Beyond the Rhythms of the Mind to Being

Individual Talk

From:The Essence of Yoga

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Osho,
Sometimes at your lectures I can't keep my eyes open or concentrate, and keep falling somewhere and coming back with a jerk. There is no memory of where I have been.
Am I going deep, or just falling asleep?
Osho,
Sometimes at your lectures I can't keep my eyes open or concentrate, and keep falling somewhere and coming back with a jerk. There is no memory of where I have been.
Am I going deep, or just falling asleep?

Osho continues:
"You are aware, but not very alert. You are awake, but passive. A certain kind of deep relaxation surrounds you.

"All meditators fall into this second, alpha rhythm, when they meditate or pray. Listening to music also that can happen. Just looking at trees, the expanse of greenery, it can happen. Not doing anything particularly, just sitting silently, it can happen. And once you know the knack of it, you can slow down the activity of the mind; then thoughts are not rushing. They move, they are there, but they move at a very slow pace, as if clouds floating in the sky – in fact, not going somewhere, just floating. This second state, alpha, is very valuable.

"Below the second there is a third state; the activity falls even lower. That state is called 'theta': from eight to fourteen cycles per second. This is the state you pass through in the night when you are falling asleep, the drowsiness. When you take alcohol you pass through that drowsiness. Watch a drunkard walking: he is in the third state. He is walking, not aware. Where he is going, he does not know. What he is doing. The body goes on functioning as a robot. The mind activity has slowed down so much that it is almost just on the verge of falling asleep.

"In very deep meditation also this will happen – you will fall from alpha to theta. But it happens only in very deep states. Ordinary meditators don't touch it. When you start touching this third state you will feel very blissful.

"And all drunkards are trying to reach this blissfulness, but they miss; because the blissfulness is possible only if you go into this third state fully alert – passive, but alert. A drunkard reaches into it, but he is unconscious; by the time he reaches he is unconscious. The state is there but he cannot enjoy it, he cannot delight in it, he cannot grow through it. The appeal all over the world of all sorts of intoxicants is because of the appeal of the theta. But you have chosen a wrong means if you are trying to reach it through chemicals."
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Publisher Osho International
Duration of Talk 88 mins
File Size 26.19 MB
Type Individual Talks