LISTEN TO OSHO SPEAK ON THIS MEDITATION
IN SUMMER WHEN YOU SEE THE ENTIRE
SKY ENDLESSLY CLEAR, ENTER SUCH CLARITY.
Mind is confusion; there is no clarity.
And mind is always crowded, always cloudy; never the open sky, cloudless,
empty. Mind cannot be that. You cannot make your mind clear; it is
not the nature of the mind to be so. Mind will remain unclear. If
you can leave the mind behind, if you can suddenly transcend the mind
and come out of it, clarity will happen to you. You can be clear,
but not the mind. There is not such a thing as a clear mind; never
has been and never will be. Mind means the unclarity, the confusion.
to understand the structure of the mind, and then this technique will
be clear to you. What is mind? A continuous process of thought, a
continuous procession of thoughts -- associated, non-associated, relevant,
irrelevant -- many multi-dimensional impressions gathered from everywhere.
The whole life is a gathering, a gathering of the dust. And this goes
on and on.
child is born. A child is clear because the mind is not there. The
moment mind appears, the unclarity, the confusion enters. A child
is clear, a clarity, but he will have to gather knowledge, information,
culture, religion, conditionings -- necessary, useful. He will have
to gather many things from everywhere, from many sources -- opposite,
contradictory sources. From thousands and thousands of sources he
will gather. Then the mind will become a market-place, a crowd, and
because of so many sources, confusion is bound to be there. And whatsoever
you gather, nothing is certain, because knowledge is always a growing
remember, someone related an anecdote to me. He was a great searcher,
and he told me this about his professor who taught him for five years
in a medical college. The professor was a great scholar of his subject.
The last thing he did was to gather his students and tell them, `One
thing more I have to teach you. Whatsoever I have taught you is only
fifty percent correct, and the remaining fifty percent is absolutely
wrong. But the trouble, is, I don't know which fifty percent is correct
and which fifty percent is incorrect -- I don't know.'
whole edifice of knowledge is such. Nothing is certain, no one knows,
everyone is groping. Through groping we create systems, and there
are thousands and thousands of systems. Hindus say something, Christians
say something else, Mohammedans still something else -- all contradictory,
all contradicting each other; no agreement, no certainty -- and all
these sources are the sources for your mind. You collect: your mind
becomes a junk-yard; confusion is bound to be there. Only a person
who doesn't know much can be certain. The more you know, the more
uncertain you will become.
primitive people, were more certain and apparently appeared to be
more clear. There was no clarity -- simply unawareness of facts which
could contradict them. If the modern mind is more confused, the reason
is that the modern knows more. If you know more you will be more confused,
because now you have more knowledge, and the more you know, the more
uncertain you become. Only idiots can be certain, only idiots can
be dogmatic, only idiots will never hesitate. The more you know, the
more the earth is taken away from your feet, the more hesitant you
become. What I mean to say is, the more the mind grows, the more you
will know the nature of the mind is confusion.
I say only idiots can be certain, I don't mean that a Buddha is an
idiot -- because he is not uncertain. Remember the difference. He
is not certain, he is not uncertain -- he is simply clear. With the
mind, uncertainty; with the idiotic mind, certainty. With no mind
both disappear -- certainty and uncertainty.
is a clarity, a space, open space. He is not certain -- there is nothing
to be certain. He is not uncertain, because there is nothing to be
uncertain. Only one who is seeking certainty can be uncertain. Mind
is always uncertain and always seeking certainty; always confused
and always seeking clarity. A Buddha is one who has dropped the mind;
and with the mind all confusion, all certainty, all uncertainty, everything
at it in this way: your consciousness is just like the sky and your
mind is just like the clouds. The sky remains untouched by the clouds.
They come and go; no scar is left behind. The sky remains virgin:
no record, no footprints, nothing of the clouds, no memory. They come
and they go; the sky remains undisturbed. This is the case within
you also: the consciousness remains undisturbed. Thoughts come and
go, minds evolve and disappear. And don't think that you have one
mind; you have many minds, it is a crowd. Your minds go on changing.
are a communist, so you have a certain type of mind. You can leave
it and you can become anti-communist. Then you have a different mind;
not only different, quite the opposite. You can go on changing your
minds just like your dress. And you go on changing. You may not be
aware of it -- these clouds come and go. Clarity can be achieved if
you become aware of the sky; if your focus changes. You are focused
on the clouds if you are unfocused on the sky. Unfocus on the clouds
and focus on the sky.
