Osho World Online Magazine :: March 2011 -Judgement and Acceptance
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Awareness, Acceptance and Love
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In Focus

Awareness, Acceptance and Love By Ma Prem Tao
 
Ma Prem TaoLiving In Paradise on Hawaii Island for the past 22+ years. Sannyasin since Poona, 1977 where she lived in the ashram until 1980. Drifted away (as far as one can drift away) after Bhagwan became Osho. Strongly feel His presence at this amazing and pivotal time in the world. After the Ranch, she was as a full-time Professional Psychic and Intuitive Counselor; Created/Hosted Psychic Airwaves, her live call-in radio show in Kona and in Honolulu. She formed Weddings A La Heart her innovative wedding company in 1996, and creates unique, custom ceremonies for the heart and soul.
 

Judgement and acceptance cannot by their intrinsic natures co-exist. One puts you in an energy pattern that negates, criticizes, reduces, minimizes and essentially rejects and condemns and is hard felt, as we are doing this to ourselves. And the other elevates to a soft, easy, relaxed place, like a rosy soft cheek radiating love and well-being, smiling and open, nourishing and unafraid.

This is a universal issue but a subject very personal to me. Judgement, criticism comparison, perfection/imperfection, seeing through a critical eye, had been issues of mine for almost a whole life. A familiar state of mind, even in relationships, the worst of places for these habits. I was born with Venus in Virgo. For those of you who know even basic astrology, this is a difficult place for Venus who loves to simply emote and ooh and ah, love and be loved without restriction or having to think. Venus in Virgo, and in my case not well-aspected either, needs to first pull out the check list and see whether various criteria are being met before opening the heart and any possibility of melting. A tough place for one whom at the deepest levels wishes to be love.

It has been very natural for me to see how people, things, scenarios, can be better than they are. I will, for example, look at a printed page and if there is a typo on that page, my eye will immediately go to it. I should have been an editor as a career choice and made good use of that innate quality of mine! Having a critical eye can be a wonderful tool for improving, uplifting and creating greater beauty and harmony. Whether it's a curse or a blessing, a divider or a unifier, depends upon where you are sitting in your understanding.

If you are familiar with the Arica Foundation (Oscar Ichaso's school for scientific mysticism, very active in the 70's and 80's) and their work with ego fixations, quite brilliant as road maps of the ego, my ego fix in that system is Venge. The one polarity of Venge and relevant here is judgment, criticism, cruelty (through harsh and unrelenting demands of self) including perfection in every situation.

The common denominator for these states is unhappiness and misery. That is where you end up. Each side of the polarity is off-balance. The whole pattern of comparing (you either come out on top or on the bottom of the barrel), measuring, envying or disapproving, believing what you see and hear and emotionally reacting to it, is a recipe for ultimate disappointment and despair. Far from the ease and spontaneous, fun-loving joy one truly wishes to feel.

But, and this is a beautiful but, the way out of a critical viewing of life is through acceptance. By accepting the judgments that exist at any time, by accepting whatever one's behavior has been labeled as, you can be released from their castigating grip. Whatever is going on, you simply allow it to be there. Even accepting when judging the judgments. You acknowledge, accept and fuel it no more.

When you are fighting you are pushing away parts of yourself and it's impossible to have any influence at that point.  You have dissipated your own powerful energy, whatever name one gives it.

Accepting what is here in this moment, like it or not, and allowing it to be - stops the cycle and you are back. To this moment now. There is a peace and a stillness because you are not pushing or pulling, separating or dividing yourself. You are not feeding the struggle that existed a few moments ago.  Settling into this place you are now yours and in the driver's seat, free to respond to the new in this moment.

Who we are is Love. Take everything else away and what is left is pure love. I know without a doubt that this is who I truly am. When you know that who you are is love, it is easy to see through anything else that tries to dress itself up as real and from the heart. But actually isn't. The first step is acceptance and this then slides you into your heart.

In the case of Venus in Virgo, the glory of this position lies in its transcendent qualities and potential. The higher octave of it, is purity of love not perfection.
Not following a mental list of what love should be or look like according to someone else's measure. Loving fully, naturally, instinctively, in harmony with oneself in truth and innocence brings freedom, beauty and wholeness, a dissolving into spirit.

"Whenever you judge anything, try a small experiment: try to find out who has given you this idea. And if you go deeply into it, you will be surprised: you can even hear your mother saying it, or your father, or your teacher in school. You can hear their voices still there resounding in your memory, but it is not yours. And whatsoever is not yours is ugly; and whatsoever is yours is beautiful, it has grace." 
OSHO

 I have recently come free. And it's a big deal as I turned a corner that axed the power of judgment in all its forms and formats. I have become a lover instead of a fighter. And it started with myself, the only place really. Upon realizing how hard and heavy-footed I have been on my own sweet self (let alone anyone else) I decided to pick myself up, dust myself off and just love and embrace who I am in all the flavors and temperaments. And everyone else around will also reap the rewards as then others are accepted as they are, and life becomes so much smoother and easier. 

