The Path of Four Bodies – Baba Purnanand Bharati

Baba Purnanand Bharati

How to go through the journey of Four Bodies – Part 1

It is possible that people don’t know about this journey at all and that all the bodies have their own qualities and nature. To awaken the bodies means to enter them. Soon as the first body is purified you enter the next body. Bodies wake up systematically in a sequence, they are joined together. All bodies get over one by one, and then they all collapse.

  1. Isthool Sharir

First is the isthool sharir (gross body), it will be awakened by hatha yogapranayama and yoga. A full-forced hatha yoga will get you entry to the first body. Second body is the bhava sharir, it is awakened by mantra yoga. The day your wakefulness towards the mantra is so absolute that it is mastered, you’ll enter the second body. The third body is sookshma sharir, one cannot enter this body without the bhakti yoga or devotion, when you live the full dimension of devotion with the remembrance of the supreme, filling up the supreme in each breath, then the whole culmination of devotion rises in you and you enter the third body. The Fourth body is manas sharir, it is awakened with raj yoga. It is a way of being a witness sakshi.

Work has to be done on the First body because of the way it is now, it needs to be made free from lethargy. Sleep and eating will be reduced as a result. If one is fond of too much eating, then he is below the first body, which is an animal body. You are roaming with the reservoir of sleeping energy, you have become dense and are not transparent. With the Hatha Yoga, whole of hidden energy will burst out and you’ll be out of the gravity, denseness will be gone and fluidity will be there, in this fluidity will occur mantra yoga.

Dynamic, Kundalini and Nadabrahma meditations come under hatha yoga, if these meditations done 4-6-8 months vigorously or if for a year or two, one can enter the first body and for the first time will experience the inner self not the outwardly self.

  1. Bhava Sharir
    Everyone has to go through the Mantra yoga, today too there is a lot of importance of the mantra. Chant anything – Ram or Om or Om Namah Shivaye or Om Osho Namaye or Osho or your own name, but chant with such concentration, wakefulness and understanding that you become the mantra yourself. Chanting om mantra is the best because Om is a complete word, this word is rounded and doesn’t have corners and doesn’t prick. Ram is also good (not the Dashratha’s Ram) Practicing mantra will let you have control over the speech, you’ll understand the mystery of your speech.
  1. Sookshma Sharir
    Third body is awakened with devotion or Bhakti Yoga, this phase will definitely arrive, and you will become a Meera. Devotion is the result of pure sentiments. Devotion makes you the Supreme’s person, Supreme will accept you. If you have not lived the devotion, you cannot practice the witnessing sakshi. If the devotion is pure, witness will occur. The thoughts will be pure in witnessing.
  1. Manas Sharir
    Fourth body is awakened with raj yoga. In the raj yoga, you have to be a witness every moment, witness to every happening, there is nothing else here except for witnessing and it’ll happen on its own. Witnessing doesn’t occur to anyone because the previous three levels are bad and the unconscious catches you so quickly that you cannot become witness to thoughts, emotions or anything. If all three levels of yours are not awakened, how will you go for the journey to the fourth one? You will turn schizophrenic, you’ll fall sick, whoever tries practice for the fourth or the fifth’s body directly will become neurotic.

For the fifth body, you don’t have to do anything, it becomes the body of the supreme, the body of the soul atmik. If this journey starts, there is no other journey left after this because now you are not there. You are only four bodies, in the fifth one you are finished, the ego completely departs.

You have to go through the four bodies, the ego will be crystallized only with this sequential journey. The practice has to start from the first body, where you are now.
After Hatha Yoga, the mantra will come to you. It will be revealed to you but the most difficult is to enter the first body, people remain standing out of it.

If the hatha yoga is completed you’ll definitely enter the mantra yoga because hatha yoga will throw you into the mantra yoga. When mantra awakens, there will occur such a devotion within you that you’ll want to worship pebbles and stones, will want to touch everyone’s feet. The ego that satisfies will become the nature of the soul, it will dissolve into the witness. People begin wakefulness hosh from here in the fourth body.

If any delusion has set in about your practice then reverse the practice, go back to the first step, complete it to move to the next bodies. I’m pointing to all the friends if the practice has not been fruitful then there is a mistake, and the mistake is that the beginning has not been proper. Everyone has to check within – who needs to start with what body and then start it, i have told the Sutras and the way is this. It is not possible that the practice does not fructify when one has walked through the sequence, it will, it is my guaranty.

How to know what body we are in? – Part 2

It is the quality and the nature of the bodies – If you have come back into the first body, there is lethargy. As it purifies, lethargy will be reduced, sleep and hunger will go down. If you are in the second body, which is a body of mind, here is the distortion of the sentiments, you know it, the crooked thoughts like – killing someone, robbing someone, having sly intentions. Distorted sentiments means to ‘take away than to give’. If this distortion is persistent then your second body has not been purified. Only mantra can purify it. Now you fall back and will practice more for the first body to go to the second body, going up and down like this will go on. When you’ll be crystallized in the first one then only you’ll be free from it, and then you won’t have to come back to it.

Once free from the second body you won’t need the Mantra practice again, free from third body, devotion will be over, no need of any devotional sentiment. In fourth the witnessing will take birth and in the fifth, the soul will be born in you.

Hatha yoga will throw away all the lethargy because lethargy and religion have got nothing do with each other, a lethargic person cannot be on a religious journey. Then mind is very fickle, mind carries a lot of distortions, which goes away with the mantra yoga because all the fickleness will be drunk by the mantra. Thoughts will be stopped, they all will be collected and absorbed in the mantra. And you will have full control over your speech.

All this will go on naturally, nature works up till the fourth body. Sometimes accidentally too people reach the fourth body, after meditation for four days if the journey has been over for the last bodies. The journey of the last life carries only up till fourth body. The fifth body has no such play of the last birth, its practice will only be in the present life. If in this life all your four bodies are purified, if the Raj Yoga has fructified, the old journey will be added and continued in this life. If its the journey of the fifth body then this birth will be the last one, you won’t take a birth again. If there still a journey, it will be in an esoteric way, where there is no need to take up a body.

