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Meditator's Mind Mirror

The Asian Age, Mumbai, 30 November, 2012

Our mind is full of information, which becomes our memory. We are overloaded with it and when we receive anything new, this overloaded mind becomes choosy. It does not accept anything without comparing with the old memories that it has in its storehouse. It screens the new, sorts out whatever is adjustable with our existing knowledge, allows it; and whatever is going to disturb our mind — anything unfamiliar, or a stranger — it rejects automatically.

During the past few decades, some Western scientists have discovered that our mind allows two to three per cent of information to enter into it and the rest gets discarded. The mind is always on guard of what to take in and what not to. In most cases, what it allows in is in tune with our prejudices, superstitions and age-old concepts. Our mind does not want to take a risk with too much of the unknown penetrating it. It wants everything to fit with what it thinks is right and not alien to it.

This is the greatest bondage — an imprisonment of mind. The known dominates us and most of the unknown gets blocked. That's why enlightened mystics like J. Krishnamurti teach us “Freedom from the Known.” He says, “From the known you cannot possibly see the unknown; but once you have understood the state of a mind that is free, which is the mind that says, ‘I don't know' and remains unknowing, and is therefore innocent — from that state you can function.”

The real art of meditation simply means stepping out of the known and being pure observer. Only in the state of pure observation when there are no thoughts interfering or clouding it, our mind can function as consciousness mirroring the existence. Then we see things as they are and we don't add any colour to them from our memories — watching, observing here without the past and the future. This gives our consciousness an extraordinary alertness and we discover the new, in the present, from moment to moment in the eternal now.

Osho says, “In this moment, you can see things with clarity, with transparency. But when your mind starts, covered with your own thoughts, they protect you: they protect the dead against the living, they protect the static against the dynamic, they protect what has been given to you as knowledge against existential experience. If you are silent and your eyes are without any dust and your heart is just a pure mirror, this will be the experience of everyone. Only a state of no-mind is an open door. Without any judgment it allows you to see things as they are, not as they should be, not as you would like them to be, not to fit with you. Existence has no obligation to fit with your mind. But every mind is struggling somehow to make the existence fit with it. It is impossible; hence the misery, the frustration, the deep despair, the feeling of failure.”

This is the real joy, the bliss that a meditator experiences in deep meditation. In other words it is called the choiceless awareness.

Once you become aware of this dimension of life, this mysterious quality of life, you will stop choosing. When choice disappears, the world has disappeared. When choosing falls, you have entered the absolute. But that is possible only when the choosing mind disappears completely. A choiceless awareness is needed and then you will be in bliss. Enter this space and you have entered the kingdom of God.

Swami Chaitanya Keerti,
Editor of Osho World, is the author of Osho Fragrance

A Bridge To The Universe

The Pioneer, New Delhi, 10 December, 2012

Osho offers simple tips on awareness that involve watching one's breath

Here's a meditation exercise. Watch the turning point between two breaths. As breath turns from down to up, and again as breath curves from up to down — through both these turns, realise yourself.

Now, as breath turns from down to up, and again as breath curves from up to down — through both these turns, realise yourself.

It is the same, but with slight difference. The emphasis is not on the gap, but on the turning. The outgoing and ingoing breath make a circle. Remember, these are not two parallel lines. We always think of them as two parallel lines — breath going in and breath going out. They are not.

Breath going in is half the circle; breath going out is the other half of the circle.

So understand this: first, breathing in and out creates a circle.

Secondly, the breath coming in and the breath going out are not two breaths, they are one breath. The same breath which comes in, goes out, so it must have a turn inside.

It must turn somewhere. There must be a point where the incoming breath becomes outgoing.

Why put such emphasis upon turning? Because, Shiva says, as breath turns from down to up and again as breath curves from up to down, through both these turns, realise.

Very simple, but he says: realise the turns and you will realise the self.

If you know driving you know about gears. Each time you change the gear, you have to pass through neutral gear, which is no gear at all. That neutral gear is a turning point.

In that turning point the first gear becomes the second and the second becomes the third.

When your breath goes in and turns out, it passes through the neutral gear; otherwise it cannot turn out. It passes through the neutral territory.

There you are neither a body, nor a soul, neither physical nor mental, because the physical is a gear of your being and the mental is another gear of your being. You go on moving from gear to gear, but you must have a neutral gear where you are neither body nor mind. In that neutral gear you simply are: you are simply an existence — pure, simple, unembodied, with no mind.

That is why there is the emphasis on the turn. Because there are moments you change gears.

For example, in the night when you drop into sleep you change gears, because during the day you need a different mechanism for a waking consciousness — a different part of the mind functions.

Then you drop into sleep and that part becomes non-functioning. Another part of the mind begins to function. And there is a gap, an interval, a turning. A gear is changed. In the morning when you are again getting up, the gear is changed. You are silently sitting, and suddenly someone says something and you get angry — you move into a different gear. That is why everything changes.

If you get angry, your breathing will change. It gets irritated, chaotic. A trembling will get into your breathing; you will feel suffocated. Your breathing will change; your blood will take a different rhythm, a different movement. Different chemicals will have to be released in the body, the whole glandular system will have to change. You become a different man when you are angry.

A car is standing... you start it. Do not put it in any gear, let it be in neutral. It will go on pulling, vibrating, trembling, but it cannot move; it will get hot. That is why, when you are angry and you cannot do something, you get hot.

So be aware at the turn.

Observation means remaining with no word, with no verbalisation, with no bubbling inside — just remaining with. If you can remain with a flower for three minutes, completely, with no movement of the mind, the thing will happen — the beneficence. You will realise.

