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11 Most Inspiring Osho Quotes On Meditation

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Osho is an Indian spiritual leader, who during his lifetime received quite wide popularity and many followers all around the world. During his spiritual activity, he was a scandalous mystic of our time and developed more than a hundred meditation practices. Many of these practices became very popular around the world. Some of these practices are still very popular today.

Osho had his own unique view on meditation. And, in our opinion, he deserved to be called a meditation Guru of XX century. That’s why we’re called to share with you Osho quotes on meditation. They can be a great tool for inspiring you to make your meditation practice more regular and exciting.

Osho Quotes On Meditation

#1

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A state of meditation is an innocent, silent state. You are blissfully unaware of your awareness. You are, but you are utterly relaxed. You are not in a state of sleep; you are fully alert, more alert than ever. Rather, you are alertness.

Osho, Walking in Zen, Sitting in Zen

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When people come to me and they ask, ‘How to meditate?’ I tell them, ‘There is no need to ask how to meditate, just ask how to remain unoccupied. Meditation happens spontaneously. Just ask how to remain unoccupied, that’s all. That’s the whole trick of meditation – how to remain unoccupied. Then you cannot do anything. The meditation will flower.

Osho, Just Like That

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Meditation is just to be, not doing anything – no action, no thought, no emotion. You just are. And it is a sheer delight. From where does this delight come when you are not doing anything? It comes from nowhere, or, it comes from everywhere. It is uncaused, because the existence is made of the stuff called joy. It needs no cause, no reason. If you are unhappy you have a reason to be unhappy; if you are happy you are simply happy – there is no reason for it. Your mind tries to find a reason because it cannot believe in the uncaused, because it cannot control the uncaused – with the uncaused the mind simply becomes impotent. So the mind goes on finding some reason or other. But I would like to tell you that whenever you are happy, you are happy for no reason at all, whenever you are unhappy, you have some reason to be unhappy – because happiness is just the stuff you are made of. It is your very being, it is your innermost core. Joy is your innermost core.

Osho, Dang Dang Doko Dang

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“Meditation is a state of no-mind. Meditation is a state of pure consciousness with no content. Ordinarily, your consciousness is too much full of rubbish, just like a mirror covered with dust. The mind is a constant traffic: thoughts are moving, desires are moving, memories are moving, ambitions are moving – it is a constant traffic! Day in, day out. Even when you are asleep the mind is functioning, it is dreaming. It is still thinking; it is still in worries and anxieties. It is preparing for the next day; an underground preparation is going on.

This is the state of no meditation – just the opposite is meditation. When there is no traffic and thinking has ceased, no thought moves, no desire stirs, you are utterly silent – that silence is meditation. And in that silence truth is known, and never otherwise. Meditation is a state of no-mind.

Osho, Philosophia Perennis

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Don’t do anything – no repetition of mantra, no repetition of the name of god – just watch whatever the mind is doing. Don’t disturb it, don’t prevent it, don’t repress it; don’t do anything at all on your part. You just be a watcher, and the miracle of watching is meditation. As you watch, slowly mind becomes empty of thoughts; but you are not falling asleep, you are becoming more alert, more aware.

As the mind becomes completely empty, your whole energy becomes aflame of awakening. This flame is the result of meditation. So you can say meditation is another name of watching, witnessing, observing – without any judgment, without any evaluation. Just by watching, you immediately get out of the mind.

Osho, The Invitation

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The mind cannot penetrate meditation; where mind ends, meditation begins. This has to be remembered, because in our life, whatsoever we do, we do through the mind; whatsoever we achieve, we achieve through the mind.

Osho, Ancient Music in the Pines

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When only consciousness remains without an object, that state is called meditation. I am using the word meditation in this sense.

Osho, The Path of Meditation

#8

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When I use the words “inner journey”, I simply mean that you have looked at one aspect of the journey in your life called “outer”, now try to look at another aspect of the journey called “inner”. You have been running after money, now run after meditation. You have been running after power, now run after God. Both are running. Once you start running after meditation then one day I will tell you, “Now drop meditation too. Now stop running.” And when you stop running then real meditation happens.

