“Can intuition be explained?” But it means, “Can intuition be reduced to intellect?” And intuition is something beyond the intellect, something not of the intellect, something coming from some place where intellect is totally unaware. So the intellect can feel it, but it cannot explain it.
intuition can penetrate intellect because it is higher, but intellect cannot penetrate intuition because it is lower.
It is just like your mind can penetrate your body, but your body cannot penetrate the mind.
intellect can also reject what has happened. That is what is meant by having faith or not having faith. If you feel that what cannot be explained by the intellect does not exist, then you are a “nonbeliever.” Then you will continue in this lower existence of the intellect, tethered to it. Then you disallow mystery, then you disallow intuition to speak to you.
A rational mind becomes closed, closed within the boundaries of reasoning, and intuition cannot penetrate.
A buddha does not “explain” anything. He is expressive, but nonexplanatory. All the Upanishads are expressive without any explanations. They say, “This is such, this is so; this is what is happening. If you want, come in. Do not stand outside; no explanation is possible from the inside to the outside. So come in—become an insider.”
Even if you come inside, things will not be explained to you; you will come to know and feel them. Intellect can try to understand, but it is bound to be a failure. The higher cannot be reduced to the lower.
it is a jump; that is why it is a leap. It is a jump from one point to another point, with no interconnection between the two. If I come to you step-by- step, it is not a jump.
And a real jump is even deeper. It means that something exists on point A, and then it exists on point B, and between the two there is no existence. That is a real jump.
Intuition is a jump—it is not something that comes to you in steps. It is something happening to you.
This sudden happening means intuition. If it were not sudden, not completely discontinuous with what went before, then reason would discover the path.
If intuition came through rays or waves, then we could make an instrument to receive them. But no instrument can pick up intuition because it is not a wave phenomenon. It is not a phenomenon at all; it is just a leap from nothing to being.
mysticism says that there are three realms: the known, the unknown, and the unknowable. By the unknowable, the mystic means that which can never be known.
intuition works with the unknowable.
it will always exist as the unknowable.
The mystic says, “Whatever you do, something in the very foundation of existence will remain unknowable—a mystery.” And if the mystics are not right, then I think that science is going to destroy the whole meaning of life. If there is no mystery, the whole meaning of life is destroyed and the whole beauty is destroyed. The unknowable is the beauty, the meaning, the aspiration, the goal. Because of the unknowable, life means something. When everything is known, then everything is flat. You will be fed up, bored.
The unknowable is the secret; it is life itself.
Reason is an effort to know the unknown, and intuition is the happening of the unknowable. To penetrate the unknowable is possible but to explain it is not. The feeling is possible; the explanation is not.
When the body functions spontaneously,
that is called instinct.
When the soul functions spontaneously,
that is called intuition.
They are alike and yet far away from each other.
Instinct is of the body—the gross;
and intuition is of the soul—the subtle.
And between the two is the mind, the expert,
which never functions spontaneously.
Mind means knowledge.
Knowledge can never be spontaneous.
Instinct is deeper than intellect and
intuition is higher than intellect.
Both are beyond the intellect, and both are good.
HEAD, HEART, AND BEING
The head only thinks; hence it never comes to any conclusion. It is verbal, linguistic, logical, but because it has no roots in reality, thousands of years of philosophical thinking have not given us a single conclusion. Philosophy has been the greatest exercise in futility Intellect is very clever in creating questions and then creating answers, and then out of those answers, more questions and more answers. It can make palaces of words, systems of theories, but they are all just hot air.
The body cannot rely on your intellect, because the body has to live. That’s why all essential functions of the body are in the hands of instinct —for example, breathing, heartbeat, digestion of your food, circulation of the blood. A thousand and one processes are going on inside your body in which you have no part at all. And it is good that nature has given body its own wisdom. Otherwise, if your intellect were to take care of the body, life would have been impossible! Because sometimes you may forget to breathe—at least in the night, how will you breathe while you are asleep? You are already so confused just with thoughts; in this confusion, who will take care about the blood circulation, whether the right amount of oxygen is reaching your cells or not? Whether the food that you are eating is being analyzed into its basic constituents, and those basic constituents are sent where they are needed? And this whole, tremendous amount of work is done by instinct. You are not needed. You can remain in a coma; still the body will continue to work.
just to exist, just to survive, has no meaning. To give meaning to your life, existence has given intuition to your heart. Out of your intuition arises the possibility of art, of aesthetics, of love, of friendship—all kinds of creativity are intuitive.
all science and all technology are created by your intellect. Your logic and your geometry are useful—but the intellect is blind. It simply goes on creating things, but it does not know whether they are being used for destruction or for creation.
