OSHO, WHY AM I CONSTANTLY THINKING ABOUT WOMEN AND WOMEN AND WOMEN?
The psychologists say that every three seconds a man thinks about a woman. They don’t know about the Indians – they don’t stop thinking at all. This three-second limit is not applicable to Indians; Centuries of repression has made them think continuously of women. The women think of men once each six seconds; that makes the whole trouble – the difference is vast.
Unless you become enlightened you are bound to think of women if you are a man, of men if you are a woman.
Friedrich Nietzsche says, ”The priests have not been able to help man get rid of sex, but they have been able to poison his joy of sex.” And that has created a great difficulty: because you cannot enjoy it, the desire continues. If you can enjoy it, a time will come naturally when you will be finished with it.
At the age of 42 if should be a natural transformation. You would have lived it, you would have seen it. You would have seen its joys and its miseries, its ecstasies and its agony, you would have seen all. And the experience, and only the experience, can make you ripe.
Jesus used to say to his disciples, ”Unless you hate your parents you cannot follow me.”
Buddha used to say ”Unless you kill your parents you cannot follow me.”
your parents are still heavy on you.
If you want to live authentically, truly, naturally, you have to disconnect yourself from all traditions.
Understand your desires, but don’t repress them.
It is through understanding that you go beyond desires.
It is through understanding, meditating, becoming more aware, that your unconscious is transformed into conscious.
whenever two persons are making love, the whole neighborhood should know that now it is happening.
Otherwise, if you follow Veena and remain cool and calm and collected, then it will take lives for you, because that expression is part of experience. he unexpressed remains unexperienced;
Out of a hundred, ninety-seven Indian ladies have known no orgasm in their life. I have asked many of my Indian women sannyasins. It is very rare to come across an Indian woman who has attained orgasm, because they have been taught to remain cool and calm, unmoving – because it is prostitutes who move, make loving gestures. The perfect lady simply remains cool. But then they don’t know what orgasm is, and without knowing orgasm you will never transcend your sex.
Love a woman, fall in love, risk yourself, and forget all your traditions and conventions. And one day… that day is not far off – if you have lived intensely that day will come, that day is bound to come, when you will see sex has disappeared and instead the same energy has become love. And the love flowers; the perfume that comes out of that flowering is prayer.
Chapter 9: The Bird Has Flown
The Zen approach towards life is not of knowing but of being.
Truth is not a question of knowing, it is a question of being.
It is not information: it is transformation. You have to die as you are and you have to be reborn.
Jesus said "Unless you are born again you shall not enter into my kingdom".
Jesus is not saying that you have to wait for another life; he is saying that you have to attain a different vision. The whole thing depends on the change in the seer.
The knowledgeable person goes on feeding his memory with beautiful words, theories, ideologies, in the hope that by accumulating all these treasures he is coming closer to truth, to Tao, to God. In fact, just the contrary is happening: he is going farther and farther away from truth because the more the memory becomes thick, the more his knowledgeability becomes strengthened; there will be a China Wall between himself and that which is.
To know that which is, one does not need information, one needs clarity. And information always creates confusion, because information comes from many sources which are confusing and contradictory; they are bound to be so.
Hence the modern man has become very much confused: more knowledge, more confusion.
Zen insists that shift the whole consciousness from knowing to being. The question is not how much you know, the question is how much you are. The question is not about your memory but about your integrity. The question is not about your mind but about your consciousness, about your awareness. A man can go on reciting beautiful sutras in his sleep; it cannot help him in any way. In fact, it will help him only to fall asleep deeper because he will be thinking that now there is no need to wake up.
when Buddha says something it has a totally different significance, because it comes from his experience, it is rooted in his being. It is alive! It is a rose flower still on the rosebush. The juice from the roots is still flowing towards the flower. When you repeat the same sutra it is only a plastic flower, because there is no experience within your being to support it, to nourish it, to feed it. It is just imposed from the outside.
Buddha was not repeating any ancient sutra; he was simply saying it on his own authority.
it is true, because I have known myself.
