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  1. 1. Western seekers come to Oshohttp://www.oshoworld.com/biography/biography7.aspEach year an increasing number of Westerners are coming to Osho, as centres are being set uparound the world. Many of the hippies coming to Osho have had spiritual experiences with lsdand other drugs which led them to meditation. Several are in the helping professions: socialworkers, therapists, psychiatrists. Osho experiments with new therapy techniquesThere are stories that a disciple would come to the master and wait for thirty years, would notask anything but just wait for the master to ask, "For what have you come?" Thirty years is toomuch—one life completely wasted—but waiting for thirty years will do the work.People from the West come to me and they say, "This very evening we are leaving, so give ussome key. How can we become silent? But we dont have any time to stay—we must go." Theyare thinking in terms with which they have become acquainted—instant coffee—so they thinkthere must be some instant meditation, a key I can hand over to them and it is finished. No, thereis no key. It is a long effort, it is a deep patience. And the more you are in a hurry, the longer itwill take. So remember this: if you are not in any hurry it may happen this very moment. Whenyou are not in a hurry the quality of mind is there, silence is there. vedant05Just a few days before one seeker was here from California. He traveled long. He had come tomeet me. And then he said, "Before I meditate or before you tell me to meditate, I have heardthat whosoever comes to you you push into meditation, so before you push me in, I have gotquestions." He had at least a list of hundred questions. I think he has not left any that ispossible—about God, about soul, about truth, about heaven, hell and everything—a sheet full ofquestions. He said, "Unless you solve these questions first, I am not going to meditate."He is logical in a way because he says, "Unless my questions are answered how can I meditate?Unless I feel confident that you are right, you have answered my doubts, how I can go in somedirection you show and indicate? You may be wrong. So you can prove your rightness only if mydoubts disappear."And his doubts are such they cannot disappear. This is the dilemma: if he meditates they candisappear, but he says he will meditate only when these doubts are not there. What to do? Hesays, "First prove there is God." No one has ever proved, no one can ever. That doesnt mean thatGod is not there, but he cannot be proved. He is not a small thing which can be proved ordisproved. It is such a vital thing, you have to live it to know it. No proof can help.But he is right logically. He says, "Unless you prove how I can start? If there is no soul, who isgoing to meditate? So first prove that there is a self, then I can meditate."This man is committing suicide. No one will be ever able to answer him. He has created all thebarriers, and through these barriers he will not be able to grow. But he is logical. What should Ido with such a person? If I start answering his questions, a person who can create a hundred
  2. 2. doubts can create millions, because doubting is a way, a style of mind. You can answer onequestion through your answer he will create ten because the mind remains the same.He looks for doubts, and if I answer logically I am helping his logical mind to be fed, to be morestrengthened. I am feeding. That will not help. He has to be brought out of his logicalness.So I told him that, "Have you ever been in love?"He said, "But why? You are changing the subject."I said, "I will come to your points, but suddenly it has become very meaningful to me to ask haveyou ever loved."He said, "Yes!" His face changed.I asked, "But you loved before or before falling in love you doubted the whole phenomenon?"Then he was disturbed. He was uncomfortable. He said, "No, I never thought about it. I simplyhad fallen in love, and then only I became aware."So I said, "You do the opposite. First think about love, whether love is possible, whether loveexists, whether love can exist. And first let it be proved, and make it a condition unless it isproved you will not love anybody."He said, "What you are saying? You will destroy my life. If I make this a condition, then Icannot love.""But," I told him, "This is the same you are doing. Meditation is just like love. You have to knowit first. God is just like love. Thats why Jesus goes on saying that God is love. It is just like love.First one has to experience."A logical mind can be closed, and so logically, that he will never feel that he has closed his owndoors of all possibilities for all growth. yoga105A Western friend is practising meditation. He is here with us. His trouble is anger. He is so filledwith anger that it overflows at the slightest excuse. I advised him to vent his anger on a pillow.He was surprised! "That is madness!" He exclaimed. "On a pillow?" I told him, "You start andsee, it is not so bad. If you could vent your anger on a human being and not see the foolishness ofit. It is not more foolish to take it out on a pillow I assure you." He tried the first day and cameand gave me a complete report. He felt a little awkward in the beginning. After five or sevenminutes when the momentum built up, he started hitting the pillow hard as if it were alive. Notonly did the pillow become alive but it assumed the form of the person he hated most. Heremembered this foe and all that had happened ten years ago. He had wished to beat him up butcould not. He says he felt to laugh, he felt very uneasy too but he enjoyed it also!Since the last three days he is beating up his pillow. Today he has given the final report and it isvery astonishing.The full report is like this: The very first day all the faces of people he had wanted to hit andcould not, began to come up. The next day all faces disappeared. There was no one before him,there was plain anger alone. He saw the anger coming out from within him and there was no oneto receive it at the other end—pure anger. Then it occurred to him that all this was already withinhim, he only needed excuses to throw out the poison within him. Then an understanding arose.
  3. 3. He saw anger in a new form. Now the responsibility of anger, shifted from the other person. Nowhe knew that there was a fire within him that needed to come out. Now the responsibility shiftedon him—it no longer was objective, it became subjective. It was no longer that the other abusedand the anger arose. Now he understood that he was wanting to be angry and was looking out forexcuses. If no one had abused him, he would have found some other excuse. He would have evengone to the extent of inciting someone to abuse him! And the simple reason for all this was, thatthere was something within him that was pressing for release. It was necessary to be rid of it.The next day in the course of these beatings that he carried out three to four times a day, itbecame absolutely clear to him that the anger was not because of another but was within him.Today was his third day. He told me: "I am shocked at myself". As soon as the realisation camethat the anger is not on someone, that the anger is already within myself, something departedfrom within—everything was peaceful. Now I have become absolutely weak and incompetent tobe angry. If you abuse me now, I shall be unable to express anger. At least I find myselfincapable of doing so at this moment. Some load has come off me and I feel empty within."Understanding means: Whatever happens within you is with your full consciousness and in yourfull awareness—Whatever happens. Then many things will stop happening by themselves. Whatstops happening, is sin; and what keeps happening even in your full consciousness is virtue.Understanding is the test. Whatever can go on with understanding is virtue. What does not goalong with understanding, is sin. What can be activated in ignorance alone, is sin and that whichcannot be activated in ignorance, is virtue. So understanding means only this: that whateverhappens within me, happens with my full knowledge and nothing slips from myconsciousness. way103Today I have come to know, through the partner of the friend who was carrying out the pillow-meditation lately, that he had taken out a knife and torn the pillow into pieces! I had not told himto do this! It sounds funny—such madness! But we do not laugh when a living person is stabbedin anger though the passion gratified is the same as when ripping open a pillow! Whether it is apillow or a human being—that is immaterial. More pleasure is derived from stabbing the pillowhowever, for there are no limitations.Close yourself in your room and when your overriding trait catches hold of you, allow it tomanifest itself to the full. Consider it as meditation. Give it complete expression. Allow it tocome out of every pore of your body. Then reflect on it—you will laugh! You will even besurprised at what all you can do! Your mind will also wonder how you could ever do all that—and that too when you are alone! If there was someone present, then it was excusable!You will feel restless the first or second time. The third time you will be in full form. And whenyou indulge in it whole-heartedly, you will get a strange experience. You will find that outwardlyyou are doing all this but within, a consciousness stands and watches. This is impossible whenthe other is concerned but by yourself, it becomes easy. All around the flames of anger willsurround you, you will stand in the centre—alone and apart. And once a person observes hisanger apart from himself, once someone observes his sex or his greed or his fear thus, a ray of
