“The watcher is not on the screen, he is sitting in the movie hall. But the problem arises when the watcher becomes identified with something on the movie screen,” says Osho.
The watcher is always above the mind. The watcher is never part of the mind. The mind is just like a TV screen on which thoughts, dreams, imaginations, projections, desires, and a thousand and one things go on passing. The watcher is not on the screen, he is sitting in the movie hall. But the problem arises when the watcher becomes identified with something on the movie screen.
You must have seen yourself sometimes crying, sometimes laughing, sometimes becoming sad… and you know perfectly well that there is nothing on the screen. It is empty, and all that you are seeing is only a projection, just a film being projected through light.
I have heard that when for the first time the silent movies came into existence, the first show happened in London, and a man watched the movie in the matinee showing. Everybody left, but he remained.
The manager came to him and said, “The show is over.”
He said, “I want to see the second show also.”
The manager said, “What is the point? You have seen it.”
He said, “It is none of your business. This is the money for the ticket. I am not going to leave.”
He saw the second show, and the manager was thinking, “What happens after the second show?” He came back again; the crowd had gone, but the man was still there, because there was still a third show.
The manager said, “Do you want to see the third show also?”
He said, “Yes. This is the money.”
The manager said, “But you have seen it twice!”
He said, “You don’t understand a thing. There is a scene in which a beautiful woman is undressing. “She is just about to become nude and jump into a beautiful lake to swim. At that very moment a train passes by, and that train becomes a curtain, and when the train has gone, the woman is already in the water.”
The manager said, “But I still don’t understand the point.”
The man said, “The point is, the train is going to be late sometime!”
Now the projected film has taken on a reality in his mind. He has become identified; it is no longer a film, he is part of it. He is not waiting, he is not watching; he is participating.
Osho, The Hidden Splendor, Ch 25, Q 1 (excerpt)