A Quiet Mind is All You Need
I am not well. I feel rather weak. What am I to do?
Who is unwell, you or the body?
My body, of course.
Yesterday you felt well. What felt well?
You were glad when the body was well and you are sad when the body is
unwell. Who is glad
day and sad the next?
And who knows the variable mind?
The mind is the knower. Who knows the knower?
Does not the knower know itself?
The mind is discontinuous. Again and again it blanks out, like in
sleep or swoon, or distraction.
must be something continuous to register discontinuity.
The mind remembers. This stands for continuity.
Memory is always partial, unreliable and evanescent. It does not
explain the strong sense of
pervading consciousness, the sense 'I am'. Find out what is at the
root of it.
However deeply I look, I find only the mind. Your words 'beyond the
mind' give me no clue.
While looking with the mind, you cannot go beyond it. To go beyond,
you must look away from
mind and its contents.
In what direction am I to look?
All directions are within the mind! I am not asking you to look in any
particular direction. Just
away from all that happens in your mind and bring it to the feeling 'I
am'. The 'I am' is not a
It is the negation of all direction. Ultimately even the 'I am' will
have to go, for you need not
on asserting what is obvious. Bringing the mind to the feeling 'I am'
merely helps in turning the
away from everything else.
Where does it all lead me?
When the mind is kept away from its preoccupations, it becomes quiet.
If you do not disturb this
and stay in it, you find that it is permeated with a light and a love
you have never known; and
you recognise it at once as your own nature. Once you have passed
through this experience,
will never be the same man again; the unruly mind may break its peace
and obliterate its vision;
it is bound to return, provided the effort is sustained; until the day
when all bonds are broken,
and attachments end and life becomes supremely concentrated in the
What difference does it make?
The mind is no more. There is only love in action.
How shall I recognise this state when I reach it?
There will be no fear.
Surrounded by a world full of mysteries and dangers, how can I remain
Your own little body too is full of mysteries and dangers, yet you are
not afraid of it, for you take
as your own. What you do not know is that the entire universe is your
body and you need not be
of it. You may say you have two bodies; the personal and the
universal. The personal comes
goes, the universal is always with you. The entire creation is your
universal body. You are so
by what is personal, that you do not see the universal. This blindness
will not end by itself --
must be undone skilfully and deliberately. When all illusions are
understood and abandoned, you
the error-free and perfect state in which all distinctions between the
personal and the
are no more.
I am a person and therefore limited in space and time. I occupy little
space and last but a few
I cannot even conceive myself to be eternal and all-pervading.
Nevertheless you are. As you dive deep into yourself in search of your
true nature, you will
that only your body is small and only your memory is short; while the
vast ocean of life is
The very words 'I' and 'universal' are contradictory. One excludes the
They don't. The sense of identity pervades the universal. Search and
you shall discover the
Person, who is yourself and infinitely more.
begin by realising that the world is in you, not you in the world.
How can it be? I am only a part of the world. How can the whole world
be contained in the part,
by reflection, mirror like?
What you say is true. Your personal body is a part in which the whole
is wonderfully reflected.
you have also a universal body. You cannot even say that you do not
know it, because you see
experience it all the time. Only you call it 'the world' and are
afraid of it.
I feel I know my little body, while the other I do not know, except
Your little body is full of mysteries and wonders which you do not
know. There also science is
only guide. Both anatomy and astronomy describe you.
Even If I accept your doctrine of the universal body as a working
theory, in what way can I test
and of what use is it to me?
Knowing yourself as the dweller in both the bodies you will disown
nothing. All the universe will
your concern; every living thing you will love and help most tenderly
and wisely. There will be no
of interests between you and others. All exploitation will cease
absolutely. Your every action
be beneficial, every movement will be a blessing.
It is all very tempting, but how am I to proceed to realise my
You have two ways: you can give your heart and mind to self-discovery,
or you accept my
on trust and act accordingly. In other words, either you become
totally self-concerned, or
un-self-concerned. It is the word 'totally' that is important. You
must be extreme to reach the
How can I aspire to such heights, small and limited as I am?
realise yourself as the ocean of consciousness in which all happens.
This is not difficult. A little
attentiveness, of close observation of oneself, and you will see that
no event is outside your
The world is full of events which do not appear in my consciousness.
Even your body is full of events which do not appear in your
consciousness. This does not
you from claiming your body to be your own. You know the world exactly
as you know your
-- through your senses. It is your mind that has separated the world
outside your skin from the
inside and put them in opposition. This created fear and hatred and
all the miseries of living.
What I do not follow is what you say about going beyond consciousness.
I understand the
but I cannot visualise the experience. After all, you yourself have
said that all experience is
You are right, there can be no experience beyond consciousness. Yet
there is the experience of
being. There is a state beyond consciousness, which is not
unconscious. Some call it super-
or pure consciousness, or supreme consciousness. It is pure awareness
subject object nexus.
I have studied Theosophy and I find nothing familiar in what you say.
I admit Theosophy deals
manifestation only. It describes the universe and its inhabitants in
great details. It admits many
of matter and corresponding levels of experience, but it does not seem
to go beyond. What
say goes beyond all experience. If it is not experienceable, why at
all talk about it?
Consciousness is intermittent, full of gaps. Yet there is the
continuity of identity. What is this
of identity due to, if not to something beyond consciousness?
If I am beyond the mind, how can I change myself?
Where is the need of changing anything? The mind is changing anyhow
all the time. Look at
mind dispassionately; this is enough to calm it. When it is quiet, you
can go beyond it. Do not
it busy all the time. Stop it -- and just be. If you give it rest, it
will settle down and recover its
and strength. Constant thinking makes it decay.
If my true being is always with me, how is it that I am ignorant of
Because it is very subtle and your mind is gross, full of gross
thoughts and feelings. Calm and
your mind and you will know yourself as you are.
Do I need the mind to know myself?
You are beyond the mind, but you know with your mind. It is obvious
that the extent, depth and
of knowledge depend on what instrument you use. Improve your
instrument and your
To know perfectly I need a perfect mind.
A quiet mind is all you need. All else will happen rightly, once your
mind is quiet. As the sun on
makes the world active, so does self-awareness affect changes in the
mind. In the light of
and steady self-awareness inner energies wake up and work miracles
without any effort on
You mean to say that the greatest work is done by not working?
Exactly. Do understand that you are destined for enlightenment.
Co-operate with your destiny,
go against it, donít thwart it. Allow it to fulfil itself. All you
have to do is to give attention to the
created by the foolish mind.