“Somewhere a deep balance is needed. Just between the two, exactly between the two, is transcendence. “
“From the very beginning, everyone is a Buddha… This is the basic message of Zen – and the greatest message that has ever been delivered to man.”
“Don’t try to change the circumstances of your life, try to change the psychology. Try to change your attitudes towards life, don’t try to change the outer situation. Use the outer situation and change the inner state.”
“The moment you have accepted the night totally – and there is no seeking and hankering for the morning – the morning has come.”
“Rare is the possibility of someone’s listening, and rarest is the possibility of someone understanding.”
“Just say something and it happens. You just say to the mind, ‘Enough – now you be the servant, because you are the servant.’ And, I say, it is just that simple.”
“Whatsoever it is, just be herenow – and a tremendous revelation is waiting for you. The revelation is that nobody can be unhappy in the herenow.”
‘If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him immediately!’ – What about you? How do I both love you and kill you?’
“When you come closer to yourself you come closer to me because in the innermost being the centre is one.”
“If you ask all the great minds they will say that whatsoever they have attained has come from beyond the mind, not from the mind.”
“Reaction is out of the past. If you react, out of old habits, out of mind, then you are not responding. To be responsive is to be totally alive in this moment, here-now.”
“One day or other you will come to the wide river where… all is taken… and you are left totally alone, with no possessions.”
“Everything has been perfect without you. When you will not be here everything will be as perfect as ever.”
Osho comments on a Zen story: “This is the way of Zen. It is the most unique phenomenon in the whole world of religions.”
“My definition of ‘being holy’ is nothing but to be whole – capacity to come into the world and yet remain above it, beyond it; capacity to use the mind but yet remain centered in your being.”
“A real painting is not just the sum total of the colors, it is more – and that “more” is the meaning,” says Osho.
“Hearing Zen, reading Zen is not going to give you Zen. Zen is a quality that you have to attain to.”
“In the search for the first principle silence is the door – the only door,” comments Osho on this sutra.
“If it is the bus terminus, why should you worry? How can you miss it? There is no way of missing it!”
Angulimala “had taken a vow that he would kill one thousand people, not less than that, because the society had not treated him well.”
“If we see changes in the situation we change immediately, as if we have no integrated soul, no crystallized soul.”
Vivekananda was called and Ramakrishna shouted very angrily and said, ‘Is this the way to use power?’
Osho comments: “If there is such test, such totality of trust, time is not needed. If there is no trust, then even three lives are not enough.”
“Even an unenlightened Master, with deep trust, can revolutionize your life. And the reverse is also true: even an enlightened Master may not be of any help. It depends on you…” says Osho.
Another Sufi story featuring Akbar: “That girl’s love was far deeper. She was closer to God than I was…”
“This is the man of individuality, who does not care for his life, for his body, who has no fear. He accepted death with joy.”
“The golden gate is open for those who are simple, who are humble, who are almost nobodies…” adds Osho.
Osho states, “When you are seeing a sunset and you are overwhelmed by its beauty, in that moment there is knowing.”