Love The Mind – In Gita Verse 6.25 Gradually, step by step, one should become situated in trance by means of intelligence sustained by full conviction, and thus the mind should be ﬁxed on the Self alone and should think of nothing else.
Krishna is talking about No-Mind.
You have to understand two things very clearly: first, mind is a great miracle.
Existence has not been able to create anything higher than your mind. Its function is so complex that it baffles the greatest scientists. It manages your whole body, and it is such a complex system. Who manages that a certain part of your blood should go to the brain? Who manages that only a certain amount of oxygen should reach to the brain? Who manages what part of your food should become bones, should become blood, should become skin? Who manages that part of your skin should become nails and part of your skin should become eyes and part of your skin should become ears?
Certainly you are not managing it, and we don’t see any other manager around. So first you have to be grateful to the mind. That is a first step to go beyond mind, not as an enemy but as a friend. Have tremendous respect for mind. We are obliged so much by the mind, there is no way to return our gratitude.
So the first thing is: meditation is not against mind, it is beyond mind. And beyond is not equivalent to against.
That misunderstanding spreads the more people talk about meditation, particularly people who don’t understand meditation – those who have read about it, those who have heard about it, those who know the techniques…and techniques are simple; they are available in many scriptures, you can read them. And now there are books on how to do anything – car mechanics, electric engineering, anything – you ask, and the bookseller is ready to give you a book about how to do it.
Now book with a cassette are available. The book will give all the background of the meditation and the cassette will give all the instructions, so you need not go anywhere. Just sitting in your room with your tape recorder and you have a master! Gautam Buddha is no longer needed….
At the same time a master will never become irrelevant for a simple reason: who will teach you to love the mind and yet go beyond it? To love your body, to respect your body? To have gratitude towards your mind, its tremendous, miraculous functioning? That will make a great friendship, a bridge between you and the mind.
With this friendship deepening, whenever you are meditating, the mind will not disturb because your meditation is not against it. It is in fact its own fulfillment, it is its own ultimate flowering. Going beyond it is not an antagonistic attitude, but a friendly evolution.
So this should be the background of all meditators: not to be a fighter. If you fight you may be able to make the mind quiet for some time, but it is not your victory. The mind will come back, you will need it. You cannot live without it; you cannot exist in the world without it.
And if you can create a friendly relationship with the mind, a loving bridge, rather than being a hindrance to meditation it starts becoming a help. It protects your silence because that silence is also its own treasure, it is not just yours. It becomes a soil in which the roses of meditation will blossom, and the soil will be as happy as the roses. When the roses will be dancing in the sun, in the rain, in the wind, the soil will also rejoice.
Krishna’s approach is totally different from the approach that has been taken by knowledgeable people. For thousands of years, all the knowledgeable people have been teaching something against body, against mind.
Knowledgeable people have taught against the body. That was so ridiculous – you have to live in the body, you have to nourish the body; you have to keep it healthy, it is your home. They have been talking against mind.
Krishna guidance is simple, be with everything but as a friend, as a watcher.