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Osho on Silence

Osho will go into Silence

You say: Your talk seems to get more and more crazy from day to day. That's my
feeling. Is the day coming closer when you will not talk at all?
It is absolutely impossible for me to predict the future. Who knows? Everything is
possible! You see? Any moment! But one thing can be said: before I stop talking
completely I will start talking more and more in a crazy way. That is what I call
heart-to-heart talk! zzzzz08
Can silence be heard and understood?
Only silence can be heard and understood. Words can be heard but only
superficially, and can be understoodbut only intellectually. Silence is heard
existentially and is understood from your innermost being. It is a total
I can see why you have asked the question, because ordinarily we understand only
words. We are prepared to understand only words, not silence. We are educated to
understand language and all its complexities. Nobody helps us to go beyond
language, to go beyond words, to reach the wordless space within us.
The society is against it, because if you can hear silence you will not be a part of the
crowd mind, of the collective mind. You will become an individual immediately. And
an individual is a danger to the state, to the church, to the society. An individual is
always dangerous, because an individual is nothing but rebellion. His very presence
is a risk for all the vested interests, for the establishment. The establishment wants
you to be obedient: he wants you to understand the orders. The establishment
wants you to be slaves, servantsefficient, of course, but not too intelligent; just
intellectual, not intelligent.
Silence is the explosion of intelligence. Silence means: inside you, you are just
spaciousness, uncluttered spaciousness. Silence means you have put aside the
whole furniture of the mindthe thoughts, the desires, the memories, the fantasies,
the dreams, you have all pushed aside. You are just looking into existence directly,
immediately. You are in contact with existence without anything in between you and
existence. That is silence.
And to be in tune with existence even for a single momentis enough to make you
aware of many things. One is that you, are deathless, and the person who is
deathless cannot be forced to be a slave. He would rather like to die than to become
a slave. He would rather like to risk everything than to risk his freedom because
death means nothing to him.
The moment you understand that you are eternal, all fear disappears. And the
society exists through exploiting your fear; hence, it teaches you from the school to
the university, it devotes almost one-third of your life in learning words, language,
logic. It is not concerned at all that you should understand silence. That's the
function of a Master: to undo all that the society has done to you, to help you to go
beyond words.
And you can experience it happening hereyou can hear the silence. And when you
hear it, there is immediate understanding. Understanding comes like a shadow

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following silence.
To understand words and to hear words is very simple. Anybody can do it; just a
little education about language is needed, nothing much. But a tremendous
transformation is needed to hear silence and to understand silence. Silence is the
basic requirement of understanding God, the basic requirement to know truth.
Silence can be profane too. Silence can be sacred too. Silence has as many
nuances, as many dimensions as your being has. It is multidimensional, and it is
tremendously pregnant.
Being here with me, being a sannyasin, can be defined very simply as learning to be
silentsitting in silence with me. I am using so many words for the simple reason so
that words can give you the gaps. I can simply sit hereone day I am going to do
that, when I will be just sitting with you.
It is really a torture for me to talk. I would like as quickly as possible just to sit
silently with you. But if you are not ready to understand it, you will fall asleep: you
will start dreaming, you will start dozing away. You will not be able to understand it.
My words keep you awake, and just between the words I give you gaps. And those
are the real, essential things. Waiting for another word, you have to listen to silence.
I tell you one joke, that wakes you up, then just searching for another joke. Not
that I have to search for itI know where it is. And it does not matter much, any
joke will do, I can managebut just searching for another joke, you are awaiting
breathlessly, utterly silenteven though sometimes Monkeyjibhai Desai comes with
his colleagues on the roof and they start doing their thing.* But you are not
distracted; in fact, those monkeys help you to become more silent, more alert, so
that you cannot miss any word that I am going to say to you.
All this situation is being used to hand over to you few pieces of silence. It will look
very strange to the newcomers that I am talking just to make you able to hear
silence and to understand silence. But that has been always the way of the
The day you are readyand slowly slowly many people are getting ready. The day is
not far away when I will have enough people ready; a certain quantity is needed.
Just as at a certain temperature, a hundred degrees, water evaporates, there is a
certain quantity which is needed for silence. And when so many people are here,
then anybody who wants to fall asleep when I am sitting silent will not be able to fall
asleep either. The silence all around will go on goading him to keep alert. The
silence all around will not in any way allow him to fall asleep. Silence has its own
tremendous force, its own power.
So I am waiting for the right quantityand people are coming. The moment I see
that my commune has enough silent people and I can sit silently, and the
newcomers will be transformed by the silent peoplejust sitting amongst them will
be enough for them to have a taste, they will be drowned in your silencethen
there will be no need for me to talk at all.
Few people have fallen asleepfor them: (jokes) wildgs09
*Note: a group of monkeys sometimes make a noise on the roof of Buddha Hall
during discourse
Osho's Last Words before going into Silence
On 20th March 1981, Osho gives his last English discourse, and on 24th his last

