Issue 60

Issue Sixty, March 2007

WOMEN : HOPE FOR THE SURVIVAL OF HUMANITY

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THE SECRET ALCHEMY OF YIN AND YANG
The Time of India, New Delhi
February 23, 2007

Life exists in balance, related to the complementarily of opposites, expressed a yin and yang. According to Tao, all things are either female (yin) or male (yang) in nature

Yin and yang together make up the whole ness of the universe. They breathe meaning into each other. Light cannot exist without darkness. Action is impossible without the background of inaction. Being depends on doing., doing on Being. Just being makes you lazy; just doing makes you hyper. This is what has been happening to the East and the West. The East become became lazy and fatalistic by believing that everything happens by itself, like a child growing in the womb. This is a feminine approach of waiting and waiting. The East in the past represented such feminine qualities, while the West went the other way. It became too active, conquered nature, went ballistic. The whole world suffered because of this aggression. The root because of all suffering is the imbalance of male and female qualities in the world.

Osho talks about how different the worlds of men and women are, and how difficult it is for them to understand each other. The past has been full of misunderstandings, but the future doesn’t have to be. He says: “If all differences between men and women disappear because the polarity will go away. Man and woman are like negative and positive poles—they are attracted magnetically. Hence, conflict is natural. But through understanding, compassion, love and empathy, any problem can be solved. Man needs as much liberation as woman. Both need liberation from the mind. They should cooperate and help each other to get liberated.”

In My Way: The Way of the White Clouds, Osho says: “Once you know this secret alchemy of using the opposite, the contradictory, you are free. Otherwise, you create inner imprisonments. There are people who say: How can I do this? I have never done this. Just the other day there was somebody who said to me: How can I do active meditation, because for many years I have been sitting silently? He has chosen, and he has reached nowhere. Otherwise there was no need to come to me. But he cannot do the active meditation because he has become identified with an inactive posture. This is getting frozen.”

Osho adds: “Become more of a movement. Be moving and allow life to flow. Once you know that balance is possible between the opposites, once you have a glimpse of it, then you know the art. Then everywhere in life, in every dimension, you can attain that balance easily. Once you once you know the knack of it, whatsoever you do, the balance follows you like a shadow.”

-Swami Chaitanya Keerti

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ROSES AND THORNS OF LOVE
The Times of India, New Delhi
16 February 2007

Love knows no jealousy. Love is deep understanding. If you love someone, it does not follow that the other loves you too. Love is not a contract

Love is in the air, as Valentine’s Day has just gone by. Love has become quite fashionable and there’s nothing wrong with that. Young people are becoming passionate about it and soon you will see priests and politicians becoming moralistic about it. People who cannot love become antagonistic towards those who can. There are attacks on love from external forces while there are equal amounts of internal challenges that love has to face. And one can be totally certain about the possibilities of possessiveness and jealousy when love happens between two immature people. These things happen in the name of love and they hide behind it. Love is not all roses, there can be many thorns hidden in it.

Osho asks—but why do they hide behind love? Because they feel love is a genuine coin, and you can pretend to be one too when you hide behind it. You can be safe behind love. Whenever you hide yourself somewhere, it simply shows that you consider that place protected; it can become an armour around you. Why does everything seek to hide behind love? Because love is the greatest protection in the world, the greatest energy in the world. Everything else is false—love ids true. All that is not love is false, and whatsoever you do which is not love is a sheer waste. All that is love is true, and whatsoever you do on the path of love increases your being, give s you more truth, makes you truer. Knowing this, everything hides behind love because love can protect.

Love is so beautiful that even ugly things can hide behind it and pretend to be beautiful. Osho relates an extract from Shepard’s Beyond Sex Therapy. Shepard was in love with a young woman. Some friends had come to see him, but the entire time he stayed with the woman and talked to her, as if he wasn’t interested in the friends. They felt offended and told the woman, “We know Shepard better than you. He has been in love with many women, and this comes and goes. So remember, sooner or later he will get interested in someone else. What will you do then?”

The woman said, “I will feel jealous, but that is my problem, which I will have to tackle and overcome. But I would like my man to know every sort of love, to know all that is possible before he dies, because once gone, one is gone forever. I would like him to live as richly as possible. If problem arise, like jealousy, they are mine.”

This is true love. It knows the distinction between itself and jealousy. It is not confused. The jealousy cannot hide behind it; it cannot pretend to be love. Osho concludes that love knows no jealousy, no complaint. Love is a deep understanding. That you love someone does not mean that the other should love you also. It is not a contract.

