"Meditation is neither a journey in space nor a journey in time, but an instantaneous awakening."
This book is a gift, a treasure trove of meditation techniques devised by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and given to his disciples over the years.
These are methods to play with, to help you to celebrate the exploration into your selves.
Unique in their originality and utter simplicity, these meditations reflect Bhagwan's understanding and insight into man's essential nature, and provide the world with a synthesis between the Eastern meditative approach and Western psychological techniques.
Dance, shake, gaze into a mirror, beat a pillow, hum, sing - anything that will take you beyond the mind…
"… And when all your efforts suddenly drop, meditation is there - the benediction of it, the blessedness of it, the glory of it…"
In Osho's vision, as in the vision of all the Buddhas throughout the ages, it is only when all our efforts have come to an end and all these techniques have become useless that we really become meditators and can see that far-away "here-and-now" is simply here, now.
Until then, join the dance! Laugh and sing, run, jump and scream, sit and stare, live, love and pray from dawn to darkness with these beautiful meditations. And don't let your daily routine be an excuse for not jumping in and experimenting.
Think of meditation as an adventure and this Orange Book as your guide. And when the point is reached that a Master is needed, come, for the source of it all is here.
Swami Anand Veetmoha
The Greatest Joy in Life
What is meditation?
MEDITATION is a state of no-mind. Meditation is a state of pure consciousness with no content.
Ordinarily, your consciousness is too full of rubbish, just like a mirror covered with dust.
The mind is a constant traffic: thoughts are moving, desires are moving, memories are moving, ambitions are moving – it is a constant traffic!
This is the state of no meditation. Just the opposite is meditation. When there is no traffic and thinking has ceased, no thoughts move, no desire stirs, you are utterly silent – that silence is meditation.
And in that silence truth is known, and never otherwise. Meditation is a state of no-mind.
And you cannot find meditation through the mind, because mind will perpetuate itself. You can find meditation only by putting the mind aside, by being cool, indifferent, unidentified with the mind; by seeing the mind pass, but not getting identified with it, not thinking that I am it.
Meditation is the awareness that I am not the mind. When the awareness goes deeper and deeper in you, slowly slowly, a few moments arrive – moments of silence, moments of pure space, moments of transparency, moments when nothing stirs in you and everything is still. In those still moments you will know who you are, and you will know the mystery of this existence.
A day comes, a day of great blessings, when meditation becomes your natural state.
Mind is something unnatural; it never becomes your natural state. But meditation is a natural state – which we have lost. It is a paradise lost, but the paradise can be regained.
Look into the child’s eyes, look and you will see tremendous silence, innocence. Each child comes with a meditative state.
but he has to be initiated into the ways of the society – he has to be taught how to think, how to calculate, how to reason, how to argue; he has to be taught words, language, concepts.
And, slowly slowly, he loses contact with his own innocence. He becomes contaminated, polluted by the society. He becomes an efficient mechanism; he is no more a man.
All that is needed is to regain that space once more. You have known it before, so when for the first time you know meditation, you will be surprised – because a great feeling will arise in you as if you have known it before.
The diamond is lost in piles of rubbish. But if you can uncover it, you will find the diamond again – it is yours.
It cannot really be lost: it can only be forgotten. We are born as meditators, then we learn the ways of the mind. But our real nature remains hidden somewhere deep down like an undercurrent. Any day, a little digging, and you will find the source still flowing, the source of fresh waters. And the greatest joy in life is to find it.
Meditation is not concentration
The demarcation, the boundary, the border, no longer exists. The in is out, the out is in; it is a non-dual consciousness.
Concentration is a dual consciousness: that’s why concentration creates tiredness; that’ s why when you concentrate you feel exhausted. And you cannot concentrate for twenty-four hours, you will have to take holidays to rest.
Meditation does not tire, meditation does not exhaust you. Meditation can become a twenty-four hour thing – day in, day out, year in, year out. It can become eternity. It is relaxation itself.
Concentration is an act, a willed act.
Meditation is a state of no will, a state of inaction. It is relaxation. One has simply dropped into one’s own being, and that being is the same as the being of All.
In concentration the mind functions out of a conclusion: you are doing something.
