L’IMPORTANZA DELLE TECNICHE DI MEDITAZIONE
2 Bellissime risposte a dei ricercatori il primo discorso risale alla fine degli anni 80 mentre il secondo a metà degli anni 70, sulla differenza tra lo stato meditativo e le tecniche e l’importanza delle tecniche per arrivare ad uno stadio dove non servono più, ma prima di arrivare…si potrebbe dire meditate gente meditate, ormai numerosi studi confermano i benefici fisici e psicologici della meditazione (tecnica) ma chi medita scopre che c’è qualcosa oltre il mero beneficio fisico e psichico e il benessere non è l’obbiettivo primario ma una piacevole conseguenza. Osho ha creato tantissime tecniche adatte all’uomo moderno per facilitare, per predisporre il terreno affinchè la meditazione (stato) accada, ci sono tantissimi centri sparsi in giro per il mondo dove poterle praticare e internet offre una grandissima opprtunità, però…come dice my beloved master,”There is good news, and there is bad news. The good news is that there is no need of any technique; but the bad news is, without any technique you are not going to get it. c’è una buona e una cattiva notizia, la buona notizia è che non c’è bisogno di nessuna tecnica ma la cattiva notizia è che senza tecniche non la si ottiene”
About Meditation?Is it possible to meditate without any technique?
IS IT POSSIBLE TO MEDITATE WITHOUT ANY TECHNIQUE?
The question you have asked is certainly of great importance because meditation, as such, needs no technique at all. But techniques are needed to remove the obstacles in the way of meditation. So it has to be understood very clearly: meditation itself needs no techniques, it is a simple understanding, an alertness, an awareness. Neither alertness is a technique nor is awareness a technique. But on the way to being alert, there are so many obstacles. For centuries man has been gathering those obstacles — they need to be removed. Meditation itself cannot remove them, certain techniques are needed to remove them.
So the work of the techniques is just to prepare the ground, is just to prepare the way, the passage. The techniques in themselves are not meditation. If you stop at the technique, you have missed the point. J. Krishnamurti was insisting his whole life that there is no technique for meditation. And the total result was not that millions of people attained to meditation; the total result was that millions of people became convinced that no technique is needed for meditation. But they forgot all about what they were going to do with the obstructions, the hindrances. So they remained intellectually convinced that no technique is needed.
I have met many followers of J. Krishnamurti, very intimate ones, and I have said to them, ‘No technique is needed ¯ I agree absolutely. But has meditation happened to you or to anyone else who has been listening to J. Krishnamurti?’ Although what he is saying is essentially true, he is saying only the positive side of the experience. There is a negative side also. And for that negative side all kinds of techniques are needed ¯ are absolutely needed ¯ because unless the ground is well prepared, and all the weeds and wild roots are taken away from the ground, you cannot grow roses and other beautiful flowers. Roses are in no way concerned with those roots, with the wild plants that you have removed. But the removal of those weeds was absolutely necessary for the ground to be in a right situation where roses can blossom.
You are asking, ‘Is it possible to meditate without any technique?’ It is not only possible, it is the only possibility. No technique is needed at all ¯ as far as meditation is concerned. But what are you going to do with your mind? Your mind will create a thousand and one difficulties. Those techniques are needed to remove the mind from the way, to create a space in which the mind becomes quiet, silent, almost absent. Then meditation happens on its own accord.
It is not a question of technique. You don’t have to do anything. Meditation is something natural, something that is already hidden inside you and is trying to find its way to reach to the open sky, to the sun, to the air. But the mind is surrounding it from all sides; all doors are closed, all windows are closed. The techniques are needed to open the windows, to open the doors. And immediately the whole sky is available to you, with all its stars, with all its beauty, with all its sunsets, with all its sunrises. Just a small window was preventing you…just a small piece of straw can go into your eye and it will prevent you from seeing the vast sky because you cannot open your eyes. It is absolutely illogical that just a small piece of straw or sand can prevent you from seeing the great stars, the infinite sky. But in fact they can, they do. Techniques are needed to remove those straws, those pieces of sand, from your eyes.
Meditation is your nature, is your very potential. It is another name of alertness.
The young father, taking his baby for a walk in the pram in the park, seemed quite unperturbed by the wails emerging from the pram. ‘Easy now, Albert,’ he said quietly. ‘Keep calm, there’s a good fellow.’
Another howl rang out. ‘Now, now, Albert,’ murmured the father, ‘keep your temper.’
