"So always remember, whatsoever I say to you, you can take it in two ways. You can simply take it on my authority, "Because I say so, it must be true" -- then you will suffer, then you will not grow. Whatsoever I say, listen to it, try to understand it, implement it in your life, see how it works, and then come to your own conclusions. They may be the same, they may not be. They can never be exactly the same because you have a different personality, a unique being. Whatsoever I am saying is my own. It is bound to be in deep ways rooted in me. You may come to similar conclusions, but they cannot be exactly the same. So my conclusions should not be made your conclusions. You should try to understand me, you should try to learn, but you should not collect knowledge from me, you should not collect conclusions from me. Then your mindbody will grow."
Tuesday, September 21, 2004
Once it happened that Mulla Nasruddin went on his first air trip, and he was afraid but he didn't want anybody to know. It happens to everybody on their first flight: nobody wants this to be their first. He wanted to behave nonchalantly so he walked very bravely. That bravery was an explanation: I always travel by air. Then he sat down in his seat and he wanted to say something just to put himself at ease, because whenever you start talking, you become brave; through talk, you feel less fear.
So Nasruddin spoke to the passenger next to him. He looked out of the window and said, "Look, what terrific height! People look like ants."
The other man said, "Sir, we have not taken off yet. Those are ants."
HE WHO IS RULED BY MEN LIVES IN SORROW.
TAO THEREFORE DESIRED
NEITHER TO INFLUENCE OTHERS
NOR BE INFLUENCED BY THEM.
THE WAY TO GET CLEAR OF CONFUSION AND FREE OF SORROW
IS TO LIVE WITH TAO IN THE LAND OF VOID.
IF A MAN IS CROSSING A RIVER
AND AN EMPTY BOAT COLLIDES WITH HIS OWN SKIFF,
EVEN THOUGH HE BE A BAD TEMPERED MAN
HE WILL NOT BECOME VERY ANGRY.
BUT IF SEES A MAN IN THE BOAT,
HE WILL SHOUT TO HIM TO STEER CLEAR.
AND IF THE SHOUT IS NOT HEARD HE WILL SHOUT
AGAIN AND YET AGAIN, AND BEGIN CURSING -
AND ALL BECAUSE THERE IS SOMEBODY IN THAT BOAT.
YET IF THE BOAT WERE EMPTY,
HE WOULD NOT BE SHOUTING,
AND HE WOULD NOT BE ANGRY.
IF YOU CAN EMPTY YOUR OWN BOAT
CROSSING THE RIVER OF THE WORLD,
NO ONE WILL OPPOSE YOU,
NO ONE WILL SEEK TO HARM YOU.
THE STRAIGHT TREE IS THE FIRST TO BE CUT DOWN,
THE SPRING OF CLEAR WATER IS THE FIRST TO BE DRAINED DRY.
IF YOU WISH TO IMPROVE YOUR WISDOM
AND SHAME THE IGNORANT,
TO CULTIVATE YOUR CHARACTER AND OOUTSHINE OTHERS,
A LIGHT WILL SHINE AROUND YOU
AS IF YOU HAD SWALLOWED THE SUN AND THE MOON -
AND YOU WILL NOT AVOID CALAMITY.
A WISE MAN HAS SAID:
"HE WHO IS CONTENT WITH HIMSELF
HAS DONE WORTHLESS WORK.
ACHIEVEMENT IS THE BEGINING OF FAILURE,
FAME IS THE BEGINING OF DISGRACE."
WHO CAN FREE HIMSELF OF ACHIEVEMENT AND FAME
THEN DESCEND AND BE LOST
AMID THE MASSES OF MEN?
HE WILL FLOW LIKE TAO, UNSEEN,
HE WILL GO ABOUT LIKE LIFE ITSELF
WITH NO NAME AND NO HOME.
SIMPLE IS HE, WITHOUT DISTINCTION.
TO ALL APPEARANCES HE IS A FOOL.
HIS STEPS LEAVE NO TRACE, HE HAS NO POWER.
HE ACHIEVES NOTHING, HE HAS NO REPUTATION.
