does not teach any religion and does not belong to any particular
religion. What he really teaches is religiousness - the real fragrance
of all the flowers of existence, the Buddhas, the mystics and sages
that this world has known. Osho has given thousands of discourses
on all the well-known and not so known mystics of the world—from
Ashtavakra to Zarathusthra .
is a modern day mystic whose wisdom, clarity and humor have touched
the lives of millions of people around the world. His insights are
creating the conducive atmosphere or ‘ Atma-Sphere ” for
the emergence of what he calls the ‘New Man’ or Zorba
, the Buddha – the combination of celebration, dance and song
of Zorba and the silence, stillness and meditation of the Buddha,
the meditation of the East and the materialism of the West. Zorba
the Buddha is a totally new human being who is an awakened one, and
he is life-affirmative and free. When someone asked Osho the definition
of religion, Osho replied: To be in romance with life is religion.
all the Enlightened Ones, Gautama the Buddha is very special to Osho.
He says: “I love Gautama the Buddha because he represents to
me the essential core of religion. He is the beginner of a totally
different kind of religion in the world. He has propounded not religion
but religiousness. And this is a great radical change in the history
of human consciousness.”
a Buddha moves the wheel of dharma , it takes two thousand five hundred
years for it to stop completely….” says Osho. “The
wheel that Buddha moved has stopped. The wheel has to be moved again.
And that is going to be my and your life’s work – that
wheel has to be moved again. Once it starts revolving it will again
have twenty-five centuries’ life.”
teaches meditation for our inner transformation. Love and compassion
are the natural expression of this transformation. We can meditate
with Buddha, dance with Krishna and celebrate our love with Sufis
- Swami Chaitanya Keerti , Osho World Foundation, New Delhi
has spoken on hundreds of mystics and traditions including Buddhism,
Christianity, Communism, Hassidism., Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Sikhism,
Sufism, Tantra, Taoism, Yoga, Zen and many more
Some of the mystics
HE speaks on
on Adi Shankaracharya:
The Song of Ecstasy (in English)
The Great Transcendence (in English)
Bhaj Govindam Moodh Mate (in Hindi)
Shankaracharya was an unbounded flow of revolutionary energy,
a Ganges rushing towards the ocean. He cannot be channeled
like a canal.”
- Nowhere To Go But In, Chapter
Shankaracharya, the first shankaracharya, who established four
temples -- the four seats of shankaracharyas for all the four
directions. Perhaps in the whole world, he is the most famous
of those philosophers who are trying to establish that everything
is illusory. Without doubt he was a great logician, because
he went on conquering other philosophers; he moved all over
the country and defeated all other schools of philosophy. He
established his philosophy as the only right vision, the only
right perspective: that all is maya, illusion.
- The Great Zen Master Ta Hui,
is the book I have always wanted to talk about; it is even
scheduled for my morning talks in English. I have already spoken
on it in Hindi and it can also be translated. The book is by
Shankaracharya -- not the present fool, but Adi Shankaracharya,
the original one.
The book is one thousand years old, and is nothing but a small
song: "BHAJ GOVINDAM MOODH MATE -- O Idiot...." Now,
Devageet, listen carefully: I'm not talking to you, that is the
title of the book. BHAJ GOVINDAM -- sing the song of the Lord --
MOODH MATE, O Idiot. O Idiot, sing the song of the Lord.
But idiots don't listen. They never listen to anybody, they are
deaf. Even if they listen they don't understand. They are imbeciles.
Even if they can understand, they don't follow; and unless you
follow, understanding is meaningless. Understanding is understanding
only when it is proved by your following.
Shankaracharya has written many books but none of them is so beautiful
as this song: BHAJ GOVINDAM MOODH MATE. I have spoken much on these
three or four words, almost three hundred pages. But you know how
I love to sing songs; if I have the opportunity I will go on endlessly.
But here I wanted to at least mention the book.
- Books I Have Loved, Chapter #15
Enlightenment : The Only Revolution (in English)
Ashtavakra Mahageeta (6 volumes in Hindi)
is not for synthesis -- he is a man of truth. He speaks the
truth just as it is, without any artifice or coloring. He
is not concerned about the listener, he does not care whether
his listener will understand or not. Such a pure expression
of truth has never happened anywhere before, nor has it ever
No one is concerned with Ashtavakra, because to accept Ashtavakra
you are going to have to drop yourself -- unconditionally. You
cannot bring yourself along. Only if you stay behind can you come
If you really want to understand Ashtavakra you will have to descend
into the depths of meditation. No commentary, no interpretation
will be of any help.