People become deities Devatas, and live on their deity’s plane Dev yoni. Their journey goes on by helping many people and they are full of compassion. For all of us also there is continued support from some or the other esoteric plane, we cannot do it alone.

On the journey for the fifth body, up till fourth the nature will create obstacles. After fifth all obstacles will be removed because now you have been caught by some esoteric support. Now whatever happens here you won’t be scared, wherever you fall, you’ll rise. This is the state in the fifth body.

After this nothing can be talked about because there are many esoteric talks.

Our understanding cannot go beyond fourth body, the Manas Sharir. There are reasons for that, it is most difficult that someone leaves the first platform, generally the whole life is spent and gets over at the very first platform. There is no progress beyond the gross body. If one is not a practitioner, the understanding to go beyond the gross body won’t be born in him. In the practice we understand the gross body and enter into it. The difference between a practice and non-practice is that when there is any pain one experiences the other body otherwise not, but a practitioner experiences another body without any pain or problem arising.

What is the crisis of the questioner’s here is crisis of everyone, actually the journey to the fourth body remains as it is. it is not that you have gone above any of the bodies, these are four levels of only one body, like a building has four floors. And you have believed the fourth floor to be the last one, but there is a journey beyond it. If any practitioner returns in the practice means he hasn’t gone beyond the fourth body.

First he needs to accept that he goes to the fourth floor and its roots are in the first floor because the building is one, so he goes to the fourth floor and comes back to the first one. This works on the grace, when you are on the first, you get the grace of second and so on, when on fourth you get grace of fifth, when the practitioner cannot understand this and thinks he has reached and there is no further destination. The day this is felt he will fall down because the journey is still on.

If feels there is nothing left to cover and this is fourth and the last destination, so you’ll have to come down from the fourth because you are in the momentum still.

Question : Why does the energy move in circles?

Baba: The manner of practice is that the steps below have to be broken, if you have lived the first body properly, it should be finished, because you have lived it, used it and now it got captivated (taken over) by the next body, then you have lived the second and second got captivated by the third and so on, when this happens then what remains to go back to, in circles? If you are going round in circles it means that you are still left with all four bodies, you go from first to fourth and from fourth to first, your energy is moving in circles otherwise the energy does not move like this.

There is a lack of wakefulness, dedication and faith, there is a lack of practice. One has to look at the first body in a complete wakefulness. Journey from the first to fourth body happens naturally also. But man falls off only when he has not wound up all the bodies. When you are stable in the fifth all these bodies will be wrapped up.

In five bodies there are actually only four, fifth is something else, it is a union of these four. In the fifth body the practitioner is steady, he develops compassion, amiability, love and many other qualities will take birth. Why will he go down now? He will go on to compassion. He will be full of love for the entire cosmos, from every child to ant to mountains. Now the course of his energy will be in a different flow.

Up till fourth body, no one has a center, you are falling rising and falling. When all four bodies rise and dissolve into the fifth body then for the first one finds a center. Then you are crystallized in yourself, and there you cannot experience yourself as a person, no matter how hard the world tries you don’t perceive yourself to be a person because there is no notion to be a person is left anymore. There is only one notion, the notion of the totality. You become the whole samashti, not a person. Then there are journeys of the whole, there is a play of the cosmos after the fifth body – the cosmic body brahma kaya and then the nothingness shunyata.

The role of ego ahankaar in the practice – Part 3

This is the story of many practitioners. If this journey is not carried out in a well-organized way, being on fourth body they feel as if they have reached the sixth or fifth, now they come down, go up and then come down, this irony remains with such practitioners.

There is a huge role of ego (ahankaar) here, an amazing role. A worldly person doesn’t have such a strong ego, really a worldly person has no ego at all. The person who hasn’t touched the fourth body, ego hasn’t touched him only. Your ego lives in many pieces in the worldly life, there is neither ego nor determination in the world. This kind of ego is ready to bow down anywhere, ready to compromise anywhere, anyone can lure your ego for a little money. Is this called an ego? This is no ego, no one is an egoist here and I’ll excuse a worldly person for it. Position, wealth etc. is a cheap ego.

A real egoist is a saint, why is he an egoist, because there can be no journey without an ego. What happens with a saint is the ego begins to experience contentment, because it starts to become integrated. A worldly person’s ego is scanty and scattered. Try and understand what I’m saying here, the ego for the first time births in a saint.
Ego is not a bad thing, it is the ego only that we need to unify, integrate.

In the world, the one who is earning wealth, one in politics, one for a designation, all are trying to crystallize in the ego, get integrated in it, but even after a lot of efforts this doesn’t happen to the people in the worldly quests, ego doesn’t get crystallized, it happens to a very few men but then a derangement starts to set in. Don’t understand it wrongly.

Ego gets crystallized in a practitioner, the journey is not possible without the ego. It is only the ego that does the journey, I practice, and I want to know the supreme, here who is this ‘I’, who wants to know the supreme, wants to gain the supreme?

If you have ever possessed anything, then that only thing is the ego, and it is shallow, so you are suffering its pain because when ego splits, it cannot get the full fun of itself in the pieces. It is in pieces, broken, ready to bow, ready to be sold, ready to diminish, this kind of ego does not get contented.

A saint’s ago is amazingly contented and what is this contentment about? When a saint with his continuous practice reaches the fifth body, internally he starts to feel – ‘I’m a god, I’m everything”. Unless the ego can say this that ‘it is a god’, it cannot be contented. Really it has been a big play (leela), been a big journey for the ego – in the journey of the four bodies, you have given away the first body then second and when given away the fourth body a little bit, you get the fifth body in the form of ego as ‘self’ asmitaa.

But there is a tough wall in between the fourth and the fifth body. It is a wall of the ego itself. From here the dissolution will begin. The energy works up till here, energy works only as far as there is no contentment of the ego. Ego vanishes as the gap of the energy stops – this rise and fall of the energy, from first to fourth body and reverse, this is how the journey of the ego goes, all the superficial play of the ego, it keeps producing the energy in order to satisfy itself.

