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What is Meditation - by OSHO

MEDITATION is a state of no-mind. Meditation is a state of pure

consciousness with no content. Ordinarily, your consciousness is too

full of rubbish, just like a mirror covered with dust. The mind is a

constant traffic: thoughts are moving, desires are moving, memories

are moving, ambitions are moving – it is a constant traffic! Day in,

day out. Even when you are asleep the mind is functioning, it is

dreaming. It is still thinking; it is still in worries and anxieties. It is

preparing for the next day; an underground preparation is going on.

This is the state of no meditation. Just the opposite is meditation.

When there is no traffic and thinking has ceased, no thoughts move,

no desire stirs, you are utterly silent – that silence is meditation. And

in that silence truth is known, and never otherwise. Meditation is a

state of no-mind.

And you cannot find meditation through the mind, because mind

will perpetuate itself. You can find meditation only by putting the

mind aside, by being cool, indifferent, unidentified with the mind; by

seeing the mind pass, but not getting identified with it, not thinking

that I am it.

Meditation is the awareness that I am not the mind. When the

awareness goes deeper and deeper in you, slowly slowly, a few

moments arrive – moments of silence, moments of pure space,

moments of transparency, moments when nothing stirs in you and

everything is still. In those still moments you will know who you are,

and you will know the mystery of this existence.

A day comes, a day of great blessings, when meditation becomes

your natural state.

Mind is something unnatural; it never becomes your natural state.

But meditation is a natural state – which we have lost. It is a paradise

lost, but the paradise can be regained. Look into the child’s eyes, look

and you will see tremendous silence, innocence. Each child comes

with a meditative state, but he has to be initiated into the ways of the

society – he has to be taught how to think, how to calculate, how to

reason, how to argue; he has to be taught words, language, concepts.

And, slowly slowly, he loses contact with his own innocence. He

becomes contaminated, polluted by the society. He becomes an

efficient mechanism; he is no more a man.

All that is needed is to regain that space once more. You have

known it before, so when for the first time you know meditation, you

will be surprised – because a great feeling will arise in you as if you

have known it before. And that feeling is true: you have known it

before. You have forgotten. The diamond is lost in piles of rubbish.

But if you can uncover it, you will find the diamond again – it is


It cannot really be lost: it can only be forgotten. We are born as

meditators, then we learn the ways of the mind. But our real nature

remains hidden somewhere deep down like an undercurrent. Any day,

a little digging, and you will find the source still flowing, the source

of fresh waters. And the greatest joy in life is to find it.