Vigyan Bhairav Tantra - Meditation
IN A MOVING
VEHICLE, BY RHYTHMICALLY SWAYING, EXPERIENCE. OR IN A STILL VEHICLE, BY
LETTING YOURSELF SWING IN SLOWING INVISIBLE CIRCLES.
Osho - It is the same in a different way. IN A MOVING VEHICLE...
You are traveling in a train or in a bullock cart -- when this technique
was developed there was only the bullock cart. You are moving in a
bullock cart on an Indian road -- even today the road is the same. But
when you are moving, your whole body is moving. Then it is useless.
IN A MOVING VEHICLE, BY RHYTHMICALLY SWAYING...
Sway rhythmically. Try to understand; this is very minute. Whenever you
are in a bullock cart or in any vehicle, you are resisting. The bullock
cart sways to the left, but you resist it. You sway to the right in
order to balance; otherwise you will fall down. So you are constantly
resisting. Sitting in a bullock cart, you are fighting its movements. It
moves to this side, and you have to move to that.
That is why when sitting in a train you become tired. You have not been
doing anything. Why do you become so tired? You have been doing much
unknowingly. You were fighting the train continuously; there was
resistance. Do not resist -- this is the first thing. If you want to do
this technique, do not resist. Rather, move with the movements, sway
with the movements. Become part of the bullock cart, do not resist it.
Whatsoever the bullock cart is doing on the road, become part of it.
That is why children are never tired of journeying.
Poonam, a disciple, has just come from London with her two children, and
she was afraid that they may get ill, that they may get tired because of
such a long journey. She became tired, and they came laughing. She
became completely tired when she came here. The moment she entered my
room she was dead tired, and the two children started playing right then
and there. An eighteen-hour-long journey from London to Bombay and they
were not a bit tired. Why? Because they do not know how to resist yet.
So a drunkard can sit in a bullock cart for the whole night, and in the
morning he will be as fresh as ever, but you will not be. It is because
a drunkard cannot resist. He moves with the cart; there is no fight. The
fighting is not there, he is one. IN A MOVING VEHICLE, BY RHYTHMICALLY
SWAYING... So do one thing: do not resist. And the second thing, create
a rhythm. Create a rhythm in your movements. Make it a beautiful
harmony. Forget about the road; do not curse the road and the government
-- forget them. Do not curse the bullock and the bullock cart, or the
driver -- forget them. Close your eyes, do not resist. Move rhythmically
and create a music in your movement. Make it as if it is a dance. IN A
MOVING VEHICLE, BY RHYTHMICALLY SWAYING, EXPERIENCE. The sutra says the
experience will come to you.
OR IN A STILL VEHICLE...
Do not ask where to get a bullock cart; do not deceive yourself, because
the sutra says, OR IN A STILL VEHICLE, BY LETTING YOURSELF SWING IN
SLOWING INVISIBLE CIRCLES.
Just sitting here, swing in a circle. First take a big circle, then go
on slowing it... slowing, slowing, making it smaller and smaller and
smaller, until your body is not visibly moving, but inside you feel a
Start with a bigger circle, with closed eyes. Otherwise, when the body
will stop you will stop. With closed eyes make big circles; just
sitting, swing in a circle. Go on swinging, making the circle smaller
and smaller and smaller. Visibly you will stop; no one will be able to
detect that you are still moving. But inside you will feel a subtle
movement. Now the body is not moving, only the mind. Go on making it
slower and slower, and experience. That will become a centering. In a
vehicle, in a moving vehicle, a non-resisting rhythmical movement will
create a centering within you.
Gurdjieff created many dances for such techniques. He was working on
this technique. All the dances he was using in his school were, really,
swaying in circles. All the dances were in circles -- just whirling but
remaining aware inside, by and by making the circles smaller and
smaller. A time comes when the body stops, but the mind inside goes on
moving, moving, moving.
If you have been traveling in a train for twenty hours, after you have
come home, after you have left the train, if you close your eyes you
will feel that you are still traveling. Still you are traveling. The
body has stopped, but the mind is still feeling the vehicle. So just do
Gurdjieff created phenomenal dances, very beautiful. In this century he
worked miracles -- not miracles like Satya Sai Baba. Those are not
miracles; any street magician can do them. But Gurdjieff really created
miracles. He prepared a group of a hundred people for meditative
dancing, and he was showing that dance to an audience in New York for
the first time. A hundred dancers were on the stage whirling. Those who
were in the audience, even their minds began whirling. There were a
hundred white-robed dancers just whirling.
