Press coverage, 2004) |
The Hindustan Times, New Delhi
The mirror of consciousness
THE INNER VOICE | Swami Chaitanya Keerti
There's a famous story told by Mevlana Jelaludin Rumi. Once, a great emperor
called the greatest artists of his time to create the ultimate throne room. He
prepared two rooms, divided by a curtain. On one side sat the greatest artisans
of China while on the other were the best creators from Greece.
The Chinese, with their extraordinary technique and skill, created an elaborate
and ornate room befitting the emperor. In the other room, the Greeks laid white
marble on the floor and walls. Once the rooms were done, the emperor got a peek
The Chinese room was done in rich brocade, gold and finery. On the other hand,the room prepared by the Greek artists was so well polished, it
reflected everything in the other room, yet remained completely empty.
This story signifies the process of meditation and its ultimate realisation of
truth. Polishing the marble denotes removing dust - that of thoughts
and imagination related to our past - from the mirror of our consciousness.
says: "Your consciousness has to be cleaned, emptied, so you can become a pure
mirror reflecting reality. To be able to reflect reality is to know God, who is
just another name for reality."
So how does one clean one's consciousness? Watch and witness whatever you do.
Simply sit and watch your body, thoughts and emotions. Witness your whole being
from within. Witness that you are not the body. Witness that you are not the
mind. Witness that you are only a witness. Just pure consciousness. And once you
realise this, you come in touch with your eternal life and your immortal being.
Pioneer, New Delhi
Main hoon na
Swami Chaitanya Keerti
Relationships are always a big issue in life - the only one. We spend life thinking and worrying how to relate with others, how deeply or superficially we should involve ourselves with them. We often get into all kinds of entanglements. And each relationship promises pleasure in the beginning then turns sour. Some create insecurity, others make us dependent.
Some relationships appear so beautiful we don't want to lose them and become possessive. Then comes bondage leading to suffering and misery. Relationships create extreme reactions in our being - either we become possessive or start escaping. And these extreme situations are not healthy and harmonious. They have nothing much to do with love - they are weaknesses, dependence on others. They keep our mind, heart and emotions in turmoil. They are not nourishing.
Love is real nourishment but it has nothing much to do with the way we relate with people.
Love is a pure joy but these relationships suck our life and leave us in anguish. What is the way then? How to go beyond bondage and misery?
Osho guides us: My vision of a real humanity is of pure individuals relating to each other but not tied in any relationship. They will be loving to each other but not being possessive. They will be sharing with all their joys and blessings, but never even in their dreams thinking of dominating, thinking of enslaving the other.
My vision of real humanity is of a world consisting not of families, nations or races, but individuals.
He says: "Going beyond needs, demands, desires, love becomes a soft sharing, great understanding. When you understand yourself, that day you have understood whole of humanity. Then nobody can make you miserable..."
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
The way of the Zen: Just being
Swami Chaitanya Keerti
Marjorie Hansen, the author of The Confident Woman uses a very interesting
phrase for people in her book. She calls them Human Doings rather than Human
The enlightened mystics of the East have also talked about these two categories.
Doing is our karma, and being is our consciousness. From the moment we get up in
the morning to the moment we hit the bed at night, we remain engaged in all
kinds of doings. And when we sleep, our minds remain engaged in dreaming.
Unfortunately, this divine gift of life does not get enough attention and nourishment from
us. It is a rule of life that anything that gets attention from us becomes nourished. Lack of attention causes
starvation. Pay attention to negativity and the negativity increases. Yes, it is important to work in
News Today, Chennai
Meet Satyaraj, the philosopher
Chennai, July 3 2004:
What do Periyar and Osho have in common? While the former was a rationalist who
worked among people to convince them to reject every religion, the latter, a godman
preached freedom from every man-made shackle including religion.
Ask actor Satyaraj and he will tell you that 'both were revolutionaries in their own way'.
We know the actor in Satyaraj. But he now sounded philosophical. Satyaraj, with apparent rationalist leanings argues that
the two 'wanted to break the 'chains' in the mind which links their thought
This was the view of Socrates, Buddha , Jesus and Krishna too,
he asserts. The actor, who is known for his on-screen and off-screen wit, seems to
be an avid reader of Osho. On his introduction to Osho's teachings, the actor
said he had become 'hooked' to his teaching ever since he chanced upon a translated version of a book of the 'free-thinking' philosopher in
Tamil sent to him by 'someone'.
