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Create a distance between you and your anger

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When you are angry, become aware whether this anger is real, or you are just acting. The device is to create a dislocation, a discontinuity between you and the anger.

When you are angry you become so involved, that you lose yourself in anger. If you start asking, “Is this anger real?” The purpose of this question is to keep a little distance. Only then can you see whether it is real or not. From every aspect, from this corner and that corner, from behind and from the front ask, “Is this anger real?”

But anger cannot remain there if you are looking at it from all around. Anger can remain there only if you are absent. This looking for anger’s reality makes you present, alert and aware—and that’s the end of the whole game. The anger starts disappearing like smoke.

So whatever feels right to you, that method has to be followed. Or you can try all the methods at different times—because the whole day there are problems: sometimes you are miserable, sometimes you are angry, sometimes you are sad, sometimes you are feeling dull, sometimes you are feeling meaningless, sometimes you are feeling in great love and sometimes in great hate. You are such a marketplace, and the shops remain open twenty-four hours, day in, day out.

Just use any method of creating distance, and you will be amazed: this anger that has tortured you so much simply disappears, because you start looking for its roots, or you start looking for the person who is angry, or you start looking at all the aspects of the anger. You forget all about the person toward whom your anger was arrowed; your whole attention is focused now on the reality or unreality of anger itself. These are experienced, absolutely valid methods of transforming your mind into no-mind.

If you want to think, then think; if you want to cry, then cry. Just keep on crying, and thinking.


Keep investigating until your mind has nowhere to go. If you want to think, then think; if you want to cry, then cry. Just keep on crying, and thinking. When you arouse yourself to the point where the habit energy of love and affection within the store-house consciousness is exhausted, then naturally it is like water being returned to water, giving you back your original being. When you can arouse yourself to the point where the energy of love and affection within the store-house consciousness is exhausted.

That’s something of which Western psychology has not yet become aware, this store-house consciousness. It is just like a basement of your mind. In Sanskrit, the name is alaya vigyan, the house where you go on throwing into the basement things that you want to do but you cannot, because of social conditions, culture, civilisation. But they go on collecting there, and they affect your actions, your life, very indirectly. Directly, they cannot face you—you have forced them into darkness, but from the dark side they go on influencing your behavior. They are dangerous, it is dangerous to keep all those inhibitions inside you.

It is possible that these are the things that come to a climax when a person goes insane. Insanity is nothing but all these suppressions coming to a point where you cannot control them anymore. But madness is acceptable, while meditation is not—and meditation is the only way to make you absolutely sane.

Abridged from The Great Zen Master Ta Hui by Osho

Osho is known for his revolutionary contribution to the science of inner transformation, with an approach to meditation that acknowledges the accelerated pace of contemporary life.

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