an enlightened master, talked about Om and Aum in some of
the more than 200 books that were published with his talks
that he gave in his darshans.
Here is a collection of some excerpts from the following
books taken from:
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The Sun Behind the Sun Behind the Sun
Hari Om Tat Sat
Om Mani Padme Hum
Om Shantih Shantih Shantih
Death is Divine
Sun Behind the Sun Behind the Sun
given from 1/1/78 to 31/1/78 in Chuang Tzu Auditorium
Year published: 1980
... the sound of aum is the most significant sound, the
most fundamental, the most elemental; it is the source of
all sounds. It consists of three sounds, a, u, m, and those
three sounds are the basic sounds behind all sounds.
It is very symbolic in the east; it is the trinity. A, u,
m: those three sounds are the three energies in life. Christians
call them father, son and holy ghost. The whole life consists
of three energies: scientists call them electrons, protons,
neutrons. Whenever you go deep you will always find a trinity
and behind the trinity you will find one; that one is the
sound of aum.
It is a very strange sound; it has a few special things
about it. For one: it is the only sound that can be uttered
with an open and closed mouth; no other sound can be uttered
with a closed mouth. Or, if you try to utter any other sound
with a closed mouth, from the outside it will be heard as
aum. One can try any word, any letter, any sound, but from
the outside it will be always heard as aum. So it is the
sound that joins the outer and the inner. It is the sound
that joins the body and the soul. And those three -- a,
u, m -- have been used as metaphors for many things. The
east cherishes metaphors very much.
The first use that has been made is that those three sounds
represent respectively: the state of wakefulness, a; the
state of dreaming, u; and the state of dreamless sleep,
m. When all these three sounds, the whole aum, becomes silent,
then arises the fourth sound, the soundless sound called
turiya, the fourth. That is the sound Zen people call 'one
hand clapping'. When aum has become silent you hear silence.
That is the beauty of aum: if you repeat it, if you hum
it and you become completely absorbed in it, when you stop
for the first time you will know what silence is.
Before that experience, whatsoever you call silence is not
positive silence. It is simply a negative state, an absence
of noise; that's what people call silence. When there is
no noise they say, 'It is very silent here.' That is absence
of noise, this is not positive silence. Positive silence
is when you have hummed aum, the aum disappears and you
are left in soundlessness; then you hear something positive
-- the still small voice of Christian mystics. That can
only be experienced, that cannot be expressed.
These three have also been used as three bodies: the physical
body, the psychological body, the spiritual body. And when
you go beyond the third you have the cosmic body: the body
of god or the body of Buddha.
This sound will be of great help to you to find your path,
to move towards the unknown. Ride on this sound. This is
your mantra, and this is your name. Let this become your
constant companion. Whenever you have time, simply repeat
'aum' -- sometimes loudly when it is possible; when it is
not possible, silently. Befriend this sound, and immense
will be the benefit.
Om Tat Sat
Divine Sound: That is the Truth
Talks given on 17 January 1988 pm in Gautam the Buddha Auditorium
Year published: 1988 - The master thief sound
HAVE HEARD YOU SAY, HARI OM TAT SAT: THE DIVINE SOUND --
THAT IS THE TRUTH.
YOU SPEAK I HEAR THE SOUND OF TRUTH RESONATING IN ME, YET
I AM NOT ENLIGHTENED. HOW IS IT THAT I CAN RECOGNIZE THAT
WHICH I HAVEN'T REALIZED?
Hari Om Tat Sat: the divine sound -- that is the truth...
It is one of the mahavakyas, the great sayings which have
been embedded in the hearts of the mystics since eternity.
It is not something theoretical, not something philosophical,
it is something existential.
who have gone within themselves have always heard a strange
sound, which can only be called the sound of existence itself.
It is difficult to reduce that sound into language. Hence
for centuries, as far back as we can go, Om, the sound,
has been represented not by any alphabetical word but by
symbol is beyond any alphabet. It does not belong to any
language. Hence the Tibetans can use it, the people who
are writing in Sanskrit can use it; Mahavira can use it,
who was using a language called Prakrit; Gautam Buddha can
use it, who was speaking in a language called Pali. There
is no other symbol in the whole world which does not belong
to any particular language, but is simply symbolic of a
certain experience that can happen to anyone. And why have
they not reduced it to some linguistic form? It is not without
The sound of Om is heard only when your mind is completely
silent, when you have gone beyond all language, all thinking,
when there is pure silence, not even a ripple. Suddenly
you hear a music. There is no instrument playing it. It
seems it is simply the very heartbeat of existence. That's
why it doesn't matter whether someone is a Buddhist or a
Hindu or a Jaina. It does not depend on your philosophy,
on your religion. It depends on the depth of your reach
towards your very inner center. There, suddenly, you are
is not exactly Om, but Om comes the closest to expressing
the sound. And the sound has been called the divine sound
because it is not man-made. It is eternally herenow. Whoever
wants to enter into the stream of eternal existence is bound
to hear it. It says nothing, but it vibrates your being
to such joy, to such celebration, to such dance that you
have never dreamt of before.
word `hari' is used as one of the names of God. I don't
want to bring God in; I want to avoid God completely because
it brings all kinds of lies behind it. Nobody has ever experienced
any God. There is no evidence, no proof, no argument to
support it. It is an absolutely useless hypothesis -- not
only useless, but immensely harmful, because so much bloodshed
has happened because of the name God. It is time that we
forget the word and start using something else fresh.
word `hari' in itself has another meaning which is far more
beautiful than the word God. Hari in Sanskrit means the
thief. And the sound of Om, once you come close to it, certainly
proves to be the master thief because it simply steals your
very heart forever. Then you are part of the existence and
you are no longer a separate personality.
You are not. Existence is.
this can be done only by a master thief: you are completely
stolen, absorbed, not even a mark is left behind. Those
who have used the words hari om would rather say that it
is the divine sound. My own preference is to say that it
is the master thief sound, which has stolen millions of
whatever you say, one thing is certain: Tat Sat. Tat means
that, and sat means truth.
sound of Om is our very truth, is our very being. We are
made of it. The whole existence vibrates, and through different
vibrations of the same sound there are different things,
but they are simply different vibrations. A certain vibration
creates a tree, another vibration creates a bird, another
vibration creates a man, but the whole existence, according
to the mystics, is made of sound. This sound is certainly
the most sacred, the most divine, because there is nothing
more beautiful, nothing more ecstatic. Once you have heard
it, even from far away... just a glimpse and you will never
be the same person again.
that we are searching for in meditations is nothing but
this master thief. We are searching in our being: what kind
of dance, what kind of music goes on there in the living
center of your life. Strangely enough all those who have
entered in have found the same answer, without exception
-- Hari Om Tat Sat.
you are asking, "When you speak, I hear the sound of
truth resonating in me, yet I am not enlightened. How is
it that I can recognize that which I have not realized?"
There are many things in this small portion of your question.
you hear me you are hearing existence itself, just the way
you hear the wind passing through the pine trees or you
hear the sound of running water. I have nothing to say to
you, that's why I go on speaking continually, for years.
If I had something to say I would have said it. Because
I don't have anything to say, I can continue for eternity.
you hear my sound and truth starts resonating in you it
is simply a bridging between the master and the disciple.
If what is coming from me originated in existence itself
and you are in love, in trust, feeling one with me, you
will start resonating with the same truth that is making
me a vehicle. It does not need you to be anybody special,
it just needs a loving heart, a trusting heart with open
doors so the breeze that is coming is not obstructed, so
the fragrance that is flowing can overwhelm you, can surround
you, can open your heart like a rose opening its petals.
your problem is, "How is it possible, because I am
said that to you?
am saying every day you are enlightened, and you are so
stubborn that sometimes I also start feeling it would be
better I join you and become unenlightened. Why keep this
separation? Either you become enlightened or I am going
to become unenlightened. There is a limit to everything!
don't know who the person is who goes on spreading these
rumors that you are not enlightened. What is the source
of this knowledge? I know it, for thousands of years you
have been told you are not enlightened. The people who were
telling you that you are not enlightened were on an ego
trip -- they were enlightened, you were not enlightened;
they had arrived, your journey is going to be very long,
perhaps many, many lives.
whole effort was to create a great distance between you
and themselves so they could be superior to you. They are
divine, they are God's incarnation, they are enlightened,
they are messengers, they are messiahs, and you... you are
just an ignorant person moving from one life to another,
carrying the same load of ignorance that goes on increasing
with every life. These people have insulted the whole humanity.
far as I am concerned, I want to say not only are you enlightened,
the trees and the rivers and the mountains and the stars,
all are enlightened. Otherwise is not possible. I want to
make it absolutely clear to you: to be alive is to be enlightened.
Wherever there is life, wherever there is love, enlightenment
is just hidden underneath. You may not recognize it. The
whole effort is to help you to recognize it.
the meditations are nothing but an effort to feel your enlightenment
-- which is already the case; whether you feel it or not
it does not matter. If you feel it you will rejoice, your
life will become a dance, moment to moment, of tremendous
glory and majesty, of grace and gratitude. If you don't
recognize it you will remain miserable, asking all kinds
of idiots, frauds, "How can I become enlightened?"
have been masters like Bodhidharma. You ask him how to become
enlightened and you will get such a good slap on your face
that you will wake up immediately, saying, "I am sorry,
I had just fallen asleep. I am enlightened." Those
days were beautiful, when it was perfectly accepted that
a master can slap the disciple. Now people have completely
forgotten those beautiful moments and those beautiful days
and those beautiful people.
is said about Chuang Tzu that when for the first time he
entered the hut where Lao Tzu, his would-be master, was
living, Lao Tzu looked at Chuang Tzu and said, "Remember
one thing, never ask me how to become enlightened."
The poor fellow had come for that very purpose. But Lao
Tzu made it clear, "Only on this condition will I accept
you as my disciple."
was a moment of silence. Chuang Tzu thought, "It is
strange. I have come to become enlightened, that is the
very purpose of becoming a disciple. And this old fellow,
so beautiful and so graceful, is asking such an absurd thing:
if you want to be my disciple, promise me that you will
never ask about how to become enlightened."
But it was already too late. He had fallen in love with
the old man. He touched his feet and he said, "I promise
I will never ask how to become enlightened, but accept me
as your disciple."
came a hard slap, "You idiot! If you are not going
to become enlightened, then for what purpose are you becoming
a disciple? I was asking this promise because I could see
in you such beautiful intelligence that you might have immediately
realized the point of my asking. You are enlightened; there
is no way to become enlightened. There is no need. In fact
even if you want to become unenlightened, there is no way."
why has this whole humanity become unenlightened? How have
they managed? Just by forgetting, just by being too involved
in other things. The world is vast, and the mind goes on
taking you into new desires, new longings, new achievements,
new greed. Slowly, slowly a curtain falls between you and
your mind, and the mind completely forgets your being. It
forgets completely that there is an inner world also, not
only an outer existence.
outer is very poor in comparison to the inner. But once
you get involved with the outer, it is so vast that there
is a possibility you may wander around in the universe for
millions of lives. And you may not realize that you are
wasting your time, that it is time to look in.
promise me to never ask again, "I am not enlightened,
how to become enlightened?" I have my own ways of slapping,
far more sophisticated. I don't use my hand because I am
a lazy man; moreover I don't want to hurt my hand. But I
have my own ways, and I go on slapping people -- and you
know it well!
the last part of your question is, "How is it that
I can recognize that which I have not realized?" If
you can recognize it, that is an absolute guarantee that
you must have realized it in some unconscious way. Perhaps
you have forgotten your realization. Each child is born
with the realization.
have condemned Gautam Buddha's story many times, but this
time I am going to appreciate it, just to put things in
balance. The story is: Gautam Buddha is born while his mother
is standing under a saal tree, and he is born standing.
