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Relaxed alert awareness

Meditation the good news and the bad


Do we really need methods to find that space of silence and stillness that you say is already inside us?

     Meditation is simply awareness without any effort,
an effortless alertness; it does not need any technique. But your mind is so full of thoughts, so full of dreams, so much of the past, so much of the future – it is not herenow, and awareness has to be herenow.
     The techniques are needed to help you to cut your roots from the past, to cut your dreams from the future, and to keep you in this moment as if only this moment exists. Then there is no need of any technique.

     Hymie Goldberg was visiting his friend, Mr. Cohen, who was dying. "Do us a favor," said Hymie Goldberg, "when you go to heaven could you find a way of letting me know whether they play baseball up there?" Mr. Cohen said he would certainly try to contact his old friend if at all possible.
     Only a few days after Mr. Cohen died, Hymie Goldberg had a phone call. "Hello, Hymie," said Mr. Cohen. "It is your old friend here."
     "Cohen? Is it really you?" asked Hymie.
     "Sure," answered his friend. "I have some good news and some bad news. First, there sure is baseball in heaven. And the bad news is that you are pitching next Sunday."

     Life is a complicated affair. There is good news, and there is bad news.
     The good news is that there is no need of any technique; but the bad news is, without any technique you are not going to get it.

Osho: The Rebel

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