EN - Awareness Without Evaluating Everything.
Do you want to change the world? How about beginning with yourself? How about changing yourself, how about being transformed yourself first? How do you achieve that? Through observation. Through understanding. With no interference, with no judgment. Because what you judge you cannot understand. My! that's a tall order, isn't it? "He's a communist," understanding has stopped at that minute. You slapped a label on him. "She's a capitalist." Understanding has stopped as at that minute you slapped a label on her, and if the label carries undertones of approval or disapproval, even worse! How are you going to understand what you disapprove of, or what you approve of, for that matter? Sounds like a new world, doesn't it? Well, ready to hear something new? Ahahahah! No judgment, no comment, no attitude: one observes, one studies, one watches, not even with the desire to change what is. Example: A dog trainer who's attempting to understand a dog so that he can train the dog to perform certain tricks. The scientist who observes the behavior of ants with no further end in view; he just wants to study ants and to learn as much as possible about them. And he has no further aim. He's not attempting to train them or to get anything out of them. He's interested in ants, he wants to learn as much as he can about them. That's the attitude. The day you attain that you will experience a miracle. You will change-effortlessly, correctly. Change will happen, you will not bring it about. As the light of awareness settles upon your darkness, whatever is evil will disappear. Whatever is good will be fostered. You will have to experience that for yourself. But this calls for a disciplined mind. And when I say disciplined, I'm not talking about effort. I'm talking about something else. Have you ever studied an athlete whose whole life is athletics, what a disciplined life he or she leads. And look at that river as it moves towards the sea. It creates its own banks does it not, to contain it. And when there's something within you that moves in this direction, it creates its own discipline. The moment you get bitten by the bug of awareness… oh, that's so delightful! The most delightful thing in the world; the most important, and the most delightful. Because there's nothing so important in the world as coming awake. Nothing. And there's nothing so delightful as being aware. Would you rather live in darkness? Would you rather act and not be aware of your actions, talk and not be aware of your words? Would you rather listen to people and not be aware of what you're hearing, or see things and not be aware of what you're looking at? The great Socrates who said, "The unaware life is not worth living." That's a self-evident truth. But most people don't live aware lives. They're living mechanical lives, mechanical thoughts-generally somebody else's-mechanical emotions, mechanical actions, mechanical reactions. Want to see how mechanical you are? "My, that's a lovely shirt you're wearing." I feel up. For a shirt, for heaven's sake! You feel proud of yourself when you observe that? People come over to my center there in India and they say, "What a lovely place, your center is situated in, these lovely trees" (for which I'm not responsible at all), "and this lovely climate." And already I'm feeling good, till I catch myself feeling good, say, "Hey, could you imagine anything more stupid than that?" I'm not responsible for those trees; I wasn't even responsible for choosing the location. I didn't order the weather; it happened. But it's mine, "me" got in there, and I'm feeling good. And I'm feeling good about "my" culture and "my" nation. How stupid can you get? I mean that. And they say you know your great Indian culture that has produced all these mystics. I didn't produce them. I'm not responsible for it. And you know:, "Ah, country of yours disgusting! Look at the poverty!" I'm feeling ashamed. I didn't create it. What's going on? Ever stopped to think? You know something? "I think you're very charming," oh I feel wonderful. I got a positive stroke (that's why they call it. I'm O.K., you're O.K.) I'm gonna write a book someday which will be entitled: I'm an Ass, You're an Ass. I really am. I really am. Yes! Most liberating thing in the world! Wonderful! Most liberating thing in the world! Can you imagine that? When you're openly ready to admit you are an ass? It's wonderful! They say, "You're wrong!" I say, "What did you expect of an ass?"