the meditation. It is a very complex business.
So to enquire into meditation, you have to enquire first not only into measurement, but also this constant becoming something, psychologically. Human beings are violent, and the ideal to be in a state of non-violence, which is to become. Meditation is never control of body. There is no actual division between organism and the mind. The brain, the nervous system and what we call mind are one, indivisible. It is the natural act of meditation that brings about harmonious movement of the whole. To divide the body from mind and to control the body with intellectual decisions is to bring about contradiction, from which arise various forms of struggle, conflict and resistance.Every decision to control only breeds resistance, even the determination to be aware. Meditation is the understanding of the division brought about by decision. Freedom is not the act of decision but the act of perception. The seeing is the doing. It is not a determination to see and then to act. After all, will is desire with all its contradictions. When one desire assumes authority over another, that desire becomes will. In this there is inevitable division. And meditation is the understanding of desire, not the overcoming of one desire by another. Desire is the movement of sensation, which becomes pleasure and fear. This is sustained by the constant dwelling of thought upon one or the other.
Me And Non-me
Meditation really is the complete emptying of the mind. Then there is only functioning of the body; there is the only activity of the organism and nothing else; then thought functions without identification as me and non-me. The thought is mechanical, as is the organism. What creates conflict is thought identifying itself with one of its parts which becomes me, the self, and various divisions in that self. There is no need for self at any time. There is nothing but the body, and freedom of mind can only happen when thought is not breeding me. There is no self to understand, but only the thought which creates the self. When there is only an organism without self, perception, both visual and non-visual can never be distorted. There is only seeing ‘what is’ and that very perception goes beyond what is. Emptying of mind is not an activity of thought or an intellectual process.
Continuous seeing of what is without any kind of distortion naturally empties the mind of all thought, and yet that very mind can use thought when it is necessary. The thought is mechanical and meditation is not.