Tantra is about Technique: Osho Book of Secrets I

“These techniques will not mention any religious ritual. No temple is needed, you are quite enough of a temple yourself. You are the lab; the whole experiment is to go on within you. This is not religion, this is science. No belief is needed. Only a daringness to experiment is enough; courage to experiment is enough. These 112 methods are for the whole of humanity-for all the ages that have passed, and for all the ages that have yet to come. I will go on describing each method from as many angles as possible. If you feel any affinity with it, play with it for three days. If you feel that it fits, that something clicks in you, continue it for three months. Life is a miracle. If you have not known its mystery, that only shows that you do not know the technique for how to approach it.″ — Osho

Go get the Book of Secrets and read it if you haven’t yet. There you can find it online and hardcover.

When we start talking about The Book of Secrets, we are talking about probably, the most important tantric text ever written.

Classics are books everyone talks about but nobody reads, right? Here you want to make an exception.

If you read one book on tantra in your life, this should pretty much be it.

Why?

Well,  because this is the book that gets you enlightened.

You heard me. Enlightened.

How?

Because it shows you the meditation that you need to do to get enlightened.

And why is enlightening so important?

I always kind of thought that enlightenment was the ultimate red herring of the spiritual world. Nirvana. Heaven. Perfect Mastery. Holy Grail.

Not something that you can achieve  in this life. Just a pipe dream.

Well, maybe not. The theory behind enlightenment is that you are dropping everything you don’t need. Your outdated beliefs. Your constant thinking. Your worries. Your judgments. Your concerns.

But rather than doing it the Ben Franklin way (alas, he didn’t have the advantage of this book!) and slowly slowly fight and struggle and work to get a little better at quelling your moral imperfections, you meditate.

What is meditation? We will get into that later.

So, get the book. Read the book.

Still here? Ok. I warned you. Here is a taster:

“The less you know, the better. To be philosophical, to be dogmatic, to be doctrinaire – this is easy. To tackle a problem intellectually is very easy. But to tackle a problem existentially – not just to think about it, but to live it through, to go through it, to allow yourself to be transformed through it – is difficult. That is, to know love one will have to be in love. That is dangerous because you will not remain the same. The experience is going to change you. The moment you enter love, you enter a different person. And when you come out you will not be able to recognize your old face; it will not belong to you. A discontinuity will have happened. Now there is a gap, the old man is dead and the new man has come. That is what is known as rebirth – being twice-born.”

The whole chapter is amazing. At least download and read the first chapter of the Book of Secrets.

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