Archive for Discourses

Mantra is a subtle drug

"If you repeat a certain mantra for a long time, that too creates subtle chemical changes in your being. It is better than drugs, but still, that too is a subtle drug," says Osho.

Three types of listeners

"For understanding to come one has to one day unlearn all that one has learnt," states Osho. From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

The more we arrange to protect ourselves, the more we expose ourselves to danger

Osho declares, "If we examine the course of human thinking in the last 300 years, we find a steep increase in doctrines of humanity and justice. But never, in all the history of [...]

The Lotus Sutra

"First, recite the sutra; second, understand intellectually; third, give a sign that you have lived it. These are the three stages," says Osho. From our series 1001 Tales, compiled [...]

When the body dies, the mind continues

Osho speaks on the complexity of the state of the mind and says it is almost like a bridge between the soul, the universal, and the body, the individual.

The monkey and the Master

"Man has not evolved much. The real man is born only when your inner monkey completely disappears, utterly disappears," says Osho. From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

Our whole approach… is destructive

"This whole life is geared around wrong things. Money is more important than meditation," says Osho, answering a disciple's question.

“Have you made your peace with Moses?”

Osho says, "If you have accepted your being – finished. Your journey has come to an end. Now you can flower." From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

The honeymoon is before the marriage

Osho speaks on the ‘ghotul’, the youth house of an ancient aboriginal community in India.

The court fool

Osho says, "You will be surprised to know that they were not ordinary fools, they were some of the wisest men in the country." From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

Death is an illusion

Osho answers the question of a disciple, "Is there another way without death and insecurity?"

The Zen Master in the carriage

"One has to be capable sometimes of not being kind. Great kindness is capable of being kind and of not being kind, both." says Osho. From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

Man is an effort to be

Osho speaks on the nature of desire and man's state of mind. "Man is not a being but a process of becoming. Hence there is so much misery, anxiety, anguish."

Infinite is the universe… and its mysteries and secrets

In the last part of this discourse, Osho continues to answer the question from part nine: "The inquiry of a man of the fourth plane changes dimensions..."

Buddha with a handful of dry leaves

Buddha says, "That which I have said is only like the few leaves in my hand. And that which I have not said is like the dry leaves in this forest." Osho explains, "The Master will [...]

The Great Indian War – Mahabharata

Osho speaks about the Great Indian War - Mahabharata - and explains the significance of the four ages: sat yuga, treta yuga, dwapar and kali yuga.

Osho speaks on the sudras

More than 170 million people in India are considered 'untouchable' - people tainted by their birth into a caste system that deems them impure, less than human. They continue to [...]

The Puranas speak a different language

In the ninth part of a series of 10, Osho answers a question with regard to "the fundamental difference between the language of expression of the man of the fourth plane and the [...]

Buddha is asked: Is there a God?

"Ananda said, ’Master, the question is the same, but you answer so differently, you answer so contradictorily, that we have become puzzled, confused,’" says Osho. From our [...]

Times of disaster are very revealing

Osho answers a question about the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster that happened at the time he was in Uruguay during the World Tour.

The well that made everyone go mad

"Each individual is so unique, so incomparably unique, that there is no way to judge who is normal and who is abnormal," says Osho. From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

A meditator like Buddha reaches the seventh plane

In the eighth part of a series of 10, Osho continues to answer a question from part 7 on 'shaktipat' and grace: "...the final happening of grace will take place when there is no [...]

The man clinging to the roots of a tree

"If you can live in the present, the taste is tremendously sweet. This is the way to live, this is the only way to live – otherwise you will not be living," states Osho. From [...]

After the seventh there are no bodies

In the seventh part of a series of 10, Osho answers three questions and speaks on 'shaktipat' and his preference for direct grace.

Your search… will take you to the last

In the sixth part of a series of 10, Osho concludes his explanation of the seven bodies and the seven chakras. "The ultimate is the void - nothingness."

What’s going on in Jalaluddin Rumi’s monastery?

A story about the Sufi mystic and poet as told by Osho. From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

One more journey yet remains

In the fifth part of a series of 10, Osho speaks on the sixth and seventh bodies, after which comes "... the journey to non-being, non-existence."

The hen that went south

Osho speaks on dropping the intellect, using an apt parable about a hen's excursion. From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

Lost in bliss is the hazard of the fifth plane

In the fourth part of a series of 10, Osho continues to speak on the fifth body: "Even though the ego is intrinsically dead on the fifth plane, I-am-ness still persists."

Bayazid came upon a heap of skulls

Osho talks on the three types of hearing. "Let it be known once and forever: I am not interested in the crowd, I am interested only in individuals. And you have to show your [...]

Evolution of consciousness

"I do not believe in Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. Once in a while I mention him, but that is simply a kind of joke and nothing else; I don't believe in the theory of [...]

The duality ends with the fifth body

In the third part of a series of 10, Osho speaks on the significance of the fifth chakra and the fifth body.

A disciple afraid of darkness

Buddha has said: Appo deepo brava - ‘Be a light unto yourself.’ From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

The mind is always… imagining and dreaming

In the second part of a series of 10, Osho explains the meanings of the third and fourth chakras.

Buddha, Confucius and Lao Tzu – and the juice of life

"There is nothing higher than life. To live it is to be religious," states Osho. From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

There are seven bodies… seven chakras

In this first part of a series of 10, Osho speaks about the significance of the first and second chakras.

The disciple who got the task to look after 1000 cows

"The new man, he will be complete, entire, acquainted with the outside world and acquainted with the inside world as well," says Osho. From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by [...]

The king who tried to escape death

"Wherever you go you will find death waiting for you," states Osho. From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

The third eye

With the third eye you become capable of seeing things which are there, but which cannot be seen with ordinary eyes, says Osho.

A junior devil was worried when he saw Jesus

"Once a religion is organized, it is dead," says Osho. From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

Baal Shem’s parable: two men on a tightrope

“How did you manage to cross?” "Whenever I felt myself toppling over to one side, I leaned to the other.” From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

…you will do something stupid!

"You can be here, you can be on the Moon, you can be on Mars, you can change outer things - it makes no difference," says Osho.

A poet meets a mystic while contemplating the moon in a bowl of water

"Seeking truth in scriptures, seeking truth in philosophies, is looking at the reflection." From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

They may be sending us signals

Osho states, "You may not be aware, but within the last hundred years scientists have discovered that there must be at least fifty thousand planets in the universe on which there [...]

Chuang Tzu finds a bullock cart upside down

"Conflict you have always been in. Now try accord. And suddenly you will see – the whole meaning changes. Then you are no more in antagonism with nature," says Osho. From our [...]

The temple is a symbol of God’s dwelling

While commenting on a sutra by Nanak, Osho speaks of the importance of music and to see it as the door to the divine. "Our temples are designed for sound to reverberate inside, [...]

Twenty-four hours I am in love

Osho answers a question by freelance journalist Penny Allen from Sisters, Oregon, USA: "What happened to your glasses?"

The cause changes, the war continues

Osho speaks on 'peace of mind' and asserts that to be against anything is to be at war. "Peace is very alive. Peace is more alive than war - because war is in the service of death, [...]

Naropa dreams of a horrible-looking woman

"... one who only understands the word becomes ugly," says Osho. From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

Impotence of the mind – Action out of delight

Osho answers a question by Vinod Bharti; "If you see the impotence of the mind, the mind disappears but action becomes for the first time tremendously beautiful."