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Dolphin: Man’s Mysterious Friend

October, 2012

Surfer Todd Endris needed a miracle when a great white came out of nowhere and hit him three times, peeling the skin off his back and mauling his right leg to the bone. That’s when a pod of bottlenose dolphins intervened, forming a protective ring around Endris, allowing him to get to shore, where quick first aid provided by a friend saved his life. The attack occurred on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007 when Endris had gone with friends for surfing in Marina Satte beach when a shark, estimated at 12 to 15 feet long, attacked him.

No one knows why dolphins protect humans, but stories of the marine mammals rescuing humans go back to ancient Greece, according to the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society.

In New Zealand, four lifeguards were saved from sharks in the same way Endris was- by dolphins, forming a protective ring. There are several other examples from the area of Australia of similar incidences.

Several years ago, in the Gulf of Akaba, a British tourist was rescued by three dolphins from sharks. Near the Sinai Peninsula, a ship captain had stopped his boat so several passengers could watch dolphins playing. Three of the passengers decided to swim with them, and one stayed a little longer than the others. To his horror, he was bitten by a shark – and more were coming. Suddenly, three dolphins placed themselves between the tourist and the sharks, smacking the water with tails and flippers, and drove the sharks off so the man could be rescued.

In another case in the Red Sea, twelve divers who were lost for thirteen and a half hours were surrounded by dolphins for the entire time, repelling the many sharks that live in the area. When a rescue boat showed up, it appeared that the dolphin pod were showing them where the divers were; they leaped up in the air in front of the rescuers, jumping toward the lost people as if to lead the boat onward – as, according to old stories, they often did with endangered ships in treacherous water.

Osho says- Our intelligence is not the only intelligence. A famous scientist, John Lilly, has been working - and he has almost gone crazy - he has been working on dolphins. Dolphins have a very different language. Nobody has ever thought that anybody had language except man. And the dolphin's head is bigger than a man's head; it has more nerves than the man's head. Perhaps it is a higher stage of intelligence than man.
It uses a certain system which is called sonar, because it creates a certain sound in the water. That sound travels through the water for miles and reaches another dolphin to whom it is addressed -  without any wire, this is a wireless system. There are thousands of dolphins in the area, but perhaps the boyfriend or the girlfriend…and the message is a sound we cannot hear, it is beyond the range of our hearing. Only when we magnify it through instruments can we hear it, a certain very beautiful sound.
And it must be that the sound is directed to a particular dolphin - perhaps that particular dolphin has a name and address. The sound reaches and soon you find the other dolphin rushing to the spot from where the first dolphin has given the signal, "Come soon!"
Lilly has been working almost his whole life, and he has become almost insane working with dolphins. Just now one friend suggested he should come here, forget dolphins for a few days and meditate for a few days to calm down. The shock is great, that dolphins have a language that we cannot understand, we cannot even hear. And their language is capable of traveling miles and miles in the ocean and reaching the right address.
Dolphins are very loving animals, very playful, very joyous. They have never attacked any human being or any other dolphin- no fight, no quarrel. If you are swimming, they will swim with you. If you are playing with them, they will play with you. They are perfectly happy with human beings, they have no problem at all. 
God is Dead, Now Zen is the Only Living Truth, Ch-4

Dolphins are social animals, living in groups called pods and taking loving care of their babies. They’re also known to be very friendly to humans

In Greek stories and old sea stories, there are dozens of claims of dolphins helping drowning sailors, rescuing people from sharks, and making themselves useful as guides through treacherous waters. Dolphins and other cetaceans also help injured members of their family groups and newborn babies to the surface by swimming under them and nudging upward. Interestingly, there are some reports of dolphins helping other cetaceans. In 1983 at Tokerau Beach, North-land, New Zealand, a pod of pilot whales ran aground during ebb-tide. The Zealanders who lived there came out and did their best to keep the whales alive, sponging their skin and calming them, until the tide came back in. But even then the whales were having trouble orienting. Dolphins came to the rescue. Somehow, a pod of dolphins who were nearby figured out what was happening. They swam into the shallows, putting themselves at risk, and “herded” the pilot whales out to sea, saving 76 of 80 whales.

