Osho Quotes on Satori
People feel very
puzzled as to how satori is attained so fast. It is attained so fast
because you are already in it. It is not something to be achieved in
time, with effort; no effort is needed. It is as if a man has fallen
asleep and he has forgotten his name -- as you all forget in your
sleep. Then somebody comes and shouts, "Ram! What are you doing
here? Get up -- the sun has risen!" He opens his eyes, and he is Ram
again. And just a moment before, he was under a thousand and one
dreams -- floating, moving, going in a thousand directions, dreaming
impossible things. And suddenly a shout, "Ram! Get up -- the sun has
risen!" and Ram opens his eyes. Exactly like that is Satori.
One time, the old
Zen Master, D. T. Suzuki, gave a talk on Zen in Tokyo. He spoke of
the silence, the emptiness, the nothingness, and all the rest,
together with the deep wisdom that comes from satori. When he had
finished, one of his audience rose to his feet and, not without a
touch of irritation exclaimed, "But Dr. Suzuki, what about society?
What about other people? What about the other?" Suzuki looked at the
man with a smile and remarked, "But there is no other."
Everybody has to
find in what situation his satori starts bubbling, his own samadhi
starts happening. Everybody has to feel his own way. If you are a
little alert, after a few experiences you will become able to create
the situation, mm?
So just sit
silently sometimes, relaxed, and feel that you are losing yourself
in a cloud that surrounds you... constantly changing, and yet
remaining with you. And as you start losing yourself, you will feel
more and more blissful. There will be some rare moments when you are
completely lost and the cloud is and you are not. Those are the
moments of satori, samadhi -- first glimpses... far away glimpses,
but yet of the truth.
The real journey starts when the first satori happens. When you have
had a first glimpse, trust arises. Then you are no more groping in
the dark, you know now. You yourself know that it exists. Now it is
not taken from some authority -- not that Osho says, not that Buddha
says, not that Christ says. Now you have also become a witness to
it. It is!It is your own experience -- of course, very atomic,
seed-like, but that is nothing to be worried about. Once the seed is
there, the tree will be coming.
Many times the
glances of satori come but you cannot hold them. But nothing is
wrong in it and don't be worried that you could not hold it for
longer. Forget all about it. Just remember the situation in which it
happened and try to move in that situation again and again. The
experience is not important. How you were feeling just a moment
before, that is important. If you can create that situation again,
the experience will happen again. Experience is not important. The
situation is important; how you were feeling -- flowing. Loving...
what the situation was.
Music may have been on, people were dancing, eating... the flavour
of food, or some beautiful woman just by your side, a friend talking
to you -- and suddenly....Just remember the aroma in which it
happened, the field. Try to create that field. When the field is
right and you are in tune again, the bull will enter and you can
ride on him...One day one has to. Just sit silently and try to
create that situation again, because it is a field that you can
create. Sometimes it happens accidently.
This is what in
Zen they call a mini satori. You were working for only three, four,
five days and you felt such frustration that you thought 'Drop it.
Let these people go. Nothing is happening and the method is not
going to work. These people are wrong... this method is wrong. It is
just futile.' Just think of a zen monk alone in his cell for fifteen
or eighteen or even twenty years working, and continuously
frustrated... frustrated, frustrated; nothing but frustration.
Then comes the moment after eighteen years of wasted effort...
almost looks like eighteen lives. It almost looks timeless, as if he
has been strug-gling for ever and for ever. And the wall remains
there and nothing has happened. The whole life has gone into dust...
gone to the dogs. He starts thinking to leave -- enough is enough!
And exact-ly in that moment the first satori happens.
Suddenly he is so full of light. Something penetrates his very core
of being. He becomes illuminated. The old is gone. The person who is
struggling is no more. Then something new, absolutely discontinuous
with the past, has happened. This they call the first satori.
In groups also, mini satoris happen. They are mini because the
effort has not been very long. By and by, as people will be getting
more and more into it. I will be creating bigger groups continuing
for three months or six months or one year; just a group of twenty
people working continuously for one year. They will come out
completely changed. You will not be able to recognise their faces as
being those of the same people who had gone into the group. So,
good. This has been a very beautiful experience of a mini satori.
Whenever you feel that it has happened and you don't take any credit
for it, it is something spiritual. If you take credit for it, again
the ego has been strengthened through it.
Go on working and more and more will become possible. But do all you
can do. Never relax before that point because then it will not
happen. If you think that it happens when you don't do anything so
one should just sit and not do anything, it won't happen. Make all
efforts, and more intense so that it happens after the second day.
If you put all your energy into the group and it puts all its energy
into the effort, even one hour's effort can be so in-tense that it
can happen. It depends on intensity.
Related Osho Discourses:
Osho discourse on Satori
Osho on Mini Satori and Full Satori
Osho - Is a Master needed after Satori
Osho on difference between Satori and