Be silent …
Close your eyes … and feel your body to be completely frozen.
This is the right moment to look inwards.
Gather all your life energy, your total consciousness,
and rush towards the center of your being with an urgency
as if it is going to be your last moment on the earth.
Faster and faster …
The closer you come to yourself,
the deeper becomes the silence.
The nearer you reach to your center … a great peace arises within you.
And the moment your arrow of consciousness penetrates into the center,
for the first time you encounter your original face.
The other name of your original face is the buddha, the awakened one.
The only quality of the buddha is witnessing.
Witness … you are not the body.
Witness … you are not the mind.
Witness that you are not the other seven astral bodies,
layer upon layer behind the physical body.
Witness, finally, that you are only a witness.
At this moment, you are the most blessed people on the earth.
Centered at your being, you are no more, only buddha is.
That is your ultimate and eternal nature.
To make the witnessing deeper, Nivedano …
Let go, but remain a witness, just a witness.
Time disappears, mind disappears …
Slowly slowly, your consciousness starts melting,
all differences with existence disappear.
Gautama the Buddha Auditorium becomes an ocean of consciousness
without any ripples.
A tremendous ecstasy, a great drunkenness,
and you are at home.
This is the very essence of Zen.
I call Christianity the deadliest poison,
and Zen the only antidote for all poisons.
This is the only possibility of liberating you,
of bringing your buddha from the seed into a lotus flower.
Collect as much experience, as much ecstasy, and the juices of your life,
because from the center you are connected with the cosmos.
You have to bring all that with you,
so your day-to-day life becomes more blissful, more serene, more silent.
If you can persuade the buddha to come with you,
you will feel continuously a coolness in you.
You will feel the eternal depth of being, and the ultimate height of being.
If the buddha comes with you,
you will have a transformation from the horizontal to the vertical.
The vertical is the goal, the horizontal is to live only on the outside.
And the real life is IN … the real godliness is IN … and it is here and now.
Persuade the buddha to come along with you as a shadow.
Slowly slowly you will melt into him.
He will become the reality and you will become the shadow.
That day the journey is complete, the antidote has succeeded.
And the poisons of all kinds of conditioning –
Hindu, Christian, Mohammedan – are erased.
You are out of the jail, out of the cage,
you can open your wings and the whole sky is yours.
All the stars and the moon and the sun belong to you.
You can disappear into the blueness of the beyond.
Once you know you are a buddha,
you will never be born in any kind of body,
in any kind of imprisonment – no birth, no old age, no sickness, no death.
You simply become a pure consciousness, eternal, timeless.
The only quality that remains is witnessing.
To be a witness of everything is the key,
the master key to open all the mysteries of existence.
Come back … but come as buddhas,
with the same grace, the same silence, the same joy, the same beauty.
Sit for a few moments just to remember where you have been,
the golden path that you have traveled to the center,
and all that happened at the center.
Don’t forget it, it is not a dream.
It is the only reality, the only truth.
And truth liberates, love liberates, blissfulness liberates.
When you have all these in abundance,
they automatically start flowing around you,
and you share them – not as a duty, but out of your abundance.
When something is done out of your abundance, it makes you richer.
The more you give, the more you have.
The evening has been beautiful on its own,
but your silence, your looking back towards the buddha,
have made it a great splendor, a silent song, a celebration.
Only your heart knows, the mind is absolutely unaware of it.
I can hear your heartbeat at this moment
is in deep synchronicity with the whole existence.
Yes, Beloved Master.
Osho, Christianity: The Deadliest Poison and Zen: The Antidote to All Poisons, Ch 6