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ON THE FULL MOON OF THE MASTER

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To be blessed by your master or guru on Guru Purnima – the full moon of the master - night is the greatest blessing and bliss. Only those who have surrendered to him to start their spiritual journey can appreciate this enormous feeling of gratitude and love for the master on this evening. Why not everyone else? Simply because they have not been drenched with the love of the master and have not experienced the ultimate ecstasy of no-mind with the unlimited love and compassion of the master. The disciple offers some gifts to his/her master on this evening satsang or spiritual union. These are but material gifts which do not and cannot ever equal or come anywhere near the showering of his compassion. Yet these gifts do express the gratitude to the master. You can also offer intangible gifts – instead of a coconut that represents your skull with hair and your logic, you can offer your ego. When you touch his lotus feet, he blesses you by placing his hand on your head. This completes the cycle of energy. When it travels from his feet to your head, it is transformed because at this time it is coming from him. This is what transforms you.

Why are they called lotus feet? Because they are in the mud of the world and yet not dirtied by it. Why do you bow to touch his lotus feet? First, you bow to offer your surrender. Second, only his feet, his lotus feet, are available to you and to inspire you to walk in his footsteps. His heart and head are beyond you. Thus, when the master is not available in person, the disciples bow and touch the representation of his feet. This is not slavery nor blind faith but trust arising out of surrender. Osho says, “A Master creates trust, not obedience. A Master NEVER asks for obedience. And if somebody asks for obedience, escape from that person. He is in search of a slave. He will kill you, he will destroy your freedom, and he will condition your mind. He will give you a pattern to live by. He will not make you available to gods; he will not make you a god – a god means freedom, absolute freedom. Obedience is slavery; obedience is a beautiful name for slavery. Whosoever creates obedience in you is dangerous, is your enemy. A Master does not create obedience, he creates trust – and that is a totally different thing, altogether different.” On this Guru Purnima evening, let us bow at the feet of the master of masters, Osho.

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Once upon a time an angel was going back to heaven after fulfilling the errand for which he had been sent to earth. It was a dark night, no moon in the skies, not even stars. The earth was enveloped by dark clouds. But the moment the angel entered those dark clouds, he saw a miracle happening just beneath him. He saw a forest full of light. He was puzzled. He had been to this part many times, he was well-acquainted with the earth. He had never seen such a sight before. And the light was no ordinary light. It had the quality of bliss, blessing in it. Just seeing that light, the angel felt more blissful than he had ever felt before, not even in the company of the gods, not even in heaven had he seen such a luminous phenomenon. The light was arising out of a small mango grove and was spreading all over the forest. And it was so powerful that he could see the foliage of the trees, the flowers of the trees, and the small lake just

by the side of the grove. He became intrigued. He descended back to the earth. As he descended he was surprised even more. There was a soundless sound permeating the whole atmosphere – the soundless sound that is known in the East as Pravana, Omkar – as if the whole forest was chanting ‘om’. It was such a benediction. And not only that; more surprises were waiting for him. The moment he descended near the grove, he felt a fragrance absolutely unknown, unheard-of, even in heaven. This was nothing earthly. It was not even heavenly. It was beyond. He entered the grove. He could not figure it out – what was happening there? Another surprise: a man was just sitting there under an ancient old tree, meditating. Then things were not so difficult to understand.` So he thought, “This man has become

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a Buddha. This man has come home... the light, the fragrance, the sound, are coming out of this man.” As he came closer to this man, more and more he was filled by his presence.

you need not obey a master . you have just to be around , available , that ’ s all . his presence is enough to create the seduction .

The whole forest was agog – a new vibe, a new life. He could see trees blooming out of season. And there was such silence, absolute silence. And in that absolute silence there was that soundless sound. The whole

forest – the trees, the lake and the mountains – all chanting. He fell at the feet of this man, opened his third eye – this angel – and tried to see what he was doing inside. It is said that angels have the capacity to look into human minds. They can find out what thoughts are moving there. But the more he tried, the more he felt it was impossible – there was no thought moving inside. There was utter emptiness, just nothingness. He was feeling afraid. He knows the nothingness of the sky, he knows the infinity of the sky, but this was deeper than that. It had a depth unknown to him. It was abysmal. He started feeling afraid he may get lost into it, he may not be able to return back. But the attraction was too great. He was ready even to get lost. He tried hard, he pulled himself deeper


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and deeper into this silence. He ran inside this man’s consciousness, but he could not find a single iota of thought. So he could not figure out what this man was doing. He came out, turned himself into a man, bowed down, touched the feet of this man, and said, “Sir, please come out of your samadhi and enlighten me on what is happening inside, because I don’t see a single thought. Even gods are so full of thoughts! What has happened to you? You have become so utterly silent, even dead bodies are not so utterly silent! – the old thoughts go on like old dust floating in the mind – even if the man is dead the thoughts continue for a time. The mind keeps clicking just out of old habit. What has happened to you? You are alive!” The man looked at the angel, didn’t say a single word, but smiled. That smile was infectious, hypnotic. And the angel felt the pull of the smile. That smile was transforming, that smile was a great challenge, that smile was a provocation, that smile was a seduction. That smile invited him to the inner world of this man. And again the man closed his eyes, but somehow the angel also felt like closing his eyes. He had got the hint.

The man had said, “I cannot tell you what it is, but I can show you the way. Just sit like me, just be like me. You have looked into my emptiness, just be empty. Only by being is there a way to understanding.” And he had not uttered a single word, but that smile was his sermon. He had said all that is contained in the Vedas, and the Koran, the Bible, the Dhammapada and Gita. He had said all without saying a single word. He had said that which cannot be said.

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And the angel closed his eyes, sat in silence, and started disappearing. That’s what happens around a Master. You need not obey a Master. You have just to be around, available, that’s all. His presence is enough to create the seduction. The presence of the Master is seductive. It has no commandment. It does not say to you “Do this,” and “Don’t do that.” Those who talk like that, they are not Masters. They may be teachers at the most. A Master never says “Do this,” and “Don’t do that.” A Master is not concerned with your actions at all. His concern is deeper, his concern is with your being.

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Masters don’t teach the truth; there is no way to teach it. It is a transmission beyond scriptures, beyond words. It is a transmission. It is energy provoking energy in you. It is a kind of synchronicity. The Master has disappeared as an ego; he is pure joy. And the disciple sits by the side of the Master slowly slowly partaking of his joy, of his being, eating and drinking out of that eternal, inexhaustible source: Aes Dhammo Sanantano. And one day...and one cannot predict when that day will come; it is unpredictable. One day suddenly it has happened: a process has started in you which reveals the truth of your being to you. You come face to face with yourself. God is not somewhere else: he is now, here.

many fools who start clinging to the fingers. By clinging to the fingers you will not see the moon, remember. There are even greater fools who start biting the fingers. That is not going to give you any nourishment. Forget the finger and look at where it is pointing.

The Masters illuminate and confirm realisation. They illuminate in a thousand and one ways. They keep pointing towards the truth: fingers pointing to the moon. But there are

The Masters illuminate. They shower great light – they are light – they shower great light on your being. They are like a searchlight: they focus their being on your being. You have lived in darkness for centuries, for millions of lives. Suddenly a Master’s searchlight starts revealing a few forgotten territories in you. They are within you; the Master is not bringing them – he is simply bringing his light, he is focusing himself on you. And the Master call focus only when the disciple is open, when the disciple is surrendered, when the disciple is ready to learn, not to argue, when the disciple has come not to accumulate knowledge but to know truth, when the disciple

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god can neither be proved nor disproved ; it is not an argument . god is not a hypothesis , it is not a theory : it is experience . the master is living evidence .

is not only curious but is a seeker and is prepared to risk all. Even if life has to be risked and sacrificed the disciple is ready. In fact, when you risk your sleepy life, you sacrifice your sleepy life, you attain to a totally different quality of life: the life of light, of love, the life which is beyond death, beyond time, beyond change. They illuminate and confirm realisation. First the Master illuminates the way, the truth that is within you. And secondly: when you realize it, when you recognise it.... It is very difficult for you to believe that you have attained it. The most unbelievable thing is when realisation of truth happens to you, because you have been told that it is very difficult, almost impossible, and that it takes millions of lives to arrive at it. And

you have been told it is somewhere else - maybe in heaven - and when you recognise it within yourself, how can you believe it? The Master confirms it. He says, “Yes, this is it!� His confirmation is as much needed as his illumination. He begins by illuminating and ends by confirming. The Masters are evidence of truth, not its proof. Meditate over the subtle difference between evidence and proof. The Master is an evidence; he is a witness. He has seen, he has known, he has become. You can feel it; the evidence can be felt. You can come closer and closer; you can allow the fragrance of the Master to penetrate to the innermost core of your being. The Master is only evidence; he is not proof. If you want any proof...there is no proof. God can neither be proved nor disproved; it is not an argument. God is not a hypothesis, it is not a theory: it is experience. The Master is living evidence. But to see it you will need a different approach than you are accustomed to. You know how to approach a teacher, how to approach a professor, how to approach a priest. They don’t require


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much because they simply impart information which can be done even by a tape recorder or by a computer or by a gramophone record or by a book. You know how to approach a teacher, you know how to approach a book, you know how to approach dead information, but you don’t know how to approach a Master. It is a totally different way of communing. It is not communication, it is communion – because the Master is not a proof but an evidence. He is not an argument for God, he is a witness for God. He does not possess great knowledge about God, he knows. He is not knowledgeable, he simply knows. Remember, to know about is worthless. The word “about” means around. To know about something means to go on moving in circles, around and around. The word “about” is beautiful. Whenever you read “about,” read “around.” When somebody says, “I know about God,” read: he knows around God. He goes in a circle. And real knowing is never about, never around; it is direct, it is a straight line.

jump, that quantum leap, that transformation. You have to approach the Master with great love, with great trust, with an open heart. You are not aware who you are. He is aware who he is, he is aware who you are. The caterpillar might be said to be unaware that it may become a butterfly. You are caterpillars – Bodhisattvas. All caterpillars are Bodhisattvas and all Bodhisattvas are caterpillars. A Bodhisattva means one who can become a butterfly, who can become

the master liberates you from words , he liberates you from all kinds of imaginative philosophies . he brings you to a state of wordless silence . the failure of religion and philosophy is that they all

Jesus says: “Straight is the path....” It does not go in circles; it is a jump from the periphery to the center. The Master is an evidence of that

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a Buddha, who is a Buddha in the seed, in essence. But how can the caterpillar be aware that he can become a butterfly? The only way is to commune with butterflies, to see butterflies moving in the wind, in the sun. Seeing them soaring high, seeing them moving from one flower to another flower, seeing their beauty, their colour, maybe a deep desire, a longing arises in the caterpillar: “Can I also be the same?” In that very moment the caterpillar has started awakening, a process has been triggered. The Master/disciple relationship is the relationship between a caterpillar and a butterfly, a friendship between a caterpillar and a butterfly. The butterfly cannot prove that the caterpillar can become a butterfly; there is no logical way. But the butterfly can provoke a longing in the caterpillar – that is possible. The Master helps you to reach your own experience. He does not give you the Vedas, the Koran, the Bible; he throws you to yourself. He makes you aware of your inner sources. He makes you aware of your own spirit, of your own godliness. He liberates you from the scriptures. He liberates you from the interpretations of others. He liberates you from all belief. He

liberates you from all speculation, from all guesswork. He liberates you from philosophy, from religion and from theology. He liberates you, in short, from the world of words – because the word is the problem. You become so obsessed with the word “love” that you forget that love is an experience, not a word. You become so obsessed with the word “God” that you forget that God is an experience, not a word. The word “God” is not God, and the word “fire” is not fire, and the word “love” is not love either. The Master liberates you from words, he liberates you from all kinds of imaginative philosophies. He brings you to a state of wordless silence. The failure of religion and philosophy is that they all become substitutes for real experience. Beware of it!

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Sufism depends absolutely on the concept of the Master. Without the Master there is no Sufism. Sufism does not believe in the books, it believes in the living Master. One has to approach somebody who has come to know by himself. The books may contain great wisdom, but there is no way to decode it. If you decode it, you will decode it according to your mind. That will falsify the book.

But Sufism insists that the book cannot help you. No hook can help you. Sufis of course have a book which they call the Book of the Books, but it is empty. Nothing is written in it – not even a single word. That is their attitude about books – that although many things will be there, for you it will remain empty, because you can read only what you know.

Islam is known as the religion of the book – the Koran. Hinduism is also known as the religion of the book – the Veda. And so is the case with Christianity. The word ‘Bible’ simply means the book.

Just the other day I heard somebody ask Mulla Nasruddin, ‘Why did Jesus, “Blessed are the poor in spirit”?’ Mulla thought for a while and then said, ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit for they have no money to buy booze.’


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Another time somebody asked Mulla Nasruddin, ‘And what is the eleventh commandment?’ He said, ‘Thou shalt not get caught.’ Your mind will become your master when you are reading a book, and the mind is the problem. This mind can continue perfectly well with a book. The book is dead. The mind has to interpret, comment, decide what the meaning is. So when you are reading a book, you are reading your own mind in an indirect way. The book keeps throwing you back to yourself. You may become very learned but you will never become a man who really knows. You will know many things about God but you will never know God. And you will know many things about truth but you will never know truth. And to know about is just meaningless. To know is the thing, not to know about. To know about means you have missed. But the books can give you a very strong feeling that you know; without knowing at all you can have the feeling that you know – and that will become your greatest barrier to knowing. That will become a China Wall around you; your bridges will be broken. How to bridge? How to connect? How to attain this connection with the divine?

The divine seems so far away; the divine seems almost impossible. God is not obvious; God is not close by. You look all around and the existence seems to be almost empty of God. That’s what Martin Heidegger says – ‘I have not found a single thing in the world which I can call sacred.’ From the ordinary standpoint he is right. Where can you find the sacred? The sacred is missing – not because the sacred is not there, but because you don’t know how to feel the sacred. You have not yet evolved that intuitive capacity that can feel the sacred. God is far away; the world is very close by. Matter is all around and you never come across the spirit. Hence religion remains just a theory, it never becomes an experience. Sufism believes that you can approach God only through a Master. A Master is one who can become a via media, who will be just between you and the divine – a door through whom you can have a glimpse. He knows – not as knowledge but as experience. His experience has transformed him, transfigured him, transported him to another world. A Master lives in two realities together, a Master is a paradox. One foot is in the world, his other foot is in God. From one side he is just like you and from another side he

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sufism does not believe in the books , it believes in the living master . one has to come to somebody who has come to know by himself . the books may contain great wisdom , but there is no way to decode it . if you decode it , you will decode it according to your mind . that will falsify the book .

is just the opposite of you. A Master is a paradox. Through the paradox of the Master you will be able to reach the divine; there is no other way. So the first step for a seeker is to fall in love with a Master, to seek a Master. If you can find a Master, half the journey is over. In fact, the most arduous part is over. To find the Master is the basic requirement of becoming a Sufi. Sufi seekers travel for thousands of miles in search of

a Master, in search of the man with whom they can feel in tune, with whom they can vibrate into the unknown, with whom they can take the first step beyond the known. So the first thing, the first and the most important thing, is to find a Master. Sufis say that the greatest blessing of life is to be with a Master. If you are not with a Master, you have missed the whole opportunity. Then you live with the non-essential; then you never come in contact with the essential. And the only way to come in contact with the essential is to be connected with someone who is in contact. It is almost like.... Have you seen somebody at a circus or at a carnival, or in an exhibition sitting on an electric chair? The chair looks ordinary. You can’t see that the chair is an electric chair, vibrating with electricity. And you can’t see – because it is not visible to the eyes – that the man’s whole body is electrified. But if you touch the man, you get a shock. The man who is sitting on the electric chair is electrified. You cannot see, but if you touch you are immediately connected with electricity.


