The Third Eye and “Who am I” – Osho

The other night, following the energy between by eyes, I went into myself, looking for “Who am I?” At a certain point I found myself immersed in great nothingness. The sensation was very strong. I couldn’t go on; I felt so afraid of this emptiness that I stopped. Osho, what is this energy that is felt between the eyes? Is it the so-called “third-eye”? If this was the right way, why was I so afraid and trembling?

Ramaprem, this is the right way. That’s why you became so afraid, because the right way means a certain death, the death of your ego, the death of your personality as you have known it, and the beginning and the birth of your essential self. But the death comes first, hence the fear and trembling. The resurrection comes later.

You have been in a very beautiful space. This is the third eye that in the East has been talked about for at least ten thousand years. It is only symbolic. You have two eyes to see the world of duality – the day and night, the beautiful and the ugly, the true and the false. The whole world consists of dualities. The third eye is a poetic and symbolic expression that your two eyes have become one, that all duality has disappeared.

For the outside world two eyes are needed, for the inside world only a single clear vision – because inside there is no duality, there is only oneness.

Your question is, “The other night, following the energy between my eyes, I went into myself looking for ‘Who am I?’ At a certain point I found myself immersed in great nothingness.” These are the spaces if you go inside. But this nothingness is not negative; just a little more acquaintance with it and you will be surprised: it appeared as nothingness because there was nothing that you have ever known before or even dreamt before. But once you become acquainted with the nothingness you start feeling an immense fulfillment, an overflowing energy. This nothingness is the beginning of fullness and wholeness.

“The sensation,” you say, “was very strong. I couldn’t go on; I felt so afraid of this emptiness that I stopped.” Just be a little more intelligent.

The nothingness was surrounding you, but you were not nothing. You were witnessing it; you were separate from it. The emptiness may be surrounding you; it may be vast and may create trembling in you, but you are not it; otherwise who will become afraid and who will stop going forward? Who will turn back?

Your being is totally separate from the nothingness and emptiness that you have felt. If you had remembered only this much, “I am not it,” the fear would have disappeared. Perhaps next time, remember that you cannot be anything that you come across. You cannot come across yourself; you cannot meet yourself. So whatever you come across is separate from you. There is no need to be afraid.

But Ramaprem, it happens to almost everybody. You are alone, surrounded by nothingness, emptiness, and a deep fear arises that perhaps you are coming close to death, because in our minds the association with nothingness and emptiness is with death. But even death is not you. You pass through it; it is a passage. And if you are alert, you can pass through without any fear. On the contrary, you can enjoy the silence, the peace, the immensity, the infinity that is surrounding you. You are almost in an oceanic state of consciousness.

But now you know the door, the third eye. Travel more into it so that you become more and more acquainted, and nothingness, rather than making you afraid, will make you dance, because it is not destructive. It will give you individuality, it will give you freedom, and if you go on and on you will reach to your innermost center, which is life.

Death always happens to the body, but never to you.

And if you have found the deathless in you, all your fears, forever will disappear – and a man without fear is truly and authentically dignified. You will be proud that you have found the right path.

Very few people have traveled inwards because of this fear. As they move in, the fear stops them and they turn back into the mundane world where everything is ephemeral, where everything is going to die, where all that you possess is going to be taken away by death.

Death is impotent only against a person who knows himself. But before you can know yourself, you will have to pass through this beautiful space of nothingness, emptiness, aloneness. So rejoice and be grateful that a great experience has happened to you.

A Catholic priest visited a Catholic family. There was a little boy sitting very happily beside his cat, which had just given birth to six kittens.

The priest asked, “Why are you so happy?”

The boy said, “Because all the kittens happen to be good Catholics.” Very satisfied, the priest went home.

Two weeks later he visited the family again. As soon as the little boy saw him, he began crying desperately. “What’s the matter?” asked the priest. “Why are you so sad?”

The boy replied, sobbing, “The kittens are no longer Catholic.”

“How can you say that?” asked the priest.

The little boy replied, “They have all opened their eyes.”

The moment your inner eye starts opening, you will not be a Catholic, you will not be a Protestant, you will not be a Hindu, you will not be a Mohammedan, you will not be a Jew – you will be simply yourself; hence, all the organized religions have been avoiding the very subject.

