Vigyan Bhairav Tantra - Meditation
BATHE IN THE CENTER OF SOUND, AS IN THE CONTINUOUS
SOUND OF A WATERFALL, OR BY PUTTING THE FINGERS IN THE EARS, HEAR THE
SOUND OF SOUNDS.
Osho - This technique
can be done in many ways. One way is to begin by just sitting anywhere.
Sounds are always present. It may be in a market or it may be at a
Himalayan retreat: sounds are there. Sit silently, and with sound there
is something very special. Whenever there are sounds, you are the
center. All the sounds come to you from everywhere, from all directions.
With sight, with eyes, this is not so. Sight is linear. I see you --
then there is a line toward you. Sound is circular, it is not linear. So
all sounds come in circles and you are the center. Wherever you are, you
are always the center of sound. For sounds, you are always God, the
center of the whole universe. Every sound is coming to you, moving
toward you, in circles.
This technique says, BATHE IN THE CENTER OF SOUND.
Wherever you are, if you are doing this technique, just close your eyes
and feel the whole universe filled with sound. Feel as if every sound is
moving toward you and you are the center. Even this feeling that you are
the center will give you a very deep peace. The whole universe becomes
the circumference and you are the center, and everything is moving
toward you, falling toward you.
... AS IN THE CONTINUOUS SOUND OF A WATERFALL.
If you are sitting by the side of a waterfall, close your eyes and feel
the sound all around you, falling on you from every side, creating a
center in you from every side. Why this emphasis on feeling that you are
in the center? Because in the center there is no sound. The center is
without sound, that is why you can hear sounds; otherwise you could not
hear them. A sound cannot hear another sound. Because you are soundless
at your center, you can hear sounds. The center is absolute silence.
That is why you can hear sounds entering you, coming to you, penetrating
you, encircling you.
If you can find out where is the center, where is the field in you to
where every sound is coming, suddenly sounds will disappear and you will
enter into soundlessness. If you can feel a center where every sound is
being heard, there is a sudden transference of consciousness. One moment
you will be hearing the whole world filled with sounds, and another
moment your awareness will suddenly turn in and you will hear the
soundlessness, the center of life.
Once you have heard that, then no sound can disturb you. It comes to
you, but it never reaches you. It is always coming to you, but it never
reaches you. There is a point where no sound enters. That point is YOU.
Do it in a market, there is no other place like a market. It is so much
filled with sounds, mad sounds. But do not start thinking about sounds
-- that this is good and that is bad, and this is disturbing and that is
very beautiful and harmonious. You are not supposed to think about
sounds, you are simply supposed to think of the center. You are not
supposed to think about every sound moving toward you -- whether it is
good, bad, beautiful. You are just to remember that you are the center
and all the sounds are moving toward you -- every sound, whatsoever the
In the beginning you will get dizzy because you have not been hearing
whatsoever is happening all around. Your hearing is selective, your
seeing is selective. And now scientific research says that ninety-eight
percent is not heard, only two percent of whatsoever is happening all
around you is heard. Otherwise, if you heard one hundred percent of what
is happening all around you, you will simply go mad. Previously, it was
thought that the senses are the doors, the openings, the windows for the
outside to enter inside. Now they say they are not doors, and they are
not so open as it was thought. Rather, they are like a watchman, a
censor, who is every moment watching what is to be allowed in or not.
Only two percent of happenings are allowed in -- and you are already mad
with two percent. With one hundred percent, with a total opening, with
everything opened, every sense opened, functioning, and everything being
allowed in, you will go mad. So when you try this method, in the first
step you will feel a dizziness coming to you. Do not be afraid, go on
feeling the center -- and allow everything, whatsoever is happening.
Allow everything to move in.
Relax yourself, relax your watch towers, your senses; relax everything,
let everything enter you. You have become more liquid, open; everything
is coming to you, all sounds are moving toward you. Then move with the
sounds, and come to the center where you hear them.
Sounds are not heard in the ears, the ears cannot hear them. The ears
only do a transmission work, and in the transmission they cut out much
which is useless for you. They choose, they select, and then those
Sanskrit sounds enter you. Now find out within where is your center. The
ears are not the center, you are hearing from somewhere deep down. The
ears are simply sending you selected sounds. Where are you? Where is
If you are working with sounds, then sooner or later you will be
surprised -- because the center is not in the head. It appears to be in
the head because you have never heard sounds, you have heard only words.
