The New Alchemy to Turn On is a practical, detailed guide for those exploring meditation. Osho has a vast understanding of the steps and pitfalls along the way and the unique gift of communicating them directly and simply.
“Whenever you have found a technique, a way, retreat within, go within. Experiment with it there, in your subjectivity, in your heart. Experience it. Don’t just go on thinking about what meditation is. Do it! Only will you know what it is.”
While the emphasis is on active meditation, Osho skillfully interweaves commentaries on Mabel Collins’ Light on the Path, to further support the seeker’s understanding.
“These are the sutras achieved by ultimate wisdom. They are deep and sometimes very complex, even contradictory, but they are the ultimate flowering of wisdom.”
“The mind cannot conceive how to be non-active. So what to do. Only non-activity leads you to your inner center. So I have devised a means, and the means is to be active to such an extreme that activity simply ceases – because of its being so extreme, to be so madly active that the mind’s hankering to be active is thrown out of your system. Only then, after a deep catharsis, can you fall down into inactivity and have a glimpse of the world that is not the world of effort.”
Osho is a revolution that helps the birth of each individual: “I am trying in every possible way to drop al those things, which in the past have been barriers for the revolution to continue and grow. I don’t want anybody to stand between the individual and existence. No prayer, no priest – you alone are enough to face the sunrise. You don’t need somebody to interpret for you what a beautiful sunrise it is.”
Osho defies categorization. His thousands of talks cover everything from the individual quest for meaning to the most urgent social and political issues facing society today. Osho's books are not written but are transcribed from audio and video recordings of his extemporaneous talks to international audiences. As he puts, it, "So remember: whatever I am saying as not just for you… I am talking also for the future generations."
Osho has been described by The Sunday Times in London as one of the "1000 Makers of the 20th Century" and by American author Tom Robbins as "the most dangerous man since Jesus Christ." Sunday Mid-Day (India) has selected Osho as one of ten people-along with Gandhi, Nehru and Buddha-who have changed the destiny of India.
About his own work Osho has said that he is helping to create the conditions for the birth of a new kind of human being. He often characterizes this new human being as "Zorba the Buddha"- capable both of enjoying the earthy pleasures of a Zorba the Greek and the silent serenity of a Gautama the Buddha.
Running like a thread through all aspects of Osho's talks and his meditations is a vision that encompasses both the timeless wisdom of all ages past and the highest potential of today's (and tomorrow's) science and technology.
Osho is known for his revolutionary contribution to the science of inner transformation, with an approach to meditation that acknowledges the accelerated pace of contemporary life. His unique OSHO Active Meditations are designed to first release the accumulated stresses of body and mind, so that it is then easier to take an experience of stillness and thought-free relaxation into daily life.
Actualization of your potential is what enlightenment is all about. But before you can reach to that peak, you will have to get rid of much rubbish and luggage that you have been carrying for lives together. I have managed my meditations in such a way that first the gorilla has to be catharted out. That’s what happens in Dynamic Meditation: you allow your gorilla to be released, with no inhibitions. And because of that Dynamic Meditation I have been condemned all over the world. Keep the gorilla in and everybody is happy with you — but if the gorilla is in, you can never be at peace. I say to you: let it out. It evaporates in the air, and what is left behind is pure space.
That pure space has many names: Jina, buddha, enlightenment, samadhi, paramahansa — different aspects, but they indicate only one thing, that now inside you Charles Darwin has disappeared. Now Charles Darwin cannot find any trace of any gorilla or chimpanzee in you, not even the footprints; because the inner sky is just like the outer sky —when the bird flies, it leaves no footprints. When your gorilla goes out, in the sky of your inner world no footprints are left.
And the silence that descends, and the serenity that blossoms, and the blissfulness that becomes your fragrance, and the coolness which is not of this world — this is your true heritage. Unless you claim it, you have lived in vain. Only those few people are blessed who have claimed their inheritance, and they have found in themselves the greatest of treasures.
Outside you can, at the most, find a few reflections of beauty — in a sunset, in a full moon. But inside, every moment is full of beauty and full of joy; every moment is full of song and full of dance; every moment is ecstatic.
Being part of this ecstasy is being part of the unknowable, the miraculous, the ultimate mystery of existence.
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