Talks on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Osho digs deeply into these centuries old texts of Patanjali, an Indian sage who systemized Yoga, and uncovers hitherto undiscovered meanings in his words which can open doors to experiencing the greater reality available beyond the limits of the logical mind.
In this book the sutras include: “…meditate on knowledge that comes during sleep” and “…meditate on anything that appeals to you.” Osho’s commentaries give these succinct techniques a very practical application for twenty-first century humanity. He also answers questions from seekers which include understanding the conflict between being loose and natural, and being aware; meditating on pain while pain is happening; and why active types of meditation are so valid in the twenty-first century.
Chapter 1 : Dropping Out of the Wheel
Chapter 2 : I Teach Only Awareness
Chapter 3 : The Center and the Periphery
Chapter 4 : Man Is a Journey
Chapter 5 : The Pure Mind
Chapter 6 ; Man Is in a Hurry
Chapter 7 : Going beyond This Mind
Chapter 8 : When You Are Ready…
Chapter 9 : The Fall of the Idiots
Chapter 10 : Seriousness: The Disease of the Ego
Man sleeps almost one-third of his life, twenty years approximately. But sleep has been neglected, terribly neglected. Nobody thinks about it, nobody meditates on it. This has happened because man has paid too much attention to the conscious mind.
Mind has three dimensions. Just as matter has three dimensions, mind also has three dimensions. Only one dimension is conscious, another dimension is unconscious, and there is still another dimension which is superconscious. These three dimensions are of the mind – just like matter, because deep down mind is also matter. Or, you can say it otherwise, that matter is also mind. It has to be so, because only one exists.
Mind is subtle matter; matter is gross mind. But ordinarily man lives only in one dimension, the conscious. Sleep belongs to the unconscious; dreaming belongs to the unconscious. Meditation, ecstasy, belong to the superconscious, just like waking and thinking belong to the conscious. So, we have to go slowly into this phenomenon of mind.
The first thing about mind to be remembered is, it is just like an iceberg – the topmost part is on the surface; you can see it, but it is only one-tenth of the whole. Nine-tenths is hidden underneath. You cannot see it ordinarily, unless you move into the depths. But these are only two dimensions. There is a third dimension – as if a part of the iceberg has evaporated and has become a small cloud and hovers in the sky. It is difficult to reach to the unconscious; it is almost impossible to reach to that cloud – of course part of the same iceberg, but evaporated.
That’s why meditation is so difficult, samadhi is so arduous. It takes one’s total energy, it demands one’s total devotion, only then the vertical movement into the cloudlike phenomenon of the superconscious becomes possible. The conscious is there; you are listening to me from the conscious. If you are thinking what I am saying, if you are making a sort of dialogue inside with whatsoever I am saying – a sort of commentary goes on inside – this is the conscious mind.
But you can listen to me without thinking – in deep love, heart-to-heart, not in any way verbalizing what I am saying, judging what I am saying, right or wrong, no. No evaluation; you simply listen in deep love, as if the mind has been passed and the heart listens and beats with joy. Then the unconscious is listening. Then whatsoever I say will go very deep, to your roots.
But there is also the third possibility, that you can listen through the superconscious. Then even love is a disturbance – very subtle, but even love is a disturbance. Then there is nothing – no thought, no feeling. You simply become a void, an emptiness, end to end. And into that emptiness falls whatsoever I say and whatsoever I am. Then you are listening from the superconscious.