Witness of the Mind

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“To be aware of the mind is being a witness of the mind.

As the witnessing grows stronger, you already start feeling yourself beyond the mind.

Slowly, slowly the distance grows.

Your witness reaches to a sunlit peak and the mind is left in the dark valleys, far away.

You can still hear the echoes, but they don’t affect you at all.

You are beyond their reach.”

by Osho

When It Is All Too Much

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When it is all too much, when the news is so bad meditation itself seems useless, and a single life feels too small a stone to offer on the altar of peace, find a human sunrise. Find those people who are committed to change in our scary reality. Human sunrises are happening all over the earth, at every moment. People gathering, people working to change the intolerable, people coming in their robes and sandals or in their rags and bare feet and they are singing, or not and they are chanting, or not. But they are working to bring peace, light, compassion to our infinitely frightening downhill slide of human life.

by Alice Walker

Sleeping Consciousness

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People don’t think they are spiritually asleep, that’s why they go on sleeping. Once you understand you are spiritually asleep, then waking is a very simple matter.

The hardest thing is to accept that deep in your being there is a sleep, an unconsciousness. Whatever meditations are being done here are just to shake you, to bring you to a point where the sleeping consciousness cannot sleep anymore. It has to wake up. It is only a question of simple understanding.

You can wake up right now! This silence is enough.

Osho

Niren on Criticism

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Responding to a comment in favor of criticism, it isn’t that criticism can’t be useful. Mostly, however, it’s just a negative judgment reflecting a negative attitude. I’m not at all interested in much of anything negative on my page or in my stream or whatever and the fuck they call it.  Osho said, that which you water grows. If we water negativity, we become more negative. If we water love, we generate more love. I have been more negative that I would like my entire life. For the time I have left, I am endeavoring to live the admonition of that great mystic Johnny Green: You got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, latch on the affirmative, don’t mess with Mr. in between. Love to all.

People often think telling the truth means telling someone every negative or judgmental thought we may have about them or whatever else. It is my sense, that almost none of us are assisted by other people’s judgments. It is also my sense that what we all need is love.

It’s not about happy or sad. Positivity is a chosen approach to experience. I remember in an old book Osho listed cheerfulness, or something like that, as an essential or at least very useful part of the path to transformation. Negativity takes us into our darkness, that we all have plenty. Positivity takes us to our light, and into that light lies the path of transformation.

As to Truth, Truth is not easy to define, and it is impossible to define ultimate truth in words, but criticism sure isn’t it. Ultimate truths are communicated and understood in silence. The most we can do in words is indicate toward where the truth may be found. That is what Osho did. And, as he said, don’t bite my finger, look where I am pointing.

From Osho A Key

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Be silent, close your eyes. Feel your body to be completely frozen. Look inwards, as deep as possible. It is your own space. At the very end you will find the empty heart.

The empty heart is a door to eternity. It is a connection between you and existence. It is not something physical or material. It is not something mental or psychological. It is something beyond both, transcending both. It is your spirituality. Remember, the empty heart makes you a buddha.

This moment is blessed. Ten thousand hearts are feeling the silence and the merger with existence. You are the fortunate ones of the earth.

Relax… just be a watcher of mind and body both. The insistence should be on the witnessing. Witnessing is your secret love. Witnessing is Buddha, watching.

 

Osho