Meditation is a simple process

Of watching your own mind.

Not fighting with the mind

Not trying to control it either

Just remaining there, a choiceless witness.

Whatsoever passes you simply take note of it With no prejudice for or against.

You don’t call it names

That this should not come to my mind

That this is an ugly thought and

This is a very beautiful and virtuous thought.

You should not judge

You should remain non-judgmental

Because the moment you judge, you lose meditation.

You become identified.

Either you become a friend or you become a foe.

You create relationships.

Meditation means

Remaining unrelated with your thought process Utterly unrelated, cool, calm Watching whatsoever is passing.

And then a miracle happens:

Slowly slowly one becomes aware

That less and less thoughts are passing.

The more alert you are, the less thoughts pass The less alert you are, the more thoughts pass.

It is as if traffic depends on your awareness.

When you are perfectly aware

Even for a single moment, all thinking stops.

Immediately, there is a sudden stop

And the road is empty, there is no traffic.

That moment is meditation.

Slowly slowly those moments come more and more Those empty spaces come again and again And stay longer.

And you become capable of moving easily

Into those empty spaces with no effort.

So whenever you want you can move

Into those empty spaces with no effort.

They are refreshing, rejuvenating

And they make you aware of who you are.

Freed from the mind you are freed

From all ideas about yourself.

Now you can see who you are without any prejudice.

And to know oneself

Is to know all that is worth knowing.

And to miss self-knowledge is to miss all.

A man my know everything in the world

But if he does not know himself

He is utterly ignorant

He is just a walking Encyclopedia Britannica.

Freedom without awareness is only an empty idea.

It contains nothing.

One cannot be really free without being aware Because your unconscious goes on dominating you Your unconscious goes on pulling your strings.

You may think, you may believe that you are free But you are not free, you are just a victim Of natural forces, blind forces.

So there are two types of people. The majority Follows the tradition, the society, the state.

The orthodox people, the conventional

The conformists – they follow the crowd

They are not free.

And then there are a few rebellious spirits Drop-outs, bohemians, artists Painters, musicians, poets; They think they are living in freedom But they only think. Just by rebellion Against the tradition you don’t become free.

You are still under the rule of natural instincts.

You are possessed by lust, by greed, by ambitions.

And you are not a master of these things You are a slave. Hence I say Freedom is only possible through awareness.

Unless one transforms ones unconsciousness Into consciousness there is no freedom.

And that is where only very few people

Have succeeded – a Jesus, a Lao Tzu

A Zarathustra, a Buddha

Just a few people

Who can be counted on one’s fingers.

They have really lived in freedom

Because they lived out of awareness.

That has to be the work for every seeker:

To create more and more awareness.

Then freedom comes of its own accord.

Freedom is the fragrance of the flower of awareness.

Osho, Eighty Four Thousand Poems