What does enlightement mean?- Spiritual awakening discoverning the truth about life? Or is it less defined, just a formless sense of something to work towards on a journey of personal exploration?
Whatever you may have thought or read up untill now, this book will take you
further. It IS not about enlightenment. It IS words spoken by a man who has known
enlightenment - and left it far behind. Through his responses to the questions of
people from all walks of life. Osho explores the subject from the inside. revealing
the inner workings of a mystic.
One starts to have a glimpse that enlightenment is something achievable by
anyone ready to take the jump here and now. And yet. while it is the peak of all
beautiful, blissful experiences, it is still an experience. So what is beyond that,
when one goes beyond individuality to the universal, dissolving one's separa-
tion from existence ... ?
"Enlightenment is the goal of human beings. But those who
are enlightened cannot remain static; they will have to move,
they will have to change. And now they have only one thing to
lose - themselves.
They have enjoyed everything. They have enjoyed the purity
of individuality; now they have to enjoy the disappearing of
individuality They have seen the beauty of individuality; now
they have to see the disappearance and its beauty, and the
silence that follows, that abysmal serenity that follows. "
Osho defies categorization, reflecting everything from the individual quest for meaning to the most urgent social and political issues facing
Society today. His books are not written but are transcribed from recordings of extemporaneous talks given over a period of thirty- five years. Osho has been described by the Sunday Times in London as one of the “1000 Makers of 20th century” and by Sunday Mid – day in india as one of the ten people- along with Gandhi, Nehru and Buddha- who have changed the destiny of India.
Osho has stated aim of helping to create the conditions for the birth of a new kind of human being, characterized as “Zorba the Buddha”- one whose feet are firmly on the ground, yet whose hands can touch the stars. Running like a thread through all aspects of Osho is a vision that Encompasses both the timeless wisdom of the East and the highest potential of Western Science and technology.
He is synonymous with a revolutionary contribution to the science of inner transformation and an approach to meditation which specifically addresses the accelerated pace of contemporary life. The unique OSHO Active Meditations are designed to allow the release of accumulated stress in the body and mind so that it is easier to be still and experience the thought-free state of meditation.
The Moment the mind is put aside and you see eye to eye with reality
It is so beautiful, indescribably beautiful. And in those moments certainly you will not feel that you even want to be enlightened. If this reality can go on and on forever, then what more can enlightenment give you?
And you are right, because this is the beginning of enlightenment. You have got just glimpse, and even the glimpse makes you drop the desire for enlightenment –and dropping the desire makes you drop the desire possible. It simply happens, One day suddenly you wake up in the morning and your are not the same person, and with your change the whole existence has changed. And then it is not question of doing something to keep it; it remains with you.
In face, even if you want to drop it, you cannot drop it. You cannot go back; you can only go forward. And one day, that day also comes in your life when enlightenment becomes so natural to you- just like breathing , just like the heartbeat, just like the blood running through your veins –that don’t even feel it. And the blood is going really fast, round from feet to head, but we don’t feel it; we are born with it, we are accustomed to it.
When enlightenment becomes just a natural phenomenon, then the last mystery opens its door: one goes even beyond enlightenment. Going beyond enlightenment means one becomes just ordinary, part of this vast universe - without any claim, without any superiority, without any ego. One simply dissolves in the ocean of reality, just like a dewdrop in the morning sun slipping from the lotus leaf into the ocean. That is the last………… Then there is nothing else left to happen; you have become the ocean.
Enlightenment still keeps something of you- very fragile, but there is still some idea of “I.” and because of enlightenment, not knowingly, you are superior and you feel superior. That’s why the last step, when even that smallest part of “I” also dissolves, now you are neither superior nor inferior. You are not; existence is. Buddha calls it nirvana. He has chosen the best word for it.
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