  4. 4. knowledge begins to emit in his life.He has attained an experience.He has recognised one of his powers and now it is impossible for him to be deceived through thisparticular energy. We become the masters of that power which we recognize. The energy that weclearly perceive, no longer enslaves us; whereas the power we do not recognize, keeps usenslaved.So you can take the pillow to be your beloved or you can take it to be the Kohinoor diamond.You can look upon it as your enemy before whom you tremble. It makes no difference who youare or what you are. way105Recently a mother had come to me all the way from New York with her daughter. There was alot of struggle between the two. The mother was under the impression that she loved herdaughter very much. She had come two months before also. Then she had told me that she lovedher children so much that she would even give her life for them. I told her to think over again forthis was not natural. She insisted that she loved her three daughters so, it would be hard for me toimagine! I again told her to think it over.At this she began to cry and beat her breast. She said, "You are cruel, take back your words, for Ireally and truly love my children." The louder she screamed the more adamant I became. "Whomare you trying to convince by this—me or your own self?" I asked her. "If you love them, youlove them. There the matter should end. There is no need to make an exhibition like this! Sinceyou cry and scream so much and beat your breast I tell you again. Look within and try tounderstand yourself. Your crying will have no effect on me; but it is bound to affect you."If you want to love you must know how to cry and beat your breast or else how can others knowwhat you feel? The louder you cry the better you can convey your feeling and that is why womencan easily prove that they love whereas a man finds it difficult."This will not work with me," I told her.So this time she brought her eldest daughter along with her. She said, "Now look at us." I did andwithin fifteen days as much enmity as can exist between two individuals, manifested itself in fullbetween these two.Enmity exists between a mother and daughter; society, family, hides it. As the daughter growsinto a young girl, the mother starts becoming her enemy. This is absolutely natural. This is ouranimal heritage. As the son grows up and becomes a young man, the father is filled withjealousy. This is not a matter to be discussed. All fathers and all sons know it. As the boy growsup, he tries to push the father out. Verily, he has to make a place for himself. Looking at thedaughter in the full bloom of youth, the mother feels she lost hers on account of her. No one isthe cause for loss of youth. Without children too, she would have become old. But she does notthink of this. Every man that enters the house first looks at the young girl and then at the oldmother. This is very painful.The custom of sending a married daughter off to her husbands home was initiated by womenand since the woman always has her way, the man had to give in. Daughters had to be sent away
  5. 5. from the house. Even if the father takes more interest in his daughter, which is very natural, themother is filled with jealousy. Then the daughter no longer looks a daughter in the mothers eyesbut a sheer woman.For fifteen days I tried my best to bring out all their maladies from within. I instigated them bothagainst each other. Their fever reached such a pitch that they were ready to fall on each othersthroat. Then I made them both sit with me and told them to bring out whatever was within them.Then the disease that came out of them was such no mother or a daughter could ever imagine.This is so within each mother and each daughter. But we suppress these feelings and dress ourwounds. We spread flowers without when there is nothing but dirt and filth within….You will be shocked to know the jealousy, the disgust, the invectives the mother and daughterexpressed against each other. So much so, that I found myself in a fix. I was afraid that if theirproblem is not solved quickly—they had to return to New York soon—there would be chaos.Then I had to carry out processes to remove all their hatred. There they sat—the mother anddaughter—and they said such things to each other as a daughter has never ever openly told hermother or a mother, her daughter, but which they both have always thought about each otherfrom times immemorial.You could never dream a mother telling her daughter, "You are my enemy. You always try tosnatch away the man who tries to love me." And the daughter says, "You are a harlot!" When themother asked, "Do you hate me?" She said, "I do, I do, I hate you, this very moment!" Themother said, "You are nobody to me. I cannot bear the very sight of you!"When all this invective came out in an hours time, I told them to sit silently with their eyesclosed. Thus they sat for five minutes and both were crying. Then they both clung to each other.That night they slept on one cot. The next day the mother said, "It was like a honeymoon night.After years, I was able to be loving to my daughter again." But I told her to beware for this lovewill only gather hatred. Wherever there is (dwandwa) duality, we tend to gather the opposite.Lao Tzu says, "The saint is beyond the opposites. He is apart from both of them. They are neitherharsh nor compassionate." way116An American youth of the Peace Corps came to me. He is one of the four hundred who havecome to India to establish peace. He took sannyas. I asked him, "Is it not to save yourself fromyour own restlessness that you are trying for peace for others?"He was taken aback. "What do you say? You are absolutely right but how did you know? Thereis so much conflict in my family! I cant get on with my father, I cannot get on with my motheror my brothers. Things had reached such a peak that there would have been bloodshed. Either Iwould have killed my father or he would have killed me! Therefore it was necessary to run awayfrom home. I heard there was need for peace in India so I joined the Peace Corps and came here.Ever since then I have plunged whole-heartedly into my work."All the organisations that are out to serve society, also all reformers and leaders, are those whoare not satisfied with lesser conflicts. They look for bigger spans and amplitudes. And they lookfor problems that defy solutions. You cannot dwell longer on problems that are easily solved,
  6. 6. you have to then move on the fresh problems. So we look for permanent problems that can neverbe solved. We are people who have no knowledge of tranquility and whose whole make-up is ofrestlessness. We create restlessness with each movement of ours—sitting, standing, walking,talking. Even our silence is filled with restlessness. way109Once a young man, a Jesus freak, came to me. He was living as poor a life as possible, withoutshoes, with rotten clothes. And he was travelling on foot all over India. From the Himalayas hewas going to the south, and just living by begging.When he passed the town I was in somebody told him about me and he came to see me. And Isaid, "What are you doing? What is this nonsense?"He said, "You call it nonsense? Jesus says Blessed are the poor in spirit."I said, "He does not say that just by not wearing shoes you become poor in spirit or just bybegging you become poor in spirit. As far as I can see you are tremendously egoistic." Themoment I said this he became very angry, almost ready to fight.I said, "Sit down. Thats what I am saying—that you are not humble. Your humbleness is just astrategy of the ego and you are using Jesus words in a totally wrong context; you have notunderstood them."But thats what Christians down the ages have been doing with the words of Christ. And that isgoing to be done to almost all enlightened people and their teachings. Hence my effort is to be asdirect as possible, so there is less possibility of misunderstanding.I dont want to be metaphorical, I dont want to use parables because they can be interpreted inmany ways. I dont want to use traditional words, or if I have to use them because there are noother words available then I want to make my meaning as clear as possible, as definite aspossible. In that sense I am very logical and mathematical.I call meditation the greatest richness because it makes you aware of your own infinite treasure.It makes you a master of the kingdom of god. And the only key to that kingdom is throughmeditation, through silence, watchfulness, awareness. gwind28Many hippies have visited me. I felt really sorry for them. They were going on a right path, butsomewhere the path turned to the polar opposite. Their resentment was so strong that they starteddoing exactly the opposite of what they were taught to do. They dropped out of schools, out ofcolleges, out of universities, because it was not their own choice.But do you know what happened to the hippies? You dont find them after the age thirty-five.They come back to the society, become again what they have been taught. Their long hairdisappears, their beards disappear, their mustaches disappear. All the hippies who have reachednearabout the age of forty are now perfectly accepted gentlemen in the society. They are goodbusinessmen, good salesmen, successful. false25I have changed many hippies; now you cannot recognize them. Even they may have forgottenthat the first time when they came to me…Just going from Kathmandu to Goa—just in between,
