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Osho on Zen – Do not wait for right time

Insights of Osho on Zen are the answers for the common questions which all of us encounter, everyday in our lives. These questions which we encounter, are not necessarily spiritual in nature. They can be related to our day to day life.Insights of Osho on Zen are the answers to all these questions.
One of the common questions which always trouble any seeker is, should he wait for the right time or he should just keep on trying? This question seems like something very easy and not worth giving attention. But, those who walk the way of spirituality, many of them are constantly contemplating on the question mentioned above. Should we keep trying? Or should we wait for the Buddha Nature inside us to manifest itself?

Osho on Zen
Osho on Zen

Many of the Zen monks have mentioned that wait for the right time and the true nature, which is the nature of a Buddha will manifest itself. So, a seeker is confused. Should he continue with his practices? Osho has answered this question in one of his books on Zen. Osho tells us that right time has already come. It is true that Buddha and many more Zen masters have said that the right time will come. Osho says, in this statement, the tricky part is, they are not talking about future but present. So, the right time is coming every moment. Each moment, remember that this is the right time. If we keep on waiting for some right time in the future, we are unnecessarily delaying the manifestation.
Last word of Buddha was Sammasati- The right remembrance. This last word of Buddha is also in resonance with what Osho says. Buddha has also asked to always remember that we are a Buddha. This is quite in tune with commentary of Osho on Zen. Keep remembering- This is the right time. This is the right moment for you. Buddha nature can manifest at this moment.
Whenever I go through any commentary of Osho on Zen, I get some answer. It has never happened that I did not get an answer, this itself shows that every moment is the right moment.

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Osho Zen Insight for doctors

Osho is an ocean of insights. While reading any of the books by Osho, the reader gets hundreds of insights. In particular, when Osho talks about Zen saints and their unique anecdotes, reader can expect huge bundles of insights. Of course, reader has to be alert to catch these Zen insights by Osho.

Osho- the Zen Master
Osho- the Zen Master

Osho in his book Walking in Zen, Sitting in Zen, says that our entire system works in a reverse way. To put up his point firmly, he gives example of the medical system every where around the world. Osho points out that everywhere, the patient pays money when he falls sick. Whereas, he says that in the days of Lao Tsu, the system was exactly opposite. Each person used to give his doctor a certain amount of money for being healthy through out the year. If the person fell sick, he used to cut the amount to be given to the doctor.

This insight, obtained from Osho while reading a Zen book is really outstanding. A doctor should always be paid for keeping us healthy and not sick. If you pay a doctor when you fall sick, he will take care that you are sick for the most of the time.

I like Zen and Osho for this out of world thoughts. May be, these are insights received in a thoughtless state. I do not know if we can implement all these insights given by Osho or by Zen masters in our daily lives. But yes, if we cannot, that’s really sad.

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Dogen – The Zen Master

The way of Zen has given the world many unique masters. Zen flowered and blossomed without limits. Many Zen Masters have attained the peaks of consciousness and helped hundreds of their disciples to attain the same. Zen is so unique, so alive.

Osho tells us about the Zen Master Dogen. Like all other Zen masters, Dogen was unique. It is said that Dogen could read Chinese Poetry at the age of 4. Chinese is one of the most difficult languages to understand and read and write. And still, Dogen used to get absorbed in the poetry books. But soon, both of his parents passed away in short intervals and the day passed, Dogen left his place and went for the search of a master.

Dogen stayed with many masters and practiced all the techniques advised by them. Still he noticed that something is missing. Finally after switching from one teacher to another, he found his master and attained enlightenment.

Dogen says,

To study the way is to study yourself.

This statement of Dogen, explains the quality of his being. What is there in the world other than you? As Kabir says, whatever there is in the world, same is inside you. So, Dogen says, to study the way to divine is to study yourself. Go in, focus within and you are arrived.

I find this message of Dogen , the Zen master very suitable for today’s man. Its very truthful advice- go within. study yourself and the divine is revealed to you. When you work on yourself, the divine knocks your door.

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Basho-An ocean of three lines

Wild Heron

Sleeping-

Undisturbed nobility

This is what is called as a three line ocean. A three line wonder. People waste thousands of pages writing books and still, those books are impotent in front of these three lines. These three lines are oceanic. Instead of giving you any thought, these lines give you the glimpse.