Osho, The Wisdom of the Sands

#9

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Do you know that the words meditation and medicine come from the same root? Meditation is a kind of medicine; its use is only for the time being. Once you have learned the quality, then you need not do any particular meditation, then the meditation has to spread all over your life. Only when you are meditative twenty-four hours a day then can you attain, then you have attained. Even sleeping is meditation.

Osho, The Sun Rises in the Evening

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In meditation, once you are gone in, you are gone in. Then, even when you resurrect you are a totally different person. The old personality is nowhere to be found. You have to start your life again from ABC. You have to learn everything with fresh eyes, with a totally new heart. That’s why meditation creates fear.

Osho, Rinzai: Master of the Irrational

#11

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Meditation is enough. Everything else follows on its own.

Osho, The Great Pilgrimage: From Here to Here

 

 

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11 Most Extraordinary Yoga Quotes

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I collect quotes. I like to look for wise sayings when I feel depressed or when I need to change something in my mind. Quotes inspire me and remind me of what is really important in life. I write them down on stickers and stick them on my desktop or mirror. For those of you who are looking for inspiration and wisdom, I want to share with you a selection of my favorite yoga quotes. I believe these wise sayings can be a great tool for inspiration. Enjoy!

#1

Yoga is not a therapy. In the West many psychological therapies are now prevalent, and many Western psychologists think that Yoga is also a therapy. It is not! It is a discipline. And what is the difference? This is the difference: a therapy is needed if you are ill, a therapy is needed if you are diseased, a therapy is needed if you are pathological. A discipline is needed even when you are healthy. Really, only when you are healthy can a discipline then help. It is not for pathological cases.

– Osho

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Yoga is the fountain of youth. You’re only as young as your spine is flexible.

– Bob Harper

#3

Yoga is not about touching your toes. It is what you learn on the way down.

– Jigar Gor

#4

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The attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga.

– Yogi Bhajan

#5

Yoga is the art work of awareness on the canvas of body, mind, and soul.

– Amit Ray

#6

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Smiling is mouth yoga.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

#7

One of the fundamental principles of yoga: a small action done repeatedly can make an enormous difference.

– Dr. Timothy McCall

#8

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Yoga is for internal cleansing, not external exercising. Yoga means true self-knowledge.

– Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

#9

Where is the delusion when truth is known? Where is the disease when the mind is clear? Where is death when the Breath is controlled? Therefore surrender to Yoga.

– T. Krishnamacharya

#10

The word yoga is the same as the English word “yoke”. So in the New Testament when Jesus Christ says, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light,” my interpretation is that he’s referring to yoga. It means “union” – Union of the body, mind and the spirit as one continuum of consciousness.

– Deepak Chopra

#11

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Yoga is the dance of every cell with the music of every breath that creates inner serenity and harmony.

– Debasish Mridha

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17 Most Enlightening Rumi Quotes On Life

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Rumi quotes on life are a great inspiration tool. Reading his thoughts on life through his poetry whether you want it or not you begin contemplating the deeper meaning of life and its purpose.

Previously we already shared with you inspirational Rumi quotes on love. This time we picked the most inspiring Rumi quotes on life. In our opinion, these quotes are very special due to the unique energy that they radiate. This is the energy of inspiration that forces you to rethink your life and start to observe its miracles and gifts.

Moreover, these quotes are clues to the deeper truth of life. That’s why they can serve as a great tool for your self-transformation and as a guide on your journey.

The most beautiful thing about Rumi quotes on life is that they contain a very deep mysterious truth. This quality gives us an opportunity to return to his poems over and over again and still discover new depths and understanding each time we come back to it.

We hope you will enjoy these Rumi quotes on life and find something that inspires you to live your life to the fullest!

Rumi Quotes On Life

#1

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“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop”

#2

 “Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.”

#3

“Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”

#4

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“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?”

#5

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”

#6

“What you seek is seeking you.”

#7

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“Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life.”

#8

“Yesterday is gone and its tale told. Today new seeds are growing.”

#9

“Shine like the universe is yours.”

#10

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“You’ve seen my descent. Now watch my rising.”

