Osho talks on ‘Listening / Hearing’: “Listening is all that meditation is about – how to listen to that which is already there.”
Listening is all that meditation is about – how to listen to that which is already there.
In a small school it happened that a small boy sitting in the rear of the classroom appeared to be daydreaming.
“Johnny,” asked the teacher, “do you have trouble hearing?”
“No ma’am,” he replied, “I have trouble listening.”
I know you can hear, there is no trouble about it – but you cannot listen. Listening is totally different from hearing. Listening means hearing without mind; listening means hearing without any interference of your thoughts; listening means hearing as if you are totally empty. If you have even a small trembling of thinking inside, waves of subtle thoughts surrounding you, you will not be able to listen, although you will be able to hear. And to listen to the music, the ancient music, the eternal music, one needs to be totally quiet – as if one is not. When you are, you can hear; when you are not, you can listen.
Osho, Ancient Music in the Pines, Ch 9