In meditation You are not doing anything in particular, you are simply being. It has no past to it, it is uncontaminated by the past. It has no future to it, it is pure of all future.
It is what Lao Tzu has called wei-wu-wei, action through inaction. It is what Zen masters have been saying: Sitting silently doing nothing, the spring comes and the grass grows by itself. Remember, ‘by itself' – nothing is being done. You are not pulling the grass upwards; the spring comes and the grass grows by itself. That state – when you allow life to go on its own way, when you don't want to direct it, when you don’t want to give any control to it, when you are not manipulating, when you are not enforcing any discipline on it – that state of pure undisciplined spontaneity, is what meditation is.
Meditation is in the present, pure present. Meditation is immediacy. You cannot meditate, you can be in meditation. You cannot be in concentration, but you can concentrate. Concentration is human, meditation is divine.
Choosing a meditation
Meditation should not be a forced effort. If it is forced, it is doomed from the very beginning. A forced thing will never make you natural. There is no need to create unnecessary conflict. This is to be understood because mind has a natural capacity to meditate if you give it objects which are appealing to it.
Body heart mind – all my meditations move in the same way. They start from the body, they move through the heart, they reach to the mind and then they go beyond.
Always remember, whatsoever you enjoy can go deep in you; only that can go deep in you.
Enjoying it simply means it fits with you. The rhythm of it falls in tune with you: there is a subtle harmony between you and the method. Once you enjoy a method then don’t become greedy; go into that method as much as you can. You can do it once or, if possible, twice a day. The more you do it, the more you will enjoy it.
Only drop a method when the joy has disappeared; then its work is finished.
So two things have to be remembered: when you are enjoying a method go into it as deeply as possible, but never become addicted to it because one day you will have to drop it too.
If you become too much addicted to it then it is like a drug; you cannot leave it. Like a habit.
So let joy be the criterion. If joy is there, continue, to the last bit of joy go on. It has to be squeezed totally. No juice should be left behind … not even a single drop. And then be capable of dropping it.
Choose some other method that again brings the joy. Many times a person has to change. It varies with different people but it is very rare that one method will do the whole journey.
There is no need to do many meditations because you can do confusing things, contradictory things, and then pain will arise.
Choose two meditations and stick to them. In fact I would like you to choose one; that would be the best. It is better to repeat one that suits you, many times. Then it will go deeper and deeper. You try many things – one day one thing, another day another thing. And you invent your own, so you can create many confusions. In the book of Tantra there are one hundred and twelve meditations. You can go crazy. You are already crazy!
Meditations are not fun. They can sometimes be dangerous. You are playing with a subtle, a very subtle mechanism of the mind.
So never try to invent, and don’t make your own hotch-potch meditation. Choose two and just try them for a few weeks.
Creating a space for meditation
Use that corner only for meditation and nothing else. Then the corner will become charged and it will wait for you every day.
If you can choose a regular hour to meditate, that’s also very helpful because your body, your mind, is a mechanism.
Meditate every day in the same place, at the same time, and you will create a hunger for meditation within your body and mind.
Unless you come to the point where meditation has become natural and you can meditate anywhere, in any place, at any time.
If somebody else follows it, this may become a hindrance. One has to find one’s own ritual.
just like sleep, God comes to you. Just like love, God comes to you. You cannot will it, you cannot force it.
Meditation is a key to unlock the door of the mystery of existence.
Be loose and natural
ONE can be obsessed with meditation. And obsession is the problem: you were obsessed with money and now you are obsessed with meditation. Money is not the problem, obsession is the problem. You were obsessed with the market, now you are obsessed with God. The market is not the problem but obsession.
One should be loose and natural and not obsessed with anything, neither mind nor meditation.
Only then, unoccupied, unobsessed, when you are simply flowing, the ultimate happens to you.
Dawn: laughter, movement and catharsis
EVERY morning upon waking, before opening your eyes, stretch like a cat.
Stretch every fibre of your body. After three or four minutes, with eyes still closed, begin to laugh. For five minutes just laugh.
At first you will be doing it, but soon the sound of your attempt will cause genuine laughter. Lose yourself in laughter. It may take several days before it really happens, for we are so unaccustomed to the phenomenon. But before long it will be spontaneous and will change the whole nature of your day.
