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From Aum to Hoo

From Aum to Hoo

Why the emphasis, in the talks on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, on Aum? Is this a change of direction?

I am not emphasizing Aum, I am simply explaining Patanjali to you.
My emphasis remains on Hoo. Whatsoever I am saying about Aum, the same is applicable to Hoo, but my emphasis remains on Hoo.

As I told you, Patanjali existed five thousand years ago. People were simple...very simple, innocent. They could trust easily; they had not much of the mind. They were not head oriented: they were heart oriented. Aum is a mild sound – soothing, non-violent, non-aggressive. If you chant Aum, it goes from the throat to the heart – never below it. Those were heart people; Aum was enough for them. A mild dose, a homeopathic dose was enough for them.

For you, it won’t help much For you, Hoo will be more helpful. Hoo is a Sufi mantra. Just as Aum is a Hindu mantra, Hoo is a Mohammedan, Sufi mantra. Hoo was developed by Sufis for a very aggressive, violent country and race – not simple people, not innocent ; cunning and clever, fighters. For them Hoo was invented.

Hoo is the last part of Allah. If you repeat “Allah-Allah-Allah-Allah” continuously, by and by, it takes the shape of “Allahoo-Allahoo-Allahoo.” Then, by and by, the first part is to be dropped. It becomes “Lahoo-Lahoo-Lahoo.” Then even “Lah” is to be dropped. It becomes “Hoo-Hoo-Hoo.” It is very forceful, and it hits your sex center directly. It doesn’t hit your heart: it hits your sex center.

For you Hoo will be helpful because now your heart is almost non-functioning. Love has disappeared; only sex has remained. Your sex center is functioning, not your love center, so Aum will not be of much help. Hoo will be a deeper help because your energy is not now near the heart. Your energy is near the sex center, and the sex center has to be hit directly so the energy rises upwards.

After a period of doing Hoo you may feel that now you don’t need that much of a dose. Then you can turn to Aum. When you start feeling that now you exist near the heart, not near the sex center, only then can you use Aum – not before it. But there is no need: Hoo can do for the whole way.

But if you feel like it, you can change. If you feel that now there is no need, you don’t feel sexual – sex is not a worry to you, you don’t think about it; it is not a cerebral imagination, you are not fascinated by it; a beautiful woman passes and you simply take a note that “Yes, a woman has passed,” but nothing arises within, you; your sex center is not hit, no energy moves in you – then you can start Aum.

But no need: you can continue with Hoo. Hoo is a stronger dose. When you do Hoo, you can immediately feel it goes to the stomach – to the center of hara, and then to the sex center. It forces the sex energy immediately upwards. It stirs the sex center.

You are more head oriented. This always happens: people, countries, civilizations which are head oriented become sexual – more sexual than heart oriented people. Heart-oriented people are loving. Sex comes as a shadow of love; it is not important in itself. Heart-oriented people don’t think much because, really, if you watch over twenty-four hours, for twenty-three hours you are thinking about sex.

Heart-oriented people don’t think about sex at all. When it happens, it happens. It is just like a body need. And it follows as a shadow to love: it never happens directly. They live in the middle – the heart is the middle between head and sex centers – you live in the head and in sex. You move from these two extremes; you are never in the middle. When sex is fulfilled, you move to the heart. When the sex desire arises, you move to sex but you never stay in the middle. The pendulum moves right and left; it never stops in the middle.

Patanjali developed this method of chanting Aum for very simple people – innocent villagers living with nature. For you...You can try it; if it helps, it is good. But my understanding about you is this, that it will not help more than one percent of you. Ninety-nine percent will be helped by the mantra Hoo. It is nearer you.

And, remember, when the mantra Hoo succeeds when you reach to the listening point, you will hear aumkar, not Hoo. You will hear Aum! The final phenomenon will be the same. It is just on the path...you are difficult people. Stronger doses are needed, that’s all. But at the final stage, you will experience the same phenomenon.

My emphasis remains for Hoo because my emphasis depends not on Hindus or Mohammedans; my emphasis depends on you, on what your need is. I am neither a Hindu nor a Mohammedan. I am nobody, so I am free. I can use anything from anywhere. A Hindu will feel guilty using Allah; a Mohammedan will feel guilty using Aum: but I am not fussy about such things. If Allah helps, it is beautiful; if aumkar helps, it is beautiful. I bring every method to you according to your need.

To me, all religions lead to the same; the goal is one. All religions are like paths leading to the same summit. On the top, everything becomes one. Now it depends on you – where you are – and which path will be nearer. Aum will be very far from you; Hoo is nearer. It is your need. My emphasis depends on your need. My emphasis is not theoretical; it is not sectarian. My emphasis is absolutely personal. I look at you and decide.

Osho, Yoga: The Science of the Soul, Talk #8
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