Osho on Meditation/Witnessing
- My whole life I have been talking about meditation.
There are one hundred and twelve methods of
meditation; I have gone through
all those methodsand not intellectually.
It took me years to go through
each method and to find out its very essence,
and after going through one hundred and twelve
methods I was amazed that the essence is witnessing. The
methods' non-essentials are different, but
the center of each method is witnessing. Hence
I can say to you, there is only one meditation in the
whole world and that is the art of witnessing.
It will do everythingthe whole transformation of your being.
It is not something that I have to do it separately;
it is just an art of witnessing. Speaking to you,
I'm also witnessing myself speaking to you. So here
are three persons: you are listening, one person
is speaking, and there is one behind who is
watching and that is my real me. And to keep constant
contact with it is meditation.
So whatever you do does not matter, you just
keep contact with your witness. I have reduced
religion to its very fundamental essence. Now
everything else is just ritual. This much is enough.
And this does not need you to become a Christian
or a Hindu or a Mohammedan or anybody, and this
can be done by an atheist, by a communist, by
anybody, because it needs no
kind of theology, no kind of belief system. It is
simply a scientific method of slowly moving
inwards. A point comes when you reach to your
innermost core, the very center of the cyclone.
The basic element running through all the methods
of meditation is witnessing. You ask me: What
is witnessing? Whatever you are doing. For
example, right now you are writing. You can write
in two ways. The ordinary way that you always write.
You can try another method: you can write it and
you can also inside witness that you are writing it.
And you ask: Does that mean some kind of detachment?
A detachment. You are a little distant, away,
watching yourself writing. So any act, just moving
my whatever you are doing, just remain a witness.
If you have any ego, it will destroy it,
because this watching is very much poisonous to
the ego. It is not ego that watches. The ego is
absolutely blind. It cannot watch anything. You can
watch your ego. For example, somebody insults you
and you feel hurt, and your ego feels hurt. You can
watch it. You can watch that you are feeling
hurt, your ego is feeling hurt, that you are angry.
And you can still remain aloof, detached, just a
watcher on the hills. Whatever goes on in
the valley you can see.
So all the methods are basically different ways
of witnessing. I have condensed them in a very
simple way: First, watch your actions of the body.
Second, watch your actions of the mind: thoughts,
imaginations. And if you can succeed in watching
all these three, and as your witnessing grows
deeper and deeper, a moment comes that there is
only witnessing but nothing to witness. The mind
is empty, the heart is empty, the body is relaxed. In
that moment happens something like a quantum leap.
Your whole witnessing jumps upon itself. It witnesses
itself, because there is nothing else to
witness. And this is the revolution which I call
enlightenment, self-realization. Or you can give
it any name, but this is the ultimate
experience of bliss. You cannot go beyond it.
This is the simplest. And because it can be done
without in any way interfering with your everyday
life, because it is something that you can
go on doing the whole day. Any other method you have
to take some time apart for it. And any method that
needs one hour or half an hour to sit and
do it is not going to help much, because twenty-three
hours you will be doing just the opposite. And
whatever you have gained in one hour will be
washed away in twenty-three hours. This is the
only method that you can continue around the clock. While
falling asleep you can go on witnessing, witnessing,
that the sleep is coming, coming, coming, that it
is getting darker and the body is relaxing.
And a moment comes when you can watch that you are
asleep. And still there is a corner, a space in
you which is awake.
When you can watch yourself twenty-four hours,
you have arrived. Now there is nothing to be done.
Then witnessing has become natural to you. You don't
have to do it. It will be simply like breathing,
happening to you.
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