  7. 7. by the way—they had stopped to see what was happening there, what was cooking there. Andthen they thought, "This guy seems to be far out"—and they stayed forever. They forgot aboutGoa, they forgot about their hippie ideology; and when they became sannyasins they becametotally new persons with new JUSTIFY">I have changed many hippies; now you cannotrecognize them. Even they may have forgotten that the first time when they came to me…Justgoing from Kathmandu to Goa—just in between, by the way—they had stopped to see what washappening there, what was cooking there. And then they thought, "This guy seems to be farout"—and they stayed forever. They forgot about Goa, they forgot about their hippie ideology;and when they became sannyasins they became totally new persons with new values.We need more wandering philosophers around the world, wandering teachers around the worldso that young people can belong to them and learn something—and live something. socrat23One girl came to me just two or three days ago, and she said, "I was in Goa"—she is mysannyasin—and she said, "I took lsd and then I became certain that enlightenment had happenedto me, so I threw your mala into the sea, because now there is no need. I changed the dress,because I am now enlightened, so what is the use of orange or the mala or anything?"This is a sort of madness. Enlightenment is not so cheap. But in the West they are makingeverything cheap. I go on hearing that there are three week intense enlightenment growthgroups—in three weeks you are enlightened!A poet may have dreamed, may have taken hashish. And scientists say that poets have somedifference, some chemical difference from ordinary persons—they have some hashish in theirblood, really, so they can imagine more, they can dream more, they can go on dream trips morethan others. So they write, but their writing is imaginative, it is not objective. It may help them asa catharsis, that they are unburdened.But there is another type of literature, totally different, which is objective. These Upanishadswere not written for the joy of the writer, they were written for those who were going to readthem—they are objective. What they will do to you if you contemplate on them has beenplanned; every single word has been put there, every single sound has been used. If someonecontemplates on it, then the state of the writer will be revealed to him; the same will happen tohim if he contemplates. These scriptures are called holy; thats why. vedant08You ask: Can LSD be used as a help in meditation?LSD can be used as a help, but the help is very dangerous; it is not so easy. If you use a mantra,even that can become difficult to throw, but if you use acid, LSD it will be even more difficult tothrow.The moment you are on an LSD trip you are not in control. Chemistry takes control and you arenot the master, and once you are not the master it is difficult to regain that position. The chemicalis not the slave now, you are the slave. Now how to control it is not going to be your choice.Once you take LSD as a help you are making a slave of the master and your whole bodychemistry will be affected by it….
  8. 8. LSD can be used to bring you to meditation only if your body has been prepared for it. So if youask if it can be used in the West, I will say that it is not for the West at all. It can be used only inthe East—if the body is totally prepared for it. Yoga has used it, tantra has used it, there areschools of tantra and yoga that have used LSD as a help, but then they prepare your body first.There is a long process of purification of the body. Your body becomes so pure and you becomesuch a great master of it that even chemistry cannot become your master now. So yoga allows it,but in a very specific way.First your body must be purified chemically. Then you will be in such control of the body thateven your body chemistry can be controlled….In tantra, particularly in "leftist" tantra, they use alcohol to help meditation. It looks absurd; it isnot. The seeker will take alcohol in a particular quantity and then will try to be alert.Consciousness must not be lost. By and by the quantity of alcohol will be raised, but theconsciousness must remain alert. The person has taken alcohol, it has been absorbed in the body,but the mind remains above it; consciousness is not lost. Then the quantity of alcohol is raisedhigher and higher. Through this practice a point comes when any amount of alcohol can be givenand the mind remains alert. Only then can LSD be a help.In the West there are no practices to purify the body or to increase consciousness throughchanges in body chemistry. Acid is taken without any preparation in the West. It is not going tohelp; rather, on the contrary, it may destroy the whole mind.There are many problems. Once you have been on an LSD trip you have a glimpse of somethingyou have never known, something you have never felt. If you begin to practice meditation it is along process, but LSD is not a process. You take it and the process is over; then the body beginsto work. Meditation is a long process—you have to do it for years, only then will the results beforthcoming. And when you have experienced a shortcut, it will be difficult to follow a longprocess. The mind will crave to return to using the drugs. So it is difficult to meditate once youhave known a glimpse through chemistry; to undertake something that is a long process will bedifficult. Meditation needs more stamina, more trust, more waiting, and it will be difficultbecause now you can compare.Secondly, any method is bad if you are not in control all the time. When you are meditating youcan stop at any moment. If you want to stop, you can stop this very moment; you can come outof it. You cannot stop an LSD trip: once you have taken LSD you have to complete the circle.Now you are not the master.Anything that makes a slave of you is ultimately not going to help spiritually, because spiritualitybasically means to be the master of oneself. So I wouldnt suggest shortcuts. I am not againstLSD, I may sometimes be for it, but then a long preliminary preparation is necessary. Then youwill be the master. But then LSD is not a shortcut. It will take even longer than meditation. Hathayoga takes years to prepare a body—twenty years, twenty-five years, then a body is ready; nowyou can use any chemical help and it will not be destructive to your being. But then the processis far longer.Then LSD can be used; I am in favor of it then. If you are prepared to take twenty years to
  9. 9. prepare the body in order to take LSD, then it is not destructive. But the same thing can be donein two years with meditation. Because the body is more gross, mastery is more difficult. Themind is more subtle so mastery is easier. The body is further away from your being, so there is agreater gap; with the mind the gap is shorter….If the mastery is of the mind then you can change the body, but the preparedness of the bodybelongs to the body alone. Hatha yoga invented many methods so that the process could becompleted, but then even greater methods were discovered: how to control the mind directly—raja yoga. With these methods the body can be a little helpful, but there is no need to be tooconcerned with it. So hatha yoga adepts have said that LSD can be used, but raja yoga cannot sayLSD can be used, because raja yoga has no methodology to prepare the body. Direct meditationis used.Sometimes it happens—only sometimes, rarely—that if you have a glimpse through LSD and donot become addicted to it, that glimpse may become a thirst in you to seek something further. Soto try it once is good, but it becomes difficult to know where to stop and how to stop. The firsttrip is good, to be on it once is good; you become aware of a different world and then you beginto seek, you begin to search, because of it—but then it becomes difficult to stop. This is theproblem. If you can stop, then to take LSD once is good. But that "if" is a great one….With the first you are the master; with the second you are not. The first will try to take a second,and then it will go on continuously; then it is no longer in your hands. To begin anything is easybecause you are the master, but to end anything is difficult because then you are not the master.So I am not against LSD, and if I am against it, it is conditional. This is the condition: if you canremain the master, then okay. Use anything, but remain the master. And if you cannot remain themaster, then do not enter into a dangerous road at all. Do not enter at all; it will be better. artof12When Japanese started coming to me for sannyas I was a little bit puzzled—because all over thewhole world when you want to say yes, you move your head up and down. And the Japanese,when they want to say yes, move the head from side to side—which means "no" all over theworld, that is the sign for no—but that is their sign for yes, and the head moving up and down istheir sign for no.So when I would ask them something I would be very much puzzled; I could not believethat…They had come to take sannyas. They were sitting before me and I was asking "Are youready for sannyas?" and they would shake…"Then why have you come? You have traveled herefrom Japan unnecessarily and you are sitting here in front of me just for that purpose, and youare saying no?"Then my interpreter said to me, "You are not understanding; that person is saying yes. In Japan,the head moving from side to side is yes; the head moving up and down is no." So you have toremember it when you are talking with the Japanese. Otherwise there is going to be greatconfusion—you will say something, they will understand something else. They cannot speak butthey can understand. upan39
