A gruesome story of events so far. It's been very easy to imagine a future America and world that has steered in the direction of the time of this booA gruesome story of events so far. It's been very easy to imagine a future America and world that has steered in the direction of the time of this book. Low wages, overworked, unhealthy job positions, and the slaughtering of many many animals. I can't wait to get further in this, not nearly far enough in the book to share any more details but I know it is going to be a good one! A Stephen Colbert Nominee sticker was placed on it! :)) 5/19/12...more
Churches, religions, organized sects-they teach you to pray. But in fact they hinder you from praying because prayer is a spontaneous phenomenon, it Churches, religions, organized sects-they teach you to pray. But in fact they hinder you from praying because prayer is a spontaneous phenomenon, it cannot be taught. If you have been taught a prayer in your childhood, you have been prevented from a beautiful experience that could have happened. Pg 71
If you talk to a rose, which is more alive than any stone image, which is more divine than any stone image...If you talk to a tree, which is more deeply rooted in God than any cross because no cross has roots, it is a dead thing-that's why it kills...A tree is alive, with roots deep into the earth, branches high into the sky, connected with the whole, with the rays of the sun, with the stars- talk to the trees! That can be a contact point with the divine. Pg 74
It is your fear that makes you a slave - it is your fear. When you are fearless you are no longer a slave; in fact, it is your fear that forces you to make others slaves before they can try to make a slave out of you. Pg 6
The whole are for the new humanity will consist in the secret of listening to the heart consciously, alertly, attentively. And follow it, go wherever it takes you. Yes, sometimes it will take you into dangers- but remember, those dangers are needed to make you ripe. Sometimes it will take you astray- but remember again, those goings astray are part of growth. Many times you will fall- rise up again, because this is how one gathers strength, by falling and rising again. This is how one becomes integrated. But don't follow rules imposed from the outside. No imposed rule can ever be right- because rules are invented by people who want to rule you! Yes, sometimes there have been great enlightened people in the world, too- a Buddha, a Jesus, a Krishna, A Mohammed. They have NOT given rules to the world- they have given their love. But sooner or later the disciples gather together and start making codes of conduct. Once the Master is gone, once the light is gone and they are in deep darkness, they start groping for certain rules to follow, because now the light in which they could have seen is no longer there. Now they will have to depend on rules. What Jesus did was his own heart's whispering, and what Christians go on doing is not their own heart's whispering. They are IMITATORS- and the moment you imitate you insult your humanity, you insult you God. Never be an imitator, be always original. Don't become a carbon copy. But that's what is happening all over the world- carbon copies and carbon copies. Pg 10
The Ten Commandments- so simple! - you know what is right and what is wrong. But life goes on changing continuously. If Moses comes back, I don't think he will give you the same ten commandments- he cannot. After three thousand years, how can he give you the same commandments? He will have to invent something new. But my own understanding is this: whenever commandments are given, they create difficulties for people because by the time they are given they already out of date. Life moves so fast; it is a dynamism, it is not static. It is not a stagnant pool, it is a Ganges, it goes on flowing. It is never the same for two consecutive moments. So one thing may be right this moment and may not be right the next. Pg 13
Existence precedes thinking. So existence is not a state of mind, it is a state beyond. To be, not to think, is the way to know the fundamental. Science means thinking, philosophy means thinking, theology means thinking. Religiousness does not mean thinking. The religious approach is a nonthinking approach. It is more intimate, it brings you closer to reality. Pg 17
Thinking can think only about the known- it can chew the already chewed. Thinking can never be original. How can you think about the unknown? At the most, thinking can create new combinations. You can think about a horse who flies in the sky, who is made of gold, but nothing is new. You know birds who fly in the sky, you know gold, you know horses; you combine the three together. So thinking goes in a circle, goes on knowing the known again and again. It goes on chewing the chewed. Thinking is never original. Pg 18
Science is the murderer of mystery. Pg 20
THE WHOLE WORLD IS FULL OF PSEUDORELIGIOUS PEOPLE- churches, temples, gurudwaras, mosques, full of religious people. And can't you see that the world is absolutely irreligious? With so many religious people, the world is so irreligious- how is this miracle happening? Everybody is religious and the total is irreligiousness. The religion is false. People have "cultivated" trust. Trust has become a belief, not an experience. They have been taught to believe, they have not been taught to know- that's where humanity has missed. NEVER BELIEVE. If you cannot trust it is better to doubt, because through doubt, someday or other the possibility of trust will arise. You cannot live with doubt eternally. Doubt is disease; it is an illness. In doubt you never feel fulfilled; in doubt you will always tremble; in doubt you will always remain in anguish and divided and indecisive. Pg 24
You have been taught to believe- from the very childhood, everybody's mind has been conditioned to believe; believe in God, believe in the soul, believe in this and believe in that. Now that belief has entered into your bones and your blood, but it remains a belief- you have not known. And unless you know you cannot be liberated. Knowledge liberates, only knowing liberates. All beliefs are borrowed; others have given them to you, they are not your flowerings. And how can a borrowed thing lead you toward the real, the absolutely real? Pg 25
So remember, there is a great difference between trust and belief. Trust is personal; belief is social. Trust you have to grow in; belief you can remain in, whatsoever you are, and belief can be imposed on you. Drop beliefs. The fear will be there- because if you drop belief, doubt arises. Each belief is forcing doubt into hiding somewhere, repressing doubt. Don't be worried about it; let doubt come. Trust cannot be "cultivated"- and never try to cultivate it; that is what has been done by the whole of humanity. Cultivated trust becomes belief. Discover trust within yourself, don't cultivate it. Go deeper into your being, to the very source of your being, and discover it. Pg 26
A man of little trust can only doubt a little. A man of no trust can only pretend that he doubts. Pg 27
When I say the word trust I mean the eyes of the heart. And when I say doubt I mean the legs of your intellect. Pg 31
In a better world, every family will learn from children. You are in such a hurry to teach them. Nobody seems to learn from them, and they have much to teach you. And you have nothing to teach them. Pg 49
Mind thinks it is mad. Mind thinks it is not rational to leave the old. But God is always the new. That's why we cannot use past tense or future tense for God. We cannot say "God was," we cannot say "God will be." We can only use the present: "God is." It is always fresh, virgin. Pg 55
Courage is not the absence of fear, says Osho. It is, rather, the total presence of fear, with the courage to face it. This book provides a bird's-eye view of the whole terrain--where fears originate, how to understand them, and how to find the courage to face them. In the process, Osho proposes that whenever we are faced with uncertainty and change in our lives, it is actually a cause for celebration. Instead of trying to hang on to the familiar and the known, we can learn to enjoy these situations as opportunities for adventure and for deepening our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. Pg 1...more
Pg 224-225 There being no two such things as object of meditation and meditator, if by those who practice or do not practice meditation the meditator oPg 224-225 There being no two such things as object of meditation and meditator, if by those who practice or do not practice meditation the meditator of meditation be sought and not found, thereupon the goal of the meditation is reached and also the end of the meditation itself. There being no two such things as meditation and object of meditation, there is no need to fall under the sway of deeply obscuring Ignorance; for, as the result of meditation upon the unmodified quiescence of mind, the non-created Wisdom instantaneoulsy shines forth clearly.