SINCE HE JUDGES NO ONE,
NO ONE JUDGES HIM.
SUCH IS THE PERFECT MAN -
HIS BOAT IS EMPTY.
I have recently started reading this book `The Empty Boat` its a nice book by Osho. In this book Osho has explained the teachings & sutras of Tchuang Tzu. I will be adding excerpts, quotes, jokes and examples that Osho has written in this book and always said during his discourses. Thankyou.
Friday, September 17, 2004
Death cannot be the enemy, because it is part of existence. Existence has given birth to you. Existence is mothering you. And when you die, you simply go back to your original source, to rest and to be born again. There is no need to be afraid. YOU will not die, you will only disappear like a snowflake in the pure air. Your form will disappear into formlessness, the river will disappear
into the ocean, but it will not cease to exist. It will even become wider, vaster, it becomes ceanic.
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
"I don't think about the future at all, it is irrelevant. My whole effort is how to beautify this present moment, how to make people more celebrating, how to make people more joyous, how to give them a little glimpse of blissfulness, how to bring laughter to their life."
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
Non-violence, non-possesiveness, non-stealing, truth and celibacy - these are the flowers of right living.
Whatsoever I do flows out of my state of rest.
I do not swim. I just float.
No one can ever do anything for another but if something happens to others out of what I am, that is something else - and there to - I am not the doer.
I am one with all things
in beauty, in ugliness,
for whatsoever is - there I am,
not only in virue
but in sin too I am a partner
and not only heaven, but hell too is mine
Buddha, Jesus, Lao Tzu - it is easy to be their heir
but Genghis, Taimur and Hitler?
They are also within me!
no, not half - I am the whole of mankind
whatsoever is man's is mine -
flowers and thorns, darkness as well as light,
and if nectar is mine, whose is the poison?
whoever experiences this, I call religious.
for only the anguish of such experience can revolutionize life on earth.
Once something is perfect, it is dead. The painting that I have started will remain imperfect - although I will go on trying to make it perfect, but it is the very nature of existence that it cannot be perfect.
And it is not my painting.
Those who are with me, it is as much their painting too. When I am gone, you have to continue to paint it. The painting has to go on growing new flowers, new foliage. Don't let it be dead at any point.
In other words, don't let it become perfect.
Make every effort to make it perfect, but don't let it become perfect.
Then there is tremendous beauty ... and always flowing and growing, and there comes no full stop.
In life we are always in the middle.
You don't know the beginning of life, you don't know the end of life. We are always in the middle and everybody has always been in the middle. It is a process, an ongoing process, a river that goes on flowing. That's the beauty of it, that's the glory of it.
I was sitting with my eyes closed. Always seeing with the eyes open, man is forgetting the art of seeing with closed eyes. What is seen with open eyes is nothing compared to what is seen with the eyes closed. The tiny eyelids separates and joins two worlds.
When I close my eyes I arrive in the infinite. When I close my eyes, the doors of the infinite open. On one side one sees the seen and on the other, the seer.
But how many people remain outside even after closing their eyes? The eyes are not closed just by shutting them. The eyes are closed but the external pictures are still descending. This is not the closing of the eyes.
The closing of the eyes means emptiness, freedom from dreams and thoughts. When thoughts and scenes disappear, the eyes are closed. What then manifests is the eternal consciousness. That is truth, that is consciousness, that is bliss. The whole game is in the eyes. The eye transformed, everything is transformed.
Don't fight with yourself, be loose. Don't try to make a structure around yourself of character, of morality. Don't discipline yourself too much; otherwise your very discipline will become your bondage. Don't create an imprisonment around you. Remain loose, floating. Move with the situation, don't move with a character jacket around you. Don't move with a fixed attitude. Remain loose like water, not fixed like ice. Remain moving and flowing; wherever the nature leads you, go. Don't resist. Don't try to impose anything on you, your being.
The ego is the core of one's ignorance of the Self. All violence is born there; it is born within the ego. A man feels that he is everything and that the rest of the world exists for him alone. He sees himself as the center, as the focal point for all existence. The exploitation that is born of this egoism is what violence is.
