“Meditation is awareness of the movement of thought as the “me”.”
Public talk 4 in New Delhi, December 10, 1973
When the mind turns its attention to its ongoing operation, it sees that it is a compulsive generator of thoughts, many of which turn attention away from the passive observation of thought to the active generation of more thought.
The mind resists self-examination, and it does this because it is conditioned to regard its imagined identity as essential, for the false confidence it provides.
The mind is meditating when it is learning how to passively observe its movement and its conditioned response to it. Unlike egocentricity, meditation is not driven by desire, fear, or ambition, but moved by the need to know what the mind is keeping from itself…supposedly for its own good.