The master is hidden behind these three: the body, the mind, the heart. The master is hidden behind all these three—that is your being. But you never go inward; all your roads go outward, all your senses go outward. All your achievements are out there in the world.
Intellect is useful in the world, and all your educational systems are techniques to avoid the heart and take your energy directly to your head. The heart can create troubles for the head—the heart knows nothing of logic. The heart has a totally different center of functioning, and that is intuition. It knows love, but love is not a commodity of any use in the world. It knows beauty, but what are you going to do with beauty in the marketplace?
The people of the heart—the painters, the poets, the musicians, the dancers, the actors—are all irrational.
Nobody wants his or her children to become musicians or painters or dancers. Everybody wants them to be doctors, engineers, scientists, because those professions pay.
The woman is heart and the man is head.
the body is absolutely innocent, it has never done anything wrong. If you accept the body in its absolute naturalness, it will help you tremendously. It will help your heart, nourish your heart. It will help your intelligence to become sharper, because the nourishment for the intellect comes from the body, nourishment to the heart comes from the body. And if your head, your heart, and your body are all in a symphony, then to find your being is the easiest thing in the world. But because they are in conflict, your whole life goes on being wasted in that conflict, conflict between instinct and intellect and intuition.
In this harmony comes the revelation of the source of one’s life, the very center, the soul. And that is the greatest ecstasy possible—not only to human beings but in this whole universe, nothing more is possible.
I am not against anything. I am only against disharmony, and because your head is creating the most inharmonious situation, I want your head to be put in its right place. It is a servant, not a master.
PAST PRESENT, AND FUTURE
You have a past and you have a present and you have a future. Instinct is what belongs to your animal past. It is very old, solid; it is the inheritance of millions of years. And when I say it is animal-like, I am not condemning it.
Intellect is human. It is our present. That’s how we function, through intellect. All our sciences, all our businesses, all our professions, whatever is going on in the world—our politics, our religion, our philosophy—they are all based on intellect. Intellect is human.
Instinct is almost infallible because it is so old, so ripe, so mature. Your eyes are blinking—are you doing it? They go on doing it by themselves— this is instinct. Your heart is beating, your breathing is going in and out; it is not up to your intellect to look after all these essential things of life. They are in the hands of instinct because instinct is absolutely infallible. It never forgets to breathe, it never forgets anything.
The intellect is fallible because it is new, a recent arrival. It is just groping in the dark, still trying to find out what it is and where it belongs. And because it does not have roots in experience, it substitutes experience with beliefs.
But intellect is blind, it knows not how to deal with the new. It always brings the old answer to the new question.
Intellect lives through prejudices; it is never fair. By its very nature it cannot be, because it has no experience. Instinct is always fair and shows you exactly the natural way, the relaxed way, and the way that the universe follows. But strangely, instinct has been condemned by all religions, and intellect has been praised.
And the third thing, which is your future, is intuition. So these three words have to be understood.
Instinct is physical—your past, based on the experience of millions of years, infallible, never commits any mistake and does miracles in you of which you are not even aware. How does your food become blood? How does your breathing go on functioning even when you are asleep? How does your body separate the oxygen from nitrogen? How does your instinctive world of nature go on giving to every part of your body what it needs? How much oxygen is needed in your head for the mind to function? The exact amount is sent through blood running all around the body, distributing fresh oxygen, taking out the old, used, dead cells, replacing them with new ones and taking them back to places from where they can be disposed of.
for seventy years continuously, or even one hundred years for a few people, the instinct goes on functioning perfectly well. The electricity never goes off. Not a single mistake is committed; everything goes according to plan, and the plan is in every cell of your body.
Intuition opens its doors through meditation. Meditation is simply a knocking on the doors of intuition. Intuition is also completely ready. It does not grow; you have inherited that too from existence. Intuition is your consciousness, your being.
just as instinct functions perfectly on behalf of the body, intuition functions perfectly as far as your consciousness is concerned. Intellect is just between these two—a passage to be passed, a bridge to be crossed. But there are many people, many millions of people, who never cross the bridge. They simply sit on the bridge thinking they have arrived home.
only the person who uses his intellect to go beyond it can be called intelligent.
Intuition is existential. Instinct is natural. Intellect is just groping in the dark. The faster you move beyond intellect, the better; intellect can be a barrier to those who think nothing is beyond it.
