LISTEN TO OSHO SPEAK ON THIS MEDITATION
SPIRIT SIMULTANEOUSLY WITHIN AND AROUND YOU UNTIL THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE
you must understand what imagination is. It is condemned very much
nowadays. The moment you hear the word "imagine' you will say
this is useless, we want something real, not imaginary. But imagination
is a reality, it is a capacity, it is a potentiality within you. You
can imagine. That shows that your being is capable of imagination.
This capacity is a reality. Through this imagination you can destroy
or you can create yourself. That depends on you. Imagination is very
powerful. It is potential power.
is imagination? It is getting into an attitude so deeply that the
very attitude becomes reality. For example, you may have heard about
a technique which is used in Tibet. They call it heat yoga. The night
is cold, snow is falling, and the Tibetan lama will be standing naked
under the open sky. The temperature is below zero. You would simply
start dying, you would freeze. But the lama is practicing a particular
technique. That technique is that he is imagining that his body is
a burning fire and he is imagining that he is perspiring -- the heat
is so much that he is perspiring.. And he actually starts perspiring
although the temperature is below zero and even the blood should freeze.
He starts perspiring. What is happening? This perspiration is real,
his body is really hot -- but this reality is created through imagination.
just try some simple technique so that you can feel how reality can
be created through imagination. Unless you feel it, you cannot work
with this technique. Just count your pulse. Sit in a closed room and
count your pulse. And then for five minutes just imagine that you
are running. Imagine that you are running, it is hot, you are taking
deep breaths, you are perspiring, and your pulse rate is going high.
After imagining this for five minutes again count your pulse. You
will see the difference: your pulse rate will be high. You have worked
it just by imagination, you were not really running.
old Tibet, Buddhist monks used to do exercise only through imagination.
And those techniques can be of much use for modern man, because it
is difficult to run in the street, difficult to have a long walk,
difficult to find a lonely street. You can just lie down on the floor
in your room and imagine that for one hour continuously you are taking
a long fast walk. Just in imagination go on walking. And now even
medical experts say that the effect would be the same as if it were
a real walk. Once you get in tune with your imagination, the body
starts functioning. You are already doing many things without knowing
that it is your imagination working. Many times you create many illnesses
just through imagination; you imagine that now this disease is there,
infectious, it is all over the place. You have become receptive, now
there is every possibility that you will fall ill -- and that illness
is real. But it has been created through imagination. Imagination
is a force, an energy, and the mind moves through it. And when the
mind moves through it, the body follows.
happened once in a university hostel in the United States that four
students were trying an experiment in hypnosis. Hypnosis is nothing
but imagination power. When you hypnotize a person, he is really falling
into deep imagination, and whatsoever you suggest will start happening.
So they suggested many things to a boy that they had hypnotized. Four
boys tried hypnosis on one. They tried many things and whatsoever
they said, the boy immediately followed. When they said, "Jump,"
the boy started jumping. When they said, "Weep," the boy
started weeping. When they said, "Tears are flowing from your
eyes," tears started flowing. Then just as a joke they said,
"Now lie down. You are dead!" And the boy lay down and he
happened in nineteen fifty-two. After that they made a law against
hypnosis in the United States. No one should try hypnosis unless some
research work is involved; unless some medical institute, or some
psychological department of some university authorizes you. Only then
can you experiment. Otherwise it is dangerous -- the boy simply believed,
imagined, that he was dead, and he was dead.
death can occur through imagination, why not life, why not more life?
technique is based on the power of imagination.
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sit in a lonely place where no one will disturb you -- a lonely secluded
room will do. Or if you can get somewhere outside it will be better,
because when you are near nature you are more imaginative. When there
are only man-made things around you, you are less imaginative. Nature
is dreaming, and it gives you a dreaming force. Alone you become more
imaginative: that's why you are afraid when you are alone. It is not
that ghosts are going to trouble you, but alone your imagination can
work. And your imagination can create ghosts or anything you want
it to. When you move alone, your imagination is more potential; when
someone else is there, your reason is in control Because without reason
you cannot be related to the others; to others goes on working. When
there is no one there, the mind goes on working. When there is no
one there, the mind relaxes and you regress to a deeper imaginative
layer of the being. When you are alone, imagination starts functioning.
experiments have been done with sensory deprivation. If a person can
be deprived of all sensory stimuli -- if you are closed in a soundproof
room with no light entering it, no possibility of being related to
any other human being, no pictures on the walls, nothing in the room
to which you can relate -- after one, two or three hours you will
start relating to yourself. You will become imaginative. You will
start talking to yourself. You will question and you will answer.
A monologue will start in which you will be divided. Then suddenly
you will start feeling many things which you cannot understand. You
will start hearing sounds, but the room is soundproof, no sound can
come in. Now you are imagining. You may start smelling perfumes, but
no perfume is there. Now you are imagining. After thirty-six hours
of sensory deprivation, you cannot make any difference between what
is real and what is imaginary -- impossible. After thirty-six hours
of sensory deprivation, imagination becomes reality and reality becomes
is why seekers in the old days would move to the mountains, to the
lonely places, where they could lose the distinction between the real
and the unreal. Once the distinction is lost, your imagination is
in full force. Now you can use it and you can be creative through
this technique sit in a lonely place: if the surrounding is natural,
it is good, it not, then a room can also do. Then close your eyes
and imagine a spiritual force is felt within and without. Within you
a river of consciousness is flowing and it is going all over the room,
overflowing. Within and without, around you, everywhere, spirit is
present, energy is present. And don't only imagine it only in the
mind, start feeling within the body -- your body will start vibrating.
