The Hidden Splendour

A person who meditates sincerely generates tremendous energy within and around him.  Existence blesses him with healing powers that are also felt by others.  The same could happen to a devotee whose prayers originate from his heart and is not a mechanical ritual taught by priests.  Authenticity is needed in both the cases.  The healing with the meditator or the devotee is not something of his own, but a blessing from the divine or God’s grace.  When the flower blooms it has the fragrance that spreads around.
The flower does not go into an ego trip.  In one of his discourses on THE HIDDEMeditation dhyanaN SPLENDOUR, Osho makes this point with a Sufi story :  A Sufi mystic was so full of love and joy  —- his life was filled with laughter, music and dancing.  So God became very interested in because he never asked for anything, he never prayed.  He never went to the mosque, he never even uttered the name of God.
God became intrigued with the mystic and came to the Sufi and said, “I am immensely happy because that is how I want people to be.  I don’t want them to pray for an hour and do the opposite in the remaining 23 hours.  I don’t want them to become pious once they enter the mosque, and when they go back, they leave their piety in the mosque and are just their own selves : angry, jealous, full of anxiety and violence.  I have watched you and I have loved you.  That is why you have become the prayer.  You are, right now, my only argument in the world that something more than man exists —– although you have never argued, you have not even uttered my name, but you live, you love, you are so full of joy that there is no need for any language, your very presence becomes the argument for my existence.  I want to give you a blessing.  You can ask for anything.”
The Sufi said, “But I don’t need anything.  Forgive me, I cannot ask, because I really don’t need anything.  You are generous, you are loving, you are compassionate, but I am so full, there is no space within me for anything else.”  God said, “I knew you would not ask for anything.  Don’t ask for yourself, but you can ask for others, because there are millions of people who are miserable and sick, and have never known anything for which they can be grateful.  I can give you powers to do miracles, and you can change the lives of all these people.”
Yoga meditationThe Sufi said, “If you insist, then I can accept your gift under one condition.”  God said, “Condition ? You are really strange.  What is the condition ?”  The Sufi said, ” My condition is that I should not become aware of what is happening through me, by you.  It should happen behind my back.  It should happen through my shadow.  I may be passing and my shadow may fall on a dead tree, and the tree may become alive again, but I should not know it, because I don’t want to fall back.  If I know it —– that I have done it, or even that God has chosen me as the instrument to do it —– it is dangerous.  So my condition is : a blind man might start seeing, but neither should he know that it is because of me, nor should I know that it is because of me.  My shadow behind my back will do all the miracles.”
And it is said that God said to him, ” You are not only strange, you are unique and rare.  And this will be so : You will never know what things are happening around you.  Miracles will happen.  And I will remember your condition.”
————- Swami Chaitanya Keerti.

Devavani

The Sanskrit language is called DEVAVANI (Divine Language).  The Upanishads are written in Sanskrit.  The very word “Sanskrit” means transformed, adorned, crowned, decorated, refined,  —— but remember the word “transformed”.  The language itself was transformed because so many people attained to the ultimate, and because they were using the language, something of their joy penetrated into it, something of their poetry entered into the very cells, the very fibre of the language.  Even the language became transformed, illuminated.  It was bound to happen.  Languages in the West are becoming more and more scientific, accurate, mathematical and precise.  Science is giving languages colour, shape and form.
Sanskrit hymnThe same happened with Sanskrit 5,000 years ago.  So many people became enlightened and they were all speaking Sanskrit, their enlightenment entered into it with all its music, poetry, with all its celebration.  Sanskrit became luminous; it is the most poetic and musical language.
A “poetic language” is just the opposite of a “scientific language”.  In “scientific language” every word has to be very precise in meaning; it has to have only one meaning.  — In “poetic language” the word has to be liquid, flowing, dynamic, not static, allowing many meanings, many possibilities.  The word has to be not precise at all; the more imprecise it is better, because then it will be able to express all kinds of nuances.
There are 800 roots in Sanskrit and out of those thousands of words have been derived just as out of one root a tree grows and many branches and thousands of leaves and hundreds of flowers.  Each single root becomes a vast tree with great foliage.
oshoFor example, the root RAM can mean first ‘to be calm’, second ‘to rest’, third ‘to delight in’, fourth ’cause delight to’, fifth ‘to make love’, sixth ‘to join’, seventh ‘to make happy’, eighth ‘to be blissful’, ninth ‘to play’, tenth ‘to be peaceful’, eleventh ‘ to stand still’, twelfth ‘to stop’ and thirteenth ‘God, divine, the absolute’.  Sometimes the meanings are related to each other, sometimes they are contradictory to each other.  Hence the language has a multi-dimensional quality to it.  You can play with those words and through that play you can express the inexpressible; the inexpressible can be hinted.
The script in which Sanskrit is written is called DEVANAGRI (dwelling-place of the Gods), and so it certainly is.  Each word has become divine, just because it has been used by people who had known God or godliness.
(Abridged from I AM THAT, Osho Times International, http://www.osho.com)   ——– Talk : Osho 