Osho says- Animals are certainly more intelligent than the trees, and it could be proved that trees understand the language of man  -  not only understand but what is being revealed by science is they might even read your minds; you don't have to say anything.
This has become such a great research. They have special mechanisms; they attach the mechanism to the tree. It is something like a cardiogram that takes your heartbeats and checks whether the heart is running in a healthy way or something is missing. The machine makes the graph; if the heart is running harmoniously, the graph is harmonious. If the heart is not harmonious, then the graph sometimes goes up, sometimes goes too much down; it is not harmonious, there is disturbance.
They use the same graph and the same cardiogram on trees. And they were surprised that if nothing is happening, the graph is harmonious. Then they bring a woodcutter with the idea that you have to chop the tree down. And as the woodcutter comes closer and the tree can see the woodcutter, immediately the graph shows it becomes worried. The harmony of the graph is disturbed. It has only seen... which is very mysterious because eyes are not part of the trees. How has it seen? Perhaps there are other ways of seeing, perhaps we are not the only people who have eyes.

We have a certain kind of eye; the trees must have some other way to see that a woodcutter is coming  -- and not only to see, they are capable of reading his mind, that he is going to destroy their life. It has also been found that if the woodcutter is told, `You are not to cut the tree, just pass by with your axe in your hand, as if you are going to cut the tree,' if the mind is not set to cut the tree, the graph remains harmonious. That is a solid proof that trees are capable of mind-reading which man is not capable of.
It has also been found that not only is the one tree which the woodcutter is coming to cut affected, but other neighboring trees also are affected. Their graphs also become disharmonious. Some friend, some neighbor, with whom they have grown up, lived with in good times and bad times, in rains and in summer and in winter, some old friend is going to be cut. So not only the tree which is going to be cut reads the mind of the woodcutter, other trees surrounding are also affected. But if the woodcutter with his axe goes on with no mind to cut, the graphs remain harmonious.
This has been a tremendous experiment. It shows that trees somehow see; we don't know yet how they see. Somehow they can read minds. It is extremely difficult for us to comprehend the idea because we cannot read minds. Some day the research is going to be deeper and we may be able to see that they can understand speech if they can understand the mind. What is mind? You are speaking inside, `I am going to cut this tree.' If they can understand just the idea in the mind, there is no reason why they cannot understand the words.
And secondly, if they can understand the mind, and can show their fear and worry and anxiety, they may in some way perhaps be speaking also, but we don't know their language. Perhaps their language sound range is either below us or above us.
We can hear only a certain range of sound, and we can also see only a certain range. For example, the owl can see in the night, where we cannot see. His eyes have a bigger range than our eyes.
It has always been known, and you can see it anywhere, in India particularly, that snakes dance with a flute player. The problem was that science could not find any ears in the snake. So how can they respond to sound? They cannot hear! But the research went on and on and now they have come up with a new idea which satisfies. The snake hears through his whole skin.

It is not a question of ears: ears are also skin, they are nothing but specialized skin; eyes are also specialized skin. The snake hears through his whole body, that's why his dance has a beauty, because the flute does not only affect his ears, it affects his whole body. And because it has no bones, it has a flexibility. But the discovery that the snake can hear with his whole skin suggests perhaps it can speak also in some way. We just have to go on working on different ways of connecting.
Nansen: The Point of Departure, Ch-6


Boredom! Boredom! Boredom!

July, 2010

When I was young, I thought life would be so exciting when I grow up. But to my very disappointment, boredom also grew as I grew up. Maybe it was only that I was unaware of what boredom was when I was young and then it became more obvious. Somebody advised to “set goals”, and that would keep me focused and occupied so that there is no room for boredom. But unfortunately boredom remained with me like a shadow and other complications emerged from nowhere.

As I grew up and became independent and so-called responsible, I started feeling bored with my job and all the routine work. It seemed as if I was in need of some adventure, some kick. To get out of the mundane lifestyle, I developed an interest to travel, to meet new people and experience new cultures, but with limited resources that was practically impossible. I traveled where I could and came back empty-handed, followed by boredom, on its double. It seemed that my friends were more fortunate than I to be having all the fun and I was left alone with my only friend “boredom”.