Pg 231 Changes in one's train of thoughts [or in on'es association of ideas] produce corresponding changes in one's conception of the external world. Therefore, the various views concerning things are due merely to different mental concepts.
Pg 233 The happiness of gods in heaven-worlds and of men' is another mental concept. The three unhappy states of suffering', too, are concepts of the mind. Ignorance, miseries, and the Five Poisons' are, likewise, mental concepts. Self-originated Divine Wisdom' is also a concept of the mind.
Pg 234 Nothing save mind is conceivable.
Pg 238 As soon as one's mind is known to be of the Wisdom of the Voidness, concepts like good and evil karma cease to exist. Even as in the empty sky there seems to be, but is not, a fountain of water, so in the Voidness is neither good or evil. When one's mind is thus known in its nakedness, this Doctrine of Seeing the Mind Naked, this Self-Liberation, is seen to be exceedigly profound. Seek, therefore, thine own Wisdom within thee. It is the Vast Deep.
Pg 246 The Eagle of the Mind is sure to take its flight with wings spread free; Train yourselves to fly as freely, even now, O Tingri folk.
Pg 248 The SANGSARA and NIRVANA have their source in the ONE MIND.
Pg 250 All creation, within and without, is contained in one's own mind, Like the water in the ice; seek to know this truly, Tingri folk.
Pg 252 Though one thinketh joys and sorrows come of causes of oppostie, Yet within oneself are found their roots and cause, Tingri folk. If excess of faith should lead you to contempt of truth at times, Meditate karmic results in the Sangsara, Tingri folk.
Pg 234 The full realization of the passing away into Nirvana is also a concept of mind. Misfortion caused by demons and evil spirits is also a concept of mind.** Gods and good fortune are also concepts of mind. Likewise, the various 'perfections' are mental concepts.
Existence and non-existence, as well as 'the Non-Created', are concepts of the mind.
**Like Jesus and His disciples and the early Christians as a whole, the Tibetans believe that invisible beings, commonly called demons and evil spirits
The religious point of view always expresses and formulates the essential psychological attitude and its specific prejudices, even in the case of people who have forgotten, or who have never heard of, their own religion. In spite of everything, the West is thoroughly Christian as far as its psychology is concerned. Tertullian's 'anima naturaliter christiana' holds true throughout the West-not, as he thought, in religious sense, but in the psychological one. Grace comes from elsewhere; at all events from outside. Every other point of view is sheer heresy. Hence it is quite understandable why the human psyche is suffering from UNDERVALUATION. Anyone who dares to establish a connection between the psyche and the idea of God is immediately accused of 'psychologism; or suspected of morbid 'mysticism.' The East, on the other hand, compassionately tolerates those 'lower' spiritual stages where man, in his blind ignorance of KARMA, still bothers about SIN and tortures his IMAGINATION with a belief in absolute gods, who, if he only looked DEEPER, are nothing but the veil of ILLUSION woven by his own unenlightened mind. The psyche is therefore all-important; it is the all-pervading Breath, the Buddha essence; it is the Buddha Mind, the One, the DHARMA-KAYA. All existence emanates from it, and all separate forms dissolve back into it. This is the basic psychological prejudice that permeates Eastern man in every fiber of his being, seeping into all his thoughts, feelings, and deeds, no matter what creed he professes. ...more
This is happening in this story. Ikkyu is one of the greatest masters, a very rare, revolutionary, nonconformist. Once he stayed in a temple. The nigh This is happening in this story. Ikkyu is one of the greatest masters, a very rare, revolutionary, nonconformist. Once he stayed in a temple. The night was very cold and there were three wooden Buddhas in the temple, so he burned one Buddha to warm himself. The priest became aware – he was fast asleep, it was in the middle of the night and the night was very cold – he became aware that something was going on, so he looked. Buddha was burning! – and this man Ikkyu was sitting, happy, warming his hands. The priest became mad; he said, ”What are you doing? Are you a madman? – and I thought you to be a Buddhist monk, that’s why I allowed you to stay in the temple. And you have done the most sacrilegious act." Ikkyu looked at the priest and said, ”But the buddha within me was feeling very cold. So it was a question whether to sacrifice the living Buddha to the wooden one, or to sacrifice the wooden one to the living one. And I decided for life.” But the priest was so mad with anger, he couldn’t listen to what Ikkyu was saying. He said, ”You are a madman. You simply get out of here! You have burned Buddha.”
