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OSHO explained that eyes are the most non-bodily part in the human body, the least bodily. If matter can become non-matter, then such is the case with eyes. Eyes are material, but simultaneously they are also non-material. Eyes are a meeting point of you and your body. Nowhere else in the body is the meeting so deep.
The human body and you are much separated, a great distance is there. But at the point of the eyes, you are nearest to your body and the body is nearest to you. That is why eyes can be used for the inner journey. A single jump from the eyes can lead you to the source. That is not possible from the hand, not possible from the heart, not possible from anywhere else in the body. From elsewhere you will have to travel long: the distance is great. But from the eyes, a single step is enough to enter into yourself. That is why eyes have been used continuously in religious yogic and tantric practices.
The first reason is because you are nearest from there. That is why, if you know how to look into someone's eyes, you can look into his depths. He is there. He is not so present anywhere else in the body, but if you can look into his eyes, you will find him there.
It is a difficult art to look into someone else's eyes, and it comes to you only when you have taken a jump from your own eyes within; otherwise you cannot look.
In Deep Love...
Only in love, you can look straight and stare into another's eyes. Otherwise, if you stare into someone's eyes, he will feel offended. You are trespassing; this is a trespass. The moment you stare into somebody's eyes, you are trespassing his individuality, you are trespassing his individual freedom, you are entering him without any invitation. That is why there is a limit and now the limit can be measured. At the most you can be allowed to look for three seconds. You can be allowed just a casual look and then you have to move your eyes; otherwise the other will be offended.
Only in deep love can you look into another's eyes, because love means that now you do not want to maintain any secrets. You are now open to the other and the other is always welcome and invited to enter you. And when lovers look into each other's eyes, there is a meeting which is non-bodily, there is a meeting which is not of the body. So the second thing to be remembered: your mind, your consciousness, your soul, whatsoever is within you, can be glimpsed through the eyes.
Eyes are the light of the face: they enlighten your face; they give it an inner aliveness.
If you are hiding a secret, your eyes will reveal it. And to control the eyes is very difficult. The most difficult thing in the body to control the eyes. Your eyes are the doors to your secrets. If anyone wants to enter into your secret world, your privacy, your eyes are the doors.
Movements of the eyes
If you know how to unlock them, you will become vulnerable, open. And if you want to enter into your own secret life, your inner life, then again you will have to use the same lock and unlocking system. You will have to work on your eyes, only then you can enter.
Eye movements and thinking are joined together. If you stop your eyes and their movements, your thought process will stop immediately. When your thought process stops your eyes will stop automatically.
The eyes move continuously from one object to another. Movement is their nature. It is just like a river flowing. Because of that movement, they are so alive! Movement is also life.
You can try to stop your eyes at a particular point, at a particular object, and not allow them to move, but movement is their nature. You cannot stop movement, but you can stop your eyes: understand the distinction. You can stop your eyes at a particular fixed point - on a dot on the wall. You can stare at the dot, you can stop your eyes. So, they may not move from this object to another because you have forced them to remain at one place, but a very strange phenomenon happens.
There is another possibility which is of tantra and yoga - not allowing movement from one outside object to another and stopping this movement! Then the eyes jump from an outside object to the inner consciousness, they begin to move inwards.
Eyes Meditation Technique
Close your eyes. But this closing is not enough. Total closing means to close your eyes and stop their movements; otherwise the eyes will continue to see something which is of the outside. Even with closed eyes you will see things - image of things. Actual things are not there, but images, ideas, collected memories - they will start flowing. They are also from outside, so your eyes are still not totally closed. Totally closed means nothing to see.
Understand the difference. You can close your eyes; that is easy, everyone closes them every moment. In the night you close your eyes, but that will not reveal the inner nature to you. Close your eyes so that nothing remains to be seen - no outside object, no inside image of any outside object, just a blank darkness as if you have suddenly gone blind. Not blind only to reality, but to the dream reality also.
One has to practice it. A long period will be needed; it cannot be done suddenly. You will need a long training. Close your eyes. Anytime you feel that it is easy and you have time, close your eyes and then inwardly stop all movements of the eyes. Do not allow any movements. Feel! Feel as if they have become stones, and then remain in that "stony" state of the eyes. Do not do anything; just remain there. Suddenly someday, you will become aware that you are looking inside yourself.
This technique is very helpful for having a look from the inside, and that transforms your total consciousness, your total existence - because if you can have a look from the inside, you immediately become different from the world.
Exploring your Inner Being
This false identity that "I am the body" is only because we have been looking at our bodies from the outside. If you can have a look from the inside, the looker becomes different. And then you can move your consciousness in your body, from your toe to your head; you can now have a round inside the body. And once you become capable of having a look from the inside and moving there, then it is not difficult to go outside at all.
Once you know how to move, once you know that you are separate from the body, you are freed from a great bondage. Now you have no gravitational pull; now you have no limitation. Now you are absolute freedom. You can go out of the body; you can come and go. And then your body becomes just an abode.
Close your eyes, see your inner being in detail and move from limb to limb inside. Just go to your toe. Forget the whole body: move to the toe. Stay there and have a look. Then move through the legs, come on upwards, go to every limb. Then many things happen.
Then your body becomes such a sensitive vehicle, you cannot even imagine it. Then, if you touch someone, you can move into your hand totally and that touch will become transforming. If you can move to any part of your body totally, that part becomes alive - so much alive that you cannot imagine what happens to that part. Then you can move to the eyes totally. If you can move to your eyes totally and then look into someone's eyes, you will penetrate him; you will go to his very depths.
Close your eyes; see your inner being in detail. The first, outer part of the technique is to look at your body inwardly - from your inner center. Stand there and have a look. You will be separated from the body because the looker is never the looked at. The observer is different from the object.
If you can see your body totally from the inside, then you can never fall into the illusion that you are the body. Then you will remain different - totally different: inside it but not it, in the body but not the body. This is the first part. Then you can move; then you are free to move. Once freed from the body, freed from the identity, you are free to move.
Now you can move into your mind - deep down. This is the inner cave of the mind. If you enter this cave of the mind, you will become separate from the mind also. Then you will see that the mind is also an object which you can look at, and that which is entering the mind is, again, separate and different. This entering into the mind is what is meant by: see your inner being in detail. Body and mind both should be entered and looked at from within. Then you are simply a witness, and this witness cannot be penetrated.
That is why it is your innermost core: that is you. That which can be penetrated, that which can be seen, is not you. When you have come to that which cannot be penetrated, that in which you cannot move, which cannot be observed, then only have you come to the real self. You cannot witness the witnessing source, remember - that is absurd. That who you can see, you are not; that which you can observe, you are not; that which you can become aware of, you are not.
But a point comes beyond the mind where simply you are. Now, you cannot divide your single existence into two: object and subject. Simply subjectivity is there, just witnessing. This is very, very difficult to comprehend through intellect because all the categories of the intellect are broken there.
Those who really move inside come to a point where there is no object left but just the consciousness of being. The moment you come to this point, you have entered your ultimate goal of being.