What is Meditation...
Meditation is not following any system;it is not constant repetition and imitation. Meditation is not concentration. It is one of the favourite gambits of some teachers of meditation to insist on their pupils learning concentration that is, fixing the mind on one thought and driving out all other thought. This is a most stupid,ugly thing, which any schoolboy can do because he is forced to. It means that all the time you are having a battle between the insistence that you must concentrate on the one hand and your mind on the other which wanders away to all sorts of other things, whereas you should be attentive to every movement of the mind wherever it wanders. When your mind wanders off it means you are interested in something else.
Meditation demands an astonishingly alert mind', mediation is the understanding of the totality of life in which every form of fragmentation has ceased .Meditation is not control of thought,for when thought is controlled it breeds conflict in the mind,but when you understand the structure and origin of thought which we have already been into,then thought will not interfere.That very understanding of the structure of thinking is its own discipline which is meditation.
Meditation is to be aware of every thought and of every feeling, never to say it is right or wrong but just to watch it and move with it.In that watching you begin to understand the whole movement of thought and feeling. And out of this awareness comes silence.Silence put together by thought is stagnation, is dead ,but the silence that comes when thought has understood its own beginning,the nature of itself, understood how all thought is never free but always old-this silence is meditation in which the meditator is entirely absent,for the mind has emptied itself of the past.
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