And for meditation Ashtavakra does not ask us to sit and chant "Ram,
Ram." He says that anything you do will not be meditation.
How can there be meditation when there is a doer? As long as there
is doing, there is illusion. As long as the doer is present, the
ego is present. Ashtavakra says becoming a witness is meditation.
Then the doer disappears; you remain only as watcher, nothing but
the observer. When you are nothing but the observer then only is
there darshan, seeing; then only is there meditation, then only
is there wisdom.
- The Mahageeta, Vol 1, Chapter
one of the greatest seers of this country, says: The sannyasin
is one who is dead even while he is alive. But the person
who is dead while he is alive will be alive when he is dead.
- The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha,
Vol 5, Chapter #4
says, "Rest in yourself, and you will attain all." Because
resting in yourself you will know who you are.
- The First Principle, Chapter #9
very great mystic of India -- I have spoken on him for almost
half a year continuously. His name was Ashtavakra. And what
he has written is tremendously important; each sentence has
so many dimensions to be explored, but the man himself was
in a very difficult situation.
Ashtavakra -- the name was given to him, because he was almost
like a camel. In eight places he was distorted in the body -- one
leg was longer, one arm was shorter, his back was bent -- in eight
places he was distorted. That's how he was born, with a crippled,
distorted body. But even in a crippled and distorted body the soul
is as beautiful as in the most beautiful body.
He became enlightened, but his body was too rigid to change with
his inner change. His eyes started showing something of the beauty,
but the whole body was in such a mess.”
“It is one of the strangest things in this country that on every book written
by any prominent mystic there have been hundreds of commentaries, but nobody
has commented before me on Ashtavakra. And he must be at least five thousand
years old. For five thousand years nobody has bothered to look into his statements,
which are so significant.
But his inner enlightenment, his inner understanding could not
change his outer appearance. And yet for those who are going deeper
into themselves, the outer does not matter. They would have seen
even in Ashtavakra tremendous beauty, but it would not have been
of the outer circumference, but of the center.
Most often the inner change changes the outer, if the outer is
not too rigid. But the outer never changes the inner.
You need to have eyes, going deep into people's beings, which is
possible only if you are going inwards yourself. The deeper you
go into yourself the deeper you can look into other people's beings.
And then a totally new world opens its doors.”
- Sat Chit Anand, Chapter #27
a few days ago I was talking about Ashtavakra. Yes, he is
exactly like Lao Tzu; he also praises the quality of sublime
laziness. He calls it ALASI SHIROMANI. the emperor of laziness,
a great king of laziness, the highest peak of laziness. But
remember, inactivity plus energy, plus vitality. And not
a single effort has to be made, because in the effort so
much energy will be wasted that you will be less radiant.
And God comes to you only when you are so vital -- optimumly
vital, optimum... at the peak -- that you cannot be any more
vital. At that peak you meet the divine. Your highest energy
comes closest to God's feet; God's lowest energy is closest
to man's highest energy, and there is the communion.
- Tao: The Pathless Path, Vol 1, Chapter
The Book of Wisdom (in English)
is one of the rare masters, rare in the sense that he was
taught by three enlightened masters. It has never happened
before, and never since. To be a disciple of three enlightened
masters is simply unbelievable -- because one enlightened
master is enough. But this story, that he was taught by three
enlightened masters, has a metaphorical significance also.
And it is true, it is historical too.
The three masters that Atisha remained with for many years were:
first, Dharmakirti, a great Buddhist mystic. He taught him no-mind,
he taught him emptiness, he taught him how to be thoughtless, he
taught him how to drop all content from the mind and be contentless.
The second master was Dharmarakshita, another Buddhist mystic.
He taught him love, compassion. And the third master was Yogin
Maitreya, another Buddhist mystic. He taught him the art of taking
the suffering of others and absorbing it into your own heart: love
This could happen because all these three masters were great friends.