And the first thing he does is to take seven steps in front
of his mother and declare to the universe, "I am the
most enlightened person ever." I have condemned it
for different reasons; now I want to appreciate it for different
fact, every newborn child, if he could, would say the same
thing, "I am enlightened." If every newborn child
could walk, he would take seven steps and declare to the
whole world, "I am the most enlightened person, unique."
Perhaps the story is simply a symbolic way of recognizing
each child's innocence as his enlightenment, as his ultimate
he will be lost in the world. Perhaps once in a while somebody
comes back to his childhood again. My effort is to bring
you back to your innocent childhood again. What you have
not done in your first birth you can do in your second.
I have gone from here tonight, everybody has to take seven
steps and declare to the whole world, "I am the most
enlightened person!" Try it, and you will really rejoice.
And you will never fall back again into the old ignorance
and start looking for how to become enlightened. Finish
you are asking how one can recognize if one has not realized.
It is a question like if you are given a rotten egg in a
restaurant and you say, "This is rotten." And
the manager comes and says, "Are you a hen? Have you
ever produced an egg? If you have never produced an egg,
on what authority are you saying that this is rotten?"
is no need. You can recognize things which you may not have
consciously realized, but which must be an undercurrent
of realization within you. Except that there is no other
way. How do you realize when you fall in love that it is
love? Certainly somewhere deep inside you there must be
a hidden corner that already knows what love is. How do
you recognize when you see a roseflower and say it is beautiful?
Have you ever seen beauty? Have you ever realized what beauty
is? But certainly you recognize that the rose is beautiful.
I am simply saying that there must be a certain realization
in your being about beauty, about truth, about the ultimate
sound of existence. That's what makes you recognize.
are much more than you think you are.
are not what all the religions have made you -- sinners,
condemned, just sitting in the waiting room for the train
to take you to hell. And the waiting room itself is giving
you enough experience of hell!
word `sin' is used by all the religions without paying attention
to the root meaning of the word. The root meaning of the
word is to forget. It has nothing to do with morality, it
has nothing to do with your good actions or bad actions;
it has something to do with forgetting who you are. And
if you have forgotten, you can remember.
Buddha continually says to his disciples, "It is not
a question of realization, it is only a question of remembering.
What you have forgotten you have with you"... just
a little search in all your pockets -- also in the pockets
which you are keeping secret even to yourself.
have told you the story of Mulla Nasruddin.... He is traveling
in a train and a ticket checker comes, and Mulla looks into
everything for his ticket. He opens all his suitcases and
bags and creates so much fuss that almost half of the passengers
have to move to make space for all his things that he is
taking out to look for the ticket.
the ticket checker says, "Forget all about it, just
answer me one question and I will be satisfied. You have
been looking in everything, in places where the ticket cannot
be lost -- you have looked in your shoes. Why should the
ticket be lost in your shoes? But you have not looked in
the right-side pocket on your coat."
said, "Don't mention that. I am not going to look into
that pocket. That is my only hope, that perhaps the ticket
is there. I can look everywhere in the world, but not in
my right-side pocket."
in the compartment said, "This is strange, the fellow
thinks that perhaps... If you think that the ticket may
be there, then that is the first place to look. But no,
there are different kinds of logic and different kinds of
arithmetic. The man also has a point. He says, `That is
my only hope, don't destroy it. Let me look in the whole
world first. That is the last resort.'"
of his search, the ticket checker says, "You simply
be quiet and collect your things, because you are disturbing
all the passengers, and I will not ask anything about your
said, "That's right. Nobody should ever make any indication
towards my right pocket because I am not going to look there."
of us are searching for things exactly where we know they
are not. Now, people are searching for God in churches,
in temples, in stone statues, and nobody ever thinks, "Is
God going to be met there?" The statues are man-made,
the temples are man-made and nobody is looking into himself,
which is the only space not manufactured by man, the only
place where perhaps the ticket is. It is simply a question
of remembering. But you, whether you remember or not, are
by nature part of the whole.
experience that "I am part of the whole" is enlightenment.
If you recognize it you start dancing. If you don't recognize
it you go on crying unnecessarily. Things which are very
simple have been made unnecessarily complicated, just to
cheat you, exploit you.
has functioned in the world as the greatest business --
greatest in two senses. It accumulates more money than any
other business and it goes on selling things which are invisible.
selling things which are invisible is a great business.
You purchase something invisible, you keep it carefully
in your suitcase, afraid that it may get lost -- then to
find it will be very difficult. So keep the suitcase locked,
never open it, because who knows? -- the invisible thing
may have wings, may fly out.
most intelligent people in the world are also purchasing
God -- who is absolutely invisible -- purchasing tickets
for heaven, depositing bank balances in paradise. And everything
they give they see with their own eyes going into the pockets
of the priests. But perhaps from those pockets there are
invisible ways -- the money that they are giving to the
pope will reach. In the Vatican the pope has a bank. It
is really a branch of the original bank; you deposit in
the branch and it will reach the original bank. You need
not be worried about it.
this pope goes on wasting your money in unnecessarily traveling
here and there. He came to India. And wherever he goes,
the first thing he does is to kiss the earth. He could have
done it in the Vatican. There was no need, the earth is
the same everywhere, but certainly tastes are different....
When he touched down at New Delhi airport I was in Nepal,
and I said to my people, "This is his first taste of
Hinduism." Because you cannot taste earth in India
unless you taste cow dung, and that is the only essential
he wastes your money, which you think is going to be deposited
in paradise. On a single trip to Australia he wasted six
million dollars -- twice the cost of the visit of the Queen
of England, Elizabeth. And three times he has been around
the world, wasting six million, eight million dollars on
each trip. This is your money.
Once George Bernard Shaw was asked, "Do you think a
man can live joyfully just keeping his hands in his pockets
and doing nothing?"
Bernard said, "Yes, it is possible. Just one thing
has to be remembered: the pockets must not be yours. Just
keep your hand in somebody else's pocket."
has been the whole religion. And they are giving you things
which even an idiot can understand....
Italian consul from Calcutta was here. Before he came here
to be slapped by me he had gone to Satya Sai Baba. He seems
to think himself a seeker of truth. And what happened in
Satya Sai Baba's place? There they have an arrangement that
in the office you fill in a form with your name, your country,
your job, and what your essential question is, what you
have come to ask. And then the Italian consul was taken
other people were sitting waiting for Satya Sai Baba. He
was given a special place. Satya Sai Baba came in and directly
pointed to him, saying, "You live in Calcutta. You
are Italian. You work in the consulate." A great miracle!
And all the information he had filled in.
these idiots like Satya Sai Baba are surrounded by other
idiots not only of this country, they come from far away
in search of truth. And he was immensely impressed: "This
is your question. You want to know this, this is your enquiry.
You are a great seeker of truth."
naturally he is going to write a book. I will wait for his
book. Here he also got special treatment, but I don't think
he will have the guts to even refer to it. He was so afraid
that he had an appointment with one of our sannyasins, Azima,
to go with him to a dinner, but he simply escaped. He never
reached the hotel where Azima was waiting for him for the
dinner, afraid that Azima was bound to ask, "What do
you think about Shree Rajneesh?"
it is not that he will not think about me. He will think
about me day in and day out! He will see me in his dreams,
because he avoided seeing me here. When I pointed at him,
he was holding his hand over his face. I could not believe
that such cowards... When I passed by the side I was looking
from the window of my car; he had changed the position of
his hand. Now he was keeping his hand over the side of his
face. These are the people who are your diplomats, your
politicians, your priests.
religiousness means anything, it means fearlessness. It
means taking a risk, putting at stake all that you have,
all that is familiar, for the unknown; leaving the known
and moving into the unknown. That simple step makes you
religious. No other discipline is needed.
have continually to postpone those funny and strange questions...
their time never comes. One is so great that I think tomorrow
morning I will begin with it. Now a few things to contemplate
Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan are the guests of the
king of Saudi Arabia, who has a magic swimming pool. The
magic is that if you name a liquid while jumping into the
empty pool, it will immediately be filled with that liquid.
goes first, and ripping off his clothes, he shouts, "Vodka!"
and leaps into the pool, which is miraculously full of the
finest Russian vodka.
goes next, and bouncing along in her bra and panties, she
yells, "Whiskey!" She lands with a splash in a
pool filled with the finest, twelve-year-old scotch.
to be out-done, Reagan races towards the pool in his jockey
shorts, stubs his toes on the edge of the pool and falling
headlong, he screams, "Oh, shit!"
Mani Padme Hum
Sound of Silence: The Diamond in the Lotus
Talks given from 07/12/87 am to 17/01/88 am in Gautam the
Year published: 1987 - The music of OM
YOU LIKE TO SAY SOMETHING ABOUT THE FAMOUS TIBETAN MANTRA,
"OM MANI PADME HUM"?
the only country in the world which has devoted all its
genius to the inner exploration is Tibet. Its findings are
of tremendous value. Om mani padme hum is one of the most
beautiful expressions for the ultimate experience. Its meaning
is "the sound of silence, the diamond in the lotus."
also has its sound, its music... although the outer ears
cannot hear it, just as the outer eyes cannot see it. We
have six outer senses. In the past man knew only that we
have five outer senses; the sixth is a new discovery. It
is inside your ears; hence people failed to recognize it.
It is the sense of balance. When you feel giddy or when
you see a drunkard walking, it is the sense of balance that
as these six senses are used to experience the outer, exactly
the same six senses exist to experience the inner -- to
see it, to hear it, to feel its utter balance, its beauty.
It is invisible to the outer eyes but not to the inner.
You cannot touch it with your outer senses, but the inner
senses are absolutely immersed in it.
is the sound when everything else disappears from your being
-- no thought, no dream, no projections, no expectations,
not even a single ripple -- your whole lake of consciousness
is simply silent; it has become just a mirror. In those
rare moments you hear the sound of silence. It is the most
valuable experience because it not only shows a quality
of the inner music -- it also shows that the inner is full
of harmony, joy, blissfulness. All that is implied in the
music of OM.
are not to say it. If you say it you will miss the real
thing. You have to hear it, you have to be utterly calm
and quiet and suddenly it is all around you, a very subtle
dance. And the moment you are able to hear it, you have
entered into the very secrets of existence. You have become
so subtle that now you deserve that all the mysteries be
exposed to you.
Existence waits till you are ready.
In the East all the religions without exception agree on
this point, that the sound which is heard in the final,
highest peak of silence is something similar to OM.
word OM is not written alphabetically in any language of
the East because it is not part of language. It is written
as a symbol; hence the same symbol is used in Sanskrit,
in Pali, in Prakrit, in Tibetan -- everywhere the same symbol,
because all the mystics of all the ages have reached to
the same experience, that it is not part of our mundane
world; hence it should not be written in letters. It should
have its own symbol which is beyond language. It does not
mean anything as far as mind is concerned, but it means
tremendously much as far as your spiritual growth is concerned.
music, particularly the classical music, has been trying
to catch the sound of silence so that even people who have
not entered into their beings can experience something similar.
