• What Is Meditation?

  • Meditation has a few essential things in it,
    whatever the method, but those few essentials are necessary in every method.

    The first is a relaxed state: no fight with the mind, no control of the mind, no concentration.
    Second, just watch with a relaxed awareness whatever is going on, without any interference - just watching the mind, silently, without any judgment, evaluation.

    These are the three things: relaxation, watching, no judgment, and slowly, slowly a great silence descends over you. All movement within you ceases. You are, but there is no sense of 'I am' - just a pure space.

    There are one hundred and twelve methods of meditation. I have talked on all those methods. They differ in their constitution, but the fundamentals remain the same: relaxation, watchfulness, a non-judgmental attitude.

  • Witnessing, the spirit of meditation

    Meditation is adventure, the greatest adventure the human mind can undertake. Meditation is just to be, not doing anything - no action, no thought, no emotion. You just are and it is a sheer delight. From where does this delight come when your are not doing anything? It comes from nowhere, or it comes from everywhere. It is uncaused, because existence is made of the stuff called joy.

  • Meditation is not an Indian method; it is not simply a technique.

    You cannot learn it. It is a growth: a growth of your total living, out of your total living. Meditation is not something that can be added to you as you are. It cannot be added to you; it can only come to you through a basic transformation, a mutation. It is a flowering, a growth. Growth is always from the total; it is not an addition. Just like love, it cannot be added to you. It grows out of you, out of your totality. You must grow towards meditation.

    Osho Rajneesh

  • "When people come to me and they ask, 'How to meditate?'
    I tell them, 'There is no need to ask how to meditate, just ask how to remain unoccupied. Meditation happens spontaneously. Just ask how to remain unoccupied, that's all. That's the whole trick of meditation – how to remain unoccupied. Then you cannot do anything. The meditation will flower.'

    "When you are not doing anything the energy moves towards the center, it settles down towards the center. When you are doing something the energy moves out. Doing is a way of moving out. Non-doing is a way of moving in. Occupation is an escape. You can read the Bible, you can make it an occupation. There is no difference between religious occupation and secular occupation: all occupations are occupations, and they help you to cling outside your being. They are excuses to remain outside.

    "Man is ignorant and blind, and he wants to remain ignorant and blind, because to come inwards looks like entering a chaos. And it is so; inside you have created a chaos. You have to encounter it and go through it. Courage is needed – courage to be oneself, and courage to move inwards. I have not come across a greater courage than that – the courage to be meditative.

    Osho, Just Like That, Talk #6