With words the head is the center, with sounds it is not the center.
That is why in Japan they say that man thinks not through the head, but
through the belly -- because they have been working with sounds for a
You have seen in every temple a gong. That is placed there to create
sounds around a seeker. Someone is meditating, and the gong is sounded
or a bell is rung. A disturbance seems to have been created by the very
sound of the bell; someone is meditating, and this bell or gong seems
disturbing. In a temple, every visitor who comes will hit the gong or
ring the bell. With someone meditating there, this would seem to be a
constant disturbance. It is not, because the person is waiting for this
So every visitor is helping. Again and again the bell is hit, and the
sound is created and the meditator again enters himself. He looks at the
center, where this sound goes deep. There is one hit on the bell -- the
visitor has done that. Now the second hit will be inside the meditator,
somewhere inside. Where is it? The sound always hits at the belly, at
the navel, never in the head. If it hits in the head, you can understand
well that it is not sound, it is words. Then you have started thinking
about the sound. Then the purity is lost.
Now there is much research about children who are in the womb. They are
also hit by sounds and they react to sounds. They cannot react to
language. They have no head yet, they have no reasoning, and they do not
yet know language and the agreed-upon customs of the society. They do
not know about language, but they hear the sounds. And every sound
affects the child more than it affects the mother, because the mother
cannot hear the sounds -- she hears the words. And we are creating mad
sounds, chaotic, and those sounds are hitting the unborn children. They
will be born mad; you have already disturbed them too much.
Even plants are affected by sound. They grow more if some musical sounds
are created around them; they grow less if some chaotic sounds are
created around them. You can help them to grow. You can help them in
many ways through sounds.
Now they say that because of traffic noises -- which are not harmonious
and cannot be -- man is going mentally insane, and it seems that the
limit has come. If it grows more, then there is no hope for man. These
sounds are hitting you continuously, but if you think about them they
will hit your head, and that is not the center: the navel is the center.
So do not think about them.
All the mantras are meaningless sounds. And if some master says that
"This is the meaning of this mantra," then it is not a mantra at all. A
mantra needs to be, of necessity, without meaning. It has some work, but
no meaning. It has to do something within you, but it has no meaning
because it has just to be a pure sound within you. That is why we
evolved the mantra AUM. It is meaningless, it is just a pure sound. If
this pure sound is created within you, if you can create it within, then
too the same technique can be used.
BATHE IN THE CENTER OF SOUND, AS IN THE CONTINUOUS SOUND OF A
WATERFALL. OR, BY PUTTING THE FINGERS IN THE EARS, HEAR THE SOUND OF
You can create the sound just by using your finger, or with anything
which closes your ears forcibly. Then a certain sound is heard. What is
that sound, and why do you hear it when the ears are closed, when the
ears are plugged?
It happened in America, that a train passed through a certain
neighborhood in the middle of the night, somewhere about 2:00 a.m. A new
line was inaugurated and the train stopped moving on the old route. But
a very strange phenomenon happened. The people who were living in that
neighborhood where the train had stopped moving complained to the police
that at about 2:00 a.m. something mysterious was heard. There were so
many reports, it had to be investigated what was the matter. Strange
sounds were heard at about two. They were never heard when the train was
passing; the people had become accustomed to the train. Now suddenly the
train stopped. They were waiting to hear it in their sleep; they had
become accustomed to it, conditioned. They were waiting, and the sound
was not there. Absence was heard, and this absence was something new.
They felt uneasy about it, they couldn't sleep.
So for the first time it was understood that if you are constantly
hearing something and it stops, you will hear the absence of it. So do
not think that you will simply not hear it. You will hear the absence,
the negative part of it will be heard. If I look at you, and then if I
close my eyes, I see your negative. If you look at the window and then
close your eyes you will see the negative of the window, and the
negative can be so forceful that if you suddenly look at the wall the
negative will be projected on the wall. You will be seeing the negative.
Just as there are negatives of photographs, there are negative sounds.
