India My Love is a mystery tour. Our guide on the journey is Osho, a man withan extraordinary gift for storytelling and a mystic who brings of India's golden past. He introduces us to beggars and kings. Wise men and fools lovers and warriors, artist and scholars and they come alive on the page, animating the enchanted landscape of an India that even today continues to intrigue and attract the seeker and adventurer within us all.
"Few people have understood India like Osho. It was an understanding at many levels. The philosophical, the historic, the purely emotional and even the political and literary, the wanton and the spiritual. His was a holistic understanding. An understanding that went beyond words, into the uncharted terrain of true love."
India is not just geography or history. It is not only a nation, a country, a mere piece of land. It is something more: It is a metaphor, poetry, something invisible but very tangible. It is vibrating with certain energy fields which no other country can claim.
For almost ten thousand years, thousands of people have reached to the ultimate explosion of consciousness. Their vibration is still alive, their impact is in the very air; you just need a perceptivity, a certain capacity to receive the invisible that surrounds this strange land.
It is strange, because it has renounced everything for a single search, the search for the truth.
In these pages, we are treated to a spell-binding vision of what Osho calls 'the real India', the India that has given birth to enlightened mystics and master musicians, to the inspired poetry of the Upanishads and the spellbinding architecture of the Taj Mahal. We travel through the landscape of India's golden past with Alexander the Great, and meet the strange people he met along the way. We are given a front row seat in the proceedings of the legendary court of the Moghul Emperor Akbar, and an Insider's view of the assemblies of Gautama the Buddha and his disciples.
In the process, we discover just what it is about India that has made it a magnet for seekers for centuries, and the importance of India's unique contribution to our human search for truth.
Osho's unique contribution to the understanding of who we are defies categorization. Mystic and scientist, a rebellious spirit whose interest it to alert humanity to the urgent need to discover a new way of livening. To continue as before is to invite threats to our very planet.
His essential point is that only changing ourselves, one individual at a time, can the outcome of all our "selves" – our societies, our cultures, our beliefs, our world – also change. The doorway to that change is meditation.
Osho the scientist has experimented and scrutinized all the approaches of the past and examined their effects on the modern human being and responded to their shortcomings by creating a new starting for the hyperactive 21st Century mind: OSHO Active Meditation.
Once the agitation of a modern lifetime has stared to settle, "activity" can melt into "passivity," a key staring point of real meditation. To support this next step, Osho has transformed the ancient "art of listening" into a subtle contemporary methodology: the OSHO Talks. Here words become music, the listener discovers who is listening, and the awareness moves from what is being heard to the individual doing the listening. Magically. As silence arises, what needs to be heard is understood directly, free from the distraction of a mind that can only interrupt and interfere with this delicate process.
These thousands of talks cover everything from the individual quest for meaning to the most urgent social and political issues facing society today. Osho's books are note written but are transcribed from audio and video recordings of these extemporaneous talks to international audiences. As he puts it, "So remember: whatever I am saying is not just for you... I am talking also for the future generations."
Osho has been described by The Sunday Times in London as one of the "1000 Makers of the 20th Century" and by American author Tom Robbins as "the most dangerous man Jesus Christ." Sunday Mid-Day (India) has selected Osho as one of ten people – along with Gandhi, Nehru and Buddha – who have changed the destiny of India. About his on work Osho has said that he is helping to create the conditions for the birth of a new kind of human being. He often characterizes this new human being as "Zorba the Buddha" – capable both of enjoying the earthy pleasures of a Zorba the Greek and the silent serenity of a Gautama the Buddha.
Running like a thread through all aspects of Osho's talks and meditations is a vision that encompasses both the timeless wisdom of all ages past and the highest potential of today's (and tomorrow's) science and technology.
Osho is known for his revolutionary contribution to the science of inner transformation, with an approach to meditation that acknowledge the accelerated pace of contemporary life. His unique OSHO Active Meditations are designed of first release the accumulated stresses of body and mind, so that it is then easier to take an experience of stillness and though-free relaxation into daily life.
India is not just geography or history. It is not only a nation, a country, a mere piece of land. It is something more: It is a metaphor, poetry, something invisible but every tangible. It is vibrating with certain energy fields which no other country can claim. For almost ten thousand years, thousands of people have reached to the ultimate explosion of consciousness. Their vibration is still alive, their impact is in the very air; you just need a certain perceptivity, a certain capacity t receive the invisible that surrounds this strange land.