Religion has nothing to do with words; it has something to do with realization. And if you realize, words automatically happen When your heart is full with a song you start finding the words. You start finding the right language, or whatsoever language you use becomes the right language and whatsoever words you use become significant.
Jesus uses very ordinary words, day-to-day words, the language of the common people, of the marketplace, of the laborers, farmers, gardeners, fishermen, woodcutters, beggars, prostitutes, gamblers, drunkards. He is not a scholar, but nobody has spoken so beautifully. His words have such tremendous quality, such immense magic. Yes, it can only be called magic for the simple reason that they are alive.
ZEN SAYS: RIGHT WORDS, even right words, in the wrong hands become wrong, and vice versa. Even wrong words in the right hands become right. It is the magic of the person, it is the charisma of the experienced awakened man that whatsoever he touches becomes gold; even dust becomes divine.
A MONK WAS RECITING THE DIAMOND SUTRA.
THE DIAMOND SUTRA is certainly one of the most valuable treasures ever handed over to humanity. It is certainly the most precious scripture, hence the name ”The Diamond Sutra”. The name has also been given to it because a diamond cuts everything, and the Diamond Sutra cuts your sleep, your dreams, your projections, your desires, your mind, all your stupidity, like a diamond. It goes like a sword inside you, cutting all the layers, cutting all that you have accumulated in millions of lives. It makes your own innermost core again available to you. But it is not for reciting.
there are millions of Buddhists all over the world who can recite the whole Diamond Sutra just by memory.
But reciting is not going to help; in fact, it is going to hinder your progress, your growth, because reciting is a kind of autohypnosis. If you recite a certain sutra again and again and again it creates a deep sleep in you.
Who circulates your blood? You? If you have to circulate the blood you would have died long before… because you see a beautiful woman passing by and you forget to circulate the blood! And by the time you remember, it is finished! Who breathes? You? It is the robot part, otherwise who will breathe when you are asleep? Even in a coma you will continue to breathe.
”… IF ONE SEES THAT FORMS ARE NOT FORMS, HE THEN SEES BUDDHA.”
You have to go on discarding, eliminating. You have to say that ”The body is not myself, I am not the body, because I can see the body, I can feel the body.”
You are the knower and the knower can never be the known; that is the arithmetic of via negativa. The observer cannot be the observed. So ”I am not the body” – that has to be the first experience when you enter inside.
Buddha has said, ”Watch and disconnect yourself from the body. You are not the body.”
And the same has to be done with the mind. Then watch again – are you the thoughts? How can you be the thoughts? Thoughts come and go – and you abide. Thoughts are like reflections in the mirror, clouds passing in the sky, but the sky is not the clouds. Desires, memories, imagination, they all come and go. You are not your mind either, so say, ”I am not my mind.”
And thirdly, ”I am not my heart either” – the feelings. the emotions, which are the subtlest. Then who am I? When you have cut these three identities. almost nothing is left. You have cut the very root of the ego. Then you cannot even say, ”I am,” you can only say, ”There is a certain amness. but there is no I.”
”I” consists of body, mind, heart. These are the three components of the body, of the ego. Once these three are dropped, eliminated, the ego disappears. Then there is only pure awareness. The body is a form, the mind too is a form, and the heart too is a form. And the ego is the hold-all, the bundle of all the forms. When everything has been taken out, the ego becomes empty and flops.
”… IF ONE SEES THAT FORMS ARE NOT FORMS…”
”The body is not my body, the mind is not my mind. I am neither in the body nor in the mind; these are only forms.” And forms are not true. Forms are only forms, waves, passing phases, like dreams. Forms are not forms. If once this is realized, then one becomes the Buddha, one sees the Buddha. Awareness is Buddha.
THE MASTER WAS PASSING BY AND HEARD IT.
THE MASTERS ALWAYS USE EVERY OPPORTUNITY to help people wake up; they don’t miss a single opportunity. The monk must have been his disciple.
THE MASTER WAS PASSING BY AND HEARD IT. HE THEN SAID TO THE MONK, ”YOU RECITE WRONGLY. IT GOES LIKE THIS: ’IF ONE SEES THAT FORMS ARE FORMS HE THEN SEES BUDDHA.’”
