You’re all awakened. It’s very beautiful to realise that you’re already complete, you’ve already got everything, there’s nothing more to get from the outside. In fact the only thing to get from the outside is not to look so much on the outside and to look more on the inside.
As soon as you start to look on the inside then you discover you have everything. This is very simple, even though it’s taken me fifty years to know that! For many years I would, like everybody else, do all kinds of practices, believing that if I became a good meditator then wonderful things would happen to me. So this is actually very relaxing because during this retreat you can come to an acceptance of how you are, and who you are.
In order to come in contact with who you are and what you are, you simply stay quiet. Anything I’m going to say in the next three weeks is just an excuse to keep you here so that you can become quiet. That’s what a retreat is; it’s just an excuse to get you quiet enough to realise who you are.
Unfortunately, in our everyday lives we have become so busy and so outward looking that we never have time to meet our own essence. This is not a very useful teaching when you have lots of energy to do stuff, and so of course there are all kind of spiritual practices you can do until the cows come home. Maybe they will improve the quality of your daily life in some way, but they won’t bring you something that you already have.
Papaji was my teacher. Somebody going back to Munich said to him, ‘Well I’m leaving in a few days and my friends in Munich will ask me what your teaching is. I’ve been here three months, and I don’t know what to say.
Papaji said his teaching is ‘Be Quiet’. And when you be quiet you discover everything. It’s very beautiful to discover the depths of who you are.
While you stay in the mental energy, while you stay talking a lot, relating a lot, while you stay busy thinking, you keep all your energy up in the head.
If you want to meet who you really are then something has to go deeper inside. You just let yourself fall down deeply inside and then amazing things will happen by themselves. This is very simple but it’s not easy to do it because, of course, we have relentless patterns of behaviour.
We have to relax this power; we have to allow the mind to become still. Still is a little bit different from quiet. Silence in a library means not to talk.
Stillness is something more than not talking. It’s a place where there is not even movement – a still point inside you where there’s no movement. Silence is a good beginning and stillness is a deeper realisation of silence.