Osho Quotes on Art of Witnessing
The second part
of education should consist of meditativeness, of
of witnessing, of love, of compassion, of creativity -- and
certainly we will again be without any generation gap. The
younger person will respect the older person, and not for
any formal reasons but actually because the old person is
respectable. He knows something beyond the mind and the
young person knows only something within the mind.
The watcher is
your authentic being. He is your own fundamental identity.
The watcher is your fundamental identity, and any other
identity card that you are carrying, any other passport that
you are carrying... they all are just arbitrary. The
authentic identity is only one, and that is of the
witnessing self, who simply sees. He is not a doer. It does
not mean that things don't happen around the witness; they
happen -- but they happen spontaneously, without any effort,
without any tension, without any deliberate action, but just
out of spontaneity. Just as flowers blossom and birds sing
and trees grow... things happen around the witness
A monk is going
to spread Gautam Buddha's message. He himself is not
enlightened yet; that's why
Gautam Buddha calls him and
tells him, "Remember, I have to say this because you are not
enlightened yet... you are articulate, you speak well, you
can spread the message. You may not be able to sow the seeds
but you may be able to attract a few people to come to me --
but use this opportunity also for your own growth."
The monk asked, "What can I do, how can I use this
And Buddha said, "There is only one thing that can be done
in every opportunity, in every situation, and that is
watchfulness. You will sometimes find people irritated by
you, angry because you have hurt their ideologies, their
doctrines, their prejudices. Remain silent and watchful. You
may have days when you cannot get food because the people
are against you, they will not even give you water. Watch...
watch your hunger, watch your thirst... but don't get
irritated, don't get annoyed. What you will be teaching
people is of less importance than your own watchfulness.
If you come back to me watchful, I will be immensely joyful.
How many people you approached does not matter; how many
people you spoke to does not matter. What ultimately matters
is whether you have come home, whether you yourself have
found the solid basis of witnessing. Then all else is
insignificant." This is the only meditation there is; all
other meditations are variations of the same phenomenon.
Thinking has to
be stopped, but not by becoming unconscious. Thinking has to
be stopped by becoming more conscious, alert, aware, so the
energy that is moving in thinking moves into consciousness,
and a witnessing arises in you. So remember, thinking has to
be stopped not through chanting, but through becoming a
witness to the thought process -- looking at it, watching
it, a watcher on the hills, looking, seeing...
If you deeply see and penetrate the words, they start
disappearing. A gap comes, an interval. Clouds disappear and
the blue sky is seen. You are alert, sensitive -- not in a
coma. More unconsciousness has been drawn into
consciousness; your flame is bigger, more vital, and you can
see more, you can touch more, you can smell more. And your
action takes on a new quality, the quality of divineness.
witnessing, silently sitting and looking at the mind, will
be of much help. Not forcing, simply sitting and looking.
Not doing much, just watching as one watches birds flying in
the sky. Just Lying down on the ground and watching, nothing
to do, indifferent. Not your concern really, where they are
going; they are going on their own.
the only foundation for a real authentic religion.
Whatsoever is, has to be witnessed -- joyfully,
ecstatically. Nothing has to be denied and rejected. All
denial, all rejection, will keep you in limits and you will
remain in conflict. Everything has to be accepted as it is.
And you have to be a watcher. Pleasure comes -- watch. Pain
comes -- watch. Neither be disturbed by pleasure nor be
disturbed by pain.
Let your calm remain unperturbed. Let your silence, your
tranquillity, remain undisturbed. Pain will come and go and
pleasure will come and go. Success will come and go and
failure will come and go. And soon you will come to
understand the point that it is only you who remains. That
is eternal. This witnessing is eternal.
that flow in the consciousness are temporary. One moment
they are there, another moment they are gone. Don't be
worried about them; don't be either in favour of them or
against them. Don't try to possess them, don't hold onto
them, because they are going to go. They have to go. It is
the very nature of things that they cannot be permanent.