When you go deeply and I mean right to the nitty gritty core of your being and feel what is there you will find a beautiful, rippling, gurgling, loving energy. Who I am is Love. Who you are is Love. The radiating, pulsating, freeing, courageous, inviting energy of love. The first step is acceptance. Then the door to love opens. There is no longer anything in its way.

- Ma Prem Tao

 
THE JUDGMENTAL COMPUTER By Ma Anand Bhagawati
 

Ma Anand BhagawatiMa Anand Bhagawati has been Osho’s disciple for more than 30 years and lived many of those years at the ashram in Pune, in Rajneeshpuram and European Osho communes.

She lives on the island of Bali, Indonesia as a columnist and author. Her favorite country to travel to is India.

 

The mind can be best described as a computer. Data is being fed in through our senses all day long and the mind-computer filters, compares, sorts, evaluates and – judges more often than not! The mind seems at its best delivering judgments to present situations based on its past memory, ad nauseam.
For example, your neighbor who was lately emotionally needy and a bit of a bother, rings your doorbell and immediately the mind will judge, “what does he want NOW?” while going in defense position. Now wait – maybe he doesn’t want anything, maybe his situation has changed? Maybe he wants to give you a flower and say thank you for listening?

The mind cannot know because the information was filtered through the dredges of old data banks.
Now here’s a marvelous opportunity to witness. Let whatever the mind comes up with slide along, remain open without thought, look into the man’s eyes and take in what he says or does.

It is not so difficult to let the mind’s frivolous assumptions and judgments pass silently by. Just some alertness is needed and you will be free-flowing in the present with an intoxicating lightness.

My all-time favorite story regarding judgments is about and old man who lived in a village in China. He was very poor, but even kings were jealous of him because he had a beautiful white horse. He was offered fabulous prices for the horse, but the man would say, “This horse is not a horse to me, he is a person. And how can you sell a person, a friend?” The man was poor but he never sold the horse.

One morning, he found that the horse was not in the stable. The whole village gathered and they said, “You foolish old man! We knew that someday the horse would be stolen. It would have been better to sell it. What a misfortune!”

The old man said, “Don’t go so far as to say that. Simply say that the horse is not in the stable. This is the fact; everything else is a judgment. Whether it is a misfortune or a blessing I don’t know, because this is just a fragment. Who knows what is going to follow it?”

People laughed at the old man. They had always known that he was a little crazy. But after fifteen days, suddenly one night the horse returned. He had not been stolen, he had escaped into the wild. And not only that, he brought a dozen wild horses with him.

Again the people gathered and they said, “Old man, you were right. This was not a misfortune, it has indeed proved to be a blessing.”

The old man said, “Again you are going too far. Just say that the horse is back … who knows whether it is a blessing or not? It is only a fragment. You read a single word in a sentence – how can you judge the whole book?”

This time the people could not say much, but inside they knew that he was wrong. Twelve beautiful horses had come …

The old man had an only son who started to train the wild horses. Just a week later he fell from a horse and his legs were broken. The people gathered again and again they judged. They said, “Again you proved right! It was a misfortune. Your only son has lost the use of his legs, and in your old age he was your only support. Now you are poorer than ever.”

The old man said, “You are obsessed with judgment. Don’t go that far. Say only that my son has broken his legs. Nobody knows whether this is a misfortune or a blessing. Life comes in fragments and more is never given to you.”

It happened that after a few weeks the country went to war and all the young men of the town were forcibly taken for the military. Only the old man’s son was left, because he was crippled. The whole town was crying and weeping, because it was a losing fight and they knew most of the young people would never come back. They came to the old man and they said, “You were right, old man – this has proved a blessing. Maybe your son is crippled, but he is still with you. Our sons are gone forever.”

The old man said again, “You go on and on judging. Nobody knows! Only say this, that your sons have been forced to enter into the army and my son has not been forced. But only God, the Total, knows whether it is a blessing or a misfortune.”