Silent dialogue

Prayer is an experience of resurrection, a rebirth, the birth of a new vision, new dimension, new way of looking at things and a new way of being.  Prayer is not something that you do : PRAYER IS SOMETHING THAT YOU BECOME.  It is a state of being.  It has nothing to do with words that you utter in the temples, mosques and churches.  It is a SILENT DIALOGUE WITH EXISTENCE.  It is to be in tune with the total, with the whole.
And prayer is such a vast experience that it contains contradiction.  So, one can say : PRAYER IS SILENCE —— and he is absolutely right.  And another can say : PRAYER IS DIALOGUE —— and he is right too, because PRAYER IS A DIALOGUE IN SILENCE.  Now DIALOGUE and SILENCE seem to be contradictory.  In DIALOGUE you SPEAK, in SILENCE you HEAR.  In DIALOGUE you COMMUNICATE, in SILENCE you ARE SIMPLY THERE —— there is nothing to say.


Osho


What can be said to “existence” ?  He knows all that you can say in the first place.  you can bow down, celebrate.  But still your bowing down, celebration, festivity, thankfulness, gratitude —— they are still ways of speaking.  You are trying to say something without words, because words are very small and the heart really wants to say something.

So, it is “dialogue”, although “silent”.  It is a communication in a sense, because you are there and the whole existence becomes your beloved, the whole existence becomes a “thou”.  And yet there is no “I” and there is no “thou”  ———– BOTH DISAPPEAR.  Both meet and merge into one unity, one organic whole.  Just as the dewdrop disappears in the ocean, you disappear.  There is no separation between you and existence, so how can there be a dialogue ?
Science gives definitions, Religion cannot.  You ask, “What is water ?” and it says “H2O”  Prayer is subjective.  It is not an object that can be analysed.  You cannot show your prayer to anybody.  When prayer exists, it is not that prayer exists in you ———- on the contrary, YOU EXIST IN PRAYER.  You vibrate in that enormous dimension; that plenitude.
Prayer is a feeling of immense gratitude and thankfulness.  You are in this beautiful world, with these trees and rivers, mountains and stars, and you are pulsating, you are alive.  You have not earned this opportunity—– IT IS A GIFT.  Prayer is thank fullness for this gift of life.  Just to breathe is such a joy, just to open your eyes and see the greenery.  Just to listen to the chirping of birds, or the sound of running water or the silence of the night, or the dawn and sun rising ………. We have not earned all this.  They have been given to us, and we are not even thankful.
Prayer is a way of living, it is not something that you do early in the morning like a ritual.  If it is a ritual, it is meaningless.  A man of prayer remains in prayer 24 HOURS A DAY.  Prayer is deep down at the core of one’s being.
Man has lost many capacities, and one of the most important has been the capacity to pray ——- because it is only through prayer that we make a bridge between our tine self and the Infinite and the Absolute.
—- Abridged from THE PERFECT MASTER, courtesy : Osho International Foundation, http://www.osho.com.  (Speaking Tree).

The enemy within

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There is a very meaningful Sufi story : A man was very worried because every night someone would enter his garden and destroy all his plants.  He did everything that could be done to protect it.  He posted guards along the boundary, bur never was anybody seen entering the garden at night.  Yet, every morning, the garden would be trashed.  He then went to a Sufi Master, in the hope that the Master would be able to see things he and the guards could not.  The Master closed his eyes and said, “Do one thing, fix the alarm on your clock for two o’clock in the night.”  “How is this going to help ?  My guards are continuously watching and patrolling around the house.”  The Master said, “There is no need to argue.  Just do what I say.  Fix the alarm for two o’clock.  Then come the next day and tell me what happened.”