So Ikkyu started to poke the burned Buddha – ashes were there, the statue was almost completely finished. He started to poke with a stick. The priest asked, ”What are you doing?” He said, ”I am trying to find the bones of Buddha.” So the priest laughed, he said, ”You are either a fool or a madman. And you are absolutely mad! You cannot find bones there, because it is just a wooden Buddha.” Ikkyu laughed, he said, ”Then bring the other two. The night is still very cold and the morning is still far away.” This Ikkyu was a very rare man. He was turned out immediately, out of the temple. In the morning he was sitting just on the side of the street outside the temple – worshipping a milestone, putting flowers, doing his prayers. So the priest said, ”You fool! In the night you misbehaved with Buddha. What have you done? You have committed a sin, and now what are you doing with this milestone? This is not a statue.” Ikkyu said, ”When you want to pray, everything is a statue. At that time the buddha within was feeling very cold. At this time the buddha within is feeling very prayerful.”
This man Ikkyu had thousands of disciples all over the country, and he used to wander from one place to another to help disciples. This story is about one of his disciples, Ninakawa. He was just on the verge, almost enlightened. But ’almost enlightened’ means nothing; you can move back, from the last point also you can fall. Unless it has happened, it has not happened. From the very last moment, when only one step remains and you will become an enlightened one, you can come back. This Ninakawa was almost enlightened but still in the grip of the scriptures, because unless you reach to the truth, it is very difficult to get out of the grip of the scriptures. It is very difficult to get out of the prison of words. It happens only when you are really enlightened. Then you can see that words are just words: nothing is there, they are not substantial, they are made of the stuff dreams are made of. They are just ripples in the mind, nothing else; sounds in the mind. And the meaning? Meaning is given by us; it is not there, no word is meaningful. And any word can become meaningful by common agreement. So it is just a social phenomenon, not concerned with truth at all. But people live by words: if someone says something against Jesus and you are a Christian you will be ready to kill him, or be ready to be killed – it is a question of life and death. Someone says something against Mohammed, a Mohammedan gets mad. Just a word – ’Mohammed’ is just a word, ’Jesus’ is just a word – but people live by words.
Jesus is right: unless you hate your father and mother you can-not come to a master. That’s why,whenever you go to a master, your father and mother are very disturbed – it has to be so. They are never so disturbed. You can go to a prostitute – they will not be so disturbed; you can become an alcoholic – they will not be so disturbed. But going to a Buddha or a Jesus... to a master, they are abso-lutely disturbed. Something in the unconscious says, ”Now this is the last break. Now, if this boy or this girl goes to a master, then ’father’ and ’mother’ are completely closed” – the fear! Even if a son moves with a woman, the mother can have some relationship, some sort of relationship. But if the son moves with a Jesus, then all relationship is broken; then there is no possibility; Jesus demands total surrender. No woman can demand it, no husband can demand it; only a master can demand total surrender, no holding back. Pg 112
There is another saying which is also very mysterious, looks very hard on the part of Jesus. He was talking to a crowd and then somebody said, ”Jesus, your mother is waiting outside, and the crowd is so large she cannot come in, and she wants to see you.” Jesus said, ”No one is my mother. Tell that woman, no one is my mother” – looks very hard, rude. But Jesus cannot be rude and he cannot be hard. But sometimes truth is rude, truth is hard. And Jesus cannot lie, he is right: ”No one is my mother.”Once it happened: Jesus was a small child and the father and mother had come to the great temple of the Jews for the annual festival. Jesus was lost somewhere in the crowd, so they tried and tried, and only by the evening – when they were very much disturbed, worried – only by the evening could they ﬁnd him. He was sitting with some scholars, and he was just a child, and he was discussing things about the unknown with them. So his father said, ”Jesus, what are you doing here? We have been worried about you the whole day.” Jesus said, ”Don’t be worried about me. I was looking after my father’s business.” The father said, ”I am your father – and what type of business are you looking after here? I am a carpenter.” And Jesus said, ”My father is there, up in heaven. You are not my father.” Just as a child has to leave the body of the mother, otherwise he will be dead in the womb – he has to come out of the womb – the same happens mentally also. One day he has to come out of the father and mother’s womb. Not only physically – mentally; not only mentally – spiritually. And when the spiritual child is born, is completely out of the past, has broken with it completely – only then for the ﬁrst time does he become a self, an independent reality, standing on his own feet. He is! Before this he was just a part of the mother, or the father, or the family – but he was never himself. From the very beginning the mother and father are trying not to give freedom to the child. And love is born only in freedom, because it is a spontaneous phenomenon, you cannot do anything about it. If you do, you will destroy the whole possibility. They try: ”Love us” – and the child has to yield, he is helpless. Just to exist he has to bargain. This is a bargain when a child says, ”Yes, I love you mother,” and when he says, ”I love no one else like you.” When a child says, ”I love you, father, and there is nobody else like you. You are unique, the best, the greatest father that ever was,” he is just making a bargain, he is just playing politics, he has become part of a deceiving game. Pg 113
Why is it so difficult for logic to love? – because love needs a very courageous act, and that courageous act is to move into the unknown. Logic is always a coward, it never moves into the unknown. Logic says, ”First I must know. When the territory is well known, then I will move.” Pg 128
Logic has no adventure in it. Love is absolutely adventurous; sometimes it even looks foolish. To the logical mind it always looks foolish: ”What are you doing, moving into the unknown without knowing where you are going? What you are doing? And leaving the territory that was known, secure, safe, becoming unnecessarily homeless. Don’t lose that which you have got, first be sure of that which you are going to gain.” This is the problem. Logic says, ”First know the further step well; only then leave the step you are standing on.” Then you can never leave this step, because there is no way of knowing the further step unless you reach to it. Logic is... Pg 128
With logic you move towards the source; with love you move towards the ultimate flowering – the dimensions are different. Logic asks, ”Who created the world?” It is interested in the creator, in the past, the original source – the Gangotri, from where the Ganges flows. Love never asks who created the world. It is already there, so why bother? Whosoever created ABC makes no difference. How is it going to affect you, whoever created the world? Whether it was a Hindu god, a Brahma, or a Christian trinity – what difference does it make? Pg 128
