Saturday, March 10, 2018

Beyond the Yangtze: Lao Tse's Tao



Now you see, for this, best thing is to know about Tao, which is your speciality, it's Chinese in which he describes, you see, Tao; Lao Tzu describes the journey through the river Yangtze. I've been Myself to see that. So he says on the side or the banks there are beautiful, very beautiful mountains and beautiful trees and it's so beautiful that you feel like jumping out of the boat and going to the, these gardens and these mountains. But what your aim is,is to go through this, Tao, means the Yangtze river, towards the river. In the beginning, maybe there are some currents flowing, maybe you might lose faith in yourself. But by the time you reach near the sea, it becomes very silent and you have to go to the sea, that's the point is. So, you see, all these are there; these are just enticing... It's all right you see but it's nothing important because all these will keep you on a mental level. You'll be always thinking, "What is this vision? What is that?" There's nothing to be on the mental level, you have to beyond, all right? If you don't see, you don't bother about it, they'll disappear...

These questions are nice. The first one is about confidence you see and I'm going to tell you about meditation. If you do that kind of meditation you'll get back your confidence, all right? That's one point. And then he says if there's anything like destiny. In Sahaja Yoga you decide your destiny, you don't have to depend on any destiny. Then it's true that Hong Kong is highly polluted and lot of people get allergies and things like that. But Sahaja Yogis should take bandhans so they won't suffer with any allergies or anything. And also you can use something to cover your nose or something. I know people are smoking so much I Myself, I absorb so much of this within Myself, but this will all go away as far as you are concerned because you're protected, all right? But the first one I'll tell you later...

All right, now we have to go beyond the mind, as I said it, that mind is a myth and we live on a mental level all the time. And that's why so many questions and so many things they come from your mind. If you reach a state where you are beyond the mind you won't have any questions because you will be there. Because you're not there you're asking these questions. You are there for a short time and then you come down. So how to be more on that level, I'll tell you. I don't have that problem. I can be all the time beyond the mind but for you people I've tried to find out why, how to make it, to keep you beyond the mind.

Now the best way I told people and it has worked wonders, that when you are, wherever you are free, whether you are meditating or not, wherever you are freely standing or doing, try to see what is your mind thinking. You separate, now because you're realized souls, you have to be, first of all, connected; if you're not connected you can't do this practice. But if you're connected to the mains then what you should do is to see what your mind is thinking. Now watch your mind. Ask the mind, "Now what are you thinking? Let's see, what are we to think?" And you will be surprised you'll go on watching and suddenly you'll reach a point that you have become thoughtless.

So always watch the mind. What is it doing? What is it thinking? What is it working out? And the mind will just not think because it cannot answer. It cannot answer a realized soul, you see. But for that, you have to be beyond the mind; to begin with you should separate yourself from your mind. You ask questions to your mind. "Now let's see what are you thinking, sir. Where are you?" In the mirror also you can see, you shouldn't suffer from narcissism, of course not, but what you have to do is to ask.

You see, if you try to understand how to become thoughtless, the best way is to look at something, now you look at something, say, look at the flowers. Now immediately it will react, your mind will react. Now you try to see what is your mind is saying. "I don't want to hear, no, I don't want to hear." Just say, "I don't want to hear anything. I don't want to know anything." You just want to watch, that's all. Gradually you'll grow. You see, this is the system Zen. Try to do it, but it was such a thing, you know, that time, they were no such nice people like you, perhaps. So he had to use other methods to make people go beyond the thought...

So this is meant for people who really want to go very deep. In Zen we also made a big courtyard filled with sand, with some sort of designs in the sand and they put some stones in it. You are supposed to sit on the edge of that and to look at it without thinking. But normally people start comparing, "It looks like ships, it looks like this, it looks like..." No !, you have to just look at it without thinking.

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi March 10, 1996 " Talk to Sahaja Yogis " Hong Kong

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