Keerti writes that our sensitivity is a door to our inner being and the outer universe. Published in The Asian Age on March 18, 2019.
There is a certain meditation technique in the Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, given by Lord Shiva to Parvati, which makes us feel more alive and opens the doors to the unknown mysteries of life. Shiva says: Feel the cosmos as a translucent ever-living presence.
How can one practice this technique? It cannot happen just by imagining. It is not something like wish-fulfilment, or just a desire arising in our mind. Rather, what we really need is to grow in our sensitivity. Osho explains that every sense must become more alive, and then you can experiment with this technique. He says,
“Everywhere light is – in many, many shapes and forms, light is happening everywhere. Look at it! And everywhere light is because the whole phenomenon is based on the foundation of light. Look at a leaf or a flower or a rock, and sooner or later you will feel rays coming out of it. Just wait patiently. Don’t be in a hurry because nothing is revealed when you are in a hurry. In a hurry you are dull. Wait silently with anything, and you will discover a new phenomenon which was always there, but of which you were not alert – not aware of it.
“‘Feel the cosmos as a translucent ever-living presence,’ and your mind will become completely silent as you feel the presence of the ever-living existence. You will be just a part in it, just a note in the great symphony. No burden, no tension… the drop has fallen into the ocean. But great imagination will be needed in the beginning, and if you are also trying with some other sensitivity training, it will be helpful.
“You can try many ways. Just take someone’s hand into your hand. Close your eyes and feel the life in the other. Feel it, and allow it to move towards you. Feel your own life and allow it to move towards the other. Sit near a tree and touch the bark of the tree. Close your eyes and feel the life arising in the tree, and you change immediately.”
Our sensitivity is a door to our inner being and the outer universe as well, but we are always occupied. Our mind is always busy with useless things, which suck our energy and make us totally insensitive to this amazing universe we are gifted with. There is another Shiva sutra: Vismayo Yoga Bhumika (the preface for Yoga is wonderment). The Yoga life begins with a sense of wonder. Wonderment is essential nourishment to all our senses, which make our being fully alive and vibrant.
“If you feel the whole world as filled with life and light, then you are changing your body chemistry. And this is a chain reaction. When your body chemistry changes, you can look at the world and it will look more alive. And if it looks more alive, your body chemistry will change again, and then it becomes a chain.”
We can live a life of illumination.
Quotes by Osho from
Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Vol 2, Ch 7
Photo credit Bhagawati
Chaitanya Keerti travels around the world to facilitate Osho meditation retreats. He is an editor of Osho World and the author of ‘Osho Fragrance’, ‘The Alchemy of Zen’, ‘Mindfulness: The Master Key’. facebook.com – More articles by the same author on Osho News.