Love is interested in what the ultimate flowering is going to be. Love is interested in buddhahood.Love is interested what is going to happen to me, to my seed, how it will flower. Note the difference: logic is always interested in the known, in the past, the path that you have already traveled; love is always interested in the unknown, in the ultimate flowering, the path that you have not traveled – not only not traveled, the path that you have not even imagined, not even dreamed of. Pg 129
Only humbleness, deep humility, can bring you to a buddha – now you are ready to learn, because you don’t know anything. Pg 130
So there are two types of ignorance: ordinary ignorance is when a man is ignorant but is not aware that he is ignorant. When a philosopher becomes aware that he is ignorant – this is the second type of ignorance, very deep: he has come to realize that he is ignorant, he is fully aware that he is ignorant – when ignorance is aware of itself, that becomes the first step of wisdom. Pg 130
Why not leave off hoping? Why do you hope? What is the basis of it? Discontent becomes hope; this is the disguise. Because here and now you are in so much discontent, in so much misery, that you need some hope in the future. That hope will help you to move. You can somehow tolerate the present; through hoping, you can tolerate the present... hope is anesthesia. The present is miserable, painful; hope is alcoholic, it is a drug, it makes you unconscious enough so you can tolerate the present. Hope means here and now there is discontent. But have you ever looked at the whole phenomenon? Why are you discontented here and now in the first place? Why? – because you hoped in the past, that’s why here and now you are in discontent. This today was tomorrow yesterday. Yesterday you hoped for today, because it was tomorrow then. Now that hope is not fulfilled, so you are in misery,frustrated. And to hide this misery, to somehow pass today, you are again hoping for the tomorrow. Pg 86
Pg 99 When love becomes a frustration – and it will become a frustration, because it is not love – then you by and by start loving things. Look at people when they polish their cars, the way they look at their car – enchanted! Look at the romantic light that comes to their face when they look at their car; they are in love with their car. In the West particularly, where love has been killed completely, people are in love with things or animals: dogs, cats, cars, houses. It is easier to love a thing or an animal; a dog is more faithful than a wife ever can be. You cannot find a more faithful animal than a dog – he remains faithful, there is no danger. A wife is dangerous. A husband is dangerous; any moment he can move away and you cannot do anything. And when he moves, your whole ego is shattered, you feel hurt. To protect from that hurt ever happening you start killing the husband or the wife, so they become just like cars and houses – dead things.
Pg 99 - 100 This is the misery: if you want to possess, you kill. And the moment you have succeeded the whole glory is lost, because now the other cannot respond. The other can respond only in freedom, but you cannot allow freedom because you are not in love. Love is never possessive. It cannot be, by its very nature. And not only loving a man or a woman: if you start loving a Buddha you will repeat this whole thing. You will do the same, you will be possessive there also. That is why so many temples have been created – possessiveness. Christians think Christ belongs to them. Christ cannot belong to anybody, but Christians think he belongs to them; they are the possessors. Mohammedans think Mohammed belongs to them. You cannot draw a picture of Mohammed – you will be dragged to the court. You cannot make a statue of Mohammed, because Mohammedans won’t allow it. But who are these Mohammedans? How did they become the possessors? They have turned Mohammed into a dead thing. Nobody can possess Mohammed, nobody can possess Christ – they are so big and your hands are so small. They cannot be possessed. Love can never be possessed; it is such a vital force, and such an infinite force, and you are so tiny and so small, you cannot possess it. But Christians have their Christ, Mohammedans have their Mohammed, Hindus their Krishna, Buddhists their Buddha.
Pg. 101 Priests are in the know. They know that Christ is dead – and you are a fool, you are praying to a dead thing. But they cannot say that to you, because that is a trade secret; and only through it is exploitation possible. And it is in their favor, because if Christ is alive they cannot become the agents in between. An alive Christ will come directly to you; he will not allow a mediator, a broker. He will not allow it. Christ will not allow a priest to come and stand in between the lovers and himself – he will face them, he will come to you directly. So for priests, a live Christ is dangerous, only a dead Christ is good.
Pg 101 This has happened in religions so deeply, that religion, rather than becoming a blessing to the world, has proved dangerous. Through this possessiveness religion becomes the sect – then you go on worshiping this dead thing and then nothing happens in your life; and then you think something is wrong with religion. Nothing is wrong with religion. Mahavira could have transformed you. Krishna could have given you the light that he had, but you didn’t allow him. Christ certainly could have become the salvation, but you didn’t allow. Jews crucified him, and you – you have mummified him in the churches. Now he is a dead thing – good to worship, good to possess, but how can a dead Christ transform you?
Pg 103 Buddha is alive if you dissolve into him. But then Buddha is dangerous, because you will never come back. It is a point from where no one can come back. Once you have fallen, you have fallen into it; there is no returning. There is fear and trembling, you are afraid you may be lost. And your fear is true – you are going to be lost.
Pg 115 When love becomes artiﬁcial, money becomes important. This is to be understood. Why does money become important when love is artiﬁcial? Because love gives you an inner security. When you are in love you are safe – no other safety is needed. When you are in love you are absolutely secure – no other security is needed. Love is enough, nothing else is needed. You can be a beggar on the street, but if you are in love no emperor can compete with you in your security; even Solomon is a poor man before you.
Pg. 7 Those who have been working for a long time on the science of sleep, they say that sleep is needed for dreaming. And if you ask them why dreaming is needed, they say it is needed so that you can remain sane, because in dreams you can throw your insanity. The whole night is a catharsis. In your dreaming you are throwing your insanity, and by the morning you can behave sanely. The whole day you can behave in a sane way, because the whole night is there to behave in an insane way. Scientists say that if you are deprived of your dreaming and sleep for a few days you will go mad, because the catharsis will not be there and then madness will start erupting. You will explode.