But the similar is not the same, it is a very faraway echo.
Even the greatest musician has to use sounds, but howsoever
beautifully he arranges them, he cannot be absolutely silent.
He gives gaps of silence in between; the whole play is between
sound and silence. Those who don't understand hear the sounds,
and those who understand hear the silence, the gaps between
real music is in the gaps.
is not created by the musician -- the musician is creating
the sounds and leaving the gaps as a contrast, so that you
can experience something of what happens to the mystic in
his inner world.
is one of the great achievements of the seekers of truth.
There have been cases which are absolutely unbelievable,
but they are historical....
Marpa, a Tibetan mystic, died, his closest disciples were
sitting all around him ... because the death of a mystic
is as tremendously valuable as his life, perhaps more. If
you can be close to the mystic when he is dying, you can
experience many things, because his whole consciousness
is leaving the body -- and if you are alert and conscious,
you can feel a new fragrance; you can see a new light, you
can hear a new music.
Marpa died he was living in a temple. And all his disciples
became suddenly surprised -- they looked all around -- from
where is the sound of OM coming? Then finally they realized
that it was not coming from anywhere -- it was coming from
Marpa! They heard it by putting their ears to his feet,
to his hands, and they could not believe it -- inside his
whole body there was a vibration creating the sound of OM.
He had been hearing that sound for his whole life since
he became enlightened. Because of his constant inner experience
of the sound, the sound had entered even into his physical
cells. Every fiber of his body had learned a certain synchronicity,
the same wavelength.
it has been experienced with other mystics also. The inner
starts radiating, particularly at the moment of death when
everything comes to a crescendo. But man is so blind and
so utterly unintelligent: knowing that the mystics experience
the music of silence within them and they name it OM, people
started repeating OM as a mantra, thinking that by repeating
it they will also be able to hear it.
repeating it you will never be able to hear it. Your mind
is functioning when you are repeating it. But perhaps I
am the first person to tell it to you; otherwise for centuries
people have been teaching: Repeat OM. That creates a false
experience, and you can be lost in the false and you will
never discover the real.
say to you not to repeat it but simply be silent and listen
to it. As your mind becomes calm and quiet, suddenly you
will become aware: like a whisper, the OM is arising within
your being. When it arises on its own, it has a totally
different quality. It transforms you.
physics says that everything in the world is constituted
of electrical energy. According to modern physics even sounds
are nothing but electric waves. The physicists have been
working from the outside.
The mystics say just the opposite, but I don't see that
they are contradictory. They say the whole existence is
made up of the soundless sound OM. And even electricity
or fire are nothing but a certain condensed form of the
the East it has been known: there have been musicians who
could create by their music a flame on an unlit candle.
As the music falls over the unlit candle suddenly the flame
arises. It was a test in the ancient days, that unless a
musician could create light, fire, flame, with his music
he was still amateur. He was not recognized as a master.
explanations of physics and the mystics look different,
but perhaps there is some deeper source which can withdraw
the contradiction and opposition. Perhaps it is only a different
interpretation, because the mystic is coming from the inside
and the physicist is looking at the outside. What the physicist
feels as electricity, the mystic feels as the music of the
whole existence. They are both saying the same thing in
different languages. And if there is a choice, I would choose
the mystic, because he is experiencing it in his very center.
His experience is not just an experiment on objects, his
experience is an experiment on his own consciousness. And
consciousness is the very cream of existence.
mantra has many secrets in it. The first wordless word is
OM, and the last is HUM. The first is the flowering and
the last is the seed.
Sufis don't use the whole name of Allah -- that is the Mohammedan
name for God. They use allah hoo, and slowly, slowly they
change allah hoo into simply hoo, hoo. They have found that
the sound of hoo strikes exactly at the life source just
below the navel. You were connected with your life, with
your mother, from the navel. Just below the navel is the
source of your own life.
try: when you say hoo the hit is below the navel. That's
what we are using in our Dynamic Meditation. It is a Sufi
discovery, but it can also be done in the Tibetan way. Rather
than hoo -- hoo seems to be a little harsh -- hum seems
to be a little softer. But the softer will take a longer
time to wake up your energies. It is possible that in the
particular climate of Tibet, the softer was perfectly good.
They did not need such a harsh sound in order to hit the
life source. But in the harsh desert of Arabia where Sufi
mystics started using hoo....
had a choice when I was working on the Dynamic Meditation,
whether to use hum or to choose hoo. I tried both and I
found that perhaps in India, hoo is better than in the colder
heights of Tibet where things are bound to be different.
Just hum is perfectly right for them.
is the hit to create OM in you.
you hit the seed of your life it starts disappearing in
the soil and green leaves, sprouts start growing. Between
the two -- OM and hum -- is mani padme. I don't think anybody
has been able to express the ultimate experience, the ultimate
beatitude, better than mani padme. You have to visualize
it. The lotus flower in the East is the most beautiful,
the biggest flower. And if you put diamonds on the lotus
flower in the early morning sun, you will have a tremendously
beautiful experience... the lotus flower with diamonds.
is very difficult to say anything about the ultimate experience,
but Tibetan mystics have tried the best. Many things have
been said about it, but "diamond in the lotus"
seems to be the best expression -- because it is the greatest,
most beautiful experience, and they have chosen two of the
most beautiful things of the ordinary world, the lotus and
the diamond. It is just a visual expression of the beauty
that you come to see within yourself.
mantra om mani padme hum has a whole philosophy within it.
Start with hum, the last word, and the first will arise
on its own accord. And when your inner being is filled with
the sound of silence, you will also have the beautiful experience
of seeing a lotus with a diamond in the early morning sun.
The diamond is radiating. The lotus is so soft, so feminine,
so delicate -- it has no comparison in any other flower.
became so important to the mystics... you must have seen
Gautam Buddha's statues sitting on a lotus. They are showing
symbolically that he has reached the ultimate; his own inner
lotus has flowered. And not only the lotus has flowered,
the diamond hidden behind it, inside it... as it opens its
petals, you find a Kohinoor. The diamond has a quality --
that's why it has been chosen. It is symbolic of eternity.
The diamond is for ever, it knows no death; it is immortal.
The experience is beautiful and eternal.
unfortunately, Tibet has fallen into a darkness. Its monasteries
have been closed, its seekers of truth have been forced
to work in labor camps. The only country in the world which
was working -- a one-pointed genius, all its intelligence
in the search for one's own interiority and its treasures
-- has been stopped by the communist invasion of Tibet.
it is such an ugly world that nobody has objected to it.
On the contrary, because China is big and powerful, even
countries which are more powerful than China can ever be,
like America, have accepted that Tibet belongs to China.
That is sheer nonsense -- just because China is powerful
and everybody wants China to be on their side. Neither the
Soviets nor America have challenged the claim of China.
Leave America and the Soviets aside -- even India has not
objected. It was such a beautiful experiment, and Tibet
had no weapons to fight with, they had no army to fight;
they had never thought about it. Their whole thing was an
has such concentrated effort been made to discover man's
being. Every family in Tibet used to give their eldest son
to some monastery where he was to meditate and grow closer
to awakening. It was a joy to every family that at least
one of them was wholeheartedly, twenty-four hours a day,
working on the inner being. They were also working but they
could not give all their time; they had to create food and
clothes and shelter, and in Tibet it is a difficult matter.
The climate is not very helpful; to live in Tibet is a tremendous
struggle. But still every family used to give their first-born
child to the monastery.
were hundreds of monasteries... and these monasteries should
not be compared with any Catholic monasteries. These monasteries
had no comparison in the whole world. These monasteries
were concerned with only one thing: to make you aware of
of devices have been created down the centuries so that
your lotus can blossom and you can find your ultimate treasure,
the diamond. These are just symbolic words, but the destruction
of Tibet should be known in history, particularly when man
becomes a little more aware and humanity a little more humane....
This is the greatest calamity of the twentieth century that
Tibet has fallen into the hands of materialists who don't
believe that you have anything inside you. They believe
that you are only matter and your consciousness is only
a by-product of matter. And all this is simply without any
experience of the inner -- just logical, rational philosophizing.
a single communist in the world has meditated, but it is
strange -- they all deny the inner. Nobody thinks about
how the outer can exist if there is no inner. They exist
together, they are inseparable. The outer is only a protection
for the inner, because the inner is very delicate and soft.
But the outer is accepted and the inner is denied. And even
if sometimes it is accepted, the world is dominated by such
dirty politicians that they use even the inner experiences
for ugly ends.
the other day, I came to know that America is now training
its soldiers in meditation so that they can fight without
any nervous breakdown, without going mad, without feeling
any fear -- so they can lie down in their ditches silently,
calm and cool and collected. No meditator may have ever
thought that meditation can also be used for fighting wars,
but in the hands of politicians everything becomes ugly
-- even meditation. Now the army camps in America are teaching
meditation so that their soldiers can be more calm and quiet
while killing people.
I want to warn America: you are playing with fire. You don't
understand exactly what meditation will do. Your soldiers
will become so calm and quiet that they will throw away
their weapons and they will simply refuse to kill. A meditator
cannot kill; a meditator cannot be destructive. So they
are going to be surprised one day that their soldiers are
no longer interested in fighting. War, violence, murder,
massacre of millions of people -- this is not possible if
a man knows something of meditation. Then he also knows
not only himself, he knows the other whom he is killing.
He is his brother. They all belong to the same oceanic existence.
the Soviet Union, also, they are interested in meditation.
But the purpose is the same -- not realization of yourself,
but making you stronger so that you can kill and bomb and
use nuclear weapons and missiles to kill whole nations.
they are both going on a dangerous path, unknowingly. It
is good, they should be helped. Once meditation spreads
among their soldiers, those soldiers will become sannyasins!
So I am immensely happy that their idea is different, and
they don't know anything about meditation. They have only
heard that it makes people calm and cool so they can fight
without any fear, without looking back. Meditation gives
them a feeling of immortality; hence their fear will disappear.
meditation not only gives them the experience of their own
immortality -- it also gives them the experience that everybody
is immortal. Death is a fiction. Why unnecessarily harass
people? They will be living, you cannot kill them. Not even
your nuclear weapons are going to kill them.
in the Gita, has a beautiful statement: Nainam chhindanti
shastrani; naham dahati pavakahr. "Neither can any
weapon destroy me nor can any fire burn me." Yes the
body will be burned, but I am not the body....
Meditation gives you the feel, for the first time, of your
humanity were a little more aware, Tibet should be made
free because it is the only country which has devoted almost
two thousand years to doing nothing but going deeper into
meditation. And it can teach the whole world something which
is immensely needed.
Communist China is trying to destroy everything that has
been created in two thousand years. All their devices, all
their methods of meditation, their whole spiritual climate
is being polluted, poisoned. And they are simple people;
they cannot defend themselves. They don't have anything
to defend themselves with -- no tanks, no bombs, no airplanes,
no army. An innocent race which has lived without any war
for two thousand years... It disturbs nobody; it is so far
away from everybody -- even to reach there is a difficult
task. They live on the very roof of the world. The highest
mountains, eternal snows, are their home. Leave them alone!