Life is so boring, I used to repeat before I was told by a friend that life is not boring, “you are bored in your life and life is what you make it.” HEAVY STUFF! So, to take out boredom from my life, I tried to cultivate some hobbies. Attended art classes, started painting and all types of different crafts. But then what if hobbies also start to bore you? So, I finally got bored with all the extra-curricular activities and gave up.

After a certain period of time, all the excitement gone and I and my boredom remained.
The everyday, so boring part of life never ceased until I was hit by a few words that shook me:  “Drop your mind, your mind creates boredom!” – That was Osho speaking. Finally I found some meaning, and then as I delved further, I came across Osho’s extraordinary insight on how to overcome boredom. Sharing the same with you, in case you have been experiencing boredom...

"How is one to overcome boredom?" The first thing to remember, drop your pattern; your mind creates the boredom. And then you will feel mystery all around you. Every day you go to the table, you take your food -- it has become a routine. Tomorrow, or this very night when you are eating, close your eyes. First feel the bread with your hands, smell it -- you have never smelled it. Touch it on your cheek -- you have never touched it. And be slow, so you can feel and you can absorb. And then eat it, then taste it. Chew it as much as possible.
It should be the rule that while drinking water, eat it, and while eating food, drink it. Chew it so much that it becomes just like water and you can drink it. And when you drink water, don't drink it abruptly, don't just throw it down. Taste it. When you are thirsty just feel the water on your tongue, in your throat going down, the thirst disappearing -- the feel of it. And even ordinary food can become wonderful. An ordinary woman can give you all the mysteries that any Cleopatra can give. An ordinary man is all -- because ordinariness is just in your mind; otherwise everybody is extraordinary, everybody is unique. But you have to discover it.
Life is not given readymade, it has to be discovered. You get bored because you think life is readymade, somebody is going to give it to you. Nobody is there to give it to you. You have to discover it moment to moment, every day. The discovery must continue to the very end. If you stop discovery you will be bored.
You have stopped discovery, long ago you stopped discovery completely. Start again. Start feeling things, persons, try to find out something new always. Wherever you look -- in the sky, at the trees, at the market, at the shop -- wherever you look just be in a search to see something new. And there is enough, you will never feel a failure. Always the new will bubble up, the life will again become a mystery.
And when life becomes a mystery you become religious. A demystified life cannot lead you towards the divine. The divine means the deepest mystery that is hidden in this life.
Vedanta: Seven Steps to Samadhi, Chapter-17

Ever since I started reading and listening to Osho, I have stopped listening to my mind, trying to flow with the stream of life, and am amazed at the small mysteries I face and discoveries I make. Extra-curricular activities are back in life with a new meaning, a new look, each moment, each day.


Robbing Humanity of its rights

March, 2009

I grew up watching my father doing Yog asanas every morning. I have been treated so many times as a child with herbs when I had a cough or indigestion or a small injury. Haldi or turmeric, is a condiment used in every household in every meal in India and most of us know the very benefits of haldi. Since time immemorial, this form of unwritten knowledge has been transmitted down from generation to generation in the families.  There is an endless list of such knowledge that has been in use in India. Our parents, our grand-parents, our great grand-parents, we all grew up with them.

To think of buying a license to use that very knowledge that has been free for centuries to humanity and take permission to feel an inner experience comes as a shock. The pace at which individuals and companies are claiming patent and trademark on knowledge, meditation, yoga etc, very soon humanity will be deprived of all that belongs to existence and not anybody in particular. Who is qualified to judge upon existential blessings?

Some years back, yoga was patented in the US by a particular yoga practitioner. Yoga is an ancient science and in Sanskrit, Yoga means “Union”. For more than 5000 years yoga is being practiced in India and was made available to humanity to benefit from it.