Now the Master is saying just the opposite of the sutra. The monk is reciting rightly the Master is saying it wrong. But the Master is right and the monk is wrong, because in the hands of a right person even wrong words become right and in the hands of a wrong person even right words become wrong.
THE MONK EXCLAIMED, ”WHAT YOU HAVE SAID IS JUST THE OPPOSITE TO THE WORDS OF THE SUTRA!”
And the monk is right as far as the sutra is concerned, but still he knows only the sutra; he has no direct experience of reality.
THE MASTER THEN REPLIED, ”HOW CAN A BLIND MAN READ THE SUTRA?”
You are blind and you are talking about light! You may have read about light, but what can you say about light? Whatsoever you say is going to be wrong.
There are people who will find thousand and one contradictions in Buddha’s words, in Jesus’ words, for the simple reason because they have not experienced that state of consciousness where opposites meet, mingle, merge and become one, where opposites are no more opposites but become complementaries, when opposites are absolutely necessary for each other’s existence, when they are no more enemies but friends, partners in a dance.
the people who are in the valley, dark valley, of course they will say that the path that goes from the north and the path that goes from the south are opposites paths: they cannot lead you to the same goal. They will quarrel, argue, fight and waste their time. And the man who sits on the top will simply laugh at the whole stupidity.
People live in their own minds. Even white clouds, blue skies, sun shining in the sky, will not make much difference. They will remember only that which they can remember.
You can read the Diamond Sutra, but you will see only that which you can see, you will understand only that which you can understand. The whole point is not to know more, the whole point is to be more.
there are sutras all over the place – in the grass blades, in the rocks. Yes, sermons in the rocks and scriptures in the trees. The question is of your eyes. If you are capable to see, then God is everywhere.
Find out your eyes. And there is no other medicine except meditation which can help to open your eyes. The words ”medicine” and ”meditation” come from the same root; they both mean the same. Medicine cures the body, meditation cures your innermost soul. Medicine cures the outer form, meditation cures the essential being.
CHAPTER 10: It’s a Special Transmission
I WILL BE TAKING SANNYAS IN A FEW DAYS
…I WOULD LIKE SO MUCH THAT YOU SAY SOMETHING TO ME. I AM AFRAID – THERE ARE DOUBTS – AND I FEEL HAPPINESS ARISE.
Every adventure brings its own fears. If one wants to live without fears one can live only in the grave. That’s how many people live: they only appear to be alive. They are breathing, they are doing their jobs, but it is not life.
the person who lives without any adventure lives without fear but also without happiness.
Don’t listen to the mind because mind means past; dead it is, already dead and gone. It is non- existential. It is only the footprints of the events that are no more.
Mind knows nothing of the present, it cannot know of the present. It has not any capacity to commune with the present because the present is always unknown. You cannot reduce-it to the past. And the fear of the mind is that the moment you encounter present you have to be spontaneous, and the mind becomes useless.
That is the moment where meditation starts happening. To remain confined into the known is to be in the mind; to allow the unknown to enter into your being is the beginning of meditation, beginning of Zen.
The present can be approached only through the no-mind. If you have any conclusions you are still carrying the past;
You have to put aside everything that you have known. You have to look into the present in a state of not-knowing. The mind will tremble – let it tremble. Let it die out of trembling. Don’t listen to it.
People are waiting for certain indications that truth should be ensured. ”Then we can go into any adventure” – but it is no more adventure if it is guaranteed.
you as an ego also disappear because you can exist only in relationship to others. he ”I” cannot exist without the ”thou”. Psychologists say that the ”thou” comes first into existence and then comes the ”I”. First the child becomes aware of others – the mother, the father, the other children.
Small children, in the beginning, address themselves in third person.
The same happens in a reverse way when you move into meditation. First the ”thou” disappears and then slowly slowly ”I” loses all meaning.
sooner or later, whatsoever time it takes, but all unknown will be reduced into known. That’s why science thinks that there is no need of religion – science Is enough.
