LISTEN TO OSHO SPEAK ON
SEE AS IF FOR THE FIRST TIME A
BEAUTEOUS PERSON OR AN ORDINARY OBJECT.
Some basic things first; then you can
do this technique. We look at things always with old eyes. You come to
your home; you look at it without looking at it. You know it -- there
is no need to look at it. You have entered it again and again for
years together. You go to the door, you enter the door; you may unlock
the door. But there is no need to look.
This whole process goes on robot-like,
mechanically, unconsciously. If something goes wrong, only if your key
is not fitting into the lock, then you look at the lock. If the key
fits, you never look at the lock. Because of mechanical habits,
repeatedly doing the same thing again and again, you lose the capacity
to look; you lose the freshness to look. Really, you lose the function
of your eyes -- remember this. You become basically blind, because
eyes are not needed.
Remember the last time you looked at
your wife. The last time you looked at your wife or at your husband
may have been years ago. For how many years have you not looked? You
just pass, giving a casual glimpse, but not a look. Go again and look
at your wife or at your husband as if you were looking for the first
time. Why? Because if you are looking for the first time, your eyes
will be filled with a freshness. They will become alive.
You are passing through a street, and a
beautiful woman passes. Your eyes become alive -- lighted. A sudden
flame comes to them. This woman may be a wife to someone. He will not
look at her; he may become as blind as you have become seeing your
wife. Why? For the first time eyes are needed, the second time not so
much, and the third time they are not needed. After a few repetitions
you become blind. We live blindly.
Be aware. When you meet your children,
are you looking at them? You are not looking at them. This habit kills
the eyes; the eyes become bored -- repeatedly there is the old again
and again. And nothing is old really, it is just that your habit makes
you feel that it is so. Your wife is not the same as she was
yesterday, she cannot be; otherwise she is a miracle. Nothing can be
the same the next moment. Life is flux, everything is flowing, nothing
is the same.
The same sunrise will not happen again.
In a sense also, the sun is not the same. Every day it is new; basic
changes have occurred. And the sky will not be the same again; this
morning is not going to come again. Every morning has its own
individuality, and the sky and the colors, they will not gather in the
same pattern again. But you go on moving as if everything is just the
They say nothing is new under the sky.
Really, nothing is old under the sky. Only the eyes become old,
accustomed to things; then nothing is new. For children everything is
new: that is why everything gives them excitement. Even a colored
stone on a beach, and they become so excited. You will not be excited
even seeing God himself coming to your house. You will not be so
excited! You will say, "I know him, I have read about him."
Children are so excited because their eyes are new and fresh, And
everything is a new world, a new dimension.
Look at children's eyes -- at the
freshness, the radiant aliveness, the vitality. They look mirror-like,
silent, but penetrating. Only such eyes can reach within.
So this technique says:-
SEE AS IF FOR THE FIRST TIME A BEAUTEOUS PERSON OR AN ORDINARY
Anything will do. Look at your shoes. You have been using them for
years, but look as if for the first time and see the difference: the
quality of your consciousness suddenly changes.
I wonder whether you have seen Van
Gogh's painting of his shoe. It is one of the rarest things. There is
just an old shoe -- tired, sad, as if just on the verge of death. It
is just an old shoe, but look at it, feel it, and you will feel what a
long, boring life this shoe must have passed through. It is so sad,
just praying to be taken away from life, tired completely, every nerve
broken, just an old man, an old shoe. It is one of the most original
paintings. But how could Van Gogh see it?
You have even more old shoes with you
-- more tired, more dead, more sad, depressed, but you have never
looked at them, at what you have done to them, how you have behaved
with them. They tell a life story about you because they are your
shoes. They can say everything about you. If they could write, they
would write a most authentic biography of the person they had to live
with -- every mood, every face. When their owner was in love he
behaved differently with the shoes, when he was angry he behaved
differently. And the shoes were not concerned at all, and everything
has left a mark.
Look at Van Gogh's painting, and then
you will see what he could see in the shoes. Everything is there -- a
whole biography of the person who was using them. But how could he
see? To be a painter, one has to regain the child's look, the
freshness. He can look at everything -- at most ordinary things even.
He can look!
Cezanne has painted a chair, just an
ordinary chair, and you may even wonder... why paint a chair? There is
no need. But he worked on that painting for months together. You may
have stopped for a single moment to look at it, and he worked for
months on it because he could look at a chair. A chair has its own
spirit, its own story, its own miseries and happinesses. It has lived!
It has passed through life! It has its own experiences, memories. They
are all revealed in Cezanne's painting. But do you look at your chair?
No one looks at it, no one feels it.
Any object will do. This technique is
just to make your eyes fresh -- so fresh, alive, radiantly vital, that
they can move within and you can have a look at your inner self. SEE
AS IF FOR THE FIRST TIME.
Make it a point to see everything as if
for the first time, and sometime, suddenly, you will be surprised at
what a beautiful world you have been missing. Suddenly become aware
and look at your wife as if for the first time. And it will be no
wonder if you feel again the same love you felt the first time, the
same surge of energy, the same attraction in its fullest.
But look as if for the first time at a
BEAUTEOUS PERSON OR AN ORDINARY OBJECT. What will happen? You will
regain your eyesight. You are blind. Just now, as you are, you are
blind. And this blindness is more fatal than physical blindness,
because you have eyes and still you cannot look.
Jesus says many times, "Those who
have eyes, let them see. Those who have ears, let them hear." It
seems that he was talking to blind men or to deaf men. But he goes on
repeating it What was he - a superintendent in some institute for the
blind ? He goes on repeating, "If you have eyes, look." He
must be talking with ordinary men who have eyes. But why this
insistence on, "If you have eyes, look"? He is talking about
the eyes which this technique can give you.
Look at everything you pass as if for
the first time. Make it a continuous attitude. Touch everything as if
for the first time. What will happen? If you can do this, you will be
freed from your past. The burden, the depth, the dirtiness, the
accumulated experiences - you will be freed from them.
Every moment, move from the past. Do
not allow it to enter within you; do not allow it to be carried --
leave it. Look at everything as if for the first time. This is a great
technique to help you to be freed from the past. Then you are
constantly in the present, and by and by you will have an affinity
with the present. Then everything will be new. Then you will be able
to understand Heraclitus' saying that you cannot step twice in the
You cannot see a person twice - the
same person -- because nothing is static. Everything is river-like,
flowing and flowing and flowing. If you are freed from the past and
you have a look which can see the present, you will enter the
existence. And this entry will be double: you will enter into
everything, into its spirit, and you will enter into yourself also
because the present is the door. All meditations in one way or the
other try to get you to live in the present. So this technique is one
of the most beautiful techniques -- and easy. You can try it, and
without any danger.
If you are looking afresh even when
passing through the same street again, it is a new street. Meeting the
same friend as if he is a stranger, looking at your wife as you looked
for the first time when she was a stranger, can you really say that he
or she is not still a stranger? You may have lived for twenty years or
thirty years or forty years with your wife, but can you say that you
are acquainted with her? She is still a stranger: you are two
strangers living together. You know the outer habits of each other,
the outer reactions, but the inner core of the being is unknown,
Look freshly again, as if for the first
time, and you will see the same stranger. Nothing, nothing, has become
old; everything is new. This will give a freshness to your look. Your
eyes will become innocent. Those innocent eyes can see. Those innocent
eyes can enter into the inner world.