What there is, is You. That should be absolutely obvious, but it is not obvious at all. That should be the simplest thing in the world to understand that you, the I, is what has always been going on and always will go on forever and ever. We have been bamboozled, by religions, by politicians, by fathers and mothers, by all sorts of people, to tell us, You’re not it! … and we believed it.
So do you see now why, if I put it to you in this very negative way, you can’t do anything to change yourselves, to become better, to become happier, to become more serene, to become mystics or anything. If I say ‘you can’t do a damn thing’, can you really understand this negative statement in a positive way?
What I am really saying is that you don’t need to, because if you see yourself in the correct way, you are all as much extraordinary phenomenon of nature as trees, clouds, the patterns in running water, the shape of fire, the arrangement of the stars, the form of a galaxy. You are all just like that … there is nothing wrong with you at all.
Except that I have to add this little flip: you have in you, … you do think there’s something wrong with you. See? And there’s no question, you do! We all object to ourselves in various ways. And I’m going to add: there’s nothing wrong with that, either. Because that’s part of the flow. That’s part of what is going on. That’s part of what we do.
What I’m actually going to do is: I’m going to deliver you from a sense of guilt, because I’m going to teach you that you needn’t feel guilty because you feel guilty. Of course you feel guilty! It’s like someone put a match on you and you felt hot. So they taught you as a child to feel guilty, and you feel guilty. And say, well, if someone comes along and says: well, you shouldn’t; it’s not the point …
I’m gonna say, not that you shouldn’t, but that you do and don’t worry about it. And if you want to say further: ”But I can’t help worrying about it,” I’m going to say to you: ”Okay, worry about it.” This is the principle called in Japanese ‘judo’. Meaning – the gentle way. Go along with it, go along with it, go along with it.
So, therefore, this is the beginning of meditation. You don’t know what you’re supposed to do. What can you do? Well, if you don’t know what you’re supposed to do, you watch. You simply watch what’s going on. Like, say, somebody plays music you listen. And you just follow those sounds. And, eventually, you understand the point of the music. The point cannot be explained in words, because music is not words. But, after a while, in listening to any music, you will understand the point of it. And that point will be the music itself.