Oshodham & Osho World Galleria : Online Magazine - Dec 15, 2012 - Jan 15, 2013
No trails left

The Pioneer, 14 January, 2013

Osho on the fragrance emanated by two masters when they moved on

It is an interesting fact that nothing is known of Lao Tzu s death. No one knows when he died, where and how he died. There is however a popular story that the last man to see Lao Tzu, asked him where he was going. Lao Tzu replied, he was returning to where he came from. The man said however, “But people will worry about you; where you have gone and what happened to you?” Lao Tzu said, “When I was born, I was ignorant. So there was a little noise about my birth. Now that I have attained wisdom, there shall be no sound about my death.“The happening of death will not take place, in a way, in my case.

There shall be no account of my death in the world of happenings for the sage lively silently and departs in silence.”And thus he departed-silently.

All that the people know was, that Lao Tzu was and is no more. The happening of death did not take place in the sense that no one saw him die. His last words to some traveller were: “Now I have attained wisdom, therefore, my death shall produce no sound.” When the void walks, there are no signs of its foot-steps, when the void walks, there are no signs of its foot-prints — as the birds fly in the air and leave no trail behind them.

Beware of Me: Zarathustra

The last thing that Zarathustra said to his disciples was: “Beware of me!” He was leaving for the mountains, to disappear and die in the mountains; in the silence, in the eternal virginity of the mountains he was going to die. He had lived beautifully, a long life.

Now he wanted to have a beautiful death in the valleys surrounded by the mountains, with the sound of running water and birds and flowers and the fragrance. The disciples asked, “Your last message, Master?” And he said, “Beware of me.”That has been always the last message of all great Masters.

Courtesy Osho World

Double Up With Laughter

Times of India, 13 January, 2013

...it’s only human, says OSHO

Laughter is one of the things that’s most repressed by society all over the world. Society wants you to be serious. Parents want their children to be serious, teachers want their students to be serious, the bosses want their employees to be serious, the commanders want their armies to be serious. Seriousness is required of everybody. Laughter is rebellious.

When the teacher is teaching you and you start laughing, it will be taken as an insult. Your parents are saying something to you and you start laughing — it will be taken as an insult. Seriousness is thought to be honourable and respectful. Naturally, laughter has been repressed so much that even though life all around is hilarious, nobody is laughing. If laughter is freed from its chains, from its bondage, you will be surprised — on each step, you will find something hilarious happening. Life is not serious. Only graveyards are serious, death is serious. Life is love, life is laughter, life is dance, song.

Why So Serious?

But we will have to give life a new orientation. The past has crippled life very badly; it has made you almost laughter-blind, just like there are people who are colour-blind. The constant repression of laughter has made you laughter-blind.
Situations are happening everywhere, but you cannot see that there is any reason to laugh. If your laughter is freed from its bondage, the whole world will be full of laughter. It needs to be full of laughter; it will change almost everything in human life. You will not be as miserable as you are. In fact, you are not as miserable as you look — it is misery plus seriousness that makes you look so miserable. Just misery plus laughter, and you will not look so miserable!
Just look around at life and try to see the humourous side of things. Every event that is happening has its own humourous side, you just need a sense of humour. No religion has accepted sense of humour as a virtue. I want a sense of humour to be a fundamental quality of a good man, of a moral man, of a religious man. And it does not need much searching; you just try to see it, and it’s everywhere...

Laughter, The Best Medicine

Seriousness has become almost part of our bones and blood. You will have to make some effort to get rid of seriousness, and you will have to be on the lookout — wherever you can find something humourous happening, don’t miss the opportunity.

Everywhere there are people who are slipping on banana peels — just nobody is looking at them. In fact, it is thought to be ungentlemanly. It is not, because only bananas slip on banana peels.

Laughter needs a great learning, and laughter is a great medicine. It can cure many of your tensions, anxieties, worries; the whole energy can flow into laughter. And there is no need that there should be some occasion, some cause. Even just sitting in your room, close the doors and have one hour of simple laughter. Laugh at yourself. But learn to laugh.

In one apartment house, people were puzzled about one thing. Every couple was fighting, throwing pillows, throwing things, breaking cups and saucers, shouting at each other, husbands beating wives, wives screaming. The only problem was with one gentleman.

From his flat, they never heard any one fighting; on the contrary, they always heard laughter.

So they caught hold of the fellow as he was coming from the market and said, “First you have to tell us that what the secret is — why do you laugh when everybody fights?” The fellow said, “What happens is, she throws things at me. If she misses, then I laugh; if she hits me then she laughs.” Seriousness is a sin.

Lightness Of Being

Laughter has tremendous beauty, a lightness. It will bring lightness to you, and it will give you wings to fly. And life is full of opportunities. You just need to be sensitive and create chances for other people to laugh. Laughter should be one of the most valued, cherished qualities of human beings — because only man can laugh, no animal is capable of it.
Because it is human, it must be of the highest order. To repress it is to destroy a human quality.

Beyond Enlightenment

Be Unafraid

Times of India, 6 January, 2013

Teach your children to be fearless, says OSHO, so that they can face any challenge in life

The child is born so utterly helpless into a world he knows nothing of. Naturally he is afraid of the unknown that faces him. He has not yet forgotten those nine months of absolute security and safety, when there was no problem, no responsibility, and no worry for tomorrow.