-Swami Chaitanya Keerti

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IN LOVE WITH EXISTENCE
The Times of India, New Delhi
2 February 2007

For a Sufi, god is his beloved Laila, and he is her Majnu. A Sufis’s love is totally romantic. He sings. He dances. This is his actual prayer

What is Sufism? It is a love affair and godliness—the ultimate source of all humans and other beings. This existence pulsates with godliness. A Sufi feels this pulsation in his heart. He may not do traditional worship but remains thrilled with this pulsation. He sings. He dances. He embraces humans, hugs trees and bows to the sky, the stars. This is his actual prayer.

You must have heard about the beautiful Sufi legend of Majnu and Laila. It is not an ordinary love story. The word majnu means mad, mad for god. And Laila is the symbol of god. Sufis think of god as the beloved; Laila means the beloved. Everybody is a Majnu, and god is the beloved. And one has to open one’s heart, the eye of the heart.

Once a learned Mohammedan asked Osho: “You are not Mohammedan. Why do you speak on Sufism?” Osho said, “I’m not a Mohammedan but I’m not a Sufi all the same. A Sufi need not be Mohammedan. A Sufi can exist anywhere, in any form because Sufism is the core of all religions. Sufism can exist without Islam. It means a love affair with god. One is ready to dissolve into the whole. It is not confined by dogma or creed. Sufis have a special word—silsila. What Hindus call parampara, they call silsila. This other, one person to another.”

One does not have to go anywhere to look for Laila—one has to simply activate one’s heart and find her there, in all her beauty. One has to stop seeking outside. Dil ke aaine mein hai tasveer yaar, jab zara gardan jhukai dekh li (One has to turn inward, the beloved is right there!)

In Beyond Psychology, Osho tells a Sufi story. A young man seeking truth finds an old man beneath a tree. The young man knew that he had to leave on a pilgrimage—but to where? Seeing the old man, he thought, “He must know the road.” So he asked. The old man instructed, “Follow this road till you come to a tree”—he described the tree in detail, leaves, fruit, everything—“and you will find an old man like me but 30 year solder. He will be your guide.”

The traveller was happy. He thanked the man and rushed on. For 30 years, he wandered but the tree and old man never came. He was tried, and older himself. Finally, he decided, “It is better to go home. God knows when the guide meets me, what guidance it will be!” He turned back. He passed the same old tree and was shocked! It was the same man, only 30 years older. The young man said, “My god! Why did you waste may 30 years?”

The older man said, “Did I waste your 30 years, or did you waste mine? Then you were not ripe enough to be guided. You didn’t look at the tree, though I described it in detail. I described your guide. You were in a hurry; too you. But I actually waited knowing one day you will come.”

-Swami Chaitanya Keerti

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BE YOURSELF – AND JUST BE
The Times of India, New Delhi
Friday, January 19, 2007

There are billion of people in this world. But everyone, each one of us, wants to become number one. Isn’t it hilarious?

Even, if you become the country’s prime minister or president, you would still feel that you are not number one. You may come across somebody with a very beautiful body—and rarely does one see prime ministers blessed with one! So as far as beauty is concerned, even a prime minister may feel inferior too millions. And a president, he may feel inferior to those who are superior to him intellectually, who have created great works of literature and art.

Life is a multi-dimensional phenomenon. You may excel in some dimensions only, but you may desire to be excellent in all. Now, that is impossible. There are people who want to be number one even in being humble and modest! Imagine somebody being number one as being nobody…

Osho tells a Sufi parable: A great emperor, Nadir Shah, was praying. It was early morning, the sun had not risen and it was still dark. Nadir Shah was about to embark. Nadir Shah was about to embark on the conquest of a new country, and was praying to god for his blessings, so he would be victorious. He was saying, “I am nobody. I am just a servant—a servant of your servants. Bless me. I am going on your behalf. This is your victory. But I am a nobody, remember.”

A priest was also by his side, functioning as a meditator between Nadir Shah and god. Suddenly they heard another voice in the darkness. A beggar was also praying, and he was saying to god, “I am nobody, a servant of your servants.” The king said, “Look at this beggar! He is a beggar and he says to god that he is nobody! Stop this nonsense! Who are you to say you are nobody? I am nobody, and nobody else can claim this. I am the servant of god’s servants. Who are you to say that you are the servant of his servants?”

Now you see? It’s all still there—the same competition, the same stupidity. Nothing has changed. The same calculation: “I have to be the last. Nobody else can be allowed to be the last.” The mind can go on playing such games with you if you are not intelligent. Osho suggests: Try never to be happy at the expense of another man’s happiness. That is ugly, inhuman. That is violence in the true sense. If you think you can become a saint by condemning others as sinners, your saintliness is something but a new ego trip.

