Live Zen 17

Seventeenth Discourse from the series of 17 discourses - Live Zen by Osho.
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Osho appears tonight after an illness of many days – one of several periods of weakness and ill health he has suffered since his incarceration by the American government.
During the last two weeks, a new meditation therapy has been launched, with “Zen Master Niskriya” leading the pilot group. It is called the “OSHO No-Mind Meditation,” and consists of a week-long process, lasting two hours per day. The first hour is for gibberish: going consciously crazy, allowing any sounds which come from inside, in any language except a language you know – emptying the mind of all garbage. The second hour is for sitting silently, doing nothing – allowing a great silence to arise from within. Tonight, Osho brings the No-Mind Meditation to the assembly in Gautama the Buddha Auditorium, establishing a new format for the nightly meditations at the end of each of his talks.

My Beloved Ones,
I am introducing you to a new meditation. It is divided in three parts.
The first part is gibberish. The word gibberish comes from a Sufi mystic, Jabbar. Jabbar never spoke any language, he just uttered nonsense. Still he had thousands of disciples because what he was saying was, “Your mind is nothing but gibberish. Put it aside and you will have a taste of your own being.”
To use gibberish, don’t say things which are meaningful, don’t use the language that you know. Use Chinese, if you don’t know Chinese. Use Japanese if you don’t know Japanese. Don’t use German if you know German. For the first time have a freedom – the same as all the birds have. Simply allow whatever comes to your mind without bothering about its rationality, reasonability, meaning, significance – just the way the birds are doing.
For the first part, leave language and mind aside. Out of this will arise the second part, a great silence in which you have to close your eyes and freeze your body, all its movements, gather your energy within yourself.
Remain here and now.
Zen cannot be understood in any other way. This is the last part of the series Live Zen.
In the third part I will say, let go. Then you relax your body and let it fall without any effort, without your mind controlling. Just fall like a bag of rice.
Each segment will begin with the drum of Nivedano. Before Nivedano gives the drum, there are a few more things I have to say to you.
I am extremely sorry that I have not been physically here for many days, but I am also extremely happy that you never missed my presence.
I was in your heart
and I was in the wind and in the rain
and the thunder of clouds.
I was in your tears,
in your nonsense utterances….
I was absolutely present here with you –
and those who are present know it perfectly.
I was absent only for those who themselves are absent. At least today, don’t go anywhere.

Nivedano, give the first drum…


[Everyone bursts into a sea of sound, volume and tempo, clashing and crashing in one great crescendo – a tidal wave of mind.]

[Osho motions to Nivedano for the second drumbeat]

[An instantaneous silence falls over the whole auditorium.]

Now the third drum…Relax…


The fourth drum…Come back!


This begins and ends the series called Live Zen.
What I could say, I have said to you.
What I could not say, I have given to you.

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