A person's body usually goes quite out of control. If
he wishes to hold up one foot, his foot will not obey him;
for one moment it will go up, but after that it will not
obey him any more. If he goes to the photographer who says,
'steady,' he begins to move at once. The word 'steady' alone
makes him shake, because it reminds him of his helplessness.
Without the word 'steady' he was all right, but his word
brought his weakness before him and weakness of the body
expresses weakness of the mind.
In India you will see people standing upon their heads,
walking upon their hands, standing on one foot for hours.
A person may say, 'What a crazy practice! Of what use can
this be? They must be mad.' No, they have seen the madness
of the whole world, and they try another madness. Their
'madness' is knowledge. They remain in the same posture
for hours and hours. If one of them folds his arms, he remains
for hours with his arms folded. If he holds up his hand,
he remains holding up his hand for hours. If he closes his
eyes, he remains with his eyes closed for hours. If he does
not speak, he does not speak for days and days.
When a person has been alone for some time, he begins
to move. He moves his foot or his hand, or he drums on the
table. He wants to feel that he is alive, and the consciousness
realizes that it is alive by its activity, the activity
of the body and of the mind. When the activity of the body
is made to cease and the activity of the mind is stopped,
then the consciousness has a chance of realizing that it
is alive without the life of the body and of the mind. When
the body is brought under control, and when the mind is
controlled so that we can keep it on one thought as long
as we like and we make it blank as long as we like, then
the soul, which is imprisoned in the body is set free; it
is not bound to mind and body. The whole world is open for
Then we realize that we are not this limited self, that
we are not separate from God, not different, but that we
are the same as God, that we have the same existence, the
same immortal unchanging life beyond all the changes of
this material world. In this way we can become perfect,
as the Father in heaven is perfect.