“Don’t force rules, just try to understand things. If you force rules upon yourself you will not become enlightened,” states Osho.
“Difficult not to choose, but try – and in everything… When you feel hate, try to move to the middle. When you feel love, try to move to the middle,” states Osho.
… a man questioned the tailor. ‘Don’t you remember God created the whole world in six days?’ The tailor said, ‘I know. And look at the world, how he messed it. That’s what happens if you do things in six days.’ An anecdote told by Osho
“All your seriousness is about sandcastles. And you yourself will leave them one day, trampling them down, and you will not look back,” adds Osho to the anecdote.
Osho says: “You cannot repress any thought… The easiest thing is not to force, but to be just a witness.”
“If this is possible – to have space and togetherness both – ‘then the winds of heaven dance between you…'” states Osho.
“People … think the ego comes through prestige and power – renounce power, renounce prestige – but then the ego comes through your humbleness,” says Osho.
“The people you think are moral are just repressed people, egoistic, carrying all sorts of repressed desires in them. Once an opportunity is given to them, they will explode,” concludes Osho.
“Wisdom is practical, knowledge impractical. Knowledge is abstract, wisdom is earthly; knowledge is just words, wisdom is experience,” comments Osho.
“This Sufi saying wants to create the third type of man, the real man: who knows how to do and who knows how not to do,” expounds Osho.
“The mystery will remain a mystery, but by becoming yourself a mystery, you will understand,” adds Osho
“We are not satisfied with anything, and we go on asking for more, and we go on making our life more of a confusion,” states Osho.
“What he means simply is that you should not feel guilty. Whatever you do – if it is not right, don’t do it again,” comments Osho.
Junnaid says to Mansoor, “Remember, there is no home. Or, the home is everywhere – both are true.” An anecdote told by Osho.
“…And if his patients are sick, then his salary should be cut,” suggests Osho, as Lieh Tzu, Chuang Tzu and Lao Tzu had proposed to their emperor.
Osho describes the moment Maharshi dies and adds: “There is nowhere to go. This is the only existence there is, this is the only dance there is – where can one go?”
“A real man of understanding never renounces anything. He simply understands: ‘Nothing is there to possess, so how can I renounce?'” says Osho.
“Everybody somehow is trying to feel, to convince himself, that he is the greatest man in the world … And you can always find something that will be supportive to you – but it is not really nourishing to you. It is cutting you off from existence,” states Osho.
“…You will have to lose a few things, but they are worthless. You will be gaining so much that you will never think again of what you have lost,” explains Osho.
After telling the anecdote, Osho says: “I am challenging you to jump out of the well … And the moment you see the ocean, there will be no need for me to convince you that this is bigger than your well.”
With this anecdote Osho explains that one can become aware of what we have, only when we have lost it.
Osho states that this story told by the great Sufi Master, Farid Al-Din’ Attar, is “a symbolical, mythological tale of the ultimate utter death of the disciple.”
With this Hassid story Osho illustrates that the treasure is within us, in our own home, that underneath our own consciousness, just within us, is the kingdom of God.
Osho explains with a parable that only with an innocent mind the contact is immediate, from being to being, from heart to heart.
“No need to hide, no need to cover oneself. No need to be afraid: God is love and God is the judge,” says Osho to an initiate in darshan.
Osho’s comment: “How many temples are there on the earth, of how many religions? And how many different kinds of gods have they imagined?”
Osho tells a story to illustrate “…’this’ means the known and the knowable, and “That” means the unknown and the unknowable. The known plus the unknown is the Truth: this plus That is satya.”
“Not being able to see one’s prejudices, clingings, attachments and addictions, is stupidity,” says Osho in a discourse.
Osho says, “Man carries the seed of his misery or bliss, hell or heaven, within himself. Whatsoever happens to you, it happens because of you. Outside causes are secondary; inside causes are primary.”
“The song of a poet, the music of a musician, will go on echoing down the corridors of time. It belongs to eternity,” states Osho.
“If you try to kill the ego you will become a very very humble man, but remember, ‘very very’ is important. You cannot be an ordinary humble man but very very humble – and that will be the hiding place of your ego,” states Osho.
Osho says, “In each situation, watch. When you fail, it is God, it is fate … you don’t want to take the responsibility because it hurts the ego. But when you succeed, it is always you – it is never God, never fate…”
“Move inch by inch, slowly – but move. And you will find that as far as you go, ‘So far, I am alright.’ You will go on finding … that you are becoming an insider in this tremendous beautiful existence,” says Osho.
“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.
“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,” says Osho.
“The duality has melted into oneness. The knower and the known are dissolved; there is only knowing,” states Osho.
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 meditation.”
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.”
“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 pass through the mother and the father, you come through them, but you are not created by them,” says Osho.
“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 materialspiritual,” says Osho.
The second part of three of Shanti’s essay: How long is that road from the man we are to the man we can be, from our present state to our potential as a human being and as mankind?
Osho states, “Avoid esotericism. They are dangerous things, you can become hooked into them … Eat your breakfast and have a good sleep! “
“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.
Part 1 of 3 of an essay by Shanti: How long is that road from the man we are to the man we can be, from our present state to our potential as a human being and as mankind?
“Whatsoever you think about yourself, starts happening. You create your world by your thought, you create your world by your desire,” states Osho.
Osho relates a story attributed to St. Augustine of Hippo (354 – 430 CE). The answer is: “Just love.”
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..”
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.”