September 7, 2013 Comments Off on Silence comes when thought has understood its own beginning
Meditation is to be aware of thought, of feeling, never to correct it, never to say it is right or wrong, never to justify it, but just to watch it and move with it. In that watching and moving with that thought, with that feeling, you begin to understand and to be aware of the whole nature of thought and feeling. Silence comes when thought has understood its own beginning, the nature of itself, how all thought is never free but always old. To see all this, to see the movement of every thought, to understand it, to be aware of it, is to come to that silence which is meditation, in which the `observer’ never is. – Krishnamurti, Saanen 1967
July 28, 2013 Comments Off on When thought has understood its own beginning
Meditation is to be aware of every thought and of every feeling, never to say it is right or wrong but just to watch it and move with it. In that watching you begin to understand the whole movement of thought and feeling. And out of this awareness comes silence. Silence put together by thought is stagnation, is dead, but the silence that comes when thought has understood its own beginning, the nature of itself, understood how all thought is never free but always old – this silence is meditation in which the meditator is entirely absent, for the mind has emptied itself of the past. – JKrishnamurti
July 6, 2013 Comments Off on ON VRTTI
The mind-stuff is citta. It is a mental substance. Vrtti or thought-wave is a modification of the mind-stuff. It is a process. Just as waves and bubbles arise from the surface of the ocean, so also these vrttis arise on the surface of the mind-ocean. Just as the sun’s rays emanate from the sun, so also these mental rays (modifications of the vrtti), emanate from the mind-sun. Just as the sun merges itself into the horizon at sunset, by collecting all its rays, so also you have to merge in the sun of suns, absolute consciousness, eternal peace, by collecting all the dissipated mental rays and dissolving the mind itself.
The function of the vrtti in the mind is to cause the removal of the cause of ignorance covering objects. Gross ignorance is enveloping all objects. When it is removed, then perception of objects becomes possible.
Through its own effort the mind assumes the shape of any object, and concentrates upon itself. When the mind thinks of Brahman, the sole ultimate thought of Brahman is formed. Be vigilant. Watch the mind and its activities. The object does not bind you – it is the vrtti, the identification with the vrtti, that causes attachment and bondage.
If you become one with the mind, body and vrttis you get various sorts of miseries and sufferings. The whole universe is created by the vrttis alone. If these mental thought-waves subside you can attain the absolute state of highest peace and bliss. Just as soap cleanses the physical body, even so japa (repetition) of any mantra, dhyana (meditation) and kirtan (chanting), together with the practice of yama and niyama (discipline), cleanse the mind of all impurities. Just as you nourish the physical body with food, even so you will have to give food for the mind and spiritual food for the soul.
Only when the modifications cease do you enter the silence. Realise this. Close the eyes, draw in the senses, still the mind, silence the thoughts, sharpen the intellect, purify the citta, meditate on Om and chant it with feeling. Enter the silence. Silence is Atman, the centre – it is in the heart-cave. When the mind runs from one object to another, the state in the interval, wherein you become mindless, is Brahman. – Swami Sivananda
June 14, 2013 Comments Off on When a Westerner comes
Osho – Why do you appear to give more attention to westerners and ignore indians?
Osho – When a Westerner comes
Question : Why do you appear to give more attention to westerners and, on the whole, to almost ignore indians? — i am thinking especially of when you give sannyas.
Osho : THIS QUESTION IS VERY IMPORTANT and has to be understood both by Indians and non-indians. When a Westerner comes to me I have to approach him through his head, because there is no other entry possible. When an Indian comes to me a simpler approach is possible through the heart. When an Indian comes to me he comes for SATSANG — he wants just to be in my presence. He has no questions.
And those Indians who have questions, they never come to me. I have created too many barriers for them to come. Those Indians whose minds are too much stuffed, they don’t come to me — and I don’t want them here. I have made every possible effort to prevent them from coming to me. I am not interested in them.
The Indians who come to me, come to be with me — silently. They can understand the language of silence. But when a Westerner comes, he cannot understand the language of silence. He can understand only the language of logic. So I have to talk — I have to talk too much to the Westerners. By and by, I persuade them to become silent. By and by, they also become Indians. But it takes time.
For a spectator it may appear as if I am not paying attention to the Indians. And the question is from a Westerner — the question is from Anurag. You may see that when an Indian comes to take sannyas, I simply give him sannyas. Even if I ask him whether he has something to ask, he says no. Sometimes I don’t even ask him — I can see that he has not come to ask any question. He has come to be with me. And that is far more significant, far more deep. He has come just to see me, just to be with me. He wants a bridge in silence.
