Quotes by Osho on Buddha and the Full Moon – intro by Punya
These days, or rather nights, when I look at the moon I say to myself, “Looks like three more days to go until my birthday.” When I first heard that I was born on a full moon I was quite excited and started, at least in private, to consider the full moon day my real birthday, rather than the ‘correct’ day on the calendar. I remember one night sitting in awe at the miracle of this body being born, still in its smaller form, feeling overwhelmed with gratitide towards my mother who had taken the trouble to go through pregnancy, gratitude towards nature to make this body possible and, finally, gratitude towards Osho who helped me recognise all these blessings.
But when astrologers started interpreting my chart and, with stern faces, were talking about oppositions, difficulties and tensions, I understood that being born on a full moon was not such a good thing! In reality I did not really understand what they were talking about. I thought that, as one does, everybody must be living in the same turmoil, at least judging from the way we all behaved. So why was I more challenged? My worries settled when I finally met an astrologer in the States who commented on my question about the oppositions with “What’s the problem? This is great, a lot of energy, a great challenge.This is an asset!”
In the meantime I had heard that also Buddha was born in May on the full moon, that he became enlightened on the same full moon and died on the May full moon day.
So maybe some tension is good to ‘get there’, or rather ‘nowhere’. With all this I do not mean to say that my chances to enter nirvana is greater than anyone else’s. It was merely an introduction to these wonderful Osho quotes about Buddha which Kul has put together for us:
“It is significant to understand that there is only one person, Gautam Buddha, who has used nothingness, emptiness, for the ultimate experience. All other mystics of the world have used fullness, wholeness, as the expression, the indication of the ultimate experience.
Why did Gautam Buddha have to choose a negative term?
It is significant to understand – for your own spiritual growth, not for any philosophical reasons. I do not speak for philosophical reasons. I speak only when I see there is some existential relevance.
The idea of fullness, the idea of God, the idea of perfection, the idea of the absolute, the ultimate – all are positive terms. And Gautam Buddha was amazed to see the cunningness of human mind.
The innocent mystics have simply used the positive words because that was their experience. Why bother about the misery which is no more? Why not say something about that which is now? The innocent mystics have spoken out of their ‘isness’. But throughout the centuries the cunning minds of people around the world have taken advantage of it.
To the cunning mind, the idea of fullness and the positive terms indicating it became an ego trip: ‘I have to become God. I have to attain the absolute, the Brahma; I have to achieve the ultimate liberation.’ The I became the center of all our assertions.
And the trouble is that you cannot make the ultimate experience a goal for the ego. Ego is the barrier; it cannot become the bridge.
So all the positive terms have been misused. Rather than destroying the ego, they have become decorations for the ego. God has become a goal, you have to achieve the goal. You become greater than God.
Remember, the goal cannot be greater than you. The achieved cannot be greater than the achiever. It is a very simple fact to understand. And all the religions have fallen because of this simple innocence of the mystics.” […]
Gautam Buddha was the most cultured and the most educated, the most sophisticated person ever to become a mystic. There is no comparison in the whole of history. He could see where the innocent mystics had unknowingly given chances for cunning minds to take advantage. He decided not to use any positive term for the ultimate goal, to destroy your ego and any possibility of your ego taking any advantage.”
Beyond Enlightenment, Ch 13, Q 1
Of all the enlightened masters, Buddha has enabled the highest number of people to become enlightened, says Osho. How? Osho explains:
“Buddha is unique. He is neither atheistic like Jainism, nor theistic like other religions. He is a superb agnostic. He says there is no need to worry about unnecessary things. Think of the essential, think of the intrinsic, and don’t be bothered about the accidentals.
If you are authentic, if you are compassionate, if you are meditative, then if there is a God he will come to you; you need not go in search for him. And if there is a paradise it will descend in your heart. There is no need to be bothered about such abstract ideas; they simply waste your time.”
The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha, Vol 9 Ch 7
Bliss is more like the moon than like the sun it is not hot, it is cool. It is not fire, it is light. It has an intensity of its own, but there is no feverishness, no passionate excitement. It is a state of no-passion, no desire.
Buddha became enlightened on the full-moon night. The story is that he was born on a full-moon night, he became enlightened on the same night – the full-moon night – the same month, he died the same month, on the same full-moon night. It may not have happened historically – it may have happened because that coincidence is possible – but though it may not have happened historically, its significance is great.
It has nothing to say about Gautam the Buddha, the man. It says something about the state of Buddhahood: the state of Buddhahood, that state of awakening, is born as a full moon, matures as a full moon, and one day it disappears into the totality as a full moon. That full moon is a symbol, a metaphor: a metaphor for silence, peace, calm, quiet, equilibrium; a metaphor for a poetic existence, for music, for love a metaphor for the mysterious, the miraculous.”
Don’t Let Yourself Be Upset by the Sutra rather Upset the Sutra Yourself, Ch 1