what relaxation means. It means no urge to activity in you. Relaxation doesn’t mean lying down like a dead man.
How can' you lie down like a dead man? You are alive, you can only pretend.
Relaxation comes to you when there is no urge to activity; the energy is at home, not moving anywhere. If a certain situation arises you will act, that’s all, but you are not finding some excuse to act. You are at ease with yourself. Relaxation is to be at home.
Relaxation comes only when there is no “must” in your life. Relaxation is not only of the body, it is not only of the mind, it is of your total being.
You are too much in activity, of course tired, dissipated.
The modern man is lying down, all turmoil within, a volcano ready to erupt, and he is relaxing, following the instructions from a book: “how to relax.”
There is no book that can help you to relax—unless you read your own inner being.
Relax ation is an absence, absence of activity.
Action is not to be dropped, because if you drop action, you drop life. Then you will be dead, not relaxed.
activity has to go, but not action.
Relaxa tion is a state. You cannot force it. You simply drop the negativities, the hindrances, and it comes, it bubbles up by itself.
What do you do when you go to sleep in the night? Do you do something?
You sim ply lie down and go into sleep.
When the activity is not there in the mind, the mind relaxes and goes into sleep.
Understanding is the only discipline. Understand your activities and suddenly, in the middle of the activity, if you become aware, it will stop. If you become aware why you are doing it, it will stop.
What is relaxation? It is a state of affairs where your energy is not mov ing anywhere—not to the future, not to the past, it is simply there with you. In the silent pool of your own energy, in the warmth of it, you are enveloped. This moment is all.
Relaxation means this moment is more than enough; Nothing to ask, more than enough, more than you can desire—then the energy never moves anywhere, it becomes a placid pool. In your own energy, you dissolve. This moment is relaxation.
That’s why the buddhas go on saying, “Become desireless,” because they know that if there is desire you cannot relax.
everything is provided. Jesus says, “If he looks after the birds of air, animals, wild animals, trees and plants, then why are you worried? Will he not look after you?” This is relaxation. Why are you so much worried about the future? Consider the lilies, watch the lilies, and become like lilies—and then relax.
relaxation is a total transformation of your energy.
Energy can have two dimensions. One is motivated, going somewhere; this is the dimension of activity, goal-oriented.
But this type of energy goes on changing every present moment into a means for something else, into the future. The goal always remains on the horizon. You go on running but the distance remains the same.
The other dimension is unmo tivated celebration. Now the goal is not somewhere else. In fact, you are the goal. In fact, there is no other fulfillment than of this moment.
So there are two types of persons: the goal seekers and the cel- ebrators.
The goal-oriented are the mad ones. They are going, by and by, crazy.
Be the celebrators, celebrate! Already there is too much—the flowers have bloomed, the birds are singing, the sun is there in the sky—celebrate it! You are breathing and you are alive and you have consciousness, celebrate it! Then suddenly you relax; then there is no tension, then there is no anguish. The whole energy that be- comes anguish becomes gratitude. Your whole heart goes on beat ing with a deep thankfulness—that is prayer. That’s all prayer is about, a heart beating with a deep thankfulness.
Understand the unmotivated movement of the energy. It flows, but not toward a goal, it flows as a celebration. It moves, not toward a goal, it moves because of its own overflowing energy.
A child is dancing and jumping and running around. Ask him, “Where are you going?” He is not going anywhere—you will look foolish to him. Children always think adults are foolish.
And I tell you, there is nowhere to go. Here is all. The whole existence culminates in this moment, it converges into this moment. The whole existence is pouring already into this moment.
A child is simply enjoying the energy. He has so much! He is running not because he has to reach somewhere but because he has too much; he has to run.
Act unmotivated, just an overflow of your energy. Share but don’t trade, don’t make bargains. Give because you have, don’t give to take back—because then you will be in misery. All traders go to hell.
Remember, activity is goal ori ented, action is not. Action is over flowing of energy. Action is in this moment, a response, unprepared, unrehearsed. The birds are singing and you start singing—it is not an activity. Suddenly it happens.
And if you become more and more involved in action, and less and less occupied in activity, your life will change and it will be come a deep relaxation. Then you “do” but you remain relaxed.
A buddha is never tired. Why?—because he is not a doer. Whatsoever he has, he gives, he overflows.
remain silent. By and by, thoughts will cease automatically—they need your coop eration to be there. If you cooperate, they will be there; if you fight, then too they will be there.
first you yawn. Open your mouth as wide as possible, tense your mouth as wide as possible, yawn completely.
Two or three times do this. This will help the mouth to remain shut for a longer time. And then for two or three minutes talk loudly, gibberish, nonsense. Anything that comes to the mind, say it loudly and enjoy it. Then shut the mouth.
It is easier to move from the opposite end. If you want to relax your hand, it is better to first make it as tense as possible—clench the fist and let it be as tense as possible. Do just the opposite and then relax.
