Just Witnessing

In July of 1985 Osho began giving interviews with members of the press from around the world. In one of the first interviews, with ABC Good Morning America’s Ken Kashiwahara, he spoke on the very essence of his teaching on meditation. 

You say the whole world is a mess. What is it that you’re trying to create in man, in the world?

I’m simply saying that there is a way to be sane. I’m saying that you can get rid of all this insanity created by the past in you.

How?

Just by being a simple witness of your thought processes. That’s my method of meditation. It is not a prayer because there is no God to pray to. It is simply sitting silently, witnessing the thoughts passing before you. Just witnessing – not interfering, not even judging, because the moment you judge you have lost the pure witness. The moment you say this is good, this is bad, you have already jumped into the thought process. It takes a little time to create a gap between the witness and the mind. Once the gap is there, you are in for a great surprise: you are not the mind, you are the witness, a watcher.

This process of watching is the very alchemy of real religion, because as you become more and more deeply rooted in witnessing, thoughts start disappearing. A moment comes when there is no thought at all. You are, but the mind is utterly empty. That is the moment of enlightenment. That is the moment when for the first time you become unconditioned, sane, a really free human being.

-OSHO

From The Last Testament, V.1, Chapter One

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Osho’s words Copyright© OSHO International Foundation

An MP3 audio file of this discourse can be downloaded from Osho.com, or you can read the entire book online at the Osho Library.

Many of Osho’s books are available online from Amazon.com and in the U.S. from OshoStore-Sedona and Osho Here and Now.

1 thought on “Just Witnessing”

  1. Witnessing, Yes… But how Much can you witness of your natural Instincts, and separate yourself from the nature’s force of becoming and not to indulge with the activities of life? This witnessing is not for maintaining the society’s status quo, but the “LAST WILL” to terminate the SELF through self realization and withdraw your mind and energies from life/being/becoming, until eventually you annihilate the world. So witnessing is not just for any body, people don’t have the death wish and terminate their enjoyment, that’s the only thing they know. Witnessing can be taught only to a few that would like to transcend all realities until their minds have emptied the baggage of all conditions and terminate being all/together. THE LAST STAND THAT NOT JUST ANY BODY WISHES TO STAND FOR… ONLY FOR THE FORTUNATE/UNFORTUNATE FEW…

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