Osho Yoga Meditation Centre
Osho Raj Yoga Meditation Centre
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Not "keeping the mind still," but mindlessness.
Though you may not fully know whether the teachers of the various localities are wrong or right, if your own basis is solid and genuine, the poisons of wrong doctrines will not be able to harm you, "keeping the mind still" and "forgetting concerns" included. If you always "forget concerns" and "keep the mind still," without smashing the mind of birth and death, then the delusive influences of form, sensation, perception, volition, and consciousness will get their way, and you'll inevitably be dividing emptiness into two.
Let go and make yourself vast and expansive. When old habits suddenly arise, don't use mind to repress them. At just such a time, it's like a snowflake on a red-hot stove. For those with a discerning eye and a familiar hand, one leap and they leap clear.
Only then do they know lazy Jung's saying: right when using mind, there's no mental activity. Crooked talk defiled with names and forms, straight talk without complications. Without mind but functioning, always functioning but non-existent -- the mindlessness I speak of now is not separate from having mind. These aren't words to deceive people.
There has been a long misunderstanding about these two things: keeping the mind still andmindlessness. There have been many people who have thought that they are synonymous. They appear to be synonymous, but in reality they are as far apart as two things can be, and there is no way to bridge them.
So first let us try to find the exact meanings of these two words, because the whole of Ta Hui's sutra this evening is concerned with the understanding of the difference.
The difference is very delicate. A man who is keeping his mind still and a man who has no mind will look exactly alike from the outside, because the man who is keeping his mind still is also silent. Underneath his silence there is great turmoil, but he is not allowing it to surface. He is in great control.
The man with no mind, or mindlessness, has nothing to control. He is just pure silence with nothing repressed, with nothing disciplined -- just a pure empty sky.
Surfaces can be very deceptive. One has to be very alert about appearances, because they both look the same from the outside -- both are silent. The problem would not have arisen if the still mind was not easy to achieve. It is easy to achieve. Mindlessness is not so easy to achieve; it is not cheap, it is the greatest treasure in the world.
What is Meditation?
is a single lesson of awareness, of no-thought, of spontaneity, of being total
in your action, alert, aware. It is not a technique, it is a knack. Either you
get it or you don't." - Osho
Osho has spoken volumes on the subject of meditation. Virtually all his talks include the importance of meditation in everyday life. And despite the fact that he says meditation is not a technique, he has invented dozens of them, and spoken on dozens more from other traditions.
Ultimately, meditation is an experience which is not easily described, like the taste of cheese or falling in love -- you have to try it to find out. But for sure anyone interested in meditation will find something in what Osho has to say about this topic that "clicks" for them, just like a "knack" -- including his insistence that he can be helpful to you, but ultimately each individual has to create his path by walking it.
Meditation is not concentration
MEDITATION is not concentration. In concentration there is a self concentrating and there is an object being concentrated upon. There is duality. In meditation there is nobody inside and nothing outside. It is not concentration. There is no division between the in and the out. The in goes on flowing into the out, the out goes on flowing into the in. The demarcation, the boundary, the border, no longer exists. The in is out, the out is in; it is a no-dual consciousness.
Concentration is an act, a willed act. Meditation is a state of no will, a state of inaction. It is relaxation. One has simply dropped into one's own being, and that being is the same as the being of All. In Concentration the mind functions out of a conclusion: you are doing something. Concentration comes out of the past. In meditation there is no conclusion behind it. You are not doing anything in particular, you are simply being.
Meditation is in the present, pure present. Meditation is immediacy. You cannot meditate, you can be in meditation. You cannot be in concentration, but you can concentrate. Concentration is human, meditation is divine.
should not be a forced effort. If it is forced, it is doomed from the very
beginning. A forced thing will never make you natural. There is no need to
create unnecessary conflict. This is to be understood because mind has natural
capacity to meditate if you give it objects which are appealing to it.
If you are body oriented, there are ways you can reach towards God through the body because the body also belongs to God. If you feel you are heart oriented, then prayer, If you feel you are intellect oriented, then meditation.
So let joy be the criterion. If joy is there continue, to the last bit of joy go on. It has to be squeezed totally. No juice should be left behind..not even a single drop. And then be capable of dropping it. Choose some other method that again brings the joy. Many times a person has to change. It various with different people but it is very rare that one method will do the whole journey.
you can create a special place - a small temple or a corner in the home where
you can meditate every day - then don't use that corner for any other purpose,
because every purpose has its own vibration. Use that corner only for
meditation and nothing else. Then the corner will become charged and it will
wait for you every day. The corner will be helpful to you, the milieu will
create a particular vibration, a particular atmosphere in which you can go
deeper and deeper more easily. That's the reason why temples, churches and
mosques were created - just to have a place that existed only for prayer and
If you can choose a regular hour to meditate, that's also very helpful because your body, you mind, is a mechanism. If you take lunch at a particular hour
When I say meditate, I know that through meditation nobody reaches; but through meditation you reach to the point where no meditation becomes possible.