WHAT CAN PEOPLE HOPE TO EXPERIENCE THROUGH THE PATH OF “TANTRA”?
Tantra is a transformational path, an alchemical path. It is a life-affirmative approach. Through Tantric methods and meditations, people will be able to experience their senses and sexuality as doors to expanded states of consciousness and bliss. Tantra opens us to experiencing oneness with the whole, of being showered by grace, of union with the Divine, of Heaven on Earth. In meditation, if two meditators share their energies, love is a constant phenomenon. It does not change. It takes the quality of eternity. It becomes divine. The meeting of love and meditation is the greatest experience of life. Nityanada
DIFFERENT APPROACHES TO TANTRA: LEFT & RIGHT
Tantra is sometimes divided into right and left hand. The so called “right hand Tantra” contains a series of physical and mental techniques that have very positive effects over health and well being, control of energies, harmonization of emotions, discipline and focalization of the mind. It also uses sacred geometry (yantra) and sacred words (mantra) which are tools for entering into resonance with the forces of the macrocosm.
In the “left hand” Tantric practice, the sexual re-absorption allows for the conversion and elevation of the huge sexual potential, producing rapid and beneficial transformation of the human being. This transformation can be achieved either by being sexually abstinent in conjunction with Hatha Yoga techniques or by being sexually ‘continent’ (not discharging the sexual energy, but retaining it), and over time producing a gradual elevation of consciousness until it reaches the state of supreme ecstasy or bliss. Tantra is life lived with intensity and in a superior way.
In Left-Hand Tantra sex is not practiced for the sake of sex itself as indulgence or entertainment, but as an instrument for going beyond sex, for reaching health, balance, improved couple relationships, self-control, super-normal capacities, and eventually superior states of consciousness.
PEACE OF MIND
Peace of mind is basically impossible. Peace happens only when mind is not. It is not peace of mind; it is peace beyond mind.
Mind is muddy; all kinds of relevant and irrelevant thoughts are jumbled there. It is a crowd, with so many fragments fighting with each other that you can call it a battleground. Mind cannot be at peace. But you can go beyond mind because you are not the mind. You can transcend and then there is peace, there is beauty, there is bliss, and all that you have always dreamt about but have had no experience of…
The watcher is always above the mind. The watcher is never part of the mind.
The mind is just like a TV screen on which thoughts, dreams, imaginations, projections, desires, and a thousand and one things go on passing. The watcher is not on the screen, he is sitting in the movie hall. But the problem arises when the watcher becomes identified with something on the movie screen…
It is your identification with thoughts that is creating the confusion: it brings you down into the mind; otherwise your watcher is far above it. And to get centered in your watching is the only way for peace.
There is no such thing as “peace of mind”.
WITHOUT THE DARKNESS, WE WOULD NOT KNOW THE LIGHT
Whenever you are depressed, wait for the moment that the depression goes. Nothing lasts forever; the depression will go. And when it leaves you, wait – be aware and alert – because after the depression, after the night, there will be a dawn and the sun will rise. If you can be alert in that moment. you will he happy that you were depressed. You will be grateful that you are depressed because only through your depression was this mint of happiness possible.
But what do we do? We move in an infinite regression We get depressed. Then we get depressed because of the depression: a second depression follows. If you are depressed. that′s okay! – nothing is wrong in it. It is beautiful because through it you will learn and mature. But then you feel badly. “Why do I get depressed? I should not get depressed.” Then you start fighting with the depression. The first depression is good, but the second depression is unreal. And this unreal depression will cloud your mind. You will miss the moment that would have followed the real depression.
When depressed, be depressed. Simply be depressed. Don′t get depressed about your depression. Don′t fight it, don′t create any diversion, don′t force it to go. Just allow it to happen; it will go by itself. Life is a flux; nothing remains the same. You are not needed; the river moves by itself, you don′t have to push it. If you are trying to push it, its simply foolish. The river flows by itself. Allow it to flow.
When depression is there, allow it to be. Don′t get depressed about it. If you want to remove it sooner, you will get depressed. If you fight it, you will create a secondary depression that is dangerous. The first depression is beautiful, it is natural. The second depression is your own. It is fabricated. Then you will move in mental grooves. They are infinite.
If you get depressed, be happy that you are depressed and allow the depression to be. Then suddenly the depression will disappear and there will be a breakthrough. No clouds will be there and the sky will be clear. For a single moment, heaven opens for you. If you are not depressed about your depression you can contact, you can commune, you can enter this heavenly gate. And once you know it, you have learned one of the ultimate laws of life: that life uses the opposite as a teacher, as a back-ground.
SOME BRILLIANT INSIGHTS OF MY GURU – OSHO
Happiness, is your nature. This relaxation is the space in which happiness grows. It is not that you are happy because of something. You are simply happy. Happiness is your nature.
Don’t choose, but Accept life as it is, in its totality. You must look at the total: life and death together, love and hate together, happiness/unhappiness together, agony/ecstasy together. If you look at them together, then what is there to choose? If you see they are one, then from where can choice enter? How to choose? The choice drops.
The difference between happiness and bliss: Your ‘happiness’ is caused. Sometimes a friend has come and you are happy. How long are you going to be happy with the friend? A few moments — and then you will be happy when he leaves. What type of happiness is this? It is caused, and the cause disappears. Bliss is a happiness uncaused. Simply as you are, you are happy. There is nothing to say about why you are happy.
Seek the witnessing within you, just look: Happiness, unhappiness, sadness, joy, they come and go, they are beggars around you. The witnessing remains at the very center, uncaused, unchanging, one. Seek that within you and then everything becomes clear. When you are clear within, everything is transparent. The truth is everywhere around you, only you have to become one with.
