“THE MOMENT ONE PUTS THE MIND ASIDE, ALL THESE THINGS —
LOVE, JOY, CLARITY, GOODNESS —
START HAPPENING SPONTANEOUSLY.
It is not that you have to bring them into existence, they come of their own accord. That is the most significant thing to be remembered. If you make any effort to be loving, your love will be false. The very effort will make it false. The same is true about virtue, about joy, and about all the ultimate values. They have to come effortlessly, only then are they true and authentic.
Meditation does not bring them in, it only prepares you to receive them. It only opens the doors so the sun can come in, the moon can come in. The stars can come in, and the wind, the rain. It simply opens you up. It does not create anything. It is basically negative, it removes the barriers. And these are the barriers: desires, memories, thoughts, fantasies, dreams, the whole past and the whole future.
Once you drop the past and the future, and you are just here and now, that is meditation. To be in the present is to be meditative. And in that immediate experience of the now, of the here, one opens up; and all these qualities simply start coming on their own. And they have a tremendous beauty when they come of their own accord. You cannot feel egoistic about them because you have not manufactured them; they are gifts from god, or gifts from the whole. Hence one feels tremendous gratitude, and that gratitude is religiousness — the very essence of religiousness.”
I’m Not As Thunk As You Drink I Am
A Darshan Diary