He was not convinced but he tried.  At two o’clock, when the alarm went off, he woke up.  He was standing in his own garden, wrecking havoc on his plants.  He was a “somnambulist”  ——- a sleepwalker.
 If we look deep within ourselves, we will see that in some way or the other, we are all sleepwalkers.  We sow the seeds of our misdeeds in the deep sleep of unconsciousness, and then wonder why our lives are so miserable.  When we love another person, we often end up taking things for granted in the name of love.  
Osho suggests : Remain a “watcher”, remain a “witness”.  Remind yourself continuously.  Sadness has come.  It has happened to you ——- it is not you.  The moment you remember this, suddenly you will see a distance arising between you and the sadness.  It does not affect you any longer.  When you lose awareness, there is a distance.  The more your awareness rises, the more the distance increases.  A moment comes when you see so far away from your sadness, that it is as if it is not there at all.  The same has to be done with happiness too.  It will be difficult, because one wants to cling to happiness.  But, by clinging to happiness, you are sowing the seeds of your sorrow.  That is how this parable is of tremendous importance.
The master himself —- in his sleep, in his unawareness —- came to the field, the wheat field and sowed the seeds of weeds.  In deep sleep, he was a sleepwalker.  In the morning, he started asking, “Who has done this ?”  You are responsible for the wrongs in your life.  You have brought them upon yourself.  But, in the morning, when you wake up, you ask, “Who has done this ?” and start searching for the wrongdoer.  THE ENEMY IS WITHIN.  The enemy is hidden deep within your consciousness.
————– Swami Chaitanya Keerti. 

Heart meditation

There is an ancient meditation called the HEART MEDITATION, originally devised by ATISHA, the great Tibetan Mystic.  This meditation contends that one can absorb the miseries of the world into the heart riding the “in-breath” transform it into joy and happiness and give it back to the world with the “out-breath”.  This sounds over-simplified for sure, but that is the “magic of the heart” : IT IS SIMPLE & EXTRAORDINARY.
meditate.reflect2When there are tragedies like earthquakes, we see the enormity of the disaster and looking at them, we feel helpless.  This is when people wonder how meditation can help.  Logically, it may be difficult to understand, but there is another reality of life which is not visible to the conscious mind —– the reality of the heart in which humans are all connected together.  The vast ocean of the collective unconscious connects human beings to each other at a deeper level.  We are not as separate as we appear to be.  Hence, the enlightened masters talk about “oneness” and “one world”.  As we are plugged into the same “life energy”, we can help each other if we sincerely wish to.
The positive thinkers ask you to breathe in joy and happiness and breathe out misery and pain.  It means you are adding your misery to the already existing mass of misery in the world.  Secondly, there should be joy in your heart, in the first place, or else how would you give it to the world ?  It is like lending money when you have gone bankrupt.
Osho says, “The positive thinkers don’t know about the miraculous transformative power of the heart.  The moment you take all the sufferings of the world inside you, sufferings cease to exist.  The heart immediately transforms the energy.  The heart is a “transforming force” : drink in misery, and it is transformed into blissfulness.  Then pour it out.  And when you breathe out, breathe out all the joy that you have, all the blissfulness that you Heart-Sutra-Meditation-300x200have.  This is the method of compassion :  drink in all the suffering and pour out all the blessings.  Once you have learned that your heart can do this magic, you will like to do it again and again.”
Once you experience how pain and suffering can be transformed into joy through the breath and heart you may like to apply this method silently whenever people or events around you become unbearable.
Instead of being disturbed by them, breathe in the negativity and breathe out your peace.  You have found the trick of “being in the world and not belonging to it.”
—————– Amrit Sadhana.   

This & That…

Sun Tzu

(1) Be extreme SUBTLE, even to the point of FORMLESSNESS.  Be extremely MYSTERIOUS, even to the point of SOUNDLESSNESS.  Thereby you can be the DIRECTOR OF THE OPPONENT’S FATE.  —– Sun Tzu.
(2) Life is like a sewer : What you get out of it depends on what you put into it.  —-Tom Leher.
(3) After despair, many hopes flourish, just as after darkness, thousands of suns open and start to shine.
(4) In the future there will be banking by “mental telepathy”, which will enable you to give instructions to your bank via “thought waves”.
(5) Here is an exam pattern across the years : 1995 : —– Answer all the questions.  2010 : —Answer any 5 questions.  2015 : —– Answer A or B.  2020 : —– At least read the questions.  2025 : —– Thanks for coming.
(6) When sadness comes, just sit by the side and look at it and say, “I am the watcher, I am not sadness,” and see the difference.  It will die of starvation.  We feed the emotion by being identified with them —— Osho.
(7) When I travel, I have my “prayer time” on the way to the airport.  It’s a 45-minute drive, and I pray through the ACTS acronym : acknowledgement, confession, thanksgiving, supplication  ——– which is a popular form of prayer. — Pat Gelsinger.
(8) The marsh toads interviewed the eagle : “How come you venture so high ?  Aren’t you scared you’ll hit the ceiling ——- that blue metal dome they call the sky ?”  The eagle knew these earth-bound creatures were ignorant of boundless space, and couldn’t conceive of infinities, not being born to the winds’ embrace.  From Bachchoos Fables.
(9) What do you call a laughing motorcycle ?  YAMAHAHA.
(10) The DART FROG is the most poisonous animal alive.  It looks harmless  —– even cute —– but, just one of these creatures harbours the poison to kill 10 people.  Why did they become so much more lethal than their amphibian brethren ??

