Learning to Silence the Mind

Wellness through Meditation

Learning to Silence the Mind is een relatief nieuw meditatieboek. Het is speciaal voor hen die zich wat meer willen verdiepen in Osho’s visie ten aanzien van meditatie. In eerdere fasen werden we aangemoedigd om de mind te negeren, eraan voorbij te gaan. In dit boek geeft Osho de kwaliteiten van de mind weer.

Learning to Silence the MindHet ‘uitschakelen’ van de mind is vaak een punt, namelijk: het is niet zo eenvoudig om de aan- en uitknop te vinden. Meditatie is hiervoor het geëigende middel.

Als we ons de methodes eigen kunnen maken zoals ze in het boek beschreven staan, zal dat tot een scherpere, creatievere en meer relaxte mind leiden. Dan functioneert men op de top van zijn eigen unieke intelligentie.

Learning to Silence the Mind is verkrijgbaar in de Boekhandel.

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Wellness through meditation

The mind, says Osho, has the potential to be enormously creative in dealing with the challenges of everyday life, and the problems of the world in which we live.

The difficulty, however, is that instead of using the mind as a helpful servant we have largely allowed it to become the master of our lives. Its ambitions, belief systems, and interpretations rule our days and our nights—bringing us into conflict with minds that are different from ours, keeping us awake at night rehashing those conflicts or planning the conflicts of tomorrow, and disturbing our sleep and our dreams. If only there was a way to switch it off and give it a rest! Finding the switch that can silence the mind—not by force or performing some exotic ritual, but through understanding, watchfulness, and a healthy sense of humor—is meditation. A sharper, more relaxed and creative mind—one that can function at the peak of its unique intelligence—is the potential.
The book includes tutorials on OSHO Nadabrahma Meditation.

Osho: What is Meditation?

TO SAY SOMETHING ABOUT MEDITATION is a contradiction in terms. It is something which you can have, which you can be, but by its very nature you cannot say what it is. Still, efforts have been made to convey it in some way. Even if only a fragmentary, partial understanding arises out of it, that is more than one can expect. But even that partial understanding of meditation can become a seed. Much depends on how you listen. If you only hear, then even a fragment cannot be conveyed to you, but if you listen…. Try to understand the difference between the two.

Hearing is mechanical. You have ears, you can hear. If you are getting deaf then a mechanical aid can help you to hear. Your ears are nothing but a certain mechanism to receive sounds. Hearing is very simple: animals hear, anybody who has ears is capable of hearing – but listening is a far higher stage.

Listening means: when you are hearing, you are only hearing and not doing anything else – no other thoughts in your mind, no clouds passing in your inner sky – so whatever is being said reaches you, as it is being said. There is no interference from your mind; it is not interpreted by you, by your prejudices; not clouded by anything that, right now, is passing within you – because all these are distortions.

Ordinarily it is not difficult; you go on managing just by hearing, because the things you are hearing concern common objects. If I say something about the house, the door, the tree, the bird, there is no problem. These are common objects; there is no need of listening. But there is a need to listen when we are talking about something like meditation, which is not an object at all; it is a subjective state. We can only indicate it. You have to be very attentive and alert – then there is a possibility that some meaning reaches you.

Even if a little understanding arises in you, it is more than enough, because understanding has its own way of growing. If just a little bit of understanding falls in the right place, in the heart, it starts growing of its own accord. Osho From: Learning to Silence the Mind