So as long as we live in this world, this is what I would like to share with you – do good, in whatever way possible, to whoever is close to you. You need not go far and do it.
If meditation and sadhana do not bring about compassion and do not make you look at other human beings with sympathy, it has done nothing to you.
The great Rishis, discovered that the state of one’s mind very often influences the rhythm of one’s breathing; means inhalation and exhalation. For instance, if one is in a calm state of mind, sitting under a tree, in a beautiful park, looking at the sea or looking at the river, or sitting in your favorite armchair, reading a novel, or even closing your eyes and listening to beautiful music. Usually, if you then observe your breathing pattern, you would see that the pattern of your breathing is very slow and quiet and without distraction. When you are agitated or angry or excited or you have exerted yourself too much or you are tense, just watch the pattern of your breathing. You will find that the pattern of your breathing also is agitated, irregular, hard, fast and so on. So the yogis said – If the state of mind is reflected, or is connected in some way to the rhythm or pattern of breathing, is it possible that one can control one’s breathing rhythm or pattern and therefore bring about a change in one’s state of mind?
I’d say that when I use the word meditation it includes the word introspection. You can’t meditate without introspection. Now when I say Introspection, it means give complete attention to something. To an idea or to a form or to an icon or to an image or even to a sound. To give complete attention or what you call ‘shraddha‘ – the complete attention to something. That is known as introspection, which means one is exclusively thinking and unravelling the different layers of one’s own mind.
The main thing is that the happiness we seek seems to evade us, seems to be so slippery that the moment we get hold of a little bit of happiness, we try to hold on to it with all our life. Why? Because we know that it is so rare and it can vanish at any time.
Sometimes, when we are quiet, and that stillness strikes – not speaks, it is a wrong word. Stillness can never speak, how can it speak? It is a contradiction! So when that stillness strikes, let us say, and when you stay with it, then .. you are in it. When it goes, you can do nothing about it. To understand that you can do nothing about it is the humility and the worship. You say, ‘Please come. I can do nothing about it.’ We are done!
Sometimes, even though for practical purposes of living, we assume a role, it is nothing. You want to be an administrator, you have to assume a certain role; but deep down one must realize it is nothing. It is just a drama.