Then there was a stream of news of traditional knowledge being patented by individuals and companies. Ayurveda has been validated by its success with humans for centuries. Ayurveda is more ancient than most civilizations. The World Health Organisation acknowledges that 70% of Indians use traditional medicines or ayurveda for primary health  care. Indigenous herbs used in preparation of these ayurvedic medicines are being patented. For example, Neem, Bitter Gourd, Egg Plant, Jamun, Fenugreek, Kala Jeera to name  a few. Recently, the traditional Asian wheat grinder (Commonly known as the Atta Chakki in India) used for grinding flour was patented in 2002. And last, but shocking, cow's urine, traditionally used for medicinal purposes in India, has been patented in the United States as a distilled bio-enhancer.

In recent years, indigenous communities all over the world began to voice their concern for the protection of what belongs to nobody but existence. All believe that nobody can own what exists in nature except nature herself and a human being cannot own its own mother. No one can claim to be the owners of what does not belong to them. Thus, no single person can claim invention or discovery of medicinal plants, seeds or other living things. Protection and preservation of traditional knowledge have been a matter of concern to one and all.

The government of India successfully contested the grant of patents for non-original inventions in its traditional knowledge systems, i.e. turmeric, neem, Basmati, etc. But contesting against the registrations or for the cancellations at the international level is extremely expensive and time consuming. Yet it proves that such registrations can be opposed and cancelled.

The recent decision given by the Trials and Appeals Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office that cancels the registered trademarks of Osho and His meditations is a landmark example of recognizing that spirituality and inner experience cannot be trademarked.  Osho’s message is existential and is for the entire humanity.

Osho says, “the music of my voice is not my music, neither is the voice my voice. I am simply available to existence. Whatsoever it wants to say to you, I don't hinder it, I don't edit it, I don't add anything to it. Just as in a mine you find raw gold, raw diamonds -- uncut, unpolished: the same way I never polish anything. I never know what I am going to say to you. I simply allow the mine -- for you to pick up all the raw diamonds. They belong to existence.”

Osho’s message to His sannyasins, “Each individual now is his own religion, his own spirituality, his own seeking, search, inquiry. Nobody is going to dominate him. He has not to follow a church, a pope, a high priestess. He has simply to follow his own natural simplicity, potentiality.”

Meditation and spirituality is so personal that no mundane, physical or commercial give and take or sale and purchase is conceivable. Who can claim monopoly or trademark on eternal verities and universal concepts and bounties of mother nature, meant for the whole humanity. It is an absurdity to apply trademark law to spirituality. A perfumer may bottle and sell, rose, jasmine or sandal under a trade name but cannot monopolize the fragrance of rose, jasmine or sandal.

"Things can be copyrighted, thoughts cannot be copyrighted, and certainly meditations cannot be copyrighted. They are not things of the marketplace.
Nobody can monopolize anything. But perhaps the West cannot understand the difference between an objective commodity and an inner experience.”
“For ten thousand years the East has been meditating and nobody has put trademarks upon meditations.”
“You don't understand what meditation is. It is nobody's belonging, possession. You cannot have any copyright. Perhaps if your country gives you trademarks and copyrights on things like meditation, then it will be good to have a copyright on stupidity. That will help the whole world to be relieved... Only you will be stupid and nobody else can be stupid; it will be illegal.”
Om Shantih Shantih Shantih, Chapter - 26

The very idea to pay someone for a license to meditate or experience or sit in a particular position is absolutely absurd. It is same as trying to prevent people from breathing, drinking or sleeping unless some authority permits you to do so.


Death: A life process

January, 2009

Life and death are two aspects of existence that is simultaneously happening together. Life is an expression, a manifestation and death is a returning to the original source. Life is activity, death is rest. Life is like the day and death is like the night and without the night, the day cannot exist on its own. Osho says “Existence has given birth to you; existence has mothered you. So when you die, you simply go back to the original source to rest and to be born again”

Sharing His insight Osho further says “death is an absolutely necessary process for life to be. It is not the enemy, it is the friend. And it is not there somewhere in the future, it is here, now. It is not going to happen, it has been always happening. Since you have been here it has been with you. With each exhalation it happens -- a little death, a small death -- but because of fear we have put it in the future.”

Death is usually considered to be against life and hence the fear for death. Osho says that death is a great revealer, whatsoever was one’s life, death reveals it. Death is beautiful for those who have lived their life beautifully. If one has known anything of the transcendental in oneself, death will reveal to him the transcendental in the universe, and there death is not a death but a meeting with God.

