LISTEN TO OSHO SPEAK ON THIS MEDITATION
EYEBROWS, LET MIND BE BEFORE THOUGHT. LET FORM FILL WITH BREATH
ESSENCE TO THE TOP OF THE HEAD AND THERE SHOWER AS LIGHT.
This was the technique given to Pythagoras. Pythagoras went with this
technique to Greece, and really, he became the fountainhead, the
source of all mysticism in the West. He is the father of all mysticism
in the West.
This technique is one
of the very deep methods. Try to understand this:
THE EYEBROWS... Modern physiology, scientific research, says that
between the two eyebrows is the gland which is the most mysterious
part of the body. This gland, called the pineal gland, is the third
eye of the Tibetans --
SHIVANETRA: the eye of the Shiva, of the tantra.
Between the two eyes there exists a third eye, but it is
non-functioning. It is there, it can function any moment, but it does
not function naturally. You have to do something about it to open it.
It is not blind; it is simply closed. This technique is to open the
ATTENTION BETWEEN THE
EYEBROWS... Close your eyes, then focus both of your eyes just in the
middle of the two eyebrows. Focus just in the middle, with closed
eyes, as if you are looking with your two eyes. Give total attention
This is one of the
simplest methods of being attentive. You cannot be attentive to any
other part of the body so easily. This gland absorbs attention like
anything. If you give attention to it, both your eyes become
hypnotized with the third eye. They become fixed; they cannot move. If
you are trying to be attentive to any other part of the body it is
difficult. This third eye catches attention, forces attention; It is
magnetic for attention. So all the methods all over the world have
used it. It is the simplest to train you in attention because not only
are you trying to be attentive, the gland itself helps you; it is
magnetic. Your attention is brought to it forcibly. It is absorbed.
It is said in the old
tantra scriptures that for the third eye attention is food. It is
hungry; it has been hungry for lives and lives. If you pay attention
to it, it becomes alive. It becomes alive! The food is given to it.
And once you know that attention is food, once you feel that your
attention is magnetically drawn, attracted, pulled by the gland
itself, attention is not a difficult thing then. One has only to know
the right point. So just close your eyes, let your two eyes move just
to the middle, and feel the point. When you are near the point,
suddenly your eyes will become fixed. When it becomes difficult to
move them, then know you have caught the right point.
ATTENTION BETWEEN THE
EYEBROWS, LET MIND BE BEFORE THOUGHT... If this attention is there,
for the first time you will come to experience a strange phenomenon.
For the first time you will see thoughts running before you; you will
become the witness. It is just like a film screen: thoughts are
running and you are a witness. Once your attention is focused at the
third eye center, you become immediately the witness of thoughts.
Ordinarily you are
not the witness, you are identified with thoughts. If anger is there,
you become anger. If a thought moves, you are not the witness, you
become one with the thought, identified, and you move with it. You
become the thought; you take the form of the thought. When sex is
there you become sex, when anger is there you become anger, when greed
is there you become greed. Any thought moving becomes identified with
you. You do not have any gap between you and the thought.
But focused at the
third eye, suddenly you become a witness. Through the third eye you
become the witness. Through the third eye you can see thoughts running
like clouds in the sky or people moving on the street.
You are sitting at
your window looking at the sky or at people in the street; you are not
identified. You are aloof, a watcher on the hill -- different. Now if
anger is there you can look at it as an object. Now you do not feel
that YOU are angry. You feel that you are surrounded by anger -- a
cloud of anger has come around you -- but you are not the anger. And
if you are not the anger, anger becomes impotent, it cannot affect
you; you remain untouched. The anger will come and go and you will
remain centered in yourself.
This fifth technique
is a technique of finding the witness.
ATTENTION BETWEEN THE EYEBROWS,
LET THE MIND BE BEFORE THOUGHT. Now look at your thoughts; now
encounter your thoughts.
LET FORM FILL WITH BREATH ESSENCE TO THE TOP
OF THE HEAD AND THERE SHOWER AS LIGHT. When attention is focused at
the third eye center, between the two eyebrows, two things happen. One
is, suddenly you become a witness.
This can happen in
two ways. You become a witness and you will be centered at the third
eye. Try to be a witness. Whatsoever is happening, try to be a
witness. You are ill, the body is aching and painful, you have misery
and suffering, whatsoever -- be a witness to it. Whatsoever is
happening, do not identify yourself with it. Be a witness, an
observer. Then if witnessing becomes possible, you will be focused in
the third eye.
The vice versa is the
case also. If you are focused in the third eye, you will become a
witness. These two things are part of one. So the first thing: by
being centered in the third eye there will be the arising of the
witnessing self. Now you can encounter your thoughts. This will be the
first thing. And the second thing will be that now you can feel the
subtle, delicate vibration of breathing. Now you can feel the form of
breathing, the very essence of breathing.
