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This happens: when people sit silently in meditation more thoughts come than they do ordinarily, than they usually come – unusual explosions. Millions of thoughts rush in, because they have some investment in you – and you are trying to get out of their power? They will give you a hard time.

So thoughts are bound to come. What are you going to do with thoughts? You cannot just go on sitting visibly there, you will have to do something. Fighting is not going to help because if you start fighting you will forget to look at the tip of the nose, the awareness of the third eye, the circulation of the light; you will forget all and you will be lost in the jungle of thoughts. If you start chasing thoughts you are lost, if you follow them you are lost, if you fight them you are lost. Then what is to be done?

And this is the secret. Buddha has also used the same secret. In fact, the secrets are almost the same because man is the same – the lock is the same, the key has to be the same. This is the secret: Buddha calls it sammasati, right remembrance. Just remember: this thought has come, see where it is – with no antagonism, with no justification, with no condemnation. Just be objective as a scientist is objective. See where it is, from where it is coming from, where it is going? See the coming of it, see the staying of it, see the going of it. And thoughts are very mobile; they don’t stay long. You have simply to watch the arising of the thought, the staying of the thought, and the going of the thought. Don’t try to fight, don’t try to follow – just be a silent observer – and you will be surprised: the more observation becomes settled, less and less thoughts come. When observation is perfect, thoughts disappear, there is only a gap left, an interval left.

But remember one more point: the mind can again play a trick.

Nothing is gained by pushing reflection further.

But don’t try to push the reflection further.

That’s what Freudian psychoanalysis does, the free association of thoughts: one thought comes, and then you wait for another thought, and then another, and the whole chain…. That’s what all kinds of psychoanalysis do: you start moving backwards into the past but one thought is connected with another, and so on and so forth, ad infinitum. There is no end to it. If you go into it you will be moving into an eternal journey – that will be a sheer wastage. Mind can do that, so beware of it.

Nothing is gained by pushing reflection further. One must be content to see where the thought arose, and not seek beyond the point of origin; for to find the heart-consciousness, to get behind consciousness with consciousness itself – that cannot be done.

From Osho, The Secret of Secrets, Chapter 11

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