Vigyan Bhairav Tantra - Meditation
OR, WHENEVER IN-BREATH AND OUT-BREATH FUSE, AT THIS
INSTANT TOUCH THE ENERGY-LESS, ENERGY-FILLED CENTER.
Osho - We are divided
into the center and the periphery. The body is the periphery; we know
the body, we know the periphery. We know the circumference, but we do
not know where the center is. When the out-breath fuses with the
in-breath, when they become one, when you cannot say whether it is the
out-breath or the in-breath... when it is difficult to demarcate and
define whether the breath is going out or coming in, when the breath has
penetrated in and starts moving out, there is a moment of fusion. It is
neither going out nor moving in. The breath is static. When it is moving
out it is dynamic; when it is coming in it is dynamic. When it is
neither, when it is silent, non-moving, you are near to the center. The
fusion point of the in and outgoing breath is your center.
Look at it in this way: when the breath goes in, where does it go? It
goes to your center, it touches your center. When it goes out, from
where does it go out? It moves from your center. Your center has to be
touched. That is why Taoist mystics and Zen mystics say that the head is
not the center, the navel is your center. The breath goes to the navel,
then it moves out. It goes to the center.
As I said, it is a bridge between you and your body. You know the body,
but you do not know where your center is. The breath is constantly going
to the center and moving out, but we are not taking enough breath. Thus,
ordinarily it does not really go to the center -- now, at least, it is
not going to the center. That is why everyone feels "off-center." In the
whole modern world, those who can think at all feel they are missing
Look at a child sleeping, observe his breath. The breath goes in; the
abdomen comes up. The chest remains unaffected. That is why children
have no chests, only abdomens -- very dynamic abdomens. The breath goes
in and the abdomen comes up; the breath goes out and the abdomen goes
down... the abdomen moves. Children are in their center, at their
center. That is why they are so happy, so bliss-filled, so
energy-filled, never tired -- overflowing, and always in the present
moment with no past, no future.
A child can be angry. When he is angry, he is totally angry; he becomes
the anger. Then his anger is also a beautiful thing. When one is totally
angry, anger has a beauty of its own, because totality always has
You cannot be angry and beautiful, you will become ugly, because
partiality is always ugly. And not only with anger. When you love you
are ugly because you are again partial, fragmentary; you are not total.
Look at your face when you are loving someone, making love. Make love
before a mirror and look at your face -- it will be ugly, animal-like.
In love also your face becomes ugly. Why? Love is also a conflict, you
are withholding something. You are giving very miserly. Even in your
love you are not total; you do not give completely, wholly.
A child even in anger and violence is total. His face becomes radiant
and beautiful; he is here and now. His anger is not something concerned
with the past or something concerned with the future, he is not
calculating, he is just angry. The child is at his center. When you are
at your center you are always total. Whatsoever you do will be a total
act; good or bad, it will be total. When you are fragmentary, when you
are off-center, your every act is bound to be a fragment of yourself.
Your totality is not responding, just a part, and the part is going
against the whole -- -that creates ugliness.
We all were children. Why is it that as we grow our breathing becomes
shallow? It never goes to the abdomen; it never touches the navel. If it
could go down more and more it would become less and less shallow, but
it just touches the chest and goes out. It never goes to the center. You
are afraid of the center, because if you go to the center you will
become total. If you want to be fragmentary, this is the mechanism to be
You love -- if you breathe from the center, you will flow in it totally.
You are afraid. You are afraid to be so vulnerable, so open to someone,
to anyone. You may call him your lover, you may call her your beloved,
but you are afraid. The other is there. If you are totally vulnerable,
open, you do not know what is going to happen. Then YOU ARE completely,
in another sense. You are afraid to be so completely given to someone.
You cannot breathe; you cannot take a deep breath. You cannot relax your
breathing so that it goes to the center -- because the moment breathing
goes to the center your act becomes total.
Because you are afraid of being total, you breathe shallowly. You
breathe just at the minimum, not at the maximum. That is why life seems
so lifeless. If you are breathing at the minimum, life will become
lifeless; you are living at the minimum, not at the maximum. You can
live at the maximum -- then life is an overflowing. But then there will
be difficulty. You cannot be a husband, you cannot be a wife, if life is
overflowing. Everything will become difficult.
If life is overflowing, love will be overflowing. Then you cannot stick
to one. Then you will be flowing all over; all dimensions will be filled
by you. And then the mind feels danger, so it is better not to be alive.
The more you are dead, the more you are secure. The more you are dead,
the more everything is in control. You can control; then you remain the
master. You feel that you are the master because you can control. You
can control your anger, you can control your love, you can control
everything. But this controlling is possible only at the minimum level
of your energy.
Everyone must have felt at some time or other that there are moments
when he suddenly changes from the minimum level to the maximum. You go
out to a hill station. Suddenly you are out of the city and the prison
of it. You feel free. The sky is vast, and the forest is green, and the
height touches the clouds. Suddenly you take a deep breath. You may not
have observed it.