First try to
understand what is meant by "the form," by "the essence
of breathing." While you are breathing, you are not only
breathing air. Science says you are breathing only air -- just oxygen,
hydrogen, and other gases in their combined form of air. They say you
are breathing air! But tantra says that air is just the vehicle, not
the real thing. You are breathing prana -- vitality. Air is just the
medium; prana is the content. You are breathing prana, not only air.
Modern science is
still not able to find out whether there is something like prana, but
some researchers have felt something mysterious. Breathing is not
simply air. It has been felt by many modern researchers also. In
particular, one name is to be mentioned -- Wilhelm Reich, a German
psychologist who called it "orgone energy." It is the same
thing as prana. He says that while you are breathing, air is just the
container and there is a mysterious content which can be called orgone
or prana or ELAN VITAL. But that is very subtle. Really, it is not
material. Air is the material thing -- the container is material --
but something subtle, non-material, is moving through it.
The effects of it can
be felt. When you are with a very vital person, you will feel a
certain vitality arising in you. If you are with a very sick person
you will feel sucked, as if something has been taken out of you. When
you go to the hospital, why do you feel so tired? You are being sucked
from everywhere. The whole hospital atmosphere is ill, and everyone
there needs more elan vital, more prana. So if you are there, suddenly
your prana begins to flow out of you. Why do you feel suffocated
sometimes when you are in a crowd? Because your prana is being sucked.
While you are alone under the sky in the morning, under the trees,
suddenly you feel a vitality in you -- the prana. Each person needs a
particular space. If that space is not given, your prana is sucked.
Wilhelm Reich did
many experiments, but he was thought to be a madman. Science has its
own superstitions, and science is a very orthodox thing. Science
cannot feel yet that there is anything more than air, but India has
been experimenting with it for centuries.
You may have heard or
you may have even seen someone going into
consciousness -- underground samadhi -- for days together, with no air
penetrating. One man went into such underground samadhi in Egypt in
1880 for forty years. Those who had buried him all died, because he
was to come out of his samadhi in 1920, forty years afterwards. In
1920 no one believed that they would find him alive, but he was found
alive. He lived afterwards for ten years more. He had become
completely pale, but he was alive. And there had been no possibility
of air reaching to him.
He was asked by
medical doctors and others, "What is the secret of it?" He
said, "We do not know. We only know this, that prana can enter
and flow anywhere." Air cannot penetrate, but prana can
penetrate. Once you know that you can suck prana directly, without the
container, then you can go into samadhi for centuries even.
By being focused in
the third eye, suddenly you can observe the very essence of breath --
not breath, but the very essence of breath, prana. And if you can
observe the essence of breath, prana, you are at the point from where
the jump, the breakthrough happens.
The sutra says,
FORM FILL WITH BREATH ESSENCE TO THE TOP OF THE HEAD... And when you
come to feel the essence of breathing, prana, just imagine that your
head is filled with it -- just imagine. No need of any effort. I will
explain to you how imagination works. When you are focused at the
third eye center, imagine, and the thing happens -- then and there.
Now your imagination
is just impotent; you go on imagining and nothing happens. But
sometimes, unknowingly, in ordinary life also things happen. You are
imagining about your friend and suddenly there is a knock on the door.
You say it is a coincidence that the friend has come. Sometimes your
imagination works just like coincidence. But whenever this happens,
now try and remember and analyze the whole thing. Whenever it happens
that you feel your imagination has become actual, go inside and
observe. Somewhere your attention must have been near the third eye.
Whenever this coincidence happens, it is not a coincidence. It looks
that way because you do not know the secret science. Your mind must
have moved unknowingly near the third eye center. If your attention is
in the third eye, just imagination is enough to create any phenomenon.
This sutra says that
when you are focused between the eyebrows and you can feel the very
essence of breathing,
LET FORM FILL. Now imagine that this essence is
filling your whole head, particularly the top of the head, the
SAHASRAR -- the highest psychic center. And the moment you imagine, it
will be filled.
THERE -- at the top of the head --
SHOWER AS LIGHT.
This prana essence is showering from the top of your head as light.
And it WILL begin to shower, and under the shower of light you will be
refreshed, reborn, completely new. That is what inner rebirth means.
So two things: first,
focused at the third eye your imagination becomes potent, powerful.
That is why so much insistence has been given on purity. Before doing
these practices, be pure. Purity is not a moral concept for tantra,
purity is significant -- because if you are focused at the third eye
and your mind is impure, your imagination can become dangerous:
dangerous to you, dangerous to others. If you are thinking to murder
someone, if this idea is in the mind, just imagining may kill the man.
