Create a friendliness
11/09/2011 § Leave a comment
Respect the body, respect the mind, so that they respect you. Create a friendliness. They are yours; don’t be antagonistic. All the old traditions teach you to be antagonistic to the body and the mind; they create enmity, and through enmity you cannot move into meditation. Then the mind will disturb you more when you are meditating than at any other time. Then the body will become restless…more in meditation than at any other time. It will take revenge, it won’t allow you to sit silently. It will create so many problems for you.
If you have tried to sit silently for a few minutes you will know. Imaginary things will start happening. You will think that some ant is creeping on your leg, and when you look there is no ant. Strange…. When you were sitting with closed eyes you felt absolutely that it was there, creeping, coming, coming, coming…and when you open your eyes there is no ant, nothing. It was just the body playing tricks with you.
You have been playing tricks with the body. You have been deceiving the body in many ways, so now the body is deceiving you. When the body wants to go to sleep you force it to sit in a cinema hall. The body says, “Okay. When the right opportunity arises I will see to it.” So when you sit in meditation the body starts creating problems for you. Suddenly you start feeling your back needs scratching…and you are surprised because it never happens ordinarily.
One woman brought for me a plastic hand with a battery attached to it, to scratch your back. I said, “But why have you brought this to me?”
She said, “You must be sitting in meditation…. Whenever I sit in meditation the only problem is my back starts…I feel so much like I have to scratch it, and I cannot reach it. So I have purchased this hand. This is very handy! You put it on and it can scratch anywhere. So I was just thinking that you must be sitting in meditation…you will need this!”
I said, “I never sit in meditation. I am in meditation, so I don’t need to sit. Whatsoever I am doing I am in meditation. If my back needs scratching I will scratch it meditatively. What is wrong in scratching your own back? You are not scratching somebody else’s back.”
Just take care of the body and the body will repay you tremendously. Take care of your mind and the mind will be helpful. Create friendship, and meditation comes easily. Rather than trying to understand… because understanding is not possible before meditation, only misunderstanding.
A man walked into a pub one night and sat down at the bar to drink a beer. While he was engaged in conversation with the man on the stool beside him, a monkey clambered down one of the bar posts, stopped at his glass and pissed in his beer. The man noticed it too late.
“Hey!” he exclaimed. “Did you see that? That monkey just pissed in my beer!”
“Well, no use tellin’ me about it,” said his neighbor. “Tell the barkeeper — he owns this place.”
The man called the barkeeper over. “Hey!” he said. “Do you know that while I was talking with this gentleman a monkey came over and pissed in my beer?”
“Nothin’ to do with me,” said the landlord. “Go and have a word with the pianist over there — it is his monkey!”
The man walked over with his pint mug, tapped the pianist on the shoulder and said, “Hey, do you know your monkey has just pissed in my beer?”
“No,” said the pianist, “but if you sing the words, I will play it.”
Osho, The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha, Vol. 10, Talk #4