Science has stopped at intellect—that’s why it cannot figure out anything about consciousness. The intellect without your intuition awake is one of the most dangerous things in the world.
Intuition makes a man wise—call it enlightenment, call it awakening; those are simply different names for wisdom. Only in the hands of wisdom can intellect be used as a beautiful servant.
instinct and intuition function together perfectly well—one on the physical level, another on the spiritual level. The whole problem of humanity is getting stuck in the middle, in the mind, in the intellect.
Instinct never creates any problem and does not need any solution; it simply functions naturally. Intuition is pure solution, it has no problems. Intellect is only problems, it has no solution.
unless intuition is available, your life has no meaning—you just drag on. It is a kind of vegetation.
Intuition brings meaning, splendor, joy, blessings. Intuition gives you the secrets of existence, brings a tremendous silence, serenity, which cannot be disturbed and which cannot be taken away from you.
The very word intuition has to be understood. You know the word tuition —tuition comes from outside, somebody teaches you, the tutor. Intuition means something that arises within your being; it is your potential, that’s why it is called intuition. Wisdom is never borrowed, and that which is borrowed is never wisdom. Unless you have your own wisdom, your own vision, your own clarity, your own eyes to see, you will not be able to understand the mystery of existence.
I could not sleep without drinking at least once a night in hot summers, but I used to feel that I was doing something that should not be done, that I was committing a sin.
I am in favor of the instinct. And this is one of the secrets I want to reveal to you: if you are in total favor of instinct, it will be easy to find the way toward intuition. Because they are both the same, even though functioning on different levels—one functions on the material level, another functions on the spiritual level. To accept your instinctive life with absolute joy, without any guilt, will help you to open the doors of intuition —because they are not different, just their planes are different. And just as instinct functions beautifully, silently, without any noise, so does intuition function—and even more silently, far more beautifully.
Intellect is a disturbance. But it depends on us whether we make it a disturbance or use it as a stepping-stone. When you come across a stone in the street, you can either think of it as a hindrance or use it as a stepping-stone to a higher plane.
People get involved in fighting with instinct and forget all about intuition. Their whole energy becomes involved in fighting with their own life force.
It is the same situation in all the religions, with different superstitions. They turn the energy of your intellect against your instinct, and that spoils all possibilities of opening the flower of your intuition.
Intuition is the mystic rose that will lead you to the ultimate ecstasy and to immortal life. But people seem to be absolutely in the hands of the dead past.
Instinct should be allowed a relaxed flow. Never disturb it with the intellect for any reason. And intellect should be used as an opening for intuition. It has just to give way for intuition to take over your life. Then your life is a life of immense light, of luminosity. It becomes a constant festival.
THREE RUNGS OF A LADDER
The word in is used in all three words. It is significant. It means these are qualities inborn. You cannot learn them, there is no way to grow them with any outside help.
Ninety percent of man’s life is still part of the animal world. We live by instinct.
It seems as if you are ashamed of your biology, of your chemistry, of your nature. But this is not the way of understanding. You have to understand exactly what is what. Distinctions have to be clear, otherwise you will remain always confused. Your ego will go on making you project as high as possible things that have nothing to do with anything higher than the lowest stratum.
Your love is just an illusion created by your chemistry. Just think: if the romantic idea of love were taken away, then I don’t think any man or woman would be able to stand sex and its absurdity. It would look so stupid. Just take away the romantic idea and think in straight terms of biology and chemistry; then your sex will make you feel ashamed.
The natural instinct in a woman is to play hide-and-seek. It is strange that in all the cultures, all over the world, the small kids play two games without fail.
The woman is always the one who tries to hide, and the man is always the macho who seeks. It is a challenge for him to seek—the more the woman hides, the more he is challenged and excited. But all children, all over the world, play the game of hide-and-seek. Nobody teaches them, so how did it become universal? It must be coming out from their inner nature—some urge to seek, to find, some challenge.
If you take love away, then bare sex looks really animal-like.
All that romance and all the love was just smoke in which nature was trying to hide the sexual part, which in itself looks ugly, so it was giving it a beautiful cover. But once nature’s work is done through you, all that smoke disappears. Instinct knows only sex. Love is only a sugarcoating on a bitter pill just to help you swallow it.
