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Chapter 1: The Mystic Rose

But we are doing the experiment again and we are in a far more successful stage now. Our people are more joyous, more meditative; more intelligent, uncompromising. This is the meeting of the eccentric people - but highly intelligent. My whole effort is to spread intelligence, love, freedom - without any boundaries, without any frontiers - around the globe. It can be done only by the individual - not by religions, not by political parties, not by any other kind of organizations. The whole thing depends on the individual rising to the highest peak of his being and potentiality.

I am giving you a second new meditation - because since Gautam Buddha, not a single new meditation has been evolved. This meditation will be the preface for the coming series on Zen.

Zen means your very essence, your very being.

I have talked about the meditation, and a group of people have done it for twenty-one days. But all of you have not been participants. At the beginning of this series, be a participant in this meditation called the Mystic Rose.

It has four steps. All are designed for a particular purpose: to bring out all the poison from your being that has been injected by every generation for centuries. Laughter is the first step. One of the great writers, NormanCousins, has written just now of his life-long experiment: that if he laughs for just twenty minutes without any reason, all his tensions disappear. His consciousness grows; the dust disappears.

You will see it for yourself. If you can laugh without any reason, you will see something repressed within you. From your very childhood you have been told not to laugh: “Be serious!” You have to come out of that repressive conditioning.

The second step is tears. Tears have been repressed even more deeply. It has been told to us that tears are a symptom of weakness. They are not. Tears can cleanse not only your eyes, but your heart too. They soften you, they are a biological strategy to keep you clean, to keep you unburdened.

It is now a well-known fact that fewer women go mad than men. And the reason has been found to be that women can cry and weep more easily than men. Even to the small child it is said, “Be a man! Don’t cry like a woman!” But if you look at the physiology of your body, you have the same glands full of tears whether you are man or woman.

It has been found that fewer women commit suicide than men, and of course, no woman in history has been the cause of founding violent religions, wars, massacres.

If the whole world can learn to cry and weep again it will be a tremendous transformation, a metamorphosis.

The third step is silence. I have called it “The Watcher on the Hills.” Become as silent as you are alone, on the top of an Himalayan peak - utterly silent and alone, just watching, listening.sensitive, but still.

And the fourth step is let-go.

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