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hidden behind a cloud of smoke or burning brightly with no smoke. It is the same flame. Once you have touched a Master or you have been touched by a Master... Michelangelo painted the Day of Creation in the Sistine Chapel. He changed the whole story, the Biblical story. And even the people who were making the Sistine Chapel, who were financing it, and the pope – even they could not detect that he had done something utterly new, something which is not in the Bible. The Bible says that God created Adam. He created Adam with mud, humus – hence the word ‘human’. And then God breathed into the


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nostrils of Adam – he breathed life. Now Michelangelo must have thought – I was looking in his diaries, there are many references. -- he must have thought for many days, ‘To paint this will seem awkward. God breathing into the nostrils of Adam? It will look somewhat awkward to paint it.’ So he changed it. He painted one of his most famous paintings: God touching Adam, not breathing. There is just God’s finger there from the unknown. God is high in the heavens, in the clouds; Adam is on the earth. A finger just comes and touches Adam, and that touch makes him alive. Nobody thought that he had changed the whole story. It is not so in the Bible – not by touch but by breathing into him was Adam made alive. But Michelangelo was a student of Sufism. He was deeply interested in Sufism, and he must have come across

the idea of the touch of the Master -that the disciple becomes alive by the touch of the Master. Yes, it is a touch. It is the jump of a flame from one lamp to another lamp. Once you have felt it – and it is a feeling, there is no way of describing it – once you have felt it, you have become aware of the sacred. Then it is all over, then only it is. So Sufis say that the greatest blessing of life is to find a Master – one who knows, one who sees, one who is. You are only when you are in God – before that you are just empty, before that you are a house without a Master, before that you are just a dwelling where nobody dwells, before that you only think that you are, but you are not. You are very momentary, you are bubble-like. You don’t have any integrity, you don’t have any centre, you don’t have any soul.


Gurdjieff, who was immensely impressed by Sufi ideas, who was, in fact, a Sufi Master, introduced a very new concept into the Western mind. In fact, nobody had talked about it in that way before. Gurdjieff introduced the idea that you have no soul. The soul has to be created. Don’t remain placid, smug, and don’t remain confident that you have a soul. All the great religions have told you that you have a soul, that it is already there – but Gurdjieff introduced a very new insight. He said that the soul is not there; there is only a possibility of it. You can have it, but you may miss it. There is no certainty about it. You have to create it. Yes, if you want, you can create it, but don’t take it for granted. Don’t think that it is already there inside you.

This is a Sufi insight. Sufis say that only the Master is. You are not. One who has seen God exists for the first time. You exist only when you confront God. You exist only when God looks into your eyes and you look into his eyes. You exist only when you are touched by God and you touch God. Before that, your existence was just an emptiness, a dark night of the soul. It was just a stumbling, a hoping, a waiting. It was very insubstantial; it was dreamstuff. It had no reality in it. A Master is one who is really there. He has presence. He has a kind of radiance.

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A Master is a catalytic agent: he does not work, but the work happens through him. He’s not the doer but just the situation where things happen. Do you think the sun rises and starts working on so many millions of trees?... comes to every flower, persuades it to open?... comes to every bud and forces it to open? ... comes to every root, nourishes it? No. The sun may not even be aware, but trees grow, buds open, flowers start throwing their fragrance, the birds start singing – the whole world is awake. How does the sun function? Is the sun a doer? I have heard a very old story that once Darkness went to God and said, “Enough is enough. I have not committed any crime – not that I know – so why does your Sun go on

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chasing me? Continuously, day after day, for millions of years it has been happening. I have come to complain. And I have not done anything wrong to the Sun. Why is he so against me?” Even God had to concede: “This is true. Why should he be after you?” The Sun was called, and God inquired, “Why are you so much against Darkness? What do you go on chasing her for?” The Sun said, “I never heard anything about Darkness. What do you mean? I have never encountered her. I don’t even know her! Chasing is out of the question. I am not even acquainted. Nobody has even introduced me. Please call her before me so I can see who this person Darkness is, and then I will remember and will not chase her.”

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a master is a catalytic agent : he does not work , but the work happens through him . he ’ s not the doer but just the situation where things happen .

It is said even the omnipotent God could not do that, to bring Darkness before the Sun. So the case is pending in the files, and God is brooding over a way so that Sun and Darkness can be face to face in the court. But it doesn’t seem that he will be able to find a way because when the Sun is there, Darkness is not there. It is not that the Sun is chasing or doing something: the very presence. A Master is a catalytic agent. This word “catalytic” has to be understood very deeply. In science they have discovered catalytic agents. A catalytic agent is an agent which is absolutely needed for some change, chemical change for example, but the catalytic agent itself is not an ingredient in the change. Just the presence is needed. For example,

oxygen and hydrogen meet and water is created, but electricity is needed just as a catalytic agent. If electricity is not present then hydrogen and oxygen don’t meet; and electricity plays no part – just the presence. Without the presence it doesn’t happen; and electricity plays no part in it. It doesn’t enter in any way into the new combination. It simply remains there. A catalytic agent is a scientific term, but beautiful. A Master does not have to do anything; he is not a doer. Just his presence – if you allow his presence. That depends on the disciple. And to be a disciple only means this much: that you allow, that you let go, that you become receptive – that you no longer create any obstacles for the presence to function. It doesn’t work anything. The very presence functions... something starts happening. If the disciple allows, something starts happening. The disciple will feel grateful towards the Master because without him it was almost impossible, but the Master always knows that he has not done anything. So if you go to the Master and say, “You have done so much,” he will say, “It is God’s grace. I have not done anything.” If a Master says, “I have done something,” he is


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not a Master at all, because the very “I” shows that he is not a Master. He cannot be a catalytic agent to you. He thinks he is a doer; and a doer cannot be a catalytic agent. A Master is just a presence, an encompassing present... Like a cloud he surrounds you. If you allow him, he enters to the deepest core of your being. Not that he enters! You simply allow... it happens. And in that moment when the disciple is allowing and the Master is present: a chemical change, better to call it alchemical, mutation – the disciple also disappears, the same way as the Master has disappeared. The ego is no longer there. The disciple has also become a nondoer. Now he can function as a presence to others. He can be a Master. Sariputta, one of Buddha’s disciples, one day entered into Buddha and allowed Buddha to enter in him. He became enlightened. Immediately, Buddha said, “Now, Sariputta, no need to hang around me. Now go. Go to the farthest corners of the country. Many people are thirsty. Now you have the water to quench their thirst.” Sariputta looked around. What has happened? He said, “What are you talking about? Don’t send me

anywhere.” Buddha said, “ You are not aware what has happened. Now you don’t need my presence. Now you yourself can become a presence to others: the thing has happened. I have not done it, you have not done it, and the thing has happened.” If the disciple is too much of a doer it will not happen. If the Master is too much of a doer he is not a Master. When the disciple is ready to open – and the Master is a Master – the thing happens. It is grace. It simply happens without anybody’s doings. That’s why we in India have called it prasad, grace. Suddenly, God becomes available; suddenly, God functions. That’s why I say that I do not work on people, and still I accept disciples.

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W H AT I S F R I E N D S H I P ? The real question has to be: Am I friendly towards people? Do you know what friendship is? It is the highest form of love. In love, some lust is bound to exist; in friendship, all lust disappears. In friendship nothing gross remains; it becomes absolutely subtle. It is not a question of using the other, it is not even a question of needing the other, it is a question of sharing. You have too much and you would like to share. And whoever is ready to share your joy with you, your dance, your song, you will be grateful to him, you will feel obliged. Not that he is obliged to you, not that he should feel thankful to you because you have given so much to him. A friend never thinks in that way. A friend always feels grateful to those people who allow him to love them, to give them whatsoever he has got. Love is greed. You will be surprised to know that the English word ‘love’ comes from a Sanskrit word Lobh; lobh means greed. How lobh became love is a strange story. In Sanskrit it is greed; the original root means greed. And love as we know it is really nothing but greed masquerading as love – it is hidden greed. Satyam, making friendships with the idea of using people is taking a wrong step from the very beginning. Friendship has to be a sharing. If you have something, share it – and whoever is prepared to share with you

is a friend. It is not a question of need. It is not a question that when you are in danger the friend has to come to your aid. That is irrelevant – he may come, he may not come, but if he does not come you don’t have any complaint. If he comes you are grateful, but if he does not come, it’s perfectly all right. It is his decision to come or not to come. You don’t want to manipulate him, you don’t want to make him feel guilty. You will not have any grudge. You will not say to him that “When I was in need you didn’t turn up – what kind of friend are you?” Friendship is not something of the marketplace. Friendship is one of those rare things which belong to the temple and not to the shop. But you are not aware of that kind of friendship, you will have to learn it. Friendship is a great art. Love has a natural instinct behind it; friendship has no natural instinct behind it. Friendship is something conscious; love is unconscious. You fall in love with a woman.... Why do we say “falling in love”? That phrase is significant: “falling in love.” Nobody ever rises in love, everybody falls in love! Why do you fall in love? – because it is falling from the conscious to the unconscious, from intelligence to instinct.

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What we call love is more animalistic than human. Friendship is absolutely human. It has something for which there is no inbuilt mechanism in your biology; it is non-biological. Hence one rises in friendship, one does not fall in friendship. It has a spiritual dimension. But don’t ask, “Who is a real friend?” Ask, “Am I a real friend?” Always be concerned with yourself. We always think about others. The man asks whether the woman really loves him or not. The woman asks whether the man really loves her or not. And how can you be absolutely certain about the other? It is impossible! He may repeat a thousand times that he loves you and he will love you forever, but still the doubt is bound to persist: “Who knows whether he is speaking the truth or not?” In fact, repeating something a thousand times simply means it must be a lie, because truth need not be repeated so much. Adolf Hitler in his autobiography says, “There is not much difference between truth and a lie. The only difference is that truth is a lie repeated so often that you have forgotten that it is a lie.”


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That’s what the experts in advertisements will say: go on repeating, go on advertising. Don’t be worried about whether anybody is listening or not. Even if they are not paying any attention, don’t be worried; their subliminal minds are listening, their deepest core is being impressed. You don’t look at advertisements very consciously, but just passing through them in the movie, on TV or in the newspaper, just a glance and there is an imprint. And it is going to be repeated again: “Lux toilet soap” or “Coca-Cola”....

FRIENDSHIP HAS TO BE A SHARING. IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING, SHARE IT – AND WHOSOEVER IS READY TO SHARE WITH

Coca-Cola is the only international thing. Even in Russia: YOU IS A FRIEND. IT IS NOT “Coca-Cola....” Everything American is banned and barred, but not Coca-Cola. Coca-Cola is the only international thing! A QUESTION OF NEED. Keep repeating it! Initially electricity was used for advertisements – static electricity was used. It remained “Coca-Cola.” But later on they discovered that if you put it on and off it is far more effective, because a man passing by will read it only once if the light remains static. But if it changes, goes on and off again and again, by the time you pass it, even in a car, you will have read it at least five to seven times: “Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola....” That goes deeper. And sooner or later you become impressed. That’s how all the religions have lived up to now: they go on repeating the same stupid beliefs, but those beliefs become truths to people. People are ready to die for them! Now, nobody has seen where heaven is, but millions of people have died for heaven. Muslims say that if you die in a religious war you will immediately go to heaven and all your sins are forgiven. And Christians also say that in a religious war, in a crusade, if you die you immediately go to heaven; then everything else is forgiven. And millions of people have died and killed others, believing that this is a truth.

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We have seen such things happening even in the 20th century; it doesn’t seem to be very grown-up in that way. Adolf Hitler repeated for twenty years continuously that “Jews are the cause of all misery,” and a very intelligent nation like Germany started believing in him. Not to mention about ordinary people – even people like Martin Heidegger, one of the greatest philosophers Germany has produced in this century, believed that Adolf Hitler was right. He supported Adolf Hitler.

If this moment is full of friendship and the fragrance of friendship, why be worried about the next moment? The next moment will be born out of this moment. It is bound to be of a higher, deeper quality. It will bring the same fragrance to a higher altitude. There is no need to think about it – just live the moment in deep friendship.

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A man of the intelligence of Martin Heidegger supporting a stupid, mad person like Adolf Hitler! What must the secret be? The secret is: repeat, go on repeating. Even Jews started believing that it must be true: “We must be the cause; otherwise how could so many intelligent people believe it? If so many people believe it, there must be something in it!”You have been brought up with such beliefs, such ideas, which have no foundation in reality. And if you go on living according to them you will live in vain. You have to go through a radical change. Ask questions about yourself, don’t ask about others. It is impossible to be certain of the other and there is no need either. How can you be certain of the other? The other is a flux. This moment the other person may be loving, and the next moment he may not be loving. There can be no promise. You can only be certain about yourself, and that too only for the moment. And there is no need to think of the whole future. Think in terms of the moment and the present. Live in the present.

AND THE FRAGRANCE OF FRIENDSHIP, WHY BE WORRIED ABOUT THE NEXT MOMENT? THE NEXT MOMENT WILL BE BORN OUT OF THIS MOMENT. IT IS BOUND TO BE OF A HIGHER, DEEPER QUALITY. IT WILL BRING THE SAME FRAGRANCE TO A HIGHER ALTITUDE. THERE IS NO NEED TO THINK ABOUT IT – JUST LIVE THE MOMENT IN DEEP FRIENDSHIP.

And friendship need not be addressed to anyone in particular; that is also a rotten idea, that you have to be friends with a certain person – just be friendly. Rather than creating friendship, create friendliness. Let it become a quality of your being, a climate that surrounds you, so you are friendly with whomever you come into contact.


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This whole existence has to be befriended! And if you can befriend existence, existence will befriend you a thousandfold. It returns to you in the same coin but multiplied. It echoes you. If you throw stones at existence you will be getting back many more stones. If you throw flowers, flowers will be coming back. Life is a mirror, it reflects your face. Be friendly, and all of life will reflect friendliness. People know perfectly well that if you are friendly to a dog even the dog becomes friendly to you, so friendly. And there are people who have known that if you are friendly to a tree, the tree becomes friendly to you.