The integration occurs in the fifth body. In the fifth body the ego has to be crystallized, consolidate. The practitioner feels that he has reached because it is the ego that has to reach, the ego feels the contentment. In the beginning of the fifth body, there is an amazing contentment, which can be its barrier too. The journey halts for many practitioners, it takes many lifetimes for further journey. It requires a grace of Guru and the second important thing that it requires is ‘understanding’.

Now there is no game of the energy in you, rise and fall of the energy becomes a kiddish stuff, now there is nothing except for dying. When anything arrives at its full destiny it begins to be erased. This is the law of this universe; either you are into the process of building up or fading away, when the building process is over, you get into the process of fading away.

If you live with utter wakefulness, the ego builds up as far it can, will reach the role it can. There the ego experiences that it needs nothing, as if it is contented, it is out of everything but it itself is sitting still.

Here the practitioner needs to be very cautious because his ego is crystallized and others have shallow egos, others will be attracted, they will love to hear from the practitioner because they get some contentment out of people with crystallized ego, 99% do not understand this and their marketing starts off, they get into talking out. They fail to break the wall between the fourth and the fifth body. This wall is so intense that breaking is almost a death. The death of ego feels like you are going on committing suicide. The ego has to die and it has been the ego that has bought you up till here, it has made you integrated, reached you a state. The journey now has bought you as far as it could. Now after this, it is the ego that has to disappear. It can disappear.

Now the practitioner has to get into seclusion, talk to no one, no second person should know, it’s a very secret affair. If such a state has built up for someone, he should get away from the people, people will catch you, will flatter you, will get you trapped and can bring you down into the hell. This is the game of nature, it is such a beautiful state and there is a trap here too. Nature traps you in a very sweet way, it will get you to be worshiped and you feel that you have arrived. All is the game of the ego, you have crystallized it so much with the practice that you begin to in-cash it. Here the practitioner will fall, rise and fall again, will experience hell and heaven 2-4 times in a day, but the ego is crystallized enough that even after falling, it won’t stay there, he’ll rise and come back to the same place.

In a saint the same ego gets intensified, gets crystallized and the same ego when erased within you, becomes the soul. The ego departs, melts and the soul will manifest. So long you take the juice out of the ego, the soul keeps sleeping in it. It’s not anything different, believe ego is a sleeping soul, not any other thing. That’s why it has so much power in it. When it starts to crystallize, the man gets specific vibrations around him, the aura abhamandal changes. The ego crystallizes for a worldly man too, but there remains a demand in a worldly man’s ego, so that ego is impotent. But an abstainer sanyasi is an ultimate egoist, it sparkles in their eyes and it should sparkle because their ego has crystallized so much that no one can defer from what they say.

Stronger the practice more the rise in intensity, this intensity has its own beauty. If there is no intensity, there will be no jump, when anything that comes into its completeness, starts to erase. This is natural.

Those who are experiencing rise and fall in the practice, they need to be very watchful. If they collect even four followers for themselves, the followers can spoil the whole life-work for a practitioner. The soul is nourishing like being in the womb. You have to walk very carefully in the ego, like a pregnant woman walks. You need to be alert completely towards yourself, towards your ‘I’. Now your ‘I’ is not an ordinary ‘I”, it is very strong, and you should not have any association with it. Whenever ‘I’ appears you must stand away from it completely, do not take juice out of it and here the ‘I’ is most juicy, because in journeys of four bodies in many lifetimes it has turned absolute now, after millions of years. This can be a fortune and misfortune both.

Once the practitioner crosses the 5th body, he is not there anymore, there is only the soul and the soul gets on to the journey to supreme, it fades away and dissolves into the supreme. Here, there is a thick wall of void shunaya, not material but an incredible wall.

-Baba Purnanand Bharati

Translation from a Hindi Discourse on Baba’s Telegram group

Difficulties for Spiritual Seekers, Before and After Enlightenment – Baba Purnanand Bharati

Baba Purnanand Bharati
Baba Purnanand Bharati

Since the day of my enlightenment in 1979, my way of sharing with spiritual seekers has changed many times.  I have been learning from Osho, but also from you, watching what happens to you day by day.

In the first part of these 35 years I have been sharing all my energy with the seekers who were coming to me, helping them to achieve quickly a spiritual experience, a satori or a stage of enlightenment. But I learned that it is not the best way to help you. Why? The first problem is that sometimes, if you have a Satori before the purification of your unconsciousness in meditation is deep enough, you may get scared. And if you are scared, it will take time for you to have the same experience again. It is better to grow slowly but safely, step by step.

For me it happened in a different way. I had many satoris every day and I was scared, but I was completely fed up of living my life as unenlightened, my lust for life was almost exhausted. And Osho was calling me inside….

One day, with my total will power I faced the fear, and crossed the point of no return.
But for most of the seekers, it is better to go slowly into new experiences.

Hence now I am working through continuity in meditation, making sure that you develop a good understanding before high experiences happen to you. In daily meditation you are facing the fear of disappearing little by little, and slowly, slowly you are learning how to overcome it. It needs patience, you will have to go through ALL your unconscious mind with awareness. But this path is very safe, if you are ready to work honestly you will all have good results. .

And one day, you will be ready to face the point of no return, and you will cross the border that separates from eternal bliss….

The second main reason why my working with people changed in the course of the years, is that many seekers attained with me some early stage of enlightenment, but they wanted immediately to be Masters, and their spiritual growth stopped.

It is necessary to understand the great mystery of enlightenment. Enlightenment comes in three stages. Self realisation, Being realisation and Non-being realisation, also called Nirvana.

We can be Masters only in the last stage, not before. Only in the last stage we attain to the understanding of the Great Mysteries of Existence.

In the first two stages we can share our energies with other seekers, that is helpful to them, but we should not give them advice and guidelines because we don’t understand deeply what is happening to them yet.

The person who has attained to the first two stages of enlightenment will simply feel that what has happened to him will happen to everybody, more or less in the same way and with the same techniques.

