Practice is just remembrance. Practice is just attention. If you are attentive, then it is always there. It is not there, only when the mind is elsewhere. Even right now as I am speaking to you, what is happening, is practice. The depth of your listening right now will determine, how much more can you listen. Just like, when a man practices to run, the more he practices, the more he can run.
Similarly, the more is your attention right now, the more you will be able to listen, understand. And then, listening and understanding, become such a state that they do you remain special anymore. Then you are not asking for them.
You don’t pay attention, things remain special. Then there is the need to form an image, to chase something, to question, to desire.
Question: This word practice was quite striking for me because in the last session that happened before we left for the camp when Devesh Ji asked you that what to do when the world calls. You answered saying that why don’t you talk about that cause. Then when we talked about Ramakrishna he also said that if you talk about the free, you are free and in the same way Ramana Maharshi again said that it is also a practice that we can keep on talking more about all this. So, its a kind of practice that you have formed.
There are two things that we have mostly discussed is, we need to be in close contact with what we are. We call it by the name observation. And the other thing is its also a practice of doing all this, that has been mentioned here.
How can we be in a constant touch with what is happening (Observing) and still do not make a practice out of it? How can these two things happen simultaneously?
Acharya Prashant: Why do you need to practice? Is it not happening right now? It is like a man asking, “How to ask?”
It is like saying that one wants to learn to breathe. Had he not been breathing, could he have asked this question?
Practice is always happening. This is what is happening, is practice. When you remember practice – that is practice. The moment when you ask, “How to practice?”, the question is redundant, because ‘practice’ is already going on. The question of practice is relevant, only when you forget that question. Continue reading →
Listener:Spiritual way tends to be more direct and I feel Zen-Buddhism actually misleads from the direct path.
Acharya Prashant: Zen never imposes any rule. Or does it? Is that your question that Zen imposes rule?
AP:What kind of rules?
L: Rules of the way of living, thinking.
AP: Zen is the simplest, purest and most direct way of living. Almost living like a plant, living like winds, and stones and animals. So, that could be said about many other traditional practices but not at all about Zen. Continue reading →