is a zone in between, neither here nor there.
let us talk about one second later. The sixtieth
second has already gone. Just now you spoke of
'here' and 'there'. Where is 'here' and 'there'
in that first instant of sleep? In that instant,
you reject everything: all images, all things,
all persons, all relationships. All ideas are
gone in that instant when you jump into sleep.
After that sixtieth second there is no time, no
space, no country. We are speaking now about sleep.
Now, after you have woken up, describe to me what
happened while you were asleep.
dreaming, I am talking about sleep. Dreaming is
the same state as you see here in front of you.
In dreaming, if you see that a robber has robbed
you or a tiger has pounced on you, you experience
the same fear as when you are awake. What do you
see when you sleep?
is the right answer. Now, why do you reject all
the things of the world, things you like so much,
merely to offer yourself up to a state of nothingness.
do it because I become tired.
regain energy you go to the reservoir of energy,
to that state of nothingness. If you don't touch
that reservoir, what will happen to you, where
will you go?
yes. Now I will tell you how to stay continuously
in that state of sleep, of nothingness, even while
you are awake. I will also tell you how to be
awake while your body is asleep. That will be
good, won't it?
us talk about the end of that last second before
you woke up from sleep. Waking has not yet come,
and the sleep state is about to end. Now, what
is your experience in the very first moment of
the next waking state?
senses call me back to the world.
Now tell me what happened to the experience of
happiness you had while you were sleeping? What
have you brought from the hours of nothingness?
is gone. I am relaxed, refreshed.
do you prefer the tension of the waking state
to the relaxation of sleep?
have a question about that later.
you understand what I am trying to convey to you,
you probably would not ask me this next question.
Imagine that you have just come out of a cinema
after seeing a show from ten till five. You go
home and your friends ask, 'How was it?' What
will you tell them?
was a beautiful show.'
can bring the memory of those images to them,
but you brought nothing from your sleep. Who woke
up? Who woke up from that state of happiness?
You were happy while you were sleeping. If it
were not a happy state, no one would be willing
to say 'Good night' to their loved ones every
evening before going to sleep. No matter how close
you are to them, you still say, 'Good night, let
is something superior, something higher, something
more beautiful about being alone. Ask yourself
the question: when I wake up, who wakes up?
you woke up, you did not bring the impression
of the happiness that you enjoyed for six or seven
hours of dreamless sleep. You can only bring with
you impressions of the dances you saw in your
have to create a new habit, a habit you can create
only in satsang. You were taken to the theatre
by your parents when you were a small boy. Through
such trips you learned how to describe the impressions
your senses received, and you also learned how
to enjoy them. But your parents could not tell
you or teach you about what goes on when you are
free of the senses. This can only be known in
satsang, and that is why you are here. So, I will
ask you again: when you wake up, who wakes up?
is the 'I' that wakes up.
The 'I' has woken up. When the 'I' wakes up, the
past, the present and the future also wake up.
This means that time and space also wake up. Along
with time and space the sun wakes up, the moon
wakes up, the stars wake up, mountains wake up,
rivers wake up, forests wake up, men, birds and
animals all wake up. When the 'I' wakes up, everything
else wakes up. While this 'I' was sleeping during
the sleep state, everything was quiet. If you
don't touch the 'I' which woke up, you will experience
the happiness of sleep while you are awake. Do
it for one single second, half of a single second,
a quarter of a single second. Don't touch the
'I'. The 'I' is something that we can well afford
to be without. Don't touch the 'I' and tell me
if you are not sleeping.
is right. In that instant, everything is like
is called waking while sleeping and sleeping while
awake. You are always in happiness, always awake.
This awakening is called Knowledge, Freedom, Truth.
Don't touch the names, though. Get rid of all
the words that you have so far heard from any
quarter. And you will see who you really are.
I live next door to a car repair shop by your
house. Sometimes I feel that my only impediment
to spiritual progress is the racket of the mechanics
banging on the cars. How can we remain quiet when
the senses are continually drinking in the environment?
After all, that's their job.
a child is learning how to walk, his parents give
him walking aids. When he grows up and learns
how to walk independently, he throws them away.
So, in the beginning, if you find that you are
disturbed when you are meditating, it will be
better to change the environment. I will give
you the following advice. When you choose a house
or an environment to live in, you must first look
at the neighbourhood. Is it full of garbage and
pigs? Noisy people? A fish market? A supermarket?
You must avoid all these things in the beginning.
You can go to the forest to meditate. Then, when
you have learned the art of meditation, you can
sit in the middle of a fish market or on Shalimar
Crossing or Hazrat Ganj. Once you have mastered
the art of meditation, you will not hear noise.
You will not hear anything. When you are truly
meditating, you will be in the same state that
you were while you were sleeping. But you will
be awake at the same time. This is called sleeping
while being awake. Until you have learned this,
it is better to avoid uncongenial environments.
See what your neighbourhood is like before you
move in. The neighbourhood has to be good. The
neighbourhood is even more important than your
own apartment. Find people to live among who are
following your own way of life. Teachers like
to be with teachers, philosophers with philosophers,
workers with fellow workers. They all very much
like to be with each other. But once you have
learned the art of true meditation, you can do
whatever you like, wherever you like.
is meditation to you? Many different kinds of
meditation are practised. Many of them rely on
looking at phenomena such as watching the breath,
or seeing thoughts rise and fall.