But now scientists say that when you come with an axe to cut down a tree, even before you have started cutting it, the tree goes into a shiver, a cold shiver. It goes into a great fear, panic. You have not even started, but just the intention – as if the tree becomes aware of your intention! Now they have sophisticated instruments just like cardiographs, which can make graphs on paper showing what the tree is feeling. When the tree feels joyous, there is a rhythm in the graph; when the tree is afraid, the fear is shown on the graph. When the tree sees the friend coming it rejoices, it jumps, it dances; the graph immediately shows a dance. When the tree sees the gardener coming...

Try great experiments in friendships. Try with a rosebush, and see the miracle: slowly, it will happen, because man has not been behaving with trees in a friendly way; hence they have become very afraid.

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were hugging the tree – the tree was responding, you were also hugged by the tree, although the tree has no hands. But it has its own way of expressing its joy, its sadness, its anger, its fear. The whole existence is sensitive. That’s what I mean when I say that existence is God. Be friendly, Satyam, and don’t be worried whether anybody is friendly towards you or not – that is a businesslike question. Why be worried? Why not transform the whole existence into a friend towards you? Why miss such a great kingdom?

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TO H AV E FRIE ND S IN NE E D IS SWEET AND TO SHAR E HAPPI NESS. He emphasised friendship. To translate his word for friendship – Maitri – is a little difficult because it has the quality of friendliness more than friendship. Friendship becomes a relationship, fixed; friendliness is more flowing, more fluid. Friendship is a relationship, friendliness is a state of your being. You are simply friendly; with whom, that is not the point. If you stand by the side of a tree you are friendly to the tree, or if you sit on the rock, you are friendly to the rock. To human beings, to animals, to birds, you are simply friendly. It is not something static; it is a flow, changing moment to moment.

He says: To have friends in need is sweet. Friendliness is one of the most significant qualities for the seeker to develop; it is really sweet. It makes your whole life full of sweet music, full of sweet harmony. In Buddha’s vision it is higher than so-called love. Your so-called love is tethered to your biology; friendliness is freedom from biology. The ordinary so-called love is the same in human beings as it is in animals, as it is in the trees. It is sex-oriented. It is only a sugarcoating around the bitter pill of sex. In fact, if love is taken away from your sex, sex will seem ridiculous. It is because of the sugarcoating that you can swallow the pill.


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FRIENDSHIP IS A RELATIONSHIP, FRIENDLINESS IS A STATE OF YOUR BEING. YOU ARE SIMPLY FRIENDLY; TO WHOM, THAT IS NOT THE POINT. IF YOU ARE STANDING BY THE SIDE OF A TREE YOU ARE FRIENDLY TO THE TREE, OR IF YOU ARE SITTING ON THE ROCK, YOU ARE FRIENDLY TO THE ROCK.

Watch animals having sexual intercourse and one thing you are bound to observe; it is impossible not to observe it, it is so emphatically there: they don’t seem to be joyous. They seem to be in a hurry and their faces look sad, as if they are being forced by some unknown energy into certain acts in which they are not interested. Hence animals have their sexual seasons when their biology takes a grip on them, forces them to do something which they are not really interested in at all. They have to do it almost like slaves. And once they are finished with their sexual intercourse they move away from each other – not even a thank-you! They don’t look at each other. Scientists say love has grown in man for the simple reason that man is the only animal in the world who makes sexual intercourse face-to-face. You have to say something, you have to smile, you have to say goodbye, you have to say so long. Otherwise it will look so awkward to finish suddenly and escape! Because you are facing each other you have to be somewhat polite, cultured, polished. You have to behave in a certain manner; you can’t be rude. Animals do not face each other while making love so they don’t encounter, they don’t look into each other’s eyes. It is a simple biological process and they are almost forced by their biology, by their hormones, to go through it. They go through it, they are dragged through it like slaves. And the same you; only the sugarcoating is different. Friendship is a higher phenomenon. It is pure love; it has nothing to do with your biology. Love – ordinary love – can be explained through biology, but friendship cannot be explained. It is a mystery. Friendship is like fragrance; love is gross, because of its sexuality, because of its origins. It is slightly heavy. It functions under the law of gravitation: it keeps on falling downwards, it has no wings. Friendship has wings. It is nonbiological; it makes you really human, it helps you to transcend your animality.


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Buddha praises friendship, friendliness, very highly. He has even chosen that when he comes back again his name will be Maitreya -- the friend. He must have loved the word very much. I don’t think he will come again or that anybody ever comes again. God never makes the same mistake again, remember! Once is more than enough, twice will be too much. But he must have loved the word so much that he says, “Next time, if I am at all going to come, my name is going to be Maitreya – the friend.” The word contains his whole philosophy. He says: To have friends...is sweet Why is it sweet? – because with friends your relationship is not physiological, it is not even psychological; it is a spiritual communion. With friends you can sit in silence. When you are with your lover you can’t sit in silence; silence seems awkward. The woman will think, “Why are you silent? Are you angry or something?” And if she is silent you will think something is wrong – she is sulking. Why is she so silent? Silence becomes heavy, a burden; it has to be removed. So people keep talking, whether it is needed or not. They go on talking about anything.

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The very word “friendship” is not of the heights – the word “friendliness” rises to the moon, to the sun – because the word “friendship” is just of the mind. It is confining – you can be in friendship with only a few people. But friendliness is vast; you can be friendly to the trees, to the mountains, to the stars. Friendship is hiding a bondage too. All words like “relationship,” “friendship,” are superficial. Lovingness, friendliness, have a totally different meaning. When you are talking about friendship it is a very small thing – a kind of bondage, and dependence on the person with whom you feel the friendship. But friendliness is freedom – you are not dependent on anybody. Friendship is objective, and friendliness is your love shared

unconditionally with the whole existence. They don’t mean the same thing. Friendship can become any moment its opposite – the so-called friend can turn into your enemy. But friendliness has no particular address. It is not for anybody, it is for the whole existence. It can never turn into its opposite. Remember, that which can turn into its opposite very easily – and you know friends become enemies, enemies become friends – is very superficial, a false substitute. But friendliness is not addressed to anyone; it is the love overflowing within you, unconditionally. There is no possibility of it turning bitter – you are the master of it. In friendship you are not the master. Friendship is like marriage, an artificial thing, but friendliness is your very nature.


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WHEN YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT FRIENDSHIP IT IS A VERY SMALL THING – A KIND OF BONDAGE, AND DEPENDENCE ON THE PERSON WITH WHOM YOU FEEL THE FRIENDSHIP. BUT FRIENDLINESS IS FREEDOM – YOU ARE NOT DEPENDENT ON ANYBODY. FRIENDSHIP IS OBJECTIVE, AND FRIENDLINESS IS YOUR LOVE SHARED UNCONDITIONALLY WITH THE WHOLE EXISTENCE.

And a youth said, speak to us of friendship. And Gibran answered, saying: YOUR FRIEND IS YOUR NEEDS ANSWERED. This is an ugly statement, but it is a logical consequence because he has not changed the basic question. He should have told the youth that friendship is worthless; friendliness is invaluable.... your friend is your needs answered. I say it again: it is ugly, because friendship is demanding. Friendliness simply gives its fragrance to all without any exception – and it is fulfilled in giving it. It is not a need; it is an overflowing love. You can be friendly with the trees, you can be friendly with the stars, but there is no demand, no condition. Of course your needs will be fulfilled, but not because you have been demanding. Your friendliness will bring you tremendous treasures. Make a clear distinction between these two words. Friendship is a prison. Friendliness is absolute freedom. You give out of your abundance; it is not a need. Of course, existence understands that the person who is giving without any demands is a rare being. Existence takes care of your needs, but they are not demanded. Even if it does not fulfill your needs, it simply shows that deep down in your unconscious you are clinging to the idea of friendship. Only fools can be deceived just by changing the words. Existence is so abundant; just don’t ask. Because Kahlil Gibran remained a Christian.... Although he was a great intellectual, he was not a meditator. He is repeating Jesus Christ in different words; Jesus says, “Ask and it shall be given.” He reduces you into a beggar. I say unto you, “Never ask and you will receive it. Ask and you are not going to get it.” Your very asking is ugly.


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Jesus says, “Seek and you will find.” I say to you, “Just be silent, a nobody, and existence will pour into you from all directions” – because the man who seeks is still seeking decorations for his ego, and existence does not understand the language of ego. No tree is an egoist, no mountain is an egoist, no bird is an egoist, but existence goes on and on giving them all that they need or even more than they need. Jesus says, “Knock and the door shall be opened.” These are superficial statements, because I know there is no door where you can knock. God is all over the place. Don’t knock – that is violence. Just wait. Your waiting... you will be mature in your waiting. You will become capable of receiving, open. God always comes as a gift. God always comes to the emperors, not to the beggars. You need not go to God – and even if you want to, where are you going to find Him? He can find you because He is the whole.

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Neither ask nor seek nor knock on the door – trust. If you are worthy, ripe, the spring is bound to come with thousands of flowers in your being. Your friend is your needs answered.... The statement is Jewish, business-like. Love is not a business. Love is the song of your soul. Friendship is the fragrance of that love, and winds will carry it over the seas, over the mountains to the faraway stars. Love is not getting. Love is giving – and so is friendliness.

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CARL G U S TAV JU N G ( 26 July 1875 — 6 June 1961 )

To be a Buddha means to be awakened to your inner light. How can you be awakened by following somebody? My sannyasins are not my followers, they are my friends, they are my lovers. They are not my followers! I am not giving you any instructions about how to live; I am not giving you any commandments about how to behave. I am not giving you any character to cultivate. I am simply sharing my insight – I am simply sharing with you what has happened to me. I am simply telling my story to you. And I am grateful that you are listening to it. Just listen to it as totally as possible, and then something will start happening in you. It will not be a following, it will not be an imitation. It will not be caused by me: it will be a synchronicity. It will be acausal.


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The law of synchronicity has to be understood. This is one of the greatest contributions of Carl Gustav Jung to modern humanity: the law of synchronicity. Science is based on the law of causality. The law of causality is mechanical. You heat water to a hundred degrees – it evaporates. Where you heat it is irrelevant – in the temple, in the church, in the mosque, it doesn’t matter; in India, in Tibet, it doesn’t matter. If you heat water to a hundred degrees, it evaporates; the water has no say in it. The water cannot say, “Today I am not feeling like it.” Or, “Today is Sunday and I am on a holiday, and I am not interested in becoming vapour.” Or, “Today I am not in the mood, and you can keep heating and I will not evaporate.” Or, “Today I am suddenly feeling very generous towards you so I will evaporate at fifty degrees. I will favour you.” No, the water has no choice. The law is mechanical, it is causal. If you create the cause, the effect has to follow. And it is without any exception. Because of this law of causality, science cannot believe in the existence of the soul, in the existence of consciousness, in the existence of God – because they are non-mechanical phenomena. The very methodology of science prevents it from accepting them; they cannot be absorbed in the scientific world. They will disturb it, they will destroy its whole edifice. They have to be kept out – God, soul, consciousness, love – they have all to be kept outside the temple of science. They cannot be allowed in. They are dangerous: they will sabotage its whole structure. They are acausal. But they must follow some other law. The credit goes to Carl Gustav Jung. The law has been known down the ages, but nobody had named it exactly. He called it ‘the law of synchronicity’. It suddenly happened to a scientist. A scientist a hundred years ago was staying in an old house. In that old house there were two old clocks on the same wall. He was surprised to see that they always kept exactly the same time, second to second: “Old clocks, and so perfect? Not even a single second’s difference?” Being a scientist he became curious. He put one clock five minutes back, and after twenty-four hours in the morning when he looked again, they were again keeping the same time. Now it was a great puzzle. He enquired... nobody had changed, nobody had touched anything. He tried again and

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again, and repeatedly they would come to the same rhythm. Then he tried to find out: “What is happening? – something strange. They are disconnected!” Then he observed more minutely and he came to conclude: “The vibration of the one clock, which is more powerful, the bigger clock, goes through the wall – just the vibration – and keeps the other clock in tune. It is a subtle rhythm. Nothing is visible.” That was the beginning of a new phenomenon... then many more things happened. By THE TIME CARL GUSTAV JUNG STARTED WORKING ON HOW THINGS HAPPEN IN CONSCIOUSNESS, HE CAME TO CONCLUDE THAT THE VIBE OF ONE HEART, IF IT IS POWERFUL ENOUGH, CAN CHANGE THE RHYTHM OF ANOTHER HEART -- JUST LIKE THE BIGGER CLOCK WAS CHANGING THE SMALLER CLOCK. The vibe is invisible. There is not yet any way to measure it, but it is there. It is not tangible, but it functions. It is not causal.

That’s what happens in Satsang – in communion with a Master. If you are with Christ, he is a tremendous power – he is God! He is a window to God. God is flowing through him. If you come close to him – and that’s what disciplehood is all about: to come close to a Master, to come close to a window from whom God is flowing – his power, his vibe, will set the rhythm of your heart. It is acausal, one of those mysterious intangibles, but it has been happening down the ages. Have you watched it? Two lovers, if they are really lovers, and deep in intimacy, slowly start looking alike – that is synchronicity. You can see it: real lovers, slowly slowly start looking like brother and sister. Something in them starts becoming synchronised, they start having the same rhythm. The mother and the child have the same rhythm; hence, now it is a known fact, and even scientifically proved, that if a child is killed thousands of miles away from the mother, something in the heart of the mother feels the pain. She may not be able to understand it, what is happening; she may not be able


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to explain it. She may not know anything about what is happening to her child, but if something is happening to the child and the child is thousands of miles away – that doesn’t make any difference – the mother’s heart immediately starts feeling it. Something is broken in her heart too. Just the other day a sannyasin wrote to me that his mother died a few days ago – just now he has received the telegram. And he is puzzled, because the day she died he was in such agony, with no physical problem, with no psychological problem, but in such agony, such terrible agony, as he has never seen before. This is synchronicity. The mother and child have lived together for nine months, the child lives in the mother’s womb; his heart beats in rhythm with the mother’s heart, his blood pulsates in rhythm with the mother’s blood – he is not separate at all! He is one with the mother. And that oneness persists. When two lovers become really intimate, when they don’t have any secrets from each other, when they are really open to each other,

when they are not afraid of each other and not hiding anything from each other... that is intimacy. When they can say each and everything without any fear that the other will be offended or hurt.... If the lover thinks the other will be offended, then the intimacy is not yet enough. Then it is a kind of arrangement which can be broken by anything. But when two lovers start feeling that there is nothing to hide and everything can be said, and the trust has come to such a depth, where even if you don’t say it the other is going to know, then they start becoming one. Then they start becoming more like brother and sister. Many people become puzzled... just a few nights ago, a couple came to me and the husband was really puzzled. He said, “What is happening to us? We are no more husband and wife – all sex has disappeared, but still we feel a deep intimacy.” And I told them, “Something immensely valuable is happening. You are becoming brother and sister. Your love is taking on a new dimension,

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a higher one – that of nonsexuality. It is becoming purer.” Hearing it, immediately everything became clear to them. They hugged each other, tears started flowing from their eyes. It was a beautiful scene to see – they understood it. Yes, it clicked. Yes, that’s what is happening. They were worried because they came from the West – the East has always known it: that if love deepens it transforms the relationship; husbands and wives become brothers and sisters. And ultimately a moment comes when not even brothers and sisters... a kind of oneness arises, they become one. This is synchronicity! And this is what happens between the Master and the disciple – on a far deeper level than any other love, on a far higher plane than any other intimacy. You need not imitate Buddha, you need not imitate me, you need not follow Christ or Krishna or Muhammad. If you are fortunate enough to be with an alive Master, just become vulnerable to him. Let intimacy happen, come closer and closer. Drop your defences and armours. And the powerful dynamo of the Master, his magnetic field, his Buddhafield,

will transform you. And he will not even give you any commandment. And his transformation will not be something imposed on you but something stirred within you that will bring your own being alive. REAL LIFE IS NOT ACTING. IMITATION IS ACTING. IMITATION IS SUPERFICIAL. REAL LIFE IS NOT A GAME, AND IF YOU ARE PLAYING GAMES YOU WILL NEVER BE REAL AND YOU WILL NOT KNOW WHAT REAL LIFE IS.

