Excerpt from ‘The Cosmic Madhouse’. It is 1977; Jörg Andrees Elten and Jay Ullal from ‘Stern’ magazine arrived in Poona the day before and met with Arup in the ashram. She invited them to go/come for the morning discourse.
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.”
I am talking a different language, you understand a different language – but there is no need to make much fuss about it. It is natural.
The bhikkhu who guards his mind
And fears the waywardness of his thoughts
Burns through every bond
With the fire of his vigilance
Osho, Are all the journalists blind? Can’t they see the truth? Why are they continuously spreading lies about you?
Q: You said the other day that no one is interested any more in questions like “who created the universe?” but a recent edition of ‘Time Magazine’ devoted considerable space to an article entitled “In the Beginning: God and Science.”
The first question:
“Happiness is not being smart enough to know what to worry about.”
Q: You made me altogether confused and lethargic. I am like mad. At the moment I feel no trust even. Now tell me what should I do? Where should I go?
Osho, I am afraid of death, yet at the same time it has an incredible attraction for me. What does it mean?
In the East much has been worked out, much has been done to understand the ego, much probing has been done.
The whole of existence,
The birds, beasts, flowers and air call for our stillness,
All except one small insect,
This winged parasite
This buzzing disturber
Is he the devil?
When I am reading your words, listening to your lecture tapes, and now when I am here, I’m thoroughly absorbed with it all.
Q: You made me realise I was a coward and I accepted it and was happy. Now I am getting a feeling that I am becoming brave, and I am scared.
The second question – it is from Hareesh:
A white and small aura is visible just over your head. Why is not a coloured one visible?
Wilhelm Reich says in his book, ‘Listen, Little Man’, that he found that man reaches out with his life energy when he feels well and loving; that he retracts that energy when he is afraid.
Q: You have said that by resolving consciously to withdraw inside, or at the time of death, the entire life energy shrinks and returns to the center for the purpose of turning into a seed once again. At which center does the energy shrink? Does it concentrate at the agya chakra, at the navel, or at some other point? Which is the most important chakra, and why?
Q: You have defined yourself as the rich man’s guru. Don’t the other people interest you? Are the rich particularly in need of a guru? Or are you their guru because they have money?
Osho speaks on Jean Paul Sartre, the French existentialist philosopher, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, political activist, biographer, and literary critic (21 June 1905 – 15 April 1980).
It’s not the first time I have come across discrepancies in what Osho says in an audio discourse and the written form in a book or text.