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All political revolutions are destructive

Osho answers the question, "Why do revolutions fail?"

History is taking a great turn – it is moving on another plane

Osho says, "A real man has no nostalgia at all. He never looks back because it is no longer there."

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.

Make it a law that any man who wants to marry a second time has to marry a widow

Osho says, "In India for thousands of years the woman has suffered so much because of this idea that she has to remain a widow."

Living is the real challenge

Osho answers the question, "Beloved Osho, If you depart on the 6th of July *) of any year, are we all going with you?"

I enjoy my afternoon sleep

Osho answers personal questions by Nathan Wood, The Rogers Cable System, Portland, Oregon about his typical day: "I have always slept from eleven till two for the simple reason [...]

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."

They say I am the Hugh Heffner of the spiritual world

Q: You are known throughout the world as the tantra master or the sex guru, yet in the three years I have been in your ashram, not only have I had less sex than ever before in my [...]

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.

Everything is done to remain young as long as possible

Q: Beloved Osho, In Western society, at least, youth is considered to be everything, and to a certain extent, it seems this is as it should be if we are to continue growing in [...]

That’s how Zen people work

Ryokan must have loved bamboo tremendously because he sings about it in many songs; he paints bamboo in many paintings, says 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.

You cannot be aware of what I am intending to do

Osho explains, "The India that you know, I have already left... But for whomsoever wants to seek and search and be, India still provides the best climate - spiritual climate, I [...]

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.

My sannyasins all have to be cuckoos!

Osho answers a question by Vivek.

There is no rebirth after the seventh body

Osho answers the question, "You have said that Buddha attained mahaparinirvana, but also that Buddha is to come once again in human form and will be known as Maitreya. How is it [...]

Out there are other worlds, there are many universes

Osho states, "It is felt deeply that this earth is going to die soon; that is why there is so much search to go beyond this earth."

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."

I have to speak a different language

Osho answers the question: Osho, you are quoted as being here to proclaim a new tradition, not to perpetuate the old. Why is this, and how do you see the future?

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…'"

Here goes Osho’s towel

"The last question - and the most important one. In fact, a question of historic importance: "Osho, Why do you always carry a towel? And why don't you drop it now?"

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."

I am responsible for whatever happened – because you are fast asleep

Osho takes the responsibility for what happened in Rajneeshpuram and says, "...this is my deepest longing: that Sheela and her group should be forgiven."

We create the dictators

“Remember that you are alone, there is no God, there are no messengers, and there is no dictator. You have to be decisive about your own life,” states Osho in 1987 after he [...]

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 [...]

Spiritual guidance should not be direct

Osho replies to a question by Gayan: "To guide a person without his being at all aware that he is being guided… it is just like when you smell perfume in the garden and you start [...]

Osho on Reincarnation

Osho says, "... the whole idea of reincarnation is a misconception."

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 [...]

Astrology is an aspect of spirituality, a dimension of spirituality

Osho states, "The centers that exist deep within this body alone, which Yoga calls chakras, are the accumulated forms of many lives." From 'Hidden Mysteries', Ch 5, Part 6 of 6.

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.

The ultimate meanness has been committed by America and England

Osho speaks about the creation of Israel by politicians and the resulting constant conflicts and suggests, "Move the Jews from Israel and give Israel to the Mohammedans; it belongs [...]

Whatever is happening has already happened

"The deepest realization of astrology is that your past must be unlocked," states Osho. From 'Hidden Mysteries', Ch 5, Part 5 of 6.

If man lives naturally there will be no disease

Osho answers a question by a physician and states, “Health is natural, death is natural, but disease is not natural.”

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 [...]

Seven concentric circles

"In the new commune, the first concentric circle will be for those who come like journalists – prejudiced people, who already know that they know. In short, for the fools," [...]

Everything is joined to the cosmos

Osho says, "Even miniature organisms possess an inner source of feeling." From 'Hidden Mysteries', Ch 5, Part 4 of 6.

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.

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 [...]