Friday, May 31, 2013

Longer life or fearless life?

Living longer or if possible, forever, is a deep seated desire of human beings.

Longevity has always been one of the key points of search of health practitioners, medical doctors or the alchemists. Longevity has been a topic not only for the scientific community but also for writers of folklore, science fiction, and utopian novels. As if living longer has some great value in itslef. This desire probably comes from acknowledging but not accepting the brevity of human life. The human mind is such that it carries unlimited desires and dreams but the years given by nature to fulfill them are very few in comparison. Everyone thinks, if I had more years I could have achieved my target. The dreamers never checke into the reality of people living longer. Are they happy living longer? In fact nobody waits for death as desparately as they do.

All this was triggered by the latest news that scientists and researchers of the ULCA university have discovered a “Dorian Gray” gene that may extend lifespan and delay the onset of ageing. Alright, so with this wonder gene people may live longer or stay younger for a long time. So what?

Nobody asks the basic question, what will be the quality of life of those who go on living till, say, a hundred years? What will people do if they live longer ? Will their life be worth living? For that matter what are they doing with their lives right now?

A prolonged period of unconscious living , repeating the same old follies, nurturing the same ugly emotions like hatred , jealousy, anger, and living under the hanging sword of death -- is this the life they have aspired for?

This discovery reminded me of Osho's insight: " A medical science which cannot free man from the fear of death can never cure this disease which is man. Of course medical science tries hard; it tries to accomplish this by increasing our lifespan. But increasing your lifespan increases only the waiting period for death and nothing else. And it is better to wait for shorter period of time than a longer one. You make death even more pitiful by increasing the lifespan."

Just by increasing the age of a person you cannot remove the fear of death from him. He may even be healthy but he will not be fearless. Fearlessness comes only by meditation; when someone comes to know that there is something in him that never dies.

Meditation makes you aware of your body and the center that is beyond the body. And if this awareness can increase then the fear of death will fade away. Long life is valuable if it helps people get rid of the fear of death and find the deathless within.


Monday, May 27, 2013

John Abraham visits OSHO International Meditation Resort

It is wonderful to see the growing interest in meditation and OSHO International Meditation Resort by

superstars and the super busy. John Abraham, the hot and hit star of Bolywood recently walked itoured the beautiful premises of the meditation resort.

Here are some photos from John Abraham's recent visit. He called himself a beginner but wanted to learn

what Osho has to say on meditation. So  he walked  away with the Osho book Meditation the First & Last Freedom.

Happy meditations John.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

OSHO Monsoon Festival


Thursday, May 16, 2013

How to stop chain-smoking?

Once  a chain-smoker asked Osho, "How toget rid of my smoking? Is it a sin to smoke? I feel so guilty, please help me!"

Osho said:
"You must be a deeply anxiety-ridden person, otherwise chain-smoking is not possible; chain-smoking is a by-product. You must be so concerned about a thousand and one disturbances inside, you must be carrying such a big load of worries on your heart, on your chest, that you don’t know how to forget them. Smoking at least helps you to forget about them.

The hypnotists have discovered a fundamental law; they call it the Law of Reverse Effect. If you try hard to do something without understanding the fundamentals, just the opposite will be the result. Try to avoid anything with great effort and it becomes a hypnotic force, it hypnotizes you. It becomes like a magnet. You cannot avoid it.

Be relaxed. Don’t try hard, because it is through relaxation that you can become aware, not by trying hard. Be calm, quiet, silent.

Smoke as much as you want to smoke. It is not a sin in the first place. I give you a guarantee – I will be responsible. If you meet god on Judgment Day you can just tell him that this fellow is responsible. So don’t be worried about sin. Relax and don’t try to drop it with effort. No, that is not going to help.

This is my suggestion: smoke as much as you want to smoke – just smoke meditatively. If Zen people can drink tea meditatively, why can’t you smoke meditatively? In fact, tea contains a stimulant, the same as cigarettes contain; there is not much difference. Smoke meditatively, make it a ceremony.