#11

“Life is a balance between holding on and letting go.”

#12

“The art of knowing is knowing what to ignore.”

#13

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When the world pushes you to your knees, you’re in the perfect position to pray.

#14

“Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open.”

#15 

“The quieter you become the more you are able to hear.”

#16

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“Forget safety. Live where you fear to live.”

#17

“As you start to walk on the way, the way appears.”

 

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10 Osho’s Commandments To Live By

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In this article, I’m going to talk about Osho’s commandments to live by. But at the same time, as you know, according to Osho philosophy, it’s always a disease to ask for advice. He liked to say that first, we should use our own mind – give it a chance to get sharper.

There is no need to postpone the search for the answers to your questions. All of postponement is inconvenient. A person of integration does not put off the most important thing in his life – self-knowledge. Osho liked to say: “come in, the doors are open!”.

In 1970, one correspondent asked Osho to give his 10 commandments. He replied: “You ask for my ten commandments. This is a difficult task because I am against any commandments”. And then “for fun” he gave his list. So here they are Osho’s commandments to live by.

10 Osho’s Commandments

1. Never obey anyone’s commandment unless it is coming from within you also.

This is one of the most paradoxical Osho’s commandments! Just think about it – “My first commandment – never obey anyone’s commandments”.

According to Osho life is so vast, so strange, so mysterious, it cannot be reduced to a rule or commandment. All the commands are too small; they cannot contain life and vital energies. Therefore, the first commandment is that there are no commandments is quite significant.

A true man does not live by rules or commandments. It’s a pseudohalogen. The real man just lives.

Yes, if you ask a genuine person, he can tell you certain rules, but they are not rules that he follows himself. He just found them on the way of life, like collecting seashells on the beach. He didn’t plan to collect seashells, he was going to enjoy the early morning, fresh air, sun, sea, sand. And by the way, he found these seashells.

All the rules are collected by people who do not follow them. Because the people who follow commandments and rules have committed suicide a long time ago.

Anyone who lives by the rule destroys himself, poisons himself, because this rule is found by someone, not you, somewhere where you will never be, in some time, in some space, which is not your time and not your space. It is very dangerous to follow the rules. You will distract your life from its center.

2. There is no God other than life itself.

Friedrich Nietzsche says: “God is dead”. That’s not right, because God has never existed. Life is existence. It always has been existed, always will be. That’s why we all should allow ourselves to be obsessed with life.

The so-called religions of the past have always told us the exact opposite. They say, “Deny.” And Osho says, “Celebrate!” The religions say that life is something untrue, and illusory. They created an abstract idea of God, which is nothing but a projection of their own minds. And they worship that projection. What exists is denied for the sake of what is merely an abstraction of the mind. God is only the word, but they say that God is real.

Reality is life. You feel it in your heartbeat, it pulsates in your blood, it is everywhere – in flowers, rivers, stars. And religions say it’s all Maya, an illusion. They say it’s made of the same stuff as dreams. And they create God – and each of them, of course, creates God in his own imagination. That’s why there are thousands of gods.

3. Truth is within you, do not search for it elsewhere.

This is the main feature of the truth – you have to find it by yourself.

Osho liked to say that everyone should discover his own truth. We can learn from Buddha with the hope and confidence that one day we will find our own truth.

But don’t try to borrow somebody else’s truth. We can only borrow words. But words are meaningless. The true meaning and understanding come only from the experience.

4. Love is prayer.

Osho didn’t say “pray” because according to his belief there is no God to pray to. He said that that prayer makes people religious. It gives false religiosity. That’s why he suggested replacing the word “prayer” with the word ” love”.

Osho didn’t mean love for some invisible God. He meant love to all human beings, animals, trees, oceans, mountains. He said we should spread our wings of love as wide as we can.

Love doesn’t need a system of faith. Even atheists, communists, and materialists are capable of love.

Love is something that is inherent to you, not something imposed from the outside.

5. To become nothingness is the door to truth. Nothingness itself is the means, the goal, and attainment.

Everyone wants to be extraordinary, this is very common. But to be ordinary and just relax in this ordinary existence is the highest extraordinary quality.

