Archive for Discourses

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.

My Dream

Osho, What is this dream of yours which you have been working so hard to realize for the past twenty-five, thirty years, ignoring all kinds of hindrances and obstacles?

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.

We need a more enlightened technology

Beloved Osho, By using modern technology, I feel we are hurting this vibrating, juicy earth with the dead garbage of plastic, radioactivity, bad air and so on. Please would you [...]

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 [...]

We have to choose the lesser evil

Q: Today at the lecture you extolled the virtues of Hasidism. But if they are so praiseworthy, so full of feeling of brotherhood, etc., why do they exclude women from their [...]

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."

You see the misery, but you don’t see the cause

Osho speaks about Jawaharlal Nehru's visit to Jabalpur, during which Osho approached him on Naudra Bridge.

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 [...]

Mulla Nasrudin is a great storyteller

Osho says: "Mulla Nasrudin is superb. There is no comparison to him. He can tell a story just by mentioning the name. The way, the gesture, his whole presence may create a great [...]

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 [...]

These holy ones can reveal many things

Osho speaks about those who are called 'the Masters' in theosophy, with reference to Mabel Collins' book, 'Light on the Path'.

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 [...]

Osho speaks about the mala

A selection of quotes by Osho about the meaning of the mala and orange/red clothing (in chronological order).

Ancient music in the pines

Osho speaks about Japanese Zen master Ikkyu, who was also a great poet.

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.

Memories in the cosmic unconscious

The unconscious mind contains all the memories of one's past; the collective unconscious has memories of one's past lives...

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.”

What is the secret of the Mystic Rose?

Osho replies, "The symbol of the mystic rose is that if man takes care of the seed that he is born with, gives it the right soil ... then the ultimate growth is symbolized as the [...]

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.."

What I say is said for no particular reason

What is your message, Osho? I don't understand you.

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.

I see a spiritual regeneration for the whole world

Osho speaks to a group of people in Rajasthan, stating that he had come to tell them that there is a way to awaken from this bad dream they have mistaken for life.

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.

I am not here to help you

Osho answers a question about why he has come to earth, and says, “My whole message is to see the truth, to see the hell that ego creates in the name of perfection, uniqueness - [...]

The woman is the stronger sex, and she has to be

Osho speaks on the strength of women and how they had to live according to the philosophy of the male chauvinists for so long.

Children… are natural mystics

Osho is asked, "Surely meditation is for mystics. Why do you propose it for ordinary people and their children?"

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.

The only sacred place where life exists

Beloved Osho, I have to ask you this esoteric question. How can you say with such certainty that this earth is the only place in the universe where life has blossomed, and [...]

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 [...]

Many of you have been with me in the past

In answer to a question, Osho says that all boundaries are dissolving in this commune, as it is a meeting of old friends.

Nature has its own wisdom

Osho says, Remember the fragrance of the beautiful words of one of the great Zen masters, Ryokan:

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."

Without the Italians the world would not be the same

Osho, Why and how did god create the Italians?

Adam asks: “What is a headache?”

Osho explains the origins of women's headaches.

We would not like to lose a single person

A new translation of several Hindi discourses given by Osho in Ahmedabad and Mumbai has been published recently, entitled ‘Into the Void’. In an excerpt from this riveting [...]

A new satyuga – a golden age – is possible

Osho explains the four ages the Indian mystics call 'satyuga', 'treta', 'dwapar', and 'kaliyug', and declares that darkness and unconsciousness can only be broken by people whose [...]

Nobody can compete with Shiva

Osho explains a story from Hindu mythology about Shiva drinking poison.

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."

Slowly slowly meditation is bound to win over

Osho says there is no need to be mad and suggests, "why not meditate?"

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 [...]

All esotericism is nonsense

Osho answers a question about esotericism and says, “Yes! It is an escape from reality into fantasy.”

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, [...]