Close the Senses and become Stonelike:-
You have pain in the body – it is painful, you are suffering. You have a wound – it is painful. You have a headache, or any pain in the body. Anything will do as an object. Whatsoever you are feeling, stop all the doors of the senses.
What is to be done? Close your eyes and think that you are just blind and you cannot see. Close your ears and think that you cannot hear. With all of the five senses, you just close them. How can you close them? It is easy. Stop breathing for a single moment: all your senses will be closed and mind will be stopped. When the breath has stopped, all the senses are closed and mind has stopped, where is this pain? Where is the suffering? Suddenly you are removed – far away.
Another Method, just close your eyes and think that you are only a stone, you cannot move. How can you move? You are a stone – just a stone, a statue. Close your eyes. Feel that you are now a stone, a statue.” ”Just try. I am sitting here, and nothing can be done. Nothing can be done! Don’t think what will happen. Just try the technique.
If you cannot move yourself, it’s ok, be in that situation as much as possible. And when every movement has ceased, do not worry, be in that situation. Suddenly the world may disappear because you are alone, deep down in you, yourself. First you feel the pain, then by and by that pain is somewhere distant. The pain will be there, but very far away as if happening to someone else. And then by and by, by and by, as if someone is going away and away and you cannot see him, it disappeared. Then the pain disappears. For at least some minutes, the pain will be not there, again it comes, then again do the method, till you gain mastery over pain. After some time you can do it instantly and dissolve pain instantly.
Become stone-like, closed to the world. When you are closed to the world, really, you are closed to your own body also, because your body is not part of you; it is part of the world. When you are closed completely to the world, you are closed to your own body also and immediately the pain disappears because the stone cannot feel pain.
When there is severe pain and when you do this technique you feel that the pain is somewhere distant and the pain will be there, but very far away as if happening to someone else. And then by and by, by and by – become dead as if someone is going away and away. Your pain will disappear; the whole world will disappear. You are closed, dead, a stone, with no window outside – no window! You cannot move! And then, when you cannot move, you are thrown back to yourself, you are centered in yourself. Then, for the first time you can look from your center. And once you can look from your center, the pain disappears as you have changed your gestalt from feeling pain to observing pain.