SUMMER WHEN YOU SEE
on the sky; a summer sky with no clouds, endlessly empty and clear,
nothing moving in it, in its total virginity. Contemplate on it, meditate
on it, and enter this clarity. Become this clarity, this space-like
you meditate on open unclouded sky, suddenly you will feel that the
mind is disappearing, the mind is dropping away. There will be gaps.
Suddenly you will become aware that it is as if the clear sky has
entered in you also. There will be intervals. For a time being, thoughts
will cease -- as if the traffic has ceased and there is no one moving.
the beginning it will be only for moments, but even those moments
are transforming. By and by the mind will slow down, bigger gaps will
appear. For minutes together there will be no thought, no cloud. And
when there IS no thought, no cloud, the outer sky and the inner become
one, because only the thought is the barrier, only the thought creates
the wall; only because of the thought the outer is outer and the inner
is inner. When the thought is not there, the outer and the inner lose
their boundaries, they become one. Really, boundaries never existed
there. They appeared only because of the thought, the barrier.
meditate on the sky is beautiful. Just lie down so you forget the
earth; just lie down on your back on any lonely beach, on any ground,
and just look at the sky. But a clear sky will be helpful -- unclouded,
endless. And just looking, staring at the sky, feel the clarity of
it -- the uncloudedness, the boundless expanse -- and then enter that
clarity, become one with it. Feel as if you have become the sky, the
the beginning, if you only meditate on the open sky, not doing anything
else, intervals will start appearing, because whatsoever you see enters
you. Whatsoever you see stirs you within; whatsoever you see is pictured,
see a building. You cannot simply see it; something immediately starts
happening within you. You see a man, a woman; you see a car -- you
see anything. It is not just outside, something has started within,
the reflection, and you have started reacting to it. So everything
you see moulds you, makes you, modifies you, creates you. The without
is constantly related with the within.
look into the open sky is good. Just the expanse is beautiful, with
no boundaries there. Your own boundaries will disappear, because the
no-boundary sky will reflect within you. And if you can stare without
blinking your eyes it will be good. If you stare without blinking
your eyes... because if you blink your eyes your thought-process will
continue. Stare without blinking the eyes. Stare in the emptiness,
move into that emptiness, feel that you have become one with it, and
any moment the sky will enter within you.
you enter into the sky and then the sky enters you. And there is a
meeting: the inner sky meeting the outer sky. In that meeting is realization.
In that meeting there is no mind, because the meeting can happen only
when the mind is not there. In that meeting you are for the first
time not your mind. There is no confusion. Confusion cannot exist
without the mind. There is no misery, because misery also cannot exist
without the mind.
you observed this fact anytime or not -- that misery cannot exist
without your mind? You cannot be miserable without your mind. The
very source is not there. Who will supply you with this misery? Who
will make you miserable? And the same is true from the opposite direction
also: you cannot be miserable without your mind and you cannot be
blissful with your mind. The mind can never be the source of bliss.
if the inner and outer sky meet and mind disappears, even for a moment,
you will be filled with a new life. The quality of that life is absolutely
different. It is life eternal, uncontaminated by death, uncontaminated
by any fear. In that meeting you will be here and now, in the present
-- because past belongs to thoughts, future belongs to thoughts. Past
and future are part of your mind. Present is existence -- it is not
part of your mind.
moment doesn't belong to your mind. The moment that has gone belongs;
the moment that has to come belongs to your mind. This moment never
belongs to you. Rather, you belong to this moment. You exist here,
right now here. Your mind exists somewhere else, always somewhere
was reading one Sufi mystic. He was travelling on a lonely path, the
way was deserted, and he saw a farmer with his bullock-cart. The cart
was stuck in mud. The road was rough. The farmer was carrying a big
load of apples in his bullock-cart, but somewhere on the rough road
the tailboard of the wagon became unfastened and the apples were scattered.
