The fact is that there is so much unhappiness in the world because everyone is always subjected to this continuous movement focused on revisiting the past, dwelling in the experiences we have already had. To meditate is to transcend time. To empty the mind from time is the pure silence of meditation.
The pure silence arises when thoughts, along with all their images, all their words, all their perceptions, cease. This is where true meditation begins. If we practice diligently and manage to remain in that state of absolute calm in which we no longer follow any thoughts or ideas of the past, we will become aware of something that we have never noticed before: a vast immensity that has no form and has no name. In that infinite inner space there is no more need for effort, no need to try to control the mind or seek silence and peace. It is already there. That source of joy, of bliss, has always been there, but because we are busy with other things we have never been able to appreciate it. That source is the source of the same energy that allows the mind to think and the intellect to discriminate. It is from that source – which is the unknown, the Self – that everything arises. All waves arise from the ocean of the unknown.
The main impediment is that we fall victim to the forces of attraction and aversion. Desire consumes a lot of energy. We are attracted to what our mind considers “nice,” and whatever is desirable varies from person to person, from being to being. A diamond has no value in the hands of someone who is incapable of recognizing its value. For such a person it is a just a simple stone. But when the mind views it as a precious diamond, this lump of simple carbon suddenly becomes something of inestimable value.
Meditation is the neutral awareness that does not interfere and that reveals itself when there is total freedom from interpretation, from mental narrative, from desire. Meditation cannot happen without this freedom, which is the knowledge of what we really are. And as long as there is a “choice,” there is desire, this freedom – this knowledge –cannot manifest. Having choices implies a conflict that blocks the understanding of what is.
Meditation is to remain in a state without choices, without interpretations, without desire, and this is the only way that meditation happens. If we hear about a “diamond” such as silence and set out to attain it, it will be necessary to take action and make tremendous efforts to calm the mind. Having decided that “silence” is desirable, we chose to fight for the thing called “silence,” to strive to achieve that desirable state. But by setting a goal, making a choice, and seeking to attain it, we will remain trapped in the mind. The efforts will be mental and as a consequence the results will be mental as well.