LISTEN TO OSHO SPEAK ON THIS MEDITATION
PLACE YOUR WHOLE ATTENTION IN THE NERVE, DELICATE AS THE
LOTUS THREAD, IN THE CENTER OF YOUR SPINAL COLUMN. IN SUCH BE
For this sutra, for
this technique of meditation, one has to close his eyes and visualize
his spinal column, his backbone. It is good to look up in some
physiology book the structure of the body, or to go to some medical
college or hospital and look at the structure of the body. Then close
your eyes and visualize your backbone. Let the backbone be straight,
erect. Visualize it, see it, and just in the middle of it visualize a
nerve, delicate as the lotus thread, running in the center of your
IN SUCH BE TRANSFORMED.
If you can,
concentrate on the spinal column, and then on a thread in the middle
of it -- on a very delicate nerve like a lotus thread running through
it. Concentrate on it, and this very concentration throws you to your
The spinal column is
the base of your whole body structure. Everything is joined to it.
Really, your brain is nothing but one pole of your spinal column.
Physiologists say it is nothing but a spinal column growth; your brain
is really a growth of your spinal column.
Your spine is
connected with your whole body -- everything is connected to it. That
is why it is called the spine, the base. In this spine there is really
a thread-like thing, but physiology will not say anything about it
because it is not material. In this spine, just in the middle, there
is a silver cord -- a very delicate nerve. It is not really a nerve in
the physiological sense. You cannot operate and find it; it will not
be found there.
But in deep
meditation it is seen. It is there; it is non-material. It is energy,
not matter. And really, that energy cord in your spinal column is your
life. Through that you are related to the invisible existence, and
through that also you are related to the visible. That is the bridge
between the invisible and the visible. Through that thread you are
related to the body, and through that thread also you are related to
First, visualize the
spine. At first you will feel very strange, you will be able to
visualize it, but as an imagination. And if you go on endeavoring,
then it will not be just your imagination. You will become capable of
seeing your spinal column.
I was working with a
seeker on this technique. I gave him a picture of the body structure
to concentrate upon so that he would begin to feel how the spinal
column can be visualized inside. Then he started. Within a week he
came and said, "This is very strange. I tried to see the picture
you gave me, but many times that picture disappeared and I saw a
different spine. It is not exactly like the picture you gave to
So I told him,
"Now you are on the right path. Forget that picture completely,
and go on seeing the spine that has become visible to you."
Man can see his own
body structure from within. We have not tried it because it is very,
very fearful, loathsome; because when you see your bones, blood,
veins, you become afraid. So really, we have completely blocked our
minds from seeing within. We see the body from without, as if someone
else is looking at the body. It is just as if you go outside this room
and look at it -- then you know the outer walls. Come in and look at
the house -- then you can look at the inner walls. You see your body
from outside as if you are somebody else seeing your body. You have
not seen your body from inside. We are capable of it, but because of
this fear it has become a strange thing.
Indian yoga books say
many things about the body which have been found to be exactly right
by new scientific research, and science is unable to explain this. How
could they know? Surgery and knowledge of the inside of the human body
are very recent developments. How could they know of all the nerves,
of all the centers, of all the inner structures? They knew even about
the latest findings; they have talked about them, they have worked
upon them. Yoga has always been aware about all the basic, significant
things in the body. But they were not dissecting bodies, so how could
Really, there is
another way of looking at your own body -- from within. If you can
concentrate within, suddenly you begin to see your body -- the inner
lining of the body. This is good for those who are deeply
body-oriented. If you feel yourself a materialist, if you feel
yourself to be nothing but body, this technique will be very helpful
for you. If you feel yourself to be a body, if you are a believer in
Charvak or in Marx, if you believe that man is nothing but a body,
this technique will be very helpful for you. Then go and see the bone
structure of man.
In the old tantra and
yoga schools they used many bones. Even now a tantric will always be
found with some bones, with a man's skull. Really, that is to help
concentration from inside. First he concentrates on that skull, then
he closes his eyes and tries to visualize his own skull. He goes on
trying to see the outer skull inside, and by and by he begins to feel
his own skull. His consciousness begins to be focused. That outer
skull, the concentration on it and the visualization, are just helps.
Once you are focused inside, you can move from your toes to your head.
You can move inside -- and it is a great universe. Your small body is
a great universe.
This sutra uses the
spinal column because within the spinal column there is the thread of
life. This is why there is so much insistence on a straight backbone,
because if the backbone is not straight you will not be capable of
seeing the inner thread. It is very delicate, it is very subtle -- it
is minute. It is an energy flow. So if the spinal column is straight,
absolutely straight, only then can you have glimpses of that thread.
