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People who don't understand what is happening all around them are blind, and in a way we are all blind.
So, the first thing for you to do - and it is very important - is to observe all that is happening around you, and through this, an understanding will arise in you. Through this observation, a quest will arise in you, a question will arise, and this will in turn give rise to a thirst for a higher truth.
Two things are necessary if you want to attain to the Ultimate Consciousness, to the Divine, to your inner being. One is the circumference, the circumference of meditation. The other important thing is the center of meditation - the circumference of meditation and the center of meditation; or you can call it the body of meditation and the soul of meditation.
Have you ever read Osho books?
Foundation of Meditation
The foundation of meditation involves only your periphery, and the periphery of your personality is the body. So the first step towards meditation begins with your body. Remember, whatever negative feelings you may have about your body which other people may have imprinted on you, drop them. The body is just an instrument in the material as well as in the spiritual world.
The body is neither an enemy nor a friend, it is just an instrument you can use to do wrong or you can use to do good. Through it you can either get involved in the material life or you can get involved in the Ultimate. The body is just an instrument. Don't hold any misconceptions about it. People usually believe that the body is antagonistic towards us, that it is sinful, that it is our enemy and that it needs to be suppressed. This is wrong - the body is neither an enemy nor a friend; it is what you make it. That is why the body is so mysterious, so extraordinary.
In the world, whenever something wrong has happened, it has happened through the body, and whenever something right has happened, it has happened through the body. The body is only the means, the instrument. So, for meditation it is necessary to start with attention to the body, because you cannot proceed without first putting this instrument in order. If the body is not in the right condition you cannot proceed. So the first step is to purify the body; the purer the body, the easier it will be to go deeper inside.
Purifying the body
What does purifying the body mean?
The first meaning is that there should be no disturbance, no blocks, no complexes in the body, in the system of the body - then the body is pure. Try to understand how these complexes and blockages enter the body. If the body is without any blocks, if it doesn't have any disturbances and if there are no problems, no interferences, then the body is pure and helps you to go inside. But if you are very angry, if you get angry and you are not expressing it, the heat that this creates will accumulate in some part of your body and it will become a blockage. You must have seen how anger can lead to hysteria, how it can lead to illness. Experiments being done on the human body show that out of a hundred diseases, fifty of these are not of the body but of the mind. But the mental illnesses become disturbances in the body, and if there is a disturbance in the body, if the body is not healthy, then the body's whole system becomes rigid and impure.
All the different schools of spiritual discipline and the different religions have tried many incredible and revolutionary experiments to purify the body, and it will be good to understand these experiments. If you try these experiments, in a few days you will discover just how mysterious your body is. Your body will not appear to be an enemy, it will be a temple where the Divine resides. Then it will not be an enemy but a friend, and you will feel grateful to it. The body is not you. It is made of matter. You and your body are different from each other. Yet you can make tremendous use of it, and then you will feel gratitude towards it, you will feel indebted to it because it is so supportive.
Keeping the body free of blockages is the first step towards purifying the body. And there are many blockages in our bodies. The agitation of the body comes from the agitation of the mind. When the movement of the mind slows down, the body too slows down. The bodies of Buddha and other enlightened ones would have appeared to be like the stone that their statues are made of; they would have appeared stone-like. It is not coincidental that their statues are made of stone. The reason for it is that they had started looking like stone, all movement inside them had stopped. That is, they moved only when necessary; otherwise they remained absolutely still.
When your legs jiggle, it is the energy created by your dissatisfaction which is not finding any outlet and you dissipate it by jiggling your legs. When a man is angry, he gnashes his teeth and he clenches his fists - why? His eyes turn red - why? Why the fists? Even when you are alone and angry at someone you will clench your fist. There is no one to hit, but the energy that is created by your anger has to be released somehow. The muscles in your hands become tense and so the energy is released.
These difficulties have been created by social conditioning. A man without conditioning has a purer body. It does not have any blockages because where you suppress your emotions, he expresses his emotions very easily and spontaneously.
Imagine you are at work and your boss says something to you and you become angry, but you cannot tighten your fists. Now what will happen to all this energy which has just been created in you? And remember this: the energy does not simply evaporate. Energy is never destroyed, energy never comes to an end. If you say something which makes the other angry, he will not be able to express his anger in front of all these people. He cannot gnash his teeth or clench his fist; he cannot call you names or jump around in anger or pick up a stone. What happens to the energy that has been generated inside him? - this energy will cripple a part of his body. It will be used to create a blockage in some part of his body, a disharmony will form. By that, most of our disharmonies emerge in the body.
You may be surprised, and you might say that you don't see any such blockages. But try an experiment; you will then discover how many blockages there are in your body. Have you ever noticed that if you are in a room alone you may clench your teeth, or when you look in the mirror you may stick out your tongue or widen your eyes in anger? You may even laugh at yourself for doing this. Sometimes it may happen that while you are taking a shower you will suddenly jump, and you will wonder, 'Why did I jump? Why did I clench my teeth at my reflection in the mirror? Why do I feel like humming a song?'
Once a week, for half an hour, you lock yourself in a room and let your body do whatsoever it feels like doing. You will be surprised! Your body may start dancing - let it do whatsoever it pleases, don't stop it. It may dance, it may jump or even scream. Or it may jump at an imaginary enemy, it is possible. Then you will wonder, "What is happening?" All these are the disharmonies of the body that are expressed, but your social conditioning does not allow it. You also don't allow them to be expressed, so in the way many disharmonies have found a home in your body. And if the body is full of blockages it is not healthy and you cannot go inside. You will have to stop accumulating new disorders and also find a way to release the old ones. So, do that experiment twice a month. You will be surprised that after half an hour of all that jumping, you will feel so relaxed, so quiet and fresh. It will seem strange but you will feel very silent, and you will wonder where this silence has come from. When you exercise or take a walk you feel a lightness - why is that? It is because many of the blocks in the body are released.
Let yourself go totally wild in a closed room, dropping all the ideas that you have forced on yourself. Drop them! Then let it all happen and observe your body and see what it does. It dances, it jumps, it falls on the floor and lies there. Observe everything it does and let it happen. A month or two of this experiment and you will be surprised at the results. You will find that your body has become very easy, healthy and pure. It has found a release, the old blocks will have found an outlet. You have to see to it that new blocks don't develop.
The body blooms into its true beauty only when there is no disharmony in it. In that sense, a beautiful body is simply an indication that there is no disharmony.