But this is totally false, because every human being is unique and in his unique stage, so his spiritual path is also unique. These complex and subtle differences are comprehended only in Nirvana, the space where the Great Mysteries are attained.

So what is the right attitude to have when you meet the seekers in the two stages of enlightenment? You can meditate with them, their spiritual presence is helpful.
But don’t listen to them, their understanding of your inner world is still very limited.

And remember, they can be very supporting to your meditation but you cannot disappear with them, because they are not yet disappeared themselves. Disappearing happens in Nirvana.

But what happened, many seekers attained with me the first two stages of enlightenment, and they started working with other seekers as they were already Masters. That’s not true, the Master appear only after Nirvana.

Their mistake is natural, after many lives of suffering and darkness, suddenly now they feel blissful, and vast as they are an infinite consciousness …. It is a natural mistake, it happens to everybody in the beginning.

At this point, only if you feel deep gratitude to your Master, if you remain trusting and surrendering to him you will proceed to the final and complete enlightenment.

That is what happened to me. I remained even more trusting and surrendering to Osho than before, my gratitude became immense! In this way Osho could guide me all the way to the final stage.
I wrote a letter to Osho, saying:

“I am nothing, you are nothing , and nothing is nothing ! What is happening now ?”
Osho answered: “Remain open and available, and many more mysteries will be shown unto you…”

And that’s what happened. Even now after 35 years I am still understanding more and more mysteries every day. But I am watching the seekers that have attained with me to some stage of superconsciousness, they are not experiencing trust and openness.

The reason is that their unconscious was not fully clean when their enlightenment happened, there was still some ego, to somebody greed, or lust, desire for recognition and other sicknesses. Traces of these unconscious forces are still there and influence them.

That’s why in the last years I have changed my way of working. Now my priority is to completely clean your unconscious mind before anything can happen. In long meditation camps, I spend most of my time with you sitting in silence. You will have to be very patient and trusting, I will guide you through a complete purification.

I have a commitment with you: before I dissolve in Existence, I will lead you to a very safe place inside yourself.

-Baba Purnanand Bharati

Baba Speaks – Baba Purnanand Bharati

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The following quotations from Baba were gathered from a Facebook page dedicated to him. I will continually update this page as more are posted and the most recent will appear at the top of the post.

Baba Purnanand Bharati
Baba Purnanand Bharati

Baba speaks…

Meditation is essentially the combination of relaxation and awareness. You are totally relaxed, and still remain aware.

Sometimes in meditation you may feel lights, sounds, beautiful sentiments of gratitude and bliss: These experiences are beautiful and helpful for your growth when they happen on their own, but don’t become attached to them, they will come and go, just like days and nights, summers and winters flow in the cycle of nature, the inner experiences also flow. They are experiences; they are not your nature.

The deepest meditation is when you are completely relaxed, almost like in sleep, but you are aware.

For example , an important moment of your life is when you wake up in the morning. In that moment you are not asleep anymore, but you are not identified yet with your body, and your mind is not yet working. You relax in that precious moment.  If you can, remain in that space for 30 minutes or so. You cannot fall asleep because you are fully rested, So you can relax more and more in awareness…

The more you will be relaxed, the more the cells of your body will be cleansed from many desires  hiding in the body and in the unconscious mind, and these desires are hindering your growth in meditation.

When the body will be completely relaxed meditation will go easily deeper and deeper towards your  Being…
Baba

Baba explains to seekers how to overcome the obstacles in meditation:

Meditation is just sitting silently, doing nothing.

Love and trust in the Master is the most important and fundamental part of our spiritual journey. In the past centuries it used to be enough for many, particularly for women, but in modern times the support of meditation is necessary for everyone, because our all modern education, culture, lifestyle and collective unconsciousness strengthens the mind against the Heart.

Hence without the daily support of meditation our Heart is suffocated by the mind and cannot work properly, cannot flower.

Osho explained this for all his life, but why it is so difficult for people to enjoy a daily practice of meditation?

The two main obstacles are laziness and tensions.

If the body and the mind are tense, as it often happens because of the stress of our contemporary lives, it is difficult to enjoy meditation. If we are feeling sleepy, dull, lazy, and we don’t feel a healthy flow of vital energy in our body-mind, meditation is difficult too, because we feel as if nothing is happening and we get bored.

That’s why Osho has created active meditations, to free ourselves from these obstacles and enter easily in a space of RELAXED AWARENESS.

In my experience with thousands of seekers for 30 years I found the Kundalini Meditation most helpful for relaxing the body from tensions and shocks, and to start a good vital energy flow.

Very helpful for your body-mind health is also to have long walks in nature , to practice 20 minutes of easy Yoga like Surya Namaskar, and enjoying dancing freely your favourite music.

Once the body is starting to relax, Pranayama can be a very effective method to cleanse the Chakras and the passage of the Kundalini energy, leading us in a healthy state of vital energy.

And Nadabrahma Meditation goes even deeper, purifying our subtle vibrations and bringing us to the point of pure consciousness. Nadabrahma does really miracles to purify our spiritual energy.

One more important point to understand is that it is very easy to meditate in the presence of a living Buddha, because his blessings nourish your soul and protect you from the collective unconscious vibrations.

His presence is very powerful and acts as a shield to all kind of negative vibrations. But when you are alone you have to deal with this mind vibrations coming from the unmeditative world that surrounds us.

The most important and effective support is, in my experience, listening to Osho lectures at least in the beginning stage of your meditation.

That will connect you with Osho’s intelligence, and disconnect you from the collective unconsciousness.