But he was not aware of it; the farmer was not aware of it.
the cart got stuck in the mud, first he tried to bring it out somehow,
but all efforts were in vain, so he thought, `Now I must unload my
cart, then maybe I can pull it out.' He looked back. Hardly a dozen
apples were left -- the load was already unloaded. You can feel his
misery. The Sufi reports in his memoirs that that exasperated farmer
made a remark. He said, `Stuck, by heck! Stuck! -- and not a damn
thing to unload!' The only possibility was that if he could unload
the cart it could come out; but now -- nothing to unload!
you are not stuck in such a way. You can unload -- your cart is too
much loaded. You can unload the mind, and the moment the mind is not
there, you fly; you become capable of flying.
technique -- to look into the clarity of the sky and to become one
with it -- is one of the most practised. Many traditions have used
this. And particularly for the modern mind it will be very useful,
because on earth nothing is left. On earth nothing is left to meditate
on -- only the sky. If you look all around, everything is man-made,
everything is limited, with a boundary, a limitation. Only the sky
is still, fortunately, open to meditate on.
this technique, it will be helpful, but remember three things. One:
don't blink -- stare. Even if your eyes start to feel pain and tears
come down, don't be worried. Even those tears will be a part of unloading;
they will be helpful. Those tears will make your eyes more innocent
and fresh -- bathed. You just go on staring.
second point: don't think about the sky, remember. You can start thinking
about the sky. You can remember many poems, beautiful poems about
the sky -- then you will miss the point. You are not to think `about'
it -- you are to enter it, you are to be one with it -- because if
you start thinking about it, again a barrier is created. You are missing
the sky again, and you are again enclosed in your own mind. Don't
think about the sky. Be the sky. Just stare and move into the sky,
and allow the sky to move in you. If you move into the sky, the sky
will move into you immediately.
can you do it? How will you do it -- this moving into the sky? Just
go on staring further away and further away. Go on staring -- as if
you are trying to find the boundary. Move deep. Move as much as you
can. That very movement will break the barrier. And this method should
be practised for at least forty minutes; less than that will not do,
will not be of much help.
you really feel that you have become one, then you can close the eyes.
When the sky has entered in you, you can close the eyes. You will
be able to see it within also. Then there is no need. So only after
forty minutes, when you feel that the oneness has happened and there
is a communion and you have become part of it and the mind is no more,
close the eyes and remain in the sky within.
clarity will help the third point: ENTER SUCH CLARITY. The clarity
will help -- the uncontaminated, unclouded sky. Just be aware of the
clarity that is all around you. Don't think about it; just be aware
of the clarity, the purity, the innocence. These words are not to
be repeated. You have to feel them rather than think. And once you
stare into the sky the feeling will come, because it is not on your
part to imagine these things -- they are there. If you stare they
will start happening to you.
sky is pure, the purest thing in existence. Nothing makes it impure.
Worlds come and go, earths are there and then disappear, and the sky
remains pure. The purity is there. You need not project it; you are
simply to feel it -- to be vulnerable to it so you can feel it --
and the clarity is there. Allow the sky to happen to you. You cannot
force it; you can only allow it to happen.
meditations are really allowing something to happen. Never think in
terms of aggression, never think in terms of forcing something. You
cannot force anything. Really, because you have been trying to force,
you have created all misery. Nothing can be forced, but you can allow
things to happen. Be feminine. Allow things to happen. Be passive.
The sky is absolutely passive: not doing anything at all, just remaining
there. Just be passive and remain under the sky -- vulnerable, open,
feminine, with no aggression on your part -- and then the sky will
SUMMER WHEN YOU SEE
if it is not summer what will you do? If the sky is clouded, not clear,
then close your eyes and just enter the inner sky. Just close your
eyes, and if you see some thoughts, just see them as if they are floating
clouds in the sky. Be aware of the background, the sky, and be indifferent
are too much concerned with thoughts and never aware of the gaps.
One thought passes, and before another enters there is a gap -- in
that gap the sky is there. Then, whenever there is no thought, what
is there? The emptiness is there. So if the sky is clouded -- it is
not summer-time and the sky is not clear -- close your eyes, focus
your mind on the background, the inner sky in which thoughts come
and go. Don't pay much attention to thoughts; pay attention to the
space in which they move.
example, we are sitting in this room. I can look at this room in two
ways. Either I can look at you, so that I am indifferent to the space
you are in, the roominess, the room you are in -- I look at you, I
focus my mind on you who are here, and not on the room in which you
are -- or, I can change my focus: I can look into the room, and I
become indifferent to you. You are there, but my emphasis, my focus,
is on the room. Then the total perspective changes.
do this in the inner world. Look at the space. Thoughts are moving
in it: be indifferent to them, don't pay any attention to them. They
are there; note it down that they are there, moving. The traffic is
moving in the street. Look at the street and be indifferent to the
traffic. Don't look to see who is passing; just know that something
is passing and be aware of the space in which it is passing. Then
the summer sky happens within.
is no need to wait for the summer, because our minds are such that
they can find any excuse. They will say, `Summer is not here, and
even if it is summer, the sky is not clear.'