That is why there is so much insistence on being pure first.
Pythagoras was told
to go through fasting, through particular breathing -- this breathing
-- because here one is traveling in a very dangerous land. Because
wherever there is power there is danger, and if the mind is impure,
whenever you get power your impure thoughts will take hold of it
You have imagined
many times to kill but the imagination cannot work, fortunately.
If it works, if it is actualized immediately, then it will become
dangerous -- not only to others, but to yourself also, because so many
times you have thought to commit suicide. If the mind is focused at
the third eye, just thinking of suicide will become suicide. You will
not have any time to change, immediately it will happen.
You might have
observed someone being hypnotized. When someone is hypnotized, the
hypnotist can say anything and immediately the hypnotized person
follows. Howsoever absurd the order, howsoever irrational or even
impossible, the hypnotized person follows it. What is happening? This
fifth technique is at the base of all hypnotism. Whenever someone is
being hypnotized he is told to focus his eyes at a particular point --
on some light, some dot on the wall or anything, or on the eyes of the
When you focus your
eyes at any particular point, within three minutes your inner
attention begins to flow toward the third eye. And the moment your
inner attention begins to flow toward the third eye, your face begins
to change. And the hypnotist knows when your face begins to change.
Suddenly your face loses all vitality. It becomes dead, as if deeply
asleep. The hypnotist knows immediately when your face has lost the
luster, the aliveness. It means that now attention is being sucked by
the third eye center. Your face has become dead; the whole energy is
running toward the third eye center.
Now the hypnotist
immediately knows that anything said will happen. He says, "Now
you are falling into a deep sleep" -- you will fall immediately.
He says, "Now you are becoming unconscious" -- you will
become unconscious immediately. Now anything can be done. If he says,
"Now you have become Napoleon," you will become. You will
begin to behave like a Napoleon, you will begin to talk like Napoleon.
Your gestures will change. Your unconscious will take the order and
will create the actuality. If you are suffering from a disease, now it
can be ordered that the disease has disappeared and it will disappear.
Or any new disease can be created.
Just putting an
ordinary stone from the street in your hand, the hypnotist can say,
"This is fire in your hand," and you will feel intense heat;
your hand will get burned -- not only in the mind, but actually.
Actually your skin will get burned. You will have a burning sensation.
What is happening? There is no fire, there is just an ordinary stone,
cold. How? How does this burning happen? You are focused at the third
eye center, your imagination is being given suggestions by the
hypnotist, and they are being actualized. If the hypnotist says,
"Now you are dead," you will die immediately. Your heart
will stop. It WILL stop.
This happens because
of the third eye. In the third eye, imagination and actualization are
not two things. Imagination is the fact. Imagine, and it is so. There
is no gap between dream and reality. There is
NO gap between dream and
reality! Dream, and it will become real. That is why Shankara has said
that this whole world is nothing but the dream of the divine... the
DREAM of the divine! This is because the divine is centered in the
third eye -- always, eternally -- so whatsoever the divine dreams
becomes real. If you are also centered in the third eye, whatsoever
you dream will become real.
Sariputta came to
Buddha. He meditated deeply, then many things, many visions started
coming, as it happens with anyone who goes into deep meditation. He
began to see heavens, he began to see hells, he began to see angels,
gods, demons. And they were actual, so real that he came running to
Buddha to tell him that such and such a vision had come to him. But
Buddha said, "It is nothing -- just dreams. Just dreams!"
But Sariputta said,
"They are so real. How can I say that they are dreams? When I see
a flower in my vision it is more real than any flower in the world.
The fragrance is there; I can touch it. When I see you," he said
to Buddha, "I do not see you as real. That flower is more real
than your being here just before me, so how can I differentiate
between what is real and what is dream?" Buddha said, "Now
that you are centered in the third eye, dream and reality are one.
Whatsoever you are dreaming will be real, and vice versa also."
For one who is
centered in the third eye dreams will become real and the whole
reality will become just a dream, because when your dream can become
real you know there is no basic difference between dream and reality.
So when Shankara says that this whole world is just
MAYA, a dream of
the divine, it is not a theoretical proposition, it is not a
philosophical statement. It is, rather, the inner experience of one
who is focused in the third eye.
When you are focused
in the third eye, just imagine that the essence of prana is showering
from the top of the head, just as if you are sitting under a tree and
flowers are showering, or you are just under the sky and suddenly a
cloud begins to shower, or you are just sitting in the morning and the
sun rises and rays begin to shower. Imagine, and immediately there is
a shower -- a shower of light falling down from the top of your head.
This shower recreates you, gives you a new birth. You are reborn.