Make a smoking temple
Try it. Make a small corner in your house just for smoking – a small temple dedicated to the god of smoking. First bow down to your cigarette packet. Have a little chit-chat. Talk to the cigarettes. Inquire, “How are you?” And then take a cigarette out as slowly as you can, because only if you take it very slowly will you be aware. Don’t do it in a mechanical way, as you always do. Then tap the cigarette on the packet very slowly and for as long as you want. There is no hurry. Then take the lighter, bow down to the lighter. These are great gods! Light is god, so why not the lighter?

Then start smoking very slowly, just like vipassana. You smoke naturally – very slowly, no hurry. If it is a sin you are in a hurry; you want to finish it as soon as possible. If it is a sin you don’t want to look at it. You go on reading the newspaper and you go on smoking. Who wants to look at a sin? But it is not a sin, so watch it – watch each of your acts.

Divide your acts into small fragments so you can move very slowly. You will be surprised: by watching your smoking, slowly, slowly smoking will become less and less. And one day suddenly, it is gone. You have not made any effort. It has dropped of its own accord, because by becoming aware of a dead pattern, a routine, a mechanical habit, you have released a new energy of consciousness in you. Only that energy can help you; nothing else will ever help.

And it is not only so with smoking, it is so with everything else in life. Don’t try too hard to change yourself. That leaves scars. Even if you change, your change will remain superficial. You will have to find a substitute somewhere, otherwise you will feel empty.

When something withers away of its own accord – because you have become so silently aware of the stupidity of it that no effort is needed – when it simply falls like a dead leaf falling from a tree, it leaves no scar behind and it leaves no ego behind.

If you drop something by effort, it creates great ego. You start thinking, “Now I am a very virtuous man because I don’t smoke.” That’s how your virtuous men are. Somebody does not smoke, somebody does not drink, somebody eats only once a day, somebody does not eat in the night, somebody has even stopped drinking water in the night...and they are all great saints!

Not-smoking is not virtue, smoking is not sin; awareness is virtue, unawareness is sin. The same law is applicable to your whole life.

Excerpted from Ah, This! 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Clean the basement of human mind

Catharsis in OSHO Dynamic Meditation

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the two brothers who bombed the Boston Marathon said they were prompted by their religious beliefs and anger over the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The gang rapists in India express their anger and frustration against the social system through perverted sexual attacks. A United Nations statistical report compiled from government sources showed that more than 250,000 cases of male-female rape or attempted rape were recorded by police annually. The reported data covered 65 countries.

All over the world we see an outburst of violence in some form or the other. And it is not only the youth who is responsible for this but the older generation also carries the hatred, like that of Tsarnaev brothers mother who radicalized her sons out of her hatred for America and fundamental views of Islam.

It seems the whole world has become a human volcano that pelts anger, violence, perverted sex , insatiable greed –– an explosion of destructive energy. And the authorities are out of their depth.There seems to be no respite from these incidents. The problem is global with no solution in sight.

Not entirely so, because Osho is adept at finding simple solutions to seemingly huge problems. He says, "Clean the basement of the human mind's unconscious... and it can be cleaned away."

Osho had really warned us about it a while ago, had almost profesied aboutt this situation. He said that all the governments and all the religions will go on perpetuating the old strategies without understanding the new situation. The new situation is that every human being needs to go through therapies, needs to understand his unconscious intentions, needs to go through meditations so that he can calm down, and look towards the world with a new perspective of silence.
Hammering the sex center with Hoo!

The most effective therapy is OSHO Dynamic Meditation which blasts the hidden monstors in the unconscious. Whether anger or hatred or fear or sex, they are all different aspects of one force –– the primal sex energy. This is a life energy which, if not handled properly, can be very destructive. The real concern should be : how to transform this destructive energy into creativity.

This method uses fast and chaotic breathing to cathart the emotional repression. And once catharsis is done the blocks are removed and one can go deeper to awaken the dormant energy at the naval center.This fresh energy is very positive, creative and blissful. This is our own reservoir which is unused. We are like a rich man who roams around with a begging bowl. Those who have been doing this meditation have felt no need to rape or kill anybody. Because happy people never hurt others. It is the miserable, the unhappy who want to destroy the whole world .