The science of how to enter into yourself has been known for thousands of years, but no religion wants you to enter into yourself. They want you to look upwards at the sky for a fictitious God. If your inner eye remains closed, you are going to remain a Catholic, a Hindu, a Mohammedan, a communist, but once the inner eye opens, you start becoming free of all these fetters and all these imprisonments.

Every person has the potential, but you have been diverted into looking for God outside yourself – and He is sitting inside you. All the priests of the world are against God, because once you know that God is within you, the whole profession of the priesthood is finished. Churches will be empty, mosques will be empty, temples and synagogues will be empty, and the whole politics of numbers and the power that it brings to the priests will be gone.

You are only an individual without any adjective.

The world will be immensely beautiful if there are only individuals, not belonging to any religion or any political ideology, but belonging to their own inner self. That’s enough, more than enough. Belonging to life itself is the only true religion, the only truth that has to be discovered. And it is not far away, just a little fear has to be dropped.

And if you go on trying, as you will become acquainted with the beauties of nothingness, the fear is going to disappear automatically. You have accidentally found the right path – now don’t lose it.

Don’t become again a Catholic. Keep the eye open.


From The Razor’s Edge, Discourse #30

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8 thoughts on “The Third Eye and “Who am I” – Osho”

  1. Osho was a conman interested in fame, fortune & adulation .. As others have said, he brought boys & girls together to have sex, which he marketed as some sort of transcendant experience to gain access to higher realms and as any great pimp would do, he kept their monies for himself. How else could he buy thousands of acres & 21 Rolls Royces & loads of jewelry. And he was incorrect about countless things.

    The 3rd eye is not only symbolic, as he says. The 3rd eye is the pineal gland which has shrunk to the size of a pea in today’s human being out of disuse and our focus on the material aspects of life. The pineal gland functions as a sensor to the spiritual-energetical world, which is the world of fine-matter, unlike this material or coarse-matter world we see with our five senses. Things of the finer-matter world include vibrations emitted from thoughts, feelings as well other electro-magnetic vibrations and finer energy sources. Certain types of meditations as well as food products, the proper mode of living, can aid in the reactivation of the so-called 3rd eye or pineal gland. The pineal gland is the center for the 7th sense in human beings and that being perception. It also functions as a so-called inner voice and has clairvoyant visionary capabilities.

    Please see the following:,_Star-reading,_Clairvoyance_and_Self-fulfilment


    1. why you read osho if you think he is all that. Even though I don’t know I think you are really clueless. Osho is not trying to sell you a believe system but encouraging you to go into your being and find your own answers. Only people like you could be ungrateful to his advise.


    2. You should read his lecture on Intelligence. You do not comprehend what intelligence is, and the end of your post citing sources shows that. Osho was using Intelligence, and you’re using your intellect. This is why many of his lectures appear to have “wrong” information.


  2. I have the same experience the disciple experienced.I regularly used sandal paste and sitting in padmasana and remembering where am I? A sucking feeling happened in my for head but I never take it as serious but one day I just trapped in a dreamlike state and then suddenly it happend something opened in my for head its not a dream,my two eyes just become immovable and sucked by the space between them and I felt a big loving thing surrounding me and time disappeared one or two moments felt like infinite …then there is no me only that vast presence in the same way fear of death arise I jun shuffled the body and that beautiful state disappeared oh hell only the courageous person deserves it I am not the one…after that I tried and tried it only happened one and only that day…and I ashamed now for fearing it….but after six months I aware of an inner current that is moving to spinal code and reaches third eye position but nothing happening the love ,disappearance of time is not happening ..what a pity


    1. This happened to me too somewhere in 2015 or 2016. In a single night I felt like I was being sucked in my third eye. At first it was like a bright light and then that light got very small in a fraction of a second and as it was getting small, it felt like it sucked me in. When it happened, it felt as if one part of me was looking through that tiny hole on another side while the rest of me was on this side (when I remember it, I feel like my head was stuck in that hole… of course in reality it’s much more difficult to express). I never felt so “real” as in those moments, kind-of disconnected from my body but what I saw/heard on the other side of the hole…was it real? I don’t know. It feels so strange. I too got afraid and stopped there. I regret stopping there. Maybe this is why a “living guru” is necessary! 😥

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