LISTEN TO OSHO SPEAK ON THIS MEDITATION
HERE IS THE SPHERE OF CHANGE, CHANGE, CHANGE. THROUGH CHANGE CONSUME
The first thing to understand is that everything you know about is
change; except for you, the knower, everything is change. Have you
seen anything which is not change? This whole world is a phenomenon
of change. Even the Himalayas are changing. They say -- the scientists
who work on it -- that they are growing; these Himalayas are the youngest
mountains in the world, still a child, really, still growing. They
have not yet become mature; they have not reached to the point from
where something begins to decline. They are still rising.
you compare them with Vindhyachal, another mountain, they are just
children. Vindhyachal is one of the oldest -- and some say the oldest
mountain in the world. It is so old, it is decreasing -- coming down.
For centuries, it is coming down -- just dying, in its old age. So
even a Himalaya which looks so stable, unchanging, unmoving, is changing.
It is just a river of stones. Stones make no difference; they are
also river-like, floating. Comparatively everything is changing. Something
looks more changing, something looks less changing, but that is only
is unchanging that you can know. Remember my point: nothing that you
can know is unchanging. Nothing is unchanging except the knower. But
that is always behind. It always "knows"; it is really never
known. It can never become the object; it is always the subject. Whatsoever
you do or know, it is always behind. You cannot know it. When I say
this, don't get disturbed. When I say that you cannot know it, I mean
you cannot know it as an object. I can look at you, but how can I
look at myself in the same way? It is impossible because to be in
a relationship of knowledge two things are needed -- the knower and
when I look at you, you are the known and I am the knower, and the
knowledge can exist as a bridge. But where to make the bridge when
I look at myself, when I am trying to know myself? There only I am,
alone -- totally alone. The other bank is missing, so where to create
the bridge? How to know myself?
self-knowledge is a negative process. You cannot know yourself directly;
you can simply go on eliminating objects of knowledge. Go on eliminating
the objects of knowledge. When there is no object of knowledge, when
you cannot know anything, when there is nothing but the vacuum, the
emptiness -- and this is what meditation is: just eliminating all
objects of knowledge -- then a moment comes when consciousness is,
but there is nothing to be conscious of; knowing is, but there is
nothing to know. The simple, pure energy of knowing remains and nothing
is left to be known. There is no object.
that state when there is nothing to be known, it is said that you
know yourself in a certain sense. But that KNOWLEDGE is totally different
from all other knowledge. It is misleading to use the same word for
both. There have been mystics who have said that self-knowledge is
contradictory, the very term is contradictory. Knowledge is always
of the other; self-knowledge is not possible. But when the other is
not, something happens. You may call it "self-knowledge,"
but the word is misleading.
whatsoever you know is change. Everywhere, even these walls, are constantly
changing. Now physics supports this. Even the wall which looks so
stationary, non-changing, is changing every moment. A great flux is
on. Every atom is moving, every electron is moving. Everything is
moving fast, and the movement is so fast that you cannot detect it.
That is why the wall looks so permanent. In the morning it was like
this, in the afternoon it was like that, in the evening it was like
this, yesterday it was like this and tomorrow it will be like this.
You look at it as if it is the same, but it is not. Your eyes are
not capable of detecting such great movement.
fan is there. If the fan is moving very fast, you will not be able
to see the space, it will look like just one circle. Space cannot
be seen because the movement is fast, and if the movement is so fast
-- just as fast as electrons are moving -- you will not see that the
fan is moving at all. You will not be able to detect the movement.
The fan will look stationary; you will even be able to touch it. It
will be stationary, and your hand will not even be able to enter into
the gaps, because your hand cannot move so fast as to go into the
gaps. Before you move, another blade will have come. Before you move,
still another blade will have come. You will always touch the blade,
and the movement will be so fast that the fan will look like it is
non-moving. So things that are non-moving are very fast moving: that
is why there is the appearance that they are stationary.
sutra says that everything is change: "HERE IS THE SPHERE OF
CHANGE..." On this sutra Buddha's whole philosophy stands. Buddha
says that everything is a flux, changing, non-permanent, and that
one should know this. Buddha's emphasis is so much on this point.
