Aloneness is a flower, a lotus blooming in your heart. Aloneness is positive, aloneness is health. It is the joy of being yourself. It is the joy of having your own space. Meditation means: bliss in being alone…. One is really alive when one has become capable of it, when there is no dependence any more on anybody, on any situation, on any condition. And because it is one’s own it can remain morning, evening, day, night, in youth or in old age, in health, in illness. In life, in death too, it can remain because it is not something that is happening to you from the outside. It is something welling up in you. It is your very nature…it is self- nature. § AN INSIDE JOURNEY is a journey towards absolute aloneness; you cannot take anybody there with you. You cannot share your center with anybody, not even with your beloved. It is not in the nature of things; nothing can be done about it. The moment you go in, all connections with the outside world are broken; all bridges are broken. In fact, the whole world disappears. That’s why the mystics have called the world illusory, maya, not that it does not exist, but for the meditator, one who goes in, it is almost as if the world does not exist. L The silence is so profound; no noise penetrates it. The aloneness is so deep that one needs guts. But out of that aloneness explodes bliss. Out of that aloneness—the experience of God. There is no other way; there has never been any and there is never going to be. §
Celebrate Aloneness, celebrate your pure space, and a great song will arise in your heart. And it will be a song of awareness, it will be a song of meditation. It will be a song of a lone bird calling in the distance—not calling to somebody in particular, but just calling because the heart is full and wants to call, because the cloud is full and wants to rain, because the flower is full and the petals open and the fragrance is released…unaddressed. Let your aloneness become a dance.
Your real self
Meditation is nothing but a device to make you aware of your real self— which is not created by you, which need not be created by you, which you already are. You are born with it. You are it! It needs to be discovered. If this is mnot possible, or if the society does not allow it to happen…and no society allows it to happen, because the real self is dangerous: dangerous for the established church, dangerous for the state, dangerous for the crowd, dangerous for the tradition, because once a man knows his real self, he becomes an individual. He no longer belongs to the mob psychology; he will not be superstitious, and he cannot be exploited, and he cannot be led like cattle, he cannot be ordered and commanded. He will live according to his light; he will live from his own inwardness. His life will have tremendous beauty, integrity. But that is the fear of the society. Integrated persons become individuals, and the society wants you to be non- individuals. Instead of individuality, the society teaches you to be a personality. The word ‘personality’ has to be understood. It comes from the root, persona —persona means a mask. The society gives you a false idea of who you are; it gives you just a toy, and you go on clinging to the toy your whole life. § As I see it, almost everybody is in the wrong place. The person who would have been a tremendously happy doctor is a painter and the person who would have been a tremendously happy painter is a doctor. Nobody seems to be in his right place; that’s why this whole society is in such a mess. The person is directed by others; he is not directed by his own intuition. Meditation helps you to grow your own intuitive faculty. It becomes very clear what is going to fulfill you, what is going to help you flower. And whatsoever it is, it is going to be different for each individual—that is the meaning of the word ‘individual’: everybody is unique. And to seek and search for your uniqueness is a great thrill, a great adventure.