Issue 3

Issue Fifty Nine, January 2007

MAN : THE RAINBOW

January 2007
MAIN STORY
MYSTICS
TOPICS
HAPPENINGS
BOOK INTRO
MEDITATION
MEDIA

FORTHCOMING EVENTS


Meditation Camps:
Vanue:
Osho World Galleria
BG-09,Ansal Plaza
New delhi
Osho Mahotsav
6.00 pm
18 January 2007:
Osho Mahotsav
6.00 pm

Oshodham,New Delhi
January 7, 2007:
1-day meditation camp,
Conducted by Swami Chaitanya Keerti
January 19-21, 2007:
Osho Mahotsav,
conducted by Ma Dharm Jyoti
January 25- February 16, 2007:
Mystic Rose Group,
Conducted by Ma Dharm Jyoti
and
Swami Vairagya Amrit
February 23-25, 2007:
3-day meditation camp,
Conducted by Swami Chaitanya Keerti

Osho Nisarga, Dharamshala
January 19-21:
3-day meditation camp,
Conducted by Swami Khirad
February 14-18, 2007:
Path of love and meditation,
Conducted by Swami Chaitanya Keerti
February 25, 2007:
1-day meditation camp,
Conducted by Swami Khirad

Osho Om Bodhisattva Commune, Dehradun
January 19- 21:

Osho Mahotsav,
Conducted by Swami Narendra Bodhisattva, Ma Amrit Mukti, Ma Divya Gandha
February 23-25:
3-day meditation camp,
Conducted by Swami Vairagya Amrit

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ACCEPT LIFE,THANKS LIFE
The Times of India, New Delhi
Friday, December 15, 2006

We believe that we are wise. In fact, we are sure that we re. But do we know that higher, deeper wisdom exists? It flows in life’s vastness. It is intrinsic to existence.

When we are express a desire and it does not get fulfilled, we start wondering why this life does not fulfil our desires. We pray tour gods, our deities. We start expecting that through prayers our desires will be fulfilled. It may happen and it may not. When this does not happen, we get quite disappointed. This leads to our misery.

Well, in this way, we are really being unwise. Life is not obliged to fulfil all our desires. Life gives us what we really need. It follows its own wisdom, unknown to us. When we accept this, we stop complaining because our hearts fill up with gratitude to life. Acceptance gives us happiness. For a truly religious man, total acceptance of whatever life brings is real prayer. He does not impose any demands or expectations on life. He lives in a state of let-go.

In his discourse on ‘The Sword and the Lotus’, Osho tells a beautiful story of a Sufi mystic Junnaid, who every in the evening prayer thanked existence for its compassion, its love, its care.

Once, Junnaid was traveling. For three days, he and his disciples went from village to village, but people everywhere were every antagonistic and turning against Junnaid. They thought his teachings were not exactly the teaching of Mohammed. His teachings seemed to be his own. They said, “He is corrupting the people.” So from three villages, they got no food, not even water.

On the third day, they were in really bad shape. His disciples thought, “Now let us see what happens in the prayer. How can he now say to existence, ‘You are compassionate to us. You love us. You care about us. We are grateful to you’?” But when prayer time came, Junnaid prayer a usual. After the prayer, his followers said, “This is too much. For three days, we have suffered hunger and thirst. We are tried, we have not slept and still you are thanking existence and telling it that it takes so much care of us that we are grateful to it!”

Junnaid said, “My prayer does not depend on any condition. Those things are ordinary. Whether I get food, I don’t want to bother existence about it. Such a small thing in such a big universe. If I don’t get water, even if I die, it does not matter. My prayer will remain the same. Because to this vast universe, it makesno difference whether Junnaid is alive or dead.”

Osho explains: This is what I mean when I say, don’t take anything seriously, not even yourself. And then you will see that anger simply has not happened. There is no possibility of anger. Anger is certainly one of the great leakages of your spiritual energy. If you can manage to be playful about your desires, and still be the same whether you succeed or you fail, you will be happy. Start thinking about yourself at ease – nothing special, not that you are meant to be victorious, not that you have to succeed always in every situation. This is a big world and we are small people. Once this settles into your being, then everything is acceptable. Anger disappears, and the disappearance brings a new surprise, because when anger disappears it leaves behind tremendous energy of compassion, love and friendship.

- Swami Chaitanya Keerti

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THE JOYOUS ADVENTURE OF MEDITATION
The Times of India, New Delhi
29 December 2006

Is meditation mere contemplation? No, it is transcendental. It is not about body or mind or feeling. It is a harmony of all three.