I usually don’t encourage to practice other methods, for they may not be safe for each and everyone. Choose and experiment with these techniques everyday until you find your own way to enjoy meditation…..Enjoy!…
Baba

The Spiritual Journey needs commitment and patience.
Don’t be in a hurry for Enlightenment,
or it will become an obstacle.
There are people that are with me from twenty years,
and still they have not solved all their problems.
When they first arrived to me they were suffering
in their minds,
but they have a meditative space now,
and mostly they are enjoying themselves.
They earned it in all these years,
meditation after meditation,
with continuity and patience.
And yes, few seekers have attained with me,
and now they are free.
But the majority of seekers need a longer journey.
In life, everything valuable needs time to get,
and Enlightenment is the most precious
of all things, it is for eternity.
It will grow like a flower inside you, in its own time,
in its own season.
It will depend on your thirst
and surrender in meditation,
and on your stage of purification
of your unconscious mind.
Leave it to Existence.
But the people who are sincerely
meditating with me,
are enjoying themselves more and more each year.
It is a beautiful journey. Be patient and enjoy.
Baba

ACCEPT AND BE AWARE, this is the secret of a joyful meditation and a joyful life.  I’m not saying to escape your responsibilities, you need to take care of yourself, of your work, of your life in the marketplace. But once you have done your best, accept what life brings. Don’t live in an attitude of complaint, live in an attitude of gratefulness. For example, we are now on the lawn and few mosquitoes are biting us. Before that happens you do your best to protect yourself: wear socks, use a repellent cream…  but after it has happened don’t complain, accept it with love. If you angrily scratch yourself you will make things worse and the unpleasant sensation will last longer. But if you accept it peacefully the itching will disappear sooner. Really, we don’t know why Existence arranges things for us, maybe they are needed. Negative and positive things are in a certain balance in the world, and they are both needed for our growth. Every time I suffer with my body I learn something. For example, I have two sicknesses, diabetes and heart weakness. I have suffered much because of these sicknesses, but you will be surprised: it is because of them that I am alive. Because of them I had to change my lifestyle and take care that I have proper food and proper rest. And this is the way of my enlightenment, I accept everybody and everything in my heart, with awareness. Acceptance and awareness, acceptance and awareness, this is the key for a fast spiritual growth, of a joyful meditation. When I say “Enjoy“ I don’t mean the same thing that you mean, it is much more. I mean a joy that is also freedom from the mind and freedom from the body. A joy that is not dependent from outside conditions. An unconditional , eternal  joy. Accept and be aware, and one day you will find it in yourself.
Baba

If you practice Meditation with continuity, slowly, slowly you will find a Light showering, a Bliss….. Bliss is our Nature. You will be surprised, our Nature is not sorrow, sorrow is only our false imagination. Our true Nature is Bliss. A Bliss just showering…. And when we touch it, we feel happy. In Meditation Bliss comes, and the more it comes the more you will be dis-identified from the body-mind nonsense….
Baba

अभाव – EMPTINESS (Lack of bhaav – the feelings, here, lack of feelings one get out of pleasures from the world)

Emptiness is our nature, but we could never live in emptiness: we keep occupied twenty-four hours because a connection with something or the other is always established.

Some connection is always established, only we are not aware of our own presence. We keep on speaking, but we are not aware of our being, and we realize our presence only by keeping ourselves occupied.

Actually, things are not trapping us, not bonding us, it is we who are looking for something, it is we who want to become something.
We could never understand what we are, nor we could become what we are, so by connecting we think we’ll become something, a feeling of being something will come over. Something will happen. Man makes a contact, goes somewhere, and gets social only thinking that he will become something.

We got this understanding of ‘something will happen’ since our birth and definitely, something happens. When something happens, it gives you the feeling of your presence, even if a little bit, but it happens. If it did not happen this journey would have stopped. This journey is going on in a very stunning manner.

As soon as we get something from the world, we become something and “that becoming of us informs us of our false being.”
You have forgotten what you really are, and whenever you identify in any becoming, a current runs into you and you think something is there.
All the actions in the world is depending on this.

Man understands it clearly that what he keeps on doing is all stupidity, if he analyzes his work every man knows that it’s a useless stuff that he is doing it. However, the result that comes out from the work gives him the false sense of being something.

The work is actually addressing you at the right direction, anything from the world addresses you at the right place, but only if we live with awareness we can make use of this world also.

When something happens inside you , that should be used in turning you inwards . You must turn in, but so much of emptiness is there in your being that you never go inwards.

You need some excuse to turn around but there is no excuse there!
Nothing is seen because nothing was there, an emptiness (Abhaav) is persisting there and you cannot survive in that emptiness (abhaav), the very feeling of one’s being is not there in that emptiness;
so what will you turn inwards for? Then you run from that emptiness and come out of it, to become something, to create something, and you commit another brawl to make something happen.

Now from a new happening that you create, your own presence stands up and you experience a slight feeling of your being.

Therefore, this has become a trick to live in this world.
So be it, there is no problem with the world, with this trick.
But just be very, very alert of each of the happenings.
Baba (translated from Hindi)

My spiritual journey was very simple. I met Osho, and he explained to me to live in awareness, here and now. And slowly, slowly, my understanding started arising, and clarity came. After Enlightenment I went to see Osho. He just put a hand on my head and said: Ok!… And for 30 years, not a single moment has not been ok!
Baba

In the world, you cannot find a single person who is satisfied with something outside himself.
You can be satisfied only with yourself.

After you know yourself, you will be perfectly happy with whatever happens around you.
Baba

When you are sitting in meditation, in the beginning the mind is very tense, but slowly, slowly, the mind is going to relax, and the Consciousness arises. Be fully alert of whatever happens, don’t give meaning to what happens in your mind, don’t analyze.
It is the mind that creates analysis, and that’s why awareness doesn’t happen. You live amongst the thoughts, but with full awareness. Don’t fight, just accept. In spite of all the thoughts, you are feeling Consciousness.
Baba

In meditation, just watch very gently. Don’t try to judge and understand what is happening to you with your mind, because your mind cannot understand what happens on the spiritual plane. It is beyond the mind, you will understand it only after your enlightenment.

The vital energy will play with your chakras, just let it happen. If you try to understand it, you will interfere and disturb the natural energy flow. If you cling to spiritual energy phenomena and want them to happen according to you, you will be frustrated. Energy always flows by the immense intelligence of existence, and only after enlightenment you will have a vision of it.

