Inner and Outer Realities

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From:The Path of the Mystic

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"The witness is not part of the brain, but the witness uses the brain as a mechanism. A part of the brain remains awake, as if the witness is looking through a window. The window..."
"The witness is not part of the brain, but the witness uses the brain as a mechanism. A part of the brain remains awake, as if the witness is looking through a window. The window..."

Osho continues:
"It is the master and the brain is only a servant.

"Those who have meditated long enough slowly start becoming aware even in their sleep. The body sleeps but there is an awareness underneath the sleeping body. It can be a disturbance in sleep too – if the awareness is too much then sleep will become difficult, almost impossible. For sleep to become possible the awareness has to be very small – just a small window that takes care of the outside world while you are asleep. It is just a guard in case something happens, some emergency: it will wake you up.

"But after achieving the ultimate in meditation and awareness, sleep becomes such a thin layer that it is just a restfulness, not a sleep – it is enough.

"This reminds me of a few other things which enlightenment disturbs in the ordinary mechanism of body and brain, because it is not an inbuilt process. It is not necessary that one should become enlightened just the way one becomes a youth, one becomes old. These are inbuilt processes. Enlightenment has to be earned. The opportunity is there, the potential is there – but you can miss it, or you can get it. Because it is not an inbuilt process, the body and brain have no way how to adjust with the phenomenon.

"And for centuries there has been continuous concern…. Ramakrishna died with a cancer of the throat, Raman Maharshi died with cancer. Krishnamurti suffered almost forty years with the most intense migraine possible. Buddha was often sick, so much so that one of his disciples – an emperor, Prasenjita – had offered him his own personal physician. And his whole life, King Prasenjita's physician followed Gautam Buddha with a large wagon full of all kinds of medicines, books on medicine, particularly those which could be needed for Buddha. Mahavira continuously suffered from stomach troubles and died finally from the same troubles.

"The question was raised again and again – that these people are enlightened; their bodies should be more healthy. And that seems to be very logical, but existence does not listen to logic. Existentially, to be enlightened is going beyond the capacities of body and brain."
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Publisher Osho International
Duration of Talk 110 mins
File Size 24.59 MB
Type Individual Talks