Yes. We exist and don’t exist simultaneously!
“Here, thou shouldest know that in every man are two kinds of men, the outer and the inner man. Every man, who loves God, only uses his outer senses so far as is absolutely necessary; he takes care that they do not drag him down to the level of the beasts, as they do some who might rather he termed beasts than men. The soul of the spiritual man whom God moves to love Him with all his powers concentrates all its forces on the inner man. Therefore He saith, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart.” Now, there are some who waste the powers of the soul for the use of the outer man; these are they who turn all their thoughts and desires towards transitory things, and know nothing of the inner life. But a good man sometimes deprives his outer man of all power that it may have a higher object, while sensualists deprive the inner man of all power to use it for the outer man. The outer man may go through various experiences, while the inner man is quite free and immovable. Now both in Christ and in Our Lady there was an inner and an outer man; when they spoke of outward things, they did so with the outward man, while the inner man remained immovable. It may be asked: “What is the object of this immovable sanctity?” I answer, “Nothing”: that is, so far as God has His way with a man, for He has not His way with all men. Although God is Almighty, He can only work in a heart when He finds readiness or makes it.
He works differently in men than in stones. For this we may take the following illustration: if we bake in one oven three loaves of barley-bread, of rye-bread, and of wheat, we shall find the same heat of the oven affects them differently; when one is well-baked, another will be still raw, and another yet more raw.
That is not due to the heat, but to the variety of the materials. Similarly God works in all hearts not alike but in proportion as He finds them prepared and susceptible.
If the heart is to be ready for the highest, it must he vacant of all other things. If I wish to write on a white tablet, whatever else is written on the tablet, however noble its purport, is a hindrance to me. If I am to write, I must wipe the tablet clean of everything, and the tablet is most suitable for my purpose when it is blank.
Similarly, if God is to write on my heart, everything else must come out of it till it is really sanctified. Only so can God work His highest will, and so the sanctified heart has no outward object at all.”
— Meister Eckhart Life and Legacy: Selected Sermons (Annotated) (The New Age Christian Scrolls Book 1) by Meister Eckhart https://amzn.in/0cbUi1L
Kabir in his one of the couplet said: समूँद नहीं सीप बिन, स्वाति बूँद भी नाहीं। कबीर मोती नीपजे, सून्य सिसिर गह गाँठी॥ Means: The Ocean, the sky and droplets from sky exists because the bivalve sea shell has to form Pearl out of it. Because God always is in favour of transformation be it of droplet if water or human being it does not matters much for him. The droplet of water gets transformed into Pearl and the water cease to exist in water cycle of water-vapour-rain like a human being leaves the cycle of life and death after transformation. Such is transformation of human being on enlightenment. For example while playing a virtual reality game, in the game you exist as your player but cease to exist as watcher of game or watcher of VR. Still in your subconscious mind you exist! Because of that any harm to your player is not actually taken as harm to you and you keep playing fearlessly. Out of VR game you cease to exist as player of the game. Now you exist as the one ‘really’ who played it. This is very similar to experience of ‘true reality’ by a spiritually awakened person or the one who has realisation of soul or self or or the one who has entered the Kingdom of God or transcendence.
So whole of this world exists for you to get transformed. It does not exists for spiritual purpose to them who are busy in material world for power, money etc etc. It exists in present moment or to the person who is totally aware in all his acts or at least one act to begin with and not robotic type. After learning from the book in 1995 I started practicing awareness immediately.
Normally person goes on switching between past and future without stopping there where the nectar is ie present moment. Mind is cunning because present moment is death for it. All this happens because of ego. So the world of God exists in present moment like in ‘AHA’ moment you forget yourself(body form) completely and for a fraction of second God merges in you. It fills you immediately with lots of energy because it is source of infinite energy. This experience of being or God does not exists for materialistic person or when person is busy in worldly life. For a materialistic person the material world exists but for spiritual people material world does not exists.
A transformed person is one who exists and does not exists at the same time! He exists as soul, and does not exists as body because his mind cease to run. That is true and eternal happiness or call it ‘Kingdom of God’.
Awareness meditation is the way worked for me, may be you too find it suitable otherwise Dynamic meditation is for most of the people. There are 110 other meditation techniques discovered by Indian Mystic Gorakhnath about 500years before and further modified by Osho that one can experiment and the suitable one could be practiced in routine life.
Osho International Online (OIO) provides facility to learn these from your home,
1. through Osho Meditation Day @€20.00 per person. OIO rotate times through three timezones NY,Berlin and Mumbai. You can prebook according to the convenient time for you.
2. There is OSHO Evening Meeting streaming which can be accessed every day at local time starting 6:40 pm (of which Osho says that he wants his people to view it all over the world and these days it is possible) and 16 of the meditations mostly with video instructions and so much more on iOSHOthrough App.
3. There is a 7 days Free Trial also for people who would like to first try it out.
This is an opportunity for learning and knowing Osho through these sannyasins who lived in his presence and brought to life his words in best possible quality in all formats.
Disciples of Jesus left him alone in last minutes but Osho’s disciples remained with him till he left his body willingly after working, till last day, for all of us to get enlightened. Jesus tried hard till last minute, before being caught, to teach meditation to his disciples. As per Saint John’s Gospel:- Jesus used word ‘Sit’ to transfer his meditative energy to them and went on to pray God, but on returning he found them sleeping. He tried two times again but in vain.
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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