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MEDITATION RELIEVES ANXIETY

emotions. Both before and after meditation training, the study par ticipants’ brain activity was examined using a special type of imaging - ar terial spin labeling MRI or magnetic resonance imaging - that is very effective at imaging brain processes, such as meditation. In addition, anxiety reports were measured before and after brain scanning. The majority of study par ticipants reported decreases in anxiety. Researchers found that meditation reduced anxiety ratings by as much as 39 per cent. “This showed that just a few minutes of mindfulness meditation can help reduce normal everyday anxiety,” Zeidan said. The study revealed that meditation-related anxiety relief is associated with activation of the anterior cingulate cortex and ventromedial prefrontal cor tex, areas of the brain involved with executive-level function. During meditation, there was more activity in the ventromedial prefrontal cor tex, the area of the brain that controls worrying. In addition, when activity increased in the anterior cingulate cor tex - the area that governs thinking and emotion anxiety decreased.

Scientists have found that meditation can reduce anxiety by as much as 39 per cent and have also identified the brain functions involved. Buddhist monks and Zen masters, have known for years that meditation can lower anxiety, but the mechanism has not been clear, until now. “Although we’ve known that meditation can reduce anxiety, we hadn’t identified the specific brain mechanisms involved in relieving anxiety in healthy individuals,” said Fadel Zeidan, postdoctoral research fellow in neurobiology and anatomy at Wake Forest Baptist and lead author of the study. “In this study, we were able to see which areas of the brain were activated and which were deactivated during meditationrelated anxiety relief,” Zeidan said. For the study, 15 healthy volunteers with normal levels of everyday anxiety were recruited for the study. These individuals had no previous meditation experience or anxiety disorders. All subjects par ticipated in four 20-minute classes to learn a technique known as mindfulness meditation. In this form of meditation, people are taught to focus on breath and body sensations and to nonjudgmentally evaluate distracting thoughts and

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OSHO’S MEDITATIONS DO MUCH MORE THAN RELIVING ANXIETY This news is actually a truism. The fact that meditation reduces anxiety has been known for a long time. Now medical science has acknowledged it what appears to be Zen meditation the researchers call ‘mindfullness meditation’. It appears to be very close to the ancient Vipasana meditation. The results claim that anxiety level reduced by 39 per cent by doing this exercise for just 20 minutes and we are not told for how many days the volunteers took par t in this exercise. Based on this information, it is clear that if the time for meditation was extended and the duration prolonged, the anxiety levels could have declined much fur ther. Secondly, using Osho’s ‘active’ meditation techniques that involve brisk physical activity before becoming silent, the results would be even more positive. Why? Because Osho’s meditations trigger catharsis or release of pent up tensions, anxieties and traumas and then move into stillness and silence. Overused and misused, the word ‘Meditation’ has become very popular and fashionable these days. But it means very different things to different people. Thus it is imperative to clearly define meditation. Osho defines meditation as ‘thoughtless awareness’ this is quite different from what the researchers imply by it. Yes, Osho meditations relieve anxiety and do much more in silencing the clatter of the mind, bringing a balance, experiencing peace and harmony and, above all, the experience of bliss that cannot be put into words. Or, tabulated as the results of a research experiment MRI tests. Let us find out what Osho says about meditation and its benefits.

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MEDITATION DREAMLESS SLEEP

Do you know... it has been a strange discovery of modern psychology.... For centuries we had thought that dreams are useless, just a disturbance at night. To have a dreamless sleep has been thought a healthy goal. Yoga for ten thousand years has been teaching that dreamless sleep is the most beautiful experience; but what we have found recently goes just against this whole theory. You can drop your dreamless moments of sleep without any harm to you, but you cannot drop your dreams.

if you sleep eight hours , then almost two hours you have two hours

in fragments , in total

sleep without dreams , and

six hours sleep with dreams . it has been experimented with , now we know .

There are instruments which indicate whether the person is dreaming or not dreaming. Even without instruments, if you watch his lids, eyelids, you can immediately know. If his eyes move inside the lids, he is dreaming – because


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he is seeing things, movement. If the eyes are static, not moving, and the lids show no movement of the eyes inside, that means dreams have stopped. No sophisticated instruments are needed. But now we have sophisticated instruments which make a graph when the person is dreaming, when the person is not dreaming – just like a cardiogram. They disturbed a few sleepers when they were dreaming; they would disturb them immediately, they would wake them up. They would allow them only those two hours of non-dreaming. In the morning they would be utterly exhausted, luster, with no desire to live even. This was strange, because all the old yoga in India, in Tibet, in China – different schools and different people not connected with each other at all – they have always said, “If you can have two hours of dreamless sleep, that is enough nourishment, enough to rejuvenate you.” It has not been found true. But if you disturb those two hours when they are not dreaming, and allow them those six hours of dreaming, in the morning they wake up so fresh, so young, so rejuvenated, so full of life and energy and so eager to live.

When for the first time it was discovered, it was a shock. Dreams are absolutely necessary for these people – for what reason? They have not been able to find the reason. They will never be able to find it because that reason can be found only through deep meditation, there is no other way to find it. By psychological experiments they will not be able to find out what is the reason. but through meditation something happens which is dreamless , sleepless . both are not there ; neither the dream no the sleep is there . you are fully awake .

The body is fast asleep in a deep rest but your consciousness is absolutely cloudless. There is no sleep. Inside like a flame you are alert, awake, watching -- that there is nothing to watch! The body is asleep and there is nothing to watch. But the watcher is. You can only watch the watcher. You can only observe the observer. You can only be aware of your awareness. But there is no sleep, no dream. And in the morning you are as fresh as it is possible to be. So the psychologists will not be able, they have not yet been able and will never be able to know, unless they start moving

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towards meditation. And there seems to be no sign of their movement. In fact they are very antagonistic to meditation, and I can understand why. They are antagonistic to meditation because meditation can dissolve all your problems, can dissolve all your psychic anxieties, and with them goes the whole profession of the psychologist.

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Unless psychology can bring human beings to this oceanic experience it is immature, it has just started its ABCs. And in the West it is going around in a circle – because you do not accept higher realities; where can you go? You are stuck with the mind – analyse it, analyse its dreams, analyse its repressions.

in psychoanalysis and they have not moved anywhere. Yes, they have learned psychological jargon, it has become more difficult to talk to them! But they are the same persons with all the weaknesses, with all the frailties. Twelve or fifteen years of psychoanalysis has not been able to make even a single dent in their personality.

But it should be taken as a very significant question that there is not a single man in the whole world who is completely analysed. This is a failure of the whole system of psychoanalysis – twelve years, fifteen years people have been

It is a rich man’s game. Just as poor people have their games, rich people have their own games. Psychology is still a game, guesswork, with no foundation in reality.


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the mystics in the east have never bothered too much about the mind ; they have only developed methods to bypass the mind . those methods are the techniques of meditation

they are just to

bypass the mind .

Once you have bypassed the mind, once you can have a bird’s-eye view of your own mind, things start settling. It is your energy that disturbs the mind, that gives it the power to be violent, to be sad, to be angry, to be hateful, to be jealous. Now you are no longer giving it any energy. It won’t take a long time. The mind withers almost like a cloud – it was there and it is no more. The moment the mind disperses, your meditation has come to maturity. Now your meditation will be the medium, not the mind. The mind will be used as a mechanism by your meditative forces, but the mind is put aside; it is no longer the master. And it is one of the strangest stories that for ten thousand years in the

East we have worked on meditation and we have been absolutely successful, not only in becoming meditative, but also in dissolving all the problems of the mind. There is only one way to solve the mind and its problems, and that is to get out of it. But modern psychology has no idea of where to go, so they go on round and round but they remain just ordinary beings. Now Sigmund Freud and Alfred Adler and Assagioli have devoted their whole lives... but you don’t see the eyes of Gautam Buddha, you don’t see the gestures of Mahavira, you don’t see the insight of the seers of the Upanishads. You don’t see the transforming presence which all the mystics in all the countries have always radiated. In my way of looking at things,the mind itself is sick. Unless you get out of it, you cannot help the poor mind to become healthy. You are too much identified. Not being identified with the mind is the shortest way to your own being. And your being is always healthy, it does not know what sickness is. It cannot know, it is not in its nature. Just as the mind cannot know peace,


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your being cannot know tensions , anxieties , anguish . the question is not of just as mind cannot know peace , your being cannot know tensions , anxieties , anguish . the question is not of curing the mind , the question is shifting your whole energy , your whole focus , from mind to being . meditation helps you to shift .

This great shift of your attention, of your awareness, is what I call the psychology of the Buddhas. And any other psychology is going to be wrong, because only a man of eyes knows what light is. There may be millions of people who are blind – there are millions, but it is not a question of democracy. They cannot vote, they cannot assert a single word about light. That one man is right and those millions of people are wrong. The question is not of numbers. The only question that is significant is the transformation of your being from the mind to no-mind. Modern psychology thinks it is the science of the mind. The psychology of the buddhas will be the science of no-mind.

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MEDITATION MEDICINE FOR THE INNERMOST ILLNESS

Be more meditative, become more conscious of your being. Let your inner world become more silent, and love will flow through you. People have all these problems. The problems are different – violence, jealousy, misery, anxiety – but the medicine for all these illnesses is only one, and it is meditation. And I would like you to be reminded that the word medicine and the word meditation come from the same root. Medicine means something that can cure your body, and meditation means something that can cure your soul. Meditation is meditation only because it is a medicine for your innermost illnesses.

A man selling Vaseline Petroleum Jelly had gone around a number of houses in town a week before and had left some samples, asking people to see if they could find an ingenious use for it. Now he went around to the same houses, asking people what uses they had found for Vaseline. The man in the first house, a wealthy city gent, said, “I used it for medicinal purposes. Whenever my children scraped their elbows or knees, I would rub it on.” The man in the second house said, “I used it for mechanical purposes, such as greasing the bearings of my bicycle and lawnmower.”


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The man in the third house, a scruffy, unshaven, working-class fellow, said, “I used it for sexual purposes.” In a shocked voice the salesman asked, “What do you mean?” “Well,” said the scruffy man, “I put a whole lot of it on the handle of my bedroom door to keep the kids out!” You can give the same thing to different people and they will come out with different uses, according to their own unconsciousness. But if they are conscious, they will find only one use. A man, an archbishop in Japan, went to one very great master, Nan In, with the New Testament. He was certain that by listening to the beautiful statements of Jesus, particularly on the sermon on the mountain, Nan In would be converted to Christianity. The archbishop was received with great love and he said, “I have come with my holy book, and I want to read a few sentences... perhaps they will change your whole life.” Nan In said, “You have come a somewhat late, because I am changed completely, the transformation has happened. But still, you have come

a long way – you can at least read a few sentences.” So he read a few sentences, and just after two, or three sentences, Nan In said, “ That’s enough. Whoever has written these sentences will become a Buddha in some future life .” The archbishop was very much shocked – he is saying, “In some future life – this man shows a potentiality – he will become a Buddha.” He said, “But he is the only son of God!” Nan In laughed. He said, “That is the trouble. That’s what is preventing him from becoming a buddha. Unless he drops such nonsense ideas, he will not blossom to his full potentiality. “He has beautiful ideas but side by side, he has some stupid ideas too. There is no God, so the question of being the only begotten son does not arise. In some future life – you don’t be worried – he will drop them; he seems to be a man of intelligence, and he has suffered enough for his stupid ideas. He got crucified; that was enough punishment. But you should not cling to the stupid part of his statements.”

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The archbishop said, “But they are our basis, the foundation of our religion, that Jesus is the only begotten son of God, that there is a God who created the world, that Jesus was born of a virgin girl.” Nan In laughed and he said, “This poor fellow, if he could drop these small fictitious things, he would have already become a Buddha. If you find him somewhere, bring him here, and I will set him right. There was no need to crucify him – all that he needed was a right master, someone who could have introduced him into the mysteries of meditation.” meditation is perhaps the master key for all our problems . so rather than fighting with problems separately ... which will take lives and you will still not be out of their grip .

They will stand by the corner, waiting for their chance – and naturally, if they had to wait too long, they will take as much revenge as possible. Meditation is not doing anything directly to your violence, not doing anything to your jealousy, to your hate. It is simply bringing light into your house, and the darkness disappears.

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Confusion is the illness: meditation is medicinal. Both the words – meditation and medicine – come from the same root. If you are confused, you will have to keep meditating. When you see the point without any confusion, then there is no need. But meditation will prepare you, meditation will force you to see the point that there is no need to do anything. Only meditation can do that. Just listening to me... I have told you that to be natural is to be enlightened. Now you think, “So,

that is great! I can sit silently and do nothing.” But can you really sit silently and do nothing? If you can really sit silently and do nothing, then this question would not have arisen. You would have sat and known and you would have bowed before me and thanked me. There would have been no question. You would have come dancing to me, not with a question and a confused mind. If you can sit silently doing nothing, what else is needed. That’s what Buddha was doing under the Bodhi Tree – sitting silently doing nothing...