  10. 10. Osho makes PredictionsDuring this time Osho comments on future events, which later become newsAccording to me, meditation and medicine are two poles of the same science where theconnecting link is still missing. But slowly, slowly they are coming closer to each other. Todayin most of the major hospitals of America a hypnotist has become essential. But hypnotism is notmeditation. However, this is a good step. At least it shows that there is an understanding thatsomething needs to be done about the consciousness of man, and that only treating the body isnot enough.And I think that if a hypnotist has entered the hospitals today, then tomorrow a temple will alsoenter. It will come later, it will take some time. After the hypnotist every hospital will have adepartment of the Yoga, of meditation. It should happen. Then we will be able to treat man as awhole. The body will be taken care of by the doctors, the mind by the psychologists, and the soulby yoga, meditation.The day the hospitals accept man as a whole, as a totality, and then treat him as such, will be aday of rejoicing for mankind. I request you to think in that direction so that this day will comesoon. early10Did you know that there is a movement going on in those countries where medical science hasincreased the lifespan of people. This movement is for euthanasia. The old people are demandingthat they should be given a right to die in the constitution. They say that life has become arduousfor them and you are just keeping them hanging on in the hospitals. It has become possible: youcan put a man on an oxygen cylinder and keep him hanging on endlessly. You can keep himalive, but that life will be worse than death. God knows how many people in Europe andAmerica are lying in hospitals in upside down or other strange positions, hooked up to oxygencylinders. They have not the right to die, and they are demanding to be given the right to die.My understanding is that by the end of this century most of the developed countries in the worldwill have the right to die as one of the constitutional rights of man, because the doctor has noright to keep a person alive against his wishes.By increasing the age of a person you cannot remove the fear of death from him. By making aperson healthy you can make his life more happy but not fearless. Fearlessness comes in onlyone situation, which is when one comes to understand from within that there is something in himthat never dies. This understanding is absolutely essential.Meditation is the realization of this immortality, that that which is within me never dies. Onlythat dies which is on the outside. And that is why you should treat the body medically so that itlives happily for as long as it lives, and at the same time try to be aware of what is inside you sothat even if death is at your doorstep, you are not afraid. This inner understanding is
  11. 11. fearlessness. early10So I myself am pleased and hope that science succeeds in making a test-tube baby as soon aspossible, because then we will be helped by scientific investigations to break our identity withthe body. Then we will know for sure that the body is a kind of machine, and that to believe in itas the self is foolish. It is foolishness even now, but at present we are unwilling to recognize thatthe body is a machine. It is a machine even so. It is produced by natural forces, so byunderstanding the secrets of nature we will be able to produce it, and then we will have thecooperation of natural forces to break our identification with the body. absolu09America recently decided that each cigarette packet should have written with ink in black lettersThis is harmful to health. The vendors of cigarettes, the owners and the manufacturers all, theymade enough hue and cry that they would undergo the loss of crores. When I read it all, I saidthese cigarette manufacturers do not know that people are so unconscious; for how many dayswill they read this notice written with red ink? And the same happened. For six months the saleof cigarettes decreased; after six months it turned to the same level as before. It is written on thepacket with red ink, but the reader needs to be present. Once or twice he reads it and then sleepsagain. The cigarette packet comes and the notice is written there but no one reads it. Cigarettesales have become normal again. thousd04By and by, Soviet Russia will become capitalistic. It will have to. Otherwise it will die fromstagnation. To me, a capitalist society is a natural phenomenon. A socialist structure is notnatural. It is something imposed, something conceived of through the mind. Capitalismdeveloped by itself; socialism has to be brought about, it cannot come by itself.Marx thought it would happen, but he was basically wrong. And he has proven to bewrong…. quest15Osho Leaves Bombay for PoonaIn 1974 Osho suggests Laxmi look for a property in Poona. Laxmi finds #33 Koregaon Park. On21 March 1974 Osho celebrates his Enlightenment Day with friends in Woodlands Apartment inthe morning, and again that afternoon in Poona!When I dropped traveling. I had already enough people, so I started a new phase: meditationcamps in hill stations or in faraway Kashmir for those who wanted to be with me for twenty-onedays or seven days—small camps, big camps.For a while it went well because I was not entering the cities, but politicians cannot sit silently.They were living so much in the fear of being thrown out of their power positions that they
  12. 12. started creating trouble for the meditation camps.Hotels were reserved but when we arrived the government had canceled the reservation. Now thehotel manager would say, "We cannot do anything, it is from higher up; the government wants tohave a special conference for these seven days so we cannot give it to you." And there was noconference. The hotel remained empty just so that we could not have the camp.When even to have a camp became impossible, that was the time I moved to Poona—just toremain there. "Now, anybody who wants to come should come here"—because they had made italmost impossible for me to move. mystic27I found that meditation camps began creating trouble for me. In Rajasthan, in their assembly,they decided that I should not be allowed into Rajasthan. I had been going to Mount Abu whichis in Rajasthan. In Gujarat, at that time, Morarji Desai was the chief minister. He himselfproposed to the assembly that my coming to Gujarat should be prohibited.I used to go to Bhavnagar, to Rajkot, to Jamnagar, to Dwarka—and there were a few verybeautiful places for camps—Nargol…miles and miles of huge saru trees. The sun never reachesunderneath them because on top they are so full of leaves, branches, and they grow very close.And by the side of the sea you can hear the sound of the sea waves and listen—sitting, nottogether, but scattered in the forest.So it became a trouble that my camps should be stopped everywhere. Now, my camps were notdoing any harm to anybody. And in my camps only people were coming who wanted tocome. hyaku08Humidity is dangerous for me. Whenever I went to Bombay, attacks of asthma wouldimmediately increase. last112And my allergy needed dry air and cool air, no humidity. Thats why I shifted from Bombay toPoona, because Bombay was more humid, Poona was less, but still it didnt make muchdifference. last317In Bombay, I became aware that the whole city is floating in urine and shit! I have alwayswondered why Morarji Desai had chosen Bombay to be his residence. It is because the perfumethat surrounds the great city of Bombay…except Morarji Desai, nobody else could enjoyit? mess113I dont have any possessions. Although I live like a king, I dont possess anything. Nothing ismine. If one day someone comes and says to me, "Leave this place at once," I will leaveimmediately. I will not even have to pack anything. Nothing is mine. Thats how one day I leftBombay. Nobody could believe that I would leave so easily without looking back evenonce. glimps16