China will not lose anything, but the whole world will be
benefited by their experience.
the world will need their experience. The world is getting
fed up with money, power, prestige, all that scientific
technology has created -- people are getting fed up. They
are finished with it. People in the advanced countries are
no longer interested in sex, are no longer interested in
drugs. Things are falling away, and a strange despair like
a dark cloud is descending on the advanced countries --
of deep frustration, meaninglessness, and anguish. They
will all need a different climate of meditation to dispel
all these clouds and bring again a new day into their lives,
a new dawn, a new experience of themselves, a discovery
of their original being.
should be left as an experimental lab for man's inner search.
But not a single nation in the world has raised its voice
against this ugly attack on Tibet. And China has not only
attacked it, they have amalgamated it into their map. Now,
on the modern Chinese map, Tibet is their territory.
we think the world is civilized, where innocent people who
are not doing any harm to anybody are simply destroyed.
And with them, something of great importance to all humanity
is also destroyed. If there were something civilized in
man, every nation would have stood against the invasion
of Tibet by China. It is the invasion of matter against
consciousness; it is the invasion of materialism against
Maneesha, the word mantra is untranslatable in English,
in any Western language, but its meaning, its significance,
can be explained to you. A mantra is not just something
to chant. It is not chanting. A mantra is something to let
sink deep in your being, just as roots go deep into the
earth. The deeper the roots go into the earth, the higher
the tree will go into the sky. A mantra is something like
a seed to be allowed to go deep into your being so that
it can send its roots to the sources of your life and finally
to the universal life. Then its branches, its foliage will
go high into the sky, and when the right time comes, when
the spring comes, it will be filled with thousands of flowers.
a tree blossoms, it knows no blissfulness. It goes on feeling
something is missing. You may have all the pleasures and
comforts and luxuries of the world, but unless you know
yourself, unless your inner lotus opens, you will go on
missing something. You may not be certain what you are missing
but a feeling... that something is being missed, that "I
am not complete," that "I am not whole,"
that "I am not what existence wanted me to be."
This "missing" feeling goes on nagging everybody.
Only the expansion of your consciousness will help you to
get rid of this feeling, of this nagging, of this anguish,
people like Jaspers, Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Marcel, Jean-Paul
Sartre, the highest geniuses of the West, are agreed on
a few things: that life is nothing but boredom, that life
is nothing but anxiety, anguish, that life is accidental,
it has no significance... that it is absolutely futile to
search for any blissful space; there exists none. And when
great philosophers like these agree on such points, the
ordinary masses simply follow them.
they are saying is absolutely wrong, because none of them
has ever meditated, none of them has entered into his own
subjectivity. They are just in their heads. They have not
even moved to their hearts, what to say about their beings?
What to say about their disappearing into the universal?
you disappear into the universal ocean just like a dewdrop,
you will not find significance. You will not find your real
dignity. You will not find that existence showers so much
joy and so much celebration on you that you cannot contain
it; you have to share it. You become a raincloud which is
so much burdened with rain that it has to shower. A man
of deep insight, a man of intuition, a man who has reached
to his being becomes a raincloud. He is not just a blessing
to himself, he becomes a blessing to the whole world.
Tibetan mantra om mani padme hum is a condensed form of
the whole inner pilgrimage. It says how to start, what will
happen when the flower opens, what will be your ultimate
experience of your inner treasures.
languages are very rich in the sense that they have made
very condensed statements which can be unfolded into big
scriptures. The reason was that when these mantras were
created there was no writing. People had to remember them.
When people have to remember them, you have to be very telegraphic,
as condensed as possible. Once writing came into existence,
that condensedness disappeared. Now you can explain with
page after page of writing. But have you ever thought that
when you receive a long letter... the longer the letter,
the less is the meaning. But when you receive a telegram,
naturally... just eight or ten words, but the meaning is
immense and the impact is immense.
are telegrams. They can easily be remembered, they can be
passed from one generation to another generation without
any fear that they will be distorted.
have not to repeat the mantra, you have to understand its
meaning and let that meaning sink into you. Sitting silently,
be utterly quiet, unmoving. Watch your mind. A few thoughts
will be there, but as you become silent those thoughts will
disappear, and suddenly you hear a humming sound all around
humming sound is not made by you.
is at the very center of existence.
is the sound of the skies.
is the sound of space.
is the sound of the universe; it is its indication of aliveness.
It is vibrating with dance and music.
OM is perhaps the greatest symbol in the whole world.
Shantih Shantih Shantih
Soundless Sound: Peace Peace Peace
Talks given from 26/02/88 am to 18/03/88 pm
English Discourse series
Year published: 1988
Sound is our mind -- silence is our being
26 February 1988 am in Gautam the Buddha Auditorium
AM ALWAYS INTRIGUED BY EASTERN SCRIPTURES THAT BEGIN WITH
OM, SHANTIH SHANTIH SHANTIH AND END WITH OM, SHANTIH SHANTIH
WOULD YOU PLEASE TALK ABOUT THIS?
the East has approached reality in an almost diametrically
opposite way to the West. First, the simple meaning of the
word should be understood, and then all the implications.
All Eastern scriptures begin with OM, Shantih shantih shantih
and they also end with the same.
is the symbol of the universal heartbeat; it is not a word.
And as you come closer and closer to the universal heartbeat,
the by-product is a deepening silence. Shantih means silence
and it is always repeated three times because by the time
you reach to the fourth, you are no more -- just the silence
has remained. You have disappeared as an entity separate
from the universe.
West has not been able to begin even a single scripture
with this intention. It is understandable. They never went
into the deeper communion between your heart and the bigger
heart of the universe. They have taken a wrong route, that
of fighting, that of conquering, that of being victorious.
They have chosen to be extroverts.
world is true, but they don't know anything about themselves.
outside is true and the inside has not been explored.
BIBLE says, "In the beginning was the word." Now
this can be said only by somebody who is absolutely ignorant,
because the word means a sound with a meaning. These sounds
made by the words are just sounds; you cannot call them
words. The moment you say, "In the beginning was the
word," unknowingly you have accepted that there is
someone who gives meaning to it, but then the word is not
in the beginning.
the beginning is one who gives meaning to the word. And
THE BIBLE says, "God was with the word." Anyone
who wrote it must have felt uneasy that the world should
begin only with a word. Immediately he needed someone to
give meaning to it; hence the second statement that God
was with the word.
you look into things very impartially, deeply, you will
be amazed how much they can reveal. Then he must have become
aware to ask, "Who is first? God or the word?"
third sentence then tries to make a compromise. It says,
"God and the word were one." Nobody in the whole
Eastern search will agree with it. The East has not experienced
the beginning because naturally you cannot see the beginning:
you are already there, the beginning has happened. In your
being you have preceded the beginning, so there is no possibility
of any witness of the beginning. But there is a possibility
to be a witness of the end.
Eastern meditators found as they entered into their inner
being, they are first surrounded with a tremendously beautiful
and musical sound. It is not the sound of any music being
played, it is simply the heartbeat of the universe. And
once they come in tune with the heartbeat of the universe,
silence descends. They would like to dance and declare to
the world about silence, but they can only say three times,
"silence, silence, silence" -- and they are melting
than their declaration of silence becoming louder, it is
becoming more and more like a whisper and finally, they
are not -- but they have witnessed the end. Now, it is a
logical conclusion that the end and the beginning cannot
seed grows into a tree, blossoms, brings fruits and again
seeds. In existence everything moves in a circle, the earth,
the moon, the sun, the faraway millions of stars... all
move in a circle that meets at a point.
end and the beginning are the same.
why the Eastern scriptures begin with the declaration, Om
-- the sound of the soundless, the very music of the heart
of the universe. And as they go deeper, silence becomes
the only reality. They want to declare silence to the world,
but nobody has been able to go beyond the third because
each time they say silence, it becomes more of a whisper.
I am reminded...
had one doctor friend who was perhaps the most famous doctor
in those parts. I told him, "I would like to experience
something for which there is no reason. You can help me.
I want to go slowly and deeply into the unconscious."
said, "This is against medical practice. You don't
have any reason, and I cannot use something without reason
and make you unconscious."
But I persuaded him. I said, "Find any reason, and
I am not going to tell anybody. Although, I have told it
to the whole world."
put me on his table, sent all the servants and nurses away
because he was doing something against the medical code.
While he was covering my head so that I could not breathe
anything else, he said to me, "Do one thing. While
you are going into the unconscious, go on saying one, two,
three, four, five... as long as you can."
I could not go beyond three. I tried hard. I was aware of
the fact that I had only come up to three, and the four
would not come. Later on I told him, "This was my reason
to be put into the unconscious state. I wanted to see why
every scripture stops at three."
asked him to tell me how I was saying one, two, three. He
said, "One was clear, two was not so clear, three was
almost a whisper, and beyond that you never uttered anything."
was my way through a scientific experiment to see why all
the scriptures stop with three. They begin with the same
and they end with the same.
The beginning we cannot know: we are already here; the beginning
has happened. But the end we can know -- the disappearance
into absolute silence. But if we know the end, we can conclude
with absolute certainty that this is how the beginning must
have started: from silence, not from words.
Silence is the beginning and silence is the end, and if
you are a meditator, silence is the middle.
Silence is the whole fabric of existence.
this is not a hypothesis, nor is it a philosophical idea.
It is the experience of thousands of mystics who have entered
into their own being. First they have heard Om, and as the
Om becomes overwhelming, silence follows. We are made of
sound and silence.
is our mind; silence is our being.
is our trouble; silence is our liberation.
has been discovered by some unknown explorer of the inner,
it has been followed by thousands of people -- but you are
not to repeat it. That's where the masses have got lost.
They think that by repeating Om, shantih shantih shantih
they are doing some spiritual meditative act. In each temple
in the East you will find a metal disc, and everybody who
enters into the temple hits the disc with a steel rod. The
whole temple becomes full of sound and then slowly, slowly
the sound also disappears.
Tibet, they have even made a very special thing, a small
pot of metal with a rod -- with great calculation it has
been made. When I first saw it, I could not believe that
it was possible, but the thing was in front of me.
of my friends in Patna was a great collector of all kinds
of things. He was continually telling me whenever I was
in Patna, "Come to my museum." Even the prime
minister and the president and everybody had visited. He
was a very rich man and had gathered things from other lands
-- strange things. But when he said to me that he had recently
received a metal pot which repeated Om, shantih shantih
shantih, I could not resist....
is a strange city. It is not spread in all directions, it
has only one main street running by the Ganges -- because
the Ganges is so beautiful everybody wants to be around
it. So Patna is a very long city, perhaps twenty miles.
And he used to live thirteen miles away from my place --
but I went to see the pot. It was really a great experience.
pot is made of many metals, and you move the rod in the
pot round and round for a certain number of times... then
you stop. And suddenly, the sound comes from the pot, Om,
shantih shantih shantih. These things may be beautiful,
creative, but they are not in any way religious. Every Hindu
temple is resounding with the sound, everybody is praying,
but they have misunderstood the whole thing. It is not your
repeating Om that is going to lead you to the reality; it
is your becoming utterly quiet, and from your very being
arises the sound Om.
You are just a witness, you are not a doer.
as the sound settles, you feel silence, silence, silence....
