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The Door To Reality Is No-Mind…

There has been a great misunderstanding between life and time. Time is thought to consist of three tenses: past, present, future, which is wrong. Time consists only of past and future.

It is life which consists of the present.

So those who want to live, for them there is no other way than to live this moment. Only the present is existential. The past is simply a collection of memories, and the future is nothing but your imaginations, your dreams.

Reality is herenow.

Those who want just to think about life, about living, about love, for them past and future are perfectly beautiful, because they give them infinite scope. They can decorate their past, make it as beautiful as they like, although they never lived it, when it was present they were not there. These are just shadows, reflections. They were continuously running, and while running they have seen a few things. They think they have lived. In the past only death is the reality, not life.

In the future also, only death is the reality, not life. Those who have missed living in the past, automatically, to substitute for the gap, start dreaming about the future. Their future is only a projection out of the past. Whatever they have missed in the past, they are hoping for in the future; and between the two non-existences, is the small existent moment which is life.

For those who want to live, not to think about it; to love, not to think about it; to be, not to philosophize about it, there is no other alternative. Drink the present moment’s juices, squeeze it totally, because it is not going to come back again; once gone, it is gone forever.

But because of the misunderstanding which has been almost as old as man, and all the cultures have joined in it , they have made the present part of time. And the present has nothing to do with time.

If you are just here in this moment, there is no time. There is immense silence, stillness, no movement; nothing is passing, everything has come to a sudden stop.

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The present gives you the opportunity to dive deep into the water of life, or to fly high into the sky of life. But on both sides there are dangers, past and future are the most dangerous words in human language. Between past and future, living in the present is almost like walking on a tight rope, on both sides there is danger.

But once you have tasted the juice of the present, you don’t care about dangers. Once you are in tune with life, then nothing matters.

And to me life is all there is.

You can call it “God”, but that is not a good name because religions have contaminated it. You can call it “existence”, which is beautiful. But what you call it is not of any consequence. The understanding should be clear that you have only one moment in your hands, the real moment. And again and again you will get that real moment. Either you live it or you leave it unlived.

Most of the people simply drag themselves from the cradle to the grave without living at all.

I have heard about a Sufi statement that a man, when he died, suddenly realized, “My God, I was alive.” But only death as a contrast made him aware, that for seventy years he had been alive, but life itself had not enriched him.

It is not the fault of life.

It is our misunderstanding.

My insistence for watchfulness will give you life without even thinking about it, because watchfulness can only be in the present.

You can witness only the present…

Osho: The Transmission of the Lamp


It has happened again and again: Jesus comes, but you don’t recognize him; Buddha comes, but you don’t recognize him.

Why does this happen?… and then for centuries and centuries you think about Jesus and Buddha.

Then religions are created, then great organizations are created for the one whom you never recognized when he was here.

Why do you miss a living Christ?

This has to be understood, because it must be something very deep-rooted in the mind, in the very nature of the mind.

It is not an individual error, it is not a mistake committed by this man or that man.

For millennia it has been committed by the human mind.

The mind has to be penetrated and understood.

One thing: the mind has no present, it has only past and future.

The present is so narrow that the mind cannot catch it.

The moment the mind catches it, it has already become the past.

So the mind can remember the past, can desire the future, but cannot see the present.

The past is vast, the future also is vast; the present is so atomic, so subtle, that by the time you become aware, it is gone.

And you are not so aware!

A very great intensity of awareness is needed, only then will you be able to see the present.

You have to be fully alert; if you are not totally alert, the present cannot be seen.

The mind is drunk.

It cannot see the present, that which is before you.

The mind is filled with dreams, desires.

You don’t have a presence.

That’s why Jesus is missed, Buddha is missed, and then for centuries you weep and cry, then for centuries you feel guilty.

For centuries you think, pray, imagine, and when Jesus is there you miss.

Jesus can be met only if you attain to a presence of mind, such a presence that has no past, that has no future.

Only such a presence can look into the present, and then the present is eternal.

