Zazen means just sitting doing nothing. The first thing to do is learn sitting, a deep restfulness. Become a pool of rest, not even ripples of desire, going nowhere, no ambition — not even for God, not even for nirvana.
sit… not only physically — psychologically, spiritually too. Learn to sit; that is zazen. And rest — and fall into a deep rest, so the breathing becomes natural, the body becomes cool, all the fever of constant desire and turmoil disappears, evaporates.
And then, work. That work will have a totally different quality. It won’t be out of desire; it will be creativity. It will be because you have so much energy available that you would like to share your energy with the world, that you would like to create something, that you would like to make the world a little more beautiful, a little more blissful, a little more human.
Alone with yourself,
And remember the difference between loneliness and aloneness. Never feel lonely. You are never lonely. At the deepest core of your being, God resides; he is always with you. And whenever you are alone, only then will you be able to hear his footsteps. Whenever you are alone, only then will you be able to hear his music, his whisperings. He never shouts, he only whispers. He comes very silently and goes very silently. Be in a deep rest and you become the host; and he is the guest, God is the guest.
On the edge of the forest
The forest represents the unknown, the unknowable. On the edge of the forest live joyfully…. Be always close to the unknown and the unknowable and don’t be afraid. Live joyfully… because the unknown, the unknowable, is also yours. You belong to it, it belongs to you. Live joyfully….
Don’t ask for anything. Jesus says: Ask, and it shall be given. Buddha says: Ask not, and it shall be given. Jesus says: Seek, and ye shall find. Buddha says: Seek not, and ye shall find. Jesus says: Knock, and the doors shall be opened unto you. Buddha says: There is no need to knock; the doors are already open.
Why this difference between two enlightened persons? Both are awakened. The difference is because of the audience. Jesus is speaking to very ordinary people; Buddha is speaking to his commune — that is the difference. He can speak the highest truth without any compromise. Jesus cannot. Jesus has to compromise with the listeners.
Jesus lived without a commune. Yes, a few disciples he had, twelve disciples — and those twelve disciples are also not of much worth. Buddha had thousands of disciples and of tremendous value — because many of them became enlightened while Buddha was alive. In his commune there were at least one thousand enlightened people, of the same status as he himself was. He could talk in any possible way and it would be understood; there was no worry on his part about being misunderstood. Jesus had to be constantly on guard, and even then he was misunderstood and crucified.
Sit. Rest. Work. Let these three words sink deep in your heart. Learn to sit silently, restfully, not fighting with yourself, relaxed. Not in a yoga posture, remember, because the yoga posture is a constant effort. No yoga posture is needed. Sit in any way that you find relaxed — even a chair will do.
Buddha used to sit on the floor; that was easy in those days. You can sit in any posture you like. You can use a pillow, a zen pillow, to sit upon; you can use a chair. The question is not the posture; the question is inner rest.
Be at rest… and when energy accumulates in you, start being creative. Paint, sing, dance, or do whatsoever you feel like doing to make this world a little more beautiful, a little more warm.
We have to create a paradise on the earth.
Enough for today.
OSHO : The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha, Volume 8, Chapter 7
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“The mind always functions negatively. The very function of the mind is to negate, to say no.
Just watch yourself and how many times you say no during the day, and reduce that quota. Watch yourself and how many times you say yes – increase that quota.
By and by you will see just a slight change in the degrees of yes and no, and your personality is changing basically. Watch how many times you say no where yes would have been easier, where there was really no need to say no. Watch how many times you could have said yes but either you said no or you kept quiet.
Whenever you say yes, it goes against the ego. The ego cannot eat yes; it feeds itself on no’s. Say “No! No! No!” and a great ego arises within you.
Just go to the railway station: you may be alone at the window to purchase a ticket, but the clerk will start doing something; he will not look at you. He is trying to say no. He will at least make you wait. He will pretend that he is very busy; he will look into this register and that. He will force you to wait. That gives a feeling of power, that he is no ordinary clerk – he can make anybody wait.
The first thing that comes to your mind is “no.” “Yes” is almost difficult. You say yes only when you feel absolutely helpless and you have to say it. Just watch it! Make yourself a yea-sayer; drop nay-saying, because it is the poison of “no” on which the ego feeds itself, nourishes itself.”
Osho, quote from Pharmacy of the Soul – A Comprehensive Collection of Meditations, Relaxations and Awareness exercises and Other Practices for Physical Well-Being
The image above is a Yes/No Sculpture 2003 by Markus Raetz, below is a sketch for this sculpture. The morphing words, especially in YES / NO, merge two polarized meanings into one singular object. You start to realize, yes or no merely depends on how you see it and the polarities of yes and no appear contained in each other.
A relaxation and guided meditation process for reconnecting with your body. It helps people learn to use the body-mind connection to support their health and well being. It is offered as a seven day series of one-hour sessions. Krisana facilitates a guided healing process, communicating with your unconscious.
You will learn how to communicate with your mind and body at a very deep level. You will recognize how mind and feelings are expressed through your body. Issues such as pain, acute and chronic illness, addictive behaviors and any forms of stress (e.g. Overeating, smoking, overuse of coffee, alcohol, sugar etc.) or for anything in the body which is out of natural balance, can be effectively healed.
An opportunity to activate your own self healing powers and to give yourself the gift of a one hour daily deep relaxation.
Modern medical science is only beginning to recognize what the sages and mystics have always known: that the mind and body are not separate entities but deeply related. The mind can affect the condition of the body, just as the condition of the body can affect the mind.
