If you allow the body to have its say, you are moving on the right path, the great way. This is so with the whole life
The body should function rightly, perfectly. It is an art, it is not austerity; you are not to fight with it, you are simply to understand it. And the body is so wise, and wiser than your mind, remember, because the body has existed longer than the mind. The mind is a very new arrival,just a child.The body is very ancient, because you moved once as a rock; the body was there, the mind was fast asleep. Then you became a tree; the body was there, with all its greenery and flowers. The mind was fast asleep still, not so asleep as in the rock but still asleep. You became an animal, a tiger; the body was so alive with energy, but the mind was not functioning. You became a bird, you became a man. The body has been functioning for millions of years.
The body has accumulated much wisdom, the body is wise. So if you eat too much, the body says, ‘Stop!’ The mind is not so wise. The mind says, ‘The taste is beautiful — a little more.’ And if you listen to the mind, then the mind becomes destructive to the body, this way or that. If you listen to the mind, first it will say, ‘Go on eating,’ because mind is foolish, a child. He does not know what he is saying. He is a new arrival; he has no learning in him.
He is not wise, he is yet a fool. Listen to the body. When the body says,‘Hungry,’ eat. When the body says, ‘Stop,’stop.
If you listen to the mind, it is as if a small child is leading an old man — they both will fall in a pit.And if you listen to the mind then first you will be too much in the senses, and then you will get fed up. And every sense will bring you misery, and every sense will bring you more anxiety, conflict, pain.
If you eat too much, there will be pain and there will be vomiting, and the whole body is disturbed. Then the mind says,‘Eating is bad, so go on a fast.’ And a fast is also dangerous. If you listen to the body, it will never overeat,it will never undereat — it will simply follow the Tao.
A few scientists have been working on this problem and they have discovered a beautiful phenomenon: small children eat whenever they feel hungry, they go to sleep whenever they feel that sleep is coming — they listen to their bodies. But parents disturb them, they go on forcing: it is dinnertime, or lunchtime, or this and that, or bedtime — go! They don’t allow their bodies to be.
So one experimenter tried leaving children on their own. He was working with 25 children. They were not forced to go to sleep; they were not forced to get up. They were not forced at all for six months. And a very deep understanding came.
They slept well. They had less dreams, no nightmares, because nightmares were coming through the parents who were forcing them. They ate well, but never too much — never less than necessary, never more than necessary. They enjoyed eating and sometimes they would not eat at all. When the body was not feeling to, they would not eat, and they never fell ill because of eating.
And one more thing which no one ever suspected came to be understood, and that was miraculous. Only Sosan can understand, or Lao Tzu or Chuang Tzu, because they are the masters of Tao. This was such a discovery! They came to understand that if a child was ill, then he would not eat particular foods. Then they tried to understand why he was not eating those foods. The foods were analysed and it was found that for that disease, those foods were dangerous. How did the child decide? Just on the basis of the body. And when the child was growing, he would eat more of whatsoever was needed for his growth. Then they analysed and they found that these ingredients are helpful. And the food would change, because the needs changed. One day, a child would eat something and the same child, the next day, would not eat it. And the scientists felt that there is body-wisdom.
If you allow the body to have its say, you are moving on the right path, the great way. And this is so not only with food, but this is so with the whole life…. The Book of Nothing:HsinHsin Ming, Talk #6, courtesy: Osho International Foundation,www.osho.com