Satsang  –   Volume 9, Number 15: November 26, 2006
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Space Alone Is


Yuktaanand: Recently you talked about meditation being attention on attention. But I wanted to check something: youíve also said that we have to investigate, and in that place of meditation we have to check or make the enquiry. Now that I am more aware that meditation is attention on attention, it is so blissful and wonderful. And at any moment when I shift from that, itís like I get shifted out of the Space. So I just wanted to check: when that happens should I be making the enquiry at that time, or just remain with the knowledge of attention on attention?

Swamiji: Because we had been non-meditators for a long time, therefore our growth is by checking. I have tasted the bread to see whether it is baked properly or not! Checking. So is the case with your camera. First you handle the camera and film, and check if you have the right film. So through checking you have grown in attaining the knowledge which is appreciable and appreciated by others. They enjoy and you enjoy, because we somehow have the sense of perfection. So anything which is perfect we like it. Anything which is not perfect, because we are human beings then our mind is not satisfied. Therefore, we are seeking a state of perfection. Not knowing what perfection is, our method is of alphabet and figures, so the grammar and the language should be perfect, and the addition and subtraction should be perfect. And our living life should be perfect. Eating perfect, walking perfect, playing perfect and all that. So this is where checking is.

But here when you meditate that field is completely left alone. It has got nothing to do with applying all the rules for which the relative field is meant. Here you have settled in your chair. The senses are not in function, but the mind, which is also called sense along with these five senses, is in function. And itís moving. Because it is moving, so the attention is moving. And in mediation you are required to pay attention on attention. That attention with closed eyes, whatever is, is not moving. Inside, that is working, functioning, moving. So when moving wants to put the attention on attention, it will not succeed, because it is moving. Therefore, when your attention got fixed on attention that was the immobile state, and there you settled. You are watching, and that is unchanging, immortal. It does not change; attention is that which never changes. Everything changes which is attended. But attention never changes, and a human being has not been taught as to what is that which is never changing.

So now you have succeeded in realizing that unchanging. Then in the waking state you are changing, so you ask what should I do? I say identify with that; that is you, that is Jonty, unchanging. This Jonty which you have told or people have told you is this body, that will not be you. Because it has no knowledge of knowing you; the whole body has no knowledge of knowing you. But you the Knower has the knowledge of knowing everything. Nose and ears, and this and that, and like the doctors all the anatomy. You all know that. So Knower is attention, and you cannot say Knower is on Knower. Why? Knower alone is. Knower is free. So we are leading the attention in meditation of those persons who have meditated less before, or have not meditated, or do not know how to meditate. Then there are various methods in the preliminary session that we give, and then we say check. But there is nothing to check for you because you will check with the mind, you will check with the intellect, and intellect is already changing. And you will never find anything that is unchanging. Attention is unchanging and only unchanging can see the unchanging. So checking is not necessary.

Itís very, very difficult for a human being to know the Knower. All unrealized people can know what the mind of a human being is speaking, what the senses and emotions of a human being are doing, and even as to what is the quietness of a human being. They can know because they can study psychology and books and things like that and characters, and find out millions. You have already heard me saying about the sand particles of the ocean, that maybe somebody who is a master mathematician can count them, but he will fail in counting the ways or waves of the mind. That much is there. Mind cannot be enumerated with its thoughts. Even your own mind, how many thoughts appeared in your mind, you cannot count. They are unaccountable. So it will not be possible to control that which is before you. Therefore, there must be some method of having the knowledge as to what is the meaning of control of the mind. Like with waves of the ocean, how the ocean will control the waves? We as human beings will immediately give the answer that waves cannot be counted. But when it is said control your mind, control the waves of your mind, it means the mind waves should be known that they are the water. Thatís all. Then you have control. So control your mind means that you should know that mind is the Self.

And after that you will continue, because if you know that the vision of the eyes is me, then whatever the eyes are seeing must be me. But you have to know it that my vision is me. In the same way you have to know my mind is me. Then itís controlled. Then you will be knowing it, and then you will be using it for the purpose it was meant for. But since many people have no knowledge of that, then they are not able to control because the meaning is so strangely put before a man. They say control the mind like a horse, like a chariot horse. Control the car, control the speed, control the senses, everything is control, control. What they have been told is that you should control the way a rider controls a horse. And that is where human beings could not succeed in knowing or controlling the mind and the senses. One should know that senses are not senses, mind is not mind, ego is not ego, and intellect is not intellect. If he knows this, then what does he know? He knows that Self is. So if Self is, then why would there be any necessity for the ocean water to control the waves? It might appear to you as a new thing, but it is not. It is that way. Just by knowing the Self you have controlled the whole body of a person whose knowledge is only attuned to body. He says body, and he does not know the source of the body. So he says, ďControl the world.Ē You cannot control the world. Try. Go anywhere, maybe you become an emperor and the whole world is given to you, but you cannot. But if you know the whole world is me, then you know that without me the world will not be having any name on the paper, w-o-r-l-d, without me. So that sharpness of the intellect of the human being pleases me.

