If St. Francis of Assisi would have been born today, where would he be?

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Osho says he would be in a madhouse. From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

Saint Francis of Assisi would certainly be in a madhouse. Talking to trees, saying to the almond tree, “Sister, how are you?” If he were here, he would have been caught.

What are you doing? Talking to an almond tree?

“Sister, sing to me of God”, he says to the almond tree.

And not only that, he hears the song that the sister almond tree sings!

Crazy! Needs treatment.


He talks to the river and to the fish – and he claims that the fish respond to him. He talks to stones and rocks – is there any need for any more proof that he is mad?

He is mad, but wouldn’t you like to be mad like Saint Francis of Assisi?

Just think – the capacity to hear the almond tree singing and the heart that can feel brothers and sisters in trees, the heart that can talk to the rock, the heart that sees God everywhere, all around, in every form….

It must be a heart of utmost love – utter love reveals that mystery to you. But for the logical mind, of course, these things are nonsense.

To me, or to anybody who has known how to look at life through the heart, these are the only meaningful things.

Become mad, if you can, become mad from the heart.

Quote by Osho from
Ancient Music in the Pines, Ch 6, Q 1

The series 1001 Tales has been compiled by Shanti

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