The one who perceives his ordinariness without any discontent and grumbling but with joy – only such a person cannot destroy his bliss. No one will steal it, no one will take it.

6. Life is now and here.

Never think about the past, as you are wasting the present, which is the only real thing in your hands. And never think about the future, because no one knows what tomorrow will be, how tomorrow will be, how everything will turn out, where you will land – you can not imagine it.

Stay in the moment, truly in the moment, the here and now as if there was never yesterday and tomorrow will never come – only then can you be completely here and now.

And this fullness of being in the present connects you with existence, because existence does not know the past, does not know the future. It’s always here and now.

When you’re all here, yesterday doesn’t pull you back, tomorrow doesn’t pull you somewhere else, you’re completely relaxed.

7. Live wakefully.

According to Osho to live awakened means to realize that you are outside the mind that determines you. When you’re experiencing the state of “beyond the mind” you are able to clearly see the mind as an object of perception. This does not mean that your mind disappears. It just means that you do not live in your mind anymore. And it is at this stage you start watching and controlling your mind. The mind is still present, but you are not its prisoner anymore.

At this stage, it is important to allow your observation to gain full strength through meditation. This is where the “emptying of consciousness” should take place. If you are not conscious, it is very easy to slip back into the clutches of the mind. But it is also possible to see the horizon. We know what it takes to make it happen. No one can make “this” happen, but it is necessary to create an opportunity for “this” to happen.

8. Do not swim – float.

Osho said that the river of life flows and we should flow with it. We don’t need to swim; we just need to let the river guide us. We shouldn’t fight it, we shouldn’t waste our energy fighting it. We just should relax and move with the flow.

If we can move with the flow without any conflicts, without looking back to our part, then suddenly we will start to realize that we are not a river. We will feel that the river is around us, but we are not the river.

When we’re fighting with the river of life we lose ourself. Don’t fight! There is no need for this because by fighting you can not enter the change. So don’t be afraid. Live in peace. Don’t be afraid, because when you’re afraid the world cannot enter you. Live it!

9. Die each moment so that you can be new each moment.

According to Osho, we should start dying every moment for our past. We should cleanse ourselves of the past every moment. If we learn how to die for the known then the unknown becomes available to us. Dying and allowing ourselves to be reborn in every moment, we can live life and we can live death.

Osho said that this is the true spirituality: to live death to the fullest and to live life to the fullest. He said we should live life and death so fervently, that we’ll have nothing left as not experienced behind, even death. If we can live life and death totally, then we will go beyond.

In this tremendous passion and the fullness of life and death, we will go beyond duality and will come to One. Being One is the real truth. You can call it God, you can call it life, you can call it truth, Samadhi, ecstasy, or whatever you want to.

10. Do not search. That which is, is. Stop and see.

When you start searching, you take the wrong starting point. In the search itself, you start from the fact that you don’t have what you’re searching for — that’s where the mistake is. You have to accept that you already have what you’re searching for. Starting to look for something, you immediately become neurotic, because you can not find anything — there is no place to look for because everything is already found.

You are like a man who’s looking for glasses while they are already on his eyes, on his nose: he’s looking through the glasses and looking for them! He will never find them unless he remembers that the search is in vain unless he remembers: “If I see something, then the glasses are already in front of my eyes; how else would I see?”

There is a hidden truth in everything we see. A seeker is always sought — that is the problem, the only problem that human beings are trying  to endlessly solve and which is increasingly confounding them. Rather than seeking, an individual would do better to simply become still and try to develop more awareness. Then the answers to their questions simply reveal themselves through effortless observation as opposed to tireless searching.

Should We Follow Osho’s Commandments?

At the end of this article about 10 Osho’s commandments, I want to remind you about 2 very important things.

First of all, Osho gave this list for fun;

Secondary, out of Osho’s 10 commandments the first one is the most important one – “never obey anyone’s commandment unless it is coming from within you also”. In other words, the most important commandment is there are no commandments!

Remember to listen to your heart and voice within when you decide if you want to follow Osho’s commandments!

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