LISTEN TO OSHO SPEAK ON THIS MEDITATION
STOP THE DOORS OF
THE SENSES WHEN FEELING THE CREEPING OF AN ANT. THEN.
This looks very
simple, but it is not so simple. I will read it again:
STOP THE DOORS
OF THE SENSES WHEN FEELING THE CREEPING OF AN ANT. THEN. This is only
an example; anything will do.
STOP THE DOORS OF THE SENSES WHEN
FEELING THE CREEPING OF AN ANT, and then -- THEN -- the thing will
happen. What is Shiva saying?
You have a thorn in
your foot -- it is painful, you are suffering. Or one ant is there
creeping on your leg. You feel the creeping and suddenly you want it
to be thrown away. Take any experience! You have a wound -- it is
painful. You have a headache, or any pain in the body. Anything will
do as an object. It is only an example -- the
CREEPING OF AN ANT.
STOP THE DOORS OF THE SENSES WHEN FEELING THE CREEPING OF
AN ANT. Whatsoever you are feeling, stop all the doors of the senses.
What is to be done?
Close your eyes and think that you are just blind and you cannot see.
Close your ears and think that you cannot hear. With all of the five
senses, you just close them. How can you close them? It is easy. Stop
breathing for a single moment: all your senses will be closed. When
the breath has stopped and all the senses are closed, where is this
creeping? Where is the ant? Suddenly you are removed -- far away.
One of my friends, an
old friend, very aged, fell down the staircase, and doctors said that
now he would not be able to move from his bed for three months, he
would have to rest for three months. And he was a very restless man;
it was difficult for him. I went to see him, so he said, "Pray
for me and bless me so that I may die, because these three months are
more than death. I cannot remain stone-like. And others are saying,
I told him,
"This is a good opportunity. Just close your eyes and think that
you are only a stone, you cannot move. How can you move? You are a
stone -- just a stone, a statue. Close your eyes. Feel that you are
now a stone, a statue." He asked me what will happen. I told him,
"Just try. I am sitting here, and nothing can be done. Nothing
can be done! You will have to be here for three months anyhow, so
He would have never
tried, but the situation was so impossible that he said, "Okay! I
will try because something may happen. But I don't believe it,"
he said. "I don't believe that something can happen just by
thinking that I am stone-like, dead like a statue, but I will
try." So he tried.
I was also not
thinking that something was going to happen, because the man was such.
But sometimes when you are in an impossible situation, hopeless,
things begin to happen. He closed his eyes. I waited, because I was
thinking that within two or three minutes he would open them and he
would say, "Nothing happened." But he would not open his
eyes, and thirty minutes passed. I could feel and see that he had
become a statue. All the tension on his forehead disappeared. His face
I had to leave, but
he would not open his eyes. And he was so silent, as if dead. His
breathing calmed down, and because I had to leave, I had to tell him,
"I want to go now, so please open your eyes and tell me what has
He opened his eyes a
different man. And he said, "This is a miracle. What have you
done to me?"
I told him, "I
have not done anything at all."
He said, "You
must have done something because this is a miracle. When I began to
think that I am just like a stone, like a statue, suddenly the feeling
came to me that even if I wanted to move my hands it was impossible to
do so. I wanted so many times to open my eyes, but they were like
stone so I couldn't open them."
He said, "I even
became worried about what you will be thinking, as it was so long, but
what could I do? I couldn't move myself for these thirty minutes. And
when every movement ceased, suddenly the world disappeared and I was
alone, deep down in me, myself. Then the pain disappeared."
There was severe
pain; he could not sleep in the night without a tranquilizer. But the
pain disappeared. I asked him how he felt when the pain was
disappearing. He said, "First I began to feel that it was
somewhere distant. The pain was there, but very far away as if
happening to someone else. And then by and by, by and by, as if
someone is going away and away and you cannot see him, it disappeared.
The pain disappeared! For at least ten minutes, the pain was no more.
How can a stone body have pain?"
This sutra says,
THE DOORS OF THE SENSES. Become stone-like, closed to the world. When
you are closed to the world, really, you are closed to your own body
also, because your body is not part of you; it is part of the world.
When you are closed completely to the world, you are closed to your
own body also. Then, Shiva says, then the thing will happen.
So try it with the
body. Anything will do, you will not need some ant creeping on you.
Otherwise you will think, "When the ant will creep, I will
meditate." And such helpful ants are difficult to find, so
anything will do. You are lying on your bed, you feel the cold sheets
-- become dead. Suddenly the sheets will go away, away, away, and they
will disappear. Your bed will disappear; your bedroom will disappear;
the whole world will disappear. You are closed, dead, a stone, like a
Leibnitzian monad with no window outside -- no window! You cannot
And then, when you
cannot move, you are thrown back to yourself, you are centered in
yourself. Then, for the first time you can look from your center. And
once you can look from your center, you can never be the same man