His whole standpoint is based on it. He says, "change, change,
change: remember this continuously." Why? If you can remember
change, detachment will happen. How can you be attached when everything
look at a face; it is very beautiful. When you look at a face that
is very beautiful, there is a feeling that this is going to remain.
Understand it deeply. Never expect that this is going to remain. But
if you know that this is changing fast, that this is beautiful this
moment and it may be ugly the next, how can you feel any attachment?
It is impossible. Look at a body: it is alive; the next moment it
will be dead. All is futile, if you feel the change.
left his palace, his family -- his beautiful wife, his child -- and
when someone asked him, "Why?" he said, "Where there
is nothing permanent, what is the use? The child will die." And
the night Buddha left, the child was born. He was just a few hours
old. Buddha went into his wife's room to have a last look. The wife's
back was towards the door. She was holding the child in her arms in
sleep. Buddha wanted to say goodbye, but then he resisted. He said,
"What is the use?"
moment came in his mind when a thought flashed that "The child
is just one day old, a few hours old, and I must have a look."
But then he said, "What is the use? Everything is changing. This
day the child is born, and the next day the child will die. And one
day before he was not here. Now he is here, and one day again he will
not be here. So what is the use? Everything is changing." He
left -- turned back and left.
someone asked, "Why have you left all that?" he said, "I
am in search of that which never changes, because if I stick to that
which changes there is going to be frustration. If I cling to that
which is changing, I am stupid, because it will change, it will not
remain the same. Then I will be frustrated. So I am in search of that
which never changes. If there is anything which never changes, only
then does life have any worth and meaning. Otherwise everything is
futile." He based his whole teaching on change.
sutra is beautiful. This sutra says, "THROUGH CHANGE CONSUME
CHANGE." Buddha would never say the second part. The second part
is basically tantric. Buddha will say that everything is change; feel
it, and then you will not cling to it. And when you don't cling to
it, by and by, by leaving everything that changes, you will fall into
yourself to the center where there is no change. Just go on eliminating
change, and you will come to the unmoving, to the center -- the center
of the wheel. That is why Buddha has chosen the wheel as the symbol
of his religion: because the wheel moves, but the center on which
it moves remains unmoving. So the SANSARA -- the world -- moves like
a wheel. Your personality moves like a wheel, and your innermost essence
remains the center on which the wheel moves. It remains unmoving.
will say life is change. He will agree with the first part. The next
-- the second part -- is typically tantric: "THROUGH CHANGE CONSUME
CHANGE." Tantra says don't leave that which is changing; move
into it. Don't cling, but move. Why be afraid? Move into it, live
it out. Allow it to happen, and you move into it. Consume it through
itself. Don't be afraid, don't escape. Where will you escape? How
can you escape? Everywhere there is change. Tantra says everywhere
is change. Where will you escape? Where can you go?
you go the change will be there. All escape is futile, so don't try
to escape. Then what to do? Don't cling. Live the change, be the change.
Don't create any struggle with it. Move with it. The river is flowing;
you flow with it. Don't even swim; allow the river to take you. Don't
fight with it, don't waste your energy by fighting with it; just relax.
Be in a let-go and move with the river.
will happen? If you can move with a river without any conflict, without
any direction of your own, if the river's direction is your direction,
suddenly you will become aware that you are not the river. You will
become aware that you are not the river! Feel it. Some day try it
in a river. Go there, relax, and allow the river to take you. Don't
fight; become the river. Suddenly you will feel that the river is
all around, but you are not the river.
fighting you may forget this. That is why tantra says, "THROUGH
CHANGE CONSUME CHANGE." Don't fight. There is no need because
in you the change cannot enter. So don't be afraid. Live in the world.