When you feel that the body has started vibrating, it shows that the
imagination has started functioning. Feel that the whole universe
by and by is spiritualized -- everything, the walls of the room, the
trees around you, everything has become no-material, it has become
spiritual. Matter is no more.
is the reality also. Physicists say that matter is illusory and energy
is real, and wherever you see solid things, that solidity is just
an appearance, it is not there. As physics enters deeper into the
world of matter, matter disappears. Only energy, immaterial energy,
imagination you are reaching to a point where, by your conscious effort,
you are destroying the structures of the intellect, the patterns of
the intellect. You feel that there is no matter, only energy, only
spirit, within and without. Soon you will feel that within and without
have disappeared. When your body becomes spiritual and you feel it
is energy, then there is no distinction between the within and the
without. The boundaries are lost. Now there is only a flow, an ocean,
vibrating. This is the real also -- you are reaching to the real through
is imagination doing? Imagination is only destroying the old concepts,
matter, old patterns of the mind which go on looking at things in
a certain way. Imagination is destroying them. And then the reality
will be revealed.
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SPIRITUALIZES -- until you feel that all distinctions have disappeared,
all boundaries have dissolved and the universe has become just an
ocean of energy. That is the fact, also. But the deeper you proceed
in the technique, the more scared you will become. You will feel as
if you are going mad. Because your sanity consists of distinctions,
your sanity consists of this so-called reality and when the reality
starts disappearing, you will feel that simultaneously your sanity
is disappearing. Saints and insane persons move in a world which is
beyond our so-called reality. They both move, but the insane persons
fall and saints go beyond. The difference is very small but it is
very great also. If without any effort on your part you lose your
mind and the distinctions, the real and the unreal, you will become
insane. But if you destroy the concepts with conscious effort, you
will become "un-sane," not insane. That "un-sanity"
is the dimension of religion. It is beyond sanity. But conscious effort
is needed. You should not be a victim, you should remain a master.
When it is your effort which is destroying the patterns of the mind,
you look into the unpatterned reality.
unpatterned reality is the only reality; the patterned reality is
just imposed. That's why now anthropologists say that every society,
every culture, looks at the same reality but finds a different reality
there, because their patterns, their concepts are different. There
are many cultures in the world, primitive cultures. They look at the
same world in a very different way; their interpretation is totally
different. The reality is the same for us and for them, but the pattern
looked through is different. For example, Buddhists say that there
is no substance in the world, the world is a process. There is nothing
substantial. Everything is in movement -- or even that may not be
the right thing to say. Movement is the only thing. When we say that
everything is in movement, again there is the old fallacy -- it is
as if there is something which is moving. Buddha says there is nothing
which is moving -- only movement is there. That is all that there
is. So in a Buddhist country like Thailand or Burma, they don't have
any corresponding word for "is" in their languages. When
the Bible was translated into Thai for the first time, it became a
problem to translate it because in the Bible it is said that "God
is." You cannot say that "God is" in Burmese or in
Thai; you cannot say it. Whatsoever they say will mean, "God
is becoming." Everything is moving, nothing is. When a Burmese
looks at the world, he looks at movement. When we look, when particularly
the Greek-oriented Western mind looks, there is no process, only substance.
There are dead things, not movements. Even when you look at a river,
you see the river as "is." The river is not there -- the
river just means a movement, something which is constantly becoming.
And a point never comes where you say it has become, it is a process
without end. When we look at a tree, we see the tree "is".
The Burmese language has nothing to say. They can only say that the
tree is becoming, the tree is flowing, the tree is growing, the tree
is in process. If the child is brought up with this pattern in the
mind -- then everything is a process -- the world, the reality, will
be totally different. For you it is different and the reality is one
and the same. But what mind do you bring to it to interpret it? Then
one basic thing: unless the pattern of your mind is thrown away, unless
you are "de-patterned", unless your conditioning is thrown
away and you are deconditioned, you will not know what reality is
-- you will know only interpretations. Those interpretations are the
workings of your own mind. Unpatterned reality is the only reality.
And this technique is to help you to unpattern, to decondition, to
dissolve from the mind the words which have gathered there. You cannot
look because of them. Whatsoever looks real to you let it be dissolved.
energy, not substance, nothing static, but process, movement, rhythm,
dance, and go on imagining until the entire universe spiritualizes.
If you persist, within three months of intensively working for just
one hour every day, you can move to this feeling. Within three months
you can have a different feeling of the whole existence around you.
Matter is no longer there, only immaterial, oceanic existence, just
waves, vibrations. When this happens then you know what God is. That
ocean of energy is God. God is not a person. God is not somewhere
sitting on a throne in heaven. The whole creative energy of existence
is God. But we have a pattern of thinking. We say God is the creator.
God is not the creator. Rather, God is the creative force, the very
has been forced again and again on our minds that somewhere in the
past, God created the world -- and then and there creation finished.
Christians have a story that within six days God created the world
and on the seventh day he rested. That's why the seventh day, Sunday,
is a holiday. God took a holiday on that day. In six days he created
the world, forever and ever -- and since then there has been no creation.
Since the sixth day there has been no creation. This is a very dead
concept. Tantra says God is the very creativity. Creation is not a
historical event that happened somewhere in the past -- it is happening
every moment, God is creating every moment. But again language creates
a problem and we say, "God is creating." It feels that God
is someone who goes on creating. No, the very creativity that goes
on moving and moving every moment, that very creativity is God. So
you are in creation every moment. This is a very alive concept. It
is not that God has created something somewhere and since then there
has been no dialogue between man and God, there has been really no
connection, no relationship -- he created and the thing was finished.
Tantra says that every moment you are being created, eery moment you
are in deep relationship with the divine, with the source of creativity.
This is a very alive concept.
this technique you will have glimpse of the creative force, within
and without. And once you can feel the creative force and the touch,
the impact of it, you will become totally different, you will never
be the same again. God has entered you.You have become an abode.