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Hindi discourse, before going into silence. On 23rd March 1981, Osho gives his last
darshan in English; his last words are:
meditation means
becoming detached from the mind
becoming a witness of the mind
looking at the mind as separate from you
that's what actually it is
you can see thoughts passing by
you can see desires passing by
you can see the whole traffic
that goes on in the mind
the memories, the fantasies, the past, the future
all kinds of things are passing
you can just stand by the side of the road
and you can see the whole trafficyou are not it
you are the watcher, you are the witness
and the witness is beyond
the seer is never the seen
the observer is never the observed
this very experience is transcendence
and once you know that you are not the mind
the fear of death simply disappears
as if it has never been there in the first place
suddenly you are in the world
of the deathless, the eternal
there is no anxiety any more
one is at ease with existence
in a deep let-go
a tremendous relaxation
that relaxation is the ultimate goal of sannyas
to know it is to know all
to miss it is to miss all clapp23
The Ultimate Stage: Silence
On 10th April there is an announcement that Osho is entering the ultimate stage of
his work and that from this date he will speak only through silence. He continues to
meet with his secretary.
On 11th April, darshan is held with Teertha, and Satya Vedant initiating sannyasins.
Later, a journalist asks: On April 11, 1981, it was announced in Poona that beginning
May 1, 1981 you would speak only through silence and that a new phase of your
work would begin. This is correct?
Osho: This is correct. One month in Poona while I was there. I was simply sitting and
people were sitting by my side. Seven thousand sannyasins were living with me
there. This was only one hour every day in the morning. Here also, once or twice,
we have sat together. Slowly slowly, it will come again, everything, every dayit is
kind of a prayer in silent communion.
This was your decision to go into this silent stage?

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My decision.
Okay, how long will this silent stage continue?
It will continue.
Until when?
Until I feel again to speak. I have spoken so much that I felt I was speaking to the
walls. It is almost futile.
Then you would not be able to give me a specific date in the future that you would
resume speaking?
I cannot even say anything about tomorrow.
Was the silent phase of your work, so to speak, in any way connected with your
medical condition?
No, not at all. I had been telling it for years, that one day I'm going to stop speaking
and just communicate through silence. silent02
Why did You enter Your long stretch of silence?
I have never lived with any plan in my life. It has been something spontaneous,
moment to moment. As I feel, I do it. I felt to be silent, I went into silence. I may
have remained my whole life silent. There is no way to say why I started speaking
again. The same spontaneity. Three and a half years silence and suddenly one day I
felt that much has remained to say. I have not yet said that for which I am here. So
better say it now, because who knows about tomorrow?
But it is all spontaneous. There is no reason of going into silence or coming out of
silence. But those three and half years created a beautiful gap.
I was speaking for thirty years continuously. I think I deserve at least three years
silence after thirty years continuously speaking.
These three and half years silence has given me another opportunity that is just a
byproduct. The silence was not meant for it.
There were many people who were just hanging around me because of their
intellects were convinced. My arguments were important to them although I was
insisting that truth cannot be found by arguments. But they became addicted with
my words, with my explanations. These three and half years, by and by they left,
seeing that now I am not going to speak and silence they could not understand.
Only those remained for whom it did not matter at all whether I speak or I am silent.
Just my presence, and something transpires between my being and their being. It is
a wordless communion. last404
Silent Satsangs
On 1st May, Satsangs, heart to heart silent communion with Osho begin. At the
beginning and end the gauchchamis are chanted; there is a period of silent
meditation; the satsang ends with music singing and dancing; Osho makes a
namaste on arriving and leaving.
In the tradition of Buddha there are three famous shelters: Buddham sharanam
gachchhami: I go to the feet of the buddha, I surrender myself to the buddha.
Sangham sharanam gachchhami: I go to the feet of the commune, I surrender
myself to the buddhafield. Dhammam sharanam gachchhami: I surrender myself to
the ultimate law which is personified by the buddha and is searched for by the
commune, which has become actual in the buddha and is an inquiry in the
commune. These three are the most important things for a seeker: the master, the