But eternity is in depth, it is not a linear movement, it is not horizontal – it is vertical.

 HIS DISCIPLES SAID TO HIM: WHEN WILL THE REPOSE OF THE DEAD COME ABOUT
AND WHEN WILL THE NEW WORLD COME?

HE SAID TO THEM: WHAT YOU EXPECT HAS COME, BUT YOU KNOW IT NOT.

HIS DISCIPLES SAID TO HIM: TWENTY-FOUR PROPHETS SPOKE IN ISRAEL AND
THEY ALL SPOKE ABOUT THEE.

HE SAID TO THEM: YOU HAVE DISMISSED THE LIVING ONE WHO IS BEFORE YOU,
AND YOU HAVE SPOKEN ABOUT THE DEAD.

JESUS SAID: I HAVE CAST FIRE UPON THE WORLD, AND SEE, I GUARD THE
WORLD UNTIL IT IS AFIRE.

A religious man is one who accepts this very moment

Belief is not needed.

What is needed is knowing.

Belief simply hides your ignorance, it does not make any rebellion in your being.

Rebelliousness is the essential quality of a religious man.

It is spirituality in its absolute purity.

The rebel and his rebelliousness are sacred.

A Christ is always rebellious, he is never conformist.

He can create a revolution, he cannot create an establishment…

Osho – The Mustard Seed : Commentaries on the Fifth Gospel of Thomas

www.osho.com

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11 responses

  1. kim

    i have thoughts: “what you desire will own you” and “desire is wanting what you cannot have”. Also, the lyrics to the song “Desire” by U2 are provoking. What if your desires are all fulfilled . . . as some “fortunate” individuals have attained this state of life. What then?
    i desire a response . . .
    kim

    February 23, 2008 at 8:21 am

  2. This is the way of meditation: encountering the present in all its tremendous beauty, just being in the present.

    Inside, the mind stops.

    Outside, the world changes totally. It is no more the ordinary world you have known before.

    In fact, you have not known it at all. Your mind was distorting everything, your mind was creating fantasies. Your eyes were full of fantasies and you were looking though those fantasies. They never allowed you to see that which is.

    If the mind is gone, even for a moment, suddenly the whole existence explodes upon you.

    Osho – The White Lotus

    February 23, 2008 at 1:41 pm

  3. YESS

    awesome insight thanks. One Consciousness.One Harmonious soul, Namaste

    February 27, 2008 at 3:47 am

  4. pagel2008

    I am not a believer in Karma.
    I don’t believe in transcendental meditation.
    I have only one that I meditate on and in and that is
    Jesus Christ. I know how what all this can lead to and
    I cannot return to this kind of thinking.

    Lottie-The true Believer

    May 29, 2008 at 2:28 pm

  5. A religious man is one who accepts this very moment

    Belief is not needed.

    What is needed is knowing.

    The real medicine is not a belief system; the real medicine is meditation.

    Do you know that both the words come from the same root: medicine and meditation?

    Medicine heals the body, meditation heals your soul.

    But their function is the same, healing.

    Go deeper into meditation.

    Open all your wounds so they can be healed.

    That is the only religiousness possible.

    True religiousness is your own interiority, your own inner space.

    The moment you enter to the center of your being, you are no more an outsider.

    Your belief in God was keeping you outside the truth, outside existence.

    Now for the first time you are the insider.

    Open your eyes!

    Mind is your prison.

    To go beyond it is your freedom.

    Your disappearance is the appearance of that which you have been
    seeking all along.

    This is a paradox: when the sought is found, the seeker is lost.

    It is almost like light.

    Your room is dark, just bring light in.

    Even a small candle will do, and the whole darkness disappears.

    Then you have understood all the secrets and all the mysteries.

    The ultimate reality is beyond mind.

    The presence of the present moment.

    Only such a presence can look into the present, and then the present is eternal.

    If there is no thought, there is no barrier, there is no dust in your
    eyes; you can see clearly.

    Truth is not hidden:you are closed.

    Truth is revealed everywhere, every moment.