Not only can the eyes see the negative, the ears can even hear the
negative. So when you close your ears, you hear the negative world of
sounds. All the sounds have stopped. Suddenly a new sound is heard. This
sound is the absence of sound. A gap has come in. You are missing
something, and then you hear this absence.
OR, BY PUTTING THE FINGERS IN THE EARS, HEAR THE SOUND OF SOUNDS.
That negative sound is known as the sound of sounds -- because it is not
really a sound, but its absence. Or, it is a natural sound, because it
is not created by anything.
All sounds are created. The sound you hear when you close your ears is
not a created sound. If the whole world becomes absolutely silent, then
you will hear the silence also. Pascal is reported to have said, "The
moment I think about the infinite cosmos, the silence of the infinite
cosmos makes me very much afraid." The silence makes him afraid because
sounds are only on the earth. Sounds need atmosphere. The moment you go
beyond the earth's atmosphere there are no sounds -- only absolute
silence. That silence you can create even on the earth, if you close
both of your ears completely. Then you are on the earth, but you have
moved; you have dropped below sounds.
Astronauts are being trained for many things, and one thing is to be in
the silence. They have to be trained in silent chambers so that they
become accustomed to soundlessness; otherwise they will go mad. Many
problems face them, and this is one of the deepest problems: how to be
away from the human world of sounds. Then you become isolated.
If you are lost in the forest and you hear a certain word, you may not
know the source but you are less afraid. Someone is there! You are not
alone! In soundlessness, you are alone. In a crowd, if you close both of
your ears totally and move in, you are alone. The crowd has disappeared,
because it was through sounds that you could know others were there.
PUTTING THE FINGERS IN THE EARS, HEAR THE SOUND OF SOUNDS.
This absence of sound is a very subtle experience. What will it give to
you? The moment there are no sounds, you fall back upon yourself. With
sounds we move away, with sounds we move to the other. Try to understand
this: with sounds we are related to the other, we communicate with the
So even a blind man is not in so much difficulty as a man who cannot
speak, who is dumb. Observe a person who is dumb: he looks inhuman. A
blind man never looks inhuman, but a dumb person looks inhuman; the face
gives a feeling of something which is not human. And a dumb person is in
more difficulty than a blind man. With the blind man the problem is that
he cannot see, but he can communicate. He can become a part of a greater
humanity, he can become a part of a society, of a family; he can love,
he can speak. A dumb man is suddenly out of society. He cannot speak, he
cannot communicate, he cannot express.
Try to imagine yourself in an air-conditioned glass room, a soundproof
room. No sound can enter to you, and you cannot scream, you cannot do
anything to express yourself, the sound will not go out. In a glass room
you can see the whole world moving around you, but neither can you speak
to them nor can they speak to you. You will feel hopelessly frustrated,
and the whole thing will become a nightmare.
A dumb man is in a nightmare continuously. Without communicating he is
not part of humanity. Without expression he cannot flower. He cannot
reach anyone and no one can reach him. He is with you and far away, and
the gap is unbridgeable.
If sound is the vehicle to move to the other, then soundlessness becomes
the vehicle to move to oneself. With sound you communicate with the
other; with soundlessness you fall down into your own abyss, into
yourself. That is why so many techniques use soundlessness to move
Become absolutely dumb and deaf -- even if only for a few moments -- and
you cannot go anywhere else than to yourself. Suddenly you will find
that you are standing within; no movement will be possible. That is why
silence was practiced so much. In it, all the bridges for moving to the
other are broken.
Gurdjieff used to give long silent periods to his disciples, and then he
would insist that not only was language not to be used, but there was to
be no communication, no gesture -- neither with the eyes nor the hands.
No communication was to be used. Silence means NO communication.
So he would force the group to live in a house -- twenty,
thirty or forty people in one bungalow, in one house -- and than he
would say, "Remain here in this house as if you are alone. You cannot go
out." Forty persons would be there, and he would say, "Move in the
house, live in the house as if you are alone. No communication! Do not
recognize that the other is, not even by the eyes. Move completely as if
you are the only person residing in the house." With three months of
living in this way, absolutely dumb and deaf, with no possibility of
communicating, there would be no possibility to move out.
