- The innermost core is witnessing,
awareness, watchfulness. You can call it anything, but it will be
another meaning of witnessing.
- Truth is pure awareness.
- Just by being aware, thoughts start
disappearing. There is no need to fight. Your awareness is enough to
destroy them. And when the mind is empty, the temple is ready. And
inside the temple the only god worth placing is silence. So those
three words you have to remember: relaxation, thoughtlessness,
silence. And if these three words are no more words to you but
become experiences, your life will be transformed.
- Only very few people are born with
awareness. Those are the people who die in awareness. If the death
was conscious, then the birth will be conscious, because the death
is the one side and the birth is the other side of the same coin.
- Awareness is the greatest alchemy there
is. Just go on becoming more and more aware, and you will find your
life changing for the better in every possible dimension. It will
bring great fulfillment.
- I don't have any choice any more. I am in
a choiceless awareness. I don't have to be aware. I am simply aware.
Now it is just like my heartbeat or like my breathing. Even if I try
not to be aware, it is not possible; the very effort will make me
more aware. Awareness is not a quality, a characteristic; it is your
whole being. When you become aware, there is no choice left to be
- The technique of positive thinking is not
a technique that transforms you. It is simply repressing the
negative aspects of your personality. It is a method of choice. It
cannot help awareness; it goes against awareness. Awareness is
- I am absolutely against positive thinking.
You will be surprised that if you don't choose, if you remain in a
choiceless awareness, your life will start expressing something
which is beyond both positive and negative, which is higher than
both. So you are not going to be a loser. It is not going to be
negative, it is not going to be positive, it is going to be
- If you want to remain totally free, then
don't choose. That's where the teaching of choiceless awareness
comes in. Why the insistence of the great masters just to be aware
and not to choose? Because the moment you choose, you have lost your
total freedom, you are left with only a part. But if you remain
choiceless, your freedom remains total. So there is only one thing
which is totally free and that is choiceless awareness. Everything
else is limited.
- Don't choose. If you choose, you will be
in the quagmire. Don't choose! A choiceless awareness is the goal.
Just remain aloof; don't choose. The moment you choose, you have
fallen into the trap of the world, or into the trap of the mind.
- Whatever you choose you will repent
because the other will remain and haunt you. If one needs absolute
freedom then choiceless awareness is the only thing.
- Awareness means you come with an inner
light, you move fully alert. Each step is taken in awareness -- the
walking, the coming, the sitting -- everything is done in full
- If you are aware, you speak with
awareness. But the awareness comes from the inward being. It flows
from the inner being towards others.
- Awareness is an inner quality of
consciousness; it has nothing to do with closed or open eyes.
- Walk, with awareness. Eat, with awareness.
Breathe, with awareness.
- The ego is nothing but condensed
unawareness. When you become aware by and by that condensed
unawareness we call 'ego' disappears. Just as if you bring a lamp
into the room -- and the darkness disappears. Awareness is the lamp,
the lamp we were talking about the first day. Be a lamp unto
- When you listen with perfect awareness,
then listening becomes possible.
- The body sleeps, the heart sleeps, the
mind sleeps -- but you remain alert because you are nothing else but
alertness. Everything else is a false identification. Awareness is
your nature. The body is your abode. The mind is your computer.
Awareness;s you, is your very being.
- Walk, but make walking a meditation; walk
knowingly Breathe, but let your breathing become a constant
meditation; breathe knowingly. The breath going in: watch it. The
breath going out: watch it. Eat, but eat with full awareness. Take a
bite, chew it, but go on watching. Let the watcher be there in every
moment, whatsoever you are doing.
- Sinners live in a sort of hell, and saints
imagine themselves in a sort of heaven. And the sage? -- for him it
is moksha, for him it is the absolute freedom. He is freed from all
duality. The secret key, and the only key, is awareness.
- For awareness you need not go to the
Himalayas; you need not go anywhere. Your life gives you enough
opportunities to be aware. Somebody insults you -- listen to it in
full awareness. And you will be surprised -- the insult is no more
an insult. You may even smile. It does not hurt; it hurts only when
received in unawareness. Somebody praises and appreciates you --
listen with alertness. And then nobody can persuade you to do
foolish things. Nobody can bribe you; flattery becomes impossible.
You will smile at the whole nonsense.
- Listen. Watch. Be aware. And by and by a
different quality of being arises in you which is neither the body
nor the feelings nor the thoughts. A different pillar of flame
starts gathering within you and becomes more and more crystallized.
As this awareness becomes crystallized, for the first time you will
feel more and more that you are -- the feeling of being. And then
moods will become more and more irrelevant. They will come and go,
but you will remain unperturbed. The climate will change around you,
but you will remain unchanged. Whatsoever happens on the outside
will not in any way change you within. The within remains absolutely
pure and uncorrupted.
- The person who follows the path of
awareness finds love as a consequence of his awareness, as a
by-product, as a shadow. And the person who follows the path of love
finds awareness as a consequence, as a by-product, as a shadow of
love. They are two sides of the same coin. And remember: if your
awareness lacks love then it is still impure; it has not yet known
one hundred percent purity. It is not yet REALLY awareness; it must
be mixed with unawareness. It is not pure light; there must be
pockets of darkness inside you still working, functioning,
influencing you, dominating you. If your love is without awareness,
then it is not love yet. It must be something lower, something
closer to lust than to prayer.
