Archive for Discourses

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, [...]

Nachiketa goes in search for Death

Osho relates the story of a young brahmin who angers his father so much with his questions, that he gives him to Death. Once found, Death confesses: "I have never killed anyone!"

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.