The method of teaching in Zen and in Yoga is by the actual experience of the time, and then from those experiences afterwards we can extract a principle in philosophy if we feel like it.
The people who are throwing the bombs are not physically starved, but they’re starved spiritually. They’re longing to hear something which will expand the spirit; because they can’t find it and can’t hear it, they are taking to these imprisoning thoughts and actions, and therefore anybody who practises meditation with a right life (rings bell) the dharma will speak through them.
This is an example of how we can strike some attitude of defiance perhaps, or too much conformity, and we can forget the true nature of the man, which is that he appreciates beauty, and he wants to create beauty.
It’s perfectly possible to hold the two thoughts, but generally our secondary train of thought is complaint, or fear, or anxiety, or hate, or anticipation, or ambition, and Yoga and Zen say this can be changed. We can hold, we can begin to see, beauty, and we can begin to express it.
Nukariya is calling it the ‘Creator’ and so on. In fact, his idea of the nature of the heart of Man, and the universal spirit, is like the ancient Indian Brahman and Atman- Self, which is taught as having definite existence.
Both Buddhism and Yoga say, ‘Find out what is in one’s own heart’. Not so easy to know. Shankara says it’s easy to be detached from things when you have absolutely no chance of getting them. But supposing one has a chance?
The highest austerity is the austerity of the mind, which is inner calmness, and finally silence.
The Gita has a definite programme of karma yoga, which is the lower form of tapas, and then it says the spiritual aspirant has to try to discover the witness Self.
Inspiration is attained through meditation, and classically in Patañjali, the most important road to meditation is the repetition of this syllable OM, one of the names of God.
Somebody came and said, “I practice kindness and goodness as best I can, I pray, I feel exalted sometimes, I’m able to do some good, but then I relapse. I find I’m getting dishonest. I can’t resist certain temptations.
There are people who always fail and look like fools although, they’ve got a lot of abilities, but the central thing is missing which would hold it together.
The outside is all right. We feel something has gone wrong, but we don’t know what it is, we build up external things. but the flower of the heart is faded.
What’s going to heaven that’s going to be blessed? And the problem, our problem is, am I going with all my faults? Or are my faults going to be corrected?
Shankara defines it: one pointedness and samadhi, he says, these are methods, this is the method by which Brahman is known, this is the only method.
Elijah said: Thy fear in love are the noose to catch my favour. Beneath every ‘Allah’ of thine there is many a ‘Here Am I’ from me.”