Don't be afraid because in you the world cannot enter. Live it. Don't
choose this way or that.
are two types of people: one that will cling to the world of change
and one that will escape. But tantra says it is change, so to cling
is futile and to escape also. What is the use? Buddha says, "What
is the use of remaining in the world of change?" Tantra says,
"What is the use of escaping from it?"
are futile. Rather, allow it to happen. You are not concerned with
it; it is happening, you are not even needed for it. You were not
and the world was changing, and you will not be and the world will
go on changing -- so why create any fuss about it?
CHANGE THROUGH CHANGE." This is a very deep message. Consume
anger through anger, consume sex through sex, consume greed through
greed, consume the SANSARA through the sansara. Don't fight with it,
be relaxed, because fight creates tensions and fight creates anxiety,
anguish, and you will be unnecessarily disturbed. Allow the world
to be as it is.
are two types of persons. One type is those persons who cannot allow
the world to be as it is. They are called revolutionaries. They will
change it, they will struggle to change it. They will destroy their
whole life in changing it, and it is already changing. They are not
needed, they will only consume themselves. They will burn out in changing
the world, and it is already changing. No revolution is really needed.
The world is a revolution; it is changing.
may wonder why India has not created great revolutionaries. It is
because of this insight that everything is already changing. Why are
you disturbed to change it? You can neither change it nor stop the
change. It IS changing. Why waste yourself?
type of personality always tries to change the world. In religion's
eyes he is neurotic. Really, he is afraid of coming to himself, so
he goes on and becomes obsessed with the world. The state has to be
changed, the government has to be changed, the society, the structure,
the economics, everything has to be changed, and he will die, and
he will never have a moment of ecstasy in which he could know what
he was, and the world will continue and the wheel will go on moving.
It has seen many revolutionaries, and it goes on moving. Neither can
you stop it nor can you accelerate the change.
is a mystic's attitude: mystics say there is no need to change the
world. But mystics are also of two types. One will say there is no
need to change the world, but there is a need to change oneself. He
also believes in changing -- not in changing the world, but himself.
tantra says there is no need to change anyone -- neither the world
nor yourself. That is the deepest core of mysticism. You need not
change the world and you need not change yourself. You are just to
know that everything is changing, and to float in the change and relax
in the change.
the moment there is no effort to create any change, you can relax
totally -- because if the effort is there you cannot relax. Then tension
will be there because in the future something of value is going to
happen: the world is going to change. The world is going to become
communistic, or the earthly paradise is to come, or some utopia in
the future, or you are going to enter into the Kingdom of God, or
into MOKSHA. Somewhere in paradise the angels are waiting to welcome
you -- but "somewhere" is the future. With this attitude
you are going to be tense.
says forget it. The world is already changing and you are also already
changing. Change is existence, so don't become worried about it. It
is already happening without you; you are not needed. You just float
in it with no anxiety for the future, and suddenly amidst change you
will become aware of a center within you which never changes, which
has remained always as it is -- the same.
does it happen? Because if you are relaxed, then the changing background
gives you the contrast, and through it you can feel the non-changing.
If you are in any effort to change the world or yourself, you cannot
look at the small unmoving center within you. You are so much obsessed
with change, you are not able to have a look at what is the case.
change is all around. The change becomes the background, the contrast,
and you are relaxed. So there is no future in your mind -- no future
thoughts. You are here now; this moment is all. Everything is changing,
and suddenly you become aware of a point within you which has never
changed. "THROUGH CHANGE CONSUME CHANGE." This is what is
meant by "THROUGH CHANGE CONSUME CHANGE."
fight. Through death become deathless; through death allow the death
to die. Don't fight with it. The tantra attitude is difficult to conceive
of, because our minds want to do something and this is a non-doing.
It is just relaxing, not doing, but this is one of the most hidden
secrets. If you can feel this, you need not bother about anything
else. This one technique can give you all.
you need not do anything because you have come to know the secret
that through change, change can be consumed, and through death, death
can be consumed, and through sex, sex can be consumed, and through
anger, anger can be consumed. Now you have come to know the secret
that through poison, poison can be consumed.