Happiness needs no cause. It is your simple nature, you are intrinsically happy. No cause, no purpose, no goal is needed. Life is in itself enough. It needs nothing else to complete it. It is complete in It’s entirity! It is already what it has to be. So there is no purpose in existence and no goal in existence. Existence is a sheer dance.
A healthy psychology is not ambitious You are happy as you are, so there is no need for you to become a president of the country. Then will you be happy? No president is happy, because happiness has nothing to do with your post, with your money, with your power. It has something to do with your inner change, inner transformation.
Every action has its intrinsic reward or punishment. So a man of intelligence soon starts finding what are the acts which bring you happiness, joy, blissfulness, and what are the actions which create misery, and suffering. There is no need to wait for the last judgment day, there is no need to wait until after death as you will be thrown into either hell or to heaven. Each moment completes itself.
The simple secret of happiness in whatever you are doing: Don’t let ‘past’ move your mind. Don’t let the ‘future’ disturb you. Because, the past is no more and the future is not yet. To live in the memories, to live in the imagination, is to live in the non-existential. And when you are living in the non-existential, you are missing that which is existential. Naturally you will be miserable, because you will miss your whole life.
Happiness is a byproduct. Happiness happens when truth is achieved. But if you are seeking happiness you cannot achieve truth, because happiness is a byproduct; You cannot achieve it directly, there is no way to it — it comes via truth. If you reach the truth, happiness will happen; it is a shadow, it comes with the truth. But if you seek happiness only, then happiness is not possible and truth is missed.
Be happy when alone. Let happiness be your quality. And when you move from aloneness in to involvement, into communication, relationship, carry that quality of happiness which was in loneliness — carry that.
Happiness is an art. It is a way of life. Ask for Happiness and you will never get it. There is only one way to be happy, and that is to be happy here, now. Happiness is not a result. It is a way of life. Happiness is not the end result of desire. It is an attitude, not a desire. You can be happy here and now if you know how to be, but you will never be happy if you don’t know how to be and you go on desiring it.
Happiness is happening all around you Allow it to enter within. Be part of existence. In fact, it has already happened but you are not aware of it. Then you will be fulfilled. Non-ambitious, you will be fulfilled. Don’t move into the future. Existence never moves into the future; only mind does. This is what I call meditation: to be here, to not move into the future. And then you will be deathless and eternal life will have happened to you.
Be – don’t try to become. Within these two words – being and becoming, your whole life is contained. Being is enlightenment, becoming is ignorance.”
When we are born, growth is natural. But due to society’s conditionings, have proven to be a great distraction stunting our memories and spiritual growth.
“Your concern will be that your BEing, is only a seed. With birth you are not born as a tree, you are born only as a seed, and you have to grow to the point where you come to flowering. That flowering will be your contentment and fulfillment. This flowering, has nothing to do with power, nothing to do with money, and nothing to do with politics. It has something to do absolutely with You; it is an individual progress.”
Artwork: by Brenda Burke
“The word ’intimacy’ comes from a Latin root: ’intimum’. Intimum means your interiority; your innermost core. Unless you have something there, you can’t be intimate with anybody. You cannot allow intimum, intimacy, because he will see the hole, the wound and the pus oozing out of it. He will see that you don’t know who you are, that you are a madman, that you don’t know where you are going, that you have not even heard your own song, that your life is a chaos, it is not a cosmos.
Hence the fear of intimacy. Even lovers rarely become intimate. And just to be sexually related to somebody is not intimacy. The genital orgasm is not all that is there in intimacy. It is just the periphery of it; intimacy can be with it, can be without it.
Intimacy is a totally different dimension. It is allowing the other to come into you, to see you as you see yourself, to allow the other to see you from your inside, to invite somebody to that deepest core of your being. In the modern world intimacy is disappearing. Even lovers are not intimate. Friendship is only a word now – it has disappeared. And the reason? The reason is that there is nothing to share. And who wants to show one’s inner poverty? One wants to pretend ’I am rich, I have arrived, I know what I am doing, I know where I am going.’
One is not ready and courageous enough to open up, to show one’s inner chaos and to be vulnerable. The other may exploit it – that fear is there. The other may become too dominant seeing that you are a chaos. Seeing that you need a master, that you are not a master of your own being, the other may become the master. Hence everybody tries to protect themselves, so nobody knows their inner helplessness, otherwise they can be exploited. This world consists of much exploitation.
Love is the goal, and once the goal is clear you start growing an inner richness. The wound disappears and becomes a lotus; the wound is transformed into a lotus. That is the miracle of love, the magic of love. Love is the greatest alchemical force in the world. Those who know how to use it can reach the highest peak called god. Those who know not how to use it remain crawling in the dark recesses of existence; they never come to the sunlit peaks of life.”
The Woman Should Be Given Every Freedom
“If all over the world the woman is allowed freedom to grow to her potential, there will be many, many women enlightened; many, many women mystics, poets, painters. And they will enhance not only the woman’s part of the world – because the world is one – they will enhance the whole world. They will give man also new dimensions because their ways of seeing things are different. Man looks at things in one way; the woman looks from a different perspective. Life will become richer.
“It is for the betterment of both man and woman that the woman should be given every freedom and equal opportunity for her individuality. Then there will be a sense of humor. And the woman can laugh more gracefully than man, she has every potential for it – but it is repressed, condemned, criticized. She has lived a life of such misery that you cannot hope that she will show some sense of humor.
“But the day is not far away…then the whole earth will be full of laughter. Instead of talks about war, instead of politicians giving speeches all around the world, instead of the sermons of stupid priests who know nothing, it will be far better that every man and every woman is able to see the hilarious side of life and to enjoy it.”
~ OSHO ~