“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.”
In ‘A portrait of human dignity’ Shanti reports on his present understanding of what it means to be human (Part 1 of 5).
“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.”
Shanti, excited about the prospect of having an observatory for gravitational waves built right under his mobile home, explains the implications of it.
“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.”
In part two of his essay, Shanti concludes after his deliberations with Procrustes that “Everyone of us is a unique expression of ‘Existence’.”
“Intellectuals are profound archers – first they shoot the arrow and then they draw the target!” explains Osho.
Osho states, “In science, in archery, in other arts, concentration may be of great use – but it is not meditation.”
“What kind of home is this where people go on changing? It is a caravanserai. It is just an overnight stay, and then one has to go.”
“You have to catch hold of your inner light with your own awareness. Other than that there is no way,” says Osho.