"All the World's a Stage We Pass Through" R. Ayana

Thursday 1 January 2009

Special Transmission 1: Total transformation is an eye-blink away

Special Transmission 1
Total transformation is an eye-blink away…

‘Enlightenment is bound to be sudden; it cannot be gradual because it is not an achievement. It is simply a discovery of something forgotten. It is a remembrance, a recognition.

This is called the special transmission. Nothing is transmitted and yet something has transpired… any day, any moment – one never knows, it is unpredictable… something can transpire. And suddenly all is light, suddenly the sun has risen.

Try not to be special. Just be ordinary, and wait in silence for the special transmission. It happens. It has happened before, it can happen now. It is the easiest way to God, to Tao, to the ultimate truth…

The world that we know is not actually the world that is; it is the world that we are projecting. This is a misunderstanding. That’s why the eastern mystics have called our world nothing but a maya, an illusion. It does not mean that the rocks are not there, that the walls are not there and you can pass through them. It does not mean that the matter does not exist. It simply means that what exists is not known by you, and what is known by you is something else. Something certainly exists, but it remains unknown to the mind.

The mind is a barrier. It does not allow you to see, to feel, to know, to understand. It goes on creating misunderstanding, it is the source of all distortions. Hence, unless mind is put aside, understanding does not arise.

Understanding means a state of no-mind. That’s what meditation is all about. Meditation is the art of putting the mind aside, not allowing it to interfere, not allowing it to stand between you and the real. When you face the real without any interference of any kind – philosophical, political, religious – when there is no idea between you and the real, when the real is simply reflected in you like a tree is reflected in the lake or the face is reflected in a mirror, then there is understanding.

Understanding is a byproduct of meditation; misunderstanding is a shadow of the mind. And these are the only two ways a man can live: either one can live as a mind or one can live as a meditation. If you live as a mind you will be living in misunderstanding. But because millions of people all around you are also living in the mind you never become aware that’s what you are doing to reality, how you are distorting it, how you are continuously avoiding it – rather than getting acquainted with it, how your mind is functioning as a barrier… it is not a bridge.

But if you live with people who have the similar minds like you… a Christian living among Christians will never feel there is anything wrong with Christianity. The Hindu can see it very easily because he does not have the same projection. The Jew can see very easily: there is no problem in it. In face, the Jew cannot understand how so many people can be fooled by such simple doctrine. The Christian can see the foolishness of the Hindu – it is so obvious. The Hindu can see the mediocre ideology of the Mohammedans; not much intelligence is needed to see it. The Mohammedan can see the same in Hindus, Christians, Jews. They all go on quarreling with each other trying to prove that the other is wrong, but the reality is that mind is wrong.

…I am not telling you Hinduism is right or Christianity is right or Judaism is right. I am simply telling you mind is wrong and no-mind is right. Now, no-mind cannot have any adjective: it cannot be Hindu, cannot be Mohammedan, cannot be Christian. Mind can have an adjective, is bound to have an adjective. It will have a certain definition, a certain limitation. No-mind is vast like the great space; it is void, it is clear. It is clarity, it is transparency.

But we all live in our prejudices because we are all past-oriented. Whatsoever had been taught to us we go on repeating, whatsoever has been told to us we will go on telling our children. That’s how diseases are transferred from one generation to another generation. We call it heritage, we call it culture, religion, we call it our great past. Past is dead and to carry the dead is to become dead yourself.

To live in the present is the only way to be really alive and in tune with reality. God is always present, never past, never future. You cannot say “God was”, you cannot say “God will be” - you can only say “God is.”

No-mind is: mind never is. Either it belongs to the past… You can look in, you can just try to find out. I am not talking about any abstract theory, I am simply stating a fact. You can experiment with it. You can look into each of your thoughts and you will see from where it comes; it belongs to the past.  Or maybe you have some desire for the future; that too is nothing but a modified past, a refined past. But mind is never present.

And understanding means to be in tune with that which is, to be totally in tune, in accord with Tao, with God, with dhamma, with truth.

My sannyasins don’t belong to any religion; they cannot belong. They belong to reality. They belong to the reality that is without and the reality that is within, and they live in a harmony between the without and the within. That harmony is the ultimate in understanding.

Buddha has called it wisdom, prajna. Buddha has said meditation is the means and wisdom is the end. Meditation is the tree and wisdom is its flowering. But people who go on carrying their prejudices, their ideologies, their political doctrines, their theologies, their nationalities, their pasts, remain stupid.

If you want to remain stupid, cling to the mind. The mind can become very sophisticated, but it is nothing but stupidly sophisticated. It is stupidity pretending to be intelligent; that’s what we call ‘intelligentsia’, the so-called intellectuals.  They are not really intelligent people, they are only pretenders. Professors, authors, philosophers, scholars, these are not intelligent people, otherwise they would have been Buddhas; - they are only intellectuals. Their mind is stuffed with great information – and mind is capable of collecting great information…

Yes, he has a great deal of information – he has become a computer – but if you look into his ordinary life or in moments when his information is of no use, where he has to face life and respond spontaneously, you will immediately see his mediocrity, his stupidity.

It is a well known fact that scholars, professors, philosophers behave very stupidly in situations there spontaneity is needed…

A great scholar is staying in a hotel. He is very upset and complains to the clerk at the reception of the hotel. “What kind of hotel is this?” he cries. “There is no toilet paper in the bathroom!”

“We are very sorry, sir. It must have been a mistake.”

“This is too much! Last night I could not clean myself because there was no paper. You are a bunch of incompetents!”

The manager came to the rescue of the clerk. “Sir, you should have called room service. Don’t you have a tongue?”

“Sure I have, but I’m not a contortionist!”

…As far as Zen is concerned, mind is misunderstanding and no-mind is understanding. If you want to have understanding, move from mind to no-mind. Don’t go on polishing the mind. That’s what people are doing. You can go on polishing it your whole life; you will have a very polished mind in the end, but that will simply mean a very polished misunderstanding. It will be difficult for people to see – your stupidity will be very much hidden – but if you come across a Buddha you will be exposed. Then his X-ray eyes will immediately see that you are just stupid and nothing else…’

- Excerpted from discourses given by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (Osho) at Shree Rajneesh Ashram, Poona, India, July 1-10 1980. Recorded in Zen: The Special Transmission,by Rajneesh Foundation International, 1984.

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