But to a watcher it will seem that I am not paying much attention, because when I talk then you think I am paying attention. When I talk for half an hour to one person, of course, you think I have been too much attentive to him. That simply shows that the person is too much in the head and I have to persuade him.
The Western mind is only mind — it has forgotten the heart. The Eastern mind is not only mind — the heart is still predominant, fortunately; the mind is secondary. So there is no need to talk much. He touches my feet and he is happy, he is tremendously happy — he has touched something real, he has touched something from the unknown. To a Westerner it seems just meaningless: Then why have you come? — just to touch the feet? just to sit silently? Silently you can sit at your home. Then why did you travel so far?
The Westerner knows only one way of communication and that is through language, through logic, reason. I have to convince him. The Indian needs no conviction. He is convinced about the fact of sannyas. If he has not taken sannyas, it is not that he is not convinced — it is only that he is not courageous enough. He wants a little courage.
Convinced he is! Convinced he is for many lives — that sannyas is the only way to be, to be rightly in existence. Sannyas is the only way to reach God, to reach truth, he is convinced. That is in the blood and in the bones. An Indian is born with the desire to be a sannyasin. He may not be able to dare — that’s another thing. So when he comes to me, he has not come for any conviction — conviction is already there — he has come to me just to feel my vibe, so that he can gather a little more courage and take the jump.
When a Westerner comes, he is not convinced at all. Sannyas? Seems just outlandish, bizarre, eccentric! For the Westerner, sannyas simply has no appeal. He has never thought about it.
So many Western sannyasins are here: have you ever had any dream in your life that you would become a sannyasin? Even now that you have become a sannyasin, you are puzzled — what has happened to you? What are you doing here? — such an intelligent person, what is he doing here?
Ask Heeren: he is continuously thinking, such an intelligent person, almost a Jew, what is he doing here? He should be somewhere in the London market earning more and more money, having bigger and bigger houses — what is he doing here? Just jumping and dancing like a fool!?
The Westerner comes to me without any conviction, without any idea of what sannyas is. I have to talk him into it. I have to pull him into it. And I have to be very logical. I use logic only for Westerners. For Indians I use magic. And these are two different approaches.
Source: Osho Book “The Discipline of Transcendence, Vol 3?
June 10, 2013 Comments Off on Song Of Admonition
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare.
Radhe Shyama Radhe Shyama Shyama Shyama Radhe Radhe
Radhe Krishna Radhe Krishna Krishna Krishna Radhe Radhe
Gouri Sankar Gouri Sankar Sankar Sankar Gouri Gouri
Uma Sankar Uma Sankar Sankar Sankar Uma Uma.
O my Jesus O Lord Jesus
Hail Hail Jesus O Father Father
O my Mary O Virgin Mary
Hail Hail Mary O Mother Mother
O my Buddha O Lord Buddha
Hail Hail Buddha O Saviour Saviour
O my Allah O Lord Allah
Hail Hail Allah O Father Father
O my Shakti O Adi Shakti
Hail Hail Shakti O Mother Mother
Is there not a nobler mission than eating, drinking and sleeping?
It is difficult to get a human birth, therefore try your best to realise in this birth.
Fie on that wretch, woe to that man
Who wastes all his life in sensual pleasures.
Time sweeps away, kings and barons,
Where is Yudhishthira? Where is Ashoka
Where is Shakespeare? Where is Valmiki?
Where is Napoleon? Where is Shivaji?
Be up and doing (in) Yogic Sadhan, you will enjoy Supreme Bliss.
Be up and doing (in) Brahma Vichar, you will attain Immortality (Kaivalya Moksha)
(Hare Rama Hare Rama…)
Can you expect real Santi if you waste your time in idle gossiping?
Can you enjoy Supreme Peace if you waste your time
In novels (and) newspapers?
In fights and quarrels?
In scandal, backbiting?
(Hare Rama Hare Rama…)
Am I not Thou? Art Thou not I? One alone is, therefore true.
When the mind melts in the silence, you will have Self-realisation.
What have you learnt, tell me frankly from the Bihar and Quetta earthquakes?
Have you got now real Vairag? Do you practise Japa and Kirtan?
Here is a challenge to non-believers of the Hindu theory of transmigration:
Have you not heard the thrilling narratives of Santi Devi, of her past life?
Can you expect real Santi if you waste your time in cards and cinemas (cards and smoking)?
When your throat is choked at the time of death, who will help you for your salvation?
(Hare Rama Hare Rama…)
– Swami Sivananda
June 10, 2013 Comments Off on Creativity and Silence
Osho – Real creativity comes only out of silence
Osho on Creativity and Silence
[A sannyasin, leaving for Italy, is not sure whether to come back forever because she is expresses her creativity in writing. When she’s here she cannot write because she is always full of silence.]