Instinct does not make you human, it simply keeps you an animal—two- legged, but still you are an animal. The second rung, intellect, gives you something that is higher than biology, chemistry, the animal nature. Intellect is also inborn, just as intuition is, just as instinct is. There is no way to increase your intellectual capacity; all that can be done is to make your whole potential actual, which will look as if your intellect has grown. The reality is that the most intelligent person uses only 15 percent of his potential; the normal, ordinary, common person uses only 6 to 7 percent. Eighty-five percent of intelligence remains unused even in Albert Einstein or Bertrand Russell. That 85 percent can be made available, and it will be a tremendous growth.
When your intellect becomes a little powerful, it starts interfering with your instinct.
instinct is part of your unconscious mind and intellect is part of your conscious mind, but the problem is that the conscious mind is only one- tenth of the unconscious mind. It is just like an iceberg: only one-tenth shows above water, nine times more is hidden underneath. Your conscious mind is only a tenth part, but it shows; you know about it. You don’t know anything about your unconscious mind.
The conscious mind is being taught in the schools, in the colleges, in the universities, in the churches, in the synagogues—everywhere. And they fill your conscious mind against instinct. This is an ugly phenomenon; they are making you antinature, antiyourself.
the unconscious mind is always silent; it is deep in darkness. It is not worried about your conscious mind at all. Whatever you decide with your conscious mind can simply be thrown away by the unconscious at any moment, because it is nine times more powerful. It does not bother about your logic, your reason, or anything.
I want women and men to live together, to be acquainted with each other’s bodies, differences, polarities, so that there is no need for your unconscious to carry something repressed in it.
Once your unconscious is completely free of repression, your instinct has a different quality to it. It is joined with intelligence. When your unconscious is no longer repressed, when there is no Berlin Wall between your conscious and your unconscious—the wall can be withdrawn because there is no repression, so there is no need to keep the unconscious hidden—then you can move in and out of your unconscious as easily as you move from one room to another room in your house.
This is your house—Gurdjieff used to use this metaphor of the house, that man is a three-story house. The first story is the unconscious, the second story is the conscious, the third story is the superconscious. Once your intelligence and instinct have no conflict, you become human for the first time; you are no longer part of the animal kingdom. And to me this is what is absolutely needed for anybody who wants to know truth, life, existence, for one who wants to know who he is.
In repressing nine parts of your own mind, how are you going to know yourself? You have repressed so much of yourself in a basement, where you cannot bear to go. All religious people have lived in fear, trembling. What was their fear? The fear was of their own unconscious and their repressed instincts, which were knocking on the door of their conscious: “Open the door, we want to come in! We want realization, we want to be fulfilled.” The more starved they are, the more dangerous they are. You are surrounded by hungry wolves—each instinct becomes a hungry wolf. And this is the torture in which so-called religious people have lived, surrounded by hungry wolves.
I want you to be friendly with your unconscious. Let your biology be satisfied to its full. Just try to see the point: if your biology is completely satisfied, there is no fight between the conscious and the unconscious. You become one whole, as far as your mind is concerned; your mind will be one whole. It will release tremendous intelligence in you, because most of your intelligence is involved in repressing. You are sitting on a volcano, trying to keep the volcano from exploding. The volcano is going to explode—your power is so small it cannot hold it forever;
Repress anything and it becomes valuable. Repress more, and it becomes more valuable. Don’t repress and it loses all value. Express it, it evaporates.
“Osho, what to do? My sex life is completely disappearing.” I say, “What to do? Let it disappear. You need not do anything.
the trouble is that people think that when sex is disappearing, perhaps now nothing is left because sex was all their excitement, their ecstasy, and their joy.
No, there is really so much waiting for you. Just let sex disappear so that your energy becomes available for a higher kind of excitement, a higher kind of ecstasy.
Because you are no longer involved with the lower, your whole energy is available for the higher.
the more energy you put in repressing, the more energy they will have coming back to you. From where can they get energy? It is your energy. But when you are completely free from the unconscious and its involvements, it is clean and silent; then your whole energy is available.
Energy has a fundamental principle about it: it cannot remain static, it has to move. Movement is its nature. It is not a thing that you put somewhere and it remains there. No, it has to move—it is life. So when there is no reason to move downward, it has only one way to move— upward.
its hit to the superconscious is so pleasant and such a joy that all your sexual orgasms simply pale.
The difference is of quality
there is a constant showering of joy. The sexual orgasm is so momentary that by the time you know it is there, it is gone.
It is really a bell that starts ringing in your head: “It is coming!” You know that it is coming … you know that it is gone. The bell has stopped, it is not ringing anymore, and you look like a fool! Between the ringing of the bell and the stopping of the bell, you look like a fool.
Just the energy touching your higher level of consciousness, the superconscious—just the touch, and there is a shower of joy, which continues.