They had started their search together; while they were on the
way they had remained together, and when they attained they were
Atisha became a disciple of Dharmakirti. Dharmakirti said to him, "I
will teach you the first principle. And for the second you go to
Dharmarakshita, and for the third to Yogin Maitreya. This way you
will know all the three faces of the ultimate reality, the three
faces of God -- the trinity, the TRIMURTI. And this way you will
learn each face from the person who is the most perfect in it."
- The Book of Wisdom, Chapter #1
Atisha learned under three enlightened masters, he is called
Atisha the Thrice Great. Nothing more is known about his
ordinary life, when and where exactly he was born. He existed
somewhere in the eleventh century. He was born in India,
but the moment his love became active he started moving towards
Tibet, as if a great magnet were pulling him there. In the
Himalayas he attained; then he never came back to India.
He moved towards Tibet, his love showered on Tibet. He transformed
the whole quality of Tibetan consciousness. He was a miracle-worker;
whatsoever he touched was transformed into gold. He was one of
the greatest alchemists the world has ever known.
These "Seven Points of Mind Training" are the fundamental
teaching that he gave to Tibet -- a gift from India to Tibet. India
has given great gifts to the world. Atisha is one of those great
gifts. Just as India gave Bodhidharma to China, India gave Atisha
to Tibet. Tibet is infinitely indebted to this man.
- The Book of Wisdom, Chapter #1
is really very very scientific. First he says: Take the whole
responsibility on yourself. Secondly he says: Be grateful
to everyone. Now that nobody is responsible for your misery
except you, if it is all your own doing, then what is left?
BE GRATEFUL TO EVERYONE.
- The Book of Wisdom, Chapter #5
is one of the greatest Sufi Masters ever. He is of the
same status as Buddha, Krishna, Mohammed, Christ. "Naqshband" means "a
designer"; and he was a designer, and this story is
a design. He used to create situations because people can
only be taught through real situations. And he was one
of the greatest designers.
Gurdjieff learned his devices from the Order of Naqshbandis, the
followers of Bahaudin Naqshband. They are called Naqshbandis, "The
Designers", still. No other school of human transformation
has created so many devices. Bahaudin used to say that people are
so asleep that if you simply talk with them, they will listen and
yet they will not listen. They will only hear, and they will not
listen. And even if they hear, the meaning that they will give
to you and your words will be their own. They have to be brought
to actual situations. People are so asleep, they have to be hit
by actual realities; only then can something penetrate into their
thick, dense, insensitive, unintelligent heads.
- The Secret, Chapter #1
you go to a man like Bahaudin you are coming close to danger,
you are coming close to fire, you are coming close to death.
- Sufis: The People of the Path, Vol
1, Chapter #5
don't believe in teachings and teachers. This man, Bahaudin,
is one of the greatest masters. The master does not teach:
he demonstrates; his whole being is a demonstration. He opens
new dimensions and he invites you to look through these new
dimensions, new vistas, new windows. He demonstrates, he
does not teach. And even if he teaches, it is just to persuade
your intellect to come to his window from where things have
a totally different look.
And a master has to be skilled in the greatest art: the art of
the human heart -- because subtle are the problems, very complicated
- Until You Die, Chapter #5
book I am going to talk about is a Sufi one, THE BOOK OF
BAHAUDDIN. The original Sufi mystic, Bahauddin created the
tradition of Sufism. In his small book everything is contained.
It is like a seed. Love, meditation, life, death... he has
not left anything out whatsoever. Meditate over it.
- Books I Have Loved, Chapter #11
on Zen with Basho’s Haikus:
Hyakujo: The Everest of Zen, with Basho's Haikus (in English)
has tremendous respect in my heart. He is not only a mystic,
a master, he is also a poet, a painter, a sculptor; he
is a creative phenomenon. Nobody can compare with him as
far as his multidimensional personality is concerned.
He has the fragrance which only a flower can have. That fragrance
is manifested in his poetry, in his small statements, in his every
gesture. Even in his ordinary talks with people he cannot be other
Basho is far more refined, perhaps the most refined Zen master
up to now. His refinement is in his cultured, meditative spaciousness.
Out of that spaciousness many flowers have showered on the world.
It does not matter wherever he is and whatever is going on, Basho
is going to make it a Zen state of affairs. That uniqueness will
not be found again.
