23th September 2006
Osho, among the foremost (and some would say controversial) philosophers, preachers and mystics to have sprouted from the ancient Indian soil in the 20th Century would have celebrated his 75th birthday this year. To commemorate this event, a string of yearlong celebrations is currently underway, under the aegis of Oshoworld Foundation.
As part of this homage to their teacher, a classical music programme, Guru-Vandana, was organised the other day at the FICCI auditorium, along with the launch of a CD of Osho's discourse.
For someone who firmly believed that music provides the crucial plank that can uplift the human spirit to the heights of spirituality, there could have been no better tribute than recitals by renowned musicians - Dhrupad singer Ustad F. Wasifuddin Dagar and sitar exponent Ustad Usman Khan. At the onset of the soirée, the auditorium reverberated to an extract of Osho's discourse on the relevance of music as a therapeutic and spiritual medium; and the ambience for the evening was set.
Before the concert, Ustad Usman Khan recounted his personal interactions with Osho on several occasions, dating to the early 1960s, when he used to visit Pune. ”He had great love for music and musicians. Before starting any discourse he would meditate for some time, mostly to the accompaniment of background music.” He added rather nostalgically, ”Once I had the privilege of playing for him, while he meditated.” The Ustad also commented about the ”rather inconsistent attention span of audiences in India, particularly when compared to those abroad.”
Similarly, Dagar reminisced that "the importance of the teachings of Osho have only increased over time and are, in fact, more pertinent in the current milieu than they were ever before." As a tribute to the philosopher/mystic, he interspersed his recital with a few verses from an old book written by Osho - and the magic spell was woven.
Osho, at the cost of attracting opprobrium, had always advocated the principles of universal oneness that outdo all divisions erected by man. As if on cue, Dagar commenced his recital with an invocation to Lord Brahma, making it apparent that no matter how hard the divisive forces of hatred strive, they cannot subdue the deep-rooted fabric of religious harmony in our society. Temporary setbacks, maybe; permanent damage is impossible. Osho would surely have concurred.
LEARN TO LIVE AND CELEBRATE
Remember the eternal truth: Weep and you weep alone; laugh and the whole world laughs with you.
The Times of India
15 September 2006
It is your choice what you want to do with your life, how you want to live your life. You always find yourself on a crossroad and are compelled to make a choice. You could choose out of helplessness, or make a conscious choice. In helplessness, you settle for your weakness, while a conscious choice requires a certain amount of courage and self confidence - a feeling that this existence is your mother, this universe is your home. This depends on what feeling you nurture in your heart. It is not just a matter of thinking but of feeling, strong feeling.
In His discourses, Osho exhorts us to nourish our beings with positive feelings and embrace life with gratefulness and gratitude. This is the secret of the art of living – and living consciously. The art of living needs a conscious choice. It is not about drifting unconsciously in all directions. One is not as weak as one starts assuming in a state of misery. One carries within oneself a vast treasure of godliness. One has to tap it. And the art of tapping is what meditation is all about. Then life becomes a celebration., a carnival of joys. You sing and dance and you find that the whole universe is snging and dancing with you.
“When thousands and thousands of people around the earth are celebrating, singing, dancing, ecstatic, drunk with the divine, there is no possibility of any global suicide. With such festivity and such laughter, with such sanity and health, with such naturalness and spontaneity, how can there be war? …..life has been given to you to create, to rejoice, to celebrate. When you cry and weep, you are alone. When you celebrate, the entire existence participates with you. Only in celebration, do we meet the ultimate, the eternal. Only in celebration, do we go beyond the circle of birth and death.
Osho tell us how to be free from pain and anguish: “This pain is not to make you sad, remember. That’s where people go amiss. This pain is just to make you more alert, because people become alert only when the arrow goes deep into their hearts and wounds them. Otherwise they don’t become alert. When life is easy, comfortable, convenient, who cares? Who bothers? When a friend dies there is a possibility. When your woman leaves you alone- on those dark nights, you are lonely. You have loved that woman so much and you have staked all, and suddenly one day she is gone. Crying in your loneliness, those are the occasions when, if you use them, you can become aware. The arrow is hurting: it can be used. The pain is not to make you miserable, the pain is to make you more aware! And when you are aware, misery disappears.”