I do not know whether you have observed or not, but in society those who
can talk much become prominent; those who can communicate their thoughts
easily become leaders -- religious, political, literary, any type. Those
who can communicate their thoughts, those who can talk efficiently, they
become leaders. Why? They can reach more people, they can reach to
Have you ever heard of any dumb person becoming a leader? You can find a
blind man becoming a leader; there is no problem. And sometimes he may
become a great leader, because all that his eyes are not doing, all
those energies will be transferred to his ears. But a dumb man cannot
become a leader in any walk of life. He cannot communicate, he cannot
Society is a language. Language is basic to social existence -- to
relationship. If you leave language, you are alone. The world may be
filled with millions, but if you lose language you are alone.
Meher Baba stayed continuously for forty years in silence. What was he
doing in silence? Really, you cannot do anything in silence because
every act is somehow related with others. Even in imagination, if you do
something you will have to imagine others; you cannot do it alone. If
you are absolutely alone, action becomes impossible. Even the
imagination to act becomes impossible. Acting is related to others. If
you drop language inside, all doing drops. You are, but you are not
Meher Baba would tell his disciples, by writing a note, "On this
particular date I am going to break my silence," and then he would not
break it. This continued for forty years, and then he died in silence.
What was the problem? Why should he say, "Now, this year, on this day,
on this date, I am going to speak?" And why should he postpone it again?
What was happening inside? Why would he not keep his promise?
Once you know silence for such a long time, you cannot fall back to
sounds again; it becomes impossible. There is a rule, and he didn't
follow the rule so he could not come back. There is a rule that one
should not remain silent for more than three years. Once you cross the
limit, you cannot come back to the world of sounds. You may try, but it
is impossible. It is easy to move from sounds to silence, but it is very
difficult to move from silence to sounds. Beyond three years many things
simply become impossible. The mechanism cannot function the same way
again. It has to be used continuously; at the most, one can remain
silent for three years. Beyond that, if you remain silent the mechanism
which can produce sounds and words cannot be used again, it becomes
Secondly, the person becomes so much silent remaining with himself alone
that it will now be a misery to communicate. Then to say something to
someone will be like talking to a wall, because the person who has
remained silent for such a long time knows that you cannot understand
whatsoever he is saying. Regardless of what he is saying, he knows he is
not saying that which he wants to say. The whole thing has gone. After
such a deep silence, he cannot move again to the world of sounds.
So Meher Baba tried and tried, but he couldn't bring himself to speak
again. He wanted to say something, and he had something worth saying,
but the mechanism and the movements necessary to come back to a lower
realm were impossible. Thus, he died without saying what he wanted to
It will be helpful to understand this: whatsoever you are doing, always
go on doing the opposite with it. Go on changing to the opposite always.
Remain silent for a few hours, then talk. Do not become fixed in
anything -- you will be more alive and more moving. Do meditation for a
few days, and then stop suddenly and do everything that can create
tension in you. Then move again to meditation.
Go on moving between the opposites, you will be more alive and dynamic.
Do not get fixed. Once you get fixed, you will not be able to move to
the other extreme, and the ability to move to the other extreme means
life. If you are not able to move, you are already dead. This movement
is very good.
Gurdjieff advised his disciples to have sudden changes. He would insist
on fasting and then he would say, "Now eat as much as you can." Then
suddenly he would say, "Go on a fast." Then again he would say, "Start
eating." He would say, "Be awake for a few days and nights continuously,
then fall asleep for a few nights." This movement between the polar
opposites gives you a dynamism, an aliveness.
OR, BY PUTTING THE FINGERS IN THE EARS, HEAR THE SOUND OF SOUNDS.
In one technique, two opposites have been shown. BATHE IN THE CENTER OF
SOUND, AS IN THE CONTINUOUS SOUND OF A WATERFALL -- this is one extreme.
OR, BY PUTTING THE FINGERS IN THE EARS, HEAR THE SOUND OF SOUNDS -- this
is another extreme.
One part is to hear the sounds coming to your center; another part is to
stop all sounds and feel the soundless center. These both have been
given in one technique for a special purpose -- so that you can move
from one to the other.
The OR is not a choice to do this or that. Do both! That is why both
have been given in one technique. First do one for a few months, then do
the other for a few months. You will be more alive, and you will know
two extremes. And if you can move to the two extremes easily, you can
remain young forever. Those who get fixed at any extreme become old and