The original and revolutionary forms of meditation of the Indian thinker. His words, edited by Anand Videha, on newsstands with the Corriere della Sera from 18 January. Article from January 17, 2020
For thirty years, Osho – after having “left the body” on January 19, 1990 – has been hovering around the world like a fragrance or a scent, which everyone feels a little bit – something that can be perceived as a stimulus or a nuisance, which some people praise and others besmirch, try to imitate or mock, but it can hardly be ignored.
This presence does not seem to have a precise identity; everyone sees him in a different way, often as if it had to do with different people: adjectives, qualities, forms, the substance and the very history of his existence vary, depending on who meets him, in what stage of life they are living, how much their mind is conditioned by stereotypes and prejudices. Only one thing is true for everyone: no one can define him in a definite way – which would allow us to push him quietly aside…
Something in him keeps calling our attention, invite a new encounter, awaken qualities and dimensions otherwise forgotten… almost as if he were a mirror in which we must look at ourselves, because – beyond easy judgements – everyone has the secret need to see themselves, to find themselves, to understand each other, to create an intimacy with themselves.
In his books, from today on newsstands with the Corriere della Sera (the first issue of the series is Ricominciare da sé – A new start with yourself), the echo of that ignored dimension urges us to live within ourselves differently, including the sphere of being. Something that is increasingly missed, lost in the whirlwind of our daily lives, more and more overloaded with stimuli, commitments and engagements, which leave us perpetually dissatisfied and without energy.
To live within ourselves, as Osho suggests, can really make a difference because it is within us that we seek refuge when living ‘on the outside’ is revealing its limits. And in those moments we often ask ourselves: what is the meaning of my existence? Meeting someone who can help clarify things is vital, as witnessed by the many who, over the decades, have appreciated Osho’s books – which have sold three and a half million copies in Italy alone.
In Osho’s vision: “Everyone is appointed by the divine but we have forgotten completely our mission. We have forgotten even why we are here. We have forgotten the message that has to be delivered… We are living in a deep forgetfulness, and we call it life… If you ask the awakened ones they will call this sheer foolishness. We have to wake up out of this foolishness. We are here to fulfill a certain purpose. Everyone is here to sing a song, to dance a dance, to release a certain perfume, but that is possible only if you become very very conscious. That is possible only if you become so much alert that you can see yourself directly, not via others…
“Zen masters say to their disciples, ‘Discover your original face.’ … Once you know your original face a great joy arises, great bliss is born. Suddenly you see that you are not accidental, you are appointed by god, that you are carrying some important message for existence, that you are needed, that you are fulfilling a certain deep purpose in this great scheme of things. You are fulfilling some intrinsic, organic utility that gives great peace, great joy.”
Osho’s work also gives a unique experiential proposal in the panorama of the many paths of inner search. The path that Osho outlines is in fact the result of an experience that has led him to full realization; he clearly suggests to create our own process and meditative path, and learn to recognize our inner needs, moment to moment.
His inventions, the new and revolutionary methods and forms of meditation, are unique and distinctive, with the emphasis that it is not man who has to adapt to the technique, but it’s the method that has to be at the service of the individual.
Aware of the psychophysical balance that characterizes the contemporary human being – ‘the most artificial man who has ever existed on Earth,’ as he is reported to have said – Osho made a revolutionary contribution to the science of inner transformation: his OSHO® Active Meditations™ allow you to quickly get rid of the stress that the accelerated pace of modern life tends to accumulate. And they are now used around the world as methods to prepare the ground to come to a relaxed state without thoughts. He made it clear that these are only preliminaries that serve to clear the ground from everything that can prevent us from immersing ourselves into the silence that is the essence of meditation.
A message and a vision that many have made their own, collectively seen as a utopia that is concrete and easy to reach and capable of awakening the secret aspiration to a life lived in harmony, with full respect for oneself, others and the environment that hosts us. But, above all, to proceed towards an awakening with means and tools to find it: within oneself.
www.corriere.it – translation and photo by Osho News
Quote by Osho from the darshan diary, No Man is an Island, Ch 23
Italian mainstream newspaper presents Osho compilations with their weekend editions – Nirbija sent details about this new project and will be one of the many readers of the Corriere della Sera to buy the weekly compilation.