How meditation actually helps us?
It is with your feet you move, but it is the heart that you dance.
यह तो समाधि का चित्र है. यह तो किसी भाव दशा का चित्र है, चित्र में कौन है इससे क्या लेना देना? मैं तो समाधि को नमस्कार कर रहा हूँ, और समाधि मेरी-तेरी नहीं होती है, अपनी-तुम्हारी थोड़ी ही होती है। समाधि तो समाधि है। समाधि को तो नमन करना होता है।-रामकृष्ण परमहंस ने अपनी समाधि अवस्था का चित्र बनाने वाले पेंटर को कहा जो यहाँ भी सटीक बैठता है। समाधि नमन के साथ।
My English is poor, pronunciation is further ahead of it. Still I write so that you may get a glimpse towards which I am pointing to, like it happens when you ask a stranger in non-English speaking country about something and he or she tries to explain it. If you are thirsty of this knowledge, so you get it too. The consciousness plays an important role in communicating the point at much higher level where we all are connected because I am writing only from my own experiences or understanding.
From the book — The Revolution: Talks On Kabir by Osho
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“I have not come across a single man in my life who has not had enlightened moments.
You yourself don’t believe that you can be enlightened, so you don’t even take note of them.
Someday, walking on the beach and the sun is beautiful and the breeze is salty and a moment comes, a door opens.
Suddenly you start seeing things as you have never seen them.
You are utterly lost in the moment; there is no past and no future.
You have forgotten who you are, you have forgotten what you want to become, you simply are–in tune with the ocean and the wind and the sun.
This is enlightenment–although I know you are not capable of living in it, because you have not created a meditative space inside you.
So it comes and goes.
If you have created a meditative space inside you, that meditative space will be able to contain it.
That’s what meditation is all about: the capacity to contain enlightenment.
Enlightenment comes to everybody–but you have so many holes in your being it flows out, it simply leaks out.
Seeing a tree in full bloom, the spring has come and you are in a kind of awe.
Seeing the green and the red and the gold of the tree, you are transported into another world.
This is enlightenment.
You fall back; the gravitation is too much.
Your wife comes and says, “What are you doing here?”–and you are back again in your unenlightened state.
And you are not courageous enough to accept the fact because you don’t respect yourself.
You have been taught by the so-called religious people to condemn yourself.
You cannot accept “Enlightenment can happen to me. It happened to Buddha–okay. It happened to Christ–maybe. But it can’t happen to me. To me? It can’t happen to me.”
You have not respected yourself, you have not loved yourself.
Otherwise enlightenment comes to everybody, all and sundry.
It comes to sinners, it comes to saints.
Enlightenment has no condition for coming.
In fact, to use the word coming is not right–it arises.
The impact of the sun and the beach, the impact of the morning breeze, and it arises inside you, a wave.
Then it relapses back because you don’t have the space to contain it.
Be meditative, and you will be able to contain that moment for longer periods.
And when you are totally meditative… And what do I mean by meditative?
When you are totally thoughtless.
It is thought that functions as a hole in your being–and you have so many thoughts, so you have so many holes.
Your bucket is full of holes: with this bucket you go to a well and you try to draw water.
When you lower the bucket down into the well, when it is in the water it is full of water.
Then you start drawing it and the water starts leaking.
By the time it reaches your hands it is empty.
And it is not that it was not full of water when it was in the well–it was.
Exactly like that, it happens.
There are moments when you are full of enlightenment.
Making love to your woman it happens: in that orgasmic space suddenly you are enlightened.
You are a Krishna, and your wife, your beloved, is a Radha.
You are no longer ordinary human beings.
Suddenly you belong to eternity and not to time.
Suddenly you are no longer physical bodies–you have buddha bodies in that moment. But then it is lost; you fall back.
It is like jumping.
You can jump, and when you jump you lose the earth, the gravitation – for a moment you are part of the sky.
But then you fall back because you don’t have wings.
You will have to grow wings.
Meditation is not really a search for enlightenment; enlightenment comes without any search.
Meditation is just growing wings, or creating a space inside you so that when the guest comes, you can persuade the guest to live inside you and become the host.”
I learned practicing awareness meditation from part of this book as below.
Awareness meditation of Buddha by Osho
Q: I AM A LAWYER. I DON’T KNOW HOW TO MEDITATE, AND WHEN, WHEN I AM OCCUPIED ALL OF THE TIME. SO PLEASE SUGGEST.(*)
A: It is important to understand because all the teachers of meditation in the world have
been telling you that you have to keep a separate time for meditation. Mohammedans have to meditate five times in the day. Five times they have to close their shops, their businesses if they are real Mohammedans.
My approach about meditation is totally different. I do not say to you that you have to shut down.
But this is absolutely impractical. If the man is driving a railway train, or flying an aeroplane, and he has to stop five times, this is not going to be meditation, this is going to be a massacre! to have a separate time for meditation.
Meditation has to be just like breathing — you don’t have a separate time for it, that in the morning you breathe and then you go to your business and forget breathing. You go on doing your things, and breathing continues.
Meditation has to be something like that, that it runs like an undercurrent in your all activities of the day. I will suggest you a very simple meditation. Whatever you are doing –you may be digging a hole in the earth, planting new rosebushes in your garden, working in your shop, or fighting a case in the court — it does not matter what you are doing. Do it consciously, do it with full awareness.
