If You Are Conscious, You Can Watch


If you are conscious, you can watch, and with OSHO Meditations there is nothing to concentrate on, and everything to watch, witness, become aware of.

“You can watch your mind and will be surprised that all that you carry in your mind and think is yours is not yours. It has all come from different sources – from parents, teachers, priests, politicians – others have given it to you.”

“You have also asked about witnessing, watching the breath and where one should watch. Anywhere – because the point is not where you are watching, the point is that you are watching. The emphasis is on watching, watchfulness. All those points are just excuses. You can watch the breath at the tip of the nose where the breath goes in, you can watch it while it is going in, you can watch it when it returns – you can watch it anywhere. You can watch thoughts moving inside. The whole point is not to get lost in what you are watching, as if that is important. That is not important. The important thing is that you are watchful, that you have not forgotten to watch, that you are watching… watching… watching.”

“Your consciousness is not part of the mind; it can watch the mind.

“Just the way you can watch a movie on the screen, your consciousness can watch on the screen of the mind all its craziness.

“This witnessing will lead you into a new space within yourself.”

“The witness is an outsider. By its very nature the witness can never become an insider. Find this witness and then you are standing on a top of the hill, and everything goes in the valley and you are not concerned. You simply see; what is your concern?

“As if it is happening to somebody else. And the same with greed and same with anger; everything is very complex. And you will enjoy it if you can watch: negative, positive, all the emotions. Simply remember one thing: that you have to be a watcher; then the identification is broken, then the root is cut. And once the root is cut, once you think you are not the doer, everything suddenly changes. And the change is sudden; there is no gradualness to it.”

“And watch what you allow into your mind. People are completely unaware; they go on reading everything and anything, they go on looking at the TV, at any silly stupid thing. They go on listening to the radio, they go on chitchatting, chattering with people. They are all pouring rubbish into each other’s heads. Avoid such situations in which you are unnecessarily burdened with rubbish. You already have too much as it is, you need to be unburdened of it.”

“My whole approach is existential. If you really want to know what it means to go in, go in!

“And the way is: watch your thoughts and don’t get identified with them. Just remain a watcher, utterly indifferent, neither for, nor against. Don’t judge, because every judgment brings identification. Don’t say, ‘These thoughts are wrong,’ and don’t say, ‘These thoughts are good.’ Don’t comment on the thoughts. Just let them pass as if it is just traffic passing by, and you are standing by the side of the road unconcerned, looking at the traffic.”

“You breathe in; you can watch. You breathe out; you can watch. Between the two there is a gap; you can watch that gap too. Certainly somebody else is there hidden behind the breathing process: a witnessing intelligence.

“That’s what meditation is all about: to know the witness, to know the sakshin, to know the observer.”

“Man lives in unconsciousness. He is not aware, not at all aware. You can watch any person, you can watch yourself, and you will see so many unconscious acts happening that it will be almost unbelievable how you have lived up to now.”

“The day you can watch that you are sleeping you are transported into another world. The body goes on sleeping and inside a light goes on burning brightly. Your watchfulness remains undisturbed. Then twenty-four hours a day there is an undercurrent of watching. You go on doing things – for the outside world nothing has changed, but for you everything has changed.”

“A witness becomes a mirror, he goes on watching.

“And the miracle is, if you can watch your mind without becoming a judge, you will go beyond mind very soon. It is your judgments which create entanglements with the mind.”

“If you can watch everybody’s error and everybody’s error becomes a remembrance of your own errors, your life will be transformed. Then everybody will become a teacher to you. Then the whole of life becomes your master. Everywhere you will find arrows pointing to you. The whole of life will be arrowed towards you, saying, ‘This is unconscious… this is irresponsible.’”

“Remember this statement: your consciousness resting in itself is what bliss is all about.”

All excerpts are from OSHO books

Suggested reading: OSHO: Meditation: The First and Last Freedom

The First and Last Freedom