Just Be Indifferent to the Mind

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From:The Hidden Splendor

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"The shadow is your old personality. It happens to almost all meditators: a point comes when you have to depart from your personality and recover your individuality, your authentic being.
"But associations are very old...."
"The shadow is your old personality. It happens to almost all meditators: a point comes when you have to depart from your personality and recover your individuality, your authentic being.
"But associations are very old...."

Osho continues:
"It is coming in front of you and giving some meaning to itself. It is creating feelings of jealousy and resentment, which are absolutely absurd.

"Here, nobody is closer to me than anybody else. There is no question of jealousy, resentment – against who?

"I will read your question: 'Over the past twelve years since I met you, as flowers of joy and meditation have opened in my heart…'

"This shadow comes only when there is a fear of its being dropped. The non-meditator never feels it. The non-meditator is totally identified with it; he thinks he is it. It is only because meditation has opened your heart and flowers of joy have blossomed in your being, that the personality is feeling immensely afraid. The time of its death is very close, and it will struggle for survival. Even shadows try to survive.

"And it has been with you for so long that it makes you feel guilty: now that you are being happy and joyous and meditative, you are leaving her! And when you were in misery, in anguish, in anxiety, you used her – naturally there is anger, resentment, jealousy.

"Those are the old strategies of the ego. They used to work in the past, but now that flowers of meditation have blossomed in your heart, those old strategies cannot work.

"'I have also been aware of a dark shadow waiting by the side….' It is no one other than your discarded falseness, your discarded hypocrisy, your discarded past identity. '…ready to strangle my growth and imprison me in its cold grip. Sometimes it has been only half-seen, sometimes almost absent. Now in the last month it has leaped with colossal force to the front of my consciousness and revealed itself as my jealousy and resentment. I am so jealous and resentful of the people around me whom I see as close to you and more privileged than me.'

"The shadow is impressing you. There is nobody who is closer to me than anybody else, and there is nobody who is more privileged. You have just to understand a simple thing: one thousand people cannot sleep in my room; otherwise I will have to get out!

"And not to give anybody the idea that somebody is more close to me, I sleep alone."
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Publisher Osho International
Duration of Talk 86 mins
File Size 19.25 MB
Type Individual Talks