Nothing much is known about Indian master Tilopa yet his mystical insight into Tantra in the form of a song passed on to his disciple Narepa, has lived on through the ages.
In this series of discourses Osho speaks on Tilopa's verses, which contain many significant meditation techniques that are still as helpful and powerful today as when Tilopa first sang his song.
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Most of us live out lives in the world of time, in memories of the past and anticipation of the future. Only rarely do we touch the timeless dimension of the present - in moments of sudden beauty, or sudden danger, in meeting with a lover or with the surprise of the unexpected. Very few people step out of the world of time and mind, its ambitions and competitiveness, and begin to live in the world of the timeless. And of those who do, only a few have attempted to share their experience. Lao Tzu, Gautam Buddha, Bodhidharma
or more recently, George Gurdjieff, Ramana Maharshi, J. Krishnamurti - they are thought by their contemporaries to be eccentrics or madmen; after their death they are called "philosophers". And in time they become legends - not flesh and blood human beings, but perhaps mythological representations of our collective wish to grow beyond the smallness and trivia, the meaninglessness of our everyday lives.
Osho is one who has discovered the door to living His life in the timeless dimension of the present - He has called Himself a "true existentialist" - and He has devoted His life to provoking others to seek this same door, to step out of the world of past and future and discover for themselves the world of eternity.
Osho was born in Kuchwada, Madhya Pradesh, India, on December 11, 1931. From His earliest childhood, His was a rebellious and independent spirit, insisting on experiencing the truth for Himself rather than acquiring knowledge and beliefs given by others.
After His enlightenment at the age of twenty-one, Osho completed His academic studies and spent several years teaching philosophy at the University of Jabalpur. Meanwhile, He traveled throughout India giving talks, challenging orthodox religious leaders in public debate, questioning traditional beliefs, and meeting people from all walks of life. He read extensively, everything He could find to broaden His understanding of the belief systems and psychology of contemporary man. By the late 1960s Osho had begun to develop His unique dynamic meditation techniques. Modern man, He said, is so burdened with the outmoded traditions of the past and the anxieties of modernday living that he must go through a deep cleansing process before he can hope to discover the thought-less, relaxed state of meditation.
In the early 1970s, the first Westerners began to hear of Osho. By 1974 a commune had been established around Him in Pune, India, and the trickle of visitors from the West was soon to become a flood. In the course of His work, Osho has spoken on virtually from the West was soon to become a flood. In the course of His work, Osho has spoken on virtually every aspect of the development of human consciousness. He has distilled the essence of what is significant to the spiritual quest of contemporary man, based not on intellectual understanding but tested against His own existential experience.
He belongs to no tradition - "I am the beginning of a totally new religious consciousness," He says. "Please don't connect me with the past - it is not even worth remembering."
His talks to disciples and seekers from all over the world have been published in more than six hundred volumes, and translated into over thirty languages. And He says, "My message is not a doctrine, not a philosophy. My message is a certain alchemy, a science of transformation, so only those who are willing to die as they are and be born again into something so new that they cannot even imagine it right now
only those few courageous people will be ready to listen, because listening is going to be risky.
"Listening, you have taken the first step towards being reborn. So it is not a philosophy that you can just make an overcoat of and go bragging about. It is not a doctrine where you can find consolation for harassing questions. No, my message is not some verbal communication. It is far more risky. It is nothing less than death and rebirth."
Osho left His body on January 19, 1990, as a result of poisoning by US government agents while held incognito in custody on technical immigration violations in 1985. His huge commune in India continues to be the largest spiritual growth center in the world attracting thousands of international visitors who come to participate in its meditation, therapy, bodywork and creative programs, or just to experience being in a Buddha field.
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