Pg 83 You never think about the mind, that it has been used by many. Your every thought is borrowed, old, rubbish; many have thrown it. But you go on believing in it, because this mind has learned a trick, and that trick is how to promise. It goes on promising: ”I will give you everything. You need God? I will give you God, just wait. Do this and that. Make effort, and hope and pray, and you will get it.” It always postpones. It says, ”Tomorrow it will happen” – and tomorrow never comes. Tomorrow cannot come – all that comes is always today, and all that mind does is to transfer everything for tomorrow. It promises you – in the future. Whether it is heaven, whether it is God, or moksha, or nirvana – it always promises you, ”In the future.” Meditation, Zen, never promises you anything. It simply gives you here and now. Mind is a postponement, it says, ”It will happen. It will happen gradually. Go by and by. Don’t be in a hurry, nothing can be done right now.” Mind says, ”Time is needed. Long is the path. Much has to be done and unless you do it, how can you attain?” Mind always divides ends and means. In reality, there is no division. Every step is the goal, and every moment is nirvana. The present is all that exists. Future is the most illusory thing, it is a creation of the mind. But you believe in the mind, and it is really wonderful, you don’t even get discouraged!
P. 29 "A system that simply pours information into the memory cannot really be called education. EducatWhen the priest enters the temple God leaves....
P. 29 "A system that simply pours information into the memory cannot really be called education. Education must give birth to an inner vision that is capable of scrutinizing problems. If the difficulty to be solved is mine, other people's remedies cannot be of any help to me. Every problem is so new that no old solution can be the true answer to it."
P. 39 " Isn't it amazing that most of us only live for our enemies? Those who live and die for their friends are few and far between! Instead of love, hatred has become the foundation of life. And so it's only natural people get secret enjoyment out of death and that they have this blind helpless attraction for destruction. Individuals aren't attracted to violence and nations to wars for no reason at all."
Pg. 45-46 " It is worth considering whether religion exists or not. Religion has no meaning when it exists in thought alone, but only when it is one's very life. Then and then alone religion is meaningful. A lot of people have religious thoughts, but does this kind of religion ever uplift anyone? It only helps people drown. Does anyone ever set out to see in a boat made of thoughts? And yet people try to sail the ocean of truth in boat made of thoughts? And yet people try to sail the ocean of truth in boats of thoughts alone! Are you surprised when you see them drowning neat the shore? Even a boat made of paper can take you farther than a boat of thoughts. At least paper is a bit more real. Thoughts are like dreams. They are not to be trusted."
Pg. 166 "Intellectual knowledge isn't really knowledge at all. It is the illusion of knowledge. Can a blind man know light? This is what intellectual knowledge is like. The illusion of knowledge hides one's ignorance, but that is all it does. If you can see your ignorance through this smoke screen then the urge to rise above it grows in you - but if your ignorance is invisible to you, freedom from it becomes impossible. The so called wise men are doomed in their ignorance. Knowledge, true knowledge, does not come from external sources. Whatever comes from the outside is simply another veil of smoke over your real self. Knowledge awakens within. It does not come from anywhere, it just awakens in you. And if you want this to happen, don't stir up any more smoke - clear away the fog that's already there. Knowledge is not acquired, it is awakened. It evolves. Acquired knowledge is intellect; awakened knowledge is experience."
Pg 177 "Remorse is the other face of pride. And it is just as hard to relinquish. When the other side of the coin comes up it very often turns out to be pride. And for this reason hedonists becomes saints, the greedy become charitable, and the cruel become filled with pity. But there has been no fundamental revolution in their souls."
Pg 178 "A mind that is without foundation finds the support of God with no difficulty at all."...more
"Sometimes it happens that if you are dragged into heaven against your wish, you will ﬁnd hell... because it was against you. And if you go to hell bec"Sometimes it happens that if you are dragged into heaven against your wish, you will ﬁnd hell... because it was against you. And if you go to hell because you have chosen it to be so you will be happy. Ultimately freedom decides where you are – in heaven or in hell."
Pg 8 'Be Yes' Bhagwan Osho to Anam "Your interest is in the thorn, something that hurts. You have to learn that this attitude will make you more and more miserable. Stop magnifying the negative. Start looking more to the positive. And even if there are ninety-nine thorns, they are not more important than one flower. One flower is so important that ninety-nine thorns can be tolerated for it."
Pg 20 'Be Yes' Bhagwan Osho to Savita "So never for a single moment feel guilt for being happy. You don't take your happiness from anybody else but you can give your misery. You can't give your happiness to anybody and you can't take anybody's happiness. Happiness is untransferable; misery is very easily infectious. And people are hankering for misery, they are begging for it-to be given just a little more misery. It is misery that is keeping them together; at least that's what they think. When something slips out of their hold, a window opens and suddenly there is sunshine, they cannot believe it. They immediately close the window. If they cannot close it, they start feeling guilty about what the others will say. Everybody is suffering and they are standing and looking at the sund and sand and ses....That's why saints dwon the ages have been very very sad-looking."
Pg 23 'Be Yes' Bhagwan Osho to Surabhi "Be humble. And it is very good sometimes to commit mistakes. It makes others feel very good: so you are also human. You are trying to be inhuman or superhuman; that's why that 'no' comes again and again. You can't allow yourself to go to somebody, because that means you need him. Not that he will reject you. He has said he is open and he means it and you know whenever you come he will be happy. But still coming to him, going to him on your own means you need him, and you can't give that much importance to him. If he want you to come he should come and persuade you. That's why women don't take initiative. They miss much, because half the joy of life consists in taking the initiative. Whosoever takes the initiative will have more joy. Don't be worried! When you feel like going, go! There is no need even to ask! Why make yourself split in tow?-the one who asks and the one who answers."