At the center of the unconscious is instinct.
At the center of the conscious is intellect.
At the center of the superconscious is intuition.
Instinct makes you do things, forces you to do things even against your will. Intellect helps you to find ways
If you want to go with the instinct, intellect will find a way.
to go against your instinct, intellect will find a way.
whatever you want, it will do. It is not in favor of or against anything, it is simply at your disposal.
If a man is sane, he will use his intellect to help his unconscious be fulfilled. The sooner it is fulfilled the better, so that you are free from it. Fulfillment means freedom from it.
Nobody has told you how to use intellect to fulfill your unconscious, your nature, your biology.
nature never gives anything without reason. Fulfill it, and its fulfillment is going to make a path for the higher potential.
All religious people are hung up with the lowest part of their being— that’s why they look so sad and so guilty.
you will have to understand, because it is the subtlest thing in you. Intuition is like instinct because you cannot do anything about it. It is part of your consciousness, just as instinct is part of your body. You cannot do anything about your instinct and you cannot do anything about your intuition. But just as you can allow your instincts to be fulfilled, you can allow and give total freedom to your intuition to be fulfilled. And you will be surprised at what kinds of powers you have been carrying within you.
Intuition can give you answers for ultimate questions—not verbally but existentially.
You need not ask, “What is truth?”—instinct won’t hear, it is deaf. Intellect will hear, but it can only philosophize; it is blind, it can’t see. Intuition is a seer, it has eyes. It sees the truth, there is no question of thinking about it.
Instinct is in the power of nature, of unconscious nature, and intuition is in the hands of the superconscious universe. That consciousness surrounds the whole universe, is the oceanic consciousness of which we are just small islands—or better, icebergs
In some ways intuition is exactly opposite to instinct. Instinct always leads you to the other; its fulfillment is always dependent on something other than you. Intuition leads you only to yourself. It has no dependence, no need for the other; hence its beauty, its freedom and independence. Intuition is an exalted state needing nothing. It is so full of itself that there is no space for anything else.
In some way intuition is like intellect because it is intelligence.
The intellectual person is not necessarily intelligent, and the intelligent person is not necessarily intellectual.
a man who has no knowledge, no intellect and no education, has to find some intelligence within himself.
So intuition has something similar to intellect, but it is not intellectual. It is intelligence.
In India there is a woman, Shakuntala, who has been around the world in almost all the universities, exhibiting her intuition. She is not a mathematician, she is not even much educated just a high school graduate. Even when Albert Einstein was alive, she was giving her demonstration in front of him.
Albert Einstein gave her a certificate—she showed the certificate to me when I was in Madras where she lives. She showed me all her certificates, and the one from Albert Einstein says, “I asked this woman a question that I take three hours to solve because I have to follow a whole method; I cannot just jump from the question to the answer. I know that nobody can do it in less time than I can, and that is three hours. Others may take even six hours or more, but I can do it in three hours because I have done it before. But the whole procedure has to be followed. If you miss even a single step …” The figures were so big that it took the whole board for her to write the answer. And before Einstein had even finished the question, she had started writing the answer. He was puzzled, absolutely puzzled, because it was impossible. He asked, “How do you do it?” She said, “I don’t know how I do it—it simply happens"
Intuition functions in a quantum leap. It has no methodological procedure, it simply sees things. It has eyes to see. It sees things that you have never even thought of as things—for example, love. You have never thought of it as a thing.
An unclean unconscious is hindering you. Clean it; and the way to clean it is to satisfy it, to satisfy it so much that it starts telling you, “Please stop! It is more than I needed.” Only leave it then. And with that, your intellect is filled with such a fresh flow of energy that it turns into intelligence. Then the energy goes on rising and opens the doors of intuition. Then you can see things that are not visible to your physical eyes, things that are not even things.
once your intuition starts functioning, you are for the first time really human. With the unconscious you are animal. With the conscious you are no longer animal. With the superconscious you are human.
Once you have reached to your human potential in its total flowering, you have arrived home.
BARRIERS TO KNOWING
To know means to be silent, utterly silent,
so you can hear the still, small voice within.
To know means to drop the mind.
When you are absolutely still,
unmoving, nothing wavers in you,
the doors open.
You are part of this mysterious existence.
You know it by becoming part of it,
by becoming a participant in it.
That is knowing.
What is the difference between knowledge and knowing? There is no difference in the dictionary, but in existence there is a tremendous difference. Knowledge is a theory, knowing is an experience. Knowing means you open your eyes and you see
Knowing is authentically your experience; knowledge is pseudo. Knowledge is a curse, a calamity a cancer.
