What is meditation? The purpose of, if we have to look at the purpose… if you sit in meditation slowly it will become like this: your body’s here, your mind is out there, what is you is somewhere else. Once these three things are happening separately, once there is a space between you and the body, between you and the mind – this is the end of suffering. Once the fear of suffering is taken away, only then you will keep your instinct of self-preservation down; otherwise you won’t keep it down. As long as the fear of suffering is there, you will not keep the instinct of self-preservation down.
The only reason why you are naturally not spiritual is because you’ve empowered your instinct of self-preservation too much. All the time it is trying to make you like a bubble in the world, separate bubble. Not willing to mix with anything. So unless you keep your instinct of self-preservation down, you will not become spiritual in any way. You will not know life as one happening. You will always be an individual, trapped. Have you noticed, even in your general life, when you’re very happy you keep your guards down? Isn’t it so? When you’re unhappy – fully shielded. When you’re happy – little down, isn’t it? When you’re very happy, it’s all down. Have you noticed this? So this is the reason why you’re willing to be happy only among certain people. Because you don’t know how to be just happy and still know where to stop life when it has to be stopped. You’re willing to be happy only with five people in your life because you think that is the only safe atmosphere where you can be happy; because you have always understood happiness as a certain vulnerability.
See just see you walk on the street and you smile at anybody, they’ll look like this. Why? What’s their problem smiling back at you? What are they going to lose? They think, ‘If I smile, he may exploit me.’ How will he exploit you? If he comes to pick your pocket, you can stop him. If he smiles, even a pick pocket smiles at you, why can’t you smile at him? What is the problem? Just try today and see, just go out and smile; people will look like this, they’re… they’re surprised; somebody’s making me vulnerable to life. They want to go on the street like rocks, they want to go home and become life. Doesn’t work. After some time you become a rock there also. If you want to be life, you must practice it everywhere, isn’t it?
So meditation gives you that space between you and your body, between you and your mind. Whatever suffering human beings have known, it has either entered them through the body or through the mind. Do you know any other kind of suffering? There are only two kinds of suffering, isn’t it? Once you have a distance from these two things – this is the end of suffering. Once the fear of suffering is taken away, only then you’re willing to venture into other dimensions of life; otherwise no matter what I tell you, you’re only looking for safety.
The meditation is a step toward raising human consciousness. It is a very simple but powerful process.
Daily meditation will bring health, dynamism, prosperity and well-being. It is a powerful tool to cope with the hectic pace of modern life and empowers people to experience your lives to its fullest potential.
The meditation iis a simple yet potent process which has the potential to transform the life of anyone who is willing to invest just 12 minutes a day.