But our spinal
columns are not straight. Hindus have tried to make everyone's spinal
column straight from the very childhood. Their ways of sitting, their
ways of sleeping, their ways of walking were all based, basically, on
a straight spinal column. If the spinal column is not straight, then
it is very difficult to see the inner core. It is delicate -- and
really, it is not material. It is immaterial; it is a force. When the
spinal column is absolutely straight, that thread-like force is seen
IN SUCH BE TRANSFORMED. Once you can feel, concentrate and realize this thread,
you will be filled with a new light. The light will be coming from
your spinal column. It will spread all over your body; it may even go
beyond your body. When it goes beyond, auras are seen.
Everyone has an aura,
but ordinarily your auras are nothing but shadows with no light in
them -- just dark shadows around you. And those auras reflect your
every mood. When you are angry, then your auras become as if
blood-filled; they become filled with a red, angry expression. When
you are sad, dim, down, then your auras are filled with dark threads,
as if you are just near death -- everything dead, heavy.
When this spinal
column thread is realized, your auras become enlightened. So a Buddha,
a Mahavir, a Krishna, a Christ are not painted with auras just as
decorations, those auras exist. Your spinal column begins to throw out
light. Within, you become enlightened -- your whole body becomes a
body of light -- then it penetrates the outer. So really, for a buddha,
for anyone who is enlightened, there is no need to ask anyone what he
is. The aura shows everything. And when someone becomes enlightened
the master knows it, because the aura reveals everything.
I will tell you one
story... Hui Neng, a Chinese master, was working under his master.
When Hui Neng went to his master, the master said, "For what have
you come here? There is no need to come to me." He couldn't
understand. Hui Neng thought that he was not yet ready to be accepted,
but the master was seeing something else. He was seeing his growing
aura. He was saying this: "Even if you do not come to me, the
thing is bound to happen sooner or later, anywhere. You are already in
it, so there is no need to come to me."
But Hui Neng said,
"Do not reject me." So the master accepted him and told him
to go just behind the monastery, in the kitchen of the monastery. It
was a big monastery of five hundred monks. The master said to Hui Neng,
"Just go behind the monastery and help in the kitchen, and do not
come again to me. Whenever it will be needed, I will come to
No meditation was
given to Hui Neng, no scriptures to read, study or meditate upon.
Nothing was taught to him, he was just thrown into the kitchen. The
whole monastery was working. There were pundits, scholars, and there
were meditators, and there were yogis, and the whole monastery was
agog. Everyone was working and this Hui Neng was just cleaning rice
and doing kitchen work.
Twelve years passed.
Hui Neng didn't go again to the master because it was not allowed. He
waited, he waited, he waited... he simply waited. He was just taken as
a servant. Scholars would come, meditators would come, and no one
would even pay any attention to him. And there were big scholars in
Then the master
declared that his death was near, and now he wanted to appoint someone
to function in his place, so he said, "Those who think they are
enlightened should compose a small poem of four lines. In those four
lines you should put all that you have gained. And if I approve any
poems and see that the lines show that enlightenment has happened, I
will choose someone as my successor."
There was a great
scholar in the monastery, and no one attempted the poem because
everyone knew that he was going to win. He was a great knower of
scriptures, so he composed four lines. Those four lines were just like
this... the meaning of it was like this: "Mind is like a mirror,
and dust gathers on it. Clean the dust, and you are enlightened."
But even this great
scholar was afraid because the master would know. He already knows who
is enlightened and who is not. Though all he has written is beautiful,
it is the very essence of all the scriptures -- mind is like a mirror,
and dust gathers on it; remove the dust, and you are enlightened --
this was the whole gist of all the Vedas, but he knew that was all
that it was. He had not known anything, so he was afraid.
He didn't go directly
to the master, but in the night he went to the hut, to his master's
hut, and wrote all the four lines on the wall without signing --
without any signature. In this way, if the master approved and said,
"Okay, this is right," then he would say, "I have
written them." If he said, "No! Who has written these
lines?" then he would keep silent, he thought.
But the master
approved. In the morning the master said, "Okay!" He laughed
and said, "Okay! The man who has written this is an enlightened
one." So the whole monastery began to talk about it. Everyone
knew who had written it. They were discussing and appreciating, and
the lines were beautiful -- really beautiful. Then some monks came to
the kitchen. They were drinking tea and they were talking, and Hui
Neng was there serving them. He heard what had happened. The moment he
heard those four lines, he laughed. So someone asked, "Why are
you laughing, you fool? You do not know anything; for twelve years you
have been serving in the kitchen. Why are you laughing?"
No one had even heard
him laugh before. He was just taken as an idiot who would not even
talk. So he said, "I cannot write, and I am not an enlightened
one either, but these lines are wrong. So if someone comes with me, I
will compose four lines. If someone comes with me, he can write it on
the wall. I cannot write; I do not know writing."
