Archive for 1001 Tales

The young tiger’s roar

The story of the Master as a catalytic agent to remind us who we are.

Ten thousand gold coins

Quoting a Zen story Osho talks about sharing, thankfulness and expectation.

Alice in Wonderland – confused

Osho tells a story to illustrate "...'this' means the known and the knowable, and “That” means the unknown and the unknowable. The known plus the unknown is the Truth: this [...]

The Irish house of prostitution

"Not being able to see one’s prejudices, clingings, attachments and addictions, is stupidity," says Osho in a discourse.

A sack of gold in the middle of a bridge

Osho says, "Man carries the seed of his misery or bliss, hell or heaven, within himself. Whatsoever happens to you, it happens because of you. Outside causes are secondary; inside [...]

Emperor Akabar hears Haridas play outside his hut

"The song of a poet, the music of a musician, will go on echoing down the corridors of time. It belongs to eternity," states Osho.

Three monks meet at a crossroads

"If you try to kill the ego you will become a very very humble man, but remember, 'very very' is important. You cannot be an ordinary humble man but very very humble – and that [...]

The Mulla shooting arrows at a fair

Osho says, "In each situation, watch. When you fail, it is God, it is fate ... you don’t want to take the responsibility because it hurts the ego. But when you succeed, it is [...]

Test for a dangerous mission

"Move inch by inch, slowly – but move. And you will find that as far as you go, 'So far, I am alright.' You will go on finding ... that you are becoming an insider in this [...]

The emperor’s wish: one minute of silence

"If just the outside noise stopping for one minute gives you such stillness, such sweet silence, what will happen when your inside mind stops making noise?" asks Osho.

The wife comes back as a ghost

"The intelligent person stops creating, stops projecting and watches the mind so clearly that the mind cannot project anything. As the projections disappear, the world disappears," [...]

The condition: nobody to shake their head

"The duality has melted into oneness. The knower and the known are dissolved; there is only knowing," states Osho.

The musician in the jungle

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 [...]

Peanut butter sandwiches

Osho states, "The only cause of hell, the only cause of misery is you and nothing else. Except you, nobody can cause it. And it is not the past; you are creating it each moment."

The child without mother or father

"Everybody is born in the same way. It is not only that you don't have a father, you don't have a mother either. The day you discover your original being you will know that you [...]

A Sufi story about Jesus

Osho says, "Neither those who are living through fear nor those who are living through greed are going to enter into the kingdom of God, but only those who are living in tremendous [...]

The doctor and the patient

"I believe that man is both together, spiritual and material ... In fact man is psychosomatic, not material and spiritual, because that ‘and’ creates duality ... Man is [...]

Prince Charming has come

Osho states, "Avoid esotericism. They are dangerous things, you can become hooked into them ... Eat your breakfast and have a good sleep! "

Partners in a scam

"Why have religions put you against your natural instincts? For the simple reason, to make you feel guilty. Once guilt is created ... their work is done," says Osho.

The discontented stonecutter

"Whatsoever you think about yourself, starts happening. You create your world by your thought, you create your world by your desire," states Osho.

St. Augustine is asked to give a gist of his message

Osho relates a story attributed to St. Augustine of Hippo (354 - 430 CE). The answer is: "Just love.”

God fulfils a man’s desires – but the neighbours get double

Osho states, "...millions of gifts are showering on you; just look at those gifts, and you will be surprised. You will be surprised at how you have been missing them.."

Following a map of a river

Osho says, "If you float with the river of life, you will come to find your question and you will come to find your answer."

If you pray for rain, you better bring your umbrella!

Osho tells a story about faith versus prayer.

Buddha was insulted

"For your foolishness, I cannot punish myself... It is for you to decide to insult or not, but it is my freedom to take it or not," said Buddha - as told by Osho.

The train to heaven and the train to hell

Osho relates a story about Edmund Burke who used to go to church on Sundays – he was not a believer, but he liked the preacher and the way he talked about things.

A judge declared both parties to be in the right

"A man of understanding understands that somehow everybody has to be right in some sense or other," says Osho.

An angel came to earth

"You are a man on the earth, a woman on the earth; enjoy this gift of God! In deep gratefulness, sing the song, dance the dance that is waiting deep inside your being to be [...]

Farid prefers a needle to scissors

Farid said, ”I am talking in metaphors. Scissors I don’t need, because scissors cut things apart. A needle I need, because a needle puts things together. I teach love."

Heartsease blooming in the king’s garden

Osho states, "Existence needs you as you are."

Adam asks: “What is a headache?”

Osho explains the origins of women's headaches.

The last tree standing

Osho relates a story by Lao Tzu where he says, “If you want to survive in this world be like this tree – absolutely useless."

A man standing on the Suicide Point meets a Sufi mystic

Osho speaks about gratefulness for all that existence is giving: "The mystic said, ... I have been trying to wake you up. Existence has given you such precious things and rather [...]

The madhouse on the India-Pakistan border

Osho speaks on the meaninglessness of boundaries and nations: "It is a mad world. All boundaries are absolute nonsense. Anything that divides man from man is inhuman, uncivilized, [...]

Nachiketa goes in search for Death

Osho relates the story of a young brahmin who angers his father so much with his questions, that he gives him to Death. Once found, Death confesses: "I have never killed anyone!"

The child that only wanted to eat sweets

"If you cannot follow your own advice, what right have you got to give it to somebody else?” states Osho.

A lion meets a sheep at the stream

Osho states, "Lust for power is the foundation of all wars. If you look at human history... the whole of human history is nothing but a history of wars, man killing man."

A man in the cinema

"The watcher is not on the screen, he is sitting in the movie hall. But the problem arises when the watcher becomes identified with something on the movie screen," says Osho.

Ryōkan forgot to get food

"Each moment is so full of blessings, each moment is such an eternity of joy, each moment is such a dance of beauty," concludes Osho.

The retired surgeon

"Every child comes with tremendous energy and potential, but the whole of society around the child starts moulding him, giving him ideals", states Osho.

The king’s carpenter asks if one of the trees wants to become a table

"Now this is a totally different approach... There is no fight between the man and the tree, there is a friendship. This is absurd for a Western mind," states Osho.

Zen master Lin Chi was dying

Osho speaks on death as "... a peaceful acceptance, a loving entry into the unknown, a joyful goodbye to old friends, to the old world. There should not be any tragedy in it."

God asks his angels where he could hide from people

Osho says in this anecdote: "Then an old angel came close to him and whispered in his ear, 'The only place man may never think of is within his own heart. You just sit there…'"

An error in Kabir’s earlier statement

Osho mentions Kabir's son, Kamal, who corrected his father's sentence to "The dewdrop has not disappeared into the ocean, but the ocean has disappeared into the dewdrop."

The archbishop of England at the pearly gates

Osho states, "God has been invented. It was people’s need; people needed a protector. In the immensity of the universe, a man feels so alone, so small." From our series 1001 [...]

Lao Tzu’s famous judgment

Osho comments: "His reasoning was so absolutely correct: If people go on gathering money on one side, then who is creating the thieves?" From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by [...]

Abraham Lincoln’s doppelgänger

Osho says, "Everybody is playing a certain role that has been taught to him, for which he has been brought up." From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

Buddha’s question to Shron, the King of Shravasti

"Life is like playing on the sitar, if you are too loose, you are lost, if you are too tight, you are lost. The wise have always followed the middle path," says Osho. From our [...]

A king had three sons

"Light a candle of awareness and your emptiness will be full of light," states Osho. From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.