Love and meditation are two sides of the same coin. Meditation and love are names of the same door seen from two different places. Seen from the outside the door is called love. Seen from the inside it is called meditation. It is just like a door labeled entrance on one side and Exit on the other the same door serves both purposes.
For over 35 years, Osho was speaking to international audiences of seekers, addressing their essential questions and concerns. The international press calls him “A 21st Century Prophet” and “an oracle of modern times.
His books and audio lectures are international bestsellers.
Osho himself says that he is neither a prophet nor a philosopher; he is simply sharing his own experience. The Sunday Times of London described him as “one of the 1000 makers of the 20th century and American author Tom Robbins has called him “the most dangerous man since Jesus Christ both comments reflecting the profound influence of his revolutionary approach to the science of inner transformation.
Spoken with authority, clarity, sharpness and humor, his insights address both the timeless and timely concerns that tend to escape our notice in the clamor and overload of daily life.
These days, where spirituality is on everyone’s mind, it is difficult to distinguish between borrowed words and jargon and sincere existential questions from people who are trying to understand themselves and their lives.
In this book you will see how Osho guides people away from asking superficial “religious” and intellectual questions to opening up and exposing themselves in real questions.
His answers are not academic, they do not fill us with second hand knowledge, but provide existential responses that take us to a new level. From this place we can start living from our own understanding and experience.
“The answer lies in becoming free of your mind. Until the mind drops, the questioning will continue. You are in your minds, and so I ask you to go on asking. This is not going to solve anything for you directly, but an indirect solution can become available.
Osho defies categorization, reflecting everything from the individual quest for meaning to the most urgent social and political issues facing society today. His books are not written but are transcribed from recordings of extemporaneous talks given over a period of thirty-five years. Osho has been described by The Sunday Times in London as one of the “1000 Makers of the 20th Century” and by Sunday Mid-Day in India as one of the ten people — along with Gandhi, Nehru and Buddha — who have changed the destiny of India.
Osho has a stated aim of helping to create the conditions for the birth of a new kind of human being, characterized as “Zorba the Buddha one whose feet are firmly on the ground, yet whose hands can touch the stars. Running like a thread through alt aspects of Osho is a vision that encompasses both the timeless wisdom of the East and the highest potential of Western science and technology.
He is synonymous with a revolutionary contribution to the science of inner transformation and an approach to meditation which specifically addresses the accelerated pace of contemporary life. The unique Osho Active Meditations are designed to allow the release of accumulated stress in the body and mind so that it is easier to he still and experience the thought-free state of meditation.
The God-Oriented Religions are bound to create such a feeling. Iris absolutely, necessarily so, because they are giving you lies as consolations.
As man has gone beyond his primitive states of consciousness he is more intelligent today he can see the myth of God. He had lived with the lie as if it were the truth, and he was content. But now that he is intelligent and he can see the falsity of the whole religious lie, and a great problem arises for him. God is dead, his consolation is destroyed. He feels utterly empty, he has no relationship with existence.
God used to be the fulfillment of one’s life, somebody who was caring, some body who was forgiving, somebody who was compassionate. There being no God, suddenly you feel yourself an outsider from existence. But this is a good beginning, don’t take it wrongly.
Every lie taken away will leave, for some time, an empty space. You can use this empty space to become miserable. Misery will fill it: you can make this space anguish, anxiety, suffering, pain. But it is up to you. You can make this empty space a new beginning, a new door. God is dead, now you have to search for truth on your own; nobody can give it to you. This emptiness should become a door going inwards.
The moment you enter to the center of your being, you are no longer an outsider. For the first time you are the insider. God was keeping you outside the truth, outside existence. God was keeping you simply consoled, but consolations are of no help. You need a transformation of being, you need to use your emptiness joyfully, because it opens a door onto the eternal space. It opens a door into your very roots, which are in existence. It suddenly makes you feel at home with the trees, with the birds, with human beings, with stars with everything around you. The whole cosmos is your very home.
So it all depends how you use your emptiness. The so-called western existentialists are using it wrongly. They are filling it with misery, anxiety, tension, dread, anguish, angst.
First you were full of lies, fictions; at least they were consoling, at least they were giving you some hope, some connectedness with existence. But existentialism is using your emptiness in an even worse way than the religions have used it.
Religions have used it to exploit you. They were giving you consolation, and there is a price to everything. So they were exploiting you, hut you were feeling perfectly happy for centuries, because God was in heaven and everything was all right he will take care of you.
This consolation was false; it was not going to change you, it was not going to make you a buddha, it was not going to make you awakened, enlightened. It was not in favor of your spiritual growth, hut at least it was keeping you without anxiety, without anguish, without meaninglessness. You were feeling at home, though that feeling was a dream. Now that the dream is destroyed, you suddenly feel you are alone. There is no God and you don’t know any other way of relating with existence.
Your old programming has failed. You need a new insight. You need, instead of prayer, meditation; instead of God, your own consciousness. A pillar of consciousness is going to fill your being, and this will not be a consolation. It will be authentic contentment; it will relate you with existence, you will not feel at all the outsider.
Do you think I feel at all an outsider? I am as deeply involved with existence as one can be. The whole existence has become my very being, my heart is dancing with the heartbeat of the universe.
God was preventing this happening, this tremendous phenomenon of transformation. God was not a friend to you; God was the greatest enemy. And the priests have been exploiting you.
Now that intelligence understands there is no God, there is bound to be a small gap in which you either have to choose western existentialism which is not authentic, it is accidentalism or you have to look inwards the same way as every awakened being has looked, and you have to stop looking towards the sky. You have to close your eyes and look towards the inner space from where you are connected with the existence. Immediately the emptiness will disappear. Not only emptiness, you will disappear And then remains only a dance, a celebration of this whole universe. And you are absolutely one with it, there is no question of even being an insider.
There arises a great oneness. You suddenly see yourself in various manifestations: in the trees, in the flowers, in the clouds, in the stars, you are everywhere. The moment you disappear you are the whole existence, blossoming, flying; all the greenness, all the mountains, all the snow, all the rivers, all the oceans everywhere you are spread. And this state is the state of a buddha. This is true liberation.
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