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commune, and the dhamma, Tao, logos, the ultimate law.
Unless you are in contact with one who has already realized, it is almost impossible
for you to grow. The hindrances are millions, the pitfalls many, the false doors
many, the temptations are many; there is every possibility of going astray. Unless
you are in the company of someone who knows the way, who has traveled the way,
who has arrived, it is almost impossible for you to reach. Unless your hands are in
the hands of someone whom you can trust and to whom you can surrender, you are
bound to go astray. The mind creates so many temptationsso alluring they are, so
magnetic is their powerthat unless you are in the power-field of someone whose
magnetism is far more powerful than any other kind of temptation, it is impossible
to reach. That is the meaning of disciplehood.
Buddham sharanam gachchhami: I surrender to the master.
The master is such a magnetic force that your surrender to the master becomes
your protection; hence it is called the shelter. Then you are secure, then you are
guarded, then you are protected. Then your hand is in those hands which know
where to take you, what direction to give to you.
The second thing is the commune. Each buddha creates a commune, because
without a commune a buddha cannot function. A commune means his energy field,
a commune means the people who have become joined with him, a commune
means an alternate society to the ordinary mundane society which goes after
spurious comfortsit is there available to everybody.
A small oasis in the desert of the world is what is meant by a commune created by a
buddhaa small oasis in which life is lived with a totally different gestalt, with a
totally different vision, with a totally different goal; where life is lived with purpose,
meaning, where life is lived with methodeven though to the outsiders it may look
like madness, but that madness has a method in itwhere life is lived prayerfully,
alert, aware, awake; where life is not just accidental, where life starts becoming
more and more a growth in a certain direction, towards a certain destination; where
life is no more like driftwood.
And the third is the dhamma. Dhamma means truth. Buddha represents the
dhamma in two ways: one, through his communication, verbal, and second, through
his presence, through his silence, through his communion: nonverbal. The verbal
communication is only an introduction for the nonverbal. The nonverbal is an energy
communication. The verbal is only preparatory; it simply prepares you so you can
allow the master to communicate with you energywise, because energywise it is
really moving into the unknown. Energywise it needs great trust, because you will
be completely unaware where you are goingaware that you are going somewhere,
aware that you are being led somewhere, aware that something is happening of
tremendous import; but what exactly it is you don't yet have the language for, you
don't have any experience to recognize. You will be moving into the uncharted.
The buddha represents dhamma, truth, in two ways. Verbally he communicates with
the students; nonverbally, through silence, through energy, he communicates with
the disciples. And then there comes the ultimate unity where neither
communication nor communion is needed, but oneness has been achievedwhere
the master and the disciple become one, when the disciple is just a shadow, when

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there is no separation. These are the three stages of growth: student, disciple,
devotee. wisdom17.

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The true creativity comes out of
sitting silently
You will have to understand two kinds of creativity. One is exactly what you are saying -- it is an escape
from the uneasiness of not doing anything and just sitting silently. The whole world is workaholic, and
the whole world goes on driving everybody nuts: "Do this! Do that! Don't waste time!" So your whole
mind is programmed for work, for efficiency. Naturally you cannot sit down silently, you have to do
something. It can take the form of some kind of creation: music, poetry, sculpture, but this is not true
The true creativity comes out of sitting silently. When you are so totally quiet that there is no thought,
no wave in the ocean of your being, out of this silence comes a different kind of creativity.
The first I can only call composition. The second is authentic creativity. They look alike, and sometimes
the composer may even do better than the man of creativity. But the composer will never be original,
he will always be copying. Only the creator can be original, can break new doors into the mystery of
George Gurdjieff has gone deeply into this matter, and he has called the first, subjective creativity; it is
mind oriented. And the other he has called the real objective creativity. Whatever names are given,
that is not the question, but he knows the difference -- that the people who created the Taj Mahal were
not simply architects, they were not simply technologically knowledgeable.
The emperor who made the Taj Mahal called Sufis from all over the world -- not the architects, but the
Sufi mystics -- to give the idea of the Taj Mahal. It was created in order to become an object of
meditation. If you sit silently by the Taj Mahal in a fullmoon night, you start becoming silent. The very
form of the Taj Mahal creates a certain quality in you, just as has been found about pyramids -- that the
very shape of the pyramid is life preserving. It detracts everything life negative.
When, in the very beginning of this century, the first pyramid was opened, they found a dead cat
inside. They could not believe it. The pyramid was three thousand years old, so the cat must have died
three thousand years ago. Just by accident she may have entered when they were closing it, and could
not get out. But the body of the cat was absolutely fresh, as if it had just died. No stink... in three
thousand years.
Then the scientists started looking at the shape of the pyramids -- there must be something in the very
shape of the pyramids. And now they have made pyramids for meditators, small aluminium pyramids.
You sit inside and you suddenly find you are more alive, you suddenly find more silence.