Such three lines poems are called as Haikus. The Haiku which I have stated above, is by a famous Zen mystic and Poet, Basho. These three lines show us the divinity in the existence. The divinity in a sleeping heron, divinity in a small puppy, divinity in a rose flower or even divinity of a falling leaf. The divinity is there, but we cannot see it. Once in a while, a Basho comes, sees it and puts it in just three lines.

The enlightened person sees the word in very different ways, in very different perspectives. He finds nobility and divinity in the ordinary things. Which we generally even do not look at. But, the one, who is one with the universe, who is free from himself, finds this divine dance everywhere.

Basho

There are thousands of Haikus, and thousands of interpretations of each of them. We are having these oceans of three lines whose size depends on our size. The larger we are, smaller the meaning. When we are no more, we just vanish, each Haiku is an infinite ocean containing innumerable drops of divinity.

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The Lao- Tsu way

Lao Tsu, one of the most loved mystics of all the times, had described the behavior of the one who is in search of the truth. There are many mystics who have described how the behavior of a seeker should be, but the one given by Lao Tsu is unbeatable.

Lao Tsu says, “Imagine a very cold and furious stream of water and you are walking in it against the flow. This is how you should be.”

This statement is worth understanding. First of all, the stream is very cold. So, you cannot walk slowly. If you are slow, you will be chilled to the death. So, you have to be very fast and flexible and very dynamic. At the same time, the stream is furious and you are going against the flow. If you try to go fast without having a firm grip, within moments you will be carried away by the flow.

So, you should be good at both. You should be fast and at the same time, very firm, very stable. The one, who is dynamic and yet aware and firm, is the one who actually knows how to walk. The whole approach of Lao Tsu was based on this art- Be fast and at the same time be alert and be conscious.

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Feel the Zen,Be the Zen…

When any religion is started or rather to be more precise,when any religion is established by followers of any enlightened master, the very beauty or the very essence disappears. Each and every religion was very wonderful when the master who was behind it was alive. Then the disciples try to organize the religion, make a foundation or some trust out of it. In this process the very beauty is lost. But, if we have a look, there are a very few religions which have prevented themselves from falling in this trap. Zen comes out to be one of the such religions.
The founder of Zen was Bodhidharma.Bodhidharma was a disciple of Buddha. When Bodhidharma was enlightened, he left for Japan. The word Zen comes out to be a synonym of the word Dhyana which Buddha in Pali language called Jhan and which was later in Japan pronounced as Zen. The beauty of Zen is that it combines both Taoism and Buddhism in it. It is very significant thing that Zen has not lost its beauty through the ages.
It is said that the truth can be realized through the absurdities. When you try to organize it, it just vanishes. It can be observed that when you are given a rule to follow, there is no scope for your own thinking or rather no scope for your consciousness. When a religion is organized, it gives nothing but rules. Rules do nothing but reduce your opportunities of being aware. In this context, Zen is really a very virtuous sect. Even today also there are a few Zen monks living in remote areas along with a small group of their followers. They do not form any organization nor are they interested in any recognition. They love to die unrecognized. Generally, disciples naturally have an urge that work or wisdom of their master should survive. In this very effort of preserving, they ruin it. Truth can never be preserved. It can be felt moment to moment. But, we humans, just like money, have a tendency to store the truth for the future and in this very process, the beauty is lost, the truth itself is lost
Specialty of Zen is that it focuses on living truth moment to moment. They will enjoy sitting with their master totally rather than recording his words to listen them in future. Zen works through absurdities. Many master of Zen were famous to enlighten their disciples through their absurd behaviors. This absurdity would include anything from hitting a disciple with Bamboo, or throwing a mind shattering Koan over him or directly throwing the disciple himself down the roof. The basic foundation of Zen can be said to be Zazen.Zazen is a very profound meditation technique which can be very lucidly described in a Haiku-
Doing nothing, just sitting….
Spring comes……..
And grass grows by itself……
Zazen simply means just sitting in a specific recommended posture. Just sitting means just sitting, without doing anything. The basic focus of Zen is concentrating mind at a single place and then shatter it in a single blow. There are many famous Zen masters such as Dogen, RInjhai, and Bokoju who are very famous for their strange methods of enlightening their disciples.
When there is any religion, there is a very big temptation to propagate it, expand it. Most religions lose their very core in the attempt of preserving or expanding the religion. The beauty of Zen lies in the fact that Zen just doesn’t care for its future. It believes in making present as fruitful as possible and I think this is the highest form of trust shown towards the existence.

 

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