Osho – Then be in Italy, mm? When you start feeling totally to be here, only then do you have to be here, not before that. Even if you feel to be there only one percent, be there. When you want to be with me one hundred percent, only then can you be with me, otherwise not.
So go and be there, create, write and fulfill your desire. When it is fulfilled and you feel that you would like to be here — when you feel that totally — then only is this place for you, not before that. Even if a slight lingering desire is there to be somewhere else, then my suggestion is: go there and fulfill it. It will be fulfilled — soon you will feel that it is gone, mm?
And remember: creativity and silence are not antagonistic; real creativity comes only out of silence. The creativity that is against silence is nothing but fever: it is the feverish activity of the mind. It is just the noise of the mind, it is not much, it has no value really. When something is born out of your silence then it has significance. And one has to live in silence before one can write or say something valuable, because only in silence do you gather, do the juices of your being become integrated… and then one day you are capable of overflowing. That is creativity: overflow is creativity, overflowing energy is creativity. One can write, one can compose, one can sculpt, one can paint, just from the mind. Then they are therapeutic. It is good therapy, art is good therapy; it unburdens you, it makes you feel relaxed.
See the point: there is a creativity that comes out of relaxation — I call it true creativity — and there is a relaxation that comes out of so-called creativity; that relaxation is only because you are unburdened. Something was haunting you — you have written it; it is a catharsis. Something was torturing you and you have painted — you have thrown it out. Now it no more haunts you, no more tortures you; you feel good. It was like a burden on your head. You have put it into a poem, into music, and your head feels unburdened, but the causes which created the burden in the first place are still there; they will create it again. Within a few days you will again be burdened, again tensions will accumulate and again you would like to do something. And always when you do something you will feel relaxed.
It is like making love. Love is also of two kinds — one, that comes out of meditation, silence, relaxation, rest; it is tantra. There is another kind of love that is known in the world — when you are too tense with sexual energy and you don’t know what to do with it and you make love. The energy is thrown out; you can fall asleep better. So many people use their lovemaking as a sedative, as a tranquilizer. It helps give a good sleep, but within two days again the tensions will be there, and again the same process… so it becomes a circle and you go on moving in the same circle. And that’s what your so-called creativity is. It is not creativity.
I will teach you what real creativity is, but for that one has to go into silence. It is so in every direction; in every creative direction these two things are to be remembered. For example, one can speak out of silence, as Buddhas speak, but there are orators who don’t speak out of silence; in fact, after speaking they feel relaxed. They have unburdened themselves. And there is a subtle law, a fundamental law of life: when you are speaking you cannot think. You cannot do two things together; the mind can either think or speak.
So people who are too burdened with thinking will always feel relaxed after they have spoken, because while they are speaking they cannot think. Thinking is nothing but speaking to yourself. What else is thinking? — speaking to yourself; it is monologue. When you start speaking to somebody else there is no need to speak to yourself, so thinking stops. Hence people love talking, gossiping. Everywhere all around the earth people are talking and talking and talking. It is a catharsis, it is therapeutic. That’s why one always feels good when friends meet and there is good conversation; after the conversation one feels very relaxed. For a few hours one really feels good, but again the tensions will be there.
But right now, go. That’s why I had given you the message: I wanted you to see exactly how much you would like to be here and how much you would like to be there. A heart that is divided will not be of much use here. But soon the moment will come when you will feel that all that creativity is nonsense; silence is true creativity. And after a great silence you may become capable one day of writing something which will be of some significance to somebody, which will become a lighthouse to those who are stumbling in darkness. Otherwise, at the most your writing can be a kind of entertainment. And unless you can write something which becomes an enlightenment to others it is not worth much.
But right now you have to go, finish your writing and desire and being there…. And be totally there for a few days, a few months, so that you are finished Soon and fast. And then come back and be here!
Source – Osho Book “God’s Got a Thing About you”
June 8, 2013 Comments Off on The space in the mind is so small
When you turn your head from horizon to horizon your eyes see a vast space in which all the things of the earth and of the sky appear. But this space is always limited where the earth meets the sky. The space in the mind is so small. In this little space all our activities seem to take place: the daily living and the hidden struggles with contradictory desires and motives. In this little space the mind seeks freedom, and so it is always a prisoner of itself. Meditation is the ending of this little space. To us, action is bringing about order in this little space of the mind. But there is another action which is not putting order in this little space. Meditation is action which comes when the mind has lost its little space. This vast space which the mind, the I, cannot reach, is silence. The mind can never be silent within itself; it is silent only within the vast space which thought cannot touch. Out of this silence there is action which is not of thought. Meditation is this silence. – JKrishnamurti,Meditations, 1969