This word was coined by Osho.
As a per Osho “You are the reality; you are eternal; everything else is just a dream. Beautiful dreams are there, nightmares are there…But it does not matter whether it is a beautiful dream or a nightmare; what matters is the one who is seeing the dream(here it means our life).
In the East we don’t know anything like Philosophy.
Scholars have translated the Eastern word ‘Darshan’, which means ‘seeing’, into Philosophy, finding no other way to capture its meaning.
But they are not at all connected: Philosophy is thinking, not seeing. A blind man can think about light, but cannot see it; the man with eyes can see the light; there is no need to think about it.
In the East there is nothing comparable to word ‘philosophy’;
in the West there is nothing comparable to ‘Darshan’ (in Hindi).
I have coined my own word to translate Darshan, and that is Philosia.
‘Philo’ means Love, and
‘sia’ means to see.
‘Sophy’ means ‘thinking’,
‘sia’ means ‘seeing’.
And the whole East has beem working only in one dimension(direction) for centuries: how to find the ‘seer’.
You cannot go beyond it; that is the ultimate. Everything is in front of it; it is behind the whole reality, and everything goes on changing…
You are a child, you will become young, you will become old. Anything that is changing can be recorded or measured with reference to a constant only. Right.
Your consciousness is that constant which does not change with age. You are that consciousness or ‘seer’ or ‘reality’. You are alive, you will be dead- everything goes on changing, except the seer.
But the seer is something absolutely eternal.
It happens that you remember face of a person upon seeing him or her, but sometimes it is difficult to recall the name of the person. When you try to remember the name, at that moment you search in your memory.
Who is this searching for the name in memory?
You are not memory, otherwise how you can search yourself?
Just a little glimpse of it and all your problems will start disappearing, because a totally new perspective will arise–a new vision, a new way of life, a new way of seeing things, seeing people, responding to situations.
And the seer is always present, twenty four hours a day; whatever you are doing or not doing, it is there. It has been there for centuries, for eternity, waiting for you to take note of it.
Perhaps, because it is always there, that’s why you have forgotten it. The obvious is always forgotten.
It is like a fish in the ocean searching for water by diving deep to its base, then by jumping in air etc etc. Since it is born into it always surrounded by it.
Philosia is quite opposite to Philosophy. In Philosophy one contemplates about existence. It is like a blind person thinking about light.
Philosia means a person who has actually seen or experienced the existence or truth or Jesus-Consciousness or Buddha-Consciousness.
He has transcended the human mind to experience the no-mind state. Even if a glimpse is sufficient to begin learning about inner secrets of the existence. Unless one gets a glimpse, how he or she is going to further explore it?
It will be just like searching for a door in a dark room which has only walls on all sides. The door is experience of existence and wall is thinking about it while the life is that room.
Our being is very small compared to the mind including conscious and sub-conscious part. Here no-mind state is the part of super-consciousness which is sometimes also included in definition of mind. Actually it is beyond it and its path is from being and not from mind.
A story from “Panchtantra” was told to children, in their childhood, in India by elders but the secret in the story is so subtle that even the storyteller do not understand its deeper meaning but as a custom it is told.
It is told so that when one of the child will experience the existence or truth he will understand its deeper meaning automatically and it will be helpful for him to understand the phases he has undergone or experienced in the journey. It will also help him or her to guide the basic requirements needed for being a qualified Master in Philosia. No basic education is required to achieve this Master’s qualification but any degree or Ph. D is helpful to better understand and transfer it among highly qualified and educated persons so that they can practically apply it in solving real life problems or to fulfill Social needs of the generations or prepare well for future generations….
Here is the link The tales of Panchatantra -the cunning hare and the lion
It is follows:
It is a story of a Lion, the King, in a forest. All the resident animals of the forest have to live in constant stress and any time the lion can attack on anyone. So they all assembled to solve the problem so that they can live peacefully. They offers to the lion, the king, a plan. They suggested that one animal will reach to the Lions den each day, at decided time, to satiate the hunger of the King. The lion king agreed.
For a long time this plan worked well and both parties in agreement remained true to their promises.
One day it was a chance of a small rabbit to sacrifice its life for peace of the forest and satiate the hunger of the lion. When his name was called, It was a brave rabbit. It was not trembling inside by just thinking about the death. The rabbit started to think about how ways to solve the problem of the fellow animals. As it will be some others turn tomorrow, and it will go on for eternity. It was decided by the rabbit that when life is at stake then why not take a chance to let all other animals get rid of this Lion forever.
On the way to the Lions den the rabbit saw a well and when looking inside it saw its image in still water. Suddenly the rabbit got the idea and deliberately became late while keeping an eye on the Lion from far away.
The hungry lion became angry and moving here and there thinking about the future of animals of the forest as punishment for breaking the promise.
Suddenly the tiny rabbit appeared before the lion and in a humble voice prayed to listen to it for the reason of delay and then do as decided without taking me into consideration as food for toady, since i am so tiny to satiate your hunger. The lion nodded in agreement and became eager to really listen carefully. The rabbit informed that in the way there was a far stronger lion on the way and stopped it to challenge you. But i insisted for a fight with you only them i will assume supremacy. So please come with me and accept the challenge.
The Lion went with this rabbit to the well and rabbit introduced “the well with still water” as den of the challenging Lion. On looking inside the well image as another lion is mistook by hungry and angry lion and immediately jumped into it to accept the challenge. Died immediately and all animals of the forest are saved and lived peacefully thereafter.
Lesson from this story is to be brave, intelligent and have courage.
Philosia, means experiencing the truth by seeing, gives an altogether unimaginable meaning to or lesson from this story.
Actually the story is about a human’s life. The human body is the forest in which The Lion king is the ego and the courageous rabbit is being of the human. It is the being, a very small and fragile part, that connects a person with the universal wisdom and answers you solutions to the problems in real life situations. It is also called as intuition or common sense.
Death of ego is not your death just like death of Lion king is not death of forest. Instead after the death of the Lion king the forest lived peacefully. Death of ego, means death of all your past achievements that is how you define yourself etc. That is why courage is a most required qualification for using being to its ultimate benefit for transforming a life from “Human being” to “Being human”.
A person who wish to transcend the mind has to learn to use this being in a courageous way, like the rabbit in the story, and be prepared for the ultimate sacrifice, life.
The mirror like water surface is state of no-mind. The ego has no option but to jump and die in it. With the death of ego the space to blossom a new man born in this old body is created. Osho said it “On the grave of your ego blossoms the lotus of your being.” This is what is the meaning of a saying of Jesus ” Unless you are born again, you will not enter into the kingdom of God.” This mirror like no-mind state can only be achieved with the help of a courageous being. Witnessing or awareness is the tool with the help of which being can be approached. Just simple habit of awareness or witnessing in routine life will make it happen any day. When it happens cannot be said as it is uncertain. It has not happened in all your past lives so it may not happen in this life also. Still it is worth practicing whole life. It may happen in this moment ! So it is like gambling, and only a great gambler can risk life for it to happen. In Zen it is said “Sit silently, season comes and the grass grows by itself green.”
Joining mindfulness or meditation courses of limited time and trying to analyse its benefit in short duration has turned many people away from this ultimate experience.
Suggested reading: Osho.com online library