Then everything disappears, there remains only a universal
reality of which you are just a part. Just as a dewdrop
disappears in the ocean, you disappear in the ocean of existence.
East has found this to be the only spiritual experience,
not God, not your holy scriptures, not your prophets; they
are all creating fictions. Not even your prayers because
they are nothing but your desires. The only thing that is
really significant is to be quiet, centered, grounded, in
the very life source, in your very being. This sutra of
Om, shantih shantih shantih is heard when you are at your
very center. It is not by your repeating it that you will
reach to it. It is not exactly the same either. We have
invented it... approximately, just to communicate what has
happened: something similar, but far deeper; something similar,
but far more delicate; something similar, but not the same.
mystics' writings start exactly the way the universe has
started, and they end exactly as the universe finally goes
to rest. There is a statement relevant to this sutra by
Gautam Buddha. It is very significant. He says that it is
absolutely foolish to think the way all the theologians
of the world think about the beginning -- how the world
can see the significance of a statement that you can never
come to a conclusion about how the world began -- because
you were not there. How can you be before the world began?
-- you are part of the world. So all that you say about
the beginning is just imagination, hypothesis, guesswork.
says that the mystic is not interested in how the world
began, his interest is in how it ends, because in that very
ending you will find the beginning too. But without finding
the ending, you can only guess and argue and fight about
the beginning -- and it is all futile. The philosopher's
work is absolute nonsense. The mystic is very earthbound,
very pragmatic, very realistic. Buddha says, "First
find how it ends" -- and it is to be found within you.
cannot wait for the whole world to end. That way it never
ends. It is always there -- beginningless, endless. But
within you how did the world begin? And within you how does
the world end?
who remain clinging with the world are the materialists.
Others start looking inside and try to find how everything
ends, and still you are -- but just a pure consciousness,
just a pure awareness.
agree with Gautam Buddha that if you have found the fragrance
within you, you know the whole secret of existence, because
every individual is a miniature universe. What is happening
on a vast scale in the universe is happening on a very small
scale within you.
you have tasted a simple dewdrop, you have tasted all the
rivers and all the oceans and all possibilities of water
anywhere. And you are the dewdrop.... Rather than running
here and there, just taste yourself.
East has approached reality in a very different way. And
certainly because it has reached in a different way, it
has produced a different kind of enlightened people.
West has produced popes -- and the worst is a Polack pope.
And now, the Nobel Prize committee is nominating him for
a Nobel Prize! A Polack and a Nobel Prize...? In this way
the Polack is not given respect; in this way the Nobel Prize
loses all nobility, all grace.
what experience has the Pope? What is his authority? He
represents Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ himself does not seem
to be enlightened. Because an enlightened person does not
bother about saying, "God is my father... I am the
only begotten son of God...." Who cares? We have seen
thousands of enlightened people in the East. None of them
has claimed that he is the only begotten son of God. That
would be laughed at for centuries: "That man has gone
in the first place he represents Jesus Christ -- who seems
to be a lunatic. Either his nuts and bolts are loose, or
too tight. He does not show the grace of a Gautam Buddha.
Neither does he show the dance of a Meera nor the grace
of a Mahavira.
he goes on talking about he has gathered from the society
-- because he is uneducated. And popes, hundreds of popes
in these two thousand years have represented him. It is
a hierarchy: the pope, Jesus, God... you cannot go unless
you follow the proper channel! And I have always wondered
that even the intelligent people in the West never think
what is the contribution of these popes? A man who is a
representative of God must show something, some sensitivity,
some grace, some blissfulness; some fragrance should surround
him. But the pope is elected!
is so hilarious that people elect somebody as enlightened.
Enlightenment is not an election campaign. Many candidates
can stand up and say, "I am enlightened."
is an inner opening of the rose. Those who are in search
of the truth of their being, will immediately be pulled
towards the man of enlightenment.
is not dependent on anybody's election or nomination. It
does not represent even God or anybody. It simply declares
its own heart and invites and welcomes anybody -- any wayfarer
who wants to share this juice, this music of the eternal
Om, one who is in search of finding a living silence and
a dancing silence.
sutra contains the whole -- the beginning and the end. But
it starts from the end and reaches to the beginning. The
statement of Gautam Buddha was: "Ignorance has no beginning
and enlightenment has no end, and both make a circle."
You know you have been utterly ignorant of yourself because
now you are so alert, so full of joy, so much is dancing
in your every cell, every fiber. This is an experience;
it is not a hypothesis, and it has never been argued.
have been Hindu mystics, there have been Buddhist mystics,
there have been Jaina mystics... but as far as this sutra
is concerned they have never quarreled about it, they have
never argued. This is simply accepted because it is the
experience, it is not theoretical guesswork. It is not philosophy.
It is philosia, it is darshan.
have seen it within, in their own being and there is no
way not to agree with others who have also seen it. But
by repeating it one is simply being stupid.
has to come to an inner space where it explodes on its own
and you are just a witness. Then it transforms your being,
gives it beauty and grace, gives it sincerity and truth.
given from 1/10/78 to 10/10/78
Original in Hindi
Year published: 1994 - Die O yogi die
1 October 1978 am in Buddha Hall
IS GORAKH NATH'S FUNDAMENTAL TEACHING?
is short, very brief:
PLAY, MAKE MERRY, NEITHER LUST NOR ANGER REMAIN,
LAUGH PLAY, SINGING A SONG, KEEP CONSCIOUSNESS WELL CENTERED.
is my teaching also. LAUGH, PLAY, MAKE MERRY... Be merry!
In ecstasy, in joy, in bliss. God has given so much: dance,
hum a tune, sing! A song of thanksgiving wants to rise from
your heart. This is prayer.
LAUGH, PLAY, MAKE MERRY...
If you cannot laugh then know that you can never become
so-called religious people have completely forgotten laughter.
They cannot laugh, laughing is a fault, a sin. This is why
you cannot remain very long with your priests. Just go,
quickly touch their feet, salute them and leave. You will
find difficulty in staying twenty-four hours. Your own laughter
will be taken away. People become serious going to the priests.
People go to the sadhus and become stiff -- become dried
out, serious, extremely serious! Laughing seems to be a
listen, what the greatest sadhu Gorakh says: LAUGH, PLAY...!
Laugh and play! Don't take life as more than acting, take
it as play, take it as theater.
PLAY, MAKE MERRY...
just be like this, be merry. Let delight be your life. Let
delight be your way.
NEITHER LUST NOR ANGER REMAIN.
then you will find that lust and anger have started leaving
on their own. They have parted company with you, they don't
need to be dropped. All your energy goes into laughing,
playing, singing songs, prayers, ecstasy, dancing. That
same energy had gone into lust and anger -- who has the
time now? The wealth of one who has begun to purchase diamonds
and jewels will no longer purchase rubbish! The dimensions
of your energy have changed now.
PLAY, MAKE MERRY, NEITHER LUST NOR ANGER REMAIN,
PLAY, SINGING A SONG...
songs arise! Songs need to be in your every breath, then
only can you be religious.
is poetry, great poetry. Religion is not prose, it is verse.
Religion is the art of singing life. Religion is music,
religion is dance.
KEEP CONSCIOUSNESS WELL CENTERED.
your song and in song let your consciousness become steady,
let it come together, let it come to rest -- and everything
will happen. Everything else will happen by itself. You
do this much, existence will do the rest.
IS THE LOCK, SOUND IS THE KEY, ONLY SOUND AWAKENS SOUND,
INTIMATE WITH SOUND, SOUND DISSOLVES INTO SOUND.
has been born from this higher music. God is the great sound
-- omkar. 'Ek omkar satnam' -- the sound of om is truth.
SOUND IS THE LOCK, SOUND IS THE KEY... In this highest sound
is the lock, in this highest sound is the key also. The
lock is of music, the key is of music. The lock is of rhythm,
the key is of rhythm. Within you the silent music will arise,
the silent song will awaken -- wordless, void of words --
pure music will awaken. Enough, you have the key!
ONLY SOUND AWAKENS SOUND.
this is what happens near a master. The master strums on
the strings of his veena, plucks his own sound, and the
sound sleeping within you starts ringing. In your inner
sound an echo begins to arise.
ONLY SOUND AWAKENS SOUND.
INTIMATE WITH SOUND...
drowning into the master's music, drowning into the master's
vibe, drowning into the master's fundamental sound, one
becomes acquainted with himself.
INTIMATE WITH SOUND, SOUND DISSOLVES INTO SOUND.
then music, the whole music of life becomes absorbed into
that great music.
world is sound. The meaning of sound is music manifested.
is silence. The meaning of silence is sound dissolved back
into its fundamental source.
PLAY, MAKE MERRY, NEITHER LUST NOR ANGER REMAIN,
PLAY, SINGING A SONG, KEEP CONSCIOUSNESS WELL CENTERED.
given from 01/4/71 to 31/10/71
Original in Hindi
The Secret of Shapes, Sounds and Fragrances
26 April 1971 pm in Woodlands, Bombay, India
godliness is everywhere and human beings are also present
everywhere, only in some specific circumstances within us
do we become attuned to that godliness. So temples served
as centers of receptivity to enable us to feel the divine
existence, godliness, spiritual elevation. The whole arrangement
in temples was motivated with this end in view. Different
types of people thought up various arrangements, but that
is not of much consequence. It makes no difference if various
manufacturers produce radios incorporating their own specialities,
with different shapes and forms, as long as the ultimate
purpose is the same.
temples in India were mostly constructed from one of three
or four patterns; other temples were just copies of these.
The domes of the temples were based on the model of the
sky. There was an underlying purpose to this. If I sit under
the open sky and repeat "Aum", my voice will get
lost, because the strength of an individual voice will be
enveloped by the vastness of the sky. I will not be able
to hear the reverberation, the echo of my chanting -- all
my prayers will get lost in the vastness of the sky.
were constructed so that the resonance of our prayers can
rebound on us. The dome is just a small, semi-circular prototype
of the sky. It has the same shape as the sky touching the
earth on all four sides. Whatever prayers or chantings are
made under its canopy will not get lost as they would in
the vast sky, because the dome will throw them back towards
the supplicant. The rounder the dome, the easier it is for
the sound to travel back, and its echo increases in the
time passed even stones were discovered which could multiply
the resonance to a tremendous degree.
There is a Buddhist prayer hall in the Ajanta caves where
the stones echo sound with the same intensity as that of
the Indian musical instrument, the tabla. If we strike those
stones with the same force as is used in playing the tabla,
they will give out the same volume of sound. Ordinary stones
used in the construction of domes do not possess the capacity
to echo certain very subtle sounds, and so that specific
type of stone was employed.
is the purpose behind all this? The purpose is that when
anyone chants "Aum", and it is done very intensely,
the dome of the temple makes the sound reverberate, forming
a circle of the chanting or sound. The dome of the temple,
by the very nature of its design, helps in the formation
of a circle by echoing the sound. Such a sound circle is
unique. If "Aum" is chanted under the wide open
sky, no sound circle will be formed, and you will never
experience that joy.
the formation of the circle happens, you don't remain just
a humble supplicant before the divine, but you become a
recipient -- that is to say, the one whose prayers are answered.
