thing has to be remembered about meditation; it is a long
journey and there is no shortcut. Anyone who says there is a shortcut is
It is a long journey because the change is very
deep and is achieved after many lives - many lives of routine habits,
thinking, desiring. And the mind structure; that you have to drop
through meditation. In fact it is almost impossible - but it happens.
man becoming a meditator is the greatest responsibility in the world.
It is not easy. It cannot be instant. So from the beginning never start
expecting too much and then you will never be frustrated. You will
always be happy because things will grow very slowly.
is not a seasonal flower which within six weeks is there. It is a very
very big tree. It needs time to spread its roots.
is a single lesson of awareness, of no-thought, of spontaneity, of
being total in your action, alert, aware. It is not a technique, it is a
knack. Either you get it or you don't." - Osho
Ultimately, meditation is an experience which is not easily
described, like the taste of cheese -- you have to
try it to find out. But for sure anyone interested in meditation will
find something in what Osho has to say about this topic that "clicks"
for them, just like a "knack" -- including his insistence that he can be
helpful to you, but ultimately each individual has to create his path
by walking it.
is not concentration. In concentration there is a self concentrating
and there is an object being concentrated upon. There is duality. In
meditation there is nobody inside and nothing outside. It is not
concentration . There is no division between the in and the out. The in
goes on flowing into the out, the out goes on flowing into the in. The
demarcation, the boundary, the border, no longer exists. The in is out,
the out is in; it is a no-dual consciousness.
Concentration is a dual consciousness; that's why
concentration creates tiredness; that's why when you concentrate you
feel exhausted. And you cannot concentrate for twenty-four hours, you
will have to take holidays to rest. Concentration can never become your
nature. Meditation does not tire, meditation does not exahaust you.
Meditation can become a twenty-four hour thing - day in, day out, year
in, year out. It can become eternity. It is relaxation itself.
Concentration is an act, a willed act. Meditation is a state
of no will, a state of inaction. It is relaxation. One has simply
dropped into one's own being, and that being is the same as the being of
All. In Concentration the mind functions out of a conclusion: you are
doing something. Concentration comes out of the past. In meditation
there is no conclusion behind it. You are not doing anything in
particular, you are simply being. It has no past to it, it is pure of
all future, It what Lao Tzu has called wei-wu-wei, action through
inaction. It is what Zen masters have been saying: Sitting silently
doing nothing, the spring comes and the grass grows by itself.
Remember, 'by itself - nothing is being done. You are not pulling the
grass upwards; the spring comes and the grass grows by itself. That
state - when you allow life to go on its own way. When you don't want to
give any control to it, when you are not manipulating, when you are not
enforcing any discipline on it - that state of pure undisciplined
spontaneity, is what meditation is.
Meditation is in the present, pure present. Meditation is
immediacy. You cannot meditate, you can be in meditation. You cannot be
in concentration, but you can concentrate. Concentration is human,
meditation is divine.