For me each person is very, very important. Because it has been seen that each person is the universe, and I see you daily in milliards of colours and forms. Then how much more I view how many universes are in you, each one. The more you expand yourself you come to know that that which is called a small individual is the Being, in whom millions of universes rest. So by looking at you I feel very happy and great because I can see myself there, and especially when you come to know me, that is the state of Oneness. And it has been realized that Oneness is the only remedy for this ailing world, which is getting tormented and scattered because of the forgetfulness of this Oneness. So you came to know the qualities and characteristics of that Oneness, which is forever pure, free, unchanging. Naturally it is not appearing, which means not taking birth, and not disappearing which means not dying. And a human being is only taught that he is born and he is going to die. It doesnít matter that body is born or body dies, but they say you are born and you are going to die. So the child hears it and the whole emphasis is on body. Body is born because body is seen, and child sees the body of others so he also begins to call himself body, whereas no child sees his own body. Yet, he knows his body. Why? He knows himself. So everyone who knows himself he knows that I. Even a newly born birdie knows that I am. So it is the case with other manifestations. Yet, it is to be reminded again and again, because we have got opposite information that body is born, body is dying. And I am the whole body, so body is I. This information has not been there. Just because body changes, body appears, body disappears, thus the whole being became separated, and the child came to know that I have a sense of separation that body is changing. And he is there; he is knowing all the time. Knowing whom? Heís knowing himself, and himself not separate at all. Himself is the body, and other bodies, millions of bodies, the whole universe is the Self. And he knows that, but the moment heís individualized as a body form then the very being who knows himself begins to know the body as the scene, or that object which is seen. So he becomes subject and object, and division took place.

Therefore, we wait for such persons or such beings, maybe one among millions and millions, that he should be able to enquire as to what is this phenomenon on the level of the mind and intellect: that we know and we do not know at the same time? There is that which I do not know, and that which I know, and this confusion takes place. Thus, we want to remove this confusion. And if confusion is removed then it has always been Oneness; it was always the ocean water. Because of the wave it became confusion. More waves, more confusion. Then many forms of whirlpools and bubbles. More confusion. So the same thing is for a human being that he is now calling himself a wave, the body. And missing the source. So since the source is not being seen with these human eyes, then we should either say they are right, whatever they see, that is right. Or we should say there is a defect in the eyes. We find out the defect in the eyes which, when we close them, they do not see. When we open them they begin to see. Eyes are the same. Which part do you want to attribute to the eyes?

So the field of senses is constituted in a way that human beings do not know, though they have always been the Space. Nobody was anything else which they call individual or changing individual; it has never been. It was all Space; it was Pure Being; it was shuddh chaytan, Pure Being. And the moment chaytana appeared, it became a wave. The water of the ocean was always fluidity, but the moment it turned into water the forgetfulness took place. So this chitt, the mind, is nothing but Pure Consciousness, shuddh chaytan. But the moment shuddh chaytan itself began to shine, then the sun says the sunshine is separate from me. It is the sun. Itís a glory. So when you realize Pure Consciousness then it is all glory. Ego is your own glory, mind is your own glory, intellect and senses are your own glory, and body and many bodies and multiple qualities of the bodies they are all nothing but the shuddh chaytan, your own glory. And if it is your own glory, then why glory will be separate?! Even as sunshine for the sun, the wave to the water, heat for the wood fire, and the dream figures for a dreamer. In the same way the whole universe which is seen with the help of the eyes of an individual is nothing but the shuddh chaytan, Pure Being, Pure Consciousness. A human being is gifted that he can check: in the dream he sees the figures and there are no figures, but he sees them. He sees the dream and experiences the dream, and dream figures are experienced, dream things and scenes are experienced, but that which is called experiencer, anubhaav, with which he experiences the subject dream, the dreamer, and the objects, dream figures, he does not see that. Because eyes cannot see that; his own experience cannot see that. Eyes can see the forms, but they do not see the vision. In this way, sense of Oneness has manifested itself, itself. If it is manifested, then why would Oneness be anything else but Oneness? But this is the human constitution who is not able to figure it out as to what example seen with the eyes should be taken into consideration, and so that he should get connected to the source. All human beings have tried. They became inquisitive, but as I have said many times, without the Knower, without the Guru who knows that there is no division anywhere, no answer is found. In the sky there is no division and a human being knows this. But if there is no division, then why does he not grasp that I am not divided?

