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“People … think the ego comes through prestige and power – renounce power, renounce prestige – but then the ego comes through your humbleness,” says Osho.

“The people you think are moral are just repressed people, egoistic, carrying all sorts of repressed desires in them. Once an opportunity is given to them, they will explode,” concludes Osho.

Osho describes the moment Maharshi dies and adds: “There is nowhere to go. This is the only existence there is, this is the only dance there is – where can one go?”

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“Everybody somehow is trying to feel, to convince himself, that he is the greatest man in the world … And you can always find something that will be supportive to you – but it is not really nourishing to you. It is cutting you off from existence,” states Osho.

Woodcutter Feat

“…You will have to lose a few things, but they are worthless. You will be gaining so much that you will never think again of what you have lost,” explains Osho.

After telling the anecdote, Osho says: “I am challenging you to jump out of the well … And the moment you see the ocean, there will be no need for me to convince you that this is bigger than your well.”

Phoenix Feat

Osho states that this story told by the great Sufi Master, Farid Al-Din’ Attar, is “a symbolical, mythological tale of the ultimate utter death of the disciple.”

The Wave Hokusai Feat

“No need to hide, no need to cover oneself. No need to be afraid: God is love and God is the judge,” says Osho to an initiate in darshan.

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 plus That is satya.”

“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 will be the hiding place of your ego,” states Osho.

Indian noble with bow and arrow Feat

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 always you – it is never God, never fate…”

Barn and storm

“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 tremendous beautiful existence,” says Osho.

Henpecked husband Feat

“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,” says Osho.

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.”

Peanut butter sandwich

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.”

Formless Feat

“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 pass through the mother and the father, you come through them, but you are not created by them,” says Osho.

Rejoycing

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 joy, thankfulness and gratitude.”

Protest March Martin Luther King

“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 materialspiritual,” says Osho.

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“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.