Prayer is not scientific. But meditation is utterly scientific. Just as the scientist watches, observes the objective phenomenon, the meditator watches the psychological phenomenon, It is the same process: a detached watching, unprejudiced observation with no conclusions — because if you have a conclusion already, there is no point in watching. Then you will manage to prove your conclusion, then the whole process is unscientific.
The essential core of science is that it depends not on prejudices, but on experiments, experience, on facts, observed facts. Hence a person who is trained scientifically can very easily understand meditation. It has no superstition about it; it is as simple as two plus two is four.
The only difference between science and religion is that science is concerned with the objective, with that which is outside — there. And religion is concerned with who is observing, with that which is inner, the subjective.
The same process of observation has to be turned toward your own mind. One becomes a lab, a great experiment of observation: one watches one’s thoughts, desires, memories, anger, greed, lust, with no prior conclusion, with no judgment that this is good, this is bad. Nonjudgmental…
Then a miracle happens. When you are absolutely nonjudgmental, with no prejudice, no conclusion, when your observation is pure, simple, innocent, that which you observe starts disappearing. That’s where science and religion start to differ: the more you observe in science, the more real the fart becomes. It was not so real before observation. You may have missed it, but now you cannot miss it; it is there, it becomes more solid. When you watch your mind, it is different: if you watch your anger it starts evaporating, it cannot exist. Slowly’ slowly, the whole mind ceases to be. When there is no mind left to watch, the watcher turns upon himself.
That is the moment of realization, self-realization, Samadhi. That is the ultimate goal of all mystical approaches.