    Truth by its very nature cannot be hidden.

    Osho – From Darkness To Light

    May 30, 2008 at 9:00 am

  6. Peace be with the reader.
    The Kingdom is established.
    The harvest is ripe.

    The Faithful Witness
    Duke

    August 15, 2008 at 2:40 pm

  7. SHAMSHAD

    DEEP THINKING AND VERY BEAUTIFUL TALKS

    December 10, 2011 at 3:47 pm

  8. SHAMSHAD

    BELOVED OSHO HAS SAID THAT WE HAVE TO BE IN NO-MIND STATE BUT EINSTEIN(PHYSICIST) CREDIT IMAGINATION FOR HIS SUCCESS

    December 10, 2011 at 4:09 pm

  9. The ultimate reality is beyond mind

    Modern physics, in the hands of Albert Einstein, has turned almost into mysticism.

    Nobody has noted the fact, because mystics don’t understand modern physics and the physicists do not care about the mystics.

    The mystics have always experienced that they are one, but nobody has listened to them.

    Perhaps man was not mature enough to understand the depth of their declaration.

    The mystics have simply expressed the oneness of all.

    Physicists go into detail.

    Albert Einstein, especially, was the first scientist to come to the conclusion that time is the fourth dimension of matter.

    Matter has three dimensions, the fourth dimension is invisible and that is time, but it is not separate from matter.

    Modern physics has declared – without declaring the death of matter – that there is no matter at all.

    With the disappearance of matter and with the death of God, only one energy remains in the whole cosmos.

    Now time and space cannot be two.

    They have to be expressions of one energy.

    Spacetime.

    But the mind can succeed only as far as science is concerned, it cannot succeed in religious consciousness.

    One has to understand that the methodology that works for the outer cannot work for the inner.

    Simply because the inner is the opposite dimension, the same methods will not be applicable.

    You will have to find new methodology for the inner.

    And that is meditation.

    The mind cannot understand that which is beyond words; it can understand only that which is linguistically, logically right.

    It can only conceive very limited things.

    It has no intelligence of its own; it is a memory system.

    You feed it certain information, it will keep it on record.

    Whenever you want, it will supply it.

    An intelligent man’s mind is capable of containing all the information that is in all the libraries of the world – it is almost infinite.

    But mind is simply a collection of memories of the past, and – out of those memories – imagination about the future.

    Understanding this whole process, one thing becomes certain: why the mind avoids the present, which is the real, and why it tries to get involved with past and future, which are not real.

    Imagination is that which disappears if you become aware of it, alert to it.

    Reality is that which becomes more real if you become aware of it, alert to it.

    Both are never present simultaneously.

    With awareness imagination disappears but the reality remains.

    Whatever is imagination will slowly disappear, and whatever is real will remain.

    In life many things which you enjoy are imaginary; that’s why people don’t want to let them disappear.

    Reality is far richer than imagination.

    As you grow mature, you become more aware of the difference between imagination and reality.

    If you really become fully aware of yourself, imagination simply disappears, because it is a spiritual awakening.

    Osho – The Transmission Of The Lamp.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:58 pm

  10. How can one get sucess when you said stop the thinking of mind. When the mind is not doing its job how one can live his life.

    April 6, 2012 at 1:45 pm

  11. Anonymous

    Intelligence is a natural phenomenon – just as breathing is, just as seeing is.

    Intelligence is the inner seeing; it is intuitive.

    It has nothing to do with intellect, remember.

    Never confuse intellect with intelligence, they are polar opposites.

    Intellect is of the head; it is taught by others, it is imposed on you.

    You have to cultivate it.

    It is borrowed, it is something foreign, it is not inborn.

    But intelligence is inborn.

    It is your very being, your very nature.

    Enlightenment is the understanding that this is all, that this is perfect, that this is it.

    Enlightenment is not an achievement, it is an understanding that there is nothing to achieve, nowhere to go.

    Osho – The Secret of Secrets

    April 11, 2012 at 9:44 am