Osho World Online Magazine :: February 2011 - Osho_What is Disciplehood?
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    Total Surrender & Trust

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When the disciple is ready, the Master arrives
By Swami Satya Vedant

From Disciplehood to Buddhahood
By Anand Bhagawati

Absorbing the Master
By Swami Prem Sarito

By Ma Prem Tao

Disciplehood: Total Trust in the Master
By Ma Prem Gitamo

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Care for the earth
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    The Way of the Heart

    Osho World magazines presented to Eminent Artists

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book serialization

    From Lemurs to Lamas
    Laughter Day celebration

    “Osho Never Born Never Died” Celebration

    Yugpurush: Film on Osho telecasted on Sahara Samay News Channel on January 19, 2011
    Bit Of This And That

    A Shower So Divine

    We Create Our Life

    ‘Your life is precious: you have a message to deliver’

    Stop Resisting, Experience it

    Become beautiful from within
    Destroy the limits
    Tantra by Mahasatvaa Ma Ananda Sarita
    Message from the Master
Book Intro
    Osho Zen Tarot
    Laugh Your Way to God


Bit Of This And That

Times of India, New Delhi
January 9, 2011

We live in an age when, from petite portions of salad on buffets to multimedia on our mobiles – we would like to have a bit of everything in one place. Sensing this need for choice, Penguin Ananda, the spirituality division of Penguin, has published this anthology of the `spiritual literary heritage’ of India.

Edited by Karan Singh, there’s a bit of everything here: From the lofty Vedic philosophy to the controversial teachings of Osho, from Gita verses to Ghalib’s poetry. When Uddalaka reveals the classic Tat Tvam Asi— You are that — teaching to his son, Shvetaketu, we are already midway through the book’s first section, `The Vedanta.’

High philosophy continues trough the section and just when the it’s-heavy-let-me-shut-the book feeling threatens to take over, the Buddha is advising Rahula, through interesting similes, on how to regard the elements objectively. ``Develop a state of mind like the earth, Rahula.” he says, ``for on earth men throw clean and unclean things…yet the earth is not troubled, repelled or disgusted.”

Onto the next section called `The Acharyas’ and there is a shift from the meta physical to the devotional; the language has changed from being Devavani (Sanskrit) to Lokvani (people’s language). While Adi Shankara revives classical Vedanta in his Bhaja Govindam verses, Shaivite saints like the Nayanmars and Basavanna are singing devotional poetry to Shiva.

Basavanna’s poetry is striking: “A snake–charmer and his noseless wife/ Snake in hand, walk carefully/Trying to read oments/For a son’s wedding./But they meet head on/A noseless woman/And her snake charming husband/And cry, ``The oments are bad!’/His own wife has no nose/There’s a snake in his hand/What shall I call such fools/Who do not know themselves/And see only the others/O lord of the meeting rivers!”

The darling tone of Basavanna is taken up by poets Amir Khusrau and Kabi in the next section,`To The Formless One.’ Khusrau writes, “I am a pagan and worshipper of love; the creed (of Muslims)I do not need;/We have God in our midst: the sea we do not need.”

Despite being translations from the vernacular, the text does not suffer. In the last section called `The Moderns’ the language has changed yet again to become more prosaic – mostly essays and letters – but do a `Letter on Education’ from Raja Ram –mohun Roy questioning the establishment of a Sanskrit school in Kolkatta, and Gandhi sharing some biographical details constitute anything `wise’, or really fit in a book, that’s otherwise a`treasury’ of Indian wisdom?

A Treasury of Indian Wisdom
Pages: 210
Price: Rs 450

A Shower So Divine

The Speeking Tree, New Delhi
January 9, 2011

In the moment of sexual climax, the mind becomes empty of thoughts. This emptiness of mind that is like a void and a vacuum is the cause of the shower of divine joy, says OSHO

Sex is divine. The primal energy of sex has the reflection of godliness in it. It is obvious it is the energy that creates new life. And that is the greatest, most mysterious force of all.

End this enmity with sex. If you want a shower of love in your life, renounce this conflict with sex. Accept sex with joy. Acknowledge its sacredness. Receive it gratefully and embrace it deeply. You will be surprised that sex can reveal such sacredness; it will reveal its sacredness to the degree of your acceptance. And as sinful and irreverent as your approach is, that is how ugly and sinful the sex that confronts you will be.