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Silence is the inner health; mind is the inner disease, inner disturbance.

To be total is a basic thing for any seeker, for anyone in search of silence and

What is the difference between a real silence and a false silence?

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A false silence is always forced; through effort it is achieved. It is not

spontaneous, it has not happened to you. You have made it happen. You are
sitting silently and there is much inner turmoil. You suppress it and then you
cannot laugh. You will become sad because laughter will be dangerous if you
laugh you will lose silence, because in laughter you cannot suppress. Laughter is
against suppression. If you want to suppress you should not laugh; if you laugh
everything will come out. The real will come out in laughter, and the unreal will be

So whenever you see a saint sad, know well the silence is false. He cannot
laugh, he cannot enjoy, because he is afraid. If he laughs everything will be
broken, the suppression will come out, and then he will not be able to suppress.

Nothing can disturb if real silence has happened. Then everything helps it to grow. If
you are really silent you can sit in a market, and even the market cannot disturb it.
Rather, you feed on the noise of the market and that noise becomes more silence in
you. Really, to feel silence a market is needed because if you have real silence, then
the market becomes the background and the silence becomes perfect in contrast. You
can feel the inner silence bubbling against the market.
Meditation doesnt lead you to silence; meditation only creates the situation in which
the silence happens. And this should be the criterion that whenever silence happens
laughter will come into your life. A vital celebration will happen all around. You will not
become sad, you will not become depressed, and you will not escape from the world.
You will be here in this world, but taking the whole thing as a game, enjoying the whole
thing as a beautiful game, a big drama, no longer serious about it. Seriousness is a
Your enlightenment is perfect only when silence has come to be a celebration.
Hence my insistence that after you meditate you must celebrate. After you have been
silent you must enjoy it, you must have a thanksgiving. A deep gratitude must be shown
towards the whole just for the opportunity that you are, that you can meditate, that you
can be silent, that you can laugh.
THINKING cannot be stopped. Not that it does not stop, but it cannot be stopped. It
stops of its own accord. This distinction has to be understood; otherwise you can go
mad chasing your mind. No-mind does not arise by stopping thinking. When the thinking
is no more, no-mind is. The very effort to stop will create more anxiety, it will create

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conflict, it will make you split. You will be in a constant turmoil within. This is not going to
help. And even if you succeed in stopping it forcibly for a few moments, it is not an
achievement at all because those few moments will be almost dead, they will not be
alive. You may feel a sort of stillness, but not silence, because a forced stillness is not
silence. Underneath it, deep in the unconscious, the repressed mind goes on working.
When silence happens in the marketplace then it is true, then it is yours now
nobody can take it away. Now no distraction can be a distraction to you. You can remain
anywhere; whatsoever the situation, your silence will remain there as a deep substratum
to your being. It is inner.
If you escape to the Himalayas you will start feeling a little still, but at the same
time a little stupid also. You will start feeling more silent, but that silence belongs to
the Himalayas, not to you. Come back and your silence will be left behind you will
come alone. And back in the world you will be even more disturbed than before,
because you will have become more vulnerable, soft. And you will come with a
prejudice, with this idea that you have attained to silence. You will have become more
egoistic. Thats why people who have escaped to the monasteries become afraid of
coming back to the world. The world is the test. The world is the criterion. And it is
easier to be in the world and, by and by, grow into a silence, then the Himalayan silence
comes into your being. You dont go to the Himalayas: the Himalayas themselves come
to you. Then it is something of your own, then you are the master of it.
Words are figures; silence is the background. Words come and go; silence
remains. When you were born you were born as a silence just intervals and
intervals, gaps and gaps. Infinite emptiness you came with, unbounded emptiness you
brought with you in life then you started collecting words.
A master is to help you to go to your inner emptiness, the inner silence, the inner
temple; and the master has to devise methods. Only zen masters beat; sometimes they
throw a person out of the window, or they jump on him. Because you have become so
false, such drastic methods are needed.
A silence is needed before death, before life, before love. If you love a person you
sit silently with the person. You would not like to chatter, you would like to just hold their
hand and live and be silent in that moment. If you chatter, that means you are avoiding
the person love is not really there. If you love life, chattering will drop, because every
moment is so filled with life that there is no way, no space to chatter.

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Each moment life is flooding you so vitally where is the time to gossip and
chatter? Each moment you live totally, mind becomes silent. Eat, and eat so totally
because life is entering you through food that mind becomes silent. Drink, and drink
totally: life is entering through water, it will quench your thirst; move with it as it touches
your thirst, as the thirst disappears. Be silent and watch. How can you chatter when you
are drinking a cup of tea? Warm life is flowing within you.