Osho Born Again Meditation Therapy
Born Again is a process that takes place for two hours a day,
over seven days. For the first hour, participants take the space
and freedom to behave as children. For the second hour, they sit
silently, doing nothing. Osho has this to say about the first
part of the process:
"Remember this: regain your childhood." Everyone longs for it but no one is doing anything to regain
Everyone longs for it! People go on saying that childhood is
paradise and poets go on writing poems about the beauty of
childhood. Who is preventing you? Regain it! Take this
opportunity to regain it.
Poetry will not help, and just remembering that it was paradise
is not of much use. Why not move into it again? Why not be a
child again? I say to you that if you can be a child again you
will start growing in a new way. For the first time you will be
really alive again. And the moment you have the eyes of a child,
the senses of a child -- young, vibrating with life -- the whole
of life vibrates with you.
Remember, it is your vibration that needs transformation. The
world is already always vibrating in ecstasy; only you are not
tuned. The problem is not with the world, it is with you: you
are not tuned to it. The world is dancing, always celebrating,
every moment it is in a festivity. The festival goes on from
eternity to eternity, only you are not tuned to it. You have
fallen apart from it, and you are very serious, very knowing,
very mature. You are closed.
Throw this enclosure! Move again into the current of life. When
the storm comes, the trees will be dancing, you also dance. When
the night comes and everything is dark, you also be dark. And in
the morning when the sun rises, let it rise in you also. Be
childlike and enjoying, not thinking of the past."
A child never thinks of the past.
Really, he has no past to think about. A child is not worried
about the future; he has no time consciousness. He lives totally
unworried. He moves in the moment; he never carries any
hangover. If he is angry then he is angry and in his anger he
will say to his mother, "I hate you." And this is not just
words, this is a reality. Really, in that moment he is in total
hate. The next moment he will come out of it and he will be
laughing and he will give a kiss to his mother and he will say,
"I love you." There is no contradiction. These are two different
moments. He was total hate and now he is total love. He moves
just like a river goes on moving, zigzag. But wherever he is --
wherever the river is -- he is total, flowing.
For these days be like a child -- total. If you hate, hate; if
you love, love; if you are angry, then be angry; and if you are
festive, then be festive and dance. Do not carry anything over
from the past. Remain true to the moment; do not hanker for the
future. For these eight days drop out of time. Drop out of time!
That is why I say do not be serious: because the more serious
you are, the more time conscious you are. A child lives in
eternity; there is no time for him. He is not even aware of it.
These eight days will be real meditation if you drop out of
time. Live the moment and be true to it.
Be playful. It will be difficult, because you are so much
structured. You have an armor around you and it is so difficult
to loosen it, to relax it. You cannot dance, you cannot sing,
you cannot just jump, you cannot just scream and laugh and
smile. Even if you want to laugh you first want something there
to be laughed at. You cannot simply laugh. There must be some
cause: only then can you laugh. There must be some cause: only
then can you cry and weep.
Put aside knowledge, put aside seriousness;
be absolutely playful for eight days. You have nothing to lose.
If you do not gain anything, you will not lose anything either.
What can you lose in being playful? But I say to you: you will
never be the same again.
My insistence on being playful is because of this: I want you to
go back to the very point from where you stopped growing. There
has been a point in your childhood when you stopped growing and
when you started being false. You may have been angry, a small
child in a tantrum, angry, and your father or your mother said,
"Don't be angry! This is not good!" You were natural but a
division was created and a choice was there for you. If you were
to remain natural then you would not have got the love of your
In these days I want to throw you back to the point where you
started being 'good' as against being natural. Be playful so
your childhood is regained. It will be difficult because you
will have to put aside your masks, your faces; you will have to
put aside your personality. But remember, the essence can assert
itself only when your personality is not there, because your
personality has become an imprisonment. Put it aside. It will be
painful, but it is worth it because you are going to be reborn
out of it. And no rebirth is possible without pain. If you are
really determined to be reborn, then take the risk."
Source: " Meditation: The First and Last Freedom " - Osho
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