Just watch gently and wait for surprises! If you try to control it, you cannot have surprises … Just be in a light attitude of awareness, a light awareness behind the head, it is enough! And let yourself be possessed by the vital energy, it’ is immense….
Baba

In meditation, find a comfortable posture, because to forget the body is needed. And stop fighting with whatever happens. We need to be CHOICELESS. CHOICELESSNESS dissolves the mind, the ego and all the problems. If we argue with ourselves, with others or with Existence ,we just waste our energy.
Baba

The inner sound OM has been studied in India very deeply and very mathematically, and if you can hear it inside you, it is the easiest way to go into meditation.

Pranayama is needed to keep your Heart open; otherwise if you close your Heart, which is your center, you will fall into depression!

If you are in harmony with Existence, Existence will support you. Not because of some miracle, but because your intelligence and intuition function perfectly.
Baba

The first step to achieve awareness is: first you accept, this is the need of Existence, that’s why you are here! If you don’t accept the reality, you fight with it, and different parts of your mind start fighting between each other, how you can be aware?

But if you accept, all your energy can be channelized into awareness. Acceptance creates more and more presence, you don’t split your energy because of your ideas. Just accept, don’t compare with the past and the future, and then you will be total, and totality and consciousness are the same thing.
Baba

Only one thing is in our hands,
in everybody’s hands:
living in alertness, Here and Now!
You start, now in this moment, you start…
Baba

The first step to achieve awareness is: first you accept, this is the need of Existence, that’s why you are here!
If you don’t accept the reality, you fight with it, and different parts of your mind start fighting between each other, how you can be aware?
But if you accept, all your energy can be channelised into awareness.
Acceptance creates more and more presence, you don’t split your energy because of your ideas.
Just accept, don’t compare with the past and the future, and then you will be total, and totality and consciousness are the same thing.
Baba

All that you see in others is just a part of yourself. Remember, all the people around you are simply your mirrors.
Remember that to digest negativity is your responsibility. It is your own aggressiveness that is being provoked by Existence. Existence loves you and wants you to be free from all darkness. If you don’t watch your negativity and throw it out, the provocation will come back stronger and stronger, until you will accept it and watch your reactions.
Remember few important things that will be helpful to you, in this process of conscious self-purification of your negativity: the person who is provoking you is not always doing so, most of the times he has different attitudes, and inside that person there are many other different qualities.
Don’t remember the past and don’t expect the same problems. Face every moment as new.
Some people are born with a karma of much love inside them, some people are born with a karma of much anger inside them. Whatever you feel inside you, you have to face it, digest it as it comes out from your unconscious into consciousness without analizing it and get distracted with psychological reactions. It is useless, just watch it with full awareness and it will start melting. Awareness is the golden key.
Awareness is mostly happening during silent meditations, and the process of melting your negativity will need a practice of daily meditations, one or more hours according to your capability. The longer and more regular your meditation will be, the more you will be able to transform your unconsciousness into Consciousness.
Baba

Baba explains to seekers how to overcome the obstacles in meditation :

Meditation is just sitting silently, doing nothing.

Love and trust in the Master is the most important and fundamental part of our spiritual journey. In the past centuries it used to be enough for many, particularly for women, but in modern times the support of meditation is necessary for everyone, because our all modern education, culture, lifestyle and collective unconsciousness strengthens the mind against the Heart.

Hence without the daily support of meditation our Heart is suffocated by the mind and cannot work properly, cannot flower.

Osho explained this for all his life, but why it is so difficult for people to enjoy a daily practice of meditation?

The two main obstacles are laziness and tensions.

If the body and the mind are tense, as it often happens because of the stress of our contemporary lives, it is difficult to enjoy meditation. If we are feeling sleepy, dull, lazy, and we don’t feel a healthy flow of vital energy in our body-mind, meditation is difficult too, because we feel as if nothing is happening and we get bored.

That’s why Osho has created active meditations , to free ourselves from these obstacles and enter easily in a space of RELAXED AWARENESS.

In my experience with thousands of seekers for 30 years I found the Kundalini Meditation most helpful for relaxing the body from tensions and shocks, and to start a good vital energy flow.
Very helpful for your body-mind health is also to have long walks in nature, to practice 20 minutes of easy Yoga like Surya Namaskar, and enjoying dancing freely your favourite music.

Once the body is starting to relax, Pranayama can be a very effective method to cleanse the Chakras and the passage of the Kundalini energy, leading us in a healthy state of vital energy.
And Nadabrahma Meditation goes even deeper, purifying our subtle vibrations and bringing us to the point of pure consciousness. Nadabrahma does really miracles to purify our spiritual energy.

One more important point to understand is that it is very easy to meditate in the presence of a living Buddha, because his blessings nourish your soul and protect you from the collective unconscious vibrations.

His presence is very powerful and act as a shield to all kind of negative vibrations. But when you are alone you have to deal with this mind vibrations coming from the unmeditative world that surrounds us.
The most important and effective support is, in my experience, listening to Osho lectures at least in the beginning stage of your meditation.

That will connect you with Osho’s intelligence, and disconnect you from the collective unconsciousness.

I usually don’t encourage to practice other methods, for they may not be safe for all and everybody. Choose and experiment with these techniques everyday until you find your own way to enjoy meditation…..Enjoy !…
Baba

When your energy is down and you don’t feel overflowing, Pranayama is helpful.
It will recharge your body with new energy, Prana, then you can sit joyfully and aware. You can do also Nadabrahma focusing on the Navi center (navel center) or dance for half an hour, till your energy is open and overflowing, then sit silently in your presence.
If this is not helpful and you are really stuck and feeling meaningless you can also do Tathata meditation: Loose your body, loose your body, loose your body… relax, relax, relax…
Then you will feel your SPACE, you will come back in contact with Existence, and this will recharge you.
Baba

Suffering is not spiritual, it is only misunderstanding.
But it happens because we are living in this world and there is so much suffering here.
If you fight with suffering it will be stronger. Accept it without being identified, relaxedly , not fighting. Remember that everything is going to be passed, coming for going. Nothing remains, nothing good and nothing bad. Only you feel that YOU ARE SPACE, and everything happens in space, coming and going. No need to identify there.
Without you anything can happen? No, you are the most important. Only you are, as a SPACE, not as a personality, not as any ideas, as any thoughts, otherwise they will create identification and drama.
Everything comes and goes in space, don’t be identified. If you suffer it means you are identified.
Understanding will happens slowly slowly, at the end, then you will know that you are only space and you will always enjoy.
Baba

