A Sufi is just the opposite of a philosopher. A Sufi is one who is not concerned with words at all. A Sufi is one who is not interested in scriptures at all. A Sufi is one who is interested in going into existence itself.
The mind has skill, but it has no intelligence; it has a functional utility, but it has no awareness. It is a robot.
And the essential core of meditation is very simple: it is to be a witness of your mind process,not to be identified with the mind processes - thoughts, desires, imaginations, projections, dreams, memories and so on and so forth.
Meditation is nothing but a bridge between you and light.
Remember always that the ultimate value is meditation, so anything you do, do meditatively; and all things can be done in a meditative way.
Zen says: Remain true to your freedom. And then a totally different kind of being arises in you, which is very unexpected, unpredictable.
The bamboo is very much loved by the Zen poets for its tremendous quality of being hollow. Out of this hollowness of the bamboo, a flute can be made. The bamboo will not sing, but it can allow any song to pass through it.
Zen is not a scholarly study. Zen is an existential quantum leap. It is not of the mind. It is going beyond the mind.
Yoga means to encounter the reality as it is.
Meditation is a surrender, it is not a demand. It is not forcing existence your way, it is relaxing into the way existence wants you to be. It is a let-go.
Meditation means cleansing the mirror, dropping thoughts, letting thoughts disappear, attaining to moments when thinking ceases.
Any action in which you can be total becomes meditation.
Meditation simply means a state of no-thought, awareness without the process of thought, just pure, mirror-like awareness, with no thoughts passing in the mind.
In Zen a totally new dimension opens, the dimension of effortless transformation.
Zen is not effort. Effort is tension, effort is work, effort is to achieve something. Zen is not something to achieve.
Yoga is not a religion-remember that. Yoga is not Hindu, it is not Mohammedan. Yoga is a pure science just like mathematics, physics or chemistry.
What kind of living can be out of fear? Once the armor is dropped you can live out of love, you can live in a mature way.
Go inwards. Find your inner space, and suddenly, you will find an explosion of light, of beauty, of ecstasy -as if suddenly thousands of roses have blossomed within you and you are full of their fragrance.
Man lives like a robot: mechanically efficient, but with no awareness.
Creativity means loving whatsoever you do - enjoying, celebrating it, as a gift of God!
The world is against individuality. It is against your being just your natural self. It wants you just to be a robot, and because you have agreed to be a robot you are in trouble. You are not a robot.
Ambition is the root of politics.
Wherever there is desire and ambition, you are in bondage.
Religion is just like an oasis; the desert is vast, and sometimes in tiny parts of the desert an oasis appears. And while it lasts, seek it, and while it is there, drink of it - and it is very very rare.
The men who love power never fall in love. Even if they fall in love they keep themselves at a distance.