Death becomes the ultimate celebration if your life is a celebration. Let me tell you in this way: whatsoever your life was, death reveals it. If you have been miserable in life, death reveals misery. Death is a great revealer. If you have been happy in your life, death reveals happiness. If you have lived only a life of physical comfort and physical pleasure, then of course, death is going to be very uncomfortable and very unpleasant, because the body has to be left. The body is just a temporary abode, a shrine in which we stay for the night and leave in the morning. It is not your permanent abode, it is not your home.
So if you have lived just a bodily life and you have never known anything beyond the body, death is going to be very, very ugly, unpleasant, painful. Death is going to be an anguish. But if you have lived a little higher than the body, if you have loved music and poetry, and you have loved, and you have looked at the flowers and the stars, and something of the non-physical has entered into your consciousness, death will not be so bad, death will not be so painful. You can take it with equanimity, but still it cannot be a celebration.

If you have touched something of the transcendental in yourself, if you have entered your own nothingness at the centre -- the centre of your being, where you are no more a body and no more a mind, where physical pleasures are completely left far away and mental pleasures such as music and poetry and literature and painting, everything, are left far away, you are simply, just pure awareness, consciousness -- then death is going to be a great celebration, a great understanding, a great revelation.”
The Art Of Dying, # 1

For those who have known life in its deepest core, they say that death is God. Death is not only a rest but also a resurrection, a new life, a new beginning; a new door opens. There is no death as such because nothing dies, only forms change. Life transmigrates from one form to another.

Meditation is an effort to die voluntarily. For a meditator, in deep meditation, the so called life disappears and for the first time he encounters death. Osho says, “That experience of encountering death makes you deathless. Suddenly, you transcend death. Suddenly, you know – that which is going to die is not you. All that can die, you are not. You are neither your body nor your mind nor your self. You are simply pure space – which is never born and never dies.”
“Meditation makes you mature; meditation makes you really a grown-up. Growing in age is not really becoming a grown-up, because I see people eighty years old and still playing games, ugly games of power politics -- even at the age of eighty-two, eighty-three, eighty-four! The sleep seems to be so deep. When are they going to awaken? When will they think of the inner world?
And death will take all that you have accumulated -- your power, your money, your prestige. Nothing will be left. not even a trace. Your whole life will be nullified. Death will come and destroy all that you have made; death will come and prove that all your palaces were nothing but palaces made of playing cards.
Maturity is to know something in you which is deathless, to know something in you which will transcend death -- that is meditation. Mind knows the world: meditation knows God. Mind is a way to understand the object: meditation is a way to understand the subject. Mind is a concern with the contents, and meditation is a concern with the container -- the consciousness. Mind becomes obsessed with the clouds, and meditation searches for the sky. Clouds come and go: sky remains, abides.
Search for the inner sky. And if you have found it, then you will never die. The body will die, the mind will die, but you will never die. And to know it is to know life. What you call life is not real life because it is going to die. Only a meditator knows what life is because he has reached the very source of eternity.”
Philosophia Perennis, Vol-2, #5

Those who have looked within themselves, those who have found who they are, come to know an eternal, non-ending process. Life is a process, timeless, beyond time. Death is part of it. And hence Osho inspired death celebration because there is no death.

“That's why we celebrate, because there is no death. Either the man is going into a new house -- a good time to celebrate -- or the man is going into the eternal existence. That is the best time to celebrate, and the last time to celebrate.
And celebrating death will help you to understand that there is nothing in life to be afraid of. If death is a celebration, then what else can be a cause of fear?And if you can celebrate death, you have attained a maturity. It is possible only to those who live life as a rejoicing, a constant celebration. Then death is not the termination, but only a small incident of changing your clothes, your house, your body. But you remain exactly the same forever -- nothing changes in your intrinsic being. From eternity to eternity you are exactly the same.”
From Personality To Individuality, # 12

Osho. Never Born. Never Died. Only Visited this Planet Earth

Osho lovers and disciples celebrated the eternal message of their beloved Master who left this planet on 19th January, 1990 with meditation and events all around the globe.


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