Osho quotes about Vipassana


To live religiously does not mean to live seriously; it
means to live meditatively. And meditation has nothing to do with seriousness. Meditation is playfulness. That’s why my insistence here is more and more on dancing, on singing. I have put vipassana and zazen in the background because they can create seriousness in you, and you are already serious, and its dangerous. First your seriousness has to be destroyed. Only then will you be able to enjoy vipassana without becoming serious. First you have to dance, so in dance your armor drops. First you have to shout in joy and sing, so your life becomes more vital. First you have to carthart, so all that you have repressed is thrown out, and your body is purified of toxins and poisons, and your psyche also is purified from repressed traumas and wounds. When this has happened, and you have become able to laugh, and you have become able to love, then vipassana. Now vipassana will not drive you serious, will not drive you in any way in some ego trip. Now you can sit silently, now sitting silently is not serious. That is the special quality that I am trying to create here in vipassana. It does not exist anywhere in the world.

Osho, Unio Mystica, vol.1

Chapter 6, The bridge of Love and Laughter


Two things to be remembered... First, people have to be helped so that they can throw off their repressions unconditionally. Nobody will condemn them. If they want to shriek and shout and scream, they have to be allowed. If they want to jump and run, they have to be allowed. If they want to dance, they have to be allowed. If they want to go almost crazy, they have to be allowed. And this is the beauty of it: when a person goes crazy on his own he is not crazy, deep down he always remains in control. A tremendous control arises and he becomes unburdened.
When a person has become unburdened then the second step: Vipassana, zazen-type silent methods. Just tell them to sit silently, “If thoughts come, watch. Don’t fight with thoughts. They will come less if the person has really been cathartic. Not so many thoughts will come, the traffic will be very, very slow. Sometimes a thought will pass and again there will be a gap. Ordinarily your mind is always in a rush hour. You will be more silent. Thoughts will come and go; you need not be worried. Just watch. You have nothing to be worried about – good or bad, no judgment is needed. Just be a watcher.

Osho: Tao: The Pathless Path, Vol 2, #8