Man is a thinking animal. Thinking is both a blessing and a misfortune. The capacity to think makes one a human. But then man’s mind is continuously attacked by thoughts. He has no choice. Thoughts keep coming from all directions, and he has no control over them. He is clouded, even enslaved, by them. He has no freedom. His sky of consciousness remains overcast with thoughts.

There’s a famous saying: I think therefore I am. People have believed this to be a fact. But, in fact, it is neither truth nor fact. Our being does not depend on our thinking, though thinking does add another dimension to our being. One can say that thinking becomes possible because of our being. There’s no thinking without being, as there’s no doing without being. Doing thinking, feeling are the three dimensions of our being. In our mother’s wombs, our being existed before we could do, think, feel anything. The being is the foundation on which the human edifice stands. It is the root that makes the tree grow, even blossom. Many think about meditation as something to with thinking or contemplating. It is not. Meditation is beyond. It is transcendental. It is not about body or mind or feeling – it is a harmony among all three, and goes beyond.

Osho explains: When you are not doing anything at all – bodily, mentally, at any level – when all activity has ceased and you simply are, just being, that is meditation. You cannot do it. You cannot practise it. You have only to understand it. Whenever you find time for just being, drop all doing. Thinking is also doing. Concentration I also doing. Even if for a single moment you are just at your center, utterly relaxed, well that is meditation. And once you get the knack, you can remain in that state as long as you want.

Once a Zen master was asked: What is the greatest miracle in life? His answer was unique. He said: I sit here all by myself. This experience of just sitting is not of thinking, not of feeling, not of doing – this is pure being.

Osho Upanishad says: Meditation is a way of settling in oneself, at the core of your being. Once you have found the center of your existence, you have found both your roots and your wings. When you are rooted, you are a more integrated human being, an individual. And the wings are in the fragrance released by being in contact with existence. The fragrance comprises freedom, love, compassion, authenticity, sincerity, a sense feeling of bliss.

Another insight from the Master: Meditation is an adventure, the greatest the human mind can undertake. Meditation is just to be, not do anything – no action, no thought, no emotion. You just are and it is sheer delight. From where does this delight come when you are not doing anything? It comes from nowhere – or from everywhere. It is caused because existence is made of the stuff called joy!

- Swami Chaitanya Keerti

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HAPPY NOW HERE?
The Times of India, New Delhi
5th January 2007

Every year comes a New year. We greet everyone, mechanically. But nothing changes in us because there’s nothing new in us. How can we renew ourselves?

Why do you want your old letters?” Mulla Nasruddin’s former lover asked him. “I’ve returned your ring. Do you think I’ll use your letters to sue you?” “Oh, no,” said Nasruddin, “it’s not that. I paid a fellow 25 dollars to write them for me and I may want to use them again!”

This is no joke. It is a deep insight into life. Life is needed non-stop repetition.

We have entered the new year. We have greeted everyone we know, or don’t. Every year, this happens mechanically. New years keep coming and we keep greeting. Nothing changes in us because there’s nothing new in us. How can anything benew when we ourselves are not? We have the same dreams, same thoughts, same anger, same jealousy, same greed…

Unless we learn how to make every morning a new morning, it is not a Good Morning, even though we wish everyone we meet. A good morning begins in total freshness when each day a new sun finds something new in us. Unless we feel in every moment some freshness, our so-called new year is not really a new year. We are stuck in our past, life as stale as ever.

How can one attain this freshness? Osho says: Start with this simple method, practicing it at least six times a day. It takes only half a minute, so all you need is three minutes every day. It is the shortest meditation in the world. But you have to do it suddenly.

Walking on the street, suddenly you remember. Stop yourself. Stop yourself completely. Be still. Be present for half a minute. Whatsoever the situation, stop and just be. Then start moving again. Six times a day. At least.

Osho adds: Look at everything you pass as it for the first time. Make it a continuous attitude. Touch everything as if for the first time. If you can do this, you will be freed of your past. The burden, depth, dirtiness, accumulated experiences – you will be frees of them. Every moment, every move from the past.

By constantly being in the present, you will slowly develop an affinity for it. Then everything will be new. Then you will be able to understand. All meditations try to get you to live in the present. This technique is one of the most beautiful and easiest.

If you look afresh even when passing through the same street again, it is a new street. Looking at your wife the way you looked at her for the first time, can you really say that she is not still a stranger? You may have lived with her for 20, 30, 40 years but are you really acquainted with her? You are two strangers living together. You know each other’s outer habits, outer reactions but the inner core of the being is still unknown, still untouched.

Look afresh, as if for the first time, and you will see the same stranger. Nothing has aged; everything is new. This will impart freshness to your vision. Your eyes will become innocent. Those innocent eyes can see. Those innocent eyes can enter the inner world.

- Swami Chaitanya Keerti

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