Sublime Samadhi
My guess is that man had his first luminous glimpse of samadhi while experiencing of intercourse. Only in the moments of coitus did man realize that it was possible to feel such profound love, to experience such illuminating bliss. And those who meditated on this truth in the right frame of mind, and those who meditated on the phenomenon of sex, of intercourse, came to the conclusion that in the moments of climax, the mind becomes empty of thoughts. All thoughts drain out at that moment. And this emptiness of mind, this void, this vacuum, this freezing of the mind, is the cause of the shower of divine joy.

Having unraveled the secret up to this point, man dug further. If the mind could be freed of thoughts, if the thought-ripples of consciousness could be stilled by some other process, he reasoned, he could attain to pure bliss! And from this developed the system of yoga; from this came meditation and prayer. This new approach proved that even without coitus, the consciousness could be stilled and thoughts evaporated. Man discovered that the delight of amazing proportions obtained during an act of intercourse could also be obtained without it.

The First Principle
 If you want to know the elemental truth about love, the first requisite is to accept the sacredness of sex, to accept the divinity of sex in the same way you accept God’s existence – with an open heart. And the more fully you accept sex with an open heart and mind, the freer you will be of it. But the more you suppress it, the more you will become bound to it .The measure of your acceptance is the measure of your deliverance. The total acceptance of life, of all that is natural in life, will lead you to the highest realms of divinity –to heights that are unknown, to heights that are sublime. I call that acceptance, theism.

 I regard those precepts which keep man from accepting that which is natural in life and in the divine scheme as atheism. "Oppose this; suppress that. The natural is sinful, bad, lustful. Leave this; leave that." All this constitutes atheism, as I understand it. Those who preach renunciation are atheists.

Accept life in its pure and natural form and thrive on the fullness of it. The fullness itself will elevate you, step by step. And this very same acceptance of sex will uplift you to serene heights you had not imagined possible. If sex is coal, the day is certain to come when it shows itself as diamonds. And that is the first principle.

Overcome The Ego
The nature of sex energy goads it to flow towards love, but the hurdle of "I" has fenced it in like a wall and so love cannot flow. The "I" is very powerful, in bad as well as in good people, in the unholy as well as in the holy. Bad people may assert the "I" in many ways, but good people also drum the "I" loudly: they want to go to heaven; they want to be delivered; they have renounced the world; they have built temples; they do not sin; they want to do this; they want to do that. But that "I", that guiding signal, is ever present.

The stronger a person's ego is, the harder it is for him to unite with anybody. The ego comes in between; the "I" asserts itself. It is a wall. It proclaims, "You are you and I am I." And so even the most intimate experience does not bring people close to each other. The bodies may be near but the people are far apart. So long as there is this "I" inside, this feeling of otherness cannot be avoided.

We Create Our Life

Times of India , New Delhi
January 11, 2011

Always wait for something good and it happens, because whatsoever happens, we create. In fact, we create it; we sow the seeds. But we sow the seeds unconsciously, that’s why we think that some accident has happened. Accidents never happen, nothing is ever accidental. It is a cosmos, it is not a chaos.

Everything is absolutely based on a fundamental ultimate law: nothing ever goes wrong. Yes, sometimes it looks to us as if it has gone wrong, because we were expecting something else. That’s a problem—we do one thing, we sow one seed and we expect something else. We sow the seeds of one kind of flower and we expect some other kind of flower, so when the flowers come we are frustrated. But flowers come through the seeds, not our wishes.

So remember: We constantly create our world. There are people who are constantly afraid that something wrong is going to happen, and then it happens! And when it happens, they are proved right. They have made it happen… People who are afraid will always find situations in which fear grips them. People who are loving will always find situations where love blooms. Because this existence goes on giving you that which you project.

Life is our project. We are our life’s creators. God has created man, but as freedom. So there is an essential freedom inside; now it is up to you to choose what you would like to happen to you in life and then you will see that it starts happening. One thing is linked with another, one thing leads to another, and slowly you have taken a certain route; then all other alternatives are dropped.

When a child is born, all the alternatives open; he is utterly free. He can be a musician, poet, wrestler, a politician, he can be anything...an Adolf Hitler, a Gautama Buddha; anything is possible. But sooner or later choices start coming and he starts moving in a certain direction. Then that direction remains his world. So always remember: whatsoever has happened to you, you have been the cause of it. Sometimes it hurts that you are the cause of all the misery that has happened to you; you feel sad. But there is no need to feel sad, because through it, you come to an understanding, and then things need not happen the same way again to you.

