"Gurdjieff found a simple way of stopping the mind. In the East people have been trying for centuries to concentrate the mind, to visualize it, to stop it --and Gurdjieff found a way through physiology.Gurdjieff would shout "Stop!" and everybody would freeze. And when the body suddenly freezes, the mind feels a little weird: what happened? -- because the mind has no association with a frozen body, it is just shocked.
They are in cooperation, in a deep harmony, moving together. Now the body is completely frozen, what is the mind supposed to do? Where can it go?For a moment there is a complete silence; and even a single moment of complete silence is enough to give you the taste of meditation. Gurdjieff had developed dances, and during those dances suddenly he would say
Now, while dancing you never know in what posture you are going to be. People would simply fall on the floor. But even if you fall, the exercise continues.
If your hand is in an uncomfortable position under your body, you are not to make it comfortable, because that would mean you have not given a chance for the mind to stop. You are still listening to the mind. The mind says, "It is so uncomfortable, make it comfortable." No, you are not to do anything.
In New York when he was giving his demonstration of the dances, Gurdjieff chose a very strange situation. All the dancers were standing in a line, and at a certain stage in the dance when they came dancing forward and were just standing in a queue with first person just at the edge of the stage, Gurdjieff said "Stop!"
The first person fell, the second fell, the third fell -- the whole line fell on each other. But there was dead silence, no movement.One man in the audience just seeing this got his first experience of meditation. He was not doing it, he was just seeing it. But seeing so many people suddenly stop and then fall, but falling as if frozen, with no effort on their own to change their position or anything ....
It was as if suddenly they had all become paralyzed.The man was just sitting in the front row, and without knowing he just stopped, froze in the position he was in: his eyes stopped blinking, his breath stopped. Seeing this scene -- he had come to see the dance, but what kind of dance was this? -- suddenly he felt a new kind of energy arising within him. And it was so silent and he was so full of awareness, that he became a disciple. That very night he reached Gurdjieff and said, "I can't wait."
Osho, From Personality to Individuality
Osho on Gurdjieff
"Gurdjieff certainly is a pioneer. With Gurdjieff begins a totally new concept of spiritual life. He actually called his way "the fourth way" -- just as I call my way "the fourth way". He was immensely misunderstood, because he was not interested in imparting knowledge to you, he was not interested in consoling you.
He was not interested in giving you beautiful theories, visions, hallucinations. He was not interested in your tears, in your emotions and sentiments. He was not interested in being worshipped by you, he was interested in transforming you. And to transform a person means you have to take a hammer in your hands, because many chunks of that person's being have to be cut.
The person is so topsy-turvy that everything is wrong as it is, and it has to be put right. And he has invested so much in his wrong way of life that he becomes afraid and scared of anybody who wants to change his style of life - and not only the circumference, but the center too.
Only a few courageous people can enter into the world of a man like Gurdjieff. Tremendous courage is needed, a courage to die, because only then one is reborn. "
Osho, The Dhammapada, Vol. 2
Osho on meditation
"Religion is a journey inwards, and meditation is the way. What meditation actually does is, it takes you, your consciousness, as deep as possible. Even your body becomes something outside. Even your own mind becomes something outside.
Even your own heart -- which is very close to the center of your being -- becomes something outside. When your body, mind and heart, all three, are seen as outside, you have come to the very center of your existence.
This coming to the center is a tremendous explosion which transforms everything. You will never be the same man again, because now you know the body is only the outer shell; the mind is a little bit inner, but not really your inner core; the heart is a little bit more inner, but still not the innermost center. You are disidentified with all three.It is because of this that George Gurdjieff used to call his way "the fourth way" -- because if you can transcend these three, you reach the fourth, beyond which there is no way to go. You have come to the very end. (...)
Meditation is the way to the mastery of your own being. No God is needed, no catechism is needed, no holy book is needed. Nobody is needed to become a Christian or a Jew or a Hindu -- all that is sheer nonsense. All that is needed is to find your center, and meditation is the simplest way to find it. It will make you whole, healthy spiritually, and it will make you so rich that you can destroy all the spiritual poverty of the world. And that is the real poverty."
Osho, From Bondage to Freedom
"Meditation is nothing but coming back home, just to have a little rest inside. It is not the chanting of a mantra, it is not even a prayer, it is just coming back home and having a little rest. Not going anywhere is meditation, just being where you are; there is no other "where" -- just being there where you are, just occupying only that space where you are. (...)
Your seeking creates a smoke around the flame. You go on running around and around, you stir much dust, and you create much smoke, and the flame becomes hidden. Rest a little, let the dust settle back to the earth. And if you are not running very fast, not in a hurry, you will not create smoke. By and by, things settle and the inner light is revealed."
Osho, Tantra: the Supreme Understanding
Osho on Sufi dances and on Gurdjieff dances
"The Sufi may be dancing, but while he is dancing, at the center he remains absolutely unmoving -- the center of the cyclone. The dance is the cyclone, his whole body is in movements, fluid, flowing, dynamic, but at the center, the witness is there silently watching, undisturbed, undistracted.From the outside you can learn the exercise. From the outside you will never become aware of what is happening inside. And the inside is the true story."
Osho, The Perfect Master, Vol.2