This is why I say that love itself is knowing God. God can only be known in love because in love the "I" disappears. You will never find love where "I" exists. Love is only there when "I" is not.
Let me tell you a secret: only the pleasure you give to others becomes bliss. And there is no end to bliss. Bliss is the nectar of life. It is eternal, endless.
Is there a greater satisfaction to be found than undertaking a task with love? Is anything more gratifying than serving others? No, nothing at all.
The love that rolls on like the waves in the ocean is no less than a fervent prayer, no less than God himself, no less than the benediction of ultimate and absolute salvation. If your love does not halt on its way, but marches on, it sets you free. Let there be no end to its onward march until the last man in the world has been brought into its fold, into that communion with the universal soul.
Osho's spoken teachings form a vast, miraculously seamless, tapestry - so it is with some hesitation that I extract the following fragments.
I am for those who need me - nothing in my life is for myself. -- from a letter written by Osho in 1963.
Weep so much that only the tears remain, not you.
If the tears alone remain and he who weeps vanishes
then God comes by himself.
Monday, September 13, 2004
"If you really want to know who I am, you will have to be absolutely empty as I am. Then two mirrors will be facing each other, and only emptiness will be mirrored.
Infinite emptiness will be mirrored: two mirrors facing each other . But if you have some idea, then you will see your own idea in me"
"My purpose is to deprogram you, to clean you, to uncondition you and leave you fresh, young, innocent. And from there you can grow into a real, authentic individual."
"The best teacher is one who can help the last person hearing him, the lowest in intelligence, to understand. Of course the best ones will understand easily, but you have to keep aware of those who are not that intelligent."
Saturday, September 11, 2004
19 September - One Day Meditation Camp, conducted by Swami Chaitanya Keerti.
1 to 3 October - Qigong Dance Group and Meditation Camp, conducted by Swami Sambodh Viram from Holland, Ma Dharm Jyoti
13-17 October - Five Day Meditation Camp, conducted by Swami Vairagya Amrit
22-24 October - Osho Meditation Camp for Children, conducted by Ma Deva Dakshina and team
Contact Information (for all Oshodham Camps)
Osho Rajyoga Meditation Center
C-5/44, Safdarjung Development Area,
New Delhi - 110016, India
Phone No.: (011) 26862898 or (011) 26964533
Wednesday, September 08, 2004
An alive relationship is always changing. It has many climates, many moods. It has many surprises. A dead relationship remains stagnant. It is repetitive, it is the same, but then it is no more a relationship. Then you are not two persons, you are two things together. Of course two things never quarrel. The quarrel arises when two persons enter.
Darshan Diaries – A Rose Is A Rose
"What's the best way to teach a girl to swim?" a friend asked Mulla Nasrudin.
"First you put your left arm around her waist," said the Mulla. "Then you gently take her left hand and..."
"She's my sister," interrupted the friend.
"OH, THEN PUSH HER OFF THE DOCK," said Nasrudin.
Camp dates: 26-28 September
Camp Conductor: Swami Anand Arun
Venue: Vanaprastha Ashram, Rishikesh.
Contact : Swami Bodhi Vartan (ph:9412076871)
and Osho Tapoban (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Due to limited seats you are requested to book in advance.
Monday, September 06, 2004
"So what happened?" his friend asked.
"WELL, AFTER THAT," said Nasrudin, "WHENEVER I WENT TO THE BEACH WITH MY GIRL, A 257-POUND BULLY KICKED SAND IN MY FACE."
Saturday, September 04, 2004
Osho World invites you to celebrate the colors of love during “Krishna Week” at the galleria from 3rd to 9th September 2004. A Special collection of lifestyle products “Colors of Love” based on the theme of Krishna will be launched during the week.
“Krishna does not take life as work, as duty; he takes it as a celebration, as festivity. Life is really a great feast, a blissful festivity. Its not homework, not a task that has to be performed willy-nilly.
It is not that someone will cease to work if he takes life as a celebration. He will certainly work, but his work will be a part of the festivity, it will have the flavor of celebration. Then work will happen in the company of singing and dancing”