'I am a BSc graduate. But when it comes to reading English, I struggle. The Tamil translation came as a blessing', he admitted.
'I started to read Osho about seven years back only because I wanted to do something wrong. I was curious to know what the godman had said as
Osho's reputation as a sex godman intrigued me', the actor admitted candidly
amidst laughter at a book release function at Landmark yesterday.
The event was held to launch the Tamil translation of Osho's 'Autobiography of a Spiritually Incorrect Mystic' called 'Buddarin
Setting the mood jovial, Satyaraj went on to say: 'Well I was reading and reading every page with the intent of reaching 'those' pages but
was still not at it thus frustrating me. After going through about 50 pages I
actually forgot about sex and became interested in the book'.
The rounds of humour were laced with traces of seriousness. 'We need constant awareness about unawareness.' said the actor who did not miss
the occasion to take a dig at societal admiration for actors in Tamilnadu and their
belief about self.
According to the actor, Osho has written about 'the character of god' rather than giving a shape and appearance to God. 'I believe there is a
character of God, unlike what is projected in every religion'.
'God is man made', he argues and hence 'should not be taken
seriously', he adds claiming that Osho was a much misunderstood man.
The Tamil translation was published by Kannadhasan Pathippagam which along with Osho Premveena Meditation Centre, Coimbatore, organised the
The Times of India, New Delhi
Guru Vandana Week
(OshoWorld June 28-July 3)
June 29, 2004
Experience life in all possible ways - good-bad, bitter-sweet, dark-light,
summer-winter. Experience all the dualities. Don't be afraid of experience...the more experience you have, the more mature you become.
Ecstasy is our very nature; to be ecstatic is natural, spontaneous. It needs no
effort to be ecstatic, it needs great effort to be miserable. That's why you
look so tired, because misery is really hard work; to maintain it is really
difficult, because you are doing something against nature.
Remain in wonder if you want the mysteries to open up for you. Mysteries never
open up for those who go on questioning. Questioners sooner or later end up in a
library. Questioners sooner or later end up with scriptures, because scriptures
are full of answers. And answers are dangerous, they kill your wonder.
All the Buddhas of all the ages have been telling you a very simple fact: Be -
don't try to become. Within these two words, be and becoming, your whole life is
contained. Being is enlightenment, becoming is ignorance.
No dead principles can help, but only living consciousness. Be absolutely unprincipled and just follow life.
You can go on changing the outer for lives and you will never be
satisfied; something or other will remain to be changed. Unless the inner changes, the
outer can never be perfect.
Osho's thoughts, compiled by Swami Chaitanya Keerti
The Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Where does man come from?
Swami Chaitanya Keerti
June 25, 2004
The modern man has a deep trust in science because science more often than not tries to give some logical answers to eternal questions. Recently a genetic study found that the 13th century warrior Genghis Khan was a "prolific lover." It also found that nearly eight per cent of the men living in the region of the former Mongol empire carry Y-chromosomes that are nearly identical with that of Genghis Khan.
Spiritually speaking, this report answers one question but raises many questions.
Another geneticist, Spencer Wells, who claimed to have analysed DNAs of people from all over the world, concluded that all human beings have descended from a single man who lived in Africa around 60,000 years ago.
Now, we can conclude that this man who lived in Africa around 60,000 years ago, must have been our own Brahma, the original source of all life in this universe. But then the question remains from where did this African come from? What was before him, so on and so forth? Another question arises that whether in the last 60,000 years enlightened beings as Lord Krishna, the Buddha, Lord Mahavira, LaoTse, Guru Nanak, Kabir among many others, descended from this African man?
Science tries to demystify creation and many people believe the answers. But creation remains a mystery despite all answers. The life of a scientist, who tries to demystify creation, will also end one day. Sadly, even he doesn't know where he came from and where he will go. Does any one know?