- Live Zen, Chapter #4
is one of the greatest poets of the world, but he has written
only haikus -- very symbolic but very miraculous, very
simple but very mysterious. They are all to be understood
through visualization, because Zen does not believe in
words. Visualize and perhaps you may have some understanding.
- Hyakujo: The Everest of Zen, with
Basho's Haikus, Chapter #1
meditator, according to Basho, will go on searching deep
within himself, but that does not mean that he should lose
contact with the outside world. Once in a while he should
open his eyes. With all his emptiness he should mirror
the outside world. Those reflections are collected in these
haikus. They don't mean anything, they simply depict a
- Hyakujo: The Everest of Zen, with
Basho's Haikus, Chapter #1
is the greatest haiku poet of Japan, the Master haiku poet.
But he was not just a poet. Before becoming a poet he was
a mystic; before he starting pouring out with beautiful
poetry, he poured deep into his own center. He was a meditator.
- The Beloved, Vol 2, Chapter #8
happened when Basho's master died -- Basho is a buddha,
a buddha who writes poetry, a buddha who paints beautiful
pictures, a very aesthetic buddha. His master died, thousands
of people gathered. His master was very famous; more famous
because of Basho, because Basho was a famous poet and painter
and he was Basho's master. Thousands of people gathered
and they were very much surprised when they saw Basho crying,
big tears rolling down his cheeks.
A few close disciples of his master came to Basho and said, "It
does not look right. Thousands of people are coming and they are
getting confused. They don't think a buddha should be crying and
weeping, and you are the man who has been saying to them again
and again: There is no death and the innermost core lives forever.
Then why are you weeping? Your master is not dead, he has only
moved from the small body to the universal body of God. So why
are you weeping?"
Basho wiped his tears and he said, "Listen! This is nobody's
business. I live according to my inner feelings, I cannot pretend.
When my innermost core
has disappeared into the universal. don't care whether people think
it right or not. If they don't think that I am enlightened it's
okay, but I cannot pretend. I cannot do something which is not
really there. And yes, I have said that the soul is immortal and
my master has not died, he has disappeared into the universal.
That's why I am crying, not crying that he is dead but crying that
now I will never be able to see his form. Now he has become formless
-- and his body was beautiful. I will never be able to look again
into those deep eyes, I will never be able to hold his hand and
touch his feet. I have lost his form -- I am crying for his body,
for his form; I am not crying for the formless soul. And I am not
concerned whether people think me enlightened or unenlightened,
that is their business. Who cares?"
- The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha,
Vol 6, Chapter #8
on Baul Mystics:
The Beloved (2 volumes in English)
Bauls are called Bauls because they are mad people. The
word 'Baul' comes from the Sanskrit root VATUL. It means:
mad, affected by wind. The Baul belongs to no religion.
He is neither Hindu nor Mohammedan nor Christian nor Buddhist.
He is a simple human being. His rebellion is total. He
does not belong to anybody; he only belongs to himself.
He lives in a no man's land: no country is his, no religion
is his, no scripture is his.
Bauls have nothing -- no scripture, not even to burn; no church,
no temple, no mosque -- nothing whatsoever. A Baul is a man always
on the road. He has no house, no abode. God is his only abode,
and the whole sky is his shelter. He possesses nothing except a
poor man's quilt, a small, hand-made one-stringed instrument called
AEKTARA, and a small drum, a kettle-drum. That's all that he possesses.
He possesses only a musical instrument and a drum. He plays with
one hand on the instrument and he goes on beating the drum with
the other. The drum hangs by the side of his body, and he dances.
That is all of his religion.
Dance is his religion; singing is his worship.
- The Beloved, Vol 1, Chapter #1
Bauls say that life is not a creation of something new,
it is just unfoldment. You already have it; it just has
to be unfolded, barriers just have to be removed. Obstacles
just have to be put aside and your life starts unfolding.
You are like a bud: when obstacles are no more there, you
start flowering, your lotus opens.
- The Beloved, Vol 2, Chapter #1
methods of the Bauls are very simple. They say that if
you can dance, many blocks will disappear from your being
-- because when a person dances and really moves into dance,
and becomes movement, then he becomes liquid. Have you
not seen it? If you have seen somebody lost in dancing,
can't you see it? that he is no longer solid? He is flowing.
