- Meditation is not
contemplation either because it is not thinking at
all -- consistent, inconsistent, crazy, sane. It is
not thinking at all; it is witnessing. It is just
sitting silently deep within yourself, looking at
whatsoever is happening inside and outside both.
Outside there is traffic noise, inside there is also
traffic noise -- the traffic in the head. So many
thoughts -- trucks and buses of thoughts and trains
and airplanes of thoughts, rushing in every
direction. But you are simply sitting aloof,
unconcerned, watching everything with no evaluation.
- So meditation is not
really mind-effort. Real meditation is not effort at
all. Real meditation is just allowing the mind to
have its own way, and not interfering in any way
whatsoever -- just remaining watchful, witnessing.
It silences, by and by, it becomes still. One day it
is gone. You are left alone.
- Mind is elusive, you
cannot hold it in your hand. You cannot force it
into a test-tube. The only way to know it is to know
it from within, from your witnessing self. The more
you become aware, the more you can watch your mind
-- its subtle functioning. The functioning is
tremendously complex and beautiful. Mind is the most
complex phenomenon on the earth, the most subtle
flowering of consciousness. If you want to really
understand what the mind is, then you will have to
detach yourself from your mind, and you will have to
learn how to be just a witness. That's what
meditation is all about.
- I have been teaching you
all the methods of meditation. You can choose any
method that suits you. There are only one hundred
and twelve methods; there is no possibility of
adding more. It is exhaustive. All the methods
possible have been explored. The simplest is
- There is a difference. You
watch television, you don't witness it. But, while
watching television, if you start witnessing
yourself watching television, then there are two
processes going on: you are watching television, and
something within you is witnessing the process of
watching television. Witnessing is deeper, far
deeper. It is not equivalent to watching. Watching
So remember that meditation is witnessing.
- When your witnessing is
ninety percent, your mind is reduced to ten percent.
And when your witnessing is one hundred percent --
total, absolute -- the screen is empty, the film has
disappeared. This is the state of meditation: when
there are no thoughts, no feelings -- nothing moves,
everything stops. There is tremendous serenity. Out
of this serenity, silence, peace, a new kind of
experience arises, new flowers blossom.
- Only one thing is going to
remain with you: that is your witnessing, that is
your watchfulness. This watchfulness is meditation.
- Witnessing can be called
the seed and enlightenment can be called the
flowers. But begin from witnessing, and then it
starts growing. Go on nourishing it, go on caring
for it, go on watering it, strengthen it in every
possible way -- and one day it is going to blossom.
That day will be the greatest day of your life.
- Meditation, 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.
Remember, thoughts are also just like birds: they
are moving on their own. And sometimes it happens
that people who are around you, their thoughts enter
into your sky, your thoughts go on entering into
their sky. That's why sometimes you feel that with
some man suddenly you become sad; with some other
man suddenly you feel an upsurge of energy and
happiness and delight. Just looking at somebody,
being near to him, something changes in your mood.
- Meditation has only one
meaning, and that is going beyond the mind and
becoming a witness. In your witnessing is the
miracle -- the whole mystery of life.
- Meditation is nothing but
putting the mind aside, putting the mind out of the
way, and bringing a witnessing which is always there
but hidden underneath the mind. This witnessing will
reach to your center, and once you have become
enlightened, then there is no problem. Then bring
the mind in tune with you.
- You are the witness, to
whom things happen but who remains a witness.
Witnessing is the art of nonidentification, and
nonidentification is all. Nonidentification is all
there is to meditation. It is the whole meditation.
Osho Meditation Quotes -
How to stop Thinking
Osho on what is
What is Mind and Mind Conditioning
can become Meditation
Meditation for Beginners
Tips for going deep in to meditation
Whatsoever you do with
awareness is meditation
Meditation is a
state of Awareness, Watchfulness, Witnessing
Osho Quotes on Mind
Conditioning - Mind1,
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