And with that resonance, the divine experience begins to
enter you. Although the sound produced in the chanting is
human, when it is echoed it resounds with a new speed, and
as it is imbibed, other potentialities are released.
dome-shaped temples were used to form sound circles through
the chanting of mantras. If one does the chanting sitting
all alone in perfect peace and silence, then as soon as
the sound circle is formed, thoughts will stop. On one side
the circle is formed, and on the other, thoughts come to
a stop. As I have often said, a circle of energy is formed
even in the act of sexual intercourse between a man and
a woman, and when the formation of such a circle takes place
-- that is the moment pointing toward superconsciousness.
at the statues of Buddha and Mahavira in padmasan or siddhasan.
These indicate other methods for the formation of such circles.
When we sit putting both our feet together and our hands
on our legs, then the whole body begins to act as a circle.
Then the body electricity cannot escape, and a circuit is
created. As soon as the circuit is created, one becomes
thoughtless. If we use the language of an electrical engineer,
it could be said that the crowd of noisy thoughts within
the mind is because of our not creating a circuit of inner
electricity. As soon as the circuit is created the inner
energy becomes balanced and silent. So, creating a circle
of energy with the help of the temple's dome was a great
process, and this was its purpose and deep significance.
find big bells or gongs at the entrance of temples, and
these serve the same purpose. When you chant "Aum",
although you may be doing so very quietly and your attention
may be elsewhere, the sound of the bell will instantly bring
your attention back to the circle of sound created by the
vibrating bell. It is just like when a stone is thrown into
a pond, creating ripple upon ripple.
Tibetan temples instead of a bell or gong they keep a bowl-shaped
vessel made from various metals, and a wooden stick to revolve
inside it. The stick is rotated within the vessel seven
times, and then it is struck once on the bowl with a loud
bang. The vibrations created in the bowl produce a sound
like, "Mani padme hum" -- the whole mantra. The
bowl echoes the sound, "Mani padme hum," not once,
but seven times. Turn the stick inside the bowl rapidly,
seven times, strike the bowl and then take the stick out
-- and then you will hear the echo of the mantra, "Mani
padme hum," seven times. Though the sound will gradually
become softer and softer, it will be heard seven times.
in a domed temple create within yourself of the mantra,
"Aum mani padme hum," and listen: the temple will
echo it. Every cell of your body will receive the vibration
and return it with a deeper resonance. After a few moments
neither you nor the temple will be there -- only circles
of energy will be left.
should be remembered that sound is a subtle form of electricity.
Now even science agrees with this. In fact, everything is
a form of electricity. But the Indian sages go one step
further and say that electricity is a form of sound, that
sound is the base, not electricity. That is why they call
the supreme being shabda-brahma -- "sound is the ultimate
is now a great similarity of approach between Eastern thinkers
and modern scientists, the only difference being over which
of the two is primary. The scientist says that electricity
is primary, whereas the sage says that density of sound
produces electricity. This means that in the near future
science will have to research the absolute aspect of sound.
sage's understanding stems from the experience of the sounds
produced under the dome of a temple. When the intense sound
of "Aum" is created in a temple by a devotee,
within a few minutes he feels that neither he nor the temple
is there, but only electricity remains. This conclusion
is not reached in any laboratory -- those who made such
declarations had no laboratories, their temple served as
their only laboratory. There they experienced that although
they started with sound, what remained in the end was electricity.
To experience this transformation of sound, dome-shaped
temples were made.
Westerners saw Indian temples for the first time, they thought
they were very unhygienic. By the very nature of their conception
the temples could not have many doors and windows. There
could only be one door, and that too was very small. The
idea behind this was to ensure that the circle of sound
being created in the temple didn't become obstructed. It
is no wonder then that those Westerners went away with the
impression that the temples were dingy, dark and dirty,
and that even fresh air could not enter them. By comparison,
their own churches were airy and clean and had many big
doors and windows through which light and fresh air could
easily enter and keep them hygienic.
have told you earlier that when the secret of using a key
is forgotten, all sorts of difficulties crop up. Today not
one person in India will be able to say why temples were
not provided with windows and many doors. So when asked
we also felt inclined to agree that our temples are unhygienic;
no one could argue that in these temples lived the most
healthy people and that no disease had been allowed to enter.
The people who used to pray and worship there happened to
be some of the healthiest people, in the true sense of the
Slowly it began to be realized that the sound produced by
the chanting of "Aum" has a unique purifying effect.
There are certain sounds which have a purifying effect,
and there are others which contaminate. Some particular
sounds act as deterrents for diseases, and there are others
which invite disease. The whole science of sound, however,
who have said that sound is the absolute being have said
the ultimate that can be said about sound. There is no experience
greater than the absolute being, and they had not known
anything deeper than sound which they could use to express
the melodies and modes and their modifications are born
in the East. These are the extensions of the experiences
of theabsolute being in the form of sound. Musical compositions,
as well as all dance forms, originated in temples and later
on developed elsewhere as specific arts. It was only in
the temple that a devotee experienced the effects of sound
in its innumerable variations -- so many that it is difficult
to keep any count.
forty years ago there lived a recluse in Varanasi called
Vishuddhananda. He gave hundreds of demonstrations to prove
that through some special sound it is possible to kill somebody.
This sadhu used to sit under a dome in a temple, a temple
which could be said to be utterly unhygienic according to
modern terminology. For the first time, in the presence
of three doctors from England, an experiment was carried
out. The doctors took a sparrow into the temple with them.
Vishuddhananda made certain sounds: the sparrow fluttered
about for a while and then fell dead. The doctors examined
it and pronounced it dead. Then Vishuddhananda made some
other sounds: the sparrow came back to life and began fluttering
about again. Then it was realized for the first time that
the impact of sound can produce specific effects.
we readily accept that certain effects are produced by certain
sounds because science can prove it. We now say that if
a particular light ray falls on your body, it will bring
particular results; if a specific medicine is administered
to a patient, it will produce specific results; if special
colors are used, they bring about special effects. Why then
shouldn't special sounds cause certain effects?
there are some laboratories in the West which are actively
engaged in investigating the relationship between sound
and life, and two or three laboratories have arrived at
conclusions of deep significance.
two laboratories scientists succeeded in proving that special
sounds can produce more milk in lactating mothers. Through
certain sounds plants can be made to blossom within two
months instead of the usual six months. And cows yield double
the quantity of milk if soft music is played at the time
of milking. All the dairies in Russia today employ this
latest method at the time of milking. And the day is not
far off when all fruits and vegetables will be grown with
the help of special sounds. Demonstrations have already
been made in laboratories, and it is only a matter of time
until it is done on a broader scale. If fruit, vegetables
and milk are influenced by sound, should not be influenced
and health are dependent on special sound waves, so in the
past people made hygienic arrangements in their temples
which were not in any way dependant on air. They did not
believe that only an abundant air supply lead to good health.
Otherwise, it is inconceivable that over a period of five
thousand years they could not hit upon the idea of proper
ventilation in their places of worship.
Indian recluse usually sits in caves where no light or air
enters, or he sits in temples with small doors where one
has to bend low to enter. There are some temples where you
have to lie down and crawl in to enter; and there are even
some temples one can enter only by chanting. In spite of
this, there were no ill effects on the health of devotees.
That is our experience over thousands of years. But when,
under the influence of Westerners, we can began to doubt
that for the first time, our temple doors were made bigger
and windows were installed. We modernized the temples; but
in doing so we converted them into ordinary houses.
acoustics and the architecture of a temple have a deep connection.
is a specific stipulation as to the angle at which a sound
is to be made. There are stipulations for making a sound
while standing and while sitting. It is even stipulated
which sounds can be made only while lying down, because
the impact of the sound will have a certain affect when
made standing, and will change again when made while you
are sitting down. It is also clarified which sounds should
be made together and which are to be made separately. So
it is interesting to note the confusion that was created
when vedic literature was translated into Western languages.
languages emphasize the linguistic rather than the phonetic,
whereas the vedic view gives more importance not so much
to the meaning of the written or spoken word as to the special
sound it should produce, and the composition of that sound.
Hence the Sanskrit language is phonetic, not linguistic;
the emphasis is more on the sound than on the word. And
so, for thousands of years it was felt that these valuable
scriptures should not be written down, because it was natural
that no sooner would it be written down than the emphasis
on sound would be lost. The insistence was that the knowledge
be passed on by word of mouth, rather than in writing, because
in writing words down -- they would be mere words, and the
subtle sensations associated with the sound would be lost
and so become meaningless.
we write down the word Rama, those who are reading it will
say the word in many different ways. Someone will put more
emphasis on "r" and someone else, more emphasis
on "a," and still somebody else will put more
emphasis on "m." It will depend on the individual
reader. So as soon as a word is written down, the effect
of sound is destroyed. Now, to understand the effect of
the sound of those words, a whole decoding exercise to pronounce
the words correctly will have to be done. So for thousands
of years there was a strong insistence on not writing down
any scripture, because the ancient seers did not want the
phonetic arrangement lost. The scripture had to be passed
on to others directly by word of mouth, so scriptures were
known as shrutis, meaning that which is learnt by listening.
was passed down in the form of written books was never accepted
as scripture. It was all scientifically based on the arrangement
of sound. At some places the sound had to be soft, and at
others it had to be loud. It was very difficult to write
these words in script form. The day the scriptures were
reduced to writing, the essential, inherent, original, inner
arrangement of sound was lost. It was no longer necessary
to understand only through listening. You can read a scripture
-- it is available in the market. Now there is no relationship
or relevance to sound.
is important to note that the emphasis of the scriptures
was never on the meaning. The emphasis on meaning became
relevant later, when we reduced those scriptures to writing.
If some thing written down has no meaning it will look insane,
so meaning has necessarily to be given to the written word.
There are still some parts of vedic lore where no meaning
could be deciphered -- and these are the real parts, because
they are totally phonetic. They do not convey any meaning.
example, the question about the meaning of the Tibetan mantra,
"Aum mani padme hum", does not arise because its
significance is totally phonetic. Similarly, there is no
question of any meaning in the mantra, "Aum",
but it has a sound-based impact which creates a special
effect. When a meditator repeats, "Aum mani padme hum",
again and again, the sound affects the various chakras and
they are activated. The question is not of the meaning,
the significance concerns the sounds themselves. So the
fact that the old scriptures did not lay any stress on the
meaning, but on their utility -- the purpose for which they
could be used and the benefits which could be derived from
them -- deserves our special attention.
was once asked, "What is truth?" He replied, "Truth
is that which can be used." The definition of truth
is that which can be used. Science will define truth in
the same way. Its definition will be pragmatic: Truth is
that which can be made use of in life and which can be demonstrated.
it is said that when hydrogen and oxygen are mixed, water
is created, we don't care whether that statement is true
or not; if we can see that water is made from mixing hydrogen
and oxygen, it is true, otherwise not. The statement in
itself has no validity, its validity is its utility. If
it is possible to create water that way, it has to be proved
by actual demonstration. Now science has adopted this definition
of truth which religion accepted five thousand years ago.