The more you know, the bigger the distance; the less you know, the lesser the distance. And if you are in a moment of not knowing, there is no distance; you are bridged.
You fall in love with a woman or a man—the day you fall in love there is no distance. There is only wonder, a thrill, an excitement, an ecstasy—but no knowledge. You don’t know who this woman is. Without knowledge there is nothing to divide you; hence the beauty of those first moments of love. Once you have lived with the woman—only for twenty-four hours— knowledge has arisen. Now you have some ideas about the woman; you know who she is, there is an image. Twenty-four hours have created a past; those twenty-four hours have left marks on the mind. You look at the same woman, there is no longer the same mystery. You are coming down the hill, that peak is lost.
To understand this is to understand much. To understand that knowledge divides, knowledge creates distance, is to understand the very secret of meditation.
Meditation is a state of not knowing. Meditation is pure space, undisturbed by knowledge. Yes, the biblical story is true—that man has fallen through knowledge, by eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge. No other scripture of the world surpasses that.
Sanity needs to be balanced by insanity; logic needs to be balanced by illogic. The opposites meet and balance. A man who is just rational is unreasonable—he will miss much. In fact he will go on missing all that is beautiful and all that is true. He will collect trivia, his life will be a mundane life. He will be a worldly man.
Why has man fallen through knowledge? Because knowledge creates distance, because knowledge creates “I and thou,” because knowledge creates subject and object, the knower and the known, the observer and the observed. Knowledge is basically schizophrenic; it creates a split and then there is no way to bridge it.
Jesus is right when he says, “Only children will be able to enter into my kingdom.”
The child has the quality of nonknowledge, innocence. He looks with wonder, his eyes are absolutely clear. He looks deep but he has no prejudices, no judgments, no a priori ideas.
The reality is your interpretation of truth.
Truth consists of only one cosmic energy. Truth consists of oneness, reality consists of manyness. Reality is a crowd, truth is integration.
When you are occupied, you have fallen out of tune. Hence, whenever it happens that you can attain a moment of silence, there is immense joy. In that moment life has significance, in that moment life has a grandeur beyond words. In that moment life is a dance. In that moment if even death comes, it will be a dance and a celebration because that moment knows nothing but joy. That moment is joyous, it is blissful.
Just seeing that knowledge creates distance—just seeing into this fact intensely, totally—is enough. Not that you have to replace it with something else.
That intensity is fire, that intensity will reduce your knowledge to ashes. That intensity is enough. That intensity is what is known as insight. Insight will burn your knowledge and it will not be replaced by other knowledge. Then there is emptiness, shunyata. Then there is nothingness, because then there is no content: there is undisturbed, undistorted truth.
You have to see what I am saying; you are not to learn what I am saying.
the seeing itself brings mutation.
If some effort is needed, that simply shows you missed.
“how to drop it?”—then you missed. If the question how arises, then you missed. The how cannot arise, because the how is asking for more knowledge.
Listening to me, hold my hand and move in the spaces that I’m trying to help you to move in, and see what I am saying. Don’t argue—don’t say yes, don’t say no; don’t agree, don’t disagree. Just be with me in this moment—and suddenly the insight is there.
When you see a rose, do you agree with it or disagree with it? When you see the sunrise, do you agree or do you disagree? When you see the moon in the night, you simply see it! Either you see it or you don’t see it, but there is no question of agreement or disagreement.
Mystery disappears because you start having the idea that you know. When you know, how can there be mystery? Mystery is possible only when you don’t know.
The ultimate remains beyond our grasp.
All the great intelligences of the world—they may be mystics, they may be poets, they may be scientists—are in absolute agreement about one thing: that the more we know, the more we understand that life is an absolute mystery. Our knowledge does not destroy its mystery.
We can go on knowing and knowing, but the mystery remains inexhaustible.
I can throw a thought at you; you can hold it, you can have it. It can be taken and given, it is transferable because it is a thing.
Emptiness cannot be given, emptiness cannot be thrown at you. You can participate in it, you can move into it, but nobody can give it to you. It is nontransferable. And only emptiness operates in the world of truth.
Truth is known only when mind is not. To know truth, mind has to cease; it has to stop functioning. It has to be quiet, still, unmoving.
