Osho on Gautam Buddha Suchness

Osho : Deva means divine, Madhyama means the middle – the divine middle. The extreme is the disease, and the mind lives through the extremes. The mind always thinks in terms of either/or, and reality is just exactly in the middle. It is never either/or; it is both/and. It is neither day nor night, neither life nor death, neither body nor soul. It is somewhere between the two, exactly between the two.

And exactly in the middle is also the point from where transcendence happens, from where you go beyond both. To be in the middle is to go beyond both. Health and great balance, silence, come through this understanding. Because extremes create tensions and excitements, they create heaven and hell.

And the mind is always a chooser, it lives through choosing. The moment you stop choosing and allow life to be as it is, you immediately fall into the middle. Let-go is the way of the middle. Choicelessness is the meaning of let-go; Then you allow life, whatsoever it brings.

Buddha calls it the philosophy of suchness, ’tathata’, the philosophy of as-it-is-ness. Let it be as it is: when it is night, it is night; don’t hanker for the day. When it is day, it is day; don’t ask for the night. When it is pain it is pain; when it is pleasure it is pleasure. Don’t choose, allow it to happen. Slowly, slowly a great understanding arises out of this allowing, out of this let-go. And that understanding makes you alert, aware that you are separate from both.

You are neither life nor death: you are just a witness. That witnessing is Buddhahood, that witnessing is enlightenment. And to be in the middle is the way to it. So let this be your key: never go to the extreme, always keep in the middle, like a tightrope walker.

Slowly, slowly, the knack arises. Once you have understood how to be in the middle the mind disappears on its own accord, because it cannot exist in the middle; that is the secret of the work. It can exist only in the extreme, opposite to something, diametrically opposed to something. It is a chooser: it can either love or hate.

It cannot rest in the middle without choosing, without prejudice. It cannot allow things to have their own way. It interferes, it tries to impose itself upon reality. Reality is, God is, and all is already as it should be. We have just to relax and allow it to be.

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  1. To be in the middle is to be in balance. To be one with universal intelligence is to be in balance between the extremes of the mind, between the extremes of the processes of the universe as the mind is of the universe, they are one in the same. To be in the middle is to exist between the organization and disipation of universal intelligence, to be between creation and destruction, life and death, heaven and hell. From within the mind of ones daily reality, to be in the middle is to be in balance between the relative distractions of human intelligence and absolute trueths of universal intelligence. Live daily as if that which others do is simply an observation, allow their actions to only effect them, allow the actions of others to be an observation of the balance between the organization and disipation of universal intelligence. Live with the absolute understanding that disipation clears the way for higheer levels of organization and organization prevents disipation, and live in the absolute reality that one does not exsist without the other and both are a necesary part of the living in the middle. And when you come upon one of these extremes, be in the middle, be from tathata, and understand that the way is being cleared for balance to bring peace to ones being.

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