To us, those are nine months, but to the child, it is eternity. He knows nothing of the calendar, he knows nothing of minutes, hours, days, months. He has lived an eternity in absolute safety and security, without any responsibility, and then suddenly he is thrown into a world unknown, where he is dependent on others for everything. It is natural that he will feel afraid. Everybody is bigger and more powerful, and he cannot live without the help of others. He knows he is dependent; he has lost his independence, his freedom. And small incidents may give him some taste of the reality he is going to face in the future.

Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated by Nelson, but in fact the credit should not go to Nelson. Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated by a small incident in his childhood. Now history does not look at things in this way, but to me it is absolutely clear.

When he was just six months old, a wild cat jumped on him. The maid who was looking after him had gone for something in the house; he was in the garden in the early morning sun and the fresh air, lying down, and the wild cat jumped on him. It didn’t harm him — perhaps it was just being playful — but to the child’s mind, it was almost death. Since then, he was not afraid of tigers or lions; he could have fought a lion without any arms, with no fear. But a cat? That was different. He was absolutely helpless.

Seeing a cat, he was almost froze; he became a six-month-old child once again, defenceless, with no capacity to fight. In the small child’s eyes, the cat must have looked very big — it was a wild cat. The cat may have looked into the eyes of the child.

Something in his psyche became so much impressed by the incident that Nelson exploited it. Nelson was no comparison to Napoleon, and Napoleon was never defeated in his life; this was his first and last defeat. And he would not have been defeated, but Nelson had brought in 70 cats at the front of the army.

The moment Napoleon saw those 70 wild cats, his mind stopped functioning. His generals could not understand what had happened. He was no longer the same great warrior; he was almost frozen with fear, trembling. He had never allowed any of his generals to arrange the army, but today he said, with tears in his eyes, “I am incapable of thinking — you arrange the army. I will be here, but I am incapable of fighting. Something has gone wrong for me.”

He was removed, but without Napoleon, his army was not capable of fighting Nelson, and seeing the condition of Napoleon, everybody in his army became a little afraid: something very strange was happening.

A child is weak, vulnerable and insecure. Autonomously, he starts creating an armour, a protection, in different ways.

A man living out of fear is always trembling inside. He is continuously on the point of going insane, because life is big, and if you are continuously in fear...there is every kind of fear. You can make a big list, and you will be surprised how many fears are there — and still you are alive! There are infections all around, diseases, dangers, kidnapping, terrorists...and such a small life. And finally there is death, which you cannot avoid. Your whole life will become dark.

Drop the fear! The fear was taken up by you in your childhood unconsciously; now consciously drop it and be mature.

And then life can be a light which goes on deepening as you go on growing.

Beyond Psychology

‘Tomorrow is in the womb of today’

Afternoon & Despatch, 4 January, 2013

NOW there is no life possible with the old concept of man but only death. The old man is preparing for a global suicide. The old man is piling up atom bombs, hydrogen bombs, in order to commit a collective suicide. This is a very unconscious desire. Rather than allowing the new man to be, the old man would like to destroy the whole thing.

You have to understand, you have to protect the new, because the new carries the whole future with it. And man has come to a stage where a great quantum leap is possible. The old man was other-worldly, the old man was against this world. The old man was always looking to the heavens. The old man was more concerned with life after death than life before death.

The new man’s concern will be life before death. The new man’s concern will be ‘this’ life, because if this life is taken care of, the other will follow of its own accord.

One need not worry about it, one need not think about it. The old man was too concerned with God. That concern was out of fear. The new man will not be concerned with God, but will live and love this world, and out of that love he will experience the existence of God.

The old man was speculative, the new man is going to be existential. The old man can be defined in the Upanishadic statement: Neti-Neti, not this, not this. The old man was negative – life-negative, life-denying. The new man will be life-affirming: iti-iti, this and this. The old man’s concern was ‘that’, the new man’s concern will be this, because out of this that is born, and if you become too concerned with that, you miss both.

Tomorrow is in the womb of today. Take care of today and you have taken care of tomorrow. There is no need to be in any way worried about tomorrow. If you become too worried about tomorrow you have missed today. And tomorrow will come as today – it always comes as today. If you have learned this suicidal habit of missing today, you will miss tomorrow also.

You will go on missing. The old man was continuously missing, was miserable, sad. And because he was sad he was against the world, he blamed the world, he blamed Samsara. He said, “It is because of the world that I am in misery.” It is not so. The world is immensely beautiful, it is all beauty, bliss and benediction.

There is nothing wrong with the world. Something was wrong with the old mind. The old mind was either past-oriented or future-oriented, which are not really different orientations. The old mind was concerned with that which is not. The new man will be utterly in tune with that which is, because it is God, it is reality: iti-iti, this is it.

This moment has to be lived in its totality. This moment has to be lived in its spontaneity, with no ‘a priori’ ideas. The old man was carrying ready-made answers. He was stuffed with philosophy, religion and all kinds of nonsense. The new man is going to live life without any ‘a priori’ conclusion about it. Without any conclusion one has to face existence, and then one knows what it is. If you have already concluded, your conclusion will become a barrier.