When he indicated with his hand, they would whirl, and the moment he
would say, "Stop," there would be dead silence. That was a stop for the
audience, but not for the dancers -- because the body can stop
immediately, but the mind then takes the movement inside; it goes on and
on. It was beautiful even to look at, because a hundred persons suddenly
became dead statues. It created a sudden shock in the audience also,
because a hundred movements -- beautiful movements, rhythmical movements
-- suddenly stopped. You would be looking at them moving, whirling,
dancing, and suddenly the dancers stopped. Then your thought would also
Many in New York felt that it was a weird phenomenon: their thoughts
stopped immediately. But for the dancers, the dance continued inside,
and the inside whirling circles became smaller and smaller until they
One day it happened that they were coming just to the edge of the stage,
dancing. It was expected, supposed, that Gurdjieff would stop them just
before they danced down the stage onto the audience. A hundred dancers
were just on the edge of the stage. One step more and they would all
fall down into the hall. The whole hall was expecting that suddenly
Gurdjieff would say stop, but he turned his back to light his cigar. He
turned his back to the dancers to light his cigar, and the whole group
of a hundred dancers fell down from the stage upon the floor -- on a
naked stone floor.
The whole audience stood up. They were screaming, shouting, and they
were thinking that many must have broken their bones -- it was such a
crash. But not a single one was hurt; not even a single bruise was
They asked Gurdjieff what had happened. No one had been hurt, and the
crash was such that it seemed impossible. The reason was only this: they
were really not in their bodies at that moment. They were slowing down
their inner circling. And when Gurdjieff saw that now they were
completely oblivious of their bodies, he allowed them to fall down.
If you are completely oblivious of your body, there is no resistance. A
bone is broken because of resistance. If you are falling down, you
resist: you go against the pull of gravity. That going against, that
resistance, is the problem -- not gravity. If you can fall down with
gravity, if you can cooperate with it, then no possibility of being hurt
IN A MOVING VEHICLE, BY RHYTHMICALLY SWAYING, EXPERIENCE. OR IN A STILL
VEHICLE, BY LETTING YOURSELF SWING IN SLOWING INVISIBLE CIRCLES.
You can do it. There is no need of a vehicle, just whirl like children
do. When your mind goes crazy, and you feel that now you will fall down,
do not stop -- go on! Even if you fall down, do not worry about it,
close your eyes and whirl. Your mind will get whirled, and you will fall
down. When your body has fallen down, inside, feel! The whirling will
continue. And it will come nearer and nearer and nearer, and suddenly
you will be centered.
Children enjoy this very much because they get a great kick. Parents
never allow their children to whirl. It is not good: they should be
allowed -- rather, encouraged. And if you can make them aware of inner
whirling also, you can teach them meditation through their whirling.
They enjoy it because they have a bodiless feeling. When they whirl,
suddenly children become aware that their body is whirling but they are
not. Inside they feel a centering which we cannot feel so easily,
because their bodies and souls are still a bit apart; there is a gap.
When you come into your mother's womb, you cannot immediately get
totally in the body; it takes time. When a child is born, then too he is
not absolutely fixed, his soul is not absolutely fixed to the body;
there are gaps. That is why there are many things which he cannot do.
His body is ready to do it, but he cannot do it.
If you have observed, you may have noticed that newly-born children
cannot see with two eyes, they always see with one eye. If you observe,
then you will see that when they observe and see anything, they cannot
see with two eyes. They always look with one eye -- one eye gets bigger.
The pupil of one eye will become bigger, and the other pupil will remain
small. The consciousness of a newborn child is not yet fixed, it is
loose. By and by it will become fixed, and then they will look with two
They cannot yet feel their own body and others' bodies as different. It
is difficult. They are not yet fixed, but fixation will come, by and by.
Meditation is again trying to create a gap. You have become fixed,
solidly fixed in your body. That is why you feel, "I am the body." If a
gap can be created, then only can you feel that you are not the body but
something beyond the body. Swaying and whirling are helpful. They create