LISTEN TO OSHO SPEAK ON THIS MEDITATION
THE PLENUM TO BE YOUR OWN BODY OF BLISS.
This second technique is concerned with the
first. Consider space to be your own body of bliss. Meditating on
a hilltop with endless space before you, you can do it. Consider it
to be filled with your own body of bliss.
are seven bodies. The bliss body is the last body, so the more you
enter within, the more you feel yourself to be blissful. You are nearing
the bliss body, the layer of bliss. It is just around your essential
soul, which is the first body from within outwards, or the last body
from without inwards. Just around your being, the essential soul,
is the layer of bliss. It is called the bliss body. Sitting on a hilltop,
looking at the endless sky, feel that the whole space, the whole plenum,
is filled with your bliss body. Feel that your bliss body has increased
and the whole space is filled with it.
will you feel it? You don't know what bliss is so how to imagine it?
It will be better to try first to feel that the whole space is filled
with silence, not with bliss. Feel it filled with silence. Nature
will be helpful about it because in nature even noises are silent.
In cities even silence is noisy. Natural sounds are silent because
they don't disturb. They are harmonious. So don't think that silence
is necessarily soundlessness. No, a musical sound can be silence because
it is so harmonious -- it doesn't disturb you. Rather, it deepens
your silence. So when you move into nature, the breeze blowing, the
stream, the river, the wind or whatsoever sounds there are, are harmonious,
they make a whole. They are not disturbing. You can listen to them
and the very listening will deepen your silence. So first feel that
the whole space is filled with silence; feel deeply that it is growing
more and more silent, that the sky has become silence around you.
when you feel that the sky has become silence, only then should you
try to be filled with bliss. As silence deepens you will have the
first glimpse of bliss. As tension increases, you have the first glimpse
of misery, strain; as silence deepens you will feel at ease, at home,
relaxed, and the first glimpse of bliss will come to you. And when
that glimpse comes, then you can imagine that the whole space is now
filled with that bliss. CONSIDER THE PLENUM TO BE YOUR OWN BODY OF
BLISS. The whole sky becomes your body of bliss.
can do it separately, there is no need to join it to the first, but
the same requirements are needed -- endless space, silence, no human
beings around you. Why this insistence on no human beings around you?
Because the moment you see a human being you will start reacting in
the old ways. You cannot see a human being without reacting. Something
or other will happen to you immediately. He brings you back to your
old patterns. If you don't see human beings you forget that you are
human, and to forget that you are human, part of society, is good.
It is good to remember that simply you are, even if you don't know
what. You don't belong to anybody, to any society, to any group, to
any religion. This non-belonging will be helpful.
it will be good if you move alone somewhere and do this, practise
this. Alone this technique will be helpful, but remember to start
with something that you can feel. I have seen people doing techniques
which they cannot feel. If you cannot feel, if you don't have any
experience, even a glimpse, then the whole thing becomes false. A
man came to me and he said, "I am practising that God is everywhere."
So I asked him, "How can you practise? What do you imagine? Have
you any taste, any feeling of God? Only then will it be easy to imagine.
Otherwise, you will be simply thinking that you are imagining and
nothing will happen."
this for any technique you do -- at the start you must do something
you are acquainted with; you may not be totally acquainted with it,
but a little glimpse will be necessary. Only then can you progress,
step by step. But don't jump into something which is absolutely unknown
to you because then you cannot feel it and you cannot imagine it.
Because of this, many masters, particularly Buddha, completely dropped
the word `God'. Buddha said, "You cannot work with it. It is
the very end, and you cannot bring the end into the beginning. So
begin from the very beginning." He said, "Forget the end,
the end will follow automatically." And he said to his disciples,
"Don't think of God. Think of compassion. Think of love."
So he doesn't say that one should feel that God is everywhere, one
should simply feel compassion for everyone who is there -- for the
tree, for human beings, for animals. Simply feel compassion. Feel
sympathetic, create a love... because love you know, howsoever little.
There has been something like love in everybody's life. You may not
have loved, but someone may have loved you, your mother at least.
You must have looked into her eyes: she loved you.
be motherly to existence," Buddha says, "and feel deep compassion.
Feel that the whole world is filled with your compassion. Then everything
else will follow."
this as a basic law: always start with something you can feel because
only then can the unknown enter through it.