The meditation last one hour and should be done for seven days preferable early morning. It is done in silence, sitting or lying down.
Humaniversity AUM Meditation – down to feeling(s)
“…free your pain into love…”
Humaniversity AUM (Awareness Understanding Meditation)- a way to be a friend to yourself…and to make new friends!
I was at the Osho ashram in Pune – India – the first time I did the AUM Meditation. That day during the morning coffee and in Multiversity center there was some “extra” excitement in the air, maybe because Veeresh and his “gang” from Osho Humaniversity Institue in Holland had just arrived and at night they were going to lead the AUM Meditation. Many people were talking about Veeresh, “stories” and methods in the old times of AUM marathon in Pune. My curiosity was increasing, listening to different opinions and versions being expressed; well, I always liked some controversy and rebellion … And as my way is “experience is the thing “, that night I was present in the “bunkers” of Pune to participate in this AUM Meditation.
…and WOW!…I honor what I sweat, my tears and laughter, my jumps and screams, “le carrousel de ma vie” was there; during 3 hours I could resume and I did a check in of different aspects of myself, of my life with a loving and crazy supportive friendly crowd. Some people that I met first time there became real good friends in time. At the end of the meditation I could feel an enormous ecstatic loving energy together with deep inner silence. I realized immediately that AUM Meditation would be for me like OSHO Dynamic Meditation, part of my weekly regular practice in coming years…and they both are!
AUM Meditation- being a social meditation as I interact with other people- brings me permanently to the present moment; I face or look at myself with and through the others. That’s a practice that I can apply in my day by day life. I became more aware of my emotions and more clear about the choices I have when I need to answer (not react) to a more “challenging” situation. These years of practice are my best health insurance till now
I am glad and honored I can share today Humaniversity AUM Meditation with friends I meet along the path.
“No fact ever creates any psychological pain.
It is the interpretation that brings pain to you.
Pain is your creation, because it is your interpretation . . .
. . . drop all interpretations and the fact is simply a fact,
neither painful nor pleasant. “
Osho, Unio Mystica, vol. 1
AUM Meditation is a 2 ½ hour guided journey through different aspects of our emotional life. In this adventure- which combines movement, role playing and vocal expression- we learn to master our emotions by expressing different states of mind, moving from one polarity to the other.
The process takes us from negativity to positivity, from anger to love, from crying to laughing, from catharsis to stillness, to finally bring us back into our center.
The fourteen stages of this higly active and interactive meditation are accompanied by specially designed and often uplifting music. The stages feature a variety of emotional expressions, Bio-energetic exercises, dance and encounter.
AUM is a great opportunity to resolve emotional issues in one’s life with the added focus on personal awareness. The process supports the ability to develop a sense of clarity about one’s moment to moment life choices – to respond rather than feeling overwhelmed whenever strong feelings arise.
AUM stands for Awareness, Understanding and Meditation and it’s one of the basic and most powerful techniques used at the Humaniversity. The AUM is also unique because it is a Social Meditation. This means that your co-meditators will support you and act as mirrors in which you will be able to see yourself more clearly. The AUM is designed to help you to deepen friendships and create new ones. It will get you in touch with your power and vitality but also with your inner silence.
Kalarippayat – South Indian Martial and Healing Art
An alert and clear mind
In a strong and flexible body
For calmness and serenity
Kalarippayat, or ‘Kalari’, originated in the South of India. Just like Yoga and Ayurveda, other Indian treasures, its beginnings also date back several thousands of years. One of the objectives of martial arts is to develop the mind and body to a point where the path of life can be walked fearlessly and courageously. All of us bear the potential to live the way of the warrior – Kalari provides us with the opportunity and tools for recognizing and unfolding this potential.
Like few other physical practices, Kalari enhances flexibility, strength and stamina as well as coordination, presence and calmness – all at the same time. This dynamic training purifies the energetic system of the body, removes blockages and frees energy. Among other techniques, it is comprised of body conditioning excercises, the unique set of kalugal (leg swings or kicks), vadivu (animal postures), meippayat and kaikuttyppayat (choreographed sequences of movement) as well as more advanced techniques, such as a vast variety of partner excercise scenarios with and without weapons.
The movement sequences and postures allow the practioner to experience the energies from the animal world and thus awaken our deeply rooted instinctive movement patterns. This actually makes it quite easy for our bodies to learn and remember the sequences, although it may seem odd at first, and soon enough we become immersed in the flow of movement. The combination of coordination, alignment of the senses and a certain mindset teaches us absolute presence in the moment, becoming one with what is – the goal of meditation.
Just as important as the physical development are the healing aspects of Kalari. The “gurukkal”, grandmasters of Kalarippayat, are also healers. Using massage and an individually adjusted excercise program, the healing knowledge of Kalarippayat may even be able to correct old physical ailments.
Kalarippayat is said to be the mother of martial arts originating around 4000 years back in Southern India. This practice is a unique system of physical exercises, with and without weapons, that will purify the energetic pathways of the body called “nadis”, leading to strength, flexiblity, balance, grounding and a refined development of all senses. This practice leaves you sweaty, fully aware of all muscles in your body, awake, extremely energized from head to toe and profoundly calm and centered – all at once. A full body oil massage is part of the Kalari healing system which was developed side by side with the martial arts practice and is closely related with Ayurveda.Practice at Kalarippayat Berlin from Katrin Kueker on Vimeo. Kalari Berlin from Katrin Kueker on Vimeo.