I will tell you what I mean by it.
Once Buddha was passing in Shrivasti with his dearest disciple, Ananda. A fly came and sat on his forehead. Just as we will do, he simply waved his hand and the fly was gone.
Then he stopped, and took his hand very carefully, very consciously. The fly was no more there, and he waved his hand with great grace.
Ananda could not understand what is happening. He said, “You have the fly few minutes before, and
it is gone. Now what are you doing?”
And Buddha said, “That time I did it wrong. I did it without awareness. I continued to talk to you, and mechanically I simply waved my hand without being conscious of what I am doing. Now I am doing it as I should have done in the first place, to remind me that it does not happen again.”
Any action done with awareness becomes meditation.
In the beginning it will be difficult, you will go on forgetting again and again. But don’t be discouraged. Even if in twenty four hours you can manage for twenty four seconds, that is more than enough. Because the secret is the same.
If you can manage it for one second, you know the key. You know the knack. Then it is only a question of time.
Slowly, slowly, you will be having bigger gaps when you are aware. The action continues; not only it continues, it becomes better than ever before; because now you ar
e doing with such consciousness.
Its quality changes, because you are conscious, you are totally there. Your intensity changes, your insight, your understanding; and the action that you are doing starts having a grace of its own.
Meditation should be slowly spread all over your life. Even while going to sleep, lying down on your bed, it will take few minutes for you to go to sleep. Those few minutes be alert,
of the silence, of the darkness, of the relaxed body. Remain alert as sleep starts descending on
you, till you are completely overwhelmed by the sleep, and you will be surprised that if you had continued to the very last moment when sleep took over you, in the morning the first thought will be again of awareness; because whatever is the last thought before you go to sleep is always the first thought in the morning when you wake up. Because it continues as an undercurrent in your sleep.
You cannot find time, nobody has time. The day is so full. But six or eight hours in the night can be transformed into meditation. Even a Buddha will feel jealous of you. Even he cannot meditate eight hours. It is simply an intelligent effort to transform your sleep.
You are taking a shower. Why not take it with awareness.
Why take it mechanically? Just doing like a robot, because you have been doing it every day, so you go on doing it and it becomes
mechanical. Do everything non-mechanically, and slowly, slowly meditation will not be a question that it needs separate time. It becomes spread all over your day, twenty four hours.
Then only you are on the right track. (So as to enter the kingdom of God one day)
The people who meditate ten minutes in the morning, are not going to gain much.
Because ten minutes of meditation, and twenty four hours against it, how you are going to win?
You have to put twenty four hours of meditation against twenty four hours of ordinary life.
Then there is absolute guarantee that success is going to be yours. (Source:The Testament, Vol #5, Chapter #22, by Osho).
My point is that the main teaching of Jesus that is left unexplored by many Christians.
In St John’s Gospel, it is clearly mentioned that before being caught by people came with Judas, Jesus tried to teach Meditation to his disciples so that they can connect with him. He tried to transfer his energy to them.
He told them ‘Sit’ and went for prayer but returned and found them sleeping. He tried two more times but in vain. This ‘Sit’ word is still in use by Zen people for meditation. Their saying is, ‘Sit silently do nothing, season comes and grass grows by itself green.’
I think without my comments on above as per my personal experience, sharing it is useless because anyone can read it from the book. So in brackets are my comments so that you get enriched by experiences of Osho as well as whatever little I have experienced till date. It is a journey so nothing can be said about tomorrow.
(Once you are able to hold on to such enlightened moments for longer periods then your desires including sexual desires vanishes immediately.)
(Now you are able to live those moments for longer time even without any reason!)
(Nirvaan is remaining 24×7 in that state, but it also happens on its own accord. One just need to keep holding more such moments each day.)
(My favourite meditation that I am practicing last 35 years is Awareness/Mindfulness Meditation during brushing my teeth. Earlier it was a robotic act and I used to think about past or future act/activity/instances etc. By being totally aware during brushing feeling it’s abrasion on every tooth, coupled with sensation of paste etc all thoughts slowly got dissolved and only present moment remained. Miraculous it is, as it engrossed all my activities over the period of time. There are only few people for whom it is difficult to practice awareness meditation. Within few months most start experiencing a little moment of forgetfulness or absence thoughts. But still there are those who could not hold their mind. For them some techniques are needed. I have given link at bottom to know why they are important for those few people.)
Or you may learn better from this video:
Tantra meditation is application of this awareness meditation, once it starts happening, during sex by one or both partners. Simple.)
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Even today Zen people use word ‘Sit’ for meditation in their saying ‘Sit silently, do nothing, season comes and the grass grows by itself green’.
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Once a painter told mystic Ramakrishna that he wants to make a painting of him. Ramakrishna agreed and sat in a meditative posture. The painter painted their photo on the canvas. He informed him that my painting is over now, so Ramakrishna opened his eyes, and looking at the painting bowed down to the painting and touched its feet too.
The painter was very puzzled and asked him, ‘Why you touched feet of your own photo in painting?’ Ramakrishna replied that I was in a deep meditative state when you were drawing my painting. So the face was glowing and has a different beauty because the Godliness was expressing itself through this body. My salute is to that state if mind or Godliness and it should be prayed irrespective of the person. I could not have seen its beauty had you not painted it.