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and then it happened.That’s how it happened to me! That’s how it always happens! But not to do is not so easy. Because you have become so accustomed to doing something or other, even sitting will be a doing to you. You will have to force yourself in a yoga posture and you will sit strained, still, in control, holding, trying to sit silently and not do anything – and boiling within, to do a thousand and one things, and thousands of thoughts will clamour around, will distract you. Can you just sit and do nothing? That is the ultimate. That’s what nirvana is, samadhi is. It can happen; just listening to me also it can happen, but great intelligence is needed then. Then, simply, you have seen the point – that to be natural is all. Then where is the confusion? From where can it come? Then what is the confusion? You have seen it, or you have not seen it. If you will sit silently, you will walk silently, you will eat silently, you will talk silently. You will become a non-doer, you will become a natural being. But if you have not seen it, then you will need a few more crazy things;

you will have to go through them. Those meditations will force you to see the point. Either you see just by listening and sitting by my side, or you will have to see the hard way. Buddha meditated for six years, and meditated intensely, totally. Then this realisation arose in him: “What am I doing? Trees are perfectly happy, birds are perfectly happy – what am I doing? And these trees are not meditating, and these birds have never thought about meditation, and they have not read Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, and they don’t do yoga asanas and they don’t chant any mantras. And the entire existence is so tremendously ecstatic! What am I doing standing on my head and fasting and all that nonsense?” He saw it, but it took him six years to see this. And he was no ordinary man. He was tremendously intelligent. It took six years for him to see the point. But the moment he saw it, he relaxed under the Bodhi Tree. He fell asleep and the next morning he was awakened. Not only physically he opened his eyes – spiritually his eyes were opened. Next morning when he opened his eyes, he was totally a different man – the real man had arisen. And just a glimpse


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of the real man, says Ikkyu, and you are in love. And the moment he saw his real man, he started living a life of compassion and love. There was no other way now, no choice. He became a natural man. So, if you feel confused, then keep meditating. Meditation is not for enlightenment: meditation is for confused people. Meditation does not lead you to enlightenment; it simply makes you fed up with your confusion. Just see the point: meditation is not a way to enlightenment – it is just a way to get rid of confusion. And when there is no confusion, enlightenment comes of its own accord.

Anger is not there, greed is not there, ambition is not there. Slowly, chunks of your being are cut from you. And one day suddenly nothing is left – or, only nothing is there. That very moment, light penetrates. All those things greed, anger, passion, lust, hatred, ambition, ego – they were hindering the path. They were not allowing the light to penetrate in you. They were functioning like a rock between you and God. All those removed... suddenly God enters into you and you enter into God. If you understand me, there is no need for any meditation. But if you don’t understand me... to understand me meditation will be needed. Then go on doing it.

meditation ’ s work is negative . it takes things away from you . it does not give you anything ; it simply takes on taking things away from you . anger disappears , greed disappears , desire disappears , and you start losing whatever you had . you become poorer and poorer , everyday .

That’s what Jesus means when he says: Blessed are those who are poor in spirit.

I understand your confusion, your trouble. You can do it only if it leads to enlightenment. That’s what your problem is. You have not said it so clearly, but that’s exactly where the problem is. You can do it if I emphasise that it will lead you to enlightenment – that I cannot do, because that is not true. You want me to promise you so that you can go on doing meditation. You want me to hypnotise you, you want me to go on supporting your desires, your goals, that you want to become enlightened,

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that you want to become natural... now look at the whole absurdity of becoming natural! How can one become natural? You are natural. All becoming will lead you towards unnatural structures. Becoming cannot bring you to being natural. Becoming means becoming unnatural. Natural you are, but you want me to support you because you cannot sit silently. You cannot sit, really; you need something to think about, something to do. You want some goal. And if I take the goal away you ask, “ Then why should I do meditation if it is not needed?” It is still needed. Needed, not for enlightenment – needed just to destroy this constant restlessness in your mind. It is like this: if you live in a room with closed doors the sun will not penetrate, although opening the door is not creating the sun. By opening the door you don’t create the sun – the sun is there. But by opening the door, you become available to the sun. Meditations are just like opening the door. So right now if you sit, you will be sitting in confusion, and the confusion will grow more and more if you sit. You will gather it; it will become almost impossible to bear it. And you will have to go to the movie or to the radio or the TV or to the club – you will have to go somewhere. meditations are cathartic . they throw all the rubbish that you contain inside . they simply cleanse you . they open the doors , they open the eyes

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Then you will never say, “I became natural.” You will say, “I was natural. The problem was not how to become natural – the problem was how not to go on becoming unnatural.”

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Buddha says meditation should become such a constant phenomenon; only then can it transform you. And he evolved a new technique of meditation. His greatest contribution to the world is Vipassana; no other teacher has given such a great gift to the world. Jesus is beautiful; but their contribution, Lao Tzu is beautiful, Zarathustra is beautiful, but their contribution, compared to Buddha, is nothing. Even if they are all put together, then Buddha’s contribution is greater because he gave such a scientific method-simple, yet so penetrating that once you in tune with it, it becomes a constant factor in your life.

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Meditation is a state of No-Mind. Meditation is a state of pure consciousness with no content. Ordinarily, your consciousness is too much 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! day in, day out. Even when you are asleep the mind is functioning, it is dreaming. It is still thinking; it is still in worries and anxieties. It is preparing for the next day; an underground preparation is going on. This is the state of no meditation – just the opposite is meditation. When there is no traffic and thinking has ceased, no thought moves, 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 what the mystery of this existence is .

And once you have tasted those few dewdrops of nectar, great longing will arise in you to go deeper and deeper into it. Irresistible longing will arise in you, a great thirst. You will become afire! That’s what sannyas is all about. When you have tasted a few moments of silence, of joy, of meditativeness, you will like this state to become your constant state, a continuum. The desire to make meditation your whole lifestyle is what sannyas is all about. And if a few moments are possible, then there is no problem. Slowly slowly, more and more moments will be coming. As you become skillful, as you learn the knack of not getting involved in the mind, as you learn the art of remaining aloof, away from the mind, as you learn the science

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of creating a distance between you and your own thoughts, more and more meditation will be showering on you. And the more it showers, the more it transforms you. 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 had 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. And that feeling is true: YOU HAVE known it before. You have forgotten. 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.

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Criss crossing Nor th America, Swami Satya Vedant shared Osho’s vision and meditations in many cities during the last six months. He conducted numerous events, meditation camps, retreats and celebrations in various studios, homes, temples and cultural centers. He delivered many talks and gave media inter views to share Osho’s insights.

A three-day Meditation in the Marketplace Camp was conducted in Vancouver, Canada, from May 21 -28. Par ticipants from different Canadian locations drove and flew in to a small Osho community in Vancouver hosted this camp on a golf course. Swami Satya Vedant’s live inter view with Harjinder Thind was aired on RedFm 93.1 radio in Vancouver on May 27.

The tour star ted on a high note with Swami Vedant’s arrival in Atlanta, where he conducted the celebrations for Osho Enlightenment Day on 21 March as par t of a four-day retreat. From March 16 to April 17, many meditation events and talks were organized in various locations.

From Vancouver, he traveled to Dallas for video sharing and recording between 29 May 29 to 13 June. As a wrap-up of his Nor th American tour, Swami Vedant graced an eager and receptive gathering to celebrate the launch of his latest book, a translation of the Osho discourses titled, “THE FABRIC OF LIFE: On the Songs of the Mystic Kabir.

From April 17-20 Swami Satya Vedant was in Ann Arbor, Michigan, giving talks and conducting meditation events. His next stop was New York from April 21-May16 where friends organized a Meditation Retreat.He went on to Chicago for a weekend meditation retreat from May 17-19 attended by many Osho friends from Chicago and surrounding areas.

From June 14-16, a three-day Meditation Retreat was conducted at San Diego, California. Swami Satya Vedant concluded his tour with a one day meditation event at For t Wor th, Texas, on June 23 before returning to India in time for Guru Purnima celebrations.


HOW OSHO CHANGED MY LIFE

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It was in 2005, I came across Osho books, in my first yoga training school. I was practicing yam-niyam sincerely…stopped non-vegetarian food, star ted eating only boring salads. Suppressing my saliva, I used to make fun of my poor family members for eating dead bodies. I stopped killing mosquitoes and ants when they bit me, even when my anger wanted to crush them. I was that so-called yogi. One day, I randomly opened one of the books. The first paragraph read: “Why do you fight with your mind so much? Look how beautiful it is. As long as you are not hur ting anyone, why do you suppress it?” I closed that book immediately as if I got an electric shock. I was so hur t and frightened yet so deeply drawn and attracted. Later, things changed. Just like a dream, I got to work with an Osho centre in Kerala. Star ted reading Osho... star ted loving him... then star ted living him.

has assigned to his sannyasins to meditate in the marketplace. With neo-sannyas, Osho gave bir th to a group of seekers who are life- affirming and celebrating. This sannyas is not something we brag about outside but is an inner responsibility. Only you know whether you are a sannyasin or not. The respect of individual freedom Osho has given to his sannyasin is something really beautiful. No commandments to follow...but to meditate and follow unto you. There are only tears of gratitude for all my master has given. Life began only when I met Osho. What has personally happened to me is an acceptance life the way it comes, an understanding that I don’t do anything and I actually don’t have to. Ever ything is happening. I just have to celebrate. He taught me to flow with the river. He taught me to trust life, not to worr y about the future, security, stability.

In the outside world people make fun of Osho sannyasins. On the outer level, we behave like them, and wear clothes like them. But it is a great responsibility which Osho

Osho brought a beautiful synthesis of West and East, of science and spirituality, of Zorba and Buddha. Today’s world needs a master like Osho who affirms life in its all colours.

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In the East we have always depicted God as a dancer, not as a creator – God as Nataraj, the Master Dancer. Why? There is something immensely meaningful in that concept. God is not the painter, because when the painter does a painting, the painting becomes separate from the painter. When the painter has finished with the painting, the painting has its own existence. The painter may die, the painting can live. And when the painter has finished the painting, it may be a beautiful painting, but it is dead because the painter cannot put his breath into it. That is not possible. He cannot pour his vitality into it, his life into it. The painting may be beautiful but a painting is a painting – it is dead. God is not a painter, God is not a potter; God is a dancer. What is the meaning of it? In dance, the dancer and the dance are one, they can never be separated. That is the beauty of the dancer. The poet is separate from the poetry, the potter is separate from his pottery, the painter is separate from his painting, the sculptor is different, separate from his creation, and so on and so forth. Only the dancer is not separate. The dancer is the dance. And when the dancer is really in the dance, there is no dancer in him, all disappears. It is just pure, vibrant energy, it is just pure energy dancing. There is no ego in it. The dance comes to perfection when the dancer dissolves into it. But the moment dance stops... then you cannot find dance anywhere, it is not separate from the dancer.

And one thing more: the dance cannot exist separate from the dancer, and the dancer too cannot exist separate from the dance. When you say that this is a dancer, and if he is not dancing, your description is not right. A dancer is only a dancer while in dance, otherwise he is no more a dancer. Then it is a linguistic fallacy that you go on calling him a dancer - because ‘Yesterday he was dancing.’ Then yesterday he was a dancer. Or ‘Tomorrow he will dance again.’ Then tomorrow he will be a dancer again. But right now if he is not dancing, then he must be somebody else. If he is walking, he is a walker; if he is running, he is a runner; if he is sitting, he is a sitter - but not a dancer. Dancer and dance exist together. In fact, they are not separate. God is not the creator of the world. God is its creativity, its very soul. He is in the trees, and in the rocks, in you, in me - he is everywhere, he is all.

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EASTSIDE WOMAN ESCHEWS F O O D TO L I V E O N S U N L I G H T Naveena Shine says she’s testing out living on light and no food. She’s now on Day 43. Shine is the 65-year-old Eastside woman who had decided to test out whether people can live just on light. You know, sunlight, the stuff of life. “It would be the most powerful thing this world could have,” she says. No more hunger problems. “I do need a splash of milk with my tea,” says Shine, who was born in Birmingham, England. N AV E E N A S H I N E

Her birth name was Christine and in 1987 she legally changed it to Naveena, which in Hindi means “new.” Shine, an Osho follower, says that in the 1980s she lived “on and off ” in the Rajneeshpuram commune. Shine says she knows how many will perceive her being a follower of Osho. “I know the dramas that are in people’s imagination. It’s not the truth. But people don’t ever want to hear the truth,” she says. Shine was raised a Catholic, her dad a British Royal Navy career man, her mom a teacher. Originally, Shine received training as a teacher. In 1970, at age 22, with $150 in her pocket, she decided to travel around the world on her own. She visited the Taj Mahal by moonlight. Bused it across the Khyber Pass. Shopped at the central market in Tehran. She worked as a teacher in Tanzania and in Abu Dhabi.


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R E L A X AT I O N W I T H M E D I T AT I O N Meditation, yoga and dance classes are available at the Newage Meditation and Wellness Centre in Johor Baru, Malaysia. According to the centre’s manager Darryl Tan, who is better known as Anam, an introductory class is given to most first-timers so that they can get used to the idea of Osho meditation and only when trainers feel that the participants are ready are they upgraded to other levels. Osho meditation classes are available daily but it caters to people of different levels so it is best to first consult with the trainers before deciding on when to go. Besides Osho meditation, the centre also offers yoga classes. The classes are small so personal attention is guaranteed. The fee is also RM70 monthly.

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OSHO GALLERIA, OREGON Champak’s meditation and information centre cum artifact and reading room to open soon… Since taking sannyas, Champak has been avidly reading Osho’s books and researching as much as he can about Osho and his life and work. He is very aware about the negative publicity that Osho and sannyas got when Osho was in Oregon and would like to take a few steps to counteract that negativity by establishing a meditation/information centre called Osho Galleria Oregon which would include a reading room and an artifact room which would house a collection of Osho’s books (many of them original editions), books about him, and other memorabilia.

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A great philosopher named Totapuri was once staying with Ramakrishna. He asked Ramakrishna how long he was going to remain obsessed with an idol – it was time he began his journey to the formless. Ramakrishna replied that he was ready to start his journey; he was always prepared to learn anything from anybody, he was always ready to learn from whoever wanted to teach. But he asked Totapuri to wait till he got permission from his mother.

ON OUR FOREHEADS. WE CAN TAKE THEM FOR GRANTED AS PART OF OUR DAILY LIVES. BUT DO WE KNOW THEIR HIDDEN MEANINGS, THEIR ORIGINS AND SIGNIFICANCE?

“Which mother?’ Totapuri asked. Ramakrishna replied, “My mother, the goddess Kali.”

EVEN IF WE HAVE WONDERED ABOUT THEM, HAVE WE ASKED SOMEONE WHO KNOWS THE ANSWERS? HERE WE HAVE THE ENLIGHTENED MASTER OSHO EXPLAINING AND CLEARING THESE MYSTERIES FOR US FOREVER. AND ONCE WE GET TO KNOW THEIR MEANINGS AND IMPORTANCE, OUR LIVES WILL CHANGE. A NEW JOY WILL ARISE WHEN WE GO TO THE TEMPLE OR ON A PILGRIMAGE. HERE THEY ARE FROM HIS PATH BREAKING SERIES OF DISCOURSES ON THE HIDDEN MYSTERIES. THANK YOU OSHO!

