Are there particular meditative techniques for the different kinds of energy, for different types of people? the tamas, the rajas, the sattva types, for example?
The Dynamic technique is really a very rare phenomenon. It does not belong to any type; it can help all.
For the person of tamas – lethargy, inertia...it will bring him out of his tamas. It will create so much energy in him that the tamas will be broken; if not all, then a part of it. If a man of tamas is ready to do it, it can work wonders because a man of tamas is really not lacking energy. Energy is there but not in an active position, not in an active state. Energy is there fast asleep. The Dynamic Meditation can work as an alarm. It can change inertia into activity; it can make the energy move; it can bring the man of tamas out of tamas.
The second type of man, the rajas type, who is very active, in fact much too active, so active that he cannot find fields where to release his energy; he is, in many ways, a pent-up energy – the Dynamic technique will help him to release, to be unburdened. After doing dynamic techniques he will feel weightless. In life his hectic, continuous obsession with activity will slow down. A part of his obsessive occupation will dissolve.
Of course. he will be benefited more than the man of tamas because the man of tamas first has to be made active. He exists at the lowest rung of the ladder; but once he becomes active then everything becomes possible. Once he becomes active he will become the second type; he will be rajas now.
The Dynamic Meditation helps a person of sattva tremendously. He is not in inertia; there is no need to bring his energy up. He is not obsessively active; there is no need of any catharsis for him. He is balanced, purer than the other two, happier than the other two, lighter than the other two. Then how will Dynamic Meditation help him? It will become a celebration for him. It will become just a singing, a dancing, a participation with the whole. He will be benefited the most.
The man of inertia needs more, but he cannot be given more because he is not capable of receiving it. The Dynamic Meditation, at the most, will bring him out of his inertia to the second rung of the ladder; and that too with the condition that he participates. Even that is difficult for him – to decide to participate, to make so much activity.
The second type already exists on the second rung. He already has something in it; he can be helped more. He will be relaxed by the method, unburdened, weightless. Slowly, he will start moving towards the first rung, the highest.
The man of sattva, of purity, innocence, will be helped most. He has much; he can be helped. The law of nature is almost like the banks' : if you don't have money they will not give you. If you need money they will create a thousand and one conditions; if you don't need money they will seek you. If you have enough of your own they are always ready to give you as much as you want.
The law of nature is exactly like that. It gives you more when you don't need; it gives you less when you need. It takes away if you don't have anything, and it gives you in a thousand and one ways if you have something.
The man of tamas has nothing. He is just a lump of earth; he vegetates. The man of rajas is not a lump of earth; he is a fast-moving energy. Much is possible with fast-moving energy. In fact without energy moving nothing is possible. But then his energy becomes madness; it goes to the extreme. Because of too much activity he loses much. Because of too much activity he does not know what to do and what not to do. He goes on doing; he goes on doing contradictory things: with one hand he will do something, with another hand he will undo it. He is almost mad.
Sattva is possible when rajas and tamas are in equilibrium. When you know when to work and when you know when to rest; when you know how to keep the office in the office and not allow it in the home; when you know how to come home and leave the office mind in the office and not bring your files with you – then sattva happens. Sattva is balance; sattva is equilibrium.
For the man who has sattva the dynamic techniques will be tremendously helpful because they will bring into his life not only silence but bliss. He is already silent because balance gives stillness, silence. But silence is a negative phenomenon. Unless it becomes a dancing, a singing, a rejoicing, it is not much. Good as far as it goes, good to be silent, but don't be content with it, because still much is waiting for you.
Of course, the sattva man will be helped much, benefited most, but nothing can be done; that is the nature of law. If you have, more will be given to you; if you don't have, even that which you have will be taken away.
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