Pg 28 'Play Don't Proselytise' Bhagwan Osho to Deva Vishrama "You can kill me but you cannot make me suffer; that is impossible. You can throw me in a gaol-that is possible-but you cannot make me suffer. Suffering is my creation: only I can create or uncreate it; nobody else can do anything about it. And so is the case with happiness. You cannot make me happy. Happiness is my own creation, my own freedom. I can remain unhappy even in heaven."
"A man suffers when he wants to impose his ideas on the whole world-and it is not possible; then suffering comes. If he really loves you he will give you freedom. This is your life, you have to choose you path. You have to choos what you would to be and what you would not like to be. If you start choosing, even if he feels that it doesn't look right to him, he will only explain his idea to you but will not condemn you. Because who knows in the final analysis who is right-he or you? One thing is certain-that your life is yours, his life is his. You should not interfere in his life, in his prayer, in his meditations, in his ways; he should not interfere in your life."
Pg 155 "Forget that you forgot, and again become a witness."
Pg 386 "The mind of the sheep is the mind of the masses. The sheep has no individuality: it simply follows, imitates. So if one goes on imitating and following the crowd, one goes on missing one's soul. It is through the fire of rebellion that one becomes a soul. So rebel! And that's the message of sannyas: assert you own individuality - not against anybody but for it's own sake..."
Pg 387 "We have almost become things. We are existing in the world of cause and effect. Somebody hits you and you become angry; then you are functioning in the world of cause and effect. But if somebody hits you and the anger does not arise in you - rather, compassion - then you are getting out of the world of cause and effect. You are becoming a human being for the first time. You are no more under the laws of the animal kingdom."
Pg 387 "Chaos does not mean absence of order. Chaos simply means no imposed order. Order that comes from within is perfectly okay, order that comes of its own accord is perfectly okay, but no priests, no politician, nobody is allowed to put an order on you. Be that freedom...and that's what sannyas is all about."
Pg 404 "In passion you love a particular individual - a woman, a man, a friend - but your love is very limited. In compassion you love is vast. It is flowing in all directions altogether; it is not addressed to anybody in particular. That's why passion makes a person small and compassion makes him huge. Passion gives you a boundary, and naturally every boundary is a prison. So in every passion you become a prisoner; that's why people suffer with passion. You love a woman and there is passion and slavery. She starts possessing you and you start possessing her, and immediately you become prisons for each other, prisoners of each other and you start killing each other. Anything that has a definition, is directed, has an address, makes you limited. Definition limits and limitation is a death. If you limit yourself you commit suicide, a kind of suicide. If you limit the other you commit murder, a kind of murder. In compassion there is no limitation and neither murder nor suicide. You simply bloom...not for anybody in particular, but for all." ...more
:)) "God is dead, Zen is the Only Living Truth" ..(e)ven a lie, repeated thousands and thousands of time for millennia, becomes almost a truth.
Friedrich:)) "God is dead, Zen is the Only Living Truth" ..(e)ven a lie, repeated thousands and thousands of time for millennia, becomes almost a truth.
Friedrich Nietzsche and other philosophers have created existentialism, with no God. God is dead to them. It is a negative approach to life. Thus, it has created a vacuum. One needs light and positive, affirmative experience of truth. Nietzsche demolished the light. To the existentialist, everything is meaningless. There is no significance, only suffering, anxiety, dread, fear, and angst. And this philosophy has been called 'existentialism' in the West (You are just an accident). It is simply 'NON-EXISTENTIALISM.'They should call it 'accidentalism.' God was making you a puppet, and these philosophers like Nietzsche and Jean-Paul Sartre are making you accidental.
It is one extreme to believe in God; it is another extreme to not believe in God, and you have to be just in the middle, absolutely balanced.
Drop the lies and make some effort to go inward and see the truth. That is the whole science of Zen. Just as science is objectively based on experiment, Zen is based subjectively on experience. One science goes outward, another goes inward. Even Albert Einstein died in deep frustration. The frustration was so great that before he died he was asked, "If you are born again, what are you going to be?" He said, "Never a physicist. I'd rather be a plumber."
God has never been there, so how can he be dead?
The founder of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud could not tolerate the word 'death.' No one was allowed to mention it in front of him, because just at the mention of 'death' he would fall into a fit. Such was the fear of the man who founded psychoanalysis.
Laughter is a better cure than God.
First you were full of lies, fictions; at least they were consoling, at least they were giving you some hope, some connectedness with existence. But existentialism is using your emptiness in an even worse way than the religions have used it.
Religions have used it to exploit you. They were giving you consolation, and there is a price to everything. So they were exploiting you, but you were feeling perfectly happy for centuries, because God was in heaven and everything was all right -- he will take care of you.
This consolation was false; it was not going to change you, it was not going to make you a buddha, it was not going to make you awakened, enlightened. It was not in favor of your spiritual growth, but at least it was keeping you without anxiety, without anguish, without meaninglessness. You were feeling at home, though that feeling was a dream. Now that the dream is destroyed, you suddenly feel you are alone. There is no God and you don't know any other way of relating with existence.
Your old programming has failed. You need a new insight. You need, instead of prayer, meditation; instead of God, your own consciousness.
Now that intelligence understands there is no God, there is bound to be a small gap in which you either have to choose western existentialism -- which is not authentic, it is accidentalism -- or you have to look inwards the same way as every awakened being has looked, and you have to stop looking towards the sky.
But Christianity, a monotheist religion, will not allow any buddha; hence it has remained poor in consciousness. Its religion looks very primitive and is based on fictions. Nothing has been contributed by monotheist religions to the world except war, because the Mohammedan God cannot tolerate the Jewish God, nor can it tolerate the Christian God, nor can it tolerate the Hindu gods. It has to kill all those gods and the believers in those gods. Only one God....