The solidity is gone; he has become liquid. This liquidity
melts the blocks. So dancing is the Yoga of the Baul; he
dances for hours together. When the moon is in the sky
in the night, the Bauls will dance the whole night -- because
for them the moon is a symbol of their Beloved, Krishna.
They call Krishna 'the moon'. When the moon is there they
will dance, and they will dance madly. And this dance is
not a performance. It is not for somebody else to see.
If somebody sees it and watches, that's another thing.
The Baul dances for himself, for his own pleasure.
- The Beloved, Vol 2, Chapter #1
have been very extraordinary people. The word BAUL means
MAD. Bauls were mad mystics. They have talked in all sorts
of paradoxes; but very beautiful. They are not philosophers,
they are mad poets. They are not proposing any logical
thing, rather on the contrary 'they are trying to show
you something through paradox.
- Tao: The Three Treasures, Vol 4,
were great mystics of such beauty and depth that people
started thinking that they were mad. So the literal meaning
of the word "baul" is mad; it means: the mad
mystic. Their whole life was so utterly different, so radically
different from the ordinary life, that naturally they looked
mad. They danced, they sang, they moved like madmen, traveling
up and down the country singing songs of joy, of celebration.
Naturally they looked mad, because in a world of suffering
how do you conceive of celebration? In a world where everybody
is miserable, the man who is dancing and has laughter in
his soul looks simply out of place, outlandish, mad, stoned,
not in his senses. Hence the word "baul" -- it
means the mad mystic.
Slowly slowly they have disappeared; very few Bauls are still alive.
But the glory is gone because this country no more welcomes the
real mystic. It still talks about mysticism, in fact talks much
about mysticism, but its heart has become materialistic.
- God's Got a Thing About you, Chapter
Just Like That (in English)
The Wisdom of the Sands (2 volumes in English)
The Secret (in English)
Sufis: The People of the Path (2 volumes in English)
The Perfect master (2 volumes in English)
Until You Die (in English)
a Sufi mystic, Bayazid, was dying, people who had gathered
around him -- his disciples -- were suddenly surprised,
because when the last moment came his face became radiant,
powerfully radiant. It had a beautiful aura.
Bayazid was a beautiful man, and his disciples had always felt
ar aura around him, but they had not known anything like this;
They asked, 'Bayazid, tell us what has happened to you. What is
happening to you? Before you leave us, give us your last message.'
He opened his eyes and he said, 'God is welcoming me. I am going
into his embrace. Goodbye.'
He closed his eyes, his breathing stopped. But at the moment his
breathing stopped there was an explosion of light, the room became
full of light, and then it disappeared.
When a person has known the transcendental in himself, death is
nothing but another face of God. Then death has a dance to it.
And unless you become capable of celebrating death itself, remember,
you have missed life. The whole life is a preparation for this
- The Art of Dying, Chapter #1
of Bistam, one of the greatest names amongst the Sufis.
- Just Like That, Chapter #8
is the path of intense love, passionate love. As Bayazid
has said, "The duration of Bayazid's life of asceticism
was only three days. On the first day he renounced the
world, on the second day he renounced the other world,
and on the last day he renounced himself. "
- The Secret, Chapter #17
says that it is the nature of the master to change others;
it is not an effort. Nothing is being done by the master,
simply his presence.... And if he appears to do something,
that appearance is just a trick because you cannot understand
the language of nondoing. You can only understand the language
of effort. So he creates a language for you. Even if you
cannot understand his language, he can understand your
language very well. Even if you cannot understand him,
he can understand you very well.
- The Supreme Doctrine, Chapter #3
The White Lotus (in English)
Bodhidharma: The Greatest Zen Master (in English)
have a very soft corner in my heart for Bodhidharma. That
makes it a very special occasion to speak about him. Perhaps
he is the only man whom I have loved so deeply that speaking
on him I will be almost speaking on myself.
- Bodhidharma: The Greatest Zen Master,
AM ECSTATIC because just the name of Bodhidharma is psychedelic
to me. In the long evolution of human consciousness there
has never been such an outlandish Buddha as Bodhidharma
-- very rare, very unique, exotic.
There have been many buddhas in the world, but Bodhidharma stands
out like Everest. His way of being, living, and expressing the
truth is simply his; it is incomparable.
- The White Lotus, Chapter #1
reached China. He was one of the greatest buddhas of all
the ages. After Gautam Buddha, Bodhidharma seems to be
the most precious person in the Buddhist heritage.