  13. 13. Osho goes into SeclusionOn 21st March 1974, exactly 21 years after enlightenment, Osho moves to Koregaon Park,Poona, where two residences in adjoining properties of six acres have been purchased. Osho is inseclusion, and for a month he is sick. He holds interviews on the lawn, only with sannyasinsarriving or leaving; he gives a few individual meditations. At this time Osho said, "You may bewatching my gradual withdrawal from activities".It is very considerately that I have become inaccessible. I was very accessible, but then by and byI began to feel that I couldnt help; it became almost impossible to help. For example, if I giveyou one hour, you talk rubbish. If I give you one minute you say exactly the thing that isneeded—thats how mind functions.If I am available to you the whole day, I am not available at all. If you have to wait eight days orten days, that waiting is needed for a certain tuning in yourself; for certain significant problemsto arise.Sometimes I see that if you have a problem and you can come immediately, you will bring metrivia. During the day there are a thousand and one problems arising—they are not significant,but in the moment they appear significant. If you have to wait just one hour, the problemchanges—then you bring another problem. If you are allowed to bring all your problems you willbe in a mess, because you yourself will not be able to know what is needed, what is significant.So this is part of the whole process. wobble04It is difficult to reach me, you will have to pass through Mukta (who makes the appointments).By the time the appointment is given and by the time you reach me, your problem will not bethere. Hence the appointment—because otherwise you will bring problems unnecessarily. Theydrop automatically by themselves. And if they persist, then they are worth bringing to me.By the time you come to me you will have already passed over it; and if you understand, thatmeans that things that come and go are not worth paying any attention to—they come and go.You always remain, they come and go. You are the thing to be more attentive about, not thingsthat come and go—they are like seasons, climate changes: in the morning it was different, in theevening it is again different. It changes. Find out that which doesnt change. flowrs03This has been my observation: many times when I am talking to somebody else I am talking toyou, because I feel that is the most appropriate way. When I am talking directly to you, you maymiss, because your ego becomes too prominent. When I pay attention to you, your ego comes upto the surface, and the ego wont allow…. No, you are just sitting by the side, I am talking to
  14. 14. somebody else; then you are listening more properly. Then the ego is not involved.If I am telling somebody else how to drop anger, you are listening, and because you are notconcerned you are a little detached, and when you are detached you listen better. When you areconcerned, when it is your problem, you are so worried about it that there is a barrier. When I amtalking to somebody else and talking on his problem, I may not be talking to him at all, I may betalking to somebody else really. And when I start talking to you I may be talking now to theother person, not to you. That has to be decided by the master: what to do, how to do it.I had to stop personal interviews because of this, because I felt it took a longer time for the thingto reach you. If you are alone with me you become so nervous—and it is your problem, youcannot be detached, you cannot be an observer. And you are burdened so much by the problemthat whatsoever I say, when I am saying it you know well it is impossible, because you think youhave tried everything, and nothing happens.I had to stop personal interviews completely. Now it is better: ten, twelve people are there in theinterview. I talk to a, and I may be talking to b; I talk to c, and I may be hinting to a. Now it issimple. When I hit somebody else, the hit may be for you. And you can take it easily, because itseems not to be meant for you. But it works. It finds you unaware. It penetrates deeper in you. Itmoves into the subtle layers of your unconscious without any effort because you are sittingrelaxed. It is somebody elses problem.You may have observed that whenever somebody else is in difficulty you can be a wisecounselor, a good adviser—everybody is a good adviser, I have never seen anybody who is not agood adviser when others are in difficulty. Everybody is a good adviser. You can give such wisecounsel that even Lao Tzu will feel jealous. Such a great wise man! But when the problem isyours, suddenly you become childish. Suddenly you lose your bearings, you lose balance.Why does it happen?—because now it is too close a problem. You are already disturbed and youare expecting a miracle. You cannot give the same advice to yourself that you have given toothers in the same situation. A detached feeling helps. justlt08When a master is near you, if you are frank, honest and true and bring your mind out, the masterwill penetrate you from the back door. From the front door your mind is going out; from the backdoor the master is entering you.So when near me on the lawn, be sincere and true. Dont bring questions which are intellectual,they are useless. Metaphysics is the most useless thing in the world. Dont bring anymetaphysical questions, they are not true; they dont belong to you. You may have heard aboutthem, read about them, but they are not part of you. Bring your nonsense out, whatsoever it is.
  15. 15. And dont try to manipulate it. Dont try to rationalize it and polish it. Let it be as raw aspossible—because before a master, you must be naked. You should not wear clothes and youshould not hide yourself.That is an exposure, and if you can talk as an exposure—not as an inquiry, just opening yourheart, not asking for anything—then silence will follow, because when you have exposed yourmind and you have passed through a catharsis, silence comes to you. This is a different type ofsilence, not a forced silence, not a controlled silence, not a silence with any effort on your part.When you have exposed your mind completely, released all that is there, a silence comes,descends on you, overwhelms you, a silence which is beyond understanding, and a silence whichis beyond you; a silence which belongs to the whole and not to the individual. clouds12Oshos GardenIn April Osho gives eight discourses on the Geeta darshan, and a mass shaktipat. He talks ofreturning to Bombay, but at the end of the month announces he will stay in Poona. He begins totake walks in the garden.I live in Lao Tzu House and my garden is a forest. Mukta, my gardener, was very reluctant tomake it that way—obviously, she is a Greek and thinks logically, and this is very illogical. Nosymmetry, no pruning is allowed. She prunes, though, when I am not looking! She tries to makesomething out of the mess.Vivek hates the whole forest around the house. She says it has destroyed all perspective; youcannot see. You cannot see the vastness of the sky; you cannot see anything from the room—it isso covered! In fact, I dont need to see anything—I have seen everything! But for poor Vivek it isdifficult—she still needs to see a few things. I can understand her difficulty.A desert you can go on and on seeing; it ends nowhere. All the horizons are available. Itsvastness and its profound silence have their own song, unheard, unspoken. The same is trueabout the path of silence. guida04Yes, if you are meditative then a beautiful house will have a totally different quality. A beautifulgarden, a pond in your garden….Mukta has just made a pond by the side of my room, a really beautiful pond with a smallwaterfall. If you are meditative, then it is a tremendously beautiful experience just to see waterdancing on the rocks, just to see the rocks, just to feel the texture of the rocks, the moss that willstart gathering on them. Then everything is beautiful if inside your heart there is awareness;otherwise everything is ugly.It is not that a meditative person enters into heaven—no, heaven enters into a meditative person.Paradise is not a geographical place, it is a psychological experience. A meditative person canenjoy everything—only he can enjoy. He is not a renunciate. Only he knows how to taste thebeauty of things, how to experience the tremendous presence of existence all around. Because heis, he knows how to love, how to live. dh0702
  16. 16. DiscoursesIn May 1974, Osho gives a series of question and answer discourses in English, which explainhis way, the master-disciple relationship, and the development of his work in Poona. Thediscourses are published under the title My Way: The Way of the White Clouds, and attractmany seekers from the West.This very morning there were white clouds in the sky. Now they are there no more. Where havethey gone? From where do they come? How do they evolve, and how do they dissolve again? Awhite cloud is a mystery, the coming, the going, the very being of it. Thats the first reason why Icall my way The Way of the White Clouds.But there are many reasons, and it is good to ponder, to meditate upon them. A white cloudexists without any roots. It is an unrooted phenomenon, grounded nowhere or grounded in thenowhere. But still it exists. The whole of existence is like a white cloud: without any roots,without any causality, without any ultimate cause, it exists. It exists as a mystery.A white cloud really has no way of its own. It drifts. It has nowhere to reach, no destination, nodestiny to be fulfilled, no end. You cannot frustrate a white cloud because wherever it reaches isthe goal.If you have a goal you are bound to get frustrated. The more goal-oriented a mind is, the moreanguish, anxiety and frustration there will be, because once you have a goal you are moving witha fixed destination. And the whole exists without any destiny. The whole is not movinganywhere; there is no goal to it, no purpose.And once you have a purpose, you are against the whole—remember this—then you will getfrustrated. You cannot win against the whole. Your existence is so tiny—you cannot fight, youcannot conquer. It is impossible to conceive how an individual unit can conquer the whole. Andif the whole is purposeless and you are with purpose you are going to be defeated.A white cloud drifts wherever the wind leads—it doesnt resist, it doesnt fight. A white cloud isnot a conqueror, and still it hovers over everything. You cannot conquer it, you cannot defeat it.It has no mind to conquer—thats why you cannot defeat it.Once you are fixed to a goal, purpose, destiny, meaning, once you have got that madness ofreaching somewhere, then problems will arise. And you will be defeated, that is certain. Yourdefeat is in the very nature of existence itself.A white cloud has nowhere to go. It moves, it moves everywhere. All dimensions belong to it, alldirections belong to it. Nothing is rejected. Everything is, exists, in a total acceptability. Hence Icall my way The Way of the White Clouds.The white clouds have no way of their own—they drift. A way means reaching somewhere. TheWhite Clouds Way means a pathless path, a wayless way. Moving, but not with a fixed mind—moving without a mind.This has to be understood, because purpose is synonymous with mind. Thats why you cannotconceive how to live without purpose, because the mind cannot exist without purpose. clouds01