Just before Albert Einstein died, just two days before, he said that ”The universe has become more of a mystery to me than it ever was before I started inquiring about it.
Listen to your happiness, follow your happiness. It always gives you the right indication. If a man listens to one’s happiness he can never go wrong. Happiness is simply an indication that you are coming closer to truth, that you are coming closer to the harmony of existence.
OSHO, WHAT IS GREED?
MAN FEELS MEANINGLESS, empty, hollow within, and wants to fill it, stuff it. The effort to fill it somehow is greed. That effort is bound to fail for the simple reason because whatsoever you accumulate remains on the outside; it cannot reach within you. And the problem is within and the solution you are seeking is without.
What you really need is a qualitative transformation of your being. You need your life to become full of light. You need some inner richness; outer richness is not going to help.
Greed means a desire for more without seeing the total futility of it. If less is not giving you anything. then it is not going to happen by having more of the same.
The whole world suffers from inferiority complexes in some way or other, for the simple reason that we go on comparing.
you don’t know your uniqueness. You have never entered your own being, you have never encountered yourself You have never looked in that direction at all. You are bound to feel inferior.
Look within yourself and you will experience great uniqueness. And all inferiority disappears, evaporates;
Once you know your uniqueness you are joyous, and then there is no need to follow anybody. Learn from everybody. from animals, from trees, from clouds, from rivers.
You can’t become a river, but you can learn some quality which is river-likeness: the flow, the let-go.
You see the roseflower so delicate yet so strong in the wind, in the rain, in the sun. By the evening it will be gone but has no care about it, is joyous in the moment. By the evening the petals will wither away, but who bothers about the evening? This moment is all and this dance is all there is.
Greed is unacquaintance with oneself. Greed is because you have never looked within yourself, and you feel empty and you go on making all kinds of efforts to fill that emptiness.
And that’s the message of Zen: to experience your emptiness so totally that the emptiness itself becomes fullness. Then all greed disappears, and that is the only way it disappears; there is no other way.
ARE NOT DIFFERENT RACES OF MAN REALLY AND BASICALLY DIFFERENT?
In fact, it is not a question of different races – no two individuals are alike.
Moralities are bound to be different because they arise out of the mind. Only one thing can unite the whole humanity, and that is meditation.
Religions have divided humanity. There are three hundred religions in the world, not even counting the small ones.
OSHO, I AM HAPPY AS I AM. I AM A VERY AMBITIOUS MAN
…AND I DO NOT WANT TO BE ENLIGHTENED. PLEASE BLESS ME TO FULFILL MY DREAMS. EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE THROUGH YOUR GRACE.
Both things cannot exist together. If you are happy, ambition disappears; if you are ambitious you are miserable. Ambition simply means you are not happy the way you are.
Only a miserable mind wants something more.
To be happy is possible only if you are enlightened.
But if you are happy in your misery, then I will not disturb you at all.
The man who is happy is relaxed, he is in a let-go, he is in a rest. He enjoys himself He is not interested in becoming somebody else.
His present is such a joy, his each moment is such an ecstasy, that why he should bother about the future? The tomorrow exists only for the miserable, because the miserable lives in hope.
”Well, you see, my king,” Charlie answers, swaying his monkey arms, ”love is still flowing between Alexandra and me, but it is very difficult, you know, running up for kissing, running down for fucking, running up for kissing, running down for fucking…!”
Even if your dreams are fulfilled you will be very much exhausted, very much tired.
There are only very rare few people – can be counted on finger, who are enjoying, but they are not enjoying anything. They are enjoying their being, their consciousness. And that’s what enlightenment is all about.
A man had just got married to a beautiful young girl. He wanted to make love to her, but he had a very short prick so he went to see a magician. The magician gave him a pill and he said, ”Any time someone says ’Pardon me’, it will grow an inch.”
So he tried it. He went through crowds of people, ”Pardon me, pardon me, pardon me,” and the magician was right – the miracle was happening. He was overjoyed.
Soon he got home and was just about to make love to his beautiful young girl when someone came into the room. ”Pardon me! Pardon me! exclaimed the intruder. ”A thousand times pardon me!”