What Is a Mantra?

What Is a Mantra?

“Remember that a mantra is a secret technique to achieve more power”

A mantra is not spiritual, it is political, but the politics are of the inner space, not of the outer.

“The mind can become powerful if you narrow it down; narrowing is the method. The more narrow the mind, the more powerful it becomes.

“It is just like the sun’s rays falling to the ground. If you focus those waves, those rays, through a lens, fire can be created.

“Those rays were falling all spread out but now they have been narrowed down through the lens. They have become one-pointed, concentrated; now fire is possible.

“The mind is energy, in fact, the same energy that comes through the sun, the same subtle rays.

“Ask the physicists. They say the mind has a voltage of electricity, that it is electrical.

“If you can focus the mind through a lens, the mantra is a lens, and you go on repeating ‘Ram, Ram, Ram,’ or ‘Om, Om, Om,’ or anything, just one word — if you go repeating and repeating and repeating it, and the mind’s whole energy is centered in that one word — it becomes a lens.

“Now all the rays are passing through that lens. Narrowed to one point it becomes powerful, you can do miracles. Just by thinking you can do miracles.

“But remember, those miracles are not spiritual. Power is never spiritual. Powerlessness, helplessness, to be nothing, is spiritual. Power is never spiritual.

This is the difference between magic and religion; magic is after power, religion is after nothingness.

“A mantra is a part of magic not of religion at all, but everything is a big mess, mixed up.

“People who are doing miracles are magicians, not spiritual in any way. They are even anti-spiritual because they are spreading magic in the name of religion, which is very dangerous.

Through a mantra the mind is narrowed; it is more narrowed, more powerful, and then anything can be done. There is only one thing you will miss – you will miss yourself.

“All miracles will be possible, the ultimate miracle you will miss. You will miss yourself because through narrowing down you can achieve an object. The more the mind is narrowed, the more it becomes fixed to an object; it becomes objective. You are hidden behind and the object is outside.

“So if you are a man of mantras you can say to this tree, ‘Die,’ and the tree will die; you can say to a man, ‘Be healthy,’ and the disease will disappear, or, ‘Be unhealthy,’ and the disease will enter – many things you can do.

You can become somebody, and people will recognize you as a man of power but never a man of godliness.

“A man of godliness is born when the mind is not narrowed at all, when the mind is not flowing in one direction but is overflowing in all directions. There is no lens, no mantra, just the energy flowing in all dimensions everywhere.

“That flowing energy, that energy overflowing everywhere, will make you alert about yourself because then there is no object.

Only you, only subjectivity exists, and through you, you will become aware of godliness, not through any power.”


Excerpted from Osho, A Bird on the Wing, Talk #6 – The Miracle Of Ordinariness

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