Mohammedans came two thousand years ago, and they destroyed everything. Their god was intolerant, how can they be tolerant? Monotheism is the most ugly religious form in the world, because it is intolerant. Intolerance creates violence. Christians have crusades, Mohammedans have jihads -- religious wars. India has never known any religious war. It is everybody's choice to have a god or not to have a god; even the atheists were not burned.
According to me, monotheism is far worse than polytheism. The polytheism of the Hindus allowed the buddhas, the tirthankaras, the charvakas, without any problem. Although they were against Hinduism, still nobody was crucified. Even Brihaspati was not crucified, but is mentioned with great respect in the Vedas. He has the freedom to think, to say, to create a philosophy of his own.
Nor was Gautam Buddha crucified, although he declared that all the Vedas are false. He declared that the whole of brahmanism, the priesthood of the Hindus, has been exploiting people. He declared that the Hindu caste system is wrong, every man is born equal. But he was not crucified.
The monotheistic religions -- Christianity, Judaism, Mohammedanism -- have been the most dangerous religions in the world. Buddhism has not killed a single person in twenty-five centuries. It has never attacked anybody, and it has spread all over Asia, converted the whole of Asia just by a simple experience.
Buddha's word spread all over Asia from Sri Lanka to Korea. There was no clash, there was no fight. At the most there were beautiful discussions, very nice, civilized, cultured. The sword cannot prove that you are right! Nor can crucifixion prove that Jesus was wrong.
I always think that Judaism had such great rabbis, scholars. Could they not convince Jesus, a young man, only thirty-three years of age? The problem was they were only scholars, there was not a single man who really knew the truth. And this man was claiming something which they could not argue against, because there is no way to argue against it.
Every religion is destructive of your evolution of consciousness. Monotheism is the most dangerous, but religion as such is dangerous. If you can avoid religion, you can become religious. If you can avoid religion, you can have a direct contact with existence and the cosmos.
The future is just your hope, expectation. And when this life is not fulfilling you start looking further, beyond death. All these are fictions just for you to survive somehow. But this survival is not how you are supposed to be. Existence has not given you birth just to live in hopes.
Gratefulness is always towards the outside, and gratefulness is always because deep down you wanted something directly or indirectly and it has been given to you. That's why you are grateful. Gratefulness simply means thankfulness. That will make it clear. You thank the person who has fulfilled a desire which was hidden in you whether you were aware of it or not. Something has been gratified; hence you feel a thankfulness. Thankfulness is going to be outward. It may be thankfulness towards God which does not exist. It can be thankfulness towards a friend who exists. But thankfulness is a gratification of conscious or unconscious desire being fulfilled. Gratitude is a totally different phenomenon, though not in the dictionaries. In the dictionaries gratefulness, thankfulness, gratitude -- all are put into the same category. Existence is not according to your dictionaries. Gratitude has no outward object nor inward object. Gratitude is almost like a fragrance arising out of a flower. It is an experience not directed to anybody.
All answers are mind products. Questions arise out of the mind, and answers are also from the same mind. Neither the questions lead you towards the truth, nor the answers. Answers only repress your questions, but they will surface again and again.
You cannot kill a dead man, can you? Once a man is dead he becomes immortal. You cannot kill him twice. Resurrection has happened only once, and that was also false. Once a man dies there is no more death.
And remember one thing. Even if you fall in hell, but you have lived spontaneously and according to your consciousness, you will not regret it. On the other hand, if you enter heaven because others forced you to act according to certain precepts, certain commandments, you will regret even in heaven that you have not lived your life according to your own nature.
Just one quality of the buddha has to be remembered. He consists only of one quality: witnessing.
Doctors are living a very contradictory life. They are supposed to cure people, but if they cure all the people, then what will happen to them? If a society is completely healthy, and nobody is sick, the doctors will start getting sick, starving, dying. They will become beggars. It was only in China, under Lao Tzu's influence, that for the first time a new method was introduced. It was out of Lao Tzu's great compassion that he went to the emperor and said, "The whole medical profession is basically wrong, because the doctor lives on the diseases of the people, and he is supposed to cure them. You are putting the man in a contradictory position." The emperor asked, "What do you suggest?" He said, "I suggest that the doctor should be paid by the emperor for keeping people healthy. When people feel they are losing their health, they become sick, the doctor's money has to be cut. He is not taking care well. Just the opposite of now: he will be paid to keep people healthy and if somebody falls sick, his pay will be cut. That will bring to the whole medical profession a totally different perspective."
But with private property, the father became important. And when the father was seen in his true reality, was found lacking in omnipotence, in omniscience, in omnipresence, he was not a god; you had to create a god as a substitute for your father.
And remember the difference between childlike and childish. The awakened one becomes childLIKE, he is not childish. And the God-oriented person becomes childish. His behavior is just like a child who has lost his way in a fair and is searching for the father. "Abba!" he is crying. "Where is my father?" Without his father he is not safe, he is not secure. All these prayers show your fear, all these prayers show your disappointment in your father. You have created a fantasy, the fantasy is sick.
"If God is unchanging, he must be dead. Any living thing cannot be unchanging. You show me any living thing in the whole world -- every living thing is moving, growing, going. It is a constant flux. Life is a flux. If God is alive, it is not possible that he can remain stable, the same forever. Then how will you differentiate between a dead god and a living god? "Just tell me. Both are sitting in front of you, the living god, the dead god. Neither the dead god changes nor the living god changes. How will you find who is the living God?"
Don't think in terms of absolute. There is nothing absolute, everything is always becoming absolute, but it is becoming and becoming and becoming, and it never comes to a full stop, because a full stop will be dead. The day existence comes to perfection, there is nowhere to go, a full stop. Perfection is death. To be absolute is to be dead.