There are two types of silences. One is a silence that you can force upon yourself; it is aggressive.
Then there is another sort of silence that descends on you like night de scends. It comes upon you, it envelops you. You simply create the possibility for it, the receptivity, and it comes.
Thoughts are coming, you watch. the watching must be passive, not active.
There is no eagerness, no urgency, no emergency. Nobody is forcing you. Even if you miss, there is noth ing missed. You simply watch, you just look. Even the word watch is not good, because the very word watch gives a feeling of being active. You simply look, not having anything to do.
You simply sit by the bank of the river, you look, and the river flows by.
Or you look in the sky and the clouds float by. And passively—this passiveness is very essential. for activity can become eagerness, can become an active waiting.
Like a hollow bamboo rest at ease with your body: Tilopa's special method.
a bamboo, inside com pletely hollow. When you rest you just feel that you are like a bamboo, inside completely hollow and empty. And in fact this is the case: your body is just like a bamboo and inside it is hollow. Your skin, your bones, your blood—all are part of the bamboo and inside there is space, hollowness.
feel like a hollow bamboo. And suddenly infinite energy starts pouring within you. You are filled with the unknown, with the mysterious, with the divine. A hollow bamboo becomes a flute and the divine starts playing it. Once you are empty then there is no barrier for the divine to enter in you.
Try this; this is one of the most beautiful meditations, the med itation of becoming a hollow bamboo.
don’t desire spiritual things.
desiring is the hindrance. When the barrier is not, suddenly the buddha explodes in you. You have the seed al ready. When you are empty, when the space is there—the seed explodes.
In the West, “Improve your self” is the slogan.
In the East we understand it more deeply, that this very effort to “be come” is the barrier—because you are already carrying your being with you. You need not become any thing—simply realize who you are, that’s all. Simply realize who is hid den within you.
Improving, whatso ever you improve, you will always be in anxiety and anguish.
What type of joke is this? You are already that which you are trying to become!
What is to be practiced then? To be more and more at ease. To be more and more here and now. To be more and more in action and less and less in activity . To be more and more hollow, empty, passive. To be more and more a watcher—indifferent, not expecting anything, not desiring anything. To be happy with your self as. you are. To be celebrating.
And then any moment, when things ripen and the right season comes, you bloom into a buddha.
ACT IN HARMONY WITH NATURE
Creativity is allowing something to happen through you. It is not a doing, it is an allowing. It is becoming a passage so the whole can flow through you. It is becoming a hollow bamboo, just a hollow bamboo.
That is creativity—allowing God to happen is creativity. Creativity is a religious state.
The more you think, the more you are. The ego is nothing but all the thoughts you have accumulated in the past. When you are not, God is—that is creativity.
It does not mean inaction, it means relaxation.
out of relaxation much action will be born.
A song will start coming through you—you are not the creator of it, it comes from the beyond.
the poet disappears, he is possessed. To be possessed by God is creativity.
in sur passing, the miracle happens: you are not, and yet for the first time you are.
The essence of wisdom is to act in harmony with nature. That
is the message of all the great mystics—Lao Tzu, Buddha, Bahaud- ' din, Sosan, Sanai—to act in harmony with nature.
Animals act un consciously in harmony with nature.
deep sleep is so rejuvenating, so relaxing.
But sleep is an animal way to contact the source.
Only in a horizontal position can you fall asleep—you cannot fall asleep standing, it will be very difficult.
You are horizontal, parallel to the earth; suddenly you start losing consciousness.
There is another way to surpass, not the way of Sigmund Freud but the way of Buddha. You can surpass yourself by being in contact consciously with nature.
And that is the essence of wisdom—to be in harmony with nature, with the natural rhythm of the universe. And whenever you are in harmony with the natural rhythm of the universe, you are a poet, you are a painter, you are a musician, you are a dancer.
sitting by the side of a tree, fall in tune consciously. Become one with nature, let boundaries dissolve. Be come the tree, become the grass, become the wind—and suddenly you will see, something that has never happened to you before is happening.
surrendering to a power that is beyond you, is creativity. Meditation is creativity. And when the ego disappears the wound in you disappears; you are healed, you are whole—the ego is your disease.
And when the ego disappears you are no longer dormant, you start flow ing. You start flowing with the im mense flow of existence.
The ego is your death, and the death of the ego is the beginning of your real life. Real life is creativity.
You need not go to any school to learn creativity. All that you need is to go withinward and help the ego dissolve. Don’t support it, don’t go on strengthening and nourishing it. And whenever the ego is not, all is truth, all is beautiful.
A creative person is so tremendously fulfilled in whatsoever he is doing, he is so content with whatsoever he is and wherever he is, that there is no question of desire. When you are creative, desires disappear. When you are creative, ambitions disappear. When you are creative, you are al ready that which you always wanted to be.