In religion utility was the test to verify a truth.
mantra "Aum", has no meaning but it has utility;
a temple has no meaning but it has utility. To make use
of it is an art, and there is an inherent flow in all the
arts which cannot be taught, but must be absorbed.
have read that there was an emperor in China fifteen hundred
years ago, who was very fond of meat -- so much so that
he would have a cow or bull slaughtered right before his
eyes. The same butcher slaughtered cattle in front of him
regularly every morning for fifteen years. One day the emperor
asked, "I haven't seen you sharpening your axe once
in fifteen years. Doesn't its edge become blunt?"
butcher replied, "No, Your Majesty, it doesn't. The
edge becomes blunt only when the butcher is not an expert,
if he does not know where to strike. The butcher must know
where there are bones and joints, and then the axe can cut
the animal in two with one blow. This art of cutting is
passed on from one generation to the next. So not only does
the edge not become blunt, it becomes sharper daily, with
every fresh stroke."
The emperor asked the butcher to teach him the art.
butcher replied, "It would be very difficult too. I
have not learnt this art but imbibed it from watching my
father since my early childhood. It wasn't taught to me,
I absorbed the art through watching my father every day.
Sometimes I would fetch the axe for him, and sometimes I
would stack up the limbs of the animals. That was how I
learnt the art. If you are ready to do the same -- standing
beside me, sometimes handing over the axe to me and then
putting it back, sometimes simply sitting and watching --
then perhaps you will learn the art. But I cannot teach
it to you."
can be taught, but art has to be imbibed.
these mantras have no meaning, but they have pragmatic value
and we have made our children absorb them at a very early
age. They used to learn the use of the temple without ever
even being aware of what they had learnt. They would learn
the art of entering a temple, how to sit there and how to
make use of the sacred precincts.
there was an emergency or any difficulties, they would run
to the temple and then return home, having regained a balance
and tranquility. Each morning they would go to the temple,
because what they got there was not possible to find anywhere
else. But all of this was not taught to them, they incorporated
it at a very early stage in childhood. It was not taught
to them but imbibed by them. Wherever there is art, it cannot
The effects of sound in the temple, and the temple itself,
was an arrangement for experimentation. As long as the effect
of the sound of a word was not understood, the whole experiment
example, it was a convention that a mantra should only be
given to a disciple by a master. The emphasis was on the
mantra being recited by the master in the disciple's ear.
You might have known the mantra for a long time, but still
the master would whisper it in your ear.
might wonder, "What is new in this? Couldn't I have
done it without the master? Everybody knows how to repeat
a mantra, and still this master has whispered it to me as
if it is a great secret!" But what is to be understood
is that when the master says it in the disciple's ear, he
does it in a particular way, so as to emphasize certain
sounds -- something which is not known to all. As a matter
of fact there are various phonetic variations of "Ram"
that have different effects.
know the story of the sage Valmiki, but this tale has now
lost its true significance and so seems rather childish.
It is said that Valmiki was illiterate and a mere rustic.
His master told him to repeat the mantra, "Rama, rama,"
but after some time he forgot and started chanting it in
reverse, "Mara, mara" -- and became enlightened!
When the real keys to unravel such mysteries become lost,
all sorts of troubles arise. The fact is that while chanting
the mantra, "Rama, rama," after a period of time
you automatically begin to chant, "Mara, mara,"
so creating a circuit. When "Rama, rama" is chanted
quickly the chanting turns into "Mara, mara";
then it has the right phonetic emphasis. Then something
unique happens: you cease to be, you are no more, and in
that very moment when you cease to be or you die to your
identity, the mantra becomes complete. That is the moment
of real experience -- when you have ceased, your ego has
is interesting to note that if this process is completed
properly -- you will begin with the repetition of "Rama,
rama," and very soon the moment will arise when you
will be repeating, "Mara, mara" instead, and even
if you want to say, "Rama," you will not be able
to; your whole being will repeat, "Mara, mara"....
At that moment you will die to yourself -- and that is the
first step of meditation. When your dying to yourself is
total, you will suddenly find that "Mara, mara"
is beginning to revert to, "Rama, rama." When
that "Rama, rama" begins from within you, without
you doing it you will actually experience rama -- but not
before that. In between, the transformation to "Mara"
there are three parts to the mantra. Begin with "Rama,"
lose your identity in "Mara," and then the mantra
will evolve into "Rama." The second step of "Mara"
is the necessary part of the process; unless that happens
in the middle, the real, ultimate rama experience in the
third step won't happen. If you know the true phonetics
and if you chant it properly -- if you lay stress on "ra"
and less on "m," only then will "Rama"
change into "Mara." When "m" has less
emphasis, it becomes like a valley, and "r" becomes
the crest, the highest peak. In your repeating the "m"
of "rama" with less emphasis the transformation
happens and very soon you will find that "m" becomes
the peak and "r" becomes the valley. Then you
are repeating, "Mara, mara" without your knowing
Like waves in the ocean, after every crest there is a valley.
Like waves in the ocean, sound also has waves like a crescendo
and diminuendo in music. Unless you are aware of the proper
phonetic pronunciation, you can go on repeating a mantra
but it will produce no results.
wrote this story about Valmiki repeating "Mara, mara"
because he was illiterate and an ignorant rustic, is far
from the truth. Valmiki was illiterate and a rustic, but
in this particular instance he was quite clever. He knew
the whole science of how to chant "Rama" to transform
the sound into "Mara." Only after that intervening
transformation will Rama be born. That "Rama"
will not be the one spoken by you, because during that second
step of "Mara" you cease to be. Who will repeat
it? The real "Rama" that is born within you at
the end of the second step will not be spoken by you but
will be just a happening, in spite of you. It will happen
automatically, it will not be your repetition.
value of the shrutis -- meaning the scriptures that are
heard or listened to -- is the phonetic emphasis. Only a
person who knows the science of phonetics can pass on the
knowledge of shruti; then only will it be useful. Otherwise
the words will be the same as written in the book -- anybody
can read them -- but the science will remain unknown. That
science of sound -- its ascents and descents and the lengths
of soundless intervals -- constitutes the whole mystery.
tes the whole mystery.
used to be a complete scripture of mantras, and temples
served as laboratories where they were tested. This was
of great value for the seeker. The number of people experiencing
god-realization within the precincts of temples has always
been more than of those who have experienced it outside
the temple. This has happened in spite of the fact that
godliness is present outside the temples as much as inside.
like Mahavira, who had to experiment outside temples, had
to find different methods, more painstaking than the ones
used in temples. Mahavira had to spend years mastering many
different types of postures so that he could create the
circuit of energy within. He didn't want to use the help
of the temple, but the alternative was a lengthy process
of difficult practices which took years and which could
only be accomplished by a man with the iron will of Mahavira.
also attained enlightenment without the help of a temple.
But soon after the deaths of both Mahavira and Buddha temples
had to be constructed because what a temple could offer
to the ordinary man was not necessarily what was given by
either Buddha or Mahavira. What Buddha and Mahavira advocated
was not always possible for the common man to achieve.
if we can fully understand the science of sound circuits
we can invent better instruments than a temple. Now some
research is already going on in this direction. It is possible
to invent better instruments because now we know a lot about
electricity. But such experiments can be dangerous too.
Still, if properly scientific arrangements are set up, whatever
help a temple used to give will be got from scientific technology,
because the circle of energy that was created in a temple
will now be created by some other method. Now, you can keep
a small instrument in your pocket, which can activate an
electric circuit within you. On that electronic instrument,
you may even be able to store recorded sounds which may
create circuits within you. Some research is presently in
progress in this area in America.
or eight scientists in America are now engaged in a fascinating
study aimed at showing that all our experiences of pleasure
and pain are nothing but electrical currents passing through
some centers of the body.
For example, if your body is pricked all over with a needle,
at some of those points you will not experience pain. There
are a few dead spots in your body where you won't feel anything.
If someone pricks your back at a dozen spots or so, three
or four of those places will have no sensation. Exactly
in the same way, there will be five or ten spots of great
sensitivity where even the slightest pricking will cause
a lot of pain.
head has many sensitive spots. There are millions of cells
in the brain, and each one has a particular sensitivity.
When you say you feel happy, electricity is flowing through
one particular cell giving you a sense of happiness. Suppose
you are sitting next to your beloved, holding her hand,
and you say you are feeling happy. What is happening? If
a scientist described this phenomenon, he would say that
electricity is flowing through a particular center in your
brain, and that it is only your past mental association
with this person which makes you so happy in her presence.
But you may not feel that happiness after two or three months,
because if you use a certain center very often, letting
the electricity flow through it frequently, that cell becomes
example, if you repeatedly prick your foot at a particular
spot with a thorn, the pain will become less and less. Tomorrow
the pain will be less than today, and the day after that
it will be even less. If you go on doing it, that spot will
develop a knot which will become insensitive and will not
feel any pain at all. People who play the sitar develop
insensitive surface skin on their fingers. Then any amount
of plucking on the instrument's strings does not make any
difference; their fingers don't feel any pain.
if you feel that your love has died after three or four
months, or become less, it does not mean that your love
was fragile, it only means that the point within you from
where the feeling of happiness was coming has become insensitive
because of frequent use. If she goes away for three or four
months, when she returns she can make you feel happy again.
experiments on mice are very revealing. They opened up the
brain of a mouse, and a sort of window was kept open to
observe what happens when a mouse is having sexual intercourse.
The particular point through which the electric current
was passing mouse ejaculated was marked. After that, that
point was connected to an electrode, and the "window"
was closed. The other end of the electrode was connected
to a machine which can release a controlled amount of electricity.
There was a switch, which could be operated by pressing
it, which would release electricity -- the same intensity
of electricity as flowed at the time of the mouse's ejaculation.
mouse was taught how to operate the switch, and whenever
it pressed it, the required amount of electricity was released
by the machine, and that activated the point of the brain
connected at the other end of the wire, giving the mouse
the same pleasure as in sexual intercourse. The mouse felt
very happy when it pressed the switch; it was so happy that
it began to press the switch again and again. You will be
surprised to know that the rat did not do anything else
after that for the next twenty-four hours. It simply went
on pushing the button -- six thousand times within each
hour. It did not bother to eat or drink or sleep, but just
kept pressing the switch until finally it collapsed, exhausted!
scientist who was doing the experiment said that the mouse
enjoyed the pleasure of sex so much -- more than it had
ever done through intercourse, although it was not actually
having intercourse but only experiencing sexual pleasure
because of the electrical current released in its brain.
The scientist claimed that very soon that same sensation
would lose its charm for the mouse and become very ordinary.
day we are able to connect the human brain to an electrode
to receive the right electrical current at the right point,
we will not be able to find anyone who will actually want
to take part in sex -- because he gains practically nothing,
and loses a lot of energy. He can have a small battery-operated
device in his pocket, and whenever he wants to he can activate
the sex center and experience the same joy as in sexual
intercourse. But this has its own dangers.
it is possible to locate the various centers in the brain
for doubt or for anger and so on, those centers can be surgically
removed. The center connected with rebellion can be disconnected
and man will become very docile. The government can misuse
such scientific achievements.
do not know it, but it may be that with the help of scientific
instruments we can provide a milieu like that which exists
in a temple. The experiences which took hours, months and
years to obtain with sound effects in a temple can be more
easily created with scientific instruments. So I am saying
that the temple was based on a very scientific foundation,
and through using the medium of sound, feelings of happiness,
peace, love and bliss were aroused. And in the presence
of those feelings your whole attitude towards life was transformed.
the other hand, what the scientists might do might be full
of great dangers. The main danger is that whatever science
does becomes technological, and consciousness does not play
a part in it. It may be possible, with the use of electrical
instruments, to bring about the same state as is possible
through being in a temple, but then real transformation
of consciousness will not be possible. The heights of consciousness
and transformation cannot happen that way; what a man can
get by pressing a switch will not bring about any fundamental
I do not see any possibility that such instruments will
fulfill the need for temples.
may wonder if temples can be used today in these changed
times. Yes, it is possible, but the conventional orthodox
priest who is in the temple today will not be able to explain
what was happening and how, in temples in ancient times.
