Deva Dosa contemplates miraculous healings and insights from an abundance of zoom offerings facilitated by the Osho Atlanta team and others.
A year ago, no one could have imagined a pandemic or that Zoom would become essential to meditators. The unexpected joy of the large Zoom sangha of global meditators, practicing nightly and on weekends for about 9 months, is a profound enrichment to many. The major commitment of Osho Atlanta Meetup, led by Anuradha and Paritosh, is a very meaningful seva that transforms “corona to karuna.” Their total leadership demonstrates profound patience and major skills in organization, hosting, content, and coordination around the world. Their love and sincerity create a daily oasis appreciated by many. This delightful group, maximizing WhatsApp for a streamlined flow of information, keeps everyone connected to each other and the Master.
The generosity of guest facilitators and their teams is a boon of mysterious proportion. Events freely offered by Chaitanya Keerti, Milarepa, Anand Arun, Videha, Satya Vedant (Dr. Vasant Joshi), Gyankirti, Rakesh Shah, MD, Tenzin Lama, Shailendra Saraswati and Ma Priya, Govind Ajay, Hypnotherapist, and many others, have greatly increased my inner gold. Think of all the airfares and expenses they’ve saved us. Most surprising, the online sessions are as transformative as deep retreat experiences.
Through many sessions this year, I’ve learned to accept that my dreams for a “normal” life – home, relationship, career – were shattered for a reason. From the wholeness perspective, the spirit may actually require ego shattering, as painful as that may be, to redirect us or to deepen into the real.
A sannyasin once asked, “Osho, do you really have to break my heart?”
Osho answered, “Yes… It is a thankless task.” ¹
Soul healing defies words but I’ll try. Through grace, my long-time grief vanished this summer when master healer Videha shared a supercharged haiku. The simplicity of three lines by Zen poet Chōshū are powerful medicine. Hearing his words in deep meditation, I was set free and my psyche completely re-organized in that moment.
The moon in the water;
Broken and broken again,
Still it is there.
When our dreams shatter, we tend to “look down” and fixate on the broken pieces at our feet. We may live in a panic and scramble to salvage shards of a hope that did not happen.
In a flash, this masterful haiku interrupted an unexamined perspective of grief. The poem gave me a new option: To LOOK UP at the full moon, never broken, always whole. Through grace, I became unstuck from a trance of staring at the broken reflection on the water. A new choice, an indestructible reality, revealed itself.
Speaking about this extraordinary haiku, Osho answers to all of life’s breakage:
It is almost unbelievable how Zen poets have said things. No other language has been able to rise to such heights. What Chōshū is saying:
The moon in the water;
Broken and broken again… because each time wind comes, a wave comes, the moon is broken in a thousand pieces. But again the lake becomes silent and all the broken pieces all over the lake start gathering again. Because it is a reflection the moon is never broken, it is only the reflection that is broken. And because the moon is never broken, it does not matter that its reflection is broken a thousand times.
All our bodies, all our minds, all our lives are nothing but reflections of the real moon… broken a thousand times. Still, in the innermost core of your being, the moon is as full and as perfect as ever. ²
LOOK UP! When friends tell me about their terrible problems, I now tell them to just look up. Our dreams can’t be fixed or forced. Oftentimes dreams are supposed to shatter. Why? Because you are far more than your closely-held dream. Dreams are typically generated at the ego level. Make use of the breakage. You can realize your own infinity through a dismantling of dreams. To be free of delusion and find a grander path, accept the required shattering as it comes from a Divine hammer. As Rumi says, “You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens.” This is the wholeness perspective.
As the final story in this series, I offer it in deepest gratitude to the Zooming sangha. Existence needs you! My wish for newcomers is that they understand the magnitude of meditation’s healing power. Whenever you wonder how to heal your heart or release broken dreams, LOOK UP. Allow the wholeness to re-organize life for you.
Osho’s discourse excerpts
¹ The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha, Vol 5, Ch 2, Q 1
² Dogen, The Zen Master: A Search and a Fulfillment, Ch 7
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- Videha’s website: pilgrimsofemptiness.com
- All articles in this Series: Zooming Grace
- Osho Amritam Meditation Center, Edison NJ: facebook.com/OshoAmritam
- Osho Nirvana, CA: www.oshosandiego.com
Article by Deva Dosa