Innermost Secrets of Consciousness
The New Alchemy: To Turn You On is a practical, detailed guide for those exploring meditation. Osho has a vast understanding of the steps and pitfalls along the way and the unique gift of communicating them directly and simply.
“Whenever you have found a technique, a way, retreat within, go within. Experiment with it there, in your subjectivity, in your heart. Experience it. Don’t just go on thinking about what meditation is. Do it! Only then will you know what it is.”
While the emphasis is on active meditation, Osho skillfully interweaves commentaries on Mabel Collins’ Light on the Path, to further support the seeker’s understanding.
“These are the sutras achieved by ultimate wisdom. They are deep and sometimes very complex, even contradictory, but they are the ultimate flowering of wisdom.”
Chapter 1: The New Alchemy: To Turn You On
Chapter 2: Surrendering to What Is
Chapter 3: The Sense of Separateness
Chapter 4: The Desire for Sensation
Chapter 5: Desiring the Unattainable
Chapter 6: The Power That Shall Make You Nothing
Chapter 7: Seeking the Way
Chapter 8: The Silence That Follows the Storm
Chapter 9: Thou Has Reaped
Chapter 10: Obeying the Warrior Within
Chapter 11: Listen to the Song of Life
Chapter 12: The Lesson of Harmony
Chapter 13: Look into the Hearts of Men
Chapter 14: To Loosen the Bonds of Personality
Chapter 15: The Path is Found
Chapter 16: The Final Secret
Chapter 17: The Voice That Is Soundless
Chapter 18: Catharsis and Meditation: Steps on The Path
Chapter 19: Breath Is Your Life
Chapter 20: Become a Friend to Yourself
Chapter 21: The Eternal Law
Chapter 22: Nothing Is Achieved without Danger
Chapter 23: Everything Is Just a Play
Chapter 24: Death Is the Door
Chapter 25: This Constant Hammering Within
Chapter 26: Beyond the Mind
Chapter 27: Find Your Original Face
Chapter 28: With Reverence and Gratitude
Chapter 29: Madness as a Method
Chapter 30: Allow Faith to Happen
Chapter 31: Be Free from Knowledge
Chapter 32: An Encounter with Existence
Chapter 33: Meditation Is Just Medicinal
Chapter 34: Remain Authentic to Yourself
Meditation is not an effort, it is not an activity. Rather, it is a deep surrender. Rather, it is to be in non-activity. Basically, just to be is meditation: not doing anything, not desiring anything, not hankering to go somewhere, just being here and now. To be simply here and now, that’s what I call meditation.
But it is very difficult to conceive. Even to contemplate it is difficult because the mind cannot conceive of anything that is not an effort. The very language of the mind, the very framework, the very structure, is based on effort: to do something, to achieve something, to go somewhere.
Mind is very serious, and meditation is absolutely non-serious.
When I say this you may be bewildered, because people go on talking about meditation very seriously. But meditation is not a serious thing. It is just like play: non-serious – sincere, but non-serious. It is not something like work, it is more like play. Play is not an activity. Even when it is active, it is not an activity. Play is just pleasure. The activity is not going anywhere, it is not motivated. Rather, it is just overflowing energy.
But it is difficult because we are so much in activity. We have always been so active that activity has become a deep-rooted obsession. Even while asleep we are active. Even thinking about relaxing we are active. We even make relaxation an activity: we make an effort to relax. This is absurd! But because of the habit, the robot-like habits of the mind…
So what to do? The mind cannot now conceive how to be non-active. So what to do? Only non-activity leads you to your inner center. So I have devised a means, and the means is to be active to such an extreme that activity simply ceases – because of its being so extreme, to be so madly active that the mind’s hankering to be active is thrown out of your system.
Only then, after a deep catharsis, can you fall down into inactivity and have a glimpse of the world that is not the world of effort. Once you know it, you can move into it without any effort. Once you have the feeling of it – how to be just here and now, without doing anything – you can move into it at any moment, you can remain in it anywhere. Ultimately, you can be outwardly active and inwardly deeply inactive.
But in the beginning, you will have to do a very paradoxical thing. The paradox is this: you have to be active, madly active, violently active, so that everything is released, your obsessions are released.