Keerti says that for those who have known themselves all facts such as date of birth and events dissolve, they cease to have meaning. Published in The Economic Times on February 20, 2019.
Osho was asked why he didn’t write his autobiography. Osho replied: “All autobiographies are ego-biographies. It is not the story of the soul. As long as you do not know what soul is, whatever you write is ego-biography.”
Writing or speaking about oneself has not been possible for those who have known themselves, because after knowing, the person changes into something so formless that what we call the facts of his life – facts like his date of birth, events – all dissolve.
They cease to have meaning. Once you know your soul, an autobiography is only a dreamlike version of oneself, like writing an account of your dreams. So it is difficult for an awakened person to write.
Reducing such an experience to words makes it seem insipid and absurd.
The dying Buddha was asked: “Where will you go after death?” He said, “I have been nowhere, so where can I go after death?”
The meaning of Buddhahood is nowhereness. One is nowhere, so the question of being somewhere does not arise.
If you can be quiet, only breathing remains like the air inside a bubble. When there are no thoughts there is nothing but breathing.
“So Buddha says, ‘I was only a bubble. Where was I? A bubble has burst and you are asking where it has gone.’” Buddha was right. Everything is like a dream sequence, like the rainbow colours formed on a bubble. The colours die when the bubble bursts.
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Quotes by Osho from
Dimensions Beyond the Known, Ch 4, Q 1 (translated from Hindi)
Chaitanya Keerti travels around the world to facilitate Osho meditation retreats. He is an editor of Osho World and the author of ‘Osho Fragrance’, ‘The Alchemy of Zen’, and ‘Mindfulness: The Master Key’. facebook.com – More articles by the same author on Osho News.