“NOW, the Discipline of ARUN/ OSHO Yoga 21 Day Immersion”… Day 6

Hello again,
A heart full greeting to all of you who are taking the time each for yourself to play with ARUN/ OSHO Yoga sequence.  Today i want to start by sharing a letter i received from a very beautiful 25 year friend who is from Spain, but right now he is living in California.  Anasha and i met him about 5 years in Denia… he was feeling the inner longing to learn about Touch and the Healing Arts and a common friend of ours suggested he call us and talk to us.  So he visited us and we all experienced an “essential connection” immediately (it was like talking to myself when i was 20 years old!).  We gave him a lot of encouragement to follow his passion and some ideas about how to start his journey… including taking classes in Shiatsu near his home in Barcelona.  For a while we didn’t hear from him, but then he participated in a weekend ARUN Conscious Touch.  Soon after, he came to Lalita in Spain, where we give our longer ARUN Trainings.  Now, he shares sessions, and has many other creative interests.   This is what he wrote yesterday about his experience of the first 5 days of our 21 Day Immersion:

“It is being such a wonderful experience!My body is liking it so much!And my whole electromagnetic fields too! Sometimes it takes the offer to come from outside for an inner commitment to be born. Sometimes that creates more resistance. Giving thanx that this time you were that vehicle through which my needs were met, and my resistances burned,

Blessings,”

This “inner commitment” that he refers to, is what Osho calls “Discipline”… it comes from the same root meaning as “disciple”… and means to be open to learning every day.  It means taking the inner responsibility for your body, mind, emotions, and spirit.  Authentic discipline comes from your heart… it a love-affair.  It is like the inner discipline that a “Zen gardener” has… it is his joy to be with the plants, the trees, the rocks, the water, the flowers, the birds and insects… in the fresh air during all the seasons.  A Zen garden is more than just a physical space… it is an energy field… a space to melt from the mind to the heart… a place “to be”.
The Body is our “living Zen garden” or Temple… and an alive garden is NEVER finished… it is always growing and evolving and regenerating.  The body is a living ecological organic unity, “discipline” is the sacred time we spend taking care of our garden.  Discipline is love, not work.

So, our “Song for Yoga” continues with Osho illuminating the “Yoga Sutras of Patanjali”, the “Einstein of the Inner World”…

“NOW THE DISCIPLINE OF YOGA.

Discipline means the capacity to be, the capacity to know, the capacity to learn. We must understand these three things.

The capacity to be. All the yoga postures are not really concerned with the body, they are concerned with the capacity to be. Patanjali says if you can sit silently without moving your body for few hours, you are growing in the capacity to be. Why you move? You cannot sit without moving even for few seconds. Your body starts moving. Somewhere you feel itching; the legs go dead; many things start happening. These are just excuses for you to move.

You are not a master. You cannot say to the body, “Now for one hour I will not move.” The body will revolt immediately. Immediately it will force you to move, to do something, and it will give reasons: “You have to move because an insect is biting.” You may not find the insect when you look. You are not a being, you are a trembling — a continuous hectic activity. Patanjali’s asanas, postures, are concerned not really with any kind of physiological training, but an inner training of being, just to be — without doing anything, without any movement, without any activity, just remain. That remaining will help centering.

If you can remain in one posture, the body will become a slave; it will follow you. And the more the body follows you, you will have a greater being within you, a stronger being within you. And, remember, if the body is not moving your mind cannot move, because mind and body are not two things. They are two poles of one phenomenon. You are not body and mind, you are body-mind. Your personality is psychosomatic — body-mind both. The mind is the most subtle part of the body. Or you can say the reverse, that body is the most gross part of the mind.

So whatsoever happens in the body happens in the mind, and the vice versa: whatsoever happens in the mind happens in the body. If the body is non-moving and you can attain a posture, if you can say to the body “Keep quiet,” the mind will remain silent. Really, the mind starts moving and tries to move the body, because if the body moves then the mind can move. In a nonmoving body, the mind cannot move; it needs a moving body.

If the body is non-moving, the mind is non-moving, you are centered. This non-moving posture is not a physiological training only. It is just to create a situation in which centering can happen, in which you can become disciplined. When you are, when you have become centered, when you know what it means to be, then you can learn, because then you will be humble. Then you can surrender. Then no false ego will cling to you because once centered you know all egos are false. Then you can bow down. Then a disciple is born…

A disciple means a seeker who is not a crowd, who is trying to be centered and crystallized, at least trying, making efforts, sincere efforts to become individual, to feel his being, to become his own master. All discipline of yoga is an effort to make you a master of yourself. As you are, you are just a slave of many, many desires. Many, many masters are there, and you are just a slave — and pulled in many directions.

NOW THE DISCIPLINE OF YOGA.

Yoga is discipline. It is an effort on your part to change yourself. Many other things have to be understood. Yoga is not a therapy. In the West many psychological therapies are prevalent now, and many western psychologists think that yoga is also a therapy. It is not! It is a discipline. And what is the difference?

This is the difference: a therapy is needed if you are ill, a therapy is needed if you are diseased, a therapy is needed if you are pathological. A discipline is needed even when you are healthy. Really, when you are healthy only a discipline can help then.  It is not for pathological cases. Yoga is for those who are completely healthy as far as medical science is concerned, normal. They are not schizophrenic; they are not mad they are not neurotic. They are normal people, healthy people with no particular pathology. Still, they become aware that whatsoever is called normality is futile, whatsoever is called health is of no use. Something more is needed, something greater is needed, something holier and whole is needed.

Therapies are for ill people. Therapies can help you to come to yoga, but yoga is not a therapy. Yoga is for a higher order of health, a different order of health — a different type of being and wholeness. Therapy can, at the most, make you adjusted.  Freud says we cannot do more. We can make you an adjusted, normal member of the society — but if the society itself is pathological, then?  And it is!  The society itself is ill.  A therapy can make you normal in the sense that you are adjusted to the society, but the society itself is ill!

So sometimes it happens that in an ill society a healthy person is thought to be ill. A Jesus is thought to be ill, and every effort is done to make him adjusted. And when it is found that he is a hopeless case, then he is crucified. When it is found nothing can be done, this man is incurable, then he is crucified. The society is ill itself because society is nothing but your collective. If all the members are ill, the society is ill, and every member has to be adjusted to it.

Yoga is not therapy; yoga is not trying in any way to make you adjusted to the society. If you want to define yoga in terms of adjustment, then it is not adjustment with the society, but it is adjustment with existence itself. It is adjustment with the divine!

So it may happen that a perfect yogi may appear mad to you. He may look out of his senses, out of his mind, because now he is in touch with the greater, with a higher mind, higher order of things. He is in touch with the universal mind. It has happened always so: a Buddha, a Jesus, a Krishna, they always look somehow eccentric. They don’t belong to us; they seem to be outsiders.

That’s why we call them avatars, outsiders. They have come as if from some other planet; they don’t belong to us. They may be higher, they may be good, they may be divine, but they don’t belong to us. They come from somewhere else. They are not part and parcel of our being, mankind. The feeling has persisted that they are outsiders; they are not. They are the real insiders because they have touched the innermost core of existence.”

OSHO=  “The Alpha & the Omega”

So friend,  May you feel with gratitude the many good vibrations circulating inside of you now… allow the daily stretching to help you see and sense your Energy Field from inside… moment to moment.  These 21 days are an “invitation” to be with yourself, connecting with the “inner wisdom” within your Body and Consciousness.

Smiles and love,
Anubuddha

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