The real observer observes nothing || Acharya Prashant, on Osho (2019)

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Question: Acharya Ji, in one discourse Osho has said that inner strength is a result of inner stillness. What does he mean?

Acharya Prashant Ji:

Something that remains untouched, unmoved, only that is something that can really look at what is trying to move it.

You have CCTV Cameras. The camera shows a person coming towards the camera, and a camera is able to show that. That camera shows that person pulling out his gun, even that the camera can show. Next the camera shows that the person is taking aim at the camera, even that the camera can show. Next the camera captures the gun, shooting a bullet towards the camera. Even that the camera can show. And after this, the camera shows nothing. Why?

Questioner: It has moved now.

Acharya Ji: Because the camera itself has moved. The camera itself is no more there. It is gone.

You will be able to see nothing, if that which you are seeing moves you.

What was the camera looking at? The man with the gun. But the man with the gun succeeded in displacing the camera itself. So the camera is now worthless.

That which you are seeing, must not be able to move you. Otherwise, your seeing will stop.

You do not merely see something.

You allow the thing to influence you.

You become the influenced one.

You forget that the seen thing, and the seer of the thing are both not you.

You become one with the seer.

The seer is bound to get influenced, that cannot be avoided.

What can be avoided is, that ‘you’ do not become the seer.

This is the thing in the market, a chocolate cake. This is the seer. It is impossible that the seer looks at the seen thing, and feels no vibrations. It cannot happen. The very act of perception is bound to change the perceiver. You have to be somewhere else. You are neither of these two.

The mistake that you make is, that you become the seer. And if you become the seer, you are bound to get influenced by the seen.

Questioner: Are you saying that I become the perceiver of both?

Acharya Prashant Ji:

You do not ‘become’ the perceiver of the both.

You ‘are’ at a place, where there is no perception.

I understand. Many a times, by many a teachers, even in many Scriptures it is mentioned this way, that you are the seer of both – the subject and the object. This (the subject), sees this (the object). This (the object), influences this (the subject).

You go and be busy in an apple orchard. In that apple orchard there are no chocolate cakes. I am talking of the orchard of the Father (pointing at the sky). You remain occupied there, even as the senses remain occupied with the objects. You have to be somewhere else. It’s not as if you are looking at these two (subject-object), and yet are influenced by these two.

Yesterday, we said, “The real observer observes nothing.” You should have nothing to do with the business of cakes, and the purchaser of the cakes. This is the cake, this is the consumer of the cake, you stay where you must. All this caky business is not your business.

The place where you are, is not a place of consciousness. All consciousness is in between these two – the subject and the object. You are where you always were. You are at your one unshakable position. You are where there is no space. You are where there is no territory to run to. Now where is the question of running? Even if you want to run away, there is no space to run away.

You are at a place where space and time do not exist. All space and time is here, in the dimension of consciousness, in between these two (the subject and the object). You are somewhere else.

Actually the confusion is understandable.

When I am saying, “You are somewhere else,” you are imagining that, that ‘somewhere else’, is some other place. This is happening at the bakery, and you are at the coffee-shop.

No! That’s not what I am saying. That’s not what I am saying.

You are, where there is ‘nothing’.


Excerpted from a ‘Shabd-Yog’ session. Edited for clarity.

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