We are breathing
continuously from the moment of birth to the moment of death. Everything changes
between these two points. Everything changes, nothing remains the same, only breathing
is a constant thing between birth and death.
The child will become a youth; the youth will become old. He will be diseased, his body
will become ugly, ill, everything will change. He will be happy, unhappy, in suffering;
everything will go on changing. But whatsoever happens between these two points, one
must breathe. Whether happy or unhappy, young or old, successful or unsuccessful --
whatsoever you are, it is irrelevant -- one thing is certain: between these two points of
birth and death you must breathe.
Breathing will be a continuous flow; no gap is possible. If even for a single moment you
forget to breathe, you will be no more. That is why YOU are not required to breathe,
because then it would be difficult. Someone might forget to breathe for a single moment,
and then nothing could be done. So, really, YOU are not breathing, because YOU are not
needed. You are fast asleep, and breathing goes on; you are unconscious, and breathing
goes on; you are in a deep coma, and breathing goes on. YOU are not required; breathing
is something which goes on in spite of you.
It is one of the constant factors in your personality -- that is the first thing. It is something
which is very essential and basic to life -- that is the second thing. You cannot be alive
without breath. So breath and life have become synonymous. Breathing is the mechanism
of life, and life is deeply related with breathing. That is why in India we call it PRANA.
We have given one word for both -- PRANA means the vitality, the aliveness. Your life
is your breath.
Thirdly, your breath is a bridge between you and your body. Constantly, breath is
bridging you to your body, connecting you, relating you to your body. Not only is the
breath a bridge to your body, it is also a bridge between you and the universe. The body
is just the universe which has come to you, which is nearer to you.
Your body is part of the universe. Everything in the body is part of the universe -- every
particle, every cell. It is the nearest approach to the universe. Breath is the bridge. If the
bridge is broken, you are no more in the body. If the bridge is broken, you are no more in
the universe. You move into some unknown dimension; then you cannot be found in
space and time. So, thirdly, breath is also the bridge between you, and space and time.
Breath, therefore, becomes very significant -- the most significant thing.
If you can do something with the breath, you will
suddenly turn to the present. If you can do something with breath, you will attain to the
source of life. If you can do something with breath, you can transcend time and space. If
you can do something with breath, you will be in the world and also beyond it.
Breath has two points. One is where it touches the body and the universe, and another is
where it touches you and that which transcends the universe.
We know only one part of the breath. When it moves into the universe, into the body, we
know it. But it is always moving from the body to the "no-body," from the "no-body" to
the body. We do not know the other point. If you become aware of the other point, the
other part of the bridge, the other pole of the bridge, suddenly you will be transformed,
transplanted into a different dimension.
But remember, If you systematize your breathing your health will improve. If you systematize
your breathing, if you know the secrets of breathing, your life will become longer; you
will be more healthy and you will live longer. You will be more strong, more filled with
energy, more vital, alive, young, fresh.
but with using breath just as a technique to turn inward. One has not to practice a
particular style of breathing, a particular system of breathing or a particular rhythm of
breathing -- no! One has to take breathing as it is. One has just to become aware of
certain points in the breathing.
There are certain points, but we are not aware of them. We have been breathing and we
will go on breathing -- we are born breathing and we will die breathing -- but we are not
aware of certain points.
And this is strange. Man is searching, probing deep into space. Man is going to the moon;
man is trying to reach farther, from earth into space, and man has not yet learned the
nearest part of his life. There are certain points in breathing which you have never
observed, and those points are the doors -- the nearest doors to you from where you can
enter into a different world, into a different being, into a different consciousness. But
they are very subtle.
To observe a moon is not very difficult. Even to reach the moon is not very difficult; it is
a gross journey. You need mechanization, you need technology, you need accumulated
information, and then you can reach it. Breathing is the nearest thing to you, and the
nearer a thing is, the more difficult it is to perceive it. The nearer it is, the more difficult;
the more obvious it is, the more difficult. It is so near to you that again there is no space
between you and your breathing. Or, there is such a small space that you will need a very
minute observation, only then will you become aware of certain points.
RADIANT ONE, THIS EXPERIENCE MAY DAWN BETWEEN TWO BREATHS.