"Even the experience of buddhahood goes on growing. There are no limits to its growth. It is not that once you have become a buddha you have come to the full point. No, the path is endless, the journey is infinite, the pilgrimage goes on and on and on. And that is the beauty of existence, that nothing comes to an end. Everything goes on moving eternally." _Sekito
In darkness you cannot see, hence everything seems to be one. In light you can see, hence everything seems to be separate. But these separate things in their deepest roots are joined. We are all joined to one center of the universe. As branches, as leaves, we are separate, but as we go deeper into the roots, all the branches, all the leaves, all the flowers are getting the nourishment from the same roots. Existence nourishes you and the trees and the mountains and the birds equally.
So it is a mystery that one existence manifests in so many ways. This variety of expression makes life beautiful. This variety makes life unboring. The variety is a richness, but this oneness makes life equal. Nobody is inferior, nobody is superior, hence there is no need of any comparison.
These religions have created insanity and nothing else. That is their only contribution to humanity: insanity, split consciousness, split personality. One part, which is very impotent, the mind -- it has no power over the body, it cannot change anything in the body -- this mind is programmed according to a certain ideology. And when this mind finds that your body is acting against the program, it feels guilty, it feels miserable. It feels worried that there is going to be some great punishment after death, you will be thrown into hellfire for eternity. Your body wants. Just naturally, it wants food, it wants nourishment, it wants love. Love is also a nourishment. If nobody loves you, you will shrink and die.
This struggle is the root of how the priests can exploit you; because you are feeling so miserable, you are in need of somebody wise to advise you, to give you some way of getting out of this anxiety.
So first religions create anxiety, anguish, misery, suffering. And the way they create it is by making your mind be against nature -- that is the simplest method. Just be against nature and you will be very sad, empty, not needed, you will lose your whole desire to be alive. Then naturally one wants some advice, and these priests have been bragging that they know the way to get out of misery: prayer. "God will take care of you if you believe in him."
This is the whole strategy of all the religions. First create misery, anguish, guilt, and then people are bound to come to you, to the priests, because all priests for centuries have been keeping their holy scriptures -- which are not very holy at all -- their monopolies.
A man is successful if he follows his own natural way and lives it as totally and intensely as possible. If you want to be a musician, you will not be a super-rich man. If you want to be a flutist, you are not going to be a great politician, but you will be utterly happy. Maybe there is only just enough to eat, but playing on the flute who cares? You simply disappear in your music. Your flute becomes your meditation. Your song, your dance becomes your meditation.
Anything that is totally lived is equal to meditation. You don't need meditation. And a man who is living moment-to-moment, absolutely naturally, according to himself, has nothing to regret, is not a failure.
But there is nothing greater than you. Your religions are teaching that you are sinners, saints are holier, and God is greater, and you are just small creatures crawling on the earth. Religions have given you an inferiority complex. That inferiority complex is always looking for somebody who must be greater. But it is not a natural thing, it is implanted, programmed, conditioned. You have been reduced to a subhuman species. Your whole pride, your dignity, your honor, has been taken away. You are left without honor, without self-respect, without dignity. Naturally you think that somebody must be greater.
All knowledge is borrowed; hence all knowledge that is borrowed is a lie. Deep down you are not in agreement with it. Deep down there is doubt.
So by thinking you cannot decide. It is not a question of deciding as a logical conclusion, it is a question of choiceless awareness. You need a mind without thoughts. In other words, you need a no-mind, just a pure silence, so you can see directly into things. And out of that clarity will come the choice on its own; you are not choosing. You will act just as a buddha acts. Your action will have beauty, your action will have truth, your action will have the fragrance of the divine. There is no need for you to choose.
You have to look for guidance because you don't know your inner guide is hidden inside you. You have to find the inner guide, and that's what I call your witness. That's what I call your dharma, that's what I call your intrinsic buddha. You have to awaken that buddha and your life will shower blessings, benediction. Your life will become so radiant with good, with godliness, more than you can possibly conceive. It is almost like light. Your room is dark, just bring light in. Even a small candle will do, and the whole darkness disappears. And once you have a candle you know where the door is. You don't have to think about it: "Where is the door?" Only blind people think about where the door is. People who have eyes and the light is there, they don't think. Have you ever thought, "Where is the door?" You simply get up and go out. You never give a single thought to where the door is. You don't start groping for the door or hitting your head against the wall. You simply see, and there is not even a flicker of thought. You simply go out. Exactly the same is the situation when you are beyond mind. When there are no clouds and the sun is bright in the sky, you don't have to think, "Where is the sun?" When there are clouds covering the sun, you have to think about it. Your own being is covered with thoughts, emotions, feelings, and they are all mind-products. Just put them aside, and then whatever you do is good -- not that you follow certain scriptures, not that you follow certain commandments, not that you follow certain spiritual leaders. You are in your own right the guide of your life. And that is the dignity of man, to be the guide of his own life. That makes man a lion, transforms him from a sheep which is always looking for somebody else to defend it.
The word `phony' applies to America more than to any other country. It comes from `telephone', because on the telephone your voice becomes different, it becomes phoney. The husband calls the wife once or twice in the day, just to assure her that he loves her. And while he is calling, his secretary is sitting in his lap! This is happening in every office, without exception. Secretaries are chosen not because they are more efficient than others... When they are brought before the boss for their interview...
"IT'S GOOD TO BE HEADLESS" (From Luyichi, Ninth Century) In the time of Han Wuti (B.C. 140-87), Chia Yung of Ts'angwu was serving as magistrate of Yuc"IT'S GOOD TO BE HEADLESS" (From Luyichi, Ninth Century) In the time of Han Wuti (B.C. 140-87), Chia Yung of Ts'angwu was serving as magistrate of Yuchang. One day he went out to fight bandits. He was wounded and lost his head. Yung mounted his horse and returned to the camp. The soldiers and people of the camp all came to look at him, and Yung spoke from his chest, "I was defeated by the bandits and they cut off my head. Tell me, in your opinion, does it look better to have a head or be without a head?" The officers wept and said, "It's better to have a head." And Yung replied, "I don't think so. It's just as good to be without a head." ...more