And the second thing to remember is: For every hurt or happiness always feel thankful, because sometimes pain is needed for growth and pleasure is not needed. So whatsoever happens, make it an opportunity to grow. Use that opportunity as a springboard for something higher. A friend dies, there is pain, there is anguish and misery, but use that opportunity. Meditate on death. Your friend’s death has reminded you of a very significant phenomenon that death is there.

Don’t arrange your life without taking note of death. Maybe existence has given you a message to get ready: the friend is gone, you will be gone one day, so prepare for death! Life is a small affair; a 70-year affair in which one-third will be gone in sleep, another one-third will be gone in earning bread and butter, another one-third in other stupidities…Nothing much is left! It is not a big thing, it is a very small phenomenon; compared to death it is nothing. Death is eternity.

‘Your life is precious: you have a message to deliver’

Afternoon Despatch & Courier, Mumbai
January 13, 2011


OSHO, Indian mystic, guru and philosopher, and founder of the Rajneesh movement, reminds us of a Sufi story. He said: “I have been moving in the masses for years. I saw that is was absolutely absurd: you go on talking to people who are not ready to listen; you go on talking to people who are not seekers, who are not in any search; you go on talking to people who have come just for entertainment and they hear through one ear and from the other it is lost. There is a story about Bayazid, a Sufi mystic. He was passing through a cemetery and he came upon a heap of skulls. Out of curiosity he took one skull. He had always been of the thought that all skulls are almost the same, but they were not the same. There were a few skulls whose ears were joined together; there was a passage. There were a few skulls whose ears were not joined together; there was a barrier between the two. There were a few skulls both of whose ears were joined to the heart but not joined together; there was a passage running to the heart.

He was very surprised. He prayed and asked. God, “What is the matter? What are you trying to reveal to me?” And it is said that he heard a voice. God said, “There are three types of people: one, who hear through one ear; it never reaches anywhere – in fact they don’t hear, just the sound vibrates and disappears. There is another type, who hear, but only momentarily – they hear through one ear, and through the other ear it is lost into the world again. There are a few souls, of course, who hear through the ears and it reaches to the heart.”

And God said, “Bayazid, I have brought you to this heap of skulls just to help you remember it when you are talking to people. Talk only to those who take whatsoever you say to their hearts – otherwise don’t waste your energy, and don’t waste your time. Your life is precious: you have a message to deliver.”

One day I also understood – not by going to a cemetery and coming across a heap, but by looking into alive people. There are three types; Bayazid is right. The story may be true or not; that is irrelevant. I looked into thousands of people, and I found that only a very few are there who will take the seed to the heart, who will become soil to it, who will absorb it. And others are just curiosity-mongers, just entertaining themselves. Maybe the entertainment is religious, but it is meaningless. So here I don’t exist for the masses. Let it be known once and forever: I am not interested in the crowd, I am interested only in individuals. And you have to show your mettle.”

Stop Resisting, Experience it

Times of India, New Delhi
January 23, 2011

We tend to get overpowered by something that we offer stiff resistance to, say OSHO

I have controlled and disciplined my sex life for years. But I am still much too interested in it, why is this so, laments a visitor. That’s why, I say. It is so simple, so obvious. You have remained obsessed with it – otherwise why control it? Why repress it? What is control except repression?

You became too attached to it; it was an attachment. And as time has passed, the attachment has deepened. Of course your attachment is negative, hence the question. Because you have been against it, you think, “Why am I still interested?

 In fact if you are negatively attached to something, your attachment will go on deepening as time passes; it will never end. If you are positively attached, there is a possibility of its ending, because experience liberates. Had you know sex, by now you would have been finished with it, because it is childish; it does not have the power that negative attachment creates.

Sex in itself is not that powerful. It appears very powerful, because we have been taught to be against it: our antagonism gives it power. And the more you are against it, the less experienced you are about it, the more the desire arises to experience it….

Types of Attachment
Attachment has two forms, positive and negative. And the negative is far deeper than the positive, because there is no way to end the negative attachment. The positive attachment will wear, wither. You have known sex and its experience: slowly, slowly, you start understanding that there is nothing in it, that it is a biological urge, that it gives you nothing much. Slowly, slowly, it dawns upon your consciousness that it is a futile repetition.

  And I am not saying to think that it is a futile repetition. If you think without understanding, that thinking will be repression; that will be negative attachment. I am not saying to judge it; the judgement arises on its own.

