America has become alert about the passive methods of meditation. They cannot help much because America basically is an active country.
Passive methods cannot help America.
They may give a little solace, consolation, but finally they will prove to be like tranquilizers, nothing more. Only very very active and creative methods can be helpful.
Tensions have not to be dissolved; tensions have to be transformed.
If a person simply dissolves tensions he will become uncreative. That's what happens through TM and other methods. They talk about it being very creative – it is just nonsense: it cannot be creative! Take away tension, then who bothers about creativity? The person becomes relaxed, but with relaxation he becomes detached too; with relaxation he starts looking at life as useless, meaningless.
Tensions have to be transformed, tensions have to be used in a creative way so that they don't destroy you – rather they create something.
India has suffered very much from these methods, inactive methods of meditation. The whole poverty of this country is because of these methods. For thousands of years we have been just drowning in ourselves, not thinking of anything else – not thinking of the society, not thinking of better roads, not thinking of better housing, not thinking of better food, not thinking of better hygiene…nothing! If a person can just close his eyes and be silent, we think enough is achieved.
Yes, this person will not go mad, that is certain, but just not going mad is not enough. It is not a qualification that you are not mad, that you sleep well, that you are not very tense. Good, but nothing to brag about.
Something creative should be born out of your silence.
So my emphasis is basically on active methods.
Silence should come but through activity, creativity – through painting, dance, music.… It should remain continuously joined with action so it does not annihilate action; on the contrary it enhances it.
Osho This Is It!
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