If you can listen, if you long for freedom, and
you feel that I am honest when I tell you that
you are free, then accept it! Hear this only
once and you are free.
When I speak about quietness - when I tell you to keep quiet
- it is not easy for
everyone to follow. Most people here are from different
backgrounds, practices, sadhanas; and therefore feel they need
to do something, to put something into practice. When I say,
"Keep quiet." it is not a practice. There is nothing to be done
and nothing to be undone. This cannot be followed. There is
nothing to think about, no need to make any kind of effort. This
is an indication of the quietness I am speaking about. Truth
always exists. Existence alone is. It is called satyam.
We speak about enlightenment, but first we have created
bondage. Bondage does not exist. How can you remove that which
does not exist? First, teachers impose a concept of bondage and
then various practices are prescribed. There may be millions of
books in the world, thousands more are published every day.
Nowhere does it say, "Be quiet". When you simply say "Keep
quiet," what is the rest of the book to be about?
There is no ignorance at all; there is only existence - there
is only satyam. If you simply keep quiet you will know that only
this exists. Before the sun rises early in the morning it does
not first try to remove the darkness of the night. The sun does
not say, "Let me brush away the darkness and only then,
in the daytime, I will rise." For the sun there is no light,
there is no darkness to be removed. The sun does not even know
that such a thing as night exists. What practice is needed to
remove darkness, where is this darkness? All practices imply the
reality of darkness, of ignorance, when in fact they do not
exist. The river in the sand is a mirage; it does not exist, it
never existed. If you go closer and closer the sand not even is
wet; it is only a belief that makes us run after a mirage,
nothing else. There is only satyam; there is only Truth. What
need is there of practice? It is only practice which is
concealing the truth.
You have been given a concept by most of the teachers that
there is darkness, and that you have to spend your whole life
clearing this darkness. No one speaks about light; everyone is
trying to remove darkness and ignorance when it does not really
First of all, look for yourself! Has anyone seen any
ignorance? Sometimes when people who come to see me come closer
to keeping quiet they say, "I do not understand." What is there
to understand? Simply keep quiet - this is what you really are.
How can there be any doubt? In keeping quiet you discover what
you really are.
Through spiritual practices you overlook the one who is
causing this to happen. Who is involving your limbs in the
practice, your intellect in the practice? Who is causing your
mind to be involved in trying to get understanding? If the one
causing activity is not there you cannot conduct any practice.
This is why I tell you to simply keep quiet. Then you will know
what you truly are and what you have always been, and this is
indestructible. All else will be destroyed, only Existence
itself remains. The Truth will always remain - it Is - it is
eternal. That which is not this truth does not exist at all.
You have two choices: Either you follow most teachers and
spend your life trying to remove or clean out the mind. First
you will have to find out if the mind exists. No one has seen
the mind. Even if you found it, how do you propose to clean it?
Everyone is practicing cleaning the mind but there is no one so
far who has cleaned it. Where is this mind to be cleaned?
The second choice is to keep quiet and you will know who
really you are. This is very simple. It is not going to take you
time; in fact time does not appear. There is nothing outside
that can help you, you have just to keep quiet - that's all -
and you will know then you are eternal. You are Eternal
5 May, 1992
Suggested Further Reading
Source: Reprinted with the kind permission of
Avadhuta Foundation. The Avadhuta Foundation was
established in 1993 to further the teachings of Sri
H.W.L. Poonja, affectionately referred to as Papaji, and
to make available the archives of Papaji’s talks in
India. You may
their website from here.