Thought cannot operate in truth, but truth can operate through thoughts. You cannot attain to truth by thinking, but when you have attained it, you can use thinking in its service. That’s what I am doing, that’s what Buddha has done, that’s what all the masters have done. What I am saying is a thought, but behind this thought is emptiness. That emptiness has not been produced by thought, that emptiness is beyond thought. Thought cannot touch it, thought cannot even look at it.
you cannot think about emptiness, you cannot make emptiness a thought. You cannot think about it, it is unthinkable. If you can think about it, it will not be emptiness at all.
Insight is a state of no-thought.
One thought has gone, another has not come, and there is a gap; and in that gap something strikes, something starts vibrating. It is like somebody playing on a drum—the drum is empty inside; that’s why it can be played upon. That emptiness vibrates. That beautiful sound that comes is produced out of emptiness. When you are, without a thought, then something is possible, immediately possible. Then you can see what I am saying. Then it will not be just a word heard, then it will become an intuition, an insight, a vision.
Insight is a state of nonthinking, no-thought. It is a gap, an interval in the process of thought, and in that gap is the glimpse, the truth.
The English word empty comes from a root that means “at leisure,” unoccupied.
Whenever you are unoccupied, at leisure, you are empty.
I mean by “empty”—at leisure, relaxed, nontense, not moving, not desiring, not going anywhere, just being here, utterly here. An empty mind is a pure presence. And all is possible in that pure presence, because the whole existence comes out of that pure presence.
In that pure presence you are in God, you are God. Occupied, you fall; occupied, you have to be expelled from the Garden of Eden. Unoccupied, you are back in the Garden; unoccupied, you are back at home.
When the mind is not occupied by reality—by things, by thoughts—then there is that which is. And that which is, is the truth.
Only in emptiness do you become pregnant with truth.
You always have contents in the mind—a thought moving, a desire arising, anger, greed, ambition. You always have some content in the mind; the mind is never unoccupied. The traffic goes on, day in, day out. While you are awake, it is there; while you sleep, it is there. Content while awake you call thinking; content while asleep you call dreaming
The primitive man also thinks in pictures. The most ancient languages are pictorial languages. Chinese is a pictorial language: it has no alphabet. It is the most ancient language. In the night you again become primitive, you forget your sophistication of the day and you start thinking in pictures.
The second state of the mind is consciousness without content; that’s what meditation is. You are fully alert, and there is a gap, an interval. No thought is encountered, there is no thought before you. You are not asleep, you are awake—but there is no thought. This is meditation. The first state is called mind, the second state is called meditation.
And then there is a third state. When the content has disappeared, the object has disappeared.
Without the content the consciousness cannot be there long; it will not be needed, because a consciousness is always a consciousness about something. When you say “conscious,” it can be asked, “Of what?” You say, “I am conscious of …” That object is needed, it is a must for the subject to exist. Once the object has disappeared, soon the subject will also disappear. First go the contents, then consciousness dis–appears.
Then the third state is called samadhi—no content, no consciousness. But remember, this no-content, no-consciousness, is not a state of unconsciousness. It is a state of superconsciousness, of transcendental consciousness. Consciousness now is only conscious of itself. Consciousness has turned upon itself; the circle is complete. You have come home. This is the third state, samadhi; and this third state is what Buddha means by shunyata.
First drop the content—you become half empty. Then drop consciousness—you become fully empty. And this full emptiness is the most beautiful thing that can happen, the greatest benediction.
It is a beautiful mechanism, but it is beautiful only if it remains a slave and does not become the master.
Right now, talking to you, I am using it. But I am the master; it is not my master. If I want to use it, I use it. If I don’t want to use it, it has no power over me.
your intellect, your mind, your thinking process, continues whether you want it to or not. It does not bother about you—as if you are nobody at all
When you go for a walk, you use your legs. But when you are sitting, there is no need to go on moving your legs.
The same is true about your mind. If I am talking to you, I am using the mind. The moment I stop talking, my mind stops too, immediately! If I am not talking to you, my mind has no need to go on working, it simply goes into silence.
everything remains incomplete—and remains incomplete forever. You will die, but nothing will be complete. Not even in a single direction will your work be complete because you are running in all the directions. You have become many fragments, you are not integrated. The mind is dragging you into one thing, the heart is dragging you into another, the body wants you to go somewhere else, and you are always at a loss—to whom to listen? And the mind is also not one, you have many minds—you are multi-psychic, there is a crowd of minds in you. There is no unity, no harmony. You are not an orchestra—nothing is in tune. Everything is going on its own; nobody listens to anybody else—you simply create noise, not music.