- The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha,
Vol 12, Chapter #10
is one of the greatest enlightened men who has ever existed,
and one of the most unique amongst all the enlightened
men. In many ways he surpasses his own master, Gautam Buddha.
- From Bondage to Freedom, Chapter
also forgot THE NOTES OF THE DISCIPLES OF BODHIDHARMA.
When I talk of Gautam Buddha I always forget Bodhidharma,
perhaps because I feel as if I have included him in his
master, Buddha. But no, that is not right; Bodhidharma
stands on his own. He was a great disciple, so great that
even the master could be jealous of him. He himself did
not write a word, but a few of his disciples, unknown because
they did not mention their names, wrote some notes of Bodhidharma's
words. These notes, though few, are as precious as the
Kohinoor. The word Kohinoor, do you know, means the light
of the world. Noor means the light, kohi means of the world.
If I had to describe anything as Kohinoor, yes, I would
indicate towards those few notes by the anonymous disciples
- Books I Have Loved, Chapter #2
who are they to decide how an enlightened or illuminated
person should speak? Have they known Bodhidharma? Have
they seen his picture? They will immediately conclude that
an enlightened or illuminated person cannot look like that.
He looks ferocious! His eyes are those of a lion in the
forest, and the way he looks at you is such that it seems
he will jump from the picture and kill you instantly. That's
how he was! But forget Bodhidharma, because now fourteen
centuries have passed.
I knew Bodhidharma personally. I traveled with the man for at least
three months. He loved me just as I loved him. You will be curious
to know why he loved me. He loved me because I never asked him
any question. He said to me, "You are the first person I have
met who does not ask a question -- and I only get bored with all
the questions. You are the only person who does not bore me."
I said, "There is a reason."
He said, "What is that?"
I said, "I only answer. I never question. If you have any
question you can ask me. If you don't have a question then keep
your mouth shut."
We both laughed, because we both belonged to the same category
of insanity. He asked me to continue the journey with him, but
I said, "Excuse me, I have to go my own way, and from this
point it separates from yours."
He could not believe it. He had never invited anyone before. This
was the man who had even refused Emperor Wu -- the greatest emperor
of those days, with the greatest empire -- as if he was a beggar.
Bodhidharma could not believe his eyes, that I could refuse him.
I said, "Now you know how it feels to be refused. I wanted
to give you a taste of it. Goodbye." But that was fourteen
- Glimpses of a Golden Childhood, Chapter
(Gautama, the Buddha)
The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha (12 volumes in English)
The Diamond Sutra (in English)
The Discipline of Transcendence (4 volumes in English)
The Heart Sutra (in English)
Ais Dhammo Sanantano (12 volumes in Hindi)
love Gautama the Buddha because he represents to me the
essential core of religion. He is not the founder of Buddhism
-- Buddhism is a byproduct -- but he is the beginner of
a totally different kind of religion in the world. He's
the founder of a religionless religion. He has propounded
not religion but religiousness. And this is a great radical
change in the history of human consciousness.
Before Buddha there were religions but never a pure religiousness.
Man was not yet mature. With Buddha, humanity enters into a mature
age. All human beings have not yet entered into that, that's true,
but Buddha has heralded the path; Buddha has opened the gateless
gate. It takes time for human beings to understand such a deep
message. Buddha's message is the deepest ever. Nobody has done
the work that Buddha has done, the way he has done. Nobody else
represents pure fragrance.
Other founders of religions, other enlightened people, have compromised
with their audience. Buddha remains uncompromised, hence his purity.
He does not care what you can understand, he cares only what the
truth is. And he says it without being worried whether you understand
it or not. In a way this looks hard; in another way this is great
- The Diamond Sutra, Chapter #1
is one of the most important masters who has ever existed
on the earth -- incomparable, unique. And if you can have
a taste of his being, you will be infinitely benefited,
- The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha,
Vol 1, Chapter #1
BUDDHA is like the highest peak of the Himalayas, like
Gourishanker... one of the purest beings, one of the most
virgin souls, one of the very rare phenomena on this earth.
The rarity is that Buddha is the scientist of the inner
world -- scientist of religion. That is a rare combination.
To be religious is simple, to be a scientist is