When you are Here-Now love arises,
Here-Now creats love.
But when you are living in dreams
you disconnect from this great phenomenon.
When you are Here-Now
immediatly happiness comes, bliss comes,
what a great secret of life
Osho gave to everyone…
I don’t know why people are missing it!
He explained it very clearly to everyone,
those who can understand it
enjoy very much!”
Baba

For the next three years I will not travel around the world, I will live always in my Ashram and everybody is welcome there …
Baba

I will live five or six years more, that is my limit. Then, I will be zero…
Baba

If you feel consciously your Heart it will be very helpful. And slowly, slowly everything will merge there. Nothing else will remain, because the Heart is your greatest source of energy. Slowly, slowly all the different parts of your being will merge into your Heart.

Our reality is the Heart, not the body. If you are aware of your Heart, it will expand in all the parts of your body.

The Heart is infinite, but we try to feel only some part of it, connected to the senses. Our mind has always a program, and is trying to use the Heart‘s energy for its purposes. The Heart in itself has no senses; neither the five physical senses nor the five intellectual senses belong to the Heart. All the senses release vital energy outside of ourself. Only the Heart does not release energy outside. Its nature is just continuous celebration.

If you are aware of your Heart, its energy will expand and its aura will cover your whole body. Then you will enjoy your body very much. Then you will be free from all the nonsense belonging to mind and senses, because you will be so happy and blissful that you will not need anything else. Whatever you are doing will be blissful in the Heart space.

Expand your Heart. If you are aware about the Space, your Heart will expand and will merge everything. This is the final technique of the seeker. After this stage the seeker has nothing in his hands. Now it’s the time to live in totality, just here and now, and the Heart is always living here and now. The mind and the senses are always living in past and future, but the Heart is always living here and now.

Don’ try to live here and now with the mind, otherwise you will fight with yourself. Here and now is not a quality of the mind. When you will love in the Heart, here and now, the mind will surrender, because the Heart is much bigger than mind and mind is getting its very life energy from the Heart. It doesn’t have its own energy.

Everything will become clear, don’t worry. If you listen to your mind you will live in calculation and analysis and you will never be happy. So you don’t attend your mind, always attend your Heart and the Heart energy will make everything clear. You will be supported by loving energy and loving energy wants to merge. Everything will merge there, all the mind garbage flows to the ocean, because you are the ocean, you are a vast emptiness.
Baba

You cannot love anybody else. Love is possible only if there is no other, only oneness.
Baba

Acceptance is needed. Even when something happens in our life which we don’t like, we should not feel complaining, because we don’t know what we did in our past lives. Whatever wrong we did, we have to pay a karma for it. Accept it, and let it finish it.
Baba

Awareness is needed …The whole unconscious mind has to be purified in Meditation and transformed into Consciousness. There is no shortcut. Everything has to be watched.
Baba

Meditation is helpful for everyone… all over the world there is a need to do something extra than normal life, something spiritual.  Any kind of Meditation, Yoga, Pranayama, Prayer… Something is needed now! Because the world is becoming everyday worse and worse, and mind is very heavy, mind energy is very heavy, how you can survive amongst of the people?
So, you need a supplementary food. Meditation, Yoga, Pranayama, are the supplementary food for the human beings. Not only for enlightenment, it is necessary for normal people too. It is necessary to enjoy Life!
Baba

You are part of Existence, in fact you are Existence. Since childhood some identification is there, that you are one thing or another. Otherwise, if you are not identified with your ego, in this moment you will be totally merged with Existence. It is because of your thinking, that you are not consciously connected with the real source of Life. And that’s why you are not enjoying your Life. You want to be something, a thousand things you want to be. And this is a very stupid idea.
If for a moment, just for a moment, you live as if you are nothing… no personality, no mind, no body, you are nothing! And suddenly, within a moment, you will feel you are everything. You will be surprised! When you come to this real understanding, that you are nothing, then everything is there, all of Existence is there…

And you will never come to this understanding if you are in the mind center, because the mind always wants to be something, so please come back to your Heart. Forget these all stupid games of your mind, and come in your Heart. This is why we are doing Meditation here.

And automatically, when you will be in the Heart, you will feel that you are nothing, just nothing. You are no more there, just Emptiness. You are there, but without any personality, and without any form. And the reality is this, you don’t have any form. If you are feeling any form, you are not there, and you will never be happy. Because you are searching yourself, and in the mind you will never be yourself. You will be always a dream, a thought, an idea, an imagination… but you will never be yourself. This is our dissatisfaction.

And that’s why we are searching to satisfy ourselves with all kind of friendships.
You are your best friend! And you are searching yourself through your friends! Or through money or a thousand and one things… But remember it! You are searching for yourself…
Slowly, slowly, through Meditation your Heart will develop, and from inside you will feel that you are nothing, just Emptiness… it means that you are meeting yourself.
Baba

From their very childhood, ninety percent of the persons are living in the inferiority complex. And they want to create a superiority complex. The all world is doing this drama!
They feel inferior, and they want to be something, because the wound of their inferiority is torturing them.

Directly you cannot do anything about it. The only medicine is Meditation, because it will grow your awareness. And awareness will change you into a blissful Being.

You will not be begging for a superiority feeling, that somebody may feel: “Oh my God, you are really great!”

You will just enjoy your Being.
Baba

If you go on sitting in Meditation, a very deep cleaning of the unconscious will happen. If you are patient, slowly, slowly in Meditation you will become very clear, and it will be forever. If you will be strong and patient, your witness will develop. Meditation is the only way.
Dynamic, Kundalini, dance, all is good to enjoy and balance the energy, but if you want the real progress, long sitting in Meditation is needed. I will soon sit with you for long time…because I want everybody free!