T is strange, became it has renounced everything for a single search, the search for the truth. It has not surprised to know it – no Plato, no Aristotle, no Thomas Aquinas, no Kant, no Hegel, no Bradley, on Bertrand Russell. The whole history of India has not produced a single philosopher and they have been searching for truth!
Certainly their search was different from the search that been in other countries. In other counties people were thinking about truth; in India, people were not thinking about truth; in India, people were not thinking about truth – because how can you think about truth? Either you know it, or you don't; thinking is impossible, philosophy is impossible. It is absolutely an absurd and futile exercise. It is just like a blind man thinking about light – what can he think? He may be a great genius, may be a great logician – it is not going to help. Neither logic is needed nor genius is needs; what is needed is eyes to see.
Light can be seen, but cannot be thought. Truth can be seen, but cannot be thought; hence we don't have a parallel word in India for "philosophy." The search for truth we call darshan, and darshan means seening.
"Philosophy" means thinking, and thinking is circular – about and about, it never reaches to the point of experiencing.
India is the only land in the whole world, strangely which has devoted all its talents in a concentrated effort to see the truth and to be the truth.
You cannot find a great scientist in the whole history of India. It is not that there were not talented people, it is not that there were not geniuses. Mathematics was founded in India, but it did not produce Albert Einstein. The whole country, in a miraculous way, was not interested in any objective research. To Know the other has not been the goal here, but know oneself. For ten thousand years millions of people persistently making a single effort, sacrificing everything for it – science, technological development, riches – accepting poverty, sickness, disease, death, but not dropping the search at any cost.... it has created a certain noosphere, a certain ocean f vibrations around you.
If you come here with a little bit of a meditative mind, you will come in contact with it. If you come here just as a tourist, you will miss it. You will see the ruins, the palaces, the Taj Mahal, the temples, Khajuraho, the Himalayas, but you will not see India – you will have passed though India without meeting it. It was everywhere, but you were not sensitive, you were not receptive You will have come here to see something which is not truly India but only its skeleton – not its soul. And you will have photographs of its skeleton and you will make albums of its skeleton, and you will think you have been to India and you know India, and you are simply deceiving yourself.
There i a spiritual part. You cameras cannot photograph it; your training, your education cannot capture it.
You can go to any country, and you are perfectly capable of meeting the people, the country, its history, its past – in Germany, in Italy, in France, in England. But you cannot do the same as far as India is concerned. If you try to categorize it with other countries, you have already missed the point, because those countries don't have that spiritual aura. They have not produced a Gautam Buddha, a Mahavira, a Neminatha, an Adinatha... they have not produced a Kabir, a Farid, a Dadu. They have produced scientists, they have produced poets, they have produced great artists, they have produced painters, they have produced all kinds of talented people. But the mystic is India's monopoly; at least up to no it has been so.
And the mystic is a totally different kind of human being. He's not simply a genius, he's not simply a great painter or a great poet – he is a vehicle of the divine, a provocation, an invitation for the divine. He opens the doors for the divine to come in. And for thousands of years, millions of people have opened the doors for the divine to fill the atmosphere of this country. To me, that atmosphere is the real India. But to know it, you have to be in a certain state of mind.
When you are meditating trying to be silent, you are allowing the real India to come in contact with you. You can find truth in this poor country in a way you cannot find anywhere else. It is utterly poor, and yet spiritually it has such a rich heritage that if you can open your eyes and see that heritage you will be surprised. Perhaps this is the only country which has been deeply concerned with the evolution of consciousness and nothing else. Every other country has been concerned with a thousand other things. Bu this country has been one-pointed, a single goal: how human consciousness can be evolved to a point where it meets with the divine; how to bring the human and the divine closer.
And it is not a question of one person, but millions of people; not a question of a day or a month or a year, but thousands of years. Naturally, it has created a tremendous energy field around the country. It is all over the place, you just have to be ready.
It is not coincidental that whenever anybody ids thirsty for truth, suddenly he has become interested in India, suddenly he has started moving towards the East. And it is not only today, it is as old as there are records. Pythagoras, twenty-five centuries ago, came to India in search of truth. Jesus Christ came to India....
...And down the centuries, seekers have been coming to this land from all over the world. The country is poor, the country has nothing to offer, but to those who are sensitive, it is the richest place on the earth. But the richness is of the inner. Thus poor country can give you the greatest treasure that is possible for human being.
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