Totapuri said, “That’s exactly what I am saying! How long will you go on being caught up with that stone idol of Kali? Do you want to ask that stone?” Ramakrishna replied, “There is no way but to ask her. From the moment I began to worship her, she became the centre and I moved to the circumference. Now that I am not, she has to be asked permission. Whatever I do is for her. Without her permission, even


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enlightenment is meaningless; and if she orders me to go to hell, I am ready. But without asking her, nothing can be done.” Totapuri could not understand this. If Ramakrishna had to ask Kali permission to stop worshipping her, how would she grant it? Do we ask the permission of a person we want to give up? Is any permission needed to give up anything? By this time, Ramakrishna had gone to the temple. Totapuri followed him. He saw tears coming from Ramakrishna’s eyes: he was begging Kali again and again to allow him to stop worshipping her. He told her that Totapuri was waiting for him.... Then suddenly he became joyous and began dancing. Totapuri, who was standing behind him, asked what had happened. Ramakrishna said, “She has given her permission! Now I am ready to learn from you!” The meaning of having someone as your centre is that your life is now a surrendered life.

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Worshipping means a surrendered life. Worshiping the supreme being means living as the supreme being wants. Sitting and standing, eating and drinking, speaking and remaining silent also for the supreme being. As soon as one has the infinite at the centre, a mysterious current begins to flow, a sort of expansion begins. As it is, we have contracted ourselves. When the seed breaks, it begins to be a tree. We have contracted ourselves in our “I”: when that “I” breaks, sprouts come out and the expansion begins. These sprouts can expand so much to encompass the whole world. Religion is full of great mysteries. One who tries to save himself, dies; whereas one who keeps the supreme being at the centre and himself at the circumference lives. We don’t understand how such a thing can happen because from our very birth we have believed ourselves to be the centre of the world.

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Buddha suggested to his disciples to spend a few days in a cremation ground. They needed to do that for three months before they could be initiated as bhikkus. They would say that they had come to learn from him, not from a crematorium. But Buddha insisted and said, “After three months in the burning place, your ‘I’ will become surrendered and it will easier to teach you. Daily, for three months, you will see dead bodies being burnt: at least on one day during these three months you will begin to think that this world not just exist for you. When you were not here, the world existed. This person, whose body you are watching being burnt, also thought just moments before his death that the world existed for him. The world does not even know now that this person is no more. The sea did not notice that a wave has vanished. “So you go on watching, and when you realise that the world does not exist for you, come to me; then the real meditation can begin. As long as you are at the centre there is no possibility of real worship, of prayer or meditation; there is only a deep illusion. Worship will begin when that illusion vanishes.

worship begins when ‘ i ’ is dropped and ‘ thou ’ is significant .” remember , first the devotee makes the idol disappear and opens the door to the formless . then he makes himself disappear and worship begins . as soon as a door to the formless opens through an idol , the dissolution of one ’ s ego becomes easier .

As soon as the devotee realises that a stone idol can disappear to become a door to the formless, he realizes that he too can become a door to the formless; that if he can forget his self a deeper jump becomes possible. There can be a distinction between two forms, but not as far as the formless is concerned, because the formless is only one. When the idol has become formless and the devotee has become formless, then there is nothing like “two.” Numbers have no value in relation to the formless. The form and numbers are only props and there are methods to make props useful. In this connection there are a few things to be understood.... Sufis have given great importance to dancing as worship. Devotees


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like Meera and Chaitanya also attached great value to dancing – it has a few a qualities which have led many devotional schools to choose it as a method. The first effect of dancing is that while dancing you experience that you are not the body. Because of the fast movements of dancing you feel that you and your body are separate. In reality there is an adjustment between your body and your consciousness. It is a well-arranged adjustment: in your day- to- day work, that adjustment remains intact. Gurdjieff used to say that if there are many pebbles in a container, and you shake the container vigorously, the arrangement of things inside will be disturbed. A pebble that was lying at the bottom will come

to the top, one lying in the middle will move to the side, and one which was on top will be in the middle: the whole arrangement within the can will become topsy-turvy. If one pebble was used to being in a certain place in relation to other pebbles, and it became identified with that position, its ego will be destroyed. The stone will feel, “I am no more,” that it was only an arrangement, and that arrangement is no more. So the Sufis, Meera and Chaitanya, have make profound use of dancing. The Dervish dancing is very deep: in it, the dancer’s body spins so fast and with such totality that every cell and fiber of his body vibrates. This breaks the relationship between the body and the consciousness, and suddenly the dancer realizes that he is separate from his body. So using dance for worship is very valuable.

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There are two Christian sects, one of which is known as the Quakers and the other as the Shakers. The Quakers, even today, are quite influential. The names of the sects are very significant. During their worship, the Shakers shake the body so vigorously that every nerve and fibre becomes a trembles. Standing in front of his idol, when his body vibrates so strongly, the shaker perspires heavily. At that point he will experience that his consciousness is separate from his body. Then that consciousness moves into worship. The Quakers’ name is meaningful – their bodies quake very strongly when they worship. In an earthquake, the land vibrates so much that everything comes crashing down; the Quakers also quake so much that the body’s connection with the consciousness is broken. This type of movement, dance and devotional songs, have all been used to create a gap between body and consciousness. In this connection let us understand something about the science of sound. Science believes that the ultimate unit of all matter is electricity. The Eastern sages believe

that the ultimate unit of matter is not electricity but sound. Modern physics believes that ultimately all matter is made up of electricity, whereas the eastern sages say that sound is the basic unit of all matter. Whatever the truth may be, the thing to be understood is that there is a close relationship between electricity and sound. It is possible that the statements of the scientist and the sage are both true simultaneously. If not today, tomorrow the reality of the ultimate element will be known: one form of that element is sound, and the other is electricity. What that element is has to be discovered. Searching from the religious aspect, the sage reaches the knowledge that sound is the ultimate; searching from the material aspect the scientist has been led to electricity. Remember, the sage has searched within himself, not within matter: within your own self, the ultimate experience of your existence is that of sound. As long as you are aware of yourself, there will be the awareness of sound. The deeper you go within yourself, the less audible will be the sound, till it becomes a void. That very silence has its own sound, the “soundless sound,” which Indian sages have


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described as anahat nada. That anahat nada is the ultimate sound: the last experience of human consciousness, before it enters the formless, is this sound. Because of this experience, the Indian sages say that sound is the ultimate element. The scientist divides and subdivides matter into its smallest component, and just before it disappears into the formless it is seen as the electron. Then when matter is completely lost and the formless appears, what remains is electricity. What has to be thought about is whether the smallest, the ultimate part of consciousness, comes before the smallest part of matter. It is certain that consciousness is more subtle than matter, hence the ultimate part of consciousness must exist before that matter. So the Indian sages have held the view that sound is more subtle than electricity, that it comes before electricity, and is the ultimate source of everything.

know that if special musical instruments are played in front of a plant it will grow flowers one month earlier than it otherwise would have .

If special musical instruments are played in front of cows, they will give twice as much milk. If the wrong instruments, or wrong music is played, they may not give any milk at all. Sound really reaches within you and strikes your consciousness. Your neck can be cut with a sword, but with the sword of sound your mind can be cut. The edge of sound is sharper, and it disconnects your mind from its various preoccupations. So experiments with the edge of sound have been made in which sound is used to cut off the mind of a meditator or a devotee so he can begin his journey to the infinite. All religions have used special sounds and experimented with them to cleanse and purify the mind.

music , song , prayer and chanting are all uses of sound . every sound creates a particular state within you ; there is no sound which

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IN THE BOOK OF SECRETS OSHO REVEALS THE MOST MYSTERIOUS AND MYSTICAL ANCIENT TECHNIQUES OF REALIZING THE ULTIMATE STATE OF BLISS AS EXPLAINED BY LORD SHIVA TO HIS CONSORT PARVATI. THESE TANTRIC SECRETS HAVE BEEN GUARDED MOST CAREFULLY BY A FEW AND NEVER MADE PUBLIC. BUT OSHO HAS DISTRIBUTED THIS TREASURE WITHOUT RESTRAINT AND THAT’S WHY THIS BOOK REMAINS THE TOP SELLER BY PEOPLE WHO WANT TO LEARN THE TECHNIQUES AND NOT JUST THE THEORY.

The first technique: “At the start of sneezing, during fright, in anxiety, above a chasm, flying in battle, in extreme curiosity, at the beginning of hunger, at the end of hunger, be uninterruptedly aware.” It looks so simple: at the start of sneezing, during fright, in anxiety or before hunger or after hunger, “be uninterruptedly aware.” Many things have to be understood. Very simple acts like sneezing can be used as devices, because however simple they seem, they are very complex, and the inner mechanism is a very delicate thing. Whenever you feel that a sneeze is coming become alert, and the sneeze may not come at all. It may simply disappear, because a sneeze is a non-voluntary thing – unconscious, non-voluntary. You cannot sneeze voluntarily; you cannot “will” it. How can you? How helpless man is! You cannot “will” a single sneeze. However you may try, you cannot bring it out. A single sneeze – such a small thing, but you cannot will it. It is non-voluntary; volition is not needed. It does not happen because of your mind; it is because of your total organism, your total body.


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And the second thing: when you become alert, when the sneeze comes – you cannot bring it, but when it is coming – if you become alert, it may not come, because you are bringing something new to the process: the alertness. It may disappear, but when the sneeze disappears and you are alert, there is a third thing. First, a sneeze is non-voluntary. You bring in a new element – alertness. When the alertness comes, the sneeze may not come. If you are really alert, it will not; it may not happen at all. Then a third thing happens. The energy that was going to be released through a sneeze, where does it move? It moves to your alertness. Suddenly there is a flash, a lightning. You become more alert. The energy, that was going to be thrown by the sneeze moves into alertness. Suddenly you become more alert. In that flash, in that lightning, even enlightenment is possible. That is why I say that these matters are so simple, they look absurd. Their promise seems to be too much. Just through sneezing, how can one become enlightened? But sneezing is not just sneezing; you are totally involved in it. Whatever you do

or whatever happens to you is a total involvement. Observe again: whenever a sneeze happens, you are totally in it with the whole body, the whole mind. It is not just your nose in which the sneeze is happening; every fibre, every cell of your body is involved in it. A subtle trembling, a subtle wavering goes all over the body, and with it the whole body becomes concentrated. And when the sneeze has happened, the whole body relaxes. But it is difficult to bring alertness to it. If you bring alertness to it, it will not happen, and if it happens you can know that the alertness was not there. That is why you should be alert. “At the start of the sneezing...”, because if it has started, nothing can be done. The arrow has gone; you cannot change it now. The mechanism has started. The energy is on its way to being released, it cannot be stopped. Can you stop a sneeze in the middle? How can you stop it in the middle? By the time you are ready, it has already happened. You cannot stop it in the middle. Just at the beginning, become alert. The moment you feel the sensation that it is coming, become alert.

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Close your eyes and be meditative. Bring your total consciousness to the focus just where you are feeling the sensation of an oncoming sneeze. Just at the beginning, remain alert. The sneeze will disappear, and the energy will be transformed into more alertness. And because in the sneeze the whole body is involved, the whole mechanism is involved – it is a release mechanism and you are alert at this moment – there will be no mind, there will be no thought, no meditation. in a sneeze , thinking stops . that is why so many people like snuff . it unburdens them , their minds feel more relaxed because for a moment thinking stops . snuff gives them a glimpse of no thinking . through snuff , when the sneeze comes , they are not minds , they become bodies . the head disappears for a single moment , but it feels good .

If you become used to snuff, it is very difficult to give up. It is more penetrating a habit than smoking; smoking is nothing before it. It penetrates more deeply, because smoking is conscious and sneezing is unconscious. To leave snuff is more difficult than to leave smoking. And smoking can be changed, substitutes can be found – but there is no substitute for snuff, because, really, sneezing is a very unique phenomenon in the body. The only other thing that can be compared and which has been compared is the sex act. Those who think in terms of physiology, they say that the sex act is just sneezing through the sex organ – and the similarity is there. It is not one hundred percent right because much more is involved in sex, greater things are involved in it. But in the beginning, just in the beginning, the similarity is there.


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Something is thrown out from the nose and you feel relieved, and something is thrown out from the sex organ and you feel relieved. And both are non-voluntary. You cannot move into sex with will. If you try, you will be a failure – particularly men, because man’s sex organ has to do something. It is active. You cannot “will” its act, and if you try, then the more you try, the more it will be impossible. It can happen, but you cannot make it happen. Because of this, in the West sex has become a problem. This half century in the West sex knowledge has developed, and everyone has become so conscious about it that the sex act is becoming more and more impossible. If you are alert, sex will be impossible. If a man is alert while making love, the more he is alert, the more it will be difficult. He will not be able to get an erection. It cannot be willed, and if you will it you will lose it. The same method, the same technique, can be used in sex. To start with, when you feel the sensation of an erection just coming to you but it has not yet come, you just feel the vibration, become alert. The vibration will be lost, and the same energy will move into alertness.

Tantra has used this. It has tried in many ways. A beautiful naked woman will be there just as an object for meditation, and the seeker, the meditator, will sit before the nude woman meditating on her body, her form, her proportions, just waiting for the first sensation in his sex centre. The moment the sensation is there, be will close his eyes. He will forget the woman. He will close his eyes, and he will become aware of the sensation. Then sex energy is being transformed into alertness. He is allowed to meditate on the nude woman only up to the point when the sensation is felt. When he has to close his eyes and move to his own sensation and become alert there, the same as is done in sneezing. And why does this flash happen? Because the mind is not there. The basic thing is that if the mind is not there and you are alert, you will have Satori, you will have the first glimpse of Samadhi. Thought is the barrier. So if thought disappears in any way, the thing will happen. But thought must disappear; only then is alertness there. Thought can disappear even in sleep; thought can disappear when you are unconscious; thought

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can disappear when you take some drug. Thought disappears, but then there is no alertness to be aware of the phenomenon that is hidden behind thought. so i define meditation as thoughtless consciousness . you can become thoughtless and unconscious ; then there is no meaning . you can be conscious with thought ;

eye, then very small things are vital. Between atoms universes are hidden, and between the universe and an atom you cannot say which is great and which is small. Even a single atom is a universe in itself, and the greatest universe is nothing but atoms. So don’t think in terms of great and small. Just try. Don’t say, “What can happen in a sneeze? I have been sneezing my whole life, and nothing has happened.”

you are already that .

