Thursday, June 19, 2008

Hugging is a therapeutic tool

It is heartening to see how people hug each other freely and warmly at the Osho International Meditation Resort. Whenever friends come back from a long break they are welcomed with big warm hugs. And they say, "Oh, we miss these hugs so much out there!" There is something magical about them.
A imple gesture like a sincere hug goes a long way in relaxing and welcoming people. It rejuvenates and heals.
I came across an interesting article by Emma Brady, a Birmingham Cloumnist, in which she prescribes "at least eight hugs a day to ensure the release of the feel-good hormone Oxytocin."
Osho has prescribed hugs because he is all for love. Osho says: " Hugging is only a gesture of oneness -- even the gesture helps. If it is true -- not only a gesture but your heart is also in it -- it can be a magical tool, it can be a miracle. It can transform the whole situation instantly.
Few things have to be understood about it. One is: the idea that the child dies and the man becomes adolescent, then the adolescent dies and the man becomes young, then the young man dies and he becomes middle-aged, and so on, so forth, is wrong. The child never dies -- nothing ever dies. The child is there, always is there, wrapped by other experiences -- wrapped by adolescence, then by youth, then by middle age, then by old age -- but the child is always there.You are just like an onion, layers upon layers, but if you peel the onion soon you will find fresher layers inside. Go on deeper and you find more and more, fresher layers. The same is true about man: if you go deep into him you will always find the innocent child -- and to contact that innocent child is therapeutic.Hugging gives you an immediate contact with the child. If you hug somebody with warmth, love, if it is not just an impotent gesture, if it is meaningful, significant, true, if your heart is flowing through it, immediately you come in contact with the child, with the innocent child. And the innocent child even for a single moment surfacing makes a tremendous difference because the innocence of the child is always healthy and whole; it is uncorrupted. You have reached to the innermost core of the person where no corruption has ever entered, you have reached to the virgin core, and just making the virgin core throb again with life is enough. You have started, triggered a process of healing."

The Wild Geese And The Water

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Sutras to meditate upon

Here are some spicy one liners from Osho that can add salt and pepper to your day ( or night.) Don't just read them, chew and meditate upon them. And then, of course, practice!
Osho said in one of his talks : "But for your contemplation I can give you a few sutras....
... An atomic war will not determine who is right, but who is left.
... A pessimist is someone who is afraid that the optimist is right.
... Take care to get what you like, or you will be forced to like what you get.
... Say it with flowers, say it with sweets. Say it with kisses, say it with eats. Say it with jewelry, say it with drink. But always be careful not to say it with ink.
... Philosophy is the discovery that you might be worse off than you are.
... If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs... maybe you have not heard the gossip!
... Keep quiet and people will think you to be a great philosopher.
... A reformed politician is one who did not get enough votes.
... A neurotic is a person who worries about things that did not happen in the past, instead of worrying about something that won't happen in the future, like normal people.
... The difference between capitalism and communism: in capitalism, man exploits man; in communism it is vice-versa.
... Women are the kind of problem most men like to wrestle with.
... To have the last word with a woman -- apologize."

Great Pilgrimage from here to here

Saturday, June 7, 2008

An Ageless Campus

Fashion Show in Brunch at Osho International Meditation Resort, Pune

Tai Chi class in Buddha Grove OIMR

Visitors come here from all over the world and they observe that there is an agelessness in the people around the campus. This question is not new, it has always been there. When Osho was asked this question he replied: "The explanation is very simple. I have never felt my age. I still feel like a child. As I close my eyes I don't see any difference in my innocence, in my mischievousness. I am the only rascal saint in the whole world.
I sometimes wonder whether I am aging or not. When I look into the mirror, into my eyes, I see the same eyes I have always seen from my very childhood. I close my eyes, I look inside, and I am the same -- just ageless.
It is true, it is an ageless campus. Here the old are just as innocent as the children, or even more so -- because your inner being is ageless. Once you come in touch with it, it is timeless, it never grows old or young or anything. It is just the same from eternity to eternity. Once you start coming closer and closer to your eternity, a certain agelessness starts radiating from your eyes, from your faces.
And the person who observed this must have a very clear vision.
I can see it happening: you are becoming every day younger. Sometimes I wonder, if everybody becomes too young, it will be very difficult to explain to them the sutras! "
Christianity: The Deadliest Poison and Zen: The Antidote to All Poisons