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And what is meditation? It does not mean meditating upon something; the English word is misleading. In English there is no word adequate enough to translate Buddha’s word sammasati. It has been translated as meditation, as right mindfulness, as awareness, as consciousness, alertness, watchfulness, witnessing – but there is not really a single word which has the quality of sammasati.

Sammasati means: consciousness is, but without any content. There is no thought, no desire, nothing is stirred in you. You are not contemplating about God or about great things: nature and its beauty, the Bible, the Koran, the Vedas, and their immensely significant statements. You are not contemplating. You are not concentrating on any special object either. You are not chanting a mantra, because those are all things of the mind, they are all contents of the mind. You are not doing anything. The mind is utterly empty, and you are simply there in that emptiness. A kind of presence, a pure presence, with nowhere to go – utterly relaxed into oneself, at rest, at home. That is the meaning of Buddha’s meditation.

And nobody else has ever reached such a beautiful expression about meditation as Buddha. Many people have attained, but nobody has been so expressive, so capable of conveying the message, as Buddha. He never gives in to desire. He meditates.

And in the strength of his resolve
he discovers true happiness.

Bliss is true happiness. What you call happiness is just misery in disguise. What you call happiness is nothing but entertainment, pleasure. It is momentary; it cannot be true. Truth has to have one quality, and the quality is of eternity. If something is true it is eternal; if it is untrue it is momentary.

True happiness is found only when the mind completely ceases functioning. It does not come from the outside. It wells up within your own being, it starts overflowing you. You become luminous. You become a fountain of bliss.

He overcomes desire –
and from the tower of wisdom
he looks down with dispassion
upon the sorrowing crowd.
From the mountaintop
he looks down on those
who live close to the ground.

As someone becomes a buddha – desire overcome, mind overcome, time overcome, the ego transcended – he is no longer part of this earth. He still lives on the earth, but his soul soars so high that from the sunlit tops of his being he can see the sorrowing crowd in the dark valleys of life, stumbling, drunken, fighting, ambitious, greedy, angry, violent… A sheer waste of great opportunities. Great compassion arises in his being. His whole passion passes through dispassion and becomes compassion.

From Osho, The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha, Vol. 1, Chapter 7

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