Watch the turning point between two breaths
The emphasis is now not on the gap, but on the turning. The outgoing and ingoing breath makes a circle. Remember, these are not two parallel lines. We always think of them as two parallel lines – breath going in and breath going out. Breath going in is half the circle; breath going out is the other half of the circle.
First, breathing in and out creates a circle. They are not parallel lines, because parallel lines never meet anywhere. Secondly, the breath coming in and the breath going out are not two breaths, they are one breath. The same breath, which comes in, goes out, so it must have a turn inside. It must turn somewhere. There must be a point where the incoming breath becomes outgoing. Realize the turns and you will realize the self. Be aware at the turn. But it is a very short turn; very minute observation will be needed.
Observation means remaining with no word, with no verbalization, with no bubbling inside – just remaining WITH. If you can remain with the breath for three minutes, completely, with no movement of the mind, the thing will happen – the beneficence. You will realize.
On turning, the breath leaves you to move in a different direction. It was with you when it was coming in; it will be with you again when it goes out. But at the turning point it is not with you and you are not with it. In that moment the breath is different from you, and you are different from it.
Before the breath is turning in or turning out, there is a moment when you are not breathing. In that moment the happening is possible, because when you are not breathing you are not in the world. Understand this: when you are not breathing you are dead; you ARE still, but dead. But the moment is of such a short duration that you never observe it.
If you stop your breath, the mind stops suddenly. A sudden stoppage of breath and the mind stops. Why? Because they are dis joined. Only a moving breath is joined with the mind, with the body; a non-moving breath is dis joined. When breath takes a turn. You are not joined with it. In that moment you can easily become aware of who you are. REALIZE. He says just be aware of the turning, and you become a realized soul.