  17. 17. So I am the white cloud, and the whole effort is to make you also white clouds drifting in thesky. Nowhere to go, coming from nowhere, just being there this very moment—perfect.I dont teach you any ideals, I dont teach you any oughts. I dont say to you be this, become that.My whole teaching is simply this: Whatsoever you are, accept it so totally that nothing is left tobe achieved, and you will become a white cloud. clouds01You are asking: You have talked to us about total surrender to the master, but often our mindscome up with reasons for not following the instructions literally. We say things like: The mastercant know that the situation has changed; or, the master doesnt realize what the practicalconditions are in the West. Should we follow everything the master says to the letter, or are theretimes when we should use our own discretion?You should follow either absolutely, or not at all. No compromise should be made, becauseanything half-hearted is not only useless but harmful. Anything half-hearted divides you—that isthe harm. You should remain an undivided unity.So either surrender totally…then there is no need to think on your part; follow blindly. Iemphasize the word blindly—as if you have no eyes; somebody who has eyes is leading you.Then you will remain an undivided unity; and undivided, integrated, you will grow.Or, if you feel this is impossible and cannot be done, dont follow at all. Completely followyourself. Then too you will remain undivided. To remain undivided is the end, the aim. Both willdo, the ultimate result will be the same. If you can be alone, without a master, if you can followyour own consciousness, wheresoever it leads, it is the same, the result will be the same. So itdepends on you.But the mind always says: Do both. The mind says: Follow the master, but think about it. Followonly those things which you think right. Then where is the following? Where is the surrender?If you are the judge, and you are to decide what to follow and what not to follow, then where isthe surrender, where is the trust? Then it is better to follow your own consciousness. But dontdeceive—at least there should be no deception. Otherwise, you go on following yourself and youthink that you are following a master.If you are the deciding factor, if you have to choose, if you have to discard something, acceptsomething, then you are following yourself. But you can create the impression around yourselfand you can deceive yourself that you are following a master. Then nothing will come out of it.You will not grow, because through deception there can be no growth.And you will get more and more confused, because if you are to decide what is to be done andwhat is not to be done, if you have to choose from your masters guidance, you will create achaos—because whenever a master guides you his guidance has an organic unity about it. Everyinstruction is related to another. It is a compact whole. You cannot discard something and followsomething; you will become a ruin, a wreck. Even if a single thing is denied, then the whole hasbeen disturbed. You dont know how things are interrelated.So this is my suggestion to you: Remain a unit, undivided. Decide. If you have to decide, thendecide: I will follow myself. Then dont surrender, there is no need either!…You can take my help if you surrender; you can take my help if you dont surrender, but you
  18. 18. have to be clear about it. If you choose the path of surrender, then you have to follow me totally.If you choose that you are not going to surrender, then decide it. I can be a friend on the path,there is no need to make me a master. I can be just a friend on the path—or not even a friend.You are searching and you meet somebody absolutely unknown, a stranger, and you ask him:Where is the river? Which path leads to the river? When he has spoken you thank him and youmove. I can be just a stranger. No need even to be a friend, because with a friend also you getinvolved. You can take my help—my help is unconditional.I dont say: Do this, then I will help you. I dont say: Surrender, only then will I help you. But thismuch I must say: Do whatsoever you like, but do it totally. If you are total, the transformation iscloser. If you are divided, it is almost impossible. clouds12Osho then gives a series of discourses in Hindi: Nahim Ram Bin Thaon (English: Nowhere to gobut in). He explains how a master can help, not by teaching but by awakening, for whichmeditation is the preparation.A few things will have to be understood. The first is that to attain buddhahood is very difficult.To be awakened is almost to attain the impossible. Total awakening is a phenomenon that doesnot and cannot happen every day, because there is a deep attraction to sleep and there is comfortin sleep….Now and then, maybe once in a thousand years, someone awakens. And whenever a singleindividual awakens, that door which is usually closed opens, even for those who are still asleep.Here we are so many people: suppose we are all asleep, then who will awaken us? If even one ofus wakes up, the door opens up for the awakening of us all, because the one who is awake canawaken the sleeping ones, he can shake them to wake up….I am taking you into all these experiments with meditation so that it becomes possible for you torecognize the buddha when the meeting happens; so that you do not turn your back on the doorwhen it opens; so that you wont miss even if the door opens only for a single moment.Meditation will help you to recognize the master. Now this is a puzzle, because normally weapproach the master in order to learn meditation. But I am telling you, without meditation youwill never be able to recognize the master. Where will you look? Only meditation will make youcapable of seeing the master. If you try to recognize the master through your thinking, you willmiss….Dont interpret, simply look at the facts. Dont be lazy. It is already late enough; wake up! It ismorning! But for those who are asleep the night continues. Only those who are awake can seethat the morning has come.And whatsoever I am saying to you, my emphasis is not on what I am saying, it is rather onshaking you, stirring you so that your sleep is broken. So many times I have to use whatpsychologists call shock treatment…. When someone has gone into extreme insanity, only theadministration of electric shocks brings him back into sanity.You too need strong electric shocks. Hence, many times I say things that give you a jolt, a shock.And this process that I have been calling meditation is exactly electric shock treatment. It willcreate so many tremors in you that you will become an earthquake—and not until you are an
  19. 19. earthquake will you break out of your sleep….All meditation techniques are techniques to shake you, to jolt you awake.And I am always waiting for that moment when your layer will be so thin that just the merestindication will shatter it. And if you are able to open your eyes and look even once, the matter isover.My speaking to you is nothing but persuading you, getting you to agree to a journey which isutterly unfamiliar to you, to a journey where you have no idea of the destination; where it ispossible you may get lost, or it is also possible you may reach the destination. I am taking you insearch of such a treasure which you have no idea of, and you will have to travel leaving thatbehind which you call treasure; hence your attachment is understandable. Every now and thenyou turn around and look back—it is natural. That you want to take along with you verycarefully even that which is worthless is natural. Your sleep is natural, my shaking you isnatural. nowher15You ask me: What is Your function here as a master?It is a difficult question, because I have to do so many things—without doing them, that is themost difficult part of it! I never leave my room, but I have to do many things, conceivable,inconceivable.But the basic function of the master is to force people out of their unconsciousness. It is athankless job, because you have to hit them hard—their ideas, their notions, their middle-class,bourgeois philosophies. All that they