So let it be a criterion if you follow the path of awareness, let
love be the criterion. When your awareness suddenly blooms into
love, know perfectly well that awareness has happened, SAMADHI has
been achieved. If you follow the path of love, then let awareness
function as a criterion, as a touchstone. When suddenly, from
nowhere, at the very center of your love. a flame of awareness
starts arising, know perfectly well...rejoice! You have come home.
- Doing brings ego. Ego is the shadow of
action. And there is only one thing that is not doing and that is
awareness, watchfulness. The only thing that is not part of the
world of action is pure awareness. No shadow is created by pure
awareness. It is so pure that light can pass through it -- it is
transparent and no shadow is created.
- Consciousness without thinking: that's
what awareness is. Being alert and with no thought. Try it! whenever
you see thinking gathering, disperse it! pull yourself out of it!
Look at the trees with no screens of thinking between you and the
trees. Listen to the chirping of the birds with no chirping of the
mind inside. Look at the sun rising and feel that inside you also a
sun of consciousness is rising... but don't think about it, don't
assert, don't state, don't say. Simply be. And, by and by, you will
start feeling glimpses of awareness, sudden glimpses of awareness --
as if a fresh breeze has entered into your room which was getting
stale and dead; as if a ray of light has entered into the dark night
of your soul; as if, suddenly, life has called you back.
- The deeper your watchfulness becomes, the
deeper your awareness becomes, and gaps start arising, intervals.
One thought goes and another has not come, and there is a gap. One
cloud has passed, another is coming and there is a gap. In those
gaps, for the first time you will have glimpses of no-mind, you will
have the taste of no-mind. Call it taste of Zen, or Tao, or Yoga. In
those small intervals, suddenly the sky is clear and the sun is
shining. Suddenly the world is full of mystery because all barriers
are dropped. The screen on your eyes is no more there. You see
clearly, you see penetratingly. The whole existence becomes
In the beginning, these will be just rare moments, few and far in
between. But they will give you glimpses of what
samadhi is. Small
pools of silence -- they will come and they will disappear. But now
you know that you are on the right track -- you start watching
again. When a thought passes, you watch it; when an interval passes,
you watch it. Clouds are also beautiful; sunshine also is beautiful.
Now you are not a chooser. Now you don't have a fixed mind: you
don't say, "I would like only the intervals." That is stupid --
because once you become attached to wanting only the intervals, you
have decided again against thinking. And then those intervals will
disappear. They happen only when you are very distant, aloof. They
happen, they cannot be brought. They happen, you cannot force them
to happen. They are spontaneous happenings. Go on watching. Let
thoughts come and go -- wherever they want to go. Nothing is wrong!
Don't try to manipulate and don't try to direct. Let thoughts move
in total freedom. And then bigger intervals will be coming. You will
be blessed with small satoris. Sometimes minutes will pass and no
thought will be there; there will be no traffic -- a total silence,
Buddha is not a man of concentration, he
is a man of awareness. He has not been trying to narrow down his
consciousness; on the contrary, he has been trying to drop all
barriers so that he becomes totally available to existence.
Watch...existence is simultaneous. I am speaking here and the
traffic noise is simultaneous. The train, the birds the wind blowing
through the trees -- in this moment the whole of existence
converges. You listening to me, I speaking to you, and millions of
things going on -- it is tremendously rich.
Concentration makes you one-pointed at a very great cost:
ninety-nine per cent of life is discarded. If you are solving a
mathematical problem, you cannot listen to the birds -- they will be
a distraction. Children playing around, dogs barking in the street
-- they will be a distraction. Because of concentration, people have
tried to escape from life -- to go to the Himalayas, to go to a
cave, to remain isolated, so that you can concentrate on God. But
God is not an object. God is this wholeness of existence, this
moment; God is the totality. That's why science will never be able
to know God. The very method of science is concentration and because
of that method, science can never know God.
- If you don't take the lamp of awareness
with you, you are going to create a hell around you. Light your lamp
wherever you go -- courting, not courting, that is not the point.
Wherever you go, whatsoever you do, always do it in the inner light,
- Remember, whenever you have two things,
two alternatives, choose the new one, choose the harder, choose the
one in which more awareness will be needed. At the cost of
efficiency always choose awareness, and you will create the
situation in which meditation will become possible. These are all
just situations. Meditation will happen. I am not saying that just
by doing them you will get to meditation -- but they will be
helpful. They will create the necessary situation in you without
which meditation cannot happen. Be less efficient but more creative.
Let that be the motive. Don't be bothered too much about utilitarian
ends. Rather, constantly remember that you are not here in life to
become a commodity; you are not here to become an utility, that is
below dignity;. you are not here just to become more and more
efficient -- you are here to become more and more alive; you are
here to become more and more intelligent; you are here to become
more and more happy, ecstatically happy. But that is totally
different from the ways of the mind.