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The Path of Spontaneity



Is your approach something like sahaja yoga – effortless, natural and spontaneous yoga?

     Sahaja yoga is the most difficult of the yogas, because there is nothing more difficult than to be sahaja – effortless, natural and spontaneous. Don't think that it is very easy as the term suggests. Man has become so unnatural, he has traveled such a long way from being natural that now it is so easy for him to be unnatural and very difficult to be natural.
     But then we have to understand a few things in this context, because what I am teaching is sahaja yoga itself.
     To impose doctrines and dogmas on life is to pervert life. But we all do it; we all impose doctrines and ideals on ourselves. All the unnaturalness of our life is this – that we are always trying to be different from what we actually are. Sahaja yoga says: Know that you are what you are, and don't try to move away from it even by an inch; don't try to be different from it in the slightest way. And the moment you become fully aware of its sin, its pain, its misery, its agony, its hellfire, you will immediately jump out of it and you will be free of it in no time; you will have to be out of it totally.

     What I call meditation, and what we have here, is a process of sahaja yoga.
     Here you accept all that happens to you, you let go of yourself completely and accept all that happens on its own. Otherwise it would be unthinkable that educated and cultured people, people who are affluent and sophisticated go crying and yelling, hopping and jumping and wildly dancing like crazy people! This is not an ordinary thing. This is something extraordinary and invaluable too. That is why the spectator is bewildered and cannot understand what it is all about.
     Bertrand Russell said in his later days that civilization has robbed man of a few precious things, and dance is one of them. He said that he could not think of standing in the middle of Trafalgar Square and dancing, although we claim that we are a free people and that we have more freedom than our ancestors ever had. Bertrand Russell also recalled that whenever he visited some primitive tribes dancing with abandon under the starry sky he painfully realized that the civilized man has really lost much that is valuable.
     Civilization's gains are small and its losses are enormous. The civilized man has lost his naturalness and simplicity; he has lost nature itself. And, more over, he is a victim of all kinds of perversions.
     Meditation is a way of making you natural and simple, restoring you to your nature once again.

Osho In Search of the Miraculous

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