I’m going to start today with a quote from OSHO. For some background, from the back of Intelligence: The Creative Response to Now, OSHO is described by novelist Tom Robbins as “the most dangerous man since Jesus Christ.” I agree. OSHO is powerful, his writings challenge you, you get deep into the Self reading him, it is not surface new age gobbledygook – you have to want enlightenment to read OSHO.
And here’s what he says in one of many of his essays on GETTING there, on GETTING enlightened:
“I’m simply saying that there is a way to be sane. I’m saying that you can get rid of all this insanity created by the past in you. Just by being a simple witness of your thought processes.
It is simply sitting silently, witnessing the thoughts, passing before you. Just witnessing, not interfering not even judging, because the moment you judge you have lost the pure witness. The moment you say “this is good, this is bad,” you have already jumped onto the thought process.
It takes a little time to create a gap between the witness and the mind. Once the gap is there, you are in for a great surprise, that you are not the mind, that you are the witness, a watcher.
And this process of watching is the very alchemy of real religion. Because as you become more and more deeply rooted in witnessing, thoughts start disappearing. You are, but the mind is utterly empty.
That’s the moment of enlightenment. That is the moment that you become for the first time an unconditioned, sane, really free human being.”
If you studied no other spiritual advice than this, you would reach enlightenment. If you pay attention.
Does this sound easier than it is? No it doesn’t. I have one of the most scattered minds on the planet. Getting calm and staying calm hasn’t ever been something I’ve done for a long period of time. I pray next lifetime I’m super thin and CALM. I’ll take the thin first, thanks.
Is it possible? It is more than possible. It is a foregone conclusion that if you follow this, you will GET IT. By GET IT I mean the hit, the OMG moment when you realize actually WHERE and WHO the Witness is and how you’ve never ever been separated from HIM ever but your MIND your chattering little monkey mind kept HIM out.
And then if you pray, really pray from the bottom of your heart, not for abundance or love or possessions but for HIM and after doing that for what seems a very short while, HE WILL COME TO YOU. He does want you to prove to Him that it is only Him you want. Remember that part in The Bible about being a jealous God? Yes He is. He will give you everything, as you know He is everything, but He wants you to tell Him that you are His and that you want nothing else, ever.
This is such a refreshing way to live. I wish this for all of you. I want everyone, those who suffer and those who aren’t suffering but are unhappy and therefore suffering and those whose lives seem pointless and lonely and without meaning ………. if you could only PRAY. Just give it a chance.
My moment of recognition came in a flash. I meditate a lot and I was doing a meditation to open my Third Eye Chakra (I highly recommend you get the meditation by Dr Swami Shankardev Saraswati at Big Shakti and work with that meditation) and I was in a wonderful place. Later on that day I was reading OSHO’s The Book of Secrets on the 112 methods to achieve enlightenment as given by Shiva.
OSHO writes that one should work for you but try them until you find it. He also says people don’t DO MEDITATION they just talk about it. They don’t take the time to actually DO IT. Here’s my advice – don’t put it off. Don’t think you can do it later or tomorrow or maybe Tuesday. Just give yourself the gift of 1/2 hour every day or better yet a whole hour. Relax, get into yourself, experience what LIFE IS.
Okay so back to the hit. I have desired a state of enlightenment for as long as I can remember. It is the only thing I want. And it’s not a thing, it’s a state of being. And that’s all I want. I want to be in that state and no other.
Have I tried everything. Well no not a lot. I meditate and have for decades. I read spiritual texts but that’s knowledge not insight. I do have a wealth of information. I practice chanting The Name. But I just needed the SPARK. And I got the spark, after my Chakra mediation and after reading OSHO. I think it was my time, you know? Like I just had to do all that I’ve done and it would happen.
All of a sudden I’m paying attention to the Witness, to the entity in the back of my mind watching the scrolling screen of my thoughts, watching me and I’m watching the Witness. And we’re starting to recognize each other, all of a sudden. It’s like HE turned around and stopped looking at my thoughts and looked at ME. With the love and care and concern in his eyes that was mesmerizing. I almost fell over it was so powerful. I know I gasped.
I said NO! The Witness is YOU? And God said YES. It is ME and I’ve been Witnessing your thoughts and your Life since before you came to this incarnation. And this is how much I love YOU.
And let me tell you, I surrendered everything. I’m HIS. Always. There isn’t one tiny little thing on this Earth or in Heaven that I desire. I just want to be with HIM always.
And I’m sitting there, stunned. Because that day I wasn’t TRYING to be ENLIGHTENED. I was just being me, practicing my chanting with Krishna Das, doing my reading and my meditation. And OMG HE came to me. He gave me LIFE again. And I love HIM so much. There is nothing, absolutely nothing else that I need. Nothing. I am COMPLETE.