For those who have difficulty laughing totally or who feel their laughter is false, Osho has suggested this simple technique.
In the morning, early, before you have eaten anything, drink almost a bucketful of water.
Go on drinking it and do it fast, otherwise you will not be able to drink much.
Then just bend down and gargle so the water will flow back. It will be a vomiting of the water – and it will clean your passage.
Nothing else is needed. There is a block in the passage so that whenever you want to laugh, that stops it.
In Yoga, this is a necessary procedure to be followed. They call it a ‘necessary purification’. It purifies tremendously, and it gives a very clean passage – all the blocks dissolve. You will enjoy it and you will feel the cleanness all day. The laughter and the tears, and even your speaking, will come from the very deep centre.
Do it for ten days and you will have the best laugh around!
The Golden Light Meditation
THIS is a simple method of transforming your energy and leading it upwards. The process is to be done at least twice a day.
The best time is early in the morning, just before you get up from your bed. The moment you feel you are alert, awake, do it for twenty minutes. Do it then and there, immediately, because when you are coming out of sleep you are very, very delicate, receptive. When you are coming out of sleep you are very fresh and the impact will go very deep. When you are just coming out of sleep you are less in the mind than ever, hence some gaps are there through which the method will penetrate into your innermost core.
You simply lie down as you are lying down in your bed, on your back. Keep your eyes closed. When you breathe in, just visualize great light entering through your head into your body, as if a sun has risen just close to your head. You are just hollow, and the golden light is pouring into your head, and going, going, deep, deep, and going out through your toes. When you breathe in, do it with this visualization. That golden light will help. It will cleanse your whole body and will make it absolutely full of creativity. This is male energy.
And when you breathe out visualize another thing: darkness entering through your toes, a great dark river entering through your toes, coming up and going out from the head. Do slow, deep breathing so you can visualize. This is feminine energy. It will soothe you, it will make you receptive, it will calm you, it will give you rest.
Go very slowly, and just out of sleep you can have very deep and slow breaths, because the body is rested, relaxed.
The second best time is when you are going back to sleep, in the night. Lie down on the bed, relax for a few minutes. When you start feeling that now you are wavering between sleep and waking, just in that middle, start the process again. Do it for twenty minutes. If you fall asleep doing it, it is the best, because the impact will remain in the subconscious and will go on working.
If you do this simple method for three months, you will be surprised – there is no need to repress, transformation has started happening.
Praise for the rising sun
GET up at five o’clock before the sunrise and for half an hour just sing, hum, moan, groan. These sounds need not be meaningful; they have to be existential, not meaningful. You should enjoy them, that’s all – that is the meaning. You should sway. Let it be a praise for the rising sun and stop only when the sun has risen.
Running, Jogging and Swimming
in movement naturally you cannot fall asleep, you function in a more alert way. The only problem is that the movement can become mechanical.
a moment comes when the runner disappears, and there is only running. The body, mind and soul start functioning together: suddenly an inner orgasm is released.
a runner can come close to meditation more easily than anybody else.
Jogging can be of immense help, swimming can be of immense help. All these things have to be transformed into meditations.
Drop the old ideas of meditations, that just sitting underneath a tree in a yoga posture is meditation. That is only one of the ways, and it may be suitable for a few people but it is not suitable for all.
Run like a small child, using the whole body – hands and feet – and run. Breathe deeply and from the belly. Then sit under a tree, rest, perspire and let the cool breeze come; feel peaceful. This will help very deeply.
Sometimes just stand on the earth without shoes and feel the coolness, the softness, the warmth. Whatsoever the earth is ready to give in that moment, just feel it and let it flow through you. And allow your energy to flow into the earth. Be connected with the earth.
If you are connected with the earth, you are connected with life. If you are connected with the earth, you are connected with your body. If you are connected with the earth, you will become very sensitive and centered – and that’s what is needed.
If you feel sometime that running has become automatic, drop it; try swimming. If that becomes automatic, then dancing. The point to remember is that the movement is just a situation to create awareness. While it creates awareness it is good. If it stops creating awareness, then it is no more of any use, change to another movement where you will have to be alert again, never allow any activity to become automatic.