But when you are negatively attached to something, you go on escaping from it. When will you experience it? And the more you escape, the more the urge remains fresh, young. And the more you repress it, the deeper it goes into  your unconscious and grips you at the roots. From the leaves, it moves to the roots. From the leaves, there was a possibility of evaporating, because the leaf was exposed to the sun, to experience, to life. Once it has reached your roots underground, now there is no way for it to evaporate.

Attachment is the sine wave of `submission – resistance.’ When you submit to something or resist something, or hate something, or identify with something, you are attached to it. Remember, saying yes is an attachment: submission. Saying no is an attachment: resistance. And the second attachment is far deeper.

That’s why friendships are not as great as enmities. Friendships are so-so, lukewarm. Enmities are very passionate, very hot. Enmities live long, for years; there seems to be no way to end an enmity. Friendship withers. You are asking, ``Why am I still interested?” You will remain interested to the very end.

No Big Deal
Drop your resistance, drop the negative attachment, experience sex. Don’t be afraid, there is nothing to be afraid of. It is not so important that you need to be afraid of it; by becoming afraid, you are making it something big. It is not such a big deal, it is a small biological phenomenon….

Please don’t control, because all control means control by the ego. I teach you uncontrol; remain natural. Control makes you unnatural, artificial, arbitrary. Remain natural, relax. Whatsoever God has given to you –  sex, love, whatsoever – accept it as a gift. And go into it; go into it meditatively; go into it very consciously, so that you can see what it is; so that you can learn something from it.

And one day sex disappears. And that day is of great importance, because that day, you are biologically free. That freedom is not attained through control; that freedom is attained through understanding, awareness, witnessing.
Excerpt from Unio Mystica, Vol 2

Become beautiful from within

The Pioneer, New Delhi
January 23, 2011

Ugliness has nothing to do with your body. Neither has beauty much to do with the body. The beauty or the ugliness of the body is very superficial; the real thing comes from within. If you can become beautiful within, you will become luminous. It has happened many times. Even an ugly person, when he becomes meditative, starts looking beautiful.

This I have watched continuously. When people come to me, they have totally different faces. When they start meditating, when they start dancing, when they start singing, their faces relax. Their tensions drop. Their misery, which had become part of their face, slowly wars off. They become relaxed like children. Their faces start gleaming with a new inner joy; they become luminous.

Physical beauty or ugliness is not very important. The real thing is the inner beauty. I cant each you how to be beautiful from within, and that is real beauty. Once it is there, your physical from won’t matter much. Your eyes will start shining with joy; your face will have a gleam, a glory. The form will become immaterial. When something starts flowing from within, then the outer from is just put aside. Comparatively, it loses all significance; so, don’t be worried about it.

Don’t become a politician, because if you become a politician you will become more ugly. It works both ways: Ugly people become politicians, and politicians become more ugly. It will be impossible for you not to become more ugly, because the whole world of politics is one of continuous quarrel, continuous violence, continuous competition. It will make you more tense, it will make you more graceless, it will make you more and more insipid and dull. Because only dullards can succeed in the world of politics.

I would suggest to the researchers of the London Polytechnic that this is only half the story: Please work to find the other half too. This is the half which finds that political success is more possible for ugly and unintelligent-looking people. The other half is that those who become politicians become more and more ugly, more and more unintelligent looking. They have to, because whatsoever makes you successful, you have to practice it more – naturally, obviously. Whatsoever helps you to succeed will become your style of life, that is the other half of the story, that politicians become ugly.

Meditate, love, dance, sing, celebrate here with me, and the ugliness will disappear. Bring something higher into yourself, and the lower will be forgotten, because it is all comparative, it is all relative. It is as if there is a small candle burning in the room: Bring a bigger light into the room and the small candle simply loses all significance.

Bring the beauty of the within, which is easier. With the other beauty I cannot help much; I am not a plastic surgeon. You can find some plastic surgeon who can help you, but that will not help in any way. You may have a little longer nose, better shaped, but that will not help anything much. If you remain the same inside, your outer beauty will simply show your inner ugliness; it will become a contrast.

That’s what we are doing here. Sannyas is the science of bringing inner beauty, inner beatitude, inner benediction. Let God shower on you, and the body is completely forgotten. The body becomes compost and your whole life becomes a garden and great flowers, golden flowers, bloom in you.

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