Something pleasant is happening. It cannot be permanent. It
will have to go. And following it, something unpleasant is
already getting ready to happen.
It is the rhythm of life -- day and night, life and death,
summer and winter. The wheel goes on moving.
Don't hold on and don't try to make something very, very
permanent. It is not possible. The more you try, the more
frustrated you will become, because it cannot be done. And
when it cannot be done, you feel defeated. You feel defeated
because you have not understood one simple thing: nothing
can be static. Life is a flux. Only one thing is eternally
there and that is your consciousness, that innermost
But if you don't
do anything -- not willing, not knowing, not feeling -- if
you just relax, then there is
witnessing. Witnessing is not
knowing; witnessing is totally different. In fact, it cannot
be said that you are witnessing. You are not doing anything
-- not even witnessing. You are just there. Things are
happening. Suddenly a bird starts singing outside and you
hear it -- because you are there, you hear it. There is no
effort to hear it, there is no deliberate concentration for
Once you get the
witnessing without judgment you will be surprised:
the moment you are utterly a witness all the thoughts
disappear. There is simply a plain white screen and no
thoughts. This is the first experience, that you have come
to the door of meditation. Just go on looking at the white
screen. Don't do anything.
Consciousness has a nature -- if it cannot find any object
which prevents it, then it goes round and comes back to you.
In existence everything moves in a circle. Remember that:
nothing moves in a straight line. If there is no obstacle,
the consciousness comes back to its own source. And the
consciousness coming back to one's own source, for the first
time sees who is there, who has always been there. That is
your real being.
While taking a
shower you can try it, because it is a question of
witnessing.You can witness anything, and anywhere.
If you forget,
there is no harm. Whenever you remember, again you start.
You will forget many times, you will remember many times.
There is no question of guilt; it is human. Very slowly,
bigger and bigger gaps of witnessing will arise in you, and
as the gaps of witnessing become bigger, your thoughts will
become smaller, less. The moment your witnessing comes to a
peak -- at certain times with a crystal clarity -- the
thoughts will simply disappear. You will be in an absolute
silence. Whatever you are doing will not be disturbed by
your silence, but on the contrary, your workmanship, your
creative effort will be enhanced.
The energy has
to be transformed, otherwise the energy will drag you down
more into darkness than towards light. Do not repress
anything. Whatever is natural is good. Whatever is natural
is to be accepted with totality.
You have to do just one thing: don't be against nature but
just be a watcher. Just remain a witness in everything,
whether it is eating, whether it is walking, whether it is
making love... just remain a witness and you will be
Witnessing is an absolute guarantee of
transformation, and you will see the difference.
You won't have any sexual dreams, you won't have any sexual
fantasies. And if you repress, then you are going to be in
trouble. Even Mahatma Gandhi, who was repressing his
sexuality, at the age of seventy years was having nocturnal
emissions. It is ugly. But I am grateful to him because he
was truthful. He at least accepted it. Your so-called saints
will not accept it.
Repression will show itself -- there is no doubt about it.
Some day or other it will bring sex to your mind, either
waking or sleeping. But if the energy is transformed then
you will have a radiance, a glow, a certain light around
you, a certain silence surrounding you; a blissfulness, a
coolness that not only you will feel but those who are open
also will feel.
If you just pass by their side they will feel that not only
a person has passed but a phenomenon has passed. Something
of your inner core will have touched them. Some music is
bound to be heard by those who have ears. And as far as you
are concerned there is an absolute distinction: you won't
have any ideas, waking or sleeping, about sex.
Osho Quotes on Witnessing
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Aware in Actions
Osho discourse on Atisha
Osho on Dancing Totally and remaining Aware
Osho on three
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Osho Discourse on Difference in Witnessing
traditional method of Vipassana Meditation
Osho on S.N.
Goenka Vipassana Meditation Technique
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