Hindustan Times, New Delhi|
Determination opens many doors
Swami Chaitanya Keerti
June 15, 2004
We often say we are seeking truth or searching God and we want our life to be
peaceful, content and blissful. We make efforts to attain all this but our
efforts don't produce any results. We become more frustrated than before. This
is all because our efforts are lukewarm and our quest has no real determination
Osho once told the story of a Sufi saint, Farid. A man once asked him the way to
attain God. Farid looked into his eyes and saw thirst. He was on his
way to the river so he asked the man to accompany him and promised to show him the
way to attain God after they'd bathed.
They arrived at the river and as soon as the man plunged, Farid grabbed
the man's head and pushed it down into the water with great force. The man
began to struggle to free himself from Farid's grip.
He was much weaker than the saint but his latent strength gradually began to
stir and soon it became impossible for the saint to hold him down. The
man pushed himself to the limit and was eventually able to get out of the river.. He
was shocked. Farid was laughing loudly.
After the man calmed down, the saint asked him, "When you were under
the water what desires did you have in your mind?" He replied, "Desires! There
weren't desires, there was just one desire — to get a breath of air." The saint
said, "This is the secret of attaining God. This is determination. And your
determination awakened all your latent powers."
In a real moment of intense determination, great strength is generated — and a
man can pass from the world into truth; by determination one can awaken from the
dream to the truth.
The Times of India
THE SPEAKING TREE
Zorba the Buddha: The Complete Man
8 June, 2004
The traditional concept of man was that of a materialist or spiritualist, moral or immoral person, sinner or saint. A divided man is miserable. He is neither healthy nor whole; the other half that has been denied will go on taking revenge. It will find ways and means to overcome the part you have imposed upon yourself. You will become a battleground, there will be civil war.
In the past we were unable to create real human beings; we made humanoids. A
humanoid is one who looks like a human being but is utterly challenged. He has
not been allowed to bloom in his totality. He is adhoora, and because
he is halfis always tense; he cannot celebrate. Celebration is the fragrance of being whole.
Only a fulfilled tree will flower. Man is yet to flower. The new man will be
earthy and divine, worldly and other-worldly. The new man will accept his totality and he will live it without any inner division, without
getting split. His god will not be opposed to the devil, his moralitywill not be
opposed to immorality; he will know no opposition.
He will transcend duality, he will not be schizophrenic. With the new man will
come a new world, because the new man will perceive in a qualitatively different way. He will live a totally different life. He will be a mystic, poet,
scientist. all at once.
The moment a child grows to become whole, society starts to suffocate him, stifling and cutting him into fragments, telling him what to do and what not to do, what to be and what not to be.
Losing his wholeness, he becomes guilty about his whole being. He denies much that is natural, and in that very denial he becomes uncreative. Now he will be only a fragment, and a fragment cannot dance, a fragment cannot sing. And a fragment is always suicidal because the fragment cannot know what life is. The humanoid cannot decide on his own.
Others have been deciding for him — his parents, the teachers, the leaders, the
priests; they have taken all his decisiveness. They decide, they order; he
simply follows. The humanoid is a slave.
My concept of the new man is that he will be Zorba the Greek and he will also be
Gautama the Buddha. The new man will be Zorba the Buddha. He will be sensuous
and spiritual — in the body, yet with a great consciousness, a great witnessing. He will be Christ and Epicurus together. Religion failed because it was too
other-worldly. It neglected this world. And you cannot neglect this world; to
neglect this world is to neglect your own roots. Science has failed because it
neglected the other world, the inner, and you cannot neglect the flowers.
Once you do that, neglect the innermost core of being, life loses all meaning.
The tree needs roots, so man needs roots, and the roots can only be in the
earth. The tree needs an open sky to grow, to come to great foliage and to have
thousands of flowers. Then only is the tree fulfilled, then only does the tree
feel significance and meaning and life becomes relevant.
Religion talks only of flowers that remain philosophical, abstract; they never
materialize because they are removed from earth. And science has failed because
it cares only about the roots.
We now need a new humanity in which religion and science become two aspects of
one human being. And art will be the bridge. That’s why I say that the new man
will be a mystic, a poet and a scientist.
( Compiled by Swami Chaitanya Keerti, Osho World Foundation .)
The Hindustan Times, New Delhi|
Know your being
Swami Chaitanya Keerti
2 June, 2004
Those who were praising you to the skies and falling at your feet yesterday are ridiculing and lampooning you today. Those who were dying to befriend you yesterday do not want to see your face today.
