LISTEN TO OSHO SPEAK ON
LOOK UPON A BOWL WITHOUT SEEING THE
SIDES OR THE MATERIAL. IN A FEW MOMENTS BECOME AWARE.
Look at anything. A bowl or any object
will do, but look with a different quality.
LOOK UPON A BOWL WITHOUT SEEING THE
SIDES OR THE MATERIAL.
Look upon any object, but with these
two conditions... Do not look at the sides, look at the object as a
whole. Ordinarily, we look at parts. It may not be done so
consciously, but we look at parts. If I look at you, first I see your
face, then your torso, and then your whole body. Look at an object as
a whole; do not divide it in parts. Why? Because when you divide
something in parts, the eyes have an opportunity to move from one part
to another. Look at a thing as a whole. You can do it.
I can look at all of you in two ways. I
can look from this side and then move. I can look at A, then at B,
then I look at C and go on moving. When I look at A, B and C, I am not
present -- or just present on the fringe, but not focused. When I look
at B, I am leaving A. When I look at C, A has been completely lost; he
has gone out of my focus. I can look at this group in this manner, but
I can look at the whole group without dividing it into individuals,
into units, taking it as a whole.
Try it. First look at a thing moving
from one fragment to another. Then suddenly look at this thing as a
whole; do not divide it. When you look at a thing as a whole, the eyes
have no need to move. In order not to give any opportunity for
movement, this has been made a condition: look at an object totally,
taken as a whole. And secondly, without seeing the material. If the
bowl is of wood, do not see the wood: just see the bowl, the form. Do
not see the substance.
It may be of gold, it may be of silver
-- observe it. Do not look at the material of which it is made, just
look at the form. The first thing is to look at it as a whole.
Secondly, look at it as a form, not as a substance. Why? Because
substance is the material part, form is the spiritual part, and you
are to move from the material to the non-material. It will be helpful.
Try it. You can try it with anyone.
Some man or some woman is standing: look, and take the man or woman
wholly into your look, totally into it. It will be a weird feeling in
the beginning because you are not habituated this way, but it is very
beautiful in the end. And then, do not think about whether the body is
beautiful or not, white or black, man or woman. Do not think; just
look at the form. Forget the substance and just look at the form.
In a few moments become aware. Go on
looking at the form as a whole. Do not allow the eyes any movement. Do
not start thinking about the material. What will happen? You will
suddenly become aware of your self. Looking at something, you will
become aware of your self. Why? Because for the eyes there is no
possibility to move outwards. The form has been taken as a whole, so
you cannot move to the parts. The material has been dropped; pure form
has been taken. Now you cannot think about gold, wood, silver, etc.
A form is pure form. No thinking about
it is possible. A form is just a form; you cannot think about it. If
it is of gold, you can think many things. You would like, you may like
to steal it, or to do something with it, or to sell it, or you can
think about the price -- many things are possible. But of pure form,
no thinking is possible. Pure form stops thinking. And there is no
possibility of changing from one part to another; you have taken it as
Remain with the whole and the form.
Suddenly you will become aware of yourself, because now the eyes
cannot move. And they need movement; that is their nature. So your
look will move toward you. It will come back, it will return home, and
suddenly you will become aware of your self. This becoming aware of
one's self is one of the most ecstatic moments possible. When for the
first time you become aware of your self, it has such beauty and such
bliss that you cannot compare it with anything else you have known.
Really, for the first time you become
your self; for the first time you know you are. Your being is revealed
in a flash.
But why does it happen? You might have
seen, in children's books particularly, a picture, or in some
psychological treatises, but I hope everyone must have seen somewhere
or other -- a picture of an old woman, and in the same lines a
beautiful young woman is also hidden. There is one picture, the same
lines, but two figures are in it: one old woman, one young woman.
Look at the picture: you cannot become
aware of both simultaneously. You will become aware either of one or
the other. If you have become aware of the old woman, you cannot see
where the young woman is hiding. But if you try to find her, it will
be difficult, and the very effort will become a barrier. Because you
have become aware of the old woman, she will have become a fixed thing
in your eyes. With this fixed thing, you are trying to find the young
woman. It is impossible, you will not be able to find her. You have to
do a technique.
Just stare at the old woman; forget the
young woman completely. Stare at the old woman, at the old woman
figure. Stare! Go on staring. Suddenly the old woman will disappear,
and you will become aware of the young woman hiding there. Why? If you
try to find her you will miss. This type of picture is given to
children like a puzzle, and it is said to them, "Find the
other." Then they start trying to find her, and because of that
The trick is not to try to find her:
just stare at the figure and you will become aware. Forget the other,
no need to think about it. Your eyes cannot remain at one point, so if
you stare at the old woman figure the eyes will become tired. Then
suddenly they will move from the figure, and in that movement you will
become aware of the other figure which is hidden just by the old
woman's side, in the same lines. But the miracle is that when you
become aware of the young woman, you cannot see the old woman. But you
know that both are there now.
In the beginning you may not have
believed that the young woman is hiding, but now you know because you
have seen the old woman first. Now you know that the old woman is
there, but while looking at the young one you cannot simultaneously
become aware of the old one. And if you become aware of the old one,
you will miss the young are again. Both cannot be seen simultaneously;
you can see only one at a time.
The same happens with the outside and
the inside look. You cannot have both looks simultaneously. When you
are looking at a bowl or at any object, you are looking out: the
consciousness is moving out, the river is flowing out. You are focused
on the bowl. Go on staring at it. That very staring will create the
opportunity to move in. Your eyes will become tired; they would like
to move. Finding nothing to move out toward, suddenly the river will
turn back -- that remains the only possibility. You will have forced
your consciousness to fall back. And when you will become aware of
you, you will miss the bowl; it will not be there.
