Archive for Discourses

Every soul chooses its own time of conception

Osho says, "The actual birth takes place on the day when the foetus is conceived in the mother's womb." From 'Hidden Mysteries', Ch 5, Part 3 of 6.

In fifty years’ time the decision will be made

"The coming few years are going to be very significant years in man's history," states Osho.

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 whole universe is an organic unity

"Cosmic chemistry says that the entire cosmos is a body. Nothing in it stands apart, all things are joined together," states Osho. From 'Hidden Mysteries', Ch 5, Part 2 of 6.

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.

Understand the ancient science of astrology

"The deepest laws of astrology were first discovered in India," says Osho while speaking about the origins of astrology and the relationship between the sun and the human body. [...]

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 [...]

What is the connection between laughter and sex?

"Anand Devopama, there is certainly a connection; the connection is simple. Sexual orgasms and laughter happen in the same way; their process is similar," replies Osho.

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 [...]

Relationship is one thing, interdependence totally another

Osho answers a question by Vasumati. Osho says, "When unhappiness comes one welcomes it, when happiness comes one welcomes it, knowing that they are partners in the same game."

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 [...]

America is slipping into darkness

Osho speaks on war in Afghanistan and in particular on the Pakhtoon people, and about the role of the Americans and opening up of the then Soviet Union.

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.

Evolution – why only to a few monkeys?

"Creation and evolution are absolute opposites to each other," states Osho.

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.

Whatsoever you see is just a symbol

Osho answers a question about symbols and speaks in particular about the relevance of bowing down before the cast of his feet.

Without America Israel would be immediately finished

In discourse, Osho speaks about the creation of Israel after WW2 and the implications to this day. He states, "I have always been against the creation of Israel."

The chain reaction

Our beloved master, I imagined that our tendency to put ourselves down was a product of our conditioning, and something peculiar to modern man. But even in Rinzai's time it [...]

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.

Vegetarianism is a byproduct of meditation

Osho answers a question about why his disciples are vegetarians and also speaks about the life of peacocks and deer in Rajneeshpuram.

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 [...]

We are strangers to this earth

In a Hindi discourse, Osho answers a question by the late Om Prakash Saraswati after listening to the first discourse on the Gita of Ashtavakra: "These words are of the sky. These [...]

Jesus was born on January sixth

Osho says, "It was Constantine who was actually the founder of Christianity."

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.

Nature cures

Osho says, Sometimes it is very, very good to be ill. Nothing wrong about it.

I hit only the chosen people

Osho says, "Mind tends to forget. Mind is a forgetfulness. You have to continuously remember where you are, why you are here...." while answering Santosh's question.

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.

Duality is part of nature

Osho answers the question, "Some days I feel like a swami and others like a ma. Can I be both? Or will I grow up schizy?"

Beloved Osho, how can I thank you?

Osho: "There is no need: just be what you can be."

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.

God cannot be grabbed!

Osho's answer to the question: "Is prayer useful? If so, teach me how to pray. I mean, prayer to receive god's love, to feel his grace."

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,' [...]

America is one of the greatest destructive powers in the world

In a press interview in Rajneeshpuram, on 26 July 1985, Osho replies to a question by Swami Shanti Prabhu of the Rajneesh Times.

When oneness happens, then one’s self is not

Osho speaks on oneness and how he is related to the cosmos and to other people.

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.

My message is universal

Osho states about his message: "Its universality means that it is the foundational doctrine of existence," and that "truth is absolutely uncompromising."

There is no need of any government

Osho answers questions asked by a member of the press in Mumbai after he returned from his world tour. "I am an anarchist. I want to see humanity without being governed by anybody, [...]

They worship money

"Indians are so obsessed with money: money seems to be their god. No other country worships money; in India it is worshipped," says Osho.

Mantra is a subtle drug

"If you repeat a certain mantra for a long time, that too creates subtle chemical changes in your being. It is better than drugs, but still, that too is a subtle drug," says Osho.

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 more we arrange to protect ourselves, the more we expose ourselves to danger

Osho declares, "If we examine the course of human thinking in the last 300 years, we find a steep increase in doctrines of humanity and justice. But never, in all the history of [...]

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 [...]

When the body dies, the mind continues

Osho speaks on the complexity of the state of the mind and says it is almost like a bridge between the soul, the universal, and the body, the individual.