Then you will really enjoy, you will be new, fresh…
Baba

When you are Here-Now love arises,
Here-Now creates love.
But when you are living in dreams
you disconnect from this great phenomenon.
When you are Here-Now
immediately happiness comes, bliss comes,
what a great secret of life
Osho gave to everyone…
I don’t know why people are missing it!
He explained it very clearly to everyone,
those who can understand it
enjoy very much !
Baba

What is Meditation? Meditation means
that you and Existence are in a beautiful harmony,
Existence is your beloved…
In meditation you merge with Existence,
you totally disappear,
and then pure Love arises…
Baba

What remains of many years of your life? Only your consciousness that has grown. Only for this, we come into the world… and if we grow our consciousness, life becomes so beautiful and wonderful…!
Baba

Enlightenment is you, your Isness… You feel your Isness, and it will become bigger and bigger, vaster than this world: that is Enlightenment. Feel your Isness, start in this way. You are here and now, feel it! And it will grow bigger and bigger, this body and mind will melt into it.
Everything will be merged there because you are much more than this world. This is Enlightenment.

But start with this technique; it is the best and safest. You start here and now. Don’t be hectic, don’t be serious! Just be with yourself, just Being.

And maintain it! When the mind goes somewhere else, come back to your Being. Go on coming back to your Being. Then the taste of your Being will develop. Enlightenment is the taste of Existence, the soul of Existence.

But start in this way; otherwise it will be just philosophy.
Just enjoy it! Enjoy your Being, your presence here and now.
And this is how Enlightenment will happen.
Baba

In the world, you cannot find a single person who is satisfied with something outside himself.
You can be satisfied only with yourself.
After you know yourself, you will be perfectly happy
with whatever happens around you.
Baba

If you don’t feel vital energy in your body, in Meditation you will not be able to feel aware and enjoy. First you need to create a good flow of Prana or vital energy in your body.

You can go for a walk in the forest, do an active meditation like Kundalini or Nadabrahma, Pranayama is also very, very helpful, and the best is dance! Somehow you have to take care that there is enough oxygen in your body and lungs, or the vitality will not happen. Once your energy is awake and flowing, it is the time of Meditation, otherwise you will remain stuck on the emotional plane, where suffering is sure! Be alert… you are on the fire! On the emotional plane you will be dreaming, excited, and the force of nature will make your unconscious mind very powerful.

You can repeat endlessly the same stupidities all your life…

If you meditate, slowly, slowly, slowly you will become more and more aware of your body-energy that is always Here-Now… This is the easiest way to enter into Meditation and into the present moment… And if you are enough patient and go on meditating, slowly, slowly, your energy will rise higher and higher and you will feel as if you are Space, like the Sky… that is the best Meditation.
Baba

We are here and now, just in this moment.
The past does not exist, it is only in your memory,
the future does not exist, it is only a dream of your mind.
But the body exists. In your body the energy is always on the move,
just like a river, just like a flame. The body’s structure is the same, but your vital energy dies and is reborn every moment.

This is the reality, the real phenomenon of life .

Feel the presence of your body and your vital energy, in this moment. This is the key to start connecting to your consciousness.

If you don’t understand this, you cannot celebrate, because Celebration is Here-Now…
Baba

If you practice Meditation with continuity, slowly, slowly, you will find a Light showering, a Bliss… Bliss is our Nature.

You will be surprised, our Nature is not sorrow, sorrow is only our false imagination. Our true Nature is Bliss.

A Bliss just showering… And when we touch it, we feel happy.

In Meditation Bliss comes, and the more it comes the more you will be dis-identified from the body-mind nonsense…
Baba

Sometimes, when somebody is in front of me, and he loves me, he cannot find his ego. Because he is conscious. Love and consciousness are the same thing, without your being conscious,aware in this moment, you cannot feel love.

You will be surprised, when you are feeling love it means you are here and now! The only difference is that, if you depend on an object or person, there is only love. But if you are not depending on an object and you are feeling love, you are in meditation.
Baba

When you are sitting in Meditation, in the beginning the mind is very tense, but slowly, slowly, the mind is going to relax, and the Consciousness arises. Be fully alert of whatever happens, don’t give meaning to what happens in your mind, don’t analyze.

It is the mind that creates analysis, and that’s why awareness doesn’t happen. You live amongst the thoughts, but with full awareness. Don’t fight, just accept. In spite of all the thoughts, you are feeling Consciousness.
Baba

We cannot see our reflection in running water. It is only in still water that we can see.
So Be still and watch whatsoever comes In your mind, love, anger, anxiety, joy Just a simple watchfulness and you are separate from all these.
Baba

How can I explain to you what is Enlightenment…

For example, you feel that you are sitting here, and the river is flowing there… But for me , the river is inside me, you all are inside me, the all Existence is inside me… It is such a beautiful mystery!
Baba

I’m not a magician, a miracle man. I’m a very simple man…
Only, I ‘m aware, hundred percent aware.
And I pray to God only one thing:
more awareness here!
Baba

The first step to achieve awareness is: first you accept, this is the need of Existence, that’s why you are here!

If you don’t accept the reality, you fight with it, and different parts of your mind start fighting between each other, how you can be aware?

But if you accept, all your energy can be channelized into awareness.
Acceptance creates more and more presence; you don’t split your energy because of your ideas.

Just accept, don’t compare with the past and the future, and then you will be total, and totality and consciousness are the same thing.
Baba

Only one thing is in our hands, in everybody’s hands:
living in alertness, Here and Now!
You start, now in this moment, you start…
Baba

In Meditation you cannot do anything,
only simply you can open yourself,
and feel always gratitude to Existence.
Then you will be more and more open,
and something will start showering,
something will be happening…
then you can enjoy your Meditation.
Baba

When you are merging with the presence of the Master,
one miracle happens.

The Master is no more there,
you can never get him,
you will melt, melt, melt,
searching for him,
and one day you will disappear.
Baba

If you want to know the Real Heart
you will need great silence inside you.
Only then, the reality of the Heart will arise.
Because the Heart is a much bigger,
much higher reality than the mind,
and the lower cannot understand the higher…
Baba