Osho on Real Meditation is Effortless
Can the mind commit suicide?
The Mind can not commit suicide, because
whatsoever the mind can do will strengthen the mind. Any
doing on the part of the mind makes the mind more
strong. So suicide is impossible.
Mind doing something means mind continuing itself -- so
that is not in the nature of things. But suicide
happens. Mind cannot commit it -- mm? -- let me make it
absolutely clear: mind cannot commit it, but suicide
happens. It happens through watching the mind, not by
The watcher is separate from the mind, it is deeper than
the mind, higher than the mind. The watcher is always
hidden behind the mind. A thought passes, a feeling
arises -- who is watching this thought? Not the mind
itself -- because mind is nothing but the process of
thought and feeling. The mind is just the traffic of
thinking. Who is watching it? When you say, "An angry
thought has arisen in me," who are 'you'? In whom has
the thought arisen? Who is the container? The thought is
the content -- who is the container?
The mind is like when you print a book: on white, clean
paper, words appear. That empty paper is the container
and the printed words are the content. Consciousness is
like empty paper. Mind is like written, printed paper.
Whatsoever exists as an object inside you, whatsoever
you can see and observe, is the mind.
The observer is not the mind, the observed is the mind.
So if you can go on simply observing, without
condemning, without in any way creating a conflict with
the mind, without indulging it, without following it,
without going against it, if you can simply be there
indifferent to it, in that indifference suicide happens.
It is not that mind commits suicide: when the watcher
arises, the witness is there, mind simply disappears.
Mind exists with your cooperation OR your conflict. Both
are ways of cooperating -- conflict too! When you fight
with the mind, you are giving energy to it. In your VERY
fight you have accepted the mind, in your very fighting
you have accepted the power of the mind over your being.
So whether you cooperate or you conflict, in both the
cases the mind becomes stronger and stronger.
Just watch. Just be a witness. And, by and by, you will
see gaps arising.
A thought passes, and another thought
does not come immediately -- there is an interval. In
that interval is peace. In that interval is love. In
that interval is all that you have always been seeking
-- and finding never. In that gap, you are no more an
In that gap you are not defined, confined, imprisoned.
In that gap you are vast, immense, huge! In that gap you
are one with existence -- the barrier exists not. Your
boundaries are no more there.
You melt into existence
and the existence melts in you. You start overlapping.
If you go on watching and you don't get attached to
these gaps either... because that is natural now, to get
attached to these gaps. If you start hankering for these
gaps... because they are tremendously beautiful, they
are immensely blissful. It is natural to get attached to
them, and desire arises to have more and more of these
gaps -- then you will miss, then your watcher has
disappeared. Then those gaps will again disappear, and
again the traffic of the mind will be there.
So the first thing is to become an indifferent watcher.
And the second thing is to remember that when beautiful
gaps arise, don't get attached to them, don't start
asking for them, don't start waiting that they should
happen more often. If you can remember these two things
-- when beautiful gaps come, watch them too, and keep
your indifference alive -- then one day the traffic
simply disappears with the road, they both disappear.
And there is tremendous emptiness.
That's what Buddha calls 'Nirvana' -- the mind has
ceased. This is what I call suicide -- but mind has not
committed it. Mind cannot commit it. You can help it to
happen. You can hinder it, you can help it to happen --
it depends on you, not on your mind. All that mind can
do will always strengthen the mind.
So meditation is not really mind-effort. Real meditation
is not effort at all. Real meditation is just allowing
the mind to have its own way, and not interfering in any
way whatsoever -- just remaining watchful, witnessing.
It silences, by and by, it becomes still. One day it is
gone. You are left alone.
That aloneness is what your reality is. And in that
aloneness nothing is excluded, remember it. In that
aloneness everything is included -- that aloneness is
God. That purity, that innocence, uncorrupted by any
thought, is what God is
Source: "The Discipline of Transcendence
volume 3" - Osho
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