MEDITATION - THE FIRST AND LAST FREEDOM
"Whenever you have nothing to do, just sit silently and move inside to the place two inches below the navel, and remain there. This is the hara. Becoming aware of this centre is going to help you tremendousely. It will create a great centering in your life energies. It is from the hara that life begins, and it is in the hara that life ends. All our body centres are far away, the hara is exactly in the centre, which is where we are balanced and rooted. So once one becomes aware of the hara, many things start happening.
For example, there will be less thinking because energy will not move to the head, it will go to the hara. The more you think of the hara, the more you concentrate there, the more you will find a discipline arising in your. That comes naturally, it doesn't need to be forced.
The more you are aware of the hara, the less you will become afraid of life and death, because that is the centre of life and death. Once you become attuned to the hara centre, you can live courageously. Courage arises out of it: less thinking, more silence and less uncontrolled moments, more natural discipline, courage and grounding."
"Freedom without awareness is only an empty idea.
It contains nothing.
One cannot be really free without being aware
because your unconscious goes on dominating you
your unconscious goes on pulling your strings.
You may think, you may believe that you are free
but you are not free, you are just a victim
of natural forces, blind forces.
So there are two types of people. The majority
follows the tradition, the society, the state.
The orthodox people, the conventional,
the conformists - they follow the crowd
They are not free.
And then there are a few rebellious spirits,
drop-outs, bohemians, artists,
painters, musicians, poets;
they think they are living in freedom
But they only think. Just by rebellion
against the tradition you don't become free.
You are still under the rule of natural instincts.
You are possessed by lust, by greed, by ambitions.
And you are not a master of these things, you are a slave. Hence I say
freedom is only possible through awareness.
Unless one transforms ones unconsciousness
into consciousness there is no freedom.
And that is where only very few people
have succeeded - a Jesus, a Lao Tzu,
a Zarathustra, a Buddha.
Just a few people
who can be counted on one's fingers.
They have really lived in freedom
Because they lived out of awareness.
That has to be the work for every seeker:
to create more and more awareness.
Then freedom comes of its own accord.
Freedom is the fragrance of the flower of awareness.+
Osho: Eighty Four Thousand Poems, Chapter 5
"If you want to live a more fulfilled life, first you will want to know your potential, who you really are. Meditation is the route to that knowing. It is the methodology of the science of awareness.
The beauty of the inner science is that it enables whoever wants to explore and to experiment within, to do so alone. This eliminates dependence on an outer authority, the need to be affiliated with any orgnaisation and the obligation to accept a certain ideology. Once you understand the steps, you walk the walk in your own, inidividual way."
"As far as I am concerned, I have never planned anything; I have simply lived, wondering what is going to happen next."