The Art of Balancing

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Keerti writes on the importance of maintaining balance in The Asian Age, India, on April 4, 2015

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“Being and non-being produce each other. Difficult and easy complement each other. Long and short define each other. High and low oppose each other. Fore and aft follow each other,” says the Chinese enlightened mystic Lao Tzu describing the intrinsic harmony between polar opposites. There is no fight or struggle between them; they support each other.

This essential vision of Tao gave birth to the concept of Tai Chi, which means the ultimate law of life, the ultimate law of universe, the meeting and merging of all polarities of life, the merging of yin and yang into oneness. All opposites are complementary and meet in oneness which the Chinese call “Wu Chi”, meaning nothingness, from where everything arises.

The wise knows that life depends on opposites and creates its own balance. This dynamic balance is related to the complementary nature of opposites. China’s indigenous religion, Taoism, talks of this balance in terms of yin and yang, represented graphically as two intertwining fish — one black, one white. Everything in the universe is either yin (female) or yang (male) in nature. Yin and yang breathe meaning into each other, one cannot exist without the other. You cannot talk of light without its absence or opposite, darkness. Action takes off from repose.

Just being makes you lazy and just doing makes you hyper and a workaholic. The East became lazy and fatalistic, believing that everything happens by itself, like a child growing in the womb. The West became hyperactive and conquered nature. The whole world is suffering because of this aggression. The person who uses both these polarities to attain balance in his/her life is wise.

Osho says in My Way: The Way of the White Clouds, “Once you know this secret alchemy of using the opposite, the contradictory, you are free. Otherwise you create inner imprisonments. There are people who say: ‘How can I do this? I have never done this.’”

Once a meditator came to see Osho and asked: “How can I do active meditation, because for many years I have been sitting silently?” He had chosen inactive meditation methods of vipassana and zazen, and he was not doing any active meditations, with pranayama or dancing. He could not do any active meditation because he had become identified with an inactive posture. He was feeling frozen, stiff and rigid.

Osho suggested some active meditations to him and said: “Become more of a movement. Be moving and allow life to flow. Once you know that between the opposites balance is possible, once you have a glimpse of it, then you know the art. Then everywhere in life, in every dimension of life, you can attain that balance very easily. Really, to say that you can attain is not good. Once you know the knack of it, whatsoever you do, the balance follows you like a shadow.”

KeertiSwami Chaitanya Keerti, editor of Osho World, is the author of Osho Fragrance

Excerpt by Osho from The First Principle, Ch 9
Illustration by Osho News
All quotes by Osho from My Way: The Way of the White Clouds, Ch 4, Q 2

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