The musician in the jungle

1001 Tales Discourses

Osho tells a joke before the evening Gibberish meditation: “The bamboos are asking for a few laughs. Even the clouds are not silent. A few laughs before we enter into our daily meditation.”

Jungle

According to me, except for forgetfulness there is no sin: and except for awareness there is no virtue. And if you are aware, there are no sins and no problems; nothing has to be solved, everything is exactly as it should be.

Can’t you feel this holy Ganges of silence you are all drowned in? But when you get out of Buddha Hall, be very careful. Don’t let your old mind and your old self take possession of you. It is waiting there, just by the side of the bamboos. […]

The bamboos are asking for a few laughs. Even the clouds are not silent. A few laughs before we enter into our daily meditation.

A New Age musician from California is convinced that wild animals have a friendly, loving nature, which will respond to beautiful music.

To test his theory, he goes to the African jungle, finds a clearing in the forest, and starts to softly play his guitar. Within minutes, from out of the jungle, animals of all shapes and sizes begin to appear. Monkeys, snakes, giraffes, zebras, lions, and hippos, all are sitting together in the clearing, enchanted by the soft music.

Suddenly, there is a banging and crashing in the bushes and an old crocodile comes lumbering out of the forest. He stops, looks at the guy, opens his huge jaws, and – snap – swallows the poor musician in one bite. The other animals are furious.

“Look here, you idiot,” roars the lion. “We were enjoying that!”

The crocodile looks at him blankly, puts a hand to his ear and says, “What?!”

Osho, Zen: The Quantum Leap From Mind to No-Mind, Ch 7, Q 1 (excerpt)

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