This always happens in the life of not only individuals but in societies and nations. This happens mainly in the East and particularly in India where emotions rule more than the reason.
We make ordinary people heroes and when they fall in our eyes, we crush them to pieces. This is a love-hate relationship and we express both emotions in such way that it becomes a catharsis. When there is too much love, know well there will be eruption of hate too.
Realising this phenomenon of love-hate, success-failure as two sides of the same coin, our ancient seers taught us how to deal with such situations. They brought in the dimension of witnessing consciousness, what is known in Sanskrit as sakshin. Societies, nations and races have collective consciousness or unconsciousness, but it is the individual alone who can enter into the realm of witnessing consciousness. This way, his spiritual quotient grows and his spiritual growth becomes a shining example. Lord Krishna makes Arjuna aware of this dimension on the battlefield of Mahabharta.
Meditation makes us realise this, and we transcend the storm of emotions, we become what Osho calls as "watcher on the hill." This state of consciousness is serenity and bliss.
Osho says: "Nothing fails like success! Failure fails, success fails. There is only one possibility, that you know your being, only that satisfies, only that never fails."
Admirer Dr. Manmohan Singh becomes Prime Minister of India
Universally recognised as one of the most non-political faces of
Indian politics, Dr Manmohan Singh is best known as the
"liberator" of Indian economy. As the Union Finance Minister in the government (1991-96), he liberalised the economy to put India on the path of globalisation.
Dr. Manmohan Singh is Osho admirer. In 1997, he launched Osho's book "India My Love" and said:
"This book 'India My Love' by Osho brings together some of the choicest
selections of the writing, the discourses of a great Indian, a great mystic, a
great philosopher...In his own way, Osho captured the essence of ancient wisdom,
related it to contemporary needs, tempered it with the modern times and became a
powerful messenger of eternal Indian thought and Indian wisdom."
The Asian Age
7 November, 2000
Guru Nanak, Osho will keep inspiring world: Manmohan
New Delhi, Nov.6: In a scenario where the world is changing at a hectic pace
which often makes it difficult to maintain one’s equilibrium, it is necessary
for man to turn to fundamental truths exemplified in religion, said former
finance minister Manmohan Singh.
However, he said, religion did not mean dogmas or worshipping of one or the
other deity. It was important to combine science with spirituality so that the
human race can lead a life of dignity and self-respect and inner contentednes.
Inaugurating the Guru Nanak Week organised by Osho world Galeria here on Sunday
evening, Dr. Singh described the guru as the most modern patron saint of India
as he had expressed his thoughts on all the problems perplexing mankind today,
including environmental degradation, gender equality, human rights and so on.
Releasing a compact disc of Osho’s analysis of Japuji, which encompasses the
basic thought that pervades the Guru Granth Saheb, the leader of the Opposition
in the Rajya Sabha said analysis of this kind would inspire future generations
of people in all parts of the world. Whenever human beings ask these questions
on how to improve human condition, I am sure Osho’s thought will be uppermost on
their mind, he added.
While he had never met Osho, Dr. Singh said that he had always increasingly
found that his is truly a psalm of peace which gives me contentment. It also
enlightens me and it opens up new vistas of exploration about the redemption of
human condition. Later Dr. Singh wrote in the Osho World visitor’s book that
Osho’s life and work will continue to inspire future generations of humankind
and his powerful message of essential unity of mankind will equip us to evolve a
new global ethics for the improvement of the human condition.
Dr. Ajit Singh, professor of music at Delhi University, rendered shabad kirtan
from the verses of Guru Nanak on the first day of Guru Nanak week to a meditative listeners. He will also present on Gurupurab, november 11, at the
conclusion of this special week. ( UNI)
Noted classical singer Shubha Mudgal held an exclusive concert in Delhi on Saturday (8th of December, 2002, Venue: Ficci Auditorium New Delhi) evening to commemorate the 70th birth anniversary of Osho. Shubha sang the bhajans of Meera and Kabir at the event attended by several politicians and celebrities from various fields. After the performance former Union Finance Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh released the album Prem Ki Madhushala, which has verses from Meera and Kabir in the voice of Shubha. Also a commemorative first day cover on Osho was released by Dr. Manmohan Singh at the function.