have thought is great, all that they have thought is true, youhave to go on telling them that it is all nonsense, that it is just bullshit! And of course they feelhurt….Allow a single insight of a buddha in you and you will never be the same. Thats my functionhere as a master: to give you something which will not fit with you but which will be sotremendously significant for you that you will be ready to change for it, that you will be ready torisk everything for it. dh0702Osho creates New MeditationsFrom August 1974 to August 1975 Osho develops several new one-hour meditations, whichcontinue to be the basis of the ashram daily program today, together with Dynamic Meditationand Whirling. These include Kundalini, Nataraj, Nadabrahma, Gourishankar, Vipassana,Devavani, Mandala; instructions for these are given. He introduces many personal meditations,which become well-known through The Orange Book, and later through the book Meditation:The first and Last Freedom.The ancient methods of meditation were all developed in the East. They never considered theWestern man…. I am creating techniques which are not only for the Eastern man, but which aresimply for every man—Eastern or Western. light16Meditation was not something arduous or difficult, but to the Western mind or even to theEastern mind today—which is absolutely overtaken by the Western ideology—watching themind is not an easy job. So much garbage and so much crap has been forced into the mind that
  20. 20. you go almost crazy just watching it. It is a film which begins, but never ends. You can go onwatching day in, day out, year in, year out and the mind is always ready to supply new images,new dreams.It is because of this I had to create a few other devices—Dynamic, Kundalini, and others—before you could enter into a silent witnessing meditation like Vipassana. I have made devices tohelp you cathart, throw out your garbage rather than waste time in watching it. chit03Kundalini MeditationThis is the much-loved sister meditation of Dynamic Meditation. It consists of four stages of 15minutes each.First stage: 15 minutesBe loose and let your whole body shake, feeling the energies moving up from your feet. Let goeverywhere and become the shaking. Your eyes may be opened or closed.Second stage: 15 minutesDance…any way you feel, and let the whole body move as it wishes.Third stage: 15 minutesClose your eyes and be still, sitting or standing…witnessing whatever is happening inside andout.Fourth stage: 15 minutesKeeping your eyes closed, lie down and be still. Medfre03If you are doing the Kundalini Meditation, then allow the shaking, dont do it. Stand silently, feelit coming and when your body starts a little trembling, help it but dont do it. Enjoy it, feelblissful about it, allow it, receive it, welcome it, but dont will it.If you force it, it will become an exercise, a bodily physical exercise. Then the shaking will bethere but just on the surface, it will not penetrate you. You will remain solid, stone-like, rock-likewithin; you will remain the manipulator, the doer, and the body will just be following. The bodyis not the question—you are the question.When I say shake, I mean your solidity, your rock-like being should shake to the veryfoundations so that it becomes liquid, fluid, melts, flows. And when the rock-like being becomesliquid, your body will follow. Then there is no shaker, only shaking. Then nobody is doing it, itis simply happening. Then the doer is not. hsin02These are not really meditations. You are just getting in tune. It is like…if you have seen Indianclassical musicians playing…for half an hour, or sometimes even more, they simply go on fixingtheir instruments. They will move their knobs, they will make the strings tight or loose, and thedrum player will go on checking his drum—whether it is perfect or not. For half an hour they goon doing this. This is not music, this is just preparation.Kundalini is not really meditation. It is just preparation. You are preparing your instrument.When it is ready, then you stand in silence, then meditation starts. Then you are utterly there.You have woken yourself up by jumping, by dancing, by breathing, by shouting—these are alldevices to make you a little more alert than you ordinarily are. Once you are alert, then thewaiting. Waiting is meditation. Waiting with full awareness. And then it comes, it descends on
  21. 21. you, it surrounds you, it plays around you, it dances around you, it cleanses you, it purifies you,it transforms you. isay206Nataraj MeditationNataraj is dance as a total meditation. There are three stages, lasting a total of 65 minutes.Let the dance flow in its own way; dont force it. Rather, follow it; allow it to happen. It is not adoing but a happening. Remain in the mood of festivity. You are not doing something veryserious; you are just playing, playing with your life-energy, playing with your bio-energy,allowing it to move in its own way. Just like the wind blows and the river flows—you areflowing and blowing. Feel it.And be playful. Remember this word playful always—with me, it is very basic. In this countrywe call creation Gods leela—Gods play. God has not created the world; it is his play.First stage: 40 minutesWith eyes closed dance as if possessed. Let your unconscious take over completely. Do notcontrol your movements or be a witness to what is happening. Just be totally in the dance.Second stage: 20 minutesKeeping your eyes closed, lie down immediately. Be silent and still.Third stage: 5 minutesDance in celebration and enjoy. medfre03There is nothing better than dance for dropping the ego; hence I insist that all meditators shoulddance. Because if you go really in a whirlwind, if you are really a whirling pool of energy, if youreally are in the dance, the dancer is lost. In the dance the dancer is always lost. If it is not lostthen you are not dancing. Then you may be performing, then you may be manipulating, then youmay be doing some bodily exercises, but you are not dancing.Dancing means so lost, so drunk—and enjoying the energy that is created by dance. By and byyou will see your body is no more so solid as it was before. By and by you will see that you aremelting; the boundary is losing its sharpness, it is becoming a little vague. You cannot exactlyfeel where you end and where the world starts. A dancer is in such a whirlpool, he becomes sucha vibration, that the whole life is felt as in one rhythm. trans208Nadabrahma MeditationNadabrahma is an old Tibetan technique which was originally done in the early hours of themorning. It can be done at any time of the day, alone or with others, but have an empty stomachand remain inactive for at least 15 minutes afterwards. The meditation lasts an hour, and thereare three stages.First stage: 30 minutesSit in a relaxed position with eyes closed and lips together. Start humming, loudly enough to beheard by others and create a vibration throughout your body. You can visualize a hollow tube oran empty vessel, filled only with the vibrations of the humming. A point will come when thehumming continues by itself and you become the listener. There is no special breathing and youcan alter the pitch or move your body smoothly and slowly if you feel it.Second stage: 15 minutes
  22. 22. The second stage is divided into two 7½ minute sections. For the first half, move the hands,palms up, in an outward circular motion. Starting at the navel, both hands move forwards andthen divide to make two large circles mirroring each other left and right. The movement shouldbe so slow that at times there will appear to be no movement at all. Feel that you are givingenergy outwards to the universe.After 7½ minutes turn the hands, palms down, and start moving them in the opposite direction.Now the hands will come together towards the navel and divide outwards to the sides of thebody. Feel that you are taking energy in. As in the first stage, dont inhibit any soft, slowmovements of the rest of your body.Third stage: 15 minutesSit or lie absolutely quiet and still. medfre08Gourishankar MeditationThis technique consists of four stages of 15 minutes each. The first two stages prepare themeditator for the spontaneous Latihan of the third stage. Osho has said that if the breathing isdone correctly in the first stage the carbon dioxide formed in the bloodstream will make you feelas high as Gourishankar (Mount Everest).First stage: 15 minutesSit with closed eyes. Inhale deeply through the nose, filling the lungs. Hold the breath for as longas possible, then exhale gently through the mouth and keep the lungs empty for as long aspossible. Continue this breathing cycle throughout the first stage.Second stage: 15 minutesReturn to normal breathing and with a gentle gaze look at a candle flame or a flashing blue light.Keep your body still.Third stage: 15 minutesWith closed eyes, stand up and let your body be loose and receptive. The subtle energies will befelt to move the body outside your normal control. Allow this Latihan to happen. Dont you dothe moving: let moving happen, gently and gracefully.Fourth stage: 15 minutesLie down with closed eyes, silent and still. The first three stages should be accompanied by asteady rhythmic beat, preferably combined with a soothing background music. The beat shouldbe seven times the normal heartbeat and, if possible, the flashing light should be a synchronizedstrobe. Medfre10I have created so many mad kinds of meditations that you can be both together—mad andmeditators! Slowly slowly meditation is bound to win over.You have asked, "Osho, I have three questions to ask you. How did you discover Kundalinimeditation?"—the first question. Simple: Meditating down by the river upon a hill of red ants!And second: "And Dynamic?" That is even more simple; it was almost impossible not todiscover it. I came upon it driving on Indian roads in Indian cars!And third: "And what about Nadabrahma?" Hm! inzen07Vipassana Meditation
