A nonsense story

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Osho states, “The moment you say something about the first principle, you go wrong.”

Buddha after birth

The moment you think, things become impossible. If you don’t think, the truth is as it is. […]

This is a very beautiful story.

When Buddha was born, the mother was standing under a tree. He was born while the mother was standing, and he was born in a very miraculous way.

He suddenly sprang from his mother’s side, stood on the ground, walked seven feet, put one hand towards the sky and touched the earth with the other hand, and said, “In the sky above and the sky below, only I am holy.” […]

Somebody asked Un-mun, “What do you say about this nonsense story?” He said, “On the Buddha’s birthday, I was there, present.” Un-mun present? The inquirer was surprised.

Un-mun said, “As he sprang from the side of his mother, I hit him and killed him, and fed him to a hungry dog. The whole world was at peace.” […]

The inquirer went to another Master, Lin-chi.

“What the Buddha said on his birthday is wrong,” said Lin-chi, “so I will hit him thirty times. And what Zen Master Un-mun said is also wrong, so I will hit him thirty times. And what I just said is wrong, so I will hit myself thirty times.” […]

In fact, the moment you say something about the first principle, you go wrong. Nothing can be said about the first principle. Yes, it can be experienced. Drop the mind, and experience it.

Osho, The First Principle – Talks on Zen, Ch 5 (excerpts)

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