AFTER BREATH COMES IN (DOWN) AND JUST BEFORE TURNING UP (OUT) --
That is the technique:
RADIANT ONE, THIS EXPERIENCE MAY DAWN BETWEEN TWO BREATHS.
After breath comes in -- that is, down -- and just before turning out -- that is, going up --
THE BENEFICENCE. Be aware between these two points, and the happening. When
your breath comes in, observe. For a single moment, or a thousandth part of a moment,
there is no breathing -- before it turns up, before it turns outward. One breath comes in;
then there is a certain point and breathing stops. Then the breathing goes out. When the
breath goes out, then again for a single moment, or a part of a moment, breathing stops.
Then breathing comes in.
Before the breath is turning in or turning out, there is a moment when you are not
breathing. In that moment the happening is possible, because when you are not breathing
you are not in the world. Understand this: when you are not breathing you are dead; you
ARE still, but dead. But the moment is of such a short duration that you never observe it.
each outgoing breath is a death and each new breath is a rebirth. Breath
coming in is rebirth; breath going out is death. The outgoing breath is synonymous with
death; the incoming breath is synonymous with life. So with each breath you are dying
and being reborn. The gap between the two is of a very short duration, but keen, sincere
observation and attention will make you feel the gap. If you can feel the gap, Shiva says,
THE BENEFICENCE. Then nothing else is needed.
You are blessed, you have known; the thing has happened.
You are not to train the breath. Leave it just as it is. Why such a simple technique? It
looks so simple. Such a simple technique to know the truth? To know the truth means to
know that which is neither born nor dies, to know that eternal element which is always.
You can know the breath going out, you can know the breath coming in, but you never
know the gap between the two.
Try it. Suddenly you will get the point -- and you can get it; it is already there. Nothing is
to be added to you or to your structure, it is already there. Everything is already there
except a certain awareness. So how to do this? First, become aware of the breath coming
in. Watch it. Forget everything, just watch breath coming in -- the very passage.
When the breath touches your nostrils, feel it there. Then let the breath move in. Move
with the breath fully consciously. When you are going down, down, down with the
breath, do not miss the breath. Do not go ahead and do not follow behind, just go with it.
Remember this: do not go ahead, do not follow it like a shadow; be simultaneous with it.
Breath and consciousness should become one. The breath goes in -- you go in. Only then
will it be possible to get the point which is between two breaths. It will not be easy. Move
in with the breath, then move out with the breath: in-out, in-out.
Buddha tried particularly to use this method, so this method has become a Buddhist
method. In Buddhist terminology it is known as Anapanasati Yoga. And Buddha's
enlightenment was based on this technique -This first one is a Buddhist technique. It has become known in the world as a
Buddhist technique because Buddha attained his enlightenment through this technique.
Buddha said, "Be aware of your breath as it is coming in, going out -- coming in, going
out." He never mentions the gap because there is no need. Buddha thought and felt that if
you become concerned with the gap, the gap between two breaths, that concern may
disturb your awareness. So he simply said, "Be aware. When the breath is going in move
with it, and when the breath is going out move with it. Do simply this: going in, going
out, with the breath." He never says anything about the latter part of the technique.
The reason is that Buddha was talking with very ordinary men, and even that might
create a desire to attain the interval. That desire to attain the interval will become a
barrier to awareness, because if you are desiring to get to the interval you will move
ahead. Breath will be coming in, and you will move ahead because you are interested in
the gap which is going to be in the future.
Buddha never mentions it, so Buddha's technique is just half.
But the other half follows automatically. If you go on practicing breath consciousness,
breath awareness, suddenly, one day, without knowing, you will come to the interval.
Because as your awareness will become keen and deep and intense, as your awareness
will become bracketed -- the whole world is bracketed out; only your breath coming in or
going out is your world, the whole arena for your consciousness -- suddenly you are
bound to feel the gap in which there is no breath.
When you are moving with breath minutely, when there is no breath, how can you remain
unaware? You will suddenly become aware that there is no breath, and the moment will
come when you will feel that the breath is neither going out nor coming in. The breath
has stopped completely. In that stopping
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