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Quietly consider what is right and what is wrong. Receiving all opinions equally, without haste, wisely, observe the law.
Gautam Buddha. The Dhammapada.

When Buddha says ″quietly consider″ he means don′t think -drop all thinking and see. That is the only way to know things as they are ... because if you are thinking, you are bringing your prejudices in. If you are thinking, you are bringing your past conclusions in. If you are thinking, your mind is functioning - and mind is past, and the past never allows you to see the present. Thinking has to stop for meditation to be. Thinking has to evaporate totally. In that state of no-thought you can see.
Buddha says: Meditate quietly. Be silent and see. And in that seeing you will know - without any logical process you will simply know: This is this. This is good and this is bad. Not that you have to decide it according to the Bible or the Koran or the Gita. If you have eyes you know where the wall is and where the door is. Do you have to think about it? Each time you go out of your room do you have to think again and again where the door is and where the wall is? You simply go out of the door without thinking at all, because you can see! But if you are blind, each time you will have to think again, ″Where is the door?″ You will have to grope for the door.
Thinking is a blind state, it is a groping in darkness. Meditation is a state of having eyes, you are capable of seeing. You simply see what is right and what is wrong. And when you see what is right and what is wrong you can′t do the wrong, you can′t go against the right.
A meditator naturally follows that which is good - not that he decides to follow it - and naturally avoids that which is bad. Not that he decides to avoid it; a meditator never takes any vows - there is no need. A man with eyes never takes the vow that ″I will always enter from the door, go out from the door. I promise you, God, that I will never try to enter from the wall. Believe me, I am a man of my word, I will keep it, although I know there will be many temptations.″ If somebody is saying that, you will laugh. ″What nonsense he is talking! What temptations?″ Have you ever been tempted by the wall to get in and out through it? No such temptation is there.

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Buddha says, ″receiving all opinions equally″ - without any prejudice, without any opinion already arrived at... Just listen to, and watch, all kinds of things. Be a pure mirror - that is meditation. And without haste, because if you are in a hurry you will jump upon the conclusion. You are not really concerned with truth, you are more concerned with a conclusion, because the conclusion gives comfort, the conclusion gives you a security, the conclusion makes you feel that you know. It covers up your ignorance, it makes you feel sure and certain.
Hence people are so ready to become part of any church. They are not ready to become free. Even if sometimes they leave a church, they leave only to join another church. The Hindu becomes the Mohammedan, the Mohammedan becomes the Christian, the Christian becomes the Hindu. And this way they go on moving from one church to another, but they remain the same people because their approach remains the same.
Without haste, wisely, observe the law. Don′t be in a hurry. In hurrying you may decide something which is not true. Just for the longing to make a decision, you may conclude, you may start believing. A real inquirer is ready to wait, he is very patient. Even if it takes lives he is ready to devote lives. Truth is worth devoting as much time to as you can.
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