A young mother, passing by, remarked, ‘I must congratulate you. You certainly know how to speak to babies.’ Then, patting the baby on the head, she cooed, ‘What is bothering you, Albert?’
‘No, no,’ interrupted the father. ‘His name is Johnnie; I am Albert.’
He was simply trying to keep himself alert: ‘Albert, don’t lose your temper.’ He does not want to forget; otherwise he would like to throw this baby into the lake!
Meditation is simply awareness without any effort, an effortless alertness; it does not need any technique. But your mind is so full of thoughts, so full of dreams, so much of the past, so much of the future ¯ it is not here now, and awareness has to be here now. The techniques are needed to help you to cut your roots from the past, to cut your dreams from the future, and to keep you in this moment as if only this moment exists. Then there is no need of any technique.
Hymie Goldberg was visiting his friend, Mr. Cohen, who was dying. ‘Do us a favor,’ said Hymie Goldberg, ‘when you go to heaven could you find a way of letting me know whether they play baseball up there?’
Mr. Cohen said he would certainly try to contact his old friend if at all possible. Only a few days after Mr. Cohen died, Hymie Goldberg had a phone call. ‘Hello, Hymie,’ said Mr. Cohen, ‘it is your old friend here.’
‘Cohen? Is it really you?’ asked Hymie. ‘Sure,’ answered his friend. ‘I have some good news and some bad news. First, there sure is baseball in heaven. And the bad news is that you are pitching next Sunday.’
Life is a complicated affair. There is good news, and there is bad news. The good news is that there is no need of any technique; but the bad news is, without any technique you are not going to get it.
Osho. The Rebel, Talk #24
Yoga: The Alpha and the Omega, Vol 4 Osho
The third question:
Question 3 AS YOU HAVE SAID, MY LIFE HAS BEEN A MISERY — BUT SINCE COMING TO YOU THE MISERY HAS GONE. THOUGH I KNOW THAT MY LIFE IS NOT YET BLISSFUL, A SATISFACTION HAS COME WITH EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS TO ME. THIS HAS CREATED A LACK OF DESIRE TO DO MEDITATION, TO SEEK AT ALL. I AM JUST HAPPY TO FLOAT ALONG. AM I JUST LAZY? This moment comes to every seeker: when the negative is no more but the positive has not come, when the misery has gone but the bliss has not happened, when the night is no more but the sun has not risen. This is a good indication that you are growing. And then, immediately, one starts feeling relaxed, floating, and everything as it happens is so beautiful. The mind says, ‘Why bother? Why meditate at all?’ If you listen to the mind, soon the night will be back, the misery will enter. Don’t listen to the mind. You continue meditating but with a different attitude now: meditate as if you are floating in it. Don’t make too much effort in it. That’s all that is needed. Meditate effortlessly, but meditate. Don’t be lazy. In laziness again the old will come back because the bliss has not yet happened. Once bliss happens — when you feel absolutely contented, when you come to a point where you even forget about contentment, it is so absolute — only then can meditation be dropped. It drops automatically. At two points the idea of dropping comes: the first point is this, what the questioner has asked: when darkness disappears, misery is no more, and you feel so good. This is just an absence of misery. If a mind which has remained in misery is non miser able, it almost looks like happiness, it almost looks like blissfulness. Don’t be deceived by the appearance. Much still has to be done — but now, do it in a different way, that’s all. Now do meditations very relaxedly; don’t strain, float — but continue doing because much more has to happen yet. The journey is not ended. You may have come to a point where you can relax under a tree and the shade is cool, but don’t forget that this can only be an overnight stay. In the morning you have to walk again. Until you completely disappear, the journey has to be continued. But now change the quality; float. Effortlessly move into meditation. So you know the difference? Somebody swims in the river, there is effort; but then he simply floats, lies down on his back, remains in the river but with no more swimming. Floating, the river takes him with the current and he floats towards the sea. In the beginning one has to swim in a meditation because there are many resistances created by the mind; you have to fight them. In the second step you have to float with the river. In the third step you have to become the river — then there is no question. Then you can drop, but there is no question of dropping; it drops automatically. Meditation, when complete, drops automatically. You need not worry about it. When it is complete it will drop just like a ripe fruit drops to the earth. But don’t be lazy. Mind can play games with you and it can destroy whatsoever you have attained. A little you attain with much effort, and the mind can deceive you and can say that now there is no need. You are feeling so happy — feel happy — but you are feeling so happy because of the meditations. If you drop meditations, immediately the happiness that you are feeling will disappear and then you will be again in misery