One has to drop this non-sense of competition. One has to be sensible. Understand your limitations and aspire not for what is impossible. Remember, a rose is a rose. It cannot be a lotus, like a lotus cannot be a rose. Be yourself-and just be! You will be in total bliss.

-Swami Chaitanya Keerti

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DISCARD EMOTIONAL BAGGAGE, BE AUTHENTIC
The Times of India, New Delhi
Friday January 12, 2007

Our life exists between two polarities: Being and Doing, how we are and how we behave. We may be pure in Being but what matters is how we act or behave

If we observe our life, we will see that our behaviour in our daily wakefulness is not authentic. It is full of hypocrisy. When talking to our friends, relatives, even strangers, we hide our feelings and thoughts. We express what will be socially acceptable and not create problems. This way, the entire society lives a fake life.

Osho tells a significant story: A mother and daughter both walked in their sleep. One night, the mother got up and went into the garden. Soon, her daughter also got up in her sleep and walked into the garden. As soon as the old woman saw her daughter, she shouted, “Bitch! You’ve taken away my youth. From the time you were born, I started growing old. You are my enemy. If you hadn’t been born, I’d still be young!” When the girl saw her mother, she shouted, “You wicked woman! Because of you my life has become bondage. You have always been a rock in the flow of my life. You are a heavy chain on my life!” at that moment, the cock crowed and they both awoke. Seeing the girl, the mother said, “Dear! Why did you get up so early? You may catch a cold. Come, let’s go inside!” Immediately, the girl touched her mother’s feet, as she did every morning, and said, “Mother! Your health is not good. You shouldn’t get up so early. Come and rest!”

Russian mystic George Gurdjieff said that we should not believe what people say in their conscious state of mind, as they always pretend. When ever a new person joined his commune, Gurdjieff would get him drunk, just to see how he behaved when inebriated and not conscious. For him, it was important to know the real person to transform him, as it is important for a doctor to diagnose a patient. Psychotherapists analyze people’s dreams; they think people are truer in dreams than in wakefulness. They cannot hide or manipulate anything in their dreams.

But these are unconscious ways. Osho suggests dynamic meditation to come face to face with one’s reality. We can breathe such that whatever we have suppressed in our unconscious mind rises to the surface. In catharsis, we can express it fully and become free of it—totally unburdened of emotion baggage. In this baggage, we carry so many unlived emotions. One is always guilty about so many things. Guilt dominates our mind so much that it doesn’t allow us to live naturally.

Osho emphasizes: Drop guilty! To be guilty is to live in hell. When not guilty, you will have the freshness of dewdrops in the early morning sun, of lotus petals in the lake, of stars in the night. Once guilt disappears, you will live a totally different life—luminous and radiant. You will have a dance for your feet and your heart will sing a thousand and one songs. Be free from your emotional baggage and you will live an authentic life of Being.

-Swami Chaitanya Keerti

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LOVE AND RELATIONSHIPS
DNA Opinion
Wednesday, January 10, 2007 20:59 IST

It is really mysterious that each relationship begins in the freedom of love and ends in the bondage of relationship. Love comes like a strong breeze and carries away lovers to unknown dimensions. Two lovers go through peak experiences and then need to settle — in the process, they start feeling bored, craving the same peaks again. When this does not happen, they feel frustrated and fall into the ditch of misery.

Life functions in polarities and dualities. One who understands this becomes at ease with them and finds peace. By choosing, you end up in misery. Be in choice-less awareness, and you attain equanimity and go beyond misery. Osho says that a relationship that is alive is always changing. It has many climates, many moods. It has many surprises. A dead relationship remains stagnant. It is repetitive; it is the same — but then it is no longer a relationship. Then you are not two persons, but just two things together.

A relationship based on love and not any business will be flowing and river-like. The mystic Heraclitus says, “One cannot step in the same river twice.” Alive love-relationships come to fruition, but they are never complete. Completion simply means death and nothing else.

In the Book of Wisdom, Osho explains the difference between love and relationship — particularly the relationship that we know. He says, “Relationship means something complete, finished, closed. Love is never a relationship; love is relating. It is always a river, flowing, unending. Love knows no full stop; the honeymoon begins, but never ends. It is not like a novel that starts at a certain point and ends at a certain point. It is an ongoing phenomenon. Lovers end, love continues. It is a continuum. It is a verb, not a noun.”

Life full of love is not static; it is vibrant. There’s a breeziness of freedom in love. Such love knows no bounds, no misery. It is all joy and bliss.

-Swami Chaitanya Keerti

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HAPPY NOW HERE?
The Times of India, New Delhi
5th January 07

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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