LISTEN TO OSHO SPEAK ON THIS MEDITATION
WHEN A MOOD AGAINST SOMEONE OR FOR
SOMEONE ARISES, DO NOT PLACE IT ON THE PERSON IN QUESTION, BUT REMAIN
If hate arises for someone or against
someone, or love arises for someone, what do we do? We project it on
the person. If you feel hate toward me, you forget yourself completely
in your hate; only I become your object. If you feel love toward me,
you forget yourself completely; only I become the object. You project
your love or hate or whatsoever upon me. You forget completely the
inner center of your being; the other becomes the center. This sutra
says when hate arises or love arises, or any mood for or against
anyone, do not project it on the person in question. Remember, you are
the source of it.
I love you -- the ordinary feeling is
that you are the source of my love. That is not really so. I am the
source, you are just a screen on which I project my love. You are just
a screen; I project my love on you and I say that you are the source
of my love. This is not fact, this is fiction. I draw my love energy
and project it onto you. In that love energy projected onto you, you
become lovely. You may not be lovely to someone else, you may be
absolutely repulsive to someone else. Why? If you are the source of
love then everyone will feel loving toward you, but you are not the
source. I project love, then you become lovely; someone projects hate,
then you become repulsive. And someone else doesn't project anything,
he is indifferent; he may not even have looked at you. What is
happening? We are projecting our own moods upon others.
That is why, if you are on your
honeymoon, the moon looks beautiful, miraculous, wonderful. It seems
that the whole world is different. And on the same night, just for
your neighbor, this miraculous night may not be in existence at all.
His child has died -- then the same moon is just sad, intolerable. But
for you it is enchanting, fascinating; it is maddening. Why? Is the
moon the source or is the moon just a screen and you are projecting
This sutra says:-
WHEN A MOOD AGAINST SOMEONE OR
FOR SOMEONE ARISES, DO NOT PLACE IT ON THE PERSON IN QUESTION --
or on the object in question.
Remain centered. Remember that you are
the source, so do not move to the other, move to the source. When you
feel hate, do not go to the object. Go to the point from where the
hate is coming. Go not to the person to whom it is going, but to the
center from where it is coming. Move to the center, go within. Use
your hate or love or anger or anything as a journey toward your inner
center, to the source. Move to the source and remain centered there.
Try it! This is a very, very
scientific, psychological technique. Someone has insulted you -- anger
suddenly erupts, you are feverish. Anger is flowing toward the person
who has insulted you. Now you will project this whole anger onto him.
He has not done anything. If he has insulted you, what has he done? He
has just pricked you, he has helped your anger to arise -- but the
anger is yours. If he goes to Buddha and insults him, he will not be
able to create any anger in him. Or if he goes to Jesus, Jesus will
give him the other cheek. Or if he goes to Bodhidharma, he will roar
with laughter. So it depends.
The other is not the source, the source
is always within you. The other is hitting the source, but if there is
no anger within you it cannot come out. If you hit a buddha, only
compassion will come out because only compassion is there. Anger will
not come out because anger is not there. If you throw a bucket into a
dry well, nothing comes out. In a water-filled well, you throw a
bucket and water comes out, but the water is from the well. The bucket
only helps to bring it out. So one who is insulting you is just
throwing a bucket in you, and then the bucket will come out filled
with the anger, hate, or fire that was within you. You are the source,
For this technique, remember that you
are the source of everything that you go on projecting onto others.
And whenever there is a mood against or for, immediately move within
and go to the source from where this hate is coming. Remain centered
there; do not move to the object. Someone has given you a chance to be
aware of your own anger -- thank him immediately and forget him. Close
your eyes, move within, and now look at the source from where this
love or anger is coming. From where? Go within, move within. You will
find the source there because the anger is coming from your source.
Hate or love or anything is coming from
your source. And it is easy to go to the source at the moment you are
angry or in love or in hate, because then you are hot. It is easy to
move in then. The wire is hot and you can take it in, you can move
inward with that hotness. And when you reach a cool point within, you
will suddenly realize a different dimension, a different world opening
before you. Use anger, use hate, use love to go within.
We use it always to move to the other,
and we feel very much frustrated if no one is there to project upon.
Then we go on projecting even on inanimate objects. I have seen
persons being angry at their shoes, throwing them in anger. What are
they doing? I have seen angry persons pushing a door in anger,
throwing their anger on the door, abusing the door, using dirty
language against the door. What are they doing?
I will end with one Zen insight about
this. One of the greatest of Zen masters, Lin Chi, used to say,
"While I was young I was very fascinated by boating. I had one
small boat, and I would go on the lake alone. For hours together I
would remain there.
"Once it happened that with closed
eyes I was in my boat meditating on the beautiful night. One empty
boat came floating downstream and struck my boat. My eyes were closed,
so I thought, `Someone is here with his boat, and he has struck my
boat.' Anger arose. I opened my eyes and I was just going to say
something to that man in anger, then I realized that the boat was
empty. Then there was no way to move. To whom could I express the
anger? The boat was empty. It was just floating downstream, and it had
come and struck my boat. So there was nothing to do. There was no
possibility to project the anger on an empty boat."
So Lin Chi said, "I closed my
eyes. The anger was there, but finding no way out, I closed my eyes
and just floated backward with the anger. And that empty boat became
my realization. I came to a point within myself in that silent night.
That empty boat was my master. And now if someone comes and insults
me, I laugh and I say, `This boat is also empty.' I close my eyes and
I go within."
Use this technique. It may work
miracles for you.