Relaxing into Everyday Ordinariness

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From:The Great Zen Master Ta Hui

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"Ta Hui is learning every day the language of the mystics. A few holdovers are still there, but they are only because of old habit. He has come to the new experience, but he has..."
Relaxing into Everyday Ordinariness
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"Ta Hui is learning every day the language of the mystics. A few holdovers are still there, but they are only because of old habit. He has come to the new experience, but he has..."

Osho continues:
"Mind is never where you are. It is always wandering, running in all directions. Even if you are sitting in a lotus posture with closed eyes, like Gautam Buddha, that does not mean you are meditating – you may be thinking of all kinds of rubbish and garbage. Your mind is not changed just because your body is still, just because you are sitting in a certain posture.

"This has caused great misunderstanding for those who have been following the path. Your body posture does not change your mind, but if your mind changes, your body posture automatically changes. Seeing this again and again, the vast majority of seekers start from the wrong end. Because the body is visible, and the mind or no-mind is not visible, it was a logical understanding that sitting in a certain pose, you will attain to a certain state of mind. It is not so, but millions of followers of yoga are under the same mistaken impression.

"If you move to the no-mind, in utter silence, your body is bound to become still, unmoving. The body carries your tensions, and when you are relaxed inside, the body immediately reflects your relaxation, but not vice-versa. You can distort your body in strange postures, hoping that enlightenment will come. I have never seen a single enlightened yogi…and I have been in search, looking in the Himalayas, and all over the country. They are perfect in their gymnastics – they could have joined any circus and would have impressed the people with their performance – but inside they are very ordinary, in the same ignorance, the same unawareness.

"It is now my considered opinion that if the inner changes, the outer will follow the change. The outer is not essential – it is just a shadow of the inner – so if you change the outer, there is no necessity for the inner to change.

"Ta Hui says: Understand right where you are.

"It does not matter where you are – in the marketplace, working as a carpenter, or as a doctor, or as a surgeon. Whatever your profession, whatever your activity, understanding has to come to you amidst the hubbub of the world."
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Publisher Osho International
Duration of Talk 68 mins
File Size 14.81 MB
Type Individual Talks