We have been running around far too much.
It’s all right; we’ve been active, and our action has achieved a lot of good things. But the goal of action is contemplation.
In other words, busy, busy, busy, busy, busy, but what’s it all about?
Especially when people are busy because they think they’re going somewhere, that they’re going to get something and attain something.
There’s quite a good deal of point to action if you know you’re not going anywhere. If you act like you dance, or like you sing or play music.
Then you’re really not going anywhere, you’re just doing pure action.
But if you act with a thought in mind that as a result of action you are eventually going to arrive at someplace where everything will be alright.
Then you are on a squirrel cage, hopelessly condemned to what the Buddhists call ‘samsara’, the round, or rat-race of birth and death, because you think you’re going to get somewhere.
You’re already there.
And it is only a person who has discovered that he is already there who is capable of action, because he doesn’t act frantically with the thought that he’s going to get somewhere.
You can go into walking meditation, where we walk not because we are in a great, great hurry to get to a destination, but because the walking itself is great.
The walking itself is the meditation.
But the point is that one can not act creatively, except on the basis of stillness, of having a mind that is capable from time to time of stopping thinking.
This is an impossible thing to put in words.
The nearest I could get to it would be to say that if you could see this moment.
That you need nothing beyond this moment, now, sitting here, irrespective of anything I might be saying to you, of any ideas you might have rattling around in your brains.
That here and now is the absolute, which than which there is no whicher.
Only, we prevent ourselves from seeing this, because we are always saying there ought to be something more on, I’m missing it something somehow.
The perfectly wise man is the one who realizes, vividly, that the ideal place is, where you are.