LISTEN TO OSHO SPEAK ON THIS MEDITATION
WHEREVER YOUR ATTENTION ALIGHTS,
AT THIS VERY POINT, EXPERIENCE
YOUR ATTENTION ALIGHTS, AT THIS VERY POINT, EXPERIENCE. What? What
experience? In this technique, firstly you have to develop attention.
You have to develop a sort of attentive attitude, only then will this
technique become possible, so then wherever your attention alights
you can experience -- you can experience yourself. Just by looking
at a flower you can experience yourself. Then looking at a flower
is not looking at the flower only, but at the looker also -- but only
if you know the secret of attention.
also look at a flower, and you may think you are looking at the flower,
but you have started thinking about the flower, and the flower is
missed. You are no more there, you have gone somewhere else, you have
moved away. By attention is meant that when you are looking at a flower,
you are looking at a flower and not doing anything else -- as if the
mind has stopped, as if now there is no thinking and only a simple
experience of the flower there. You are here, the flower is there,
and between you two there is no thought.
-- if this is possible -- suddenly, from the flower your attention
will come back, bounce back to yourself. It will become a circle.
You will look at the flower and the look will come back; the flower
will reflect it, rebounce it. If there are no thoughts, this happens.
Then you are not looking at the flower only, you are looking at the
looker also. Then the looker and the flower have become two objects
and you have become a witness of both.
first attention has to be trained, because you have no attention at
all. Your attention is just flickering, moving from this to that,
from that to something further. Not for a single moment are you attentive.
Even if I am talking here, you never hear all my words. You hear one
word, then your attention goes somewhere else; then you come back,
you hear another, then your attention goes somewhere else. You hear
a few words, and you fill the gaps, and then you think you have heard
whatsoever you carry with yourself, it is your own business, it is
your own creation. Just a few words you have heard from me, and then
you have filled the gaps, and whatsoever you fill in the gaps changes
everything. I say a word, and you have started thinking about it.
You cannot remain silent. If you can remain silent while hearing,
you will become attentive.
means a silent alertness with no thoughts interfering. Develop it.
You can develop it only by doing it; there is no other way. Do it
more and you will develop it. Doing anything, being anywhere, try
to develop it.
are travelling in a car, or in a train. What are you doing there?
Try to develop attention; don't waste time. For half an hour you will
be in a train: develop attention. Just be there. Don't think. Look
at someone, look at the train or look outside, but be the look, don't
think anything. Stop thinking. Be there and look. Your look will become
direct, penetrating, and from everywhere your look will be reflected
back and you will become aware of the looker.
are not aware of yourself because there is a wall. When you look at
a flower, first your thoughts change your look; they give their own
color. Then that look goes to the flower. It comes back, but then
again your thoughts give it a different color. And when it comes back
it never finds you there. You have moved somewhere else, you are not
look comes back; everything is reflected, responsed, but you are not
there to receive it. So be there to receive it. The whole day you
can try it on many things, and by and by you will develop attentiveness.
With that attentiveness do this:
YOUR ATTENTION ALIGHTS,
THIS VERY POINT,
look anywhere, but simply look. The attention has alighted -- and
you will experience yourself. But the first requirement is to have
the capacity to be attentive. And you can practise it. There is no
need for it to take some extra time.
you are doing -- eating, taking a bath, standing under a shower --
just be attentive. But what is the problem? The problem is that we
do everything with the mind, and we are planning continuously for
the future. You may be travelling in a train, but your mind may be
arranging other journeys; programming, planning. Stop this.
Zen monk, Bokuju, has said, `This is the only meditation I know. While
I eat, I eat. While I walk, I walk. And while I feel sleepy, I sleep.
Whatsoever happens, happens. I never interfere.'
all there is -- don't interfere. And whatsoever happens, allow it
to happen; you be simply there. That will give you attentiveness.
And when you have attention, this technique is just in your hand.
YOUR ATTENTION ALIGHTS,
THIS VERY POINT,
will experience the experiencer; you will fall back to yourself. From
everywhere you will be rebounded; from everywhere you will be reflected.
The whole existence will become a mirror; you will be reflected everywhere.
The whole existence will mirror you, and only then can you know yourself,
the whole existence becomes a mirror for you, unless every part of
existence reveals you, unless every relationship opens you.... You
are such an infinite phenomenon -- ordinary mirrors won't do. You
are such a vast existence within, that unless the whole existence
becomes a mirror you will not be able to get a glimpse. When the whole
universe becomes a mirror, only then will you be mirrored. In you
exists the divine.
the technique to make existence a mirror is this: create attention,
becomes more alert, and then wherever your attention alights -- wherever,
on any object you alight -- suddenly experience yourself. This is
possible, but right now impossible, because you don't fulfill the
can look at a flower, but that is not attention. You are just running
near the flower, around and around. You have seen the flower while
running; you have not been there for a single moment. Then the whole
life becomes meditative.
YOUR ATTENTION ALIGHTS,
THIS VERY POINT,
is a deep reason because of which this technique can be helpful. You
can throw a ball and hit the wall -- the ball will come back. When
you look at a flower or at a face, a certain energy is being thrown
-- your look is energy. And you are not aware that when you look,
you are investing some energy, you are throwing some energy. A certain
quantity of your energy, of your life energy, is being thrown. That's
why you feel exhausted after looking in the street the whole day:
people passing, advertisements, the crowd, the shops. Looking at everything
you feel exhausted and then you want to close your eyes to relax.
What has happened? Why are you feeling so exhausted? You have been
and Mahavir both insisted that their monks should not look too much;
they must concentrate on the ground. Buddha says that you can only
look up to four feet ahead. Don't look anywhere. Just look on the
path where you are moving. To look four feet ahead is enough, because
when you have moved four feet, again you will be looking four feet
ahead. Don't look more than that, because you are not to waste energy
you look, you are throwing a certain amount of energy. Wait, be silent,
allow that energy to come back. And you will be surprised. If you
can allow the energy to come back, you will never feel exhausted.
Do it. Tomorrow morning, try it. Be silent, look at a thing. Be silent,
don't think about it, and wait patiently for a single moment -- the
energy will come back; in fact, you may be revitalized.
continuously ask me... I go on reading continuously so they ask me,
`Why are your eyes still okay? You must have needed space long ago.'
can read, but if you are reading silently with no thought, the energy
comes back. It is never wasted. You never feel tired. My whole life
I have been reading twelve hours a day, sometimes even eighteen hours
a day, but I have never felt any tiredness. In my eyes I have never
felt anything, never any tiredness. Without thought the energy comes
back; there is no barrier. And if you are there you reabsorb it, and
this reabsorption is rejuvenating. Rather than your eyes being tired
they feel more relaxed, more vital, filled with more energy.