This series will take you step by step on an enchanting journey of words, silence, laughter, tears and pictures.
This is the series where Osho walks out of the assembly one stormy evening, maybe never to return.
This is the series where Osho introduces us to the experience of let-go at the end of every talk to deepen the silence.
This is the series where Osho creates the OSHO Mystic Rose, the first of his revolutionary OSHO Meditative Therapies, which uses laughter and tears to unburden us of lifetimes of pain and suffering followed by sitting silently, which Osho calls, “The Watcher on the Hill.”
“We are all part of one universal heartbeat. And in every possible way – even impossible
way – I am trying to bring that synchronicity between you and the universal which is your real
and original face.”
Epilogue Storms will Be Coming Again and Again, but You Have to Remember…
Just repeating Yaa-Hoo! You will be surprised – you are not becoming sad and serious as the saints are supposed to be, but a totally new dimension is opening up: the laughing saint, the dancing god. Yaa-Hoo! Is only a representative expression of a laughing and dancing being.
I have chosen Leela, one of my therapists, to create a new meditative therapy. The first part will be Yaa-Hoo! – for three hours, people simply laugh for no reason at all. And whenever their laughter starts dying they again say, “Yaa-Hoo!” and it will come back. Digging for three hours you will be surprised how many layers of dust have gathered upon your being. It will cut them like a sword, in one blow. For seven days continuously, three hours every day you cannot conceive how much transformation can come to your being.
And then the second part is “Yaa-Boo.” The first part removes everything that hinders your laughter – all the inhibitions of past humanity, all the repressions. It cuts them away. It brings a new space within you, but still you have to go a few steps more to reach the temple of your being, because you have suppressed so much sadness, so much despair, so much anxiety, so many tears – they are all there, covering you and destroying your beauty, your grace, your joy.
In old Mongolia they had an ancient idea that every life, whatever pain is suppressed and pain is suppressed, because nobody wants it. You don’t want to be painful so you suppress it, you avoid, you look somewhere else. But it remains.
And the Mongolian idea was – and I agree with it – that life after life it goes on accumulating in you; it becomes almost a hard shell of pain. That’s why all the saints and the sages have been telling you, shouting – “Go into yourself!” You listen to them, but you don’t go. There is a reason why you don’t go: you know that going in, you have to encounter pain; going in, you have to encounter misery, suffering, agony. It is better to remain outside – engaged, busy. Never be alone, because in your aloneness you may unconsciously start moving inwards. Being alone, having nothing else to do you may start looking inwards.
People have invented all kinds of things to escape from themselves: they may smoke cigarettes. Not that they need them. I have never felt any need for cigarettes, so I cannot conceive that there is any necessity for anybody to be so stupid. When pure air is available, he is making his breathing full of poison, and he is paying for it! But there must be some reason. Why do millions of people go on smoking? The reason is, it keeps you occupied. Even if you are alone, it does not leave you unoccupied.
These are devices of your mind. There are people who are chewing gum. Now what a nonsense thing to do! – Chewing gum? Are you sane or insane? Can’t you chew anything else? No sane person can do this unnecessary exercise of chewing gum. But it keeps you occupied, so millions of people are chewing gum.
All your conversations, your so-called busy-ness is almost without any purpose, without any business. But it helps just one thing: you don’t come across yourself. There is too much pain.
So you can listen to the sages, to the awakened ones, and you can nod – “You are right, but my time has not come yet. Please forgive me; I have still to chew gum, I have still to smoke cigarettes. You are great, you can drop these things; we are small people, how can we drop cigarettes and chewing gum?”
Just see the stupidity of it all. But behind the stupidity there must be some psychology and the psychology is: anything that helps you to avoid yourself becomes useful. Football match, volleyball, boxing somebody else is doing it, you are just looking, but that looking takes you away from your own inside.
If you go in you will find both, laughter and tears. That’s why sometimes it happens that by laughing, suddenly you find tears also start coming together with it – very confusing, because ordinarily we think they are contrary. When you are full of tears it is not a time to laugh, or when you are laughing it is not the right season for tears. But existence does not believe in your concepts, ideologies; existence transcends all your concepts, which are dualistic, which are based on duality. Day and night, laughter and tears, pain and blissfulness, they both come together.
When a man reaches into his innermost being he will find the first layer is of laughter and the second layer is of agony, tears.
So for seven days you have to allow yourself to weep, cry, for no reason at all – just the tears are ready to come. You have been preventing them. Just don’t prevent, and whenever you feel they are not coming, just say, “Yaa-Boo!” These are pure sounds, used as a technique to bring all your laughter and all your tears and clean you completely, so that you can become an innocent child.
This is absolutely my meditation.
Leela will be in charge of it and you will be surprised that no meditation can give you so much as this small strategy. This is my experience of many meditations, that what has to be done is to break two layers in you. Your laughter has been repressed; you have been told, “Don’t laugh, it is a serious matter.” You are not allowed to laugh in a church, or in a university class
So the first layer is of laughter, but once laughter is over you will suddenly find yourself flooded with tears, agony. But that too will be a great unburdening phenomenon. Many lives of pain and suffering will disappear. If you can get rid of these two layers you have found yourself.
Maneesha, there is no meaning in the words, “Yaa-Hoo” or “Yaa-Boo.” These are simply techniques, sounds which can be used for a certain purpose to enter into your own being. And you may have felt it – when you shout, “Yaa-Hoo!” you may have felt a sudden breeze of freshness and joy.
I don’t want so many people to cry here; that’s why I have not used the other part. That is to be used in special groups.
I have invented many meditations, but perhaps this will be the most essential and fundamental one.