  23. 23. Vipassana is the meditation that has made more people in the world enlightened than any other,because it is the very essence. All other meditations have the same essence, but in differentforms; something non-essential is also joined with them. But vipassana is pure essence. Youcannot drop anything out of it and you cannot add anything to improve it.Vipassana is such a simple thing that even a small child can do it. In fact, the smallest child cando it better than you, because he is not yet filled with the garbage of the mind; he is still cleanand innocent.Vipassana can be done in three ways—you can choose which one suits you the best.The first is: awareness of your actions, your body, your mind, your heart. Walking, you shouldwalk with awareness. Moving your hand, you should move with awareness, knowing perfectlythat you are moving the hand. You can move it without any consciousness, like a mechanicalthing…you are on a morning walk; you can go on walking without being aware of your feet.Be alert of the movements of your body. While eating, be alert to the movements that are neededfor eating. Taking a shower, be alert to the coolness that is coming to you, the water falling onyou and the tremendous joy of it—just be alert. It should not go on happening in an unconsciousstate.And the same about your mind. Whatever thought passes on the screen of your mind, just be awatcher. Whatever emotion passes on the screen of your heart, just remain a witness—dont getinvolved, dont get identified, dont evaluate what is good, what is bad; that is not part of yourmeditation.The second form is: breathing, becoming aware of breathing. As the breath goes in, your bellystarts rising up, and as the breath goes out, your belly starts settling down again. So the secondmethod is to be aware of the belly: its rising and falling. Just the very awareness of the bellyrising and falling…and the belly is very close to the life sources because the child is joined withthe mothers life through the navel. Behind the navel is his lifes source. So, when the belly risesup, it is really the life-energy, the spring of life that is rising up and falling down with eachbreath. That too is not difficult, and perhaps may be even easier because it is a single technique.In the first, you have to be aware of the body, you have to be aware of the mind, you have to beaware of your emotions, moods. So it has three steps. The second approach has a single step: justthe belly, moving up and down. And the result is the same. As you become more aware of thebelly, the mind becomes silent, the heart becomes silent, the moods disappear.And the third is: to be aware of the breath at the entrance, when the breath goes in through yournostrils. Feel it at that extreme—the other polarity from the belly—feel it from the nose. Thebreath going in gives a certain coolness to your nostrils. Then the breath going out…breath goingin, breath going out….These are the three forms. Any one will do. And if you want to do two forms together, you cando two forms together; then the effort will become more intense. If you want to do all threeforms together, you can do all three forms together. Then the possibilities will be quicker. But itall depends on you, whatever feels easy. Remember: easy is right.As meditation becomes settled and mind silent, the ego will disappear. You will be there, but
  24. 24. there will be no feeling of I. Then the doors are open.Just wait with a loving longing, with a welcome in the heart for that great moment—the greatestmoment in anybodys life—of enlightenment. It comes…it certainly comes. It has never delayedfor a single moment. Once you are in the right tuning, it suddenly explodes in you, transformsyou. The old man is dead and the new man has arrived. dawn16If you can do something with the breath, you will suddenly turn to the present. If you can dosomething with breath, you will attain to the source of life. If you can do something with breath,you can transcend time and space. If you can do something with breath, you will be in the worldand also beyond it. vbt103Devavani MeditationEyes remain closed for the whole meditaiton.First stage: 15 minutesSit quietly with music playing.Second stage: 15 minutesMake nonsense sounds, for example "la…la…la," until unfamiliar word-like sounds arise. Allowan unknown language to speak through you in a gentle conversational way, do not cry or shout,laugh or scream.Third stage: 15 minutesStand up and continue to speak, allowing your body to move softly with the sounds. If your bodyis relaxed, the subtle energies will move your body outside of your control.Fourth stage: 15 mintuesLie down; be silent and still.Mandala MeditationFirst stage: 15 minutesWith open eyes run on the spot. Bring your knees up as high as possible. Breath deeply. Keepgoing.Second stage: 15 minutesSit with your eyes closed and mouth open and loose. Gently rotate your body from the waist likea reed blowing in the wind.Third stage: 15 minutesLie on your back, open your eyes and with the head still, rotate them in a clockwise direction.Let your eyes turn fully around in the sockets. The mouth remains open and the jaw relaxed withthe breath soft and even.Fourth stage: 15 minutesClose your eyes and be stillMusic for meditationChaitanya Hari, who composes and plays the music for Oshos meditations, asks: Is the musicalso a sort of ocean?It is because it simply gives you a totally different dimension. Many dimensions are available.For example when you are listening to me you are part of a totally different dimension—you
  25. 25. become part of me. Then you start feeling my vibe…. Then you start moving with me—howsoever reluctantly. Even a few steps—but you move in a different dimension.Music is a different dimension. You can be completely drowned in it…you can become drunkwith it. It is a great therapy, and it can make you whole and healthy and holy. It is meditation,and a very natural meditation.[Osho says that just as physics says that everything is made of electrons, the eastern esotericsciences say that everything is made of sound—not of electricity.]Music was born originally out of meditation, because in deep meditation one starts feeling thecosmic sound: omkar—what the Zen people call the sound of one hand clapping. It is not aproduced sound. When two hands clap, it is a produced sound. When one hand creates the sound,without any clapping really—because there is nothing else to clap with—when the sound comesout of oneness, unity, unison, then it is natural…the cosmic sound.It is always there. When you become silent, you hear it. When you have too much noise in yourhead, you cannot hear it. Not that it is not there. It is always there, but you are not there. Yourown noise, your own fussing mind, goes on creating such barriers that the still, small voicecannot be heard. Out of that original sound, music has been created.In the East we say that all music is an effort to bring that cosmic sound to be. Thats why there isspirituality in Indian music…a new sensitivity which is nowhere to be found. In the westernmusic there is too much sexuality, it is too sensuous. In the Indian music there is too muchspirituality—it is not sensuous at all. It silences you, calms you down, cools you, and brings abreeze from the eternal…the breath of the eternal. It is an effort to give you an indication of thecosmic sound.It is just as when I am talking to you. My whole effort in talking is to bring you something thatcannot be talked about…to say something that cannot be said…to bring to words somethingwhich is wordless…to define something which cannot be defined and is immeasurable. In thesame way, music is an effort to say something about the cosmic sound.The greatest master is one, listening to whom you naturally fall into meditation: that is thecriterion of a real musician, a real master—otherwise people are technicians. One can play thesitar beautifully and you can enjoy it—its good, an enjoyment.But a person becomes a master when his created sound brings you something of theuncreated…when his created sound has a gospel in it…side by side comes theunknown…travelling with the sound comes the soundless. The sound you will forget, but thesoundless will remain with you.Music is born out of meditation, and so is dance. In fact all that is beautiful has come out ofmeditation because there is no other way for it to come. Meditation is the door.Drown yourself in music—and dont practise it just like an art and a skill. Practise it like ameditation, practise it religiously. It is the holiest of holies. greatn08I am creating a situation here. This is an Alchemical field. This is not an ordinary ashram. This isa scientific lab. People are being transformed. People are moving into new dimensions, taking
  26. 26. quantum leaps, arriving into new spaces. You cannot watch these things from theoutside. perf203