So someone followed
him -- just as a joke. A crowd came there and Hui Neng said,
"Write: There is no mind and there is no mirror, so where can the
dust gather? One who knows this is enlightened."
But the master came
out and he said, "You are wrong," to Hui Neng. Hui Neng
touched his feet and returned back to his kitchen.
In the night when
everyone was asleep, the master came to Hui Neng and said, "You
are right, but I could not say so before those idiots -- and they are
learned idiots. If I had said that you are appointed as my successor,
they would have killed you. So escape from here! You are my successor,
but do not tell it to anyone. And I knew this the day you came. Your
aura was growing; that was why no meditation was given to you. There
was no need. You were already in meditation. And these twelve years'
silence -- not doing anything, not even meditation -- emptied you
completely of your mind, and the aura has become full. You have become
a full moon. But escape from here! Otherwise they will kill you.
"You have been
here for twelve years, and the light has been constantly spreading
from you, but no one observed it. And they have been coming to the
kitchen, everyone has been coming to the kitchen every day -- thrice,
four times. Everyone passes through here; that is why I posted you in
the kitchen. But no one has recognized your aura. So you escape from
When the spinal
column thread is touched, seen, realized, an aura begins to grow
around you. ... IN SUCH BE TRANSFORMED. Be filled with that light and
be transformed. This is also a centering -- a centering in the spinal
column. If you are body-oriented, this technique will help you. If you
are not body-oriented, it is very difficult, it will be very difficult
to visualize from the inside. Then to look at your body from the
inside will be difficult.
This sutra will be
more helpful for women than for men. They are more body-oriented. They
live more in the body; they feel more. They can visualize the body
more. Women are more body-oriented than men, but for anyone who can
feel the body, who feels the body, who can visualize, who can close
his eyes and feel his body from within, this technique will be very
helpful for him.
Then visualize your
spinal column, and in the middle a silver cord running through it.
First it may look like imagination, but by and by you will feel that
imagination has disappeared and your mind has become focused on that
spinal column. And then you will see your own spine. The moment you
see the inner core, suddenly you will feel an explosion of the light
Sometimes this can
also happen without any effort. It happens sometimes. Again, in a deep
sex act it sometimes happens. Tantra knows: in a deep sex act your
whole energy becomes concentrated near the spine. Really, in a deep
sex act the spine begins to discharge electricity. And sometimes,
even, if you touch the spine you will get a shock. If the intercourse
is very deep and very loving and long -- really, if the two lovers are
just in a deep embrace, silent, non-moving, just being filled with
each other, just remaining in a deep embrace -- it happens. It has
happened many times that a dark room will suddenly become filled with
light, and both bodies will be surrounded with a blue aura.
Many, many such cases
have happened. Even in some of your experiences it may have happened,
but you may not have noticed that in a dark room, in deep love,
suddenly you feel a light around both of your bodies, and that light
spreads and fills the whole room. Many times it has happened that
suddenly things drop from the table in the room without any visible
cause. And now psychologists say that in a deep sex act, electricity
is discharged. That electricity can have many effects and impacts.
Things may suddenly drop, move or be broken, and even photographs have
been taken in which light is visible. But that light is always
concentrated around the spinal column.
So sometimes, in a
deep sex act also -- and tantra knows this well and has worked on it
-- you may become aware, if you can look within to the thread running
in the middle of the spinal column. And tantra has used the sex act
for this realization, but then the sex act has to be totally
different, the quality has to be different. It is not something to be
gotten over with; it is not something to be done for a release; it is
not something to be finished hurriedly; it is not a bodily act then.
Then it is a deep spiritual communion. Really, through two bodies it
is a deep meeting of two innernesses, of two subjectivities,
penetrating each other.
So I will suggest to
you to try this technique when in a deep sex act -- it will be easier.
Just forget about sex. When in a deep embrace, remain inside. Forget
the other person also, just go inside and visualize your spinal
column. It will be easier, because then more energy is flowing near
the spinal column, and the thread is more visible because you are
silent, because your body is at rest. Love is the deepest relaxation,
but we have made love also a great tension. We have made it an
anxiety, a burden.
In the warmth of
love, filled, relaxed, close your eyes. But men ordinarily do not
close their eyes. Ordinarily, women do close their eyes. That is why I
said that women are more body-oriented while men are not. In a deep
embrace in the act of sex, women will close their eyes. Really, they
cannot love with open eyes. With closed eyes, they feel the body more
Close your eyes and
feel your body. Relax. Concentrate on the spinal column. And this
sutra says very simply,
IN SUCH BE TRANSFORMED. And you will be
transformed through it.
Enough for today.