Meditation on the tip of the nose
Experiments with being aware of the nose
The Meditation Second for now:
In daily life be aware
of the tip of the nose
Try becoming aware of your nose tip while reading this sentence - and you will get a feeling of this meditation technique. It seems to be simple and yet it can reveal many insights. Play with this meditation now, and find out its centering effects.
Osho on looking at the tip of the nose
A Hindu meditation technique
"Hindus have a method of looking at the tip of the nose: just sit silently and look at the tip of the nose and do nothing. People laugh because: “What foolishness! What will happen out of it?” But the meaning is missed. Hindus are saying it is just in front of you, just like the tip of your nose. Be silent and look at the tip of your nose and don’t get entangled in any thinking. And suddenly it is there – just like the tip of the nose, always in front of you.
The nose is always in front
And this is the beauty of the tip of your nose: wherever you move it is always in front of you. You go right, it is there; you go wrong, it is there. Be a sinner, it is in front; be a saint, it is in front. Whatsoever you do – stand in a reverse posture, in shirshasan – it is there in front of you. Fall asleep, it is there; be awake, it is there.
What the nose and truth have in common
This is the meaning of looking at the tip of the nose, because whatsoever you do, you cannot put it anywhere else than in the front. The moment you move, it has already moved. Just looking at the tip of your nose you will understand that the truth is just in front of you. Wherever you move, it moves with you; wherever you go, it goes with you. You cannot miss it, so there is no question of finding it. To understand that you have not missed it, look. Ordinarily you never look at the tip of your nose, because you are looking at other things, you are interested in other things. You never look at the tip of your nose."
Osho, excerpted from The Book of Nothing: Hsin Hsin Ming, Chapter 6
Osho: Attaining truth by looking at the tip of the nose
Big effects with a small technique
"Whenever a person can look at the tip of his nose, he will die to this world. A new birth, because he has looked in front of himself with clarity. This world disappears, this life disappears. He is dead as far as his old being was concerned. He is a new being, it is a rebirth. Now there is no coming and no going.
Neither easy nor difficult
He has attained – just by looking at the tip of the nose? Yes, because the whole question is: how to look in front and not sideways – because the truth is in front of you, it cannot be otherwise. It is neither easy nor difficult.
A question of awakening
It is not a question of effort, so how can it be easy or difficult? It is a question of awakening, not a question of effort. It is not a question of doing something. Doing, you will lose it, because you will become engrossed in doing. If you do something, it will be easy or difficult. It is a question of non-doing. How can non-doing be easy or difficult? Non-doing is completely beyond the world of doing. It is just being! How can being be difficult or easy? Being simply is. That is the great way. The whole effort is to come to know and see the tip of your nose, just to look with clear eyes in front of you."
Osho, excerpted from The Book of Nothing: Hsin Hsin Ming