Courtesy Osho World

Baby's Blissful In The Womb

The Times of India, New Delhi, 9 December, 2012

OSHO says babies should be born differently

In the mother's womb, each child is centred in reality; each child is profoundly blissful. Of course, he is unaware of it.... He's so one with his bliss that there is no knower left behind. Blissfulness is his being, and there is no distinction between the knower and the known.… You become aware only when you have lost something.

It is very difficult to know something without losing it, because when you have not lost it, you are so totally one with it. There is no distance: the observer and the observed are one; the known and the knower are one. Every child is in a profoundly blissful state.

Psychologists also agree with this. They say that the whole search of religion is nothing but a way to again find the womb of the mother.

The child is in absolute tune with the mother. The child does not know that he is separate from the mother. If the mother is healthy, the child is healthy; if the mother is sitting silently, the child is silent. The child has no boundaries of his own yet. This is the purest bliss, but it has to be lost.

Purest Bliss

The child is born, and suddenly he is thrown off-centre. Suddenly, he is uprooted from the earth, from the mother. He loses his moorings and he does not know who he is.… Now he starts becoming aware of his boundaries — his body, his needs. Sometimes, he is happy, sometimes unhappy; sometimes he is hungry and crying and there is no sign of mother anywhere; sometimes he is on the mother's breast, again enjoying oneness with the mother. But now there are many moods and many climates, and he will start to feel the separation...

He has to find out who he is. A whole life goes in trying to find out who one is. This is the most fundamental question.
When the child is born, they immediately cut the umbilical cord. It should not to be cut immediately because it leaves the child in a very weird situation. He cannot breathe on his own and yet the connection with the mother has been severed. The natural process is that he should start breathing on his own perfectly well, and then the umbilical cord should be cut.

There is a natural way to know when the cord has to be cut. The moment the child starts breathing perfectly, the umbilical cord stops pulsating. Slowly, slowly, the more the child breathes, the less is the pulsation, the less the beat.… Once the child has taken on the breathing process for himself, it pulsates no more. Now it is dead. It can be cut.

Nowadays, the moment the child is out of the womb, the umbilical cord is cut. The child is not breathing yet; he starts doing it with such a jerk that it shakes the whole being of the child...and it never becomes rhythmic, never, in his whole life.

Avoid The Shock

The first shock keeps vibrating, and that causes a thousand and one diseases in the body, and the mind. He has to breathe and he does not know how to. His whole passage is full of amniotic fluid, mucous …and just to help him, they hang the child upside-down by his legs and slap him on his buttocks, just so the amniotic fluid goes out. This is all so violent…life starting by beating, by hurting the child. Such a gap has been created in his being that the natural breathing has stopped and he cannot breathe on his own….  Then we go on repressing emotions in that gap, and it becomes bigger and hard like a stone.

There Is No Aim In Life

The Times of India, New Delhi, 2 December, 2012

Life is not a means to some ends, but is an end unto itself, says OSHO

Make your life an aesthetic experience. Not much is needed to make it an aesthetic experience, just an aesthetic consciousness, a sensitive soul. Become more sensitive, more sensuous, and you will become more spiritual.

Priests have almost poisoned your body into a state of death. You are moving on crutches. Throw away all those crutches! Even if you have to fall and crawl on the ground, that is better than clinging to crutches.

Experience life in all possible ways - good-bad, bitter-sweet, dark-light, summer-winter. Experience all the dualities. Don't be afraid of experience, because the more experience you have, the more mature you become. Search for all possible alternatives, move in all directions, be a wanderer, a vagabond of the world of life and existence. And don't miss any opportunity to live.

Don't Look Back

Don't look back. Only fools think of the past - fools who do not have the intelligence to live in the present. And only fools imagine about the future, because they don't have the courage to live in the present. Forget the past, forget the future, this moment is all. This moment has to become your prayer, your love, your life, your death, your everything. This is it.
Live courageously, don't be a coward. Don't think of consequences; only cowards think of consequences. Don't be too result-oriented; people who are result-oriented miss life. Don't think of goals, because goals are always in the future and far away, and life is here now, close by.

And don't be too purposive. Let me repeat it: don't be too purposive. Don't always bring in the idea, “What is the purpose of it?” because that is a strategy created by your enemies, by the enemies of humanity, to poison your very source of life. Ask the question, “What is the purpose of it?” and everything becomes meaningless.

What Is The Purpose?

It is early morning, the sun is rising and the east is red with the sun, and the birds are singing and the trees are waking up, and it is all joy. It is a rejoicing, a new day has happened again. And you are standing there asking the question, “What is the purpose of it?” You miss, you miss it totally. You are simply disconnected. You fall in love with a woman and ask the question, “What is the purpose of it?” You are holding the hand of your beloved or your friend, and asking the question, “What is the purpose of it?” And you may still be holding hands, but now life has disappeared, your hand is dead.

Life Is A Love Affair

Raise the question, “What is the purpose?” and everything is destroyed. Let me tell you, there is no purpose in life. Life is its own purpose; it is not a means to some end, it is an end unto itself.

The bird on the wing, the rose in the wind, the sun rising in the morning, the stars in the night, a man falling in love with a woman, a child playing on the street...there is no purpose. Life is simply enjoying itself, delighting in itself. Energy is overflowing, dancing, for no purpose at all. It is not a performance, it is not a business. Life is a love affair; it is poetry, it is music...

The whole existence is non philosophical. If you are philosophical, then a gap arises between you and existence. Existence simply is, for no purpose….If you start living without any purpose, with intensity, totality, love and trust, when death comes, you will know how to die - because death is not the end of life, but only an episode in life.…If you have known other things, if you have lived other things, you will be able to live death too. The real man of understanding lives his death as much as he lives his life, with the same intensity, with the same thrill.