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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.

The monkey and the Master

"Man has not evolved much. The real man is born only when your inner monkey completely disappears, utterly disappears," says Osho. From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

Our whole approach… is destructive

"This whole life is geared around wrong things. Money is more important than meditation," says Osho, answering a disciple's question.

“Have you made your peace with Moses?”

Osho says, "If you have accepted your being – finished. Your journey has come to an end. Now you can flower." From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

The honeymoon is before the marriage

Osho speaks on the ‘ghotul’, the youth house of an ancient aboriginal community in India.

The court fool

Osho says, "You will be surprised to know that they were not ordinary fools, they were some of the wisest men in the country." From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

Death is an illusion

Osho answers the question of a disciple, "Is there another way without death and insecurity?"

The Zen Master in the carriage

"One has to be capable sometimes of not being kind. Great kindness is capable of being kind and of not being kind, both." says Osho. From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

Man is an effort to be

Osho speaks on the nature of desire and man's state of mind. "Man is not a being but a process of becoming. Hence there is so much misery, anxiety, anguish."

Infinite is the universe… and its mysteries and secrets

In the last part of this discourse, Osho continues to answer the question from part nine: "The inquiry of a man of the fourth plane changes dimensions..."

Buddha with a handful of dry leaves

Buddha says, "That which I have said is only like the few leaves in my hand. And that which I have not said is like the dry leaves in this forest." Osho explains, "The Master will [...]

The Great Indian War – Mahabharata

Osho speaks about the Great Indian War - Mahabharata - and explains the significance of the four ages: sat yuga, treta yuga, dwapar and kali yuga.

Osho speaks on the sudras

More than 170 million people in India are considered 'untouchable' - people tainted by their birth into a caste system that deems them impure, less than human. They continue to [...]

The Puranas speak a different language

In the ninth part of a series of 10, Osho answers a question with regard to "the fundamental difference between the language of expression of the man of the fourth plane and the [...]