He still has the key but he does not have any idea of the
hidden secrets behind it. The whole philosophy and science
of temples can still be of use today. And we can create
better temples now because we have better building materials.
We can set up a whole sound system in such a way that sound
can be magnified a thousandfold. Walls can be made that
are so sensitive that if you chant the mantra "Aum"
once, the walls will echo it thousands of times.
we have better instruments, but we should know the key which
unlocks the secrets of our being.
In the old days there had to be at least one door in a temple,
but now we can build a temple without any doors. In the
old days generally the people who built the temples were
living in houses like huts, made of cow-dung and clay. They
did the best they could within their limitations, and what
they did was great. Today we have wonderful technological
skills, but we are not able to benefit from them.
far we have been discussing the benefit of temples on those
who entered them. But temples have their external significance
and utility as well. So far we have discussed how a devotee
would go into a temple and go deeper into meditation and
prayer. But even a person just passing by a temple was also
benefitted, though now that does not happen; today even
those who go inside come out with nothing. But in those
days the temple could help a person who had just been near
it because those who were inside the temple were really
doing something. Hundreds of devotees in the temple were
activating special sound vibrations by which the whole atmosphere
of the temple became charged. The temple was not just vibrating
within, it was also vibrating outside, and spreading subtle
waves outside as well. The whole environment became alive
because the temple itself was alive.
significance of a living temple was only this much. A living
idol signified the same thing; they affected even those
who had not come there for any particular benefit. A temple
could only be called living if someone could pass by it
casually and suddenly sense that the air had changed and
the atmosphere had been transformed, even though he might
not have known that there was a temple in the vicinity.
you are walking along a road on a dark night, and when you
pass by a temple you experience some sudden change within
you.... You were thinking of doing something wrong, and
suddenly your thoughts change. You were thinking of killing
someone, and suddenly you feel full of compassion. But this
can happen only if the temple is charged. Every brick and
stone of that temple, the doors and gates, should have become
vibrant; then the whole temple will vibrate with sound.
unique method is used to charge the bell that hangs in front
of temples: whoever enters, rings the bell. He does it with
total consciousness, not with a sleepy mind. When you ring
the bell of a temple -- not half asleep but with alertness
-- that creates a discontinuity in your thoughts, a sort
of break in the chain of your thoughts, and you become aware
of a changed atmosphere. There is a similarity between the
sound of the bell and the sound of "Aum"; in fact
there is some inner relationship. The sound of the bell
continues charging the temple all the day long and the sound
of "Aum" also charges the temple with its vibrations.
other things like that were made use of in the temple, they
have their inner connections. It might be an earthen lamp
filled with ghee, the burning of incense, or the use of
sandalwood paste or flowers or any other fragrance -- all
were related. It was not a question of a particular deity
liking a specific flower, it was a question of the harmony
of the temple. What type of sound and what type of fragrance
was harmonious with the temple was decided through experiences.
Only a certain flower with a certain fragrance which blended
harmoniously with a certain sound was used; others with
different fragrances were prohibited.
a mosque only lobhan, benzoin oil creosote, could be used
as incense, and dhoop and agarbatti incense in a temple.
All these had their connections with sound. With the sound
of "Allah," there is an inner harmony with the
fragrance of lobhan. These links or connections were all
discovered through the inner search for the ultimate; they
were not found through any thinking process. I will tell
you how this was done.
may sit in a room where no lobhan has been burnt and repeat,
"Allah" -- not just "Allah" but "Allahooh"
with a special emphasis on "hoo." You will find
that slowly that "Allah" sound disappears and
automatically only "hoo" will go on being repeated.
When this happens, suddenly you will find that your whole
room is fragrant with the smell of lobhan. It was discovered
that lobhan is similar to a substance that emanates from
you. So lobhan is burnt in mosques with a view to helping
people repeat "Hoo." Then the process is twofold:
the emanation of the fragrance from within a person may
take some time, but the same fragrance can initially be
provided outwardly in the mosque. But the repetition of
"Aum" can never bring about the fragrance of lobhan.
This sound strikes another center which cannot produce this
are separate areas of fragrance within our body, and these
are linked with our thoughts and feelings.
is why Jainas believe that Mahavira's body never gave out
any bad odor. His body had a certain fragrance, on the basis
of which it was possible to recognize a tirthankara. In
Mahavira's time, eight other people claimed to be tirthankaras,
but this particular fragrance was not coming from them.
None of them was less knowledgeable than Mahavira, they
were of the same spiritual stature, but they were not practitioners
of that system of spiritual discipline which produces this
fragrance, so their claims were rejected.
also was in no way inferior to Mahavira. He was of the same
caliber and state of consciousness as Mahavira, but because
he was not following the same method as Mahavira, his body
could not emit the same type of fragrance. That fragrance
had also emanated from Parshwanath, a tirthankara who had
died long before Mahavira's time. His contemporaries were
still living and they confirmed that Mahavira's fragrance
was similar to Parshwanath's. The ultimate result of a certain
mantra process was that particular. The ultimate result
of a certain mantra process was that particular fragrance.
was a memory-based arrangement for determining the authenticity
of a tirthankara. So though Mahavira never claimed that
he was a tirthankara, he was readily proclaimed to be one.
Makhkhali Goshal, on the other hand, did make the claim
but could not prove it. You may wonder at how fragrance
was used as the criterion. The test had to be that deep
and infallible -- words cannot be relied on. The whole individuality
of that person should emit the special fragrance that would
indicate that a certain flowering had happened within him,
that the culmination of the mantra process which gives birth
to a tirthankara had happened.
Goshal, Ajitkesh Kambal and Sanjay Vilethiputra were all
claimants, were very knowledgeable, were of equal caliber
to Mahavira -- each of them had thousands of followers who
claimed that their master was a tirthankara -- but they
all disappeared into oblivion. On the other hand, Mahavira
was absolutely silent on this point and never made any claim.
But in the end it was decided that only that person's body
that omitted that particular fragrance could be a tirthankara.
mantra creates its own fragrance. Those who have practiced
chanting "Aum" have known a certain fragrance.
Similarly, every mantra produces a particular type of inner
light. How much light should be provided in a temple was
decided on the basis of that inner light -- neither more
nor less. The ignorance of those who sit under dazzling
electric lights in temples is simply amazing. They are not
needed at all, because only that much light is needed as
is within the inner sky -- a very soft and inoffensive light.
So a ghee lamp was used because it is not at all offensive
and does not dazzle the eyes.
may not be easy to understand the difference between a kerosene
light and the ghee light because we have never experimented
with meditating on light. Light a lamp filled with kerosene
oil and concentrate on the flame for one hour: your eyes
will start burning and become tired and painful. Then light
another lamp with ghee in it, and concentrate on that flame
for one hour: your eyes will feel cooler and soothed. The
inner experiences of thousands of people revealed all this,
and parallels were found which became external aids. Of
course, it is not possible to provide a lamp exactly the
same as the inner light, so only the most approximate was
found. The exact fragrance which is produced within you
after chanting a particular mantra cannot be found outside,
so we have to be content with the nearest approximation.
paste became popular in all temples. The place on the forehead
where the sandalwood paste is applied is called the agyna
chakra in Yoga. Practicing certain mantras produces an inner
experience of sandalwood perfume, but the source of that
fragrance is the agya chakra. Whenever the third eye experience
intensifies, the sandalwood perfume is given out, so the
sandalwood perfume has become symbolic of that experience,
hence we apply sandalwood paste to the forehead. When the
agya chakra emits this fragrance there is a sort of coolness
felt, as if you have put a piece of ice on the third eye.
There is a difference between cooling things and soothing
things -- just the same as between a kerosene oil lamp and
a lamp filled with ghee.
is cold, but it is not balmy or soothing. The cooling sensation
of ice lasts only a short while and is followed by a feeling
of heat. Ice is certainly cold, but not soothing or balmy.
The ultimate feeling is bound to be that of heat; you feel
a little more hot than before. But sandalwood paste is balmy
and not cold; it only soothes. Coolness has a kind of depth.
If ice is put on the agya chakra it will only make the surface
cold. If sandalwood is applied to the agya chakra you will
feel that its soothing effect is seeping into deeper layers
beyond the skin. The coolness has to penetrate to where
the third eye is located.
who experienced the working of the agya chakra and felt
its balmy effect looked for a parallel and found it in sandalwood
paste. It has the same fragrance as that which emanates
these external aids are just parallels. And when a temple
is equipped with them, it becomes charged. So there is a
stipulation that no one should go to a temple without a
bath. Taking a cold bath breaks one's mechanicalness and
thought associations. Nobody was allowed to enter the temple
without ringing the bell. And nobody was to go into the
temple in old or dirty clothes; in fact silk clothes had
to be worn when visiting a temple, because silk helps in
generating body electricity and protecting it, so silk clothes
always remain fresh, however much you wear them.
All these precautions and arrangements made the temple charged,
and so anyone also just passing by was affected by the magnetic
field of the temple.
is said about Mahavira that within a certain radius around
him -- wherever he might be -- it was impossible to commit
any violence. It was his charged field, within which no
violence was possible. He was like a walking temple, and
within that sphere anything happening would suddenly be
de Chardin coined a new word, noosphere, in place of "atmosphere."
Atmosphere means the external environment. Noosphere means
the mental or psychological situation, and within that field,
certain types of happenings do not take place at all.
earlier days, schools were conducted by rishis. The surrounding
atmosphere of the schools was considered pure, inviolable.
If anything wrong happened among the disciples, the rishi
punished himself, not them, because it meant that the field
had lost its essential quality -- so the disciples couldn't
be blamed. To reprimand them was futile; some untoward event
only meant that the field had lost its sanctity. So the
master himself would repent, undergo a fast and purify himself.
this idea was misunderstood by Gandhi. Self-purification
was not meant to be a way to reprove anyone else, it was
not intended to put pressure on another person. The idea
was not to torture oneself or to go on fasting to death
to change someone else's heart or conscience. Gandhi didn't
understand. The rishi was not purifying himself to change
somebody else, he was doing it to recharge the field or
purify the surroundings. If the thinking pattern is transformed,
if the mental sphere is transformed, If the thinking pattern
is transformed, if the mental sphere is transformed, the
man living within it will also become transformed. There
was no question of changing someone's conscience but of
changing the surroundings and the magnetic field everybody
carries around themselves.
like Mahavira were like walking temples. Such people cannot
be expected to stay permanently in one particular place.
So we need something else, more stable, which can become
the center of life for a whole town -- something around
which the lives of people will go on being transformed.
We need a place, a temple, where we make our daily offerings
and receive something in return. We may not even be aware
what is happening, everything happens by itself. Anyone
passing by the temple received something invaluable. There
was a huge magnetic field created around it, and just as
an iron filing attracted by a magnet is caught in its magnetic
field, so anyone passing by the temple would be attracted
and influenced by its energy. The field of a temple was