“Once you judge you have stopped growing. Judgement means a stale state of mind. Now the movement has stopped, the effort to know more has stopped, the effort to grow has stopped. You have already made the judgment and it is finished. And the mind always wants to be in a judgment because movement is troublesome. To be in a process is always hazardous. To come to a conclusion means you have reached the goal; now there is no journey.
A man who wants to journey to the ultimate should make it a basic point not to judge. Very difficult, almost impossible -- because before you know it, the mind judges. Before you have even become aware of it, the mind has judged. But if you try, by and by, a subtle awareness arises. And then you can suspend judgment. If you suspend judgment you have become religious. Then you don't know what is right and what is wrong.”
OSHO
Until You Die, Chapter 2

- Ma Anand Bhagawati

 
Pure Observation without Judgement By Swami Chaitanya Keerti
 

Swami Chaitanya Keerti Swami Chaitanya Keerti was initiated into Osho's Neo sannyas movement in 1971 and ever since has been dedicatedly associated with the world of meditation. He has been the spokesperson for Osho Commune International and also the founding editor of Osho Times International being published from Pune since 1975. He is presently the spokesperson of Osho World Foundation and the editor of Osho World monthly hindi magazine published from New Delhi.                                            [+]

 

We live in a world where everyone functions as a self-appointed judge of the others. And this habit of judging others does not end with intimate friends or acquaintances only, we do it strangers too. We may see a stranger walking on the road who may have nothing to do with anybody, and we start looking at him with all kinds of judgments. We project our liking or disliking on him or her--this person is ugly, this person is beautiful...so on so forth. Just one glance at the person and we have judged the person. The judgment may be right or wrong, it really does not matter. What matters is that we are judging as a habit, nobody has asked us to judge.

It may happen that as a coincidence, we see the same person again next day or next week, we would be quick to judge again, and comparing with our past judgment, some new colours would be added to the past judgment. Now this person is becoming a victim of our solidifying judgment about him. We start having a particular fixed image of this person. Now whenever it is needed to relate with him, we will not be able to relate in a fresh manner, we will be relating with him with all the dust of past images about him gathered in our eyes. And as a result, this person is not the real person we are meeting now --we are meeting the person of our judgment, of our own projection and creation. He may not be aware at all what image of him we have been carrying in our mind's eye.

Now the question arises: Is it really possible to not to judge and see things or persons as they are, without any kind of judgment? Yes, it is possible. It is possible if we function moment to  moment, and let our mind not be burdened with the past memory. Yes, the memory may be there, we cannot wish it away or wash it out, but it should not be allowed to cloud our eyes with its thick screen. Our eyes should function as a clean mirror. A mirror has no prejudice, it reflects things as they are. An enlightened person is one who has such eyes and functions like a mirror. And such a person can proclaim the truth.

Jesus Christ was such an enlightened mystic who said: "Judge not, that ye be not judged." This is his most significant statement that can transform people into sensitive meditators.

 In one of his discourses, Osho illustrates this statement with a Sufi story: I have heard about one Mohammedan Sufi mystic. He used to sell small things in the village, and the people of that  village became aware that he had no judgment. So they would take the things and give him false coins. He would accept them, because he would never say, ”This is wrong and this is right.” sometimes they would take things from him and they would say, ”We have paid,” and he would not say, ”You have not paid.” He would say, “Okay.” He would thank them.

Then from other villages also people started coming. This man was very good; you could take anything from his shop, you need not pay, or you could pay in false coins, and he accepted everything!

Then death came near to this old man. These were his last words: he looked at the sky and said, ”Allah, God, I have been accepting all kinds of coins, false ones also. I am also a false coin –  don’t judge me. I have not judged your people, please don’t judge me.” And it is said that how can God judge such a person?

Jesus says, ”Judge ye not, so ye may not be judged.”

Osho explains: If judgment disappears, you have become innocent. If you don’t divide things into good and bad, ugly and beautiful, acceptable and nonacceptable; if you don’t divide things, if you look at reality without any division, your eyes will come into existence for the first time. This is chakshusmati vidya, the signs of gaining eyes.

If you divide you will remain blind, if you judge you will remain blind, if you say this is bad and this is good, you will persist in your blindness... because existence knows nothing. There is nothing good and nothing bad – existence accepts everything. And when you also accept everything you have become existence-like.

You have become one with it. So remember, morality is not religion. Rather, on the contrary, morality is one of the hindrances in gaining religion, just like immorality. Morality, immorality – both are hindrances. When you transcend both you have transcended the mind, the dual, the dualistic attitude.

Then the sage and the sinner have become one. Then you remain in your self, you don’t move to judge. And when you don’t judge, your mind cannot project: the mind projects through judgment.
OSHO
“Vedanta: Seven Steps to Samadhi”

Guru Nanak Dev, another enlightened master turned this statement towards oneself and said:
Nanak parkhe aap kayu ta paarakh jaan: O Nanak, if someone judges himself, only then is he known as a real judge. Is mann kayu koee khojo bhaaee: Let each person examine his own mind, O brother.

Then what does this judging mean? As I can understand it means to know “Who Am I?”. It means know thyself, have a self-realisation. This does not mean we start judging ourselves.

It also means that as we start accepting others as they are, same should be applied to ourselves.

We accept ourselves as we are without any condemnation or appreciation. This acceptance is pure observation, which is another name for meditation.

- Swami Chaitanya Keerti

 
 
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