Vigyan Bhairav Tantra - Meditation
SEE AS IF FOR THE FIRST TIME A BEAUTEOUS PERSON OR AN
Some basic things first; then you can do this technique. We look at
things always with old eyes. You come to your home; you look at it
without looking at it. You know it -- there is no need to look at it.
You have entered it again and again for years together. You go to the
door, you enter the door; you may unlock the door. But there is no need
This whole process goes on robot-like, mechanically, unconsciously. If
something goes wrong, only if your key is not fitting into the lock,
then you look at the lock. If the key fits, you never look at the lock.
Because of mechanical habits, repeatedly doing the same thing again and
again, you lose the capacity to look; you lose the freshness to look.
Really, you lose the function of your eyes -- remember this. You become
basically blind, because eyes are not needed.
Remember the last time you looked at your wife. The last time you looked
at your wife or at your husband may have been years ago. For how many
years have you not looked? You just pass, giving a casual glimpse, but
not a look. Go again and look at your wife or at your husband as if you
were looking for the first time. Why? Because if you are looking for the
first time, your eyes will be filled with a freshness. They will become
You are passing through a street, and a beautiful woman passes. Your
eyes become alive -- lighted. A sudden flame comes to them. This woman
may be a wife to someone. He will not look at her; he may become as
blind as you have become seeing your wife. Why? For the first time eyes
are needed, the second time not so much, and the third time they are not
needed. After a few repetitions you become blind. We live blindly.
Be aware. When you meet your children, are you looking at them? You are
not looking at them. This habit kills the eyes; the eyes become bored --
repeatedly there is the old again and again. And nothing is old really,
it is just that your habit makes you feel that it is so. Your wife is
not the same as she was yesterday, she cannot be; otherwise she is a
miracle. Nothing can be the same the next moment. Life is flux,
everything is flowing, nothing is the same.
The same sunrise will not happen again. In a sense also, the sun is not
the same. Every day it is new; basic changes have occurred. And the sky
will not be the same again; this morning is not going to come again.
Every morning has its own individuality, and the sky and the colors,
they will not gather in the same pattern again. But you go on moving as
if everything is just the same.
They say nothing is new under the sky. Really, nothing is old under the
sky. Only the eyes become old, accustomed to things; then nothing is
new. For children everything is new: that is why everything gives them
excitement. Even a colored stone on a beach, and they become so excited.
You will not be excited even seeing God himself coming to your house.
You will not be so excited! You will say, "I know him, I have read about
him." Children are so excited because their eyes are new and fresh, And
everything is a new world, a new dimension.
Look at children's eyes -- at the freshness, the radiant aliveness, the
vitality. They look mirror-like, silent, but penetrating. Only such eyes
can reach within.
So this technique says:-
SEE AS IF FOR THE FIRST TIME A BEAUTEOUS PERSON OR AN ORDINARY
Anything will do. Look at your shoes. You have been using them for
years, but look as if for the first time and see the difference: the
quality of your consciousness suddenly changes.
I wonder whether you have seen Van Gogh's painting of his shoe. It is
one of the rarest things. There is just an old shoe -- tired, sad, as if
just on the verge of death. It is just an old shoe, but look at it, feel
it, and you will feel what a long, boring life this shoe must have
passed through. It is so sad, just praying to be taken away from life,
tired completely, every nerve broken, just an old man, an old shoe. It
is one of the most original paintings. But how could Van Gogh see it?
You have even more old shoes with you -- more tired, more dead, more
sad, depressed, but you have never looked at them, at what you have done
to them, how you have behaved with them. They tell a life story about
you because they are your shoes. They can say everything about you. If
they could write, they would write a most authentic biography of the
person they had to live with -- every mood, every face. When their owner
was in love he behaved differently with the shoes, when he was angry he
behaved differently. And the shoes were not concerned at all, and
everything has left a mark.
Look at Van Gogh's painting, and then you will see what he could see in
the shoes. Everything is there -- a whole biography of the person who
was using them. But how could he see? To be a painter, one has to regain
the child's look, the freshness. He can look at everything -- at most
ordinary things even. He can look!
Cezanne has painted a chair, just an ordinary chair, and you may even
wonder... why paint a chair? There is no need. But he worked on that
painting for months together. You may have stopped for a single moment
to look at it, and he worked for months on it because he could look at a
chair. A chair has its own spirit, its own story, its own miseries and
happinesses. It has lived! It has passed through life! It has its own
experiences, memories. They are all revealed in Cezanne's painting. But
do you look at your chair? No one looks at it, no one feels it.
Any object will do. This technique is just to make your eyes fresh -- so
fresh, alive, radiantly vital, that they can move within and you can
have a look at your inner self. SEE AS IF FOR THE FIRST TIME.
Make it a point to see everything as if for the first time, and
sometime, suddenly, you will be surprised at what a beautiful world you
have been missing. Suddenly become aware and look at your wife as if for
the first time. And it will be no wonder if you feel again the same love
you felt the first time, the same surge of energy, the same attraction
in its fullest.
But look as if for the first time at a BEAUTEOUS PERSON OR AN ORDINARY
OBJECT. What will happen? You will regain your eyesight. You are blind.
Just now, as you are, you are blind. And this blindness is more fatal
than physical blindness, because you have eyes and still you cannot
Jesus says many times, "Those who have eyes, let them see. Those who
have ears, let them hear." It seems that he was talking to blind men or
to deaf men. But he goes on repeating it What was he - a superintendent
in some institute for the blind ? He goes on repeating, "If you have
eyes, look." He must be talking with ordinary men who have eyes. But why
this insistence on, "If you have eyes, look"? He is talking about the
eyes which this technique can give you.
Look at everything you pass as if for the first time. Make it a
continuous attitude. Touch everything as if for the first time. What
will happen? If you can do this, you will be freed from your past. The
burden, the depth, the dirtiness, the accumulated experiences - you will
be freed from them.
Every moment, move from the past. Do not allow it to enter within you;
do not allow it to be carried -- leave it. Look at everything as if for
the first time. This is a great technique to help you to be freed from
the past. Then you are constantly in the present, and by and by you will
have an affinity with the present. Then everything will be new. Then you
will be able to understand Heraclitus' saying that you cannot step twice
in the same river.
You cannot see a person twice - the same person -- because nothing is
static. Everything is river-like, flowing and flowing and flowing. If
you are freed from the past and you have a look which can see the
present, you will enter the existence. And this entry will be double:
you will enter into everything, into its spirit, and you will enter into
yourself also because the present is the door. All meditations in one
way or the other try to get you to live in the present. So this
technique is one of the most beautiful techniques -- and easy. You can
try it, and without any danger.
If you are looking afresh even when passing through the same street
again, it is a new street. Meeting the same friend as if he is a
stranger, looking at your wife as you looked for the first time when she
was a stranger, can you really say that he or she is not still a
stranger? You may have lived for twenty years or thirty years or forty
years with your wife, but can you say that you are acquainted with her?
She is still a stranger: you are two strangers living together. You know
the outer habits of each other, the outer reactions, but the inner core
of the being is unknown, untouched.
Look freshly again, as if for the first time, and you will see the same
stranger. Nothing, nothing, has become old; everything is new. This will
give a freshness to your look. Your eyes will become innocent. Those
innocent eyes can see. Those innocent eyes can enter into the inner