The moment he entered the house there was fear everywhere. Just a moment before, the children were happily playing, enjoying. They will suddenly stop, the wife will become serious. The house will immediately turn into a court. This is the state of millions of people: they remain the same, they carry their office home.
There are far greater things that are beyond the reach of the head, and when you are moving into those realms, you should put the head aside. You should be capable of that. That’s flexibility. That is intelligence.
And remember never to get confused between intellect and intelligence. Intellect is only a part of intelligence. Intelligence is a far bigger phenomenon; it contains much more than intellect, because life is not only intellectual, life is intuitive too. Intelligence contains intuition. So many great discoveries have been made not by intellect but by intuition. In fact, all the great discoveries have been made by the intuition.
Something far deeper exists in you. You should not forget it. Intellect is only the periphery, the circumference, it is not the center of your being. The center of your being is intuition.
Your circumference is your ego, your center is in tune with Tao. Your center is not yours, it is not mine; the center is universal. Circumferences are personal—your circumference is your circumference, my circumference is my circumference—but my center and your center are not two things; at the center we all meet and are one.
That’s why the mystics come to know about the oneness of existence— because it depends on intuition. Science goes on dividing, splitting; it reaches to the minutest particle. The world becomes a multiplicity, it is no longer a universe.
when you move from the circumference to the center. It needs a quantum leap.
The faculty of intuition and the faculty of creating your own reality are absolutely not only different, but diametrically opposite things. Intuition is only a mirror. It does not create anything, it only reflects. It reflects that which is. It is pure, silent, crystal clear water reflecting the stars and the moon. It does not create anything. It is the clarity that in the East has been called the third eye. Eyes don’t create anything, they simply inform you what is there.
Creating one’s own reality is called imagination—that is the faculty of dreaming. In the night, you create so many things in your dreams. And the most amazing thing is that your whole life you have been dreaming every night, and you know every morning that it was a dream—not real. But when the night comes again, and you fall asleep and your imagination starts spreading its wings, no doubt arises in you—without any doubt you accept its reality.
Imagination can create a kind of insanity if it starts believing in its own daydreams—it can create hallucinations. As far as I’m concerned, your so-called saints, great religious leaders who have seen God, who have met God, who have talked with God, are in that category. Their God is just their imagination.
fasting, and going into isolation. That is the way to go into a hallucinatory experience.
inside, you have to discover the reality, not create it; because anything created by you cannot be but imagination. You simply have to go in, in silence, and watch—just be alert and aware so that you can see whatever is real. And those who have seen reality say you will experience tremendous silence, great joy, infinite blissfulness, immortality; but you will not see any God, and you will not see any angels. Those things have to be created to be seen.
Intuition, imagination, intellect, all have to be transcended. You have to come to a point that is beyond mind: a deep serenity, coolness, and calmness that is your true nature, that is your buddha nature. That’s what you are, that is the stuff you are made of, and that is the stuff the whole universe is made of. We can call it universal consciousness, we can call it universal godliness—any name will do. But remember, millions have fooled themselves with imagination. And it is cheap, very easy—just a certain strategy has to be followed and you can create the reality.
I see it as the beginning of a search for something beyond the ordinary world.
You can create a reality through drugs, but it is going to last for a few hours and then you have to take the drug again.
But I don’t see it as a bad sign. I simply see it as a misdirected young generation. The intention is right but there is nobody to tell them that drugs won’t fulfill your desire and your longing. Only meditation, only silence, only transcending beyond your mind, is going to give you contentment and fulfillment.
But they cannot be condemned as they are being condemned and punished. The older generation is responsible because it doesn’t have alternatives for them.
I propose the only alternative—as you become more and more meditative, you don’t need anything else. You don’t need to create a reality because you start seeing the reality itself. And a created reality is just false, it is a dream—maybe a sweet dream, but a dream is a dream, after all. The thirst is right.
I take it as a symptom of a great search, which has to be welcomed. Just a right direction has to be given—which the old religions cannot give, which the old society is impotent to give. We need, urgently, the birth of a new humanity. We need, urgently, to change all this sickness and ugliness that is destroying many, many people in the world.
Everybody needs to know himself, his reality. And it is good that the desire has arisen. Sooner or later, we will be able to turn younger people in the right direction. The people who have become sannyasins have gone through all the drug trips. And as they became sannyasins and started meditating, by and by their drugs disappeared.
The reality is so fulfilling, is such a benediction, that you cannot expect more.
Existence gives you—in such abundance—richness of being, of love, of peace, of truth, that you cannot ask for more. You cannot even imagine more.