Archive for 1001 Tales

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.

The Hassidic story of Sodom and Gomorrah

Osho says, "Hassids are Jews, but not accepted by the orthodox Jews. There is something in Hassids which I appreciate." From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

The convict and the ant

Osho relates a tale showing what happens when one interprets a situation. From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

The suspension bridge

"When you tell somebody to believe in something, you are creating a neurosis in him, you are creating a division," states Osho. From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

Uddalaka’s son asks, “Father, who am I?”

Osho comments on a beautiful parable in the Upanishads. “The deepest core of being is non-being. The foundation of isness is nothingness." "Life and death are not two things but [...]

A priest tricked by a witch

"If you believe in God, you can believe in a witch, it is the same package. If you can believe in one kind of nonsense, you can believe in all kinds of nonsense," states Osho. [...]

A Sufi mystic is granted a wish

"Desire means rejection of something - desirelessness means acceptance - you are happy as things are. In fact, things are irrelevant, you are happy. You are happy, that’s the [...]

A man goes to the Ganges – Ramakrishna’s response

"For thousands of years the human mind has believed that by going to a holy pool, to a river or to a pond, all will be good. You want to find cheap ways to get rid of all that you [...]

Dale Carnegie postponed sending a letter

Osho speaks about a letter written to Dale Carnegie and how Carnegie's answer was transformed over and over again. From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

A child understands why the king has not learned anything from his wise men

"If you are humble, the whole existence becomes a teacher to you," says Osho commenting on a Sufi story. From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

The man who lost his axe suspected the boy next door

Osho speaks about the mind being the disease, "If you bring your mind to reality you will see something which is not there." From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

Hillel gives a summary of the Torah

"Love is the whole Torah, the rest is commentary. And what is love? – do not do unto others that which you would not like to be done to you," comments Osho on this anecdote. From [...]

Death comes to pick up the 100-year-old king

"If you are intelligent you will see the futility of greed. If you are intelligent you will not miss today for tomorrow. You will not sacrifice this moment for another moment, you [...]

Junaid breaks his fast out of love for a disciple

"Live consciously, don’t live according to a dead discipline", says Osho. From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

The woodpecker

In answer to the question, What is this ego? Osho tells an ancient story. From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

Three wise men in a locked room

"People are trying different methodologies, practising a thousand and one things, to get out. And in fact they are out." says Osho. From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

An angry man slammed the door and threw his shoes

"If you can be angry, then why can't you be loving?" asked Rinzai. From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

No head in the mirror

"Nirvana is the stuff you are made of. Just a remembrance is needed," concludes Osho. From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

A blind man came to argue with Buddha

"God is not an argument ... nirvana is not an argument, it is not a conclusion; it is an experience," says Osho. From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

The two bronze statues in the woodland park

"Whatsoever you repress will become your attraction," says Osho. From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

Buddha visits his wife after enlightenment

'Buddha [knew] it was possible to attain here in this house, because it has nothing to do with forest or with town, with family or with ashram... It is available everywhere,' [...]

Two actors out of work

"...Don't put anybody higher than you and don't put anybody lower than you. We are one," says Osho. From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

Three types of listeners

"For understanding to come one has to one day unlearn all that one has learnt," states Osho. From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

The Lotus Sutra

"First, recite the sutra; second, understand intellectually; third, give a sign that you have lived it. These are the three stages," says Osho. From our series 1001 Tales, compiled [...]

The monkey and the Master

"Man has not evolved much. The real man is born only when your inner monkey completely disappears, utterly disappears," says Osho. From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

“Have you made your peace with Moses?”

Osho says, "If you have accepted your being – finished. Your journey has come to an end. Now you can flower." From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

The court fool

Osho says, "You will be surprised to know that they were not ordinary fools, they were some of the wisest men in the country." From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

The Zen Master in the carriage

"One has to be capable sometimes of not being kind. Great kindness is capable of being kind and of not being kind, both." says Osho. From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

Buddha with a handful of dry leaves

Buddha says, "That which I have said is only like the few leaves in my hand. And that which I have not said is like the dry leaves in this forest." Osho explains, "The Master will [...]

Buddha is asked: Is there a God?

"Ananda said, ’Master, the question is the same, but you answer so differently, you answer so contradictorily, that we have become puzzled, confused,’" says Osho. From our [...]

The well that made everyone go mad

"Each individual is so unique, so incomparably unique, that there is no way to judge who is normal and who is abnormal," says Osho. From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

The man clinging to the roots of a tree

"If you can live in the present, the taste is tremendously sweet. This is the way to live, this is the only way to live – otherwise you will not be living," states Osho. From [...]

What’s going on in Jalaluddin Rumi’s monastery?

A story about the Sufi mystic and poet as told by Osho. From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

The hen that went south

Osho speaks on dropping the intellect, using an apt parable about a hen's excursion. From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

Bayazid came upon a heap of skulls

Osho talks on the three types of hearing. "Let it be known once and forever: I am not interested in the crowd, I am interested only in individuals. And you have to show your [...]

A disciple afraid of darkness

Buddha has said: Appo deepo brava - ‘Be a light unto yourself.’ From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

Buddha, Confucius and Lao Tzu – and the juice of life

"There is nothing higher than life. To live it is to be religious," states Osho. From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

The disciple who got the task to look after 1000 cows

"The new man, he will be complete, entire, acquainted with the outside world and acquainted with the inside world as well," says Osho. From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by [...]

The king who tried to escape death

"Wherever you go you will find death waiting for you," states Osho. From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

A junior devil was worried when he saw Jesus

"Once a religion is organized, it is dead," says Osho. From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

Baal Shem’s parable: two men on a tightrope

“How did you manage to cross?” "Whenever I felt myself toppling over to one side, I leaned to the other.” From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

A poet meets a mystic while contemplating the moon in a bowl of water

"Seeking truth in scriptures, seeking truth in philosophies, is looking at the reflection." From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

Chuang Tzu finds a bullock cart upside down

"Conflict you have always been in. Now try accord. And suddenly you will see – the whole meaning changes. Then you are no more in antagonism with nature," says Osho. From our [...]