Now if you go to a hill station, observe. It is not really the hill
station that makes the change. It is your breathing. You take a deep
breath. You say, "Ah! Ah!" You touch the center, you become total for a
moment, and everything is bliss. That bliss is not coming from the hill
station, that bliss is coming from your center -- you have touched it
You were afraid in the city. Everywhere there were others present and
you were controlling. You could not scream, you could not laugh. What a
misfortune! You could not sing on the street and dance. You were afraid
-- a policeman was somewhere around the corner, or the priest or the
judge or the politician or the moralist. Someone was just around the
corner, so you could not just dance in the street.
Bertrand Russell has said somewhere, "I love civilization, but we have
achieved civilization at a very great cost." You cannot dance in the
streets, but you go to a hill station and suddenly you can dance. You
are alone with the sky, and the sky is not an imprisonment. It is just
opening, opening and opening -- vast, infinite. Suddenly you take a
breath deeply, it touches the center and the bliss. But it is not so for
long. Within an hour or two, the hill station will disappear. You may be
there, but the hill station will disappear.
Your worries will come back. You will begin to think to make a call to
the city, to write a letter to your wife, or you will begin to think
that since after three days you are going back you should make
arrangements. You have just reached and you are making arrangements to
leave. You are back.
That breath was not from you really; it suddenly happened. Because of
the change of situation the gear changed. You were in a new situation,
you could not breathe in the old way, so for a moment a new breath came
in. It touched the center, and you felt the bliss.
Shiva says you are every moment touching the center, or if you are not
touching you CAN touch it. Take deep, slow breaths. Touch the center; do
not breathe from the chest -- that is a trick. Civilization, education,
morality, they have created shallow breathing. It will be good to go
deep into the center, because otherwise you cannot take deep breaths.
Unless humanity becomes non-suppressive toward sex, man cannot breathe
really. If the breath goes deep down to the abdomen, it gives energy to
the sex center. It touches the sex center; it massages the sex center
from within. The sex center becomes more active, more alive.
Civilization is afraid of sex. We do not allow our children to touch
their sex centers, their sex organs. We say, "Stop! Don't touch!"
Look at a child when he first touches his sex center, and then say
"Stop!" and then observe his breathing. When you say "Stop! Don't touch
your sex center!" the breath will become shallow immediately -- because
it is not only his hand which is touching the sex center, deep down the
breath is touching it. And if the breath goes on touching it, it is
difficult to stop the hand. If the hand stops, then basically it is
necessary, required, that the breath should not touch, should not go
deep. It must remain shallow.
We are afraid of sex. The lower part of the body is not only lower
physically, it has become lower as a value. It is condemned as "lower."
So do not go deep, just remain shallow. It is unfortunate that we can
only breathe downwards. If some preachers were allowed, they would
change the whole mechanism. They would only allow you to breathe upward
into the head. Then you would absolutely not feel sex.
If we are to create a sexless humanity, then we will have to change the
breathing system. The breath must go into the head, to the SAHASRAR --
the seventh center in the head -- then come back to the mouth. This
should be the passage: from the mouth to the sahasrar. It must not go
deep down because down is dangerous. The deeper you go, the nearer you
reach to the deeper layers of biology. You reach to the center, and that
center is just near the sex center -- just near. It has to be, because
sex is life.
Look at it in this way: breath is life from above downwards; sex is life
from just the other corner -- from down upwards. Sex energy is flowing
and breath energy is flowing. The breath passage is in the upper body
and the sex passage is in the lower body. When they meet they create
life; when they meet they create biology, bio-energy. So if you are
afraid of sex, create a distance between the two, do not allow them to
meet. So really, civilized man is a castrated man; that is why we do not
know about breath, and this sutra will be difficult to understand.
WHENEVER IN-BREATH AND OUT-BREATH FUSE, AT THIS INSTANT TOUCH THE
ENERGY-LESS, ENERGY-FILLED CENTER.
He uses very contradictory terms: "energy-less, energy-filled." It is
energy-less because your bodies, your minds, cannot give any energy to
it. Your body energy is not there, your mind energy is not there, so it
is energy-less as far as you know your identity. But it is energy-filled
because it has the cosmic source of energy, not because of your body
Your body energy is just fuel energy. It is nothing but petrol. You eat
something, you drink something -- it creates energy. It is just giving
fuel to the body. Stop eating and drinking and your body will fall dead.
Not just now, it will take three months at least, because you have
reservoirs of petrol. You have accumulated much energy; it can run for
at least three months without going to any petrol station. It can run;
it has a reservoir. For an emergency, any emergency, you may need it.
This is "fuel" energy. The center is not getting any fuel energy. That
is why Shiva says it is energy-less. It is not dependent on your eating
and drinking. It is connected with the cosmic source; it is cosmic
energy. That is why he says ENERGY- LESS, ENERGY-FILLED CENTER. The
moment you can feel the center from where breath goes out or comes in,
the very point where the breaths fuse -- that center -- if you become
aware of it, then enlightenment.