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(11) The inability to recall a precise word for something is known as LETHOLOGICA.  The obsession with trying to recall words is known as LOGANAMNOSIS. — Kaveri Chandra Kumar.
(12) Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting. —Princess Elizabeth Asquith Bibesa. 
(13) If you love something, set it free.  If it comes back ——- you love a boomerang.
(14) Let no man pray that he know not sorrow.  Let no soul ask to be free from pain.  For the “gall” of today is the “sweet” of tomorrow and the “moments” of loss is the “lifetime’s” gain.
(15) Man is born broken, he lives by mending.  THE GRACE OF GOD IS THE GLUE.
(16) Hair stylists have become more “limp-wristed” and “awkward”, as if to stand in a weird manner makes them more talented, whereas barbers have remained, well barbers.
(17) The heart of a mother is a deep abyss, at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.
(18) Respect your destiny and recognize your limits.  You should bear the blows of fate with “equanimity”.
(19) What’s in a name ?  ——– NICOLE KIDMAN, who is neither a “kid” nor a “man”.
(20) All men dream —— but not equally.  Those who dream in the dark recesses of the night, awake in the day to find that all was vanity..  But the dreamers in the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams and make it possible. 

This & That

(1) Love people for who they are, without expecting them to dance to your tunes, an do not make demands or impose restrictions on them.  THEY WILL LOVE YOU DEARLY.
(2) Time Constraint : with EARTH as the POT, with SKY as the COVERING LID, with SUN as the FIRE, with DAY & NIGHT as FAGGOTS and SEASONS & MONTHS as LADLES ————— TIME COOKS ALL BEINGS.  —— Yaksha, Mahabharata.
yaksha(3) As the dew-drop, dangling on the tip of a blade of grass, lasts but a short time, even so is the life of man.
(4)  Madness is the only sane way to respond to the world we live in.  Living with anyone takes a toll.  At some level, the family is a frail institution and at another (level) —— ROCK SOLID.  —Jerry Pinto.
(5) The world is a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.— Oscar Wilde.
(6) A 2-year-old Labrador, ECLIPSE, is a bus-riding, side-walk walking dog.  She rides the bus to the park by herself every time she wants to go for a walk.  She always manages to get off at the right stop.
(7) The more STILL and PEACEFUL the mind, the less judgmental we are, greater the chance of us coming close to reality.  The degree of conflict that we have with others, will be directly proportional to the amount of thoughts that our mind generates about any situation.
(8) What did the boy octopus say to the girl octopus on Valentine Day ?   I WANT TO HOLD YOU HAND, HAND, HAND, HAND, HAND, HAND, HAND, HAND.
(9) Everyone chases Happiness, not noticing that HAPPINESS IS RIGHT AT THEIR HEELS.  (10) It is better to drink of deep grief than to taste shallow pleasures. —– William Hazlitt.
(11) If the only tool, you have, is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.—— Abraham Maslow.
(12) A MEANINGFUL SILENCE is always better than MEANINGLESS WORDS.
(13) SMILING can trick the body into helping you change your body.  Smiling releases serotonin, endorphin –natural painkillers.  These make us feel good.
osho1(14)  There are 3 methods of gaining wisdom : REFLECTION ——- the HIGHEST, LIMITATION —– the EASIEST and EXPERIENCE —– the BITTEREST.  —- Confucius.
(15) Squeeze all the juice out of each moment of life, for there is no goal.  THE PILGRIMAGE IS ITSELF THE GOAL.  —–Osho.
(16) Life is : BEST for those who are ENJOYING IT, DIFFICULT for those who are ANALYSING IT and WORST for those who are CRITICIZING IT.  —— Anupam Kher.
(17) How does Moses make his tea ?  HE-BREWS IT.
(18) HUMBLEBRAGGING — Never heard of it ? Chances are you’ve indulged in it, nevertheless.  The Oxford Dictionary defines a “humblebrag” as “subtly letting others know about how fantastic your life is, while under-cutting it with a bit of self-effacing humour or woe-is-me gloss.”  Simply put, it’s the art of ‘false modesty online.’  2014 was definitely the Year of the Selfie, a new survey predicts ——- 2015 will be the Year of the HUMBLEBRAG.  It reveals that most HUMBLEBRAGS are over someone’s appearance, followed by materialistic items and geographical locations.  Almost 60% of those surveyed, say the worst HUMBLEBRAGS are when people claim to look bad when they clearly are not.
((19) All your responses must be oral, OK ?  So, which school did you go to ?  ORAL.
(20) I do not pray for a lighter load, but for a STRONGER BACK. — Phillips Brooks.