That is where the blockage is, and we hear, and I speak. What happens to you that you grasp and understand what I am saying? Because the voice is nothing but the force of creativity of unity. The very force awakens you, unites you, and Ďunites youí means the Self which is separate unites with you, the me, there, and that me is always there. So you begin to get opened and begin to understand: Oh, Swamiji is saying the same that I am knowing. But then ĎSwamiji is saying, and you are knowingí. The duality still remains. What do we do? We practice that two forms are visibly separate, but the one who knows the form number one and form number two, is the same. The Knower who sees the forms of the dreams and the waking state, all the forms, the Knower is one and the same. And when both the types of forms are not seen, it is deep sleep, and the Knower knows that also. So Knower knows anybody who appears, birth, and Knower also knows that which disappears. It means Knower is forever the same. If Knower is forever the same, then why is it that the object becomes different or subject becomes different? In the laboratory like this we see people filled with the sense of inquisitiveness. And they get together and want to understand. There must be somebody who wants to enquire and understand because he will be that person who knows that there is something, some drawback that I know that I am, but why do I not understand? The reason is that you have been living in the herd of people; those who have been moving towards one side, always towards the death side. If one sheep goes in the well, the whole well becomes full of thousands of sheep! [Laughing] People think that money can control you. People think that the ropes can control, as ropes control the bulls and animals, or as engines can be controlled. So they became machine-minded, which means that which has been made and that which dies. So people think body is made and body dies, and therefore they are all machines. But the Knower of all the machines is Knower with everybody. Knower is that which is permeating all, and if you are the Knower then you know that Knower permeates all your senses and organs, Knower permeates here and there, this and that, and then you become Knower all-permeating.

What a big happening or expansion has taken place, and that is where the importance of satsang is. When we get together, we understand and we talk together, and then we unfold slowly and slowly our own knowledge of these qualities of kaam, krod, lobh, moh and ahankaar of which the world is made. Kaam is desire, krod is anger, lobh is greed or possession, moh is attachment, and ahankaar is pride, I am. And thatís the whole world of human beings. And on the basis of that all other things are made. But how are they there when they are not there in deep sleep? They are not in the Pure Space. They are not before you are born. They are not after you die. Then they are all in the middle. But whatever is in the middle, and source is before beginning and source is after that, then why the source is not the whole and source is all? In this way, slowly and slowly after hearing we come to know that Swamiji is talking to me, the individual, that I should be free from such ignorance that has blinded me of my own true nature. Again and again many years passed and many situations have taken place, and each one is capable of realizing his true nature. But he has been so crystallized already by birth that the superimposed nature, or the habits, became his reality.

So what do we do? We do not try to remove them, because there are layers after layers, and even if you remove one part of the banana stem, another part remains. Then again if you leave it, second is there. Third you leave, the fourth is there! Thereís nothing in banana but the leaves! [Laughing] But when you come to know the Space, then you come to grasp that itís the Space always. Space was this leaf and that leaf, and this coat and that coat. So the technique has become simple and personal for each individual though it is universal, and whoever is can get the value, and they can share with others. And those who do not want, donít have to try or be forced to understand it. But at least you have come to know that Space I am, and Iím going to the machine which is changing all the time. Everybody in the waking state is changing and changing, and they have their own norm and standard of ideas. So you have to be the center of Space, and then you are always Space. Because from Space the air arises, from Space the fire arises, from Space the water arises, from Space the things and forms arise and become, but they are at the center which is Space. Center is not a point of a circle. Center means the whole. When you close the eyes you will never be able to know a center like a circle center. The whole is the center.

And now you have closed the eyes. Whatever is, is center. So the word, concentration, has created difficulty for people because the language has come from an individual. Whoever has brought the language, sounded individual. And then they gave the words and they gave their own meanings. In every country, every word has its own sound and it belongs to different things and forms. Thus, we take you out of the word-field, of dictionary, and the meaning, substance, and you become substance-free. Whereas the human body/mind is tuned into substance. You close the eyes, and then you are out of substance. If you are out of substance then you became unchanging Knower. Unchanging Knower can see all the changes and will not change. But somehow by birth unchanging Knower by mistake began to see himself as a changing form. And that can be rectified through satsang, and I am here to inform that you close your eyes and watch unchanging. And when I say watch unchanging you are fashioned as if you are watching a bird sitting on a tree. No. You are now fashioned in this awareness that I am watching the sky. You have become separate and sky has become separate. And that is where we have to totally inverse or reverse: The Space alone is. Thatís it. Many people say, ďSpace alone is, but from mind side it is not.Ē But there is no mind that from which side you have to take it. Space alone is. Thatís why we are at a place that every one of us whenever you have meditated, Space has taken place. No, Space is, not taken place. You realize, and you begin to realize the Space. Space has been, only it was covered by the body, by the things, by the thoughts, by the forms. So now Space alone is. Having shared with me I always am in sympathy and tell you that you have the power to identify. If you, the Knower, identify yourself to be the body, mind and senses, then you turned into that. Yet, you are still the same Knower who can identify with the purity of the Knower. I say purity so that changes should not be your criterion of understanding, and then you become that Amaram Hum Madhuram Hum, pure, free, forever. Since we are one and the same, we can use two names. Sometimes we say I, itís alright, and we say family, and there are ten persons, and we say world has millions of people. But it doesnít matter what you say, it is all the same, same, same awareness, forever pure, free.

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