In Egypt mystics devices Wisdom Snake to depict enlightenment.
A person’s consciousness keeps moving outside in a straight line. It seldom reaches to itself to complete the circle. When it reaches to itself the intersection is called as enlightenment.
Klein Bottle can be treated as modern and best suited metaphor that can be used for enlightenment and hence it helps one in understanding it better because it’s inside is also its outside.
Only through meditation we can make our consciousness to take a U- turn and turn to itself. A single step taken to move inwards is going to give us great rewards. Only human being is bestowed with this capacity. So we must being experimenting with ourself because there is no other way. It is not objective science that others experience is going to help us rather it is subjective science.
Our ego separates us from the world. We treat the world as outside of us and ourself as inside as our mind or thinking. Zen people discovered the Koan -‘The goose is in’ to create great doubt in their disciples. The disciple has to search for the answer of it by meditating upon it.
The Koan is ‘A Zen mystic kept a newly born goose inside a bottle. Then he kept feeding it from outside and over period of time it’s size increased to touch inside of Bottle from everywhere. The mystic wants to take the grown up goose out but the bottle must remain intact.
Answer of this Koan is that the goose was never in, it is outside always. So we can say that the goose was inside and outside both. We are mistakenly treating the outside and inside as different. The duality cease to exist when the consciousness pierce itself.
Klein bottle is made when two opposite edges of a rectangular sheet are joined to make a pipe and one round edge at one end of a pipe is joined by piercing the pipe itself to join other round edge of the pipe.
This way the outside and inside becomes one and duality ceases to exist for this bottle. In case of enlightened person he becomes like a Klein bottle and the goose that he was thinking inside was outside too at the same time. This paradox becomes clear to him now.
Oneness is experienced only when whatever is understood as in starts seeing as outside too. Infinite becomes ego that included everyone now or it becomes zero and the emptiness of inside is experienced outside too.
Awareness meditation is the way worked for me, may be you too find it suitable otherwise Dynamic meditation is for most of the people. There are 110 other meditation techniques discovered by Indian Mystic Gorakhnath about 500years before and further modified by Osho that one can experiment and the suitable one could be practiced in routine life.
As we grow we need to become more efficient so as to earn our bread and butter hence we become robotic. While in our childhood we acted consciously during every act. This is why even the work was relaxing like a play. This awareness that we have lost is needed to be regained or discovered.
Osho says “At any moment you close your eyes, first you will see thoughts, a layer of thinking all around you, thoughts vibrating – one coming, another going – a crowd, a traffic. Remain silent for a few seconds, and suddenly you will see that thinking is no longer there but dreaming has started. You are dreaming that you have become the president of a country, or you have found a brick of gold on the road, or you have found a beautiful woman or a man, and suddenly you start projecting; dreams start functioning. If you continue dreaming for a long time, one moment will come when you will fall asleep – thinking, dreaming, sleep, and from sleep again to dreaming and thinking. This is how your whole life revolves. Real awareness is not known yet, and that real awareness is what Patanjali says will destroy ignorance – not knowledge, but awareness. We collect knowledge just to befool ourselves and others.”—————-Osho, Yoga:The science of the soul.
The mind is biggest hurdle in our inner journey. It is helpful too but only up to a certain altitude after that it needed to be disconnected from it because then it starts creating more trouble. So just like first stage of rocket engine is left to drop on the Earth so that the satellite can be launched in its orbit, our mind too needs to be dropped in subtle way so that even the mind could not recognise being dropped!
Awareness meditation is of great help in getting this job done.
Osho says “The deep problem is: how to become aware, how not to be unconscious. From where to start? Don’t try to fight with some very deep-rooted habit. You will be defeated. The fur coat will not leave you so easily. Start with very neutral habits.
For example: you go for a walk; just be aware that you are walking. (Try to Walk with witnessing consciousness).
It is a neutral thing. Nothing is invested in it. You are looking at the trees; just look at the trees and be aware. Don’t look with clouded eyes. Drop all thinking. Just for a few moments even, just look at the trees, and just look. Look at the stars. Swimming, just be alert to the inner feeling that happens inside your body while you are swimming, the inner. Feel it. You are taking a sun bath; feel how you start feeling inside: warm, settled, rested. While falling asleep, just watch how you are feeling inside. Inside, outside – try to be aware of the coolness of the sheets, the darkness in the room, the silence outside, or the noise outside. Suddenly, a dog barks – neutral things; bring your consciousness to them first. And then, by and by, proceed.
Then, try to be aware of your good habits, because good habits re not so deep-rooted as bad habits. Good habits need much sacrifice on your part, so very few people try to cultivate good habits. And even those who try to cultivate good habits try very few good habits; just underneath, many bad habits are there.
First try neutral, then good, then move by and by to bad habits. And finally, remember that each habit has to be made aware. Once you have become aware of your whole habitual pattern, that habitual pattern is your mind. Any day the shift will happen. Suddenly, you will be in the no-mind. When all the habits of your life have become aware, you don’t do them unconsciously suddenly, a shift will happen. You will find yourself in emptiness. That is the original mind which is neither pure nor impure.”——————-Osho, Yoga-The science of the soul, Chapter 3, Returning to the original mind.
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Disciples of Jesus left him alone in last minutes but Osho’s disciples remained with him till he left his body willingly after working, till last day, for all of us to get enlightened. Jesus tried hard till last minute, before being caught, to teach meditation to his disciples. As per Saint John’s Gospel:- Jesus used word ‘Sit’ to transfer his meditative energy to them and went on to pray God, but on returning he found them sleeping. He tried two times again but in vain.
Even today Zen people use word ‘Sit’ for meditation in their saying ‘Sit silently, do nothing, season comes and the grass grows by itself green’.
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