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Osho - A man came to me. He had been suffering from chain-smoking for
thirty years; he was ill and the doctors said, "You will never be
healthy if you don't stop smoking. " But he was a chronic smoker; he
could not help it. He had tried -- not that he had not tried -- he had
tried hard, and he had suffered much in trying, but one day or two
days, and then again the urge would come so tremendously, it would
simply take him away. Again he would fall into the same pattern.
Because of this smoking he had lost all self-confidence: he knows he
cannot do a small thing; he cannot stop smoking. He had become
worthless in his own eyes; he thought himself just the most worthless
person in the world. He had no respect for himself.
He came to me; he said, "What can I do? How can I stop smoking?" I
said, "Nobody can stop smoking. You have to understand. Smoking is not
only a question of your decision now. It has entered into your world
of habits, it has taken roots. Thirty years is a long time. It has
taken roots in your body, in your chemistry, it has spread all over.
It is not just a question of your head deciding; your head cannot do
anything. The head is impotent; it can start things, but it cannot
stop so easily. Once you have started and once you have practiced so
long, you are a great yogi -- thirty years' practicing smoking. It has
become autonomous; you will have to de-automatize it. " He said, "What
do you mean by 'de-automatization'?"
And that's what meditation is all about: de-automatization.
I said, "You do one thing: forget about stopping. There is no need
either. For thirty years you have smoked and lived; of course it was a
suffering, but you have become accustomed to that too. And what does
it matter if you die a few hours earlier than you would have died
without smoking? What are you going to do here? What have you done? So
what is the point -- whether you die Monday or Tuesday or Sunday, this
year, that year -- what does it matter?"
He said, "Yes, that is true, it doesn't matter." Then I said, "Forget
about it; we are not going to stop it at all. Rather, we are going to
understand it. So next time, you make it a meditation. "
He said, "Meditation out of smoking?" I said, "Yes. If Zen people can
make meditation out of drinking tea, and can make it a ceremony, why
not? Smoking can be as beautiful a meditation. "
He looked thrilled. He said, "What are you saying?" He became alive!
He said, "Meditation? Just tell me -- I cannot wait! "
I gave him the meditation. I said, "Do one thing. When you take the
packet out of your pocket, for a moment go slowly. When you are taking
the packet of cigarettes out of your pocket move slowly. Enjoy it,
there is no hurry. Be conscious, alert, aware; take it out slowly,
with full awareness. Then take the cigarette out of the packet with
full awareness, slowly -- not in the old hurried way, unconscious way,
mechanical way. Then start tapping the cigarette on your packet -- but
very alertly. Listen to the sound, just as Zen people do when the
samovar starts singing and the tea starts boiling, and the aroma. Then
smell the cigarette and the beauty of it.... "
He said, "What are you saying? The beauty?" "Yes, it is beautiful.
Tobacco is as divine as anything. Even Morarji Desai is divine, so why
not tobacco? Smell it; it is God's smell."
He looked a little surprised. He said, "What, are you joking?" "No, I
am not joking."
Even when I joke, I don't joke. I am very serious.
"Then put it in your mouth, with full awareness, light it with full
awareness. Enjoy every act, small act, and divide it into as many
small acts as possible, so you can become more and more aware.
"Then have the first puff: God in the form of smoke. Hindus say,
'annam brahm' -- ' Food is God.' Why not smoke? All is God. Fill your
lungs deeply -- this is a pranayam. I am giving you the new yoga for
the new age! Then release the smoke, relax, another puff... and go
"If you can do it, you will be surprised, soon you will see the whole
stupidity of it. Not because others have said that it is stupid, not
because others have said that it is bad: you will see it. And the
seeing will not be just intellectual. It will be from your total
being, it will be a vision of your totality. And then, one day, if it
drops, it drops; if it continues, it continues. You need not worry
about it. "
After three months he came, and he said, "But it dropped."
"Now, " I said, "try it on other things too. "
This is the secret, the secret: de-automatize. Walking, walk slowly,
watchfully. Looking, look watchfully, and you will see trees are
greener than they have ever been and roses are rosier than they have
ever been. Listen. Somebody is talking, gossiping: listen, listen
attentively. When you are talking, talk attentively. Let your whole
waking activity become de-automatized.
Source: " The Guest " - Osho