That is why a Shankara or a Nagarjuna
says the whole world is illusory; they have known it so. When we come
to know ourselves, the world is not. Really, the world is not
illusory; it is there. But you cannot see both worlds simultaneously
-- that is the problem. So when a Shankara enters into himself, when
he comes to know his self, when he becomes a witness, the world is not
there. So he is right. He says it is maya -- illusion. It simply
appears to be; it is not there.
Be aware of the fact. When you know the
world, you are not. You are there, but hidden, and you cannot believe
that you are hidden there; the world is too much present for you. And
if you start to look for yourself directly, it will be difficult, the
very effort may become a barrier. So tantra says, fix your stare
somewhere in the world, on any object, and do not move from there,
remain there. This very effort to remain there will create the
possibility for the consciousness to begin to flow upwards --
backwards. Then you will become aware of your self.
But when you become aware of your self,
the bowl will not be there. It is there, but
FOR YOU it will not be
there. So Shankara says the world is illusory because when you come to
know your self the world is not there. It disappears like a dream.
But Charwak and Epicurus and Marx, they
are also right. They say the world is true, and your self is just
false; it is nowhere to be found. They say science is real. Science
says only matter is, only objects are; there is no subject. They are
right, because the eyes are focused on the object.
A scientist is constantly focusing on
objects. He forgets the self completely. Both Shankara and Marx are
right in one sense and wrong in another. If you are fixed upon the
world, if your look is fixed on the world, the self will look illusory
-- like it is just a dream. If you are looking inwards, the world will
become a dream. Both are real, but you cannot be aware of both
simultaneously -- that is the problem. And nothing can be done. You
will meet the old woman or you will meet the young woman, and one will
become maya, illusory. But this technique can be used easily. It will
take a little time, but it is not difficult.
Once you know the turning of
consciousness, you can do it anywhere. Just riding in a bus or sitting
in a train you can do it -- anywhere. No need of a bowl or any
particular object: you can do it with anything. With anything, stare,
stare, stare... and suddenly turn inwards, and the train disappears.
Of course, when you come back from your inner journey you will have
traveled, but the train will have disappeared. From one station you
will reach to another, and in between there will have been no train --
just a gap. Of course, the train was there; otherwise how can you come
to the other station? But it was not there for you; for you it was
Those who can practice this technique,
they can live in the world very easily. Any moment they can make
anything disappear -- remember this. You are bothered with your wife
or with your husband -- you can have her or him disappear. The wife is
there sitting just by your side and she is not there. She is maya, she
has disappeared. Just by staring and then turning your consciousness
inwards, she has ceased to be there. And it has happened many times.
I remember Socrates. His wife Xanthippe
was very much worried about him, and any wife would have been in the
same dilemma. To have a Socrates as a husband is one of the most
difficult things to tolerate. Socrates is good as a teacher, but not
as a husband.
One day it happened... and because of
it his wife has been condemned for two thousand years continuously,
but that is not just, I do not think she has done anything wrong.
Socrates was sitting there, and he must have been doing something like
this technique -- it is not recorded, I am just assuming. His wife
came with a tray, a teapot to give him tea. She must have found that
he was not there, so it is reported that she poured the tea upon
Socrates, over his face. Then suddenly he came back.
His face remained burned for his whole
life. And because of this his wife has been condemned very much, but
no one knows what Socrates was doing there -- because no wife would do
this suddenly, there is no need. He must have done something;
something must have been happening there. That is why Xanthippe had to
throw tea over him. He must have been in an inner trance, and the
burning sensation of the tea must have brought him back, the
consciousness must have returned.
I assume that this was the case because
there are many other cases reported about Socrates which are similar.
For forty-eight hours he was not found. He was sought all over, the
whole Athens went in search of Socrates, but he was not to be found
anywhere. Then he was found outside the city, miles away, standing
under a tree. Half of his body was just under snow. Snow was falling,
and he was just frozen, standing there with open eyes. But he was not
looking at anyone.
When the crowd gathered around, they
looked into his eyes and they thought that he was dead. His eyes were
just like stones -- looking, but not looking at anyone; just static,
unmoving. They felt his heart: It was beating slowly; he was alive.
They had to give him shocks, only then did he come back to look at
them. Immediately he asked, "What is the time now?" He had
missed forty-eight hours completely, they never existed for him. He
was not in this world of time and space.
So they asked, "What were you
doing? We thought you were dead already... forty-eight hours!" He
said, "I was staring at the stars, and just suddenly it happened
that the stars disappeared. And then, I don't know... then the whole
world disappeared. But I remained in such a cool, calm, blissful state
that if it is death it is worth thousands of lives. If it is death,
then I would like to enter it again and again."
It may have happened without his
knowledge, because Socrates was not a yogi, not a tantric. He was not
in any way concerned consciously with any spiritual practice. But he
was a great thinker, and it may have happened as an accident that he
was staring at the stars in the night, and suddenly his look returned
back, inwards. You can do it. And stars are really good objects.
Lie down on the ground, look at the
black sky, and then fix yourself on one star. Concentrate on it, stare
at it. Narrow down your consciousness to one star; forget other stars.
By and by, concentrate, narrow down your gaze. Other stars will be
there just on the fringe, on the boundary. But by and by they will
disappear, and only one star will remain. Then go on staring, go on
staring. A moment will come when that star will disappear. And when
that star disappears, you will appear to yourself.