Bring these two things together – consciousness and thoughtlessness. When they meet, meditation happens, meditation is born. And you can try with very small things because nothing is really small. Even a sneeze is a cosmic phenomenon. In existence, nothing is great and nothing is small. Even a minute atom can destroy the whole world, and even a sneeze, a very atomic phenomenon, can transform you. So don’t see things as small or big. There is nothing small and nothing big. If you have the penetrating

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THE OSHO LIFE ESSENTIALS SERIES FOCUSES ON THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONS IN THE LIFE OF THE INDIVIDUAL. EACH VOLUME CONTAINS TIMELESS AND ALWAYSCONTEMPORARY INVESTIGATIONS INTO AND DISCUSSIONS OF QUESTIONS VITAL TO OUR PERSONAL SEARCH FOR MEANING AND PURPOSE, FOCUSING ON QUESTIONS SPECIFIC TO ARE INNER LIFE AND QUALITY OF EXISTENCE. OSHO IS ONE OF THE MOST PROVOCATIVE AND INSPIRING SPIRITUAL TEACHERS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. HE IS KNOWN FOR HIS REVOLUTIONARY CONTRIBUTION TO THE SCIENCE OF INNER TRANSFORMATION, AND THE INFLUENCE OF HIS TEACHINGS CONTINUES TO GROW, REACHING SEEKERS OF ALL AGES IN VIRTUALLY EVERY COUNTRY OF THE WORLD.

LIVIN G O N YO U R O WN T E R MS Decades after rebellions of the 1960s, a new generation is again challenging and rebelling against outdated structures and values, focusing on political and economic systems and their failings. But this generation has the opportunity and responsibility to move the development of human freedom to the next level; Living on Your Own Terms will support this new generations in expending its understanding of freedom and pushing toward new systems for humanity. ISBN: 978-0-312-59550-0 M RP: 299/P a ge N o : 186 M ORAL , IMMO R AL , AMOR AL In a global world, we are in search of universal valuesvalues based on a contemporary understanding that unifies us as human beings beyond the divisions of religions, nations, and race. In Moral, Immoral, Amoral, Osho speaks directly to this contemporary search as he introduced us to a quest for value that make sense in the world we live in – a quest that goes far beyond moral codes of behavior and comes from an inner connectivity and oneness with existence. ISBN: 978-0-312-59549-4 M RP: 299/P a ge N o : 184

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BIHAR BARAUNI Guru Purnima Celebration 20 to 22 July Camp Venue: OSHO PREMGEET NAV- SANNYAS COMMUNE Bihat, Begusarai Contact: 08051759547, 09507046398 Contacted by: Swami Harish Chandra Bharti BHODGAYA Osho Meditation Camp 06 to 07 July Contact: 09771458700, 09431296613 Conducted by: Swami Harish Chandra Bharti

CHATTISGARH CHAMPA Guru Purnima Celebration 20 to 22 July Camp Venue: OSHO PREM DHYAN ASHRAM Janjgir Road, Lachanpur Chowk Contact: 07489519443, 09575518984 DURG Osho Sufi Sadhana Camp 09 to 11 August Camp Venue: OSHO BHAKTI ASHRAM, Kohang Tola Contact: 09685242774, 09406100236

DELHI MALVIYA NAGAR Guru Purnima Celebration 21 July Venue: OSHO BHAGWAN SHRI DHYAN CENTER J-2/14, Khidki Vistar, Malviya Nagar Contact: 09868900001, 0986900002 S.D. AREA Osho Meditation Camp 13 to 14 July 03 to 04 August Venue: OSHO GURUKUL MEDITATION CENTER I.I.T. Near Gate

Contact: Ma Prem Meera, 09718117554, 09650481805 Conducted by: Ma Prem Bharti

GOA MADGAON Guru Purnima Celebration 17 to 21 July Camp Venue: OSHO PRAYER HOME Contact: 0832-2880850, 07875227668 Conducted by: Swami Gopal Bharti, Ma Dhyan Neerja

GUJARAT DAHOD Osho Meditation Camp 29 August to 01 September Camp Venue: SADGURU FOUNDATION, Village Chosala Contact: 09428549275, 08349271999 Conducted by: Dr. Atmo Manish RAJKOT No Mind Meditation Camp 02 August to 08 September Camp Venue: OSHO VATIKA, Contact: Swami Dhyan Anurag – 09898980440, Ma Dhyan Rasili – 09978480829 Conducted by: Swami Ravindra Bharti TITHAL, GUJRAT Guru Purnima Celebration 18 to 23 July Camp Venue: OSHO SHANTI KUNJ MEDITATION CENTER Round Building, Near Sai Baba Mandir Contact: Swami Kiran – 09375853439 Conducted by: Swami Kundkund HARYANA KARNAL Guru Purnima Celebration 25 July Venue: OSHO SUMDUR ASHRAM Contact: Swami Dhyan Shunyam – 09812047800 Conducted by: Swami Krishna Trith Saraswati

ROHTAK Guru Purnima Celebration 21 July Camp Venue: OSHO ANAND NEOSANNYAS COMMUNE, Nearby Second Water Works, Jhajjar Contacts: 09416945839, 01262-249440 Conducted by: Swami Krishan Dev Bharti

HIMACHAL PRADESH DHARMSHALA Authentic All The Way 04 to 07 July Conducted by: Swami Anand Tathagat, Swami Vivekanand Guru Purnima Celebration 21 to 24 July Conducted by: Swami Satya Vedant Osho Tantra Meditation Camp 28 July to 01 August Conducted by: Ma Dhyan Abha, Swami Antar Jagdish The Creative Life: Expressing the Divine through Painting, Poetry and Pottery 05 to 14 August Conducted by: Ma Divyam Surabhi and Swami Vivekanand Osho Ayurveda Yoga Massage Training 05 to 19 August Conducted by: Ma Jeevan Taruna, Swami Antar Khirad Centering: The Pot and the Potter 15 August to 03 September Conducted by: Ma Dviyam Surabhi Osho Neo Reiki 18 to 29 August Conducted by: Ma Anand Himani Camp Venue: OSHO NISARGA, Shilla,District –Kangra, Himachal Pradesh Contact: 01892-275592, 09418037370 Osho Tantra Yoga Dhyan Camp 01 to 03 July


Osho Tantra Yoga (Teachers Training) 08 to 14 July Camp Venue: OSHO ATISHA HALL Village, Bhagsunag, District Kangra Contact: Osho Glory, 09736925741, 09805781891 Conducted by: Swami Krishan Dev, Mansha Radha KASAULI Guru Purnima Celebration 18 to 23 July Camp Venue: OSHO MEDITATION CAMP VALLEY Village Kanda Contact: 09805406340, 08130811532 Conducted by: Swami Jeevan Abhiviraj NAHAN Osho Meditation Camp 12 to 14 July Venue: HINDU ASHRAM Contact: Swami Anugraha – 08894925396, 09418086121 Conducted by: Ma Prem Noori , Swami Dev Naman SOLAN Osho Meditation Camp 12 to14 July Guru Purnima Celebration 22 July Venue: OSHO ASHISH DHYAN MANDIR, Subathu Road Contact: Swami Gyan Anugraha – 08894925396 Swami Anand Ajay, 09805809702 Guru Purnima Celebration 21 to 23 July Venue: HOTEL FALCON CREST Contact: Osho Sanzen, 08894351962, 09736220073 Conducted by: Ma Yog Neelam Osho Dhyan Sadhana Camp 23 to 25 August Camp Venue: HOTEL SHIVALIK Kasauli Road, Dharampur Contact: Swami Gyan Anugraha – 08894925396 Swami Anand Ajay – 09805809702 Conducted by: Ma Dharm Jyoti

JHARKHAND RANCHI Guru Purnima Celebration 22 July Daily Meditation, Mor: 7 to 9:30 Every Month Full Moon Celebration, Eve: 6 to 8 Laughing Meditation, Sunday Mor: 9:30 Camp Venue: OSHO SAMPADA DHYAN CENTER , B-1, Maharana Apartment Contact: Osho Contact Centre, 09431103484, 092347778347

MAHARASHTRA KARJAT Guru Purniam Celebration 19 to 23 July Camp Venue: INDIA FIRST FOUNDATION SCHOOL Village- Kadav, Murbad Road Contact: Swami Vitthal, 09833993593 Conducted by: Swami Chaitanya Keerti

MAITHAN DAM Guru Purnima, Celebration 22 July Contact: Osho Dhyan Centre, Asansol 09386699229, 09332193365 Contacted by: Swami Antar Pradeep

BHUSAWAL Guru Purnima Celebration 20 to 22 July Camp Venue: OSHO MEDITATION CENTER, District- Jalgaon, Post-Akluj Contact: Swami Krishna Prem 09423158566, 0970005721 Conducted by: Ma Prem Archna, Swami Anand Utsav

SHAIBGANJ Guru Purnima Celebration 20 to 22July Camp Venue: OSHO JAGRAN DHYAN CENTRE, Refugee Colony Contact: 08002814502 Conducted by: Swami Anand Azhar

LONAVLA Osho Meditation Camp 15 to 18 August Camp Venue: TULSI SADHANA KUTIR, Khandala Road Contact: 09320001231, 09271532901 Conducted: Swami Samarpan Bharti

KARNATAKA BANGALORE Deeper and Deeper 01 to 04 August Venue: PYRAMID VALLEY Contact: 09535279747, 09844762638 Conducted by: Ma Dharm Jyoti

YAVATMAL Osho Meditation Camp 23 to 25 August Camp Venue: DEEPLAXMI MANGLAM OFFICE, Cotton Market Chowk Contact: Devidas Patil, 09860662015 Vinay, 09421844735 Conducted by: Swami Satya Niranjan

MADHYA PRADESH JABALPUR Swadarshan Sadhana Cam 13 to 19 July Guru Purnima Celebration 21 to 23 July Abhinav Vipassana 04 to 24 August Prem Samdhi Camp 28 August to 01 September Camp Venue: OSHO AMRITDHAM, Satori Mandir, Devtal, Garha Contact: Swami Chaitanya Shikhar– 09926549359, 09977716042 Conducted by: Swami Anand Vijay, Ma Jeevan Darpan, Swami Anadi Anant

VASAI Osho Meditation Camp 15 August Camp Venue: VAGHOLI SANNI MANDIR, Nalasopsra Contact: 09833993593 Conducted by: Swami Vitthal

PUNJAB BHATINDA Osho Meditation Camp 07 July Conducted by: Swami Prem Vartan 03 to 04 July Conducted by: Ma Yog Shukla 01 September Conducted by: Swami Krishan Dev Bharti


Contact: Swami Dev Naman, 09780076800, 09216861105

RAJASTHAN BHILWARA Guru Purnima Celebration 20 to 22 July Camp Venue: Osho Upvan, Hrani Mahadev Contact: Swami Chetan Ranjeet, 09649377999, 09413057057 KOTA Guru Purnima Celebration 20 to 22 July Camp Venue: OSHO SRADDHA DHYAN CENTRE, Sudha Hospital Contact: Ma Dhyan Uraja, 09928027602 Swami Arun, 09414862621 Conducted by: Swami Satya Niranjan JAIPUR Guru Purnima Celebration 20 to 23 July Venue: OSHO DHYAN MANDIR, Chatarpura Osho Meditation Camp 28 July Venue: YOGA PEACE, Subhash Nagar Contact: Swami Om Shanti 09829862006 MOUNT ABU Guru Purnima Celebration 22 to 24 July Camp Venue: SCOUT GROUND Contacts: Babalu, 09414208953 Harry, 09413001385 Conducted: Ma Prem Aporva, Swami Antar Jashan UDAIPUR Guru Purnima Celebration, 22 July Venue: OSHO DHYAN VIHAR Sethji ka Kundal Village, Naya Khera Road Contact: Swami Prem Avinash, 09828263450 Swami Prem Yogi, 09414164960

UTTARAKHAND DEHRADUN No-Mind Group 15 to 21 July Conducted by: Swami Shiv Bharti, Ma Yog Madhu

Guru Purnima, 22 July Conducted by: Swami Narendra Bodhisattva, Swami Shiv Bharti Osho Meditation Camp 09 to 11 August Conducted by: Swami Bodhi Vartman Camp Venue & Contact: 108, Post Office Road, Clement Town 0135-2642535/6537071 NAINITAL, BHIMTAL Guru Purnima Celebration 19 to 22 July Osho Meditation Camp 17 to 20 August Osho Health and Energy Life Session 29 August to 01 September Camp Venue: OSHO OM PRAKASH PEETH, June Estate Contact: 05942-247222, 09412823195 Conducted by: Swami Shunyam Prakash NAINITAL, MUKTESHWAR Osho Neo Vipassana Meditation Camp 20 to 22 July Camp Venue: OSHO SWAN NEST Contact: 09412344439, 09319692032 RISHIKESH Osho Meditation Camp 06 to 08 July Conducted by: Swami Bodhi Vartman Mystic Rose Mediation Group 10 to 30 July Conducted by: Ma Tanmaya Conducted by: Osho Gangadham , Brahmpuri , Badrinath Road Contact: 09258160729, 09675110084 Guru Purnima Celebration 20 to 22 July Camp Venue: SATYA SADHANA SANSTHAN, nearby Laxman Jhula Contact: 08126222046, 08650726097 DALUWALA, HARIDWAR Guru Purnima Celebration 19 to 22 July Krishan-Meera Bhakti Satsang 15 to 18 August Venue: OSHO PREM NEED ASHRAM

C/o Bharat Vihar Swasthya Sudhar Majbatta Ashram Contact: Ma Prem Sanghmitra – 09557020431 Swami Aanad Akant, 09837043746 Conducted by: Ma Prem Bharti, Swami Anand Vartman

UTTARPRADESH KANPUR Guru Purnima Celebration 22 July Venue: OSHO SATPRITI DHYAN CENTER AND LIBRARY 8/13, Second Floor, Arya Nagar Contact: 09415101244, 09889776825 Conducted by: Swami Prem Avinashi RAEBARELI Guru Purnima Celebration 22 July Venue: OSHO BHAVANA MEDITATION CENTRE Contact: Ma Anand Charu– 09451501148, 08004432061 VARANASI Guru Purnima Celebration 20 to 22 July Conducted by: Ma Bodhi Shashi, Swami Anand Om Osho Meditation Camp 09 to 11 August Conducted by: Swami Atmo Ninad Camp Venue: OSHO MANDAKANI ASHRAM, Near Samne Ghat, Madrawa Contact: Swami Ajit – 09839040207, 05422366195

WEST BENGAL DURGAPUR Osho Meditation Camp 28 July Camp Venue: Chetna Sports Club B-Zone, Bharti Moad Contact: Swami Dayal – 09434837900, 0933291449 Conducted by: Swami Akshy Vivek RANIGANJ Guru Purnima Celebration 20 to 22 July


Tantra Meditation Camp 16 to 18 August Camp Venue: OSHO MEDITATION ENERGY FILED Contact: Ma Gyan Tarsita – 09434837900, 09332981449 Contacted by: Swami Akshay Vivek

DAILY MEDITATIONS ALLAHABAD UTTAR PRADESH Daily Meditation, Everyday Mor: 6 to 7 Every Monday, Eve: 6 to 8 Venue: Prayanam Mediation Center, Ajad Park

SILIGURI Osho Meditation Camp 26 to 28 July Camp Venue: Uttar Bang Marwari Bhavan Contact: Ma Shivam Gauri, 09434752708, 08436667183 Conducted by: Swami Ageh Bharti

AMRITSAR, PUNJAB Every Day Mor. 7.30 to 10.00 Venue: 1963, Lane 4A Jujhar Singh Avenue Contact: 09780517018 Every Sunday Mor. 7.30 to 10.30 Venue: 542A, Mahna Singh Road Near Jallianwala Bagh Contact: 0183-2558408

MEDITATION CAMPS ABROAD LUMBINI, NEPAL Guru Purnima Celebration 20 to 22 July Camp Venue: Osho Jetban Spiritual Village Contact: 00977- 9804460662, 09984019301 Conducted by: Swami Anand Abhay DAMAN, NEPAL Osho Meditation Sadhana Camp 24 to 26 August Camp Venue: Gauri Shankar Guest House, Makwanpur Contact: 09955720098, 00977-9851116087 Conducted: Swami Harish Chander Bharti

BOOK EXHIBITIONS SOLAN, HIMACHAL PRADESH 05 to 07 July Contact: Swami Gyan Anugraha – 08894925396 MORADABAD, UTTAR PRADESH, 07 July Venue: Moradabad Club Contact: Osho Awareness, 075000000591 SHIVPURI, MORADABAD 08 July Venue: Osho Glimpses, B- 24 Swami Hariom, 09458580880

ASANSOL, WEST BENGAL One day Meditation Camp, Every Sunday Contact: 08509591852 Conducted by: Swami Antar Pradeep DWARKA, NEW DELHI Daily Meditation, Morning 7 to 8 Sunday Morning 7 to 10 Full Moon Celebration, Every Purnima Evening: 07 to 8:30 Camp Venue: OSHO WISDOM MEDITATION CENTRE & LIBRARY, Flat No-106, First Floor Sun View Apartments Sector- 11, Pocket-4 Contact: Swami Antar Lalit, 09810215918, 09013329870 LUCKNOW, UTTAR PRADESH Dynamic- Meditation Mor: 6:30 to 7:30 Evening-Meditation: 5:00 to 6:00 Evening –Satsang: 6:40 to 8:00 Camp Venue: OSHO WORLD LUKNOW MEDITATION CENTRE, First Floor, Karamat Market, Nishatganj Contact: Swami Mazhar Khan, 09919761119

MALVIYA NAGAR, NEW DELHI Daily Meditation Dynamic Meditation Mor: 6:45 to 08 Eve: Meditation, 05 to 06 Eve –Satsang, 06:30 to 08 Sunday Sandhya 5:15 to 7:30 Venue: Osho Bhagwan Shri Meditation Centre J-2/14, Khadki Vistar, Malviya Nagar Contact: 09868900001, 09868900002 MEERUT, UTTAR PRADESH Everyday Meditation Camp, Mor: 6 to 8, Evening: 7 to 8 Venue: 2/559, Madhav puram Contact: Sumit, 09045819539 Conducted by: Dynamic Friends Club PATNA, BIHAR Every Sunday Mor. 7 Am. Eve. Meditation: 6 P.M. Camp Venue: Osho Prem Kunj, Vijay Vihar Colony Danapur Contact: 09504934299 Daily Meditation Mor: 6 to 8 Sunday Mor: 6 to eve: 6 Venue: Mahamaya Palace Contact: Swami Chetn Aditiya, 07631306244 07654210064 SOLAN, HIMACHAL PRADESH Daily Meditation Mor: 6:30 Evening Satsang Eve. 8:00 Camp Venue: OSHO ASHISH DHYAN MANDIR, Subhatu Road, Near Congress Bhavan Contact: Swami Gyan Anugraha, 08894925396 TAVDU, HARYANA One Day Meditation Camp Every Sunday Mor: 7 to Eve. 6 P.M. Camp Venue: Osho Mahamandir, Bhogipura Road Contact: Swami Atit Daulat, 09811605497, Swami Dhyan Vinod, 08397037507


TA R O T J U LY 1 3

MA PREM RITAMBHARA ritambhara7@gmail.com

remember : life is a rhythm

between day and night , summer and winter . it is a continuous rhythm . never stop anywhere ! be moving ! and the bigger the

swing , the deeper your experience

anymore. The time is now ripe for changes – though these may involve sacrifices or giving up something – that will help you move into new situations which are better for you. Suffering and negativity will be eliminated once you make a significant change in a personal relationship. Professional opportunities are hard to resist and they lead to progressive changes. Festive times are celebrated joyously as friends and family joins you in doing so. Health problems need to be addressed and attended to. Spiritual healing and alternate methods can bring back vigor and vitality. Music and a dip in the arts are uplifting. A loving and caring person befriends you just when you need him. Lucky number is 12. Good colour is sky blue.

will be . so make it a point that you have to be continuously journeying , you have to travel , says osho , the zen master .

ARIES (Mar 21 - Apr 20) Your mind is clear, decisive and organized in professional matters this month. You keep things in perspective and handle many issues and facets with ease and speed. You are seen, noted and heard in meetings and seminars. Conceit and intellectual pride can be your downfall, be aware. It’s best to go beyond the ego and ask for help, support and clarity. Take one steady step at a time to climb the ladder of success. You are physically energetic and enjoy the feeling of well-being and confidence. Beware of over indulgence of any kind by maintaining balance in all areas of life. Personal relationships cannot be resolved through discussion and analysis but through love, acceptance and freedom. Centering within and witnessing inner and outer reflections and truths is your meditation this month. Lucky number is 6. Good colour is sky blue.

TAURUS (Apr 21 - May 21) An honest look at situations helps you realize how you are tied to routines and patterns, which do not suit you

GEMINI (May 22 - Jun 21) Yin (receptive) and Yang (dynamic) energies are finely balanced to bring about important and smooth changes in your life this month. Personal relationships are integrated and flowering into lasting and loving commitments. A business partnership or professional collaboration is lucrative and supportive. Good planning and management lead to progressive and productive ventures. You may take a short break before starting on a new project to renew your energy. Good luck in finances and opportunities is encouraging. A person close to you is in a celebrative mood but has ambitions etched clearly in his mind. You still have time to change your mind or clear doubts about a person who wants to work with you. Meditate on the constant changes happening around you and centre within to become a witness to it all. Lucky number is 2. Good colour is cherry red.

CANCER (June 22 - July 22) It seems hard for you to make new beginnings as old wounds are reopened and past patterns repeated. It is best to let go negative feelings about relationships and situations gone by and move into the new current for

the future. Melancholy needs to be replaced by laughter, as things are not as bad as they look. You can be temporarily thrown off balance by an unexpected disruption at work. You may feel sad being parted from your loved one for a short time. Financial transactions can be delayed, as the party involved is not ready to sign on the dotted line till the end of the month. Personal promises are fulfilled. A bit of introspection brings light into darkness and there is a slow but steady path developing towards a lasting commitment. Lucky number is 3. Good colour is sea blue.

LEO (Jul 23 - Aug 23) You tend to go to extremes and over react emotionally in personal relationships and over emphasize in professional situations this month. It’s important to remain balanced and centered within to achieve a healthy state of mind, body and spirit. Your projections are confused by your emotions and you create hazy images of people and situations around you preventing yourself from seeing reality or the truth. It’s time to take responsibility for your own expectations, desires, and judgments rather than attributing them to others. You can make breakthroughs and kick old habits or addictions, like smoking and drinking at this point. Love and understanding in a personal relationship transform your attitudes and priorities. It’s time to heal friendships with tender, loving care. A Scorpio person has a mystical attraction for you. Finances, health and balance are restored. Lucky number is 7. Good colour is sea green.

VIRGO (Aug 24- Sept 23) A time of endings and beginnings can be exciting and rejuvenating this month! You may meet a wonderful person who fascinates you and draws you closer. You are likely to go on a shopping spree and change your personal image with new styles and effects. Redecorating office space, spring cleaning and moving things around at home changes ambience and


energy. A need for change in routines and schedules allows you to reassess situations, targets and responsibilities. You also look at dark corners and cobwebs within the mind to uproot old ideas and judgements that are obsolete now. Priorities need to be kept in mind when making major changes! You make fresh business connections and liaison with other important people in your field of activity. Yoga and meditation can lift you to higher levels of consciousness. Lucky number is 6. Good colours are rainbow pastels.

LIBRA (Sept 24 - Oct 23) You are at the brink of an important professional or business change so look at new opportunities and possibilities with more interest. The past catches up at work and you have to catch up with it as old records and projects are revived again. Enemies and competitors in business hang about you in a sinister fashion but cannot touch you or harm your reputation in any way. Emotional people and mood swings may not be easy to deal with at home. You cannot make out where you stand with an important person you are attached to. Business and finances can go through a temporary low which needs to be taken in your stride. You come out of illness or tough situations at the end of the month without doing too much about it. Lucky number is 18. Good colour is silver grey.

SCORPIO (Oct 24 - Nov 22) Your professional skill, wisdom and craft are appreciated and fresh opportunities for expansion are made available. You are blessed with the power of communication on all levels as you connect with new people and discuss important business. Financial transactions and professional projects go ahead smoothly. Overseas visitors and news are inspiring. Personal relationships gain a romantic quality, which have been missing for some time. It is a good time to tackle sensitive subjects and difficult people, as you are able to communicate well. Business projects

and associations are opening up and widening your horizons, so you need to think expansively. It’s better to go around blocks rather than encounter them when you are short of time or energy. Conserve your resources and forces! Dive deep into your own consciousness to experience silence and bliss. Lucky number is 1. Good colour is royal blue.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 23 - Dec 23) Being vulnerable and sensitive you may be thrown off balance by new situations and developments at work and ups and downs in personal relationships. However, inner balance brings stability outside in business and partnerships. It’s best not to encounter people, blocks or situations at work, but rather go around them and beyond them. Legalities and regulations need to be attended to now or they become stressful at a later date. Your social life is busy, interesting but exhausting. Your passion for life leads you from darkness into light. You realize that there is no point in fighting with the challenges of life or trying to avoid or deny them. They are there to go through for the seed to become a flower. Have the courage to grow into the flower you are meant to be. Lucky number is 8. Good colours are blues and pinks.

CAPRICORN (Dec 24 - Jan 20) You are blessed with happiness, sharing and fulfillment in personal relationships. Friends and associates add goodwill and synergy to professional projects and business ventures. Work routines and systems move forward smoothly. A Cancerian is ready to make a lasting commitment with you. A short vacation or trip away from it all is on the cards. You have time to indulge in aesthetic and happy pastimes. Art, music, theatre and media can be inviting and involving. You are light and playful with a busy social life. Balance of the head and heart is advisable when you are presented with interesting choices. It is good to list priorities at this point or you could lose perspective. Get in touch with parents and older family members as

they have news and views for you. Lucky number is 2. Good colour is rose pink.

AQUARIUS (Jan 21 - Feb 19) Relationships and close friendships greet you with love, happiness and luxury. Personal relationships flower into lasting commitments. You share memorable times with family and friends. You abandon yourself to a relaxing holiday but feel anxious about the work that might be piling up. Be total in the moment and be where you are as you can gain both from pleasure and hard work in turn. As professional projects approach completion you may be looking for fresh opportunities that take a little while coming, so do not be impatient. A good time to approach difficult relatives, friends or associates emotionally as they are ready to make compromises and understand your point of view! Business projects and professional ventures run smoothly with their own momentum. You are intuitive about people and situations, so listen to your own wisdom. Lucky number is 4. Good colour is old rose.

PISCES (Feb 20 - Mar 20) Personal relationships are sweet, gentle, romantic and dreamy as you spend a wonderful time with the one you love. Children and women play significant roles in your life as you turn to the family and emotional roots to stabilize your relationships. You are kind and indulgent towards friends and they tend to take advantage of your generous nature. You are innocent and vulnerable and need to assess people with your head, as well as, with your heart to know the truth and make a decision. A young woman close to you or a daughter is ready to make an independent choice about marriage and relationship and seeks your blessings. It’s important to spend time with parents or children to share happy times and refresh bonding. It’s time to look within for emotional truths and priorities. Lucky number is 15. Good colours are rainbow pastels.

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LAUGHING BUDDHA T HE B ES T MEDITATION

when you really laugh , for those few moments you are in a deep meditative state . thinking stops . it is impossible to laugh and

Mulla Nasrudin was looking over greeting cards. The salesman said, “Here’s a nice one -- “TO THE ONLY GIRL I EVER LOVED.” “WONDERFUL,” said Nasrudin. “I WILL TAKE SIX.” “What made you quarrel with Mulla Nasrudin?” “Well, he proposed to me again last night.” “Where was the harm in it?” “MY DEAR, I HAD ACCEPTED HIM THE NIGHT BEFORE.”

think together .

OSHO

“What’s the best way to teach a girl to swim?” a friend asked Mulla Nasrudin. “First you put your left arm around her waist,” said the Mulla. “Then you gently take her left hand and...” “She’s my sister,” interrupted the friend. “OH, THEN PUSH HER OFF THE DOCK,” said Nasrudin. Mulla Nasrudin finally spoke to his girlfriend’s father about marrying his daughter. “It’s a mere formality, I know,” said the Mulla, “but we thought you would be pleased if I asked.” “And where did you get the idea,” her father asked, “that asking my consent to the marriage was a mere formality?” “NATURALLY, FROM YOUR WIFE, SIR,” said Nasrudin.

Mulla Nasrudin, a party to a suit, was obliged to return home before the jury had brought in its verdict. When the case was decided in Nasrudin’s favour, his lawyer wired him: “RIGHT AND JUSTICE WON.” To which the Mulla replied immediately: “APPEAL AT ONCE.” Mulla Nasrudin stood quietly at the bedside of his dying father. “Please, my boy,” whispered the old man, “always remember that wealth does not bring happiness.” “YES, FATHER,” said Nasrudin, “I REALIZE THAT BUT AT LEAST IT WILL ALLOW ME TO CHOOSE THE KIND OF MISERY I FIND MOST AGREEABLE.” Mulla Nasrudin, hard of hearing, went to the doctor. “Do you smoke?” “Yes.” “Much?” “Sure, all the time.” “Drink?” “Yes, just about anything at all. Any time, too.” “What about late hours? And girls, do you chase them?” “Sure thing; I live it up whenever I get the chance.” “Well, you will have to cut out all that.” “JUST TO HEAR BETTER? NO THANKS,” said Nasrudin, as he walked out of the doctor’s office.


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