Osho World Online Magazine :: October 2010 - Osho_Responsibility
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    Love and Responsibility

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The blame game and slave mentality
By Anand Bhagawati

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The Ability to Respond
By Ma Prem Gitamo

Response Here and Now
By Lakshen Sucameli

The Four Letter Words: Duty, Work and Love
By Swami Chaitanya Keerti

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    From Lemurs to Lamas
    Clay with a Soul

    Krishna Week celebrations
    Sit still, breathe!

    The real self and the false ego

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Book Intro
    Zen: The Quantum Leap From Mind To No-Mind
    Laugh Your Way to God
    Tantra by Mahasatvaa Ma Ananda Sarita
    Message from the Master


Sit still, breathe!

Times Life, 5 September, 2010

From Letting go through speaking gibberish to studying the body’s five rhythms, Anuradha Varma tracks some meditation techniques that help you find that calm within

What is the energy that can replace fear?” Goa-based
Healer Patrick asks a group of people at the end of a meditation, in Delhi’s New Friends Colony. The answers are many, but nobody can quit hit the nail on the head, till the answers, ``Ego”. One’s ego should be large enough to not be upset by minor slights and up-sets.
Meditation offers a path to find that claim within, As we get caught up in the ‘external world’, meditation improves attitudes, thoughts, actions and interactions. Spiritual coach Deepak Chopra explains, ``The highest form of human intelligence is to be able to observe your self without evaluation, to be present, to be self-aware.”
So, take your pick or try them all!

This is a cathartic technique where one feels unaburdened , light and young, like a child, says Ma Prema Naina, Osho World Foundation

How it’s done:
First stage:15 minutes. Close your eyes and begin to say non-sense sounds (gibberish).With-out suppressing your thoughts, you can throw everything out. Let your body be expressive .Second stage:15 minutes. Lie on your stomach and feel yourself merging with Mother Earth, with each exhalation.

Pune-based past-life therapist Subha Yeri explains its origin, which is rooted in a Hawaiian psychiatrist Ilahekela  Hew Lane healing violent, insane inmates of a hospital without ever actually meeting them, by simply healing negative qualities in himself.

How it’s done:
There are four sentences in Ho’oponopono which have to be repeated mentally, as many times as you wish:

  • I am sorry.
  • Please forgive me.
  • Thank you.
  • I love you.

If there is unhappiness, anger or hatred regarding a person, bring him or her in your mind and start to say these lines. Move to the next person or situation. Conversely, start saying the four sentences and you will find people or situation flashing before your eyes. When the ‘need’ (your own!)  is fulfilled, they will vanish.

Vikram Badhwar, communications facilitator, recommends dynamic m o v e m e n t, studying the body’s five rhythms  . – flow, staccato, chaos, stillness and celebration.

How it’s done:
Start with flow , visualising water and love.  Move keeping a sense of love and celebration. Then, move to staccato, which uses martial movements. Then we move to chaos, visualising that the backbone is broken. Stillness is strength, where you’re still, allowing sweat to trickle down. Celebration is about freedom.

Rajyoga is the spiritual yoga for the mind. Says Brahmakumari Shivani,``It empowers the self and restores it to its fullest potential,” It is best done in the morning and at night before going to sleep.

How it’s done:
Withdraw energy mentally from everything around you: turn your attention inward. Create a point of consciousness. Focus on the centre of your forehead. Think of this point as a rediant star, a sparkling  jewel  or a kindled flame. This will transmit positive energy , making you feel good about yourself.

This meditation can be done along with the rest of the family. Clair voyant and artist Dipalle Parmar Haworth says. ``It helps ward off negative emotions and creates a greater bonding.”

How it’s done:
Sit comfortably in a circle, Give your right hand in your partner’s hand and take the hand of another partner in  your left hand, so that your right hand is facing  down  and the left up. The right is giving and the left is receiving . Now chant ``aaa-ooo-mmm”. Visualise a stream of white light, like a beam, entering through your crown and into your heart  and going out steadily from your right hand. While doing so, say to yourself in your mind that ``I love myself . I love my- (name of the partner). Continue till you feel a tingling in your palms and it spreads throughout your body. End with a “thank you”.

The real self and the false ego

The Pioneer, New Delhi, 15 August, 2010

Why do I want to wake up when, as you say, awakening only happens when I am not? This seems very paradoxical.

The ego is not your real self: the ego is a false entity, arbitrary. It is the ego that is your sleep, that surrounds you like a darkness, like a cloud. Hidden behind this darkness is your real self, your real being, which wants to wake up, which wants to get out of all this smoke, out of all this darkness, which wants to get out of the prison of the ego.

There is really no paradox, it only appears so. It appears paradoxical. Your question seems relevant……but you have two selves. One is the real: The one that you were born with, the one that was even before your birth, the one that will be there even when death has happened, the one that is running underneath like a hidden current. And the other is created by you, by your family, by your church, by your society, by your state, by the crowd.

This false one is a pretender: It pretends to be the real self. And the real self wants to come out of this unreal one surrounding it. It is a constant suffering for the real self because the real is being suffocated by the unreal; the real feels imprisoned in a dark cell. The real self is vast and has become confined in a very small space. It is crippling and paralyzing.

So when I say awakening happens only when you are not, I mean when your false ego is no more. And that is the only “I’’ you are aware of right now- that is the “I’’ you are identified with. Hence I say whatsoever you know of yourself will not be there when awakening happens. That does not mean you will not be there. You will be there, but that “you’’ will be so new, so utterly discontinuous with this “you’’ that you are living right now, that it is better not to mention it at all.
Hence Buddha is silent about it. Not only that: If you insist, he calls your real self anatta, a no-self, for the simple reason that to call it also a self may be confusing. The false is as the self; if the real is also called a self, you may get confused. You are already too much confused. Buddha calls it a no-self.
But don’t lose heart. Don’t be worried, don’t be afraid that you will die completely. As you are, you will not be there, but you will be there as you should be. Your natural, your spontaneous being will be there.

And Buddha is also right in calling it a no-self because when the real self is there you don’t have any idea of “I’’. The “I’’ is also a thought. The real self has no idea of “I”; the real self is one with the universal self. It is not separate from existence, it is not an island. The unreal self is separate the unreal self creates separation,  hence, the unreal self creates misery. To be separate from the whole is to be miserable. To be one with the whole is bliss.

And the paradox is only apparent: there is no paradox in reality.

One Sunday morning at the parish of St Mary’s, Little Wakefield, the signboard announcing the subject of the day’s sermon read: “And forgive us our trespasses.’’ A few yards away, stuck into the grass, was another sign which read: “Trespassers will be prosecuted.’’

Just like that: There is no real contradiction, but it appears to be there. On the one hand, a sign says: “And forgive us our trespasses’’, and on the other hand another sign says: “Trespassers will be prosecuted.” But they are not concerned with the same object; their meaning is different.

When I say you will not be there, I am talking about the artificial self – which you are not but which you have come to believe that you are. Your real self will be there – which you are but which you have forgotten completely.
Excerpts from Osho’s book.
Walking in Zen, Sitting in Zen

Media in Hindi

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