Osho Mystic Rose Meditative Therapy
On the evening
of April 21, 1988, in Gautama The Buddha Auditorium, Osho
introduces The Mystic Rose Meditative Therapy, as one of the greatest
revolutions in meditation since his
Rose is a three-week process, lasting three hours per day.
During the first week, participants laugh "for no reason at
all," dissolving the blocks to their inner spontaneity and joy.
The second week is devoted to crying, and the third week to
silent watching and meditation.
Osho says about it:
"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
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
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
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
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 busyness 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
When a man reaches into his innermost being he will find the
first layer is of laughter and the second layer is of agony,
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
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. It can take over the whole
world. Already from every country news cuttings are coming to me
-- "What is this Yaa-Hoo!?" People are making up meanings of
their own, but it has taken over around the world. Now the
second thing is Yaa-Boo! And the whole process of Yaa-Hoo and
Yaa-Boo, the couple, married... arranged marriage!
Every society has done so much harm by preventing your joys and
If an old man starts crying you will say, "What are you doing?
You should feel ashamed; you are not a child, that somebody has
taken your banana and you are crying. Have another banana, but
Just see -- stand on the street and start crying and a crowd
will gather to console you: "Don't cry! Whatever has happened
forget all about it, it has happened." Nobody knows what has
happened, nobody can help you, but everybody will try -- "Don't
cry!" And the reason is that if you go on crying, then they will
start crying, because they are also flooded with...
Those tears are very close to the eyes.
And it is a healthy thing to cry, to weep, to laugh. Now
scientists are discovering that crying, weeping, laughter, are
immensely healthful; not only physically but also
psychologically, they are very much capable of keeping you sane.
The whole of humanity has gone a little cuckoo, for the simple
reason that nobody laughs fully because all around there are
people who will say, "What are you doing? Are you a child? -- at
this age? What will your children think? Keep quiet!"
If you cry and weep without any reason, just as an exercise, a
meditation... nobody will believe it. Tears have never been
accepted as meditation. And I tell you, they are not only a
meditation, they are a medicine also. You will have better
eyesight and you will have better inner vision.
I am giving you a very fundamental technique, fresh and unused.
And it is going to become worldwide, without any doubt, because
its effects will show anybody that the person has become
younger, the person has become more loving, the person has
become graceful. The person has become more flexible, less
fanatic; the person has become more joyful, more a celebrant.
All that this world needs is a good cleansing of the heart of
all the inhibitions of the past. Laughter and tears can do both.
Tears will take out all the agony that is hidden inside you and
laughter will take all that is preventing your ecstasy. Once you
have learned the art you will be immensely surprised: why has
this not been told up to now? There is a reason: nobody has
wanted humanity to have the freshness of a roseflower and the
fragrance and the beauty.
I have called this series of lectures THE MYSTIC ROSE. "Yaa-Hoo!"
is the mantra to bring the mystic rose in your very center, to
open your center and release your fragrance. Your life becomes
for the first time significant, not just useful. Right now it is
only useful -- you are a father, useful. Without you what will
your children do? You are a mother, useful; you are a wife,
useful -- without you what will your husband do? He may go
He is already going astray, so you have to hang around! If the
husband is too joyous the wife cannot believe that he is joyful
because of her.
There must be some other woman: "Just tell us, what is her name?
Who is the other woman? Why are you laughing!?"
The husband cannot cry, because the wife will say, "What is the
matter? I have been telling you continually, these love affairs
won't do. Has the woman gone, leaving you behind crying and
Two old people appeared in the court, husband and wife -- the
husband was ninety-five years old, the wife ninety years old,
and they wanted a divorce. The magistrate could not believe it.
He said, "My god, at this age! For what? How long have you been
They said, "Who remembers? Maybe sixty years, seventy years, but
we cannot give you a certain date. It was long before."
The magistrate said, "If you have lived together so long that
you cannot even remember when you started living together, then
why are you divorcing now? If life was not good, and things were
not going well, you should have appeared before the court long
The old man said, "We wanted to come, but the children... Now
all the children are dead, so we decided there is no point in
torturing each other. Now we should get a divorce: you torture
somebody else if you can find anybody; I will torture somebody
else if I can find. Otherwise we can be alone far better than we
are together. Together we become so sad that `This woman
destroyed my life' or, `This man destroyed my life.'
" People marry not because of love -- love knows no marriage,
because love will not create any contract. It is not business.
Love knows no marriage because it is not business, it is not
law. It won't reduce the freedom of the other. If anything, it
will increase and enhance the freedom of the other.
Love cannot cut the wings of the other. It will give you more
wings, more skies, vast spaces to fly and to be.
But that does not happen. Marriage is a utility. It is a need,
it is not a celebration. Everything in life has become so
mundane, so burdensome, but you don't know what else to do,
where to go. Everybody is suffering his own suffering. You
cannot change places. Even if it were possible to change places
you would not change, because our own misery is at least ours
and we are well acquainted.
At a party one man was asked by his wife, "I hear that the woman
sitting over there is your mistress?"
The man did not want to create a fuss in the party, so he
whispered; he said, "Yes, everybody has mistresses here, so
don't make any trouble."
She said, "Then tell me who is whose mistress?"
So he told her: "This man has that mistress, and his wife is
somebody else's mistress. Things are so puzzled..."
He told her about everybody. The same women, the same men, but
all have mistresses, all have wives.
The woman looked at all of them and finally said, "But ours is
Her husband's mistress! It was an agony, but OURS...! "Others
are being more idiotic -- these horrible women... I know all of
Even the agony, the pain becomes by and by an acquaintance, old
and familiar. You cannot part with it, you will miss it.
I have seen people missing their wives, just after two or three
days when the wife has gone to her parents. For two or three
days they are so joyful, but the fourth day they start missing
the wife. And I have said to my friends, "You always wanted to
get rid of your wife. It is good that she is prolonging her
holiday -- enjoy!"
And what have I heard from my friends? "Yes, it is true, when
she is here I feel like killing her. But when she goes somewhere
else I feel so alone, that I go on writing letters and sending
telegrams and every day a phone call -- `Come back soon; without
you, life is not life!' "
Strange people! And when she comes then they want to kill her.
They don't kill, just because they know it is very risky. If
there were rewards for killing wives, I don't think you would
find anybody who would not participate in the competition.
Afterwards they will cry and weep and they will remember the
golden days, but right now it is a nightmare.
The whole of life has become just a utility: either you are an
inspector, or you are a police commissioner, or you are a
minister, or you are a teacher -- just a function which any
robot can do.
The only thing that the robot cannot do is meditation. In other
words, I am saying that those who are not in meditation are
being robots, without being aware that they are just utilities,
functions, they are needed.
But a man of meditation for the first time realizes that it does
not matter whether he is needed or not -- he himself is a joy
unto himself. He himself is bliss, he does not depend on anybody
to make him blissful. That is the only freedom possible in the
world. Otherwise everybody is a slave.
I want my people to understand it absolutely that unless you
become blissful on your own accord, unless your rose opens
within your own being, you are just a commodity, just a thing,
an object. Meditation reveals your subjectivity. Subjectivity is
your consciousness, and your consciousness and its experience
makes your life significant, meaningful, eternal, immortal,
without any beginning and without any end. A celebration,
moment-to-moment a dance.
And unless you have transformed your life into a
moment-to-moment dance you have missed the opportunity that
existence gives you."
Source: " YaaHoo : The Mystic Rose " - Osho
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Meditative powers of Laughter
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