LISTEN TO OSHO SPEAK ON THIS MEDITATION
OR, WHEN BREATH IS
ALL OUT (UP) AND STOPPED OF ITSELF, OR ALL IN (DOWN) AND STOPPED
-- IN SUCH UNIVERSAL PAUSE, ONE'S SMALL SELF VANISHES. THIS IS
DIFFICULT ONLY FOR THE IMPURE.
But then it is
difficult for everyone because, he says,
THIS IS DIFFICULT ONLY FOR
THE IMPURE. But who is the pure one? It is difficult for you; you
cannot practice it. But you can feel it sometimes suddenly. You are
driving a car and suddenly you feel there is going to be an accident.
Breathing will stop. If it is out, it will remain out. If it is in, it
will remain in. You cannot breathe in such an emergency; you cannot
afford it. Everything stops, departs.
OR, WHEN BREATH IS
ALL OUT (UP) AND STOPPED OF ITSELF, OR ALL IN (DOWN) AND STOPPED -- IN
SUCH UNIVERSAL PAUSE, ONE'S SMALL SELF VANISHES:
Your small self is only a daily utility. In emergencies you cannot
remember it. Who you are -- the name, the bank balance, the prestige,
everything -- just evaporates. Your car is just heading toward another
car; another moment and there will be death. In this moment there will
be a pause. Even for the impure there will be a pause. Suddenly
breathing stops. If you can be aware in that moment, you can reach the
Zen monks have tried
this method very much in Japan. That is why their methods seem very
weird, absurd, strange. They have done many inconceivable things. A
master will throw someone out of the house. Suddenly the master will
begin slapping the disciple without any rhyme or reason, without any
You were sitting with
your master and everything was okay. You were just chit-chatting, and
he will begin to beat you in order to create the pause. If there is
any cause the pause cannot be created. If you had abused the master
and he starts beating you there is a causality, your mind understands:
"I abused him, and he is beating me."
Really, your mind was
expecting it already, so there is no gap. But remember, a Zen master
will not beat you if you abuse him, he will laugh, because then
laughter can create the pause. You were abusing him and you were
saying nonsense things to him, and you expected anger. But he starts
laughing or dancing. That is sudden; that will create the pause. You
cannot understand it. If you cannot understand the mind stops, and
when the mind stops, breathing stops. Either way -- if breathing
stops, mind stops; if mind stops, breathing stops.
You were appreciating
the master and you were feeling good, and you were thinking, "Now
the master must be pleased." And suddenly he takes his staff and
begins to beat you -- and mercilessly, because Zen masters are
merciless. He begins to beat you; you cannot understand what is
happening. The mind stops, there is a pause. If you know the
technique, you can attain to your self.
There are many
stories that someone attained buddhahood because the teacher suddenly
started beating him. You cannot understand it -- what nonsense! How
can one attain buddhahood by being beaten by someone, or by being
thrown out of the window by someone? Even if someone kills you, you
cannot attain buddhahood. But if you understand this technique, then
it becomes easy to understand.
In the West
particularly, in the last thirty or forty years Zen has become very
much prevalent -- a fashion. But unless they know this technique, they
cannot understand Zen. They can imitate it, but imitation is of no
use. Rather, it is dangerous. These are not things to be imitated.
The whole Zen
technique is based on the fourth technique of Shiva. But this is
unfortunate. Now we will have to import Zen from Japan because we have
lost the whole tradition; we do not know it. Shiva was the expert par
excellence of this method. When he came to marry Devi with his
his procession, the whole city must have felt the pause... the whole
Devi's father was not
willing to marry his girl to this "hippie" -- Shiva was the
original hippie. Devi's father was totally against him, and no father
would permit this marriage. So we cannot say anything against Devi's
father. No father would permit his daughter's marriage to Shiva. But
Devi insisted so he had to agree -- unwillingly, unhappily, but he
Then came the
marriage procession. It is said that people began to run, seeing Shiva
and his procession. The whole barat must have taken
They were "high." And really, LSD and marijuana are just the
beginning. Shiva knew and his friends and disciples knew the ultimate
SOMA RASA. Aldous Huxley has named the ultimate
psychedelic "soma" only because of Shiva. They were high,
just dancing, screaming, laughing. The whole city fled. It must have
felt the pause.
unexpected, unbelievable thing can create the pause for the impure.
But for the pure there is no need of such things. For the pure, the
pause is always there. Many times, for pure minds, breathing stops. If
your mind is pure -- pure means you are not desiring, hankering,
seeking anything -- silently pure, innocently pure, you can be sitting
and suddenly your breath will stop.
Remember this: mind
movement needs breath movement. Mind moving fast needs fast movement
in breath. That is why when you are in anger, breath will move fast.
In the sex act, the breath will move very fast. That is why in
Ayurveda- a system of herbal medicine in India- it is said that your
life will be shortened if too much sex is allowed. Your life will he
shortened, according to Ayurveda, because Ayurveda measures your life
in breaths. If your breathing is too fast, your life will be
Modern medicine says
that sex helps blood circulation, sex helps relaxation. And those who
suppress their sex may get into trouble -- particularly heart trouble.
They are right and Ayurveda is also right, but they seem
contradictory. But Ayurveda was invented five thousand years before.
Every man was doing much labor: life was labor, so there was no need
to relax, there was no need to create artificial devices for blood
But now, for those
who are not doing much physical labor, sex is their only labor. That
is why modern medicine is also right for modern man. He is not doing
any physical exertion, so sex gives the exertion: the heart beats
more, the blood circulates faster, the breathing becomes deep and goes
to the center. So after the sex act you feel relaxed and you can fall
into sleep easily. Freud says that sex is the best tranquillizer, and
it is -- at least for modern man.
In sex breathing will
become fast; in anger breathing will become fast. In sex the mind is
filled with desire, lust, impurity. When the mind is pure -- no desire
in the mind, no seeking, no motivation; you are not going anywhere,
but just remaining here and now as an innocent pool... not even a
ripple -- then breathing stops automatically. There is no need for it.
On this path, the
small self vanishes and you attain to the higher self, the supreme
I think this will do for today.