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If a seeker finds a ray of light, how should he take care of this experience?*

My Beloved Ones,

As I said this morning, whatever feelings of joy, of peace, of happiness you experience, they are to be carried inside you continuously, for twenty-four hours a day. How will you do this? There are two ways: one way is to remember and re-create this particular state of consciousness which you have experienced while you were meditating.

For example, during meditation you breathe slowly, so during the day whenever you find the time, when you are not doing anything in particular, slow down your breathing and keep your attention on the spot under the nose where the breath enters. Remembering these feelings, imagine yourself to be feeling happy, joyous, silent and nourished. Bring these feelings back. Whenever you remember – going to bed, waking up, walking on the street, wherever you may be – bring these feelings back. The result will be that many times during the day this remembrance will strike at something inside you. And a time will come when you will not have to make any special effort to remember; it will be with you constantly, just like your breathing.

So first, you have to continuously remember these feelings within yourself, whenever the thought comes to you. For example, while lying in bed remember the state you were in while you were meditating. When you go for a walk, when you see the moonlight in the night, when you sit under a tree and there is no one around, when you are alone in your room, remember the feelings. Traveling on a bus or traveling in a train, sitting alone, close your eyes and remember these feelings. Even during the day when you are busy with your work, even in your office, get up for a few minutes and go to a window, take a few deep breaths and try to remember that state of being.

If you do this even for ten or fifteen times a day, remembering for a minute or two, it will become more and more continuous. Slowly you will find that there is no need to remember – it will remain with you. So this is one way: by carrying whatsoever you experience in meditation in your thoughts and letting it enter into your consciousness.

The second way is what I have already suggested to you, that when you go to bed at night you make your resolution. The way to make your resolution stronger is also a way to make your state of meditation a continuous one. When you have had an experience of meditation, that night when you go to bed, do the same: recall inside whatsoever you have experienced during meditation and the same experience will be with you for twenty-four hours a day.

The exercise that I have given you to make your resolution of throwing your breath out and making the resolution and then taking the breath in and making the resolution…when you experience a state of silence, then using the same procedure, bring the thought to mind that whatever you feel during meditation will be with you all the time like an inner current. By repeating this thought you will find the feeling of meditation without any effort. It will be more beneficial if the two things are done simultaneously. Later on, when we talk about the purification of thoughts and emotions, we will be able to discuss this more deeply. But you can experiment with both these exercises.

During the course of twenty-four hours you have a lot of free time on your hands when you don’t have anything worthwhile to do. If this free time can be used to remember these moments of meditation, it can make a tremendous difference. Look at it this way: two years ago someone insulted you, or you experienced a tragic incident – if today you were to try to remember this incident you will be surprised to notice that as you remember the whole incident your body and your mind will slowly come to the same state they were in when you actually went through the experience two years ago. If two years ago you were insulted by someone and today you were to try to remember this incident, how it felt and how you were insulted, you will be surprised to see that your body and your mind will experience the same state they were in then, as if you are again being insulted.

Everything is being collected in your consciousness and it does not disappear. Whatever you have experienced is stored. If you bring back these memories you can experience the same things again and you can go through the same emotions again. Nothing is erased from the human mind.

So if while you were meditating today you felt good, it is essential that you remember this experience at least five to ten times during the day. In this way the memory of this experience will go deeper into your consciousness, and by remembering it again and again it will become a permanent part of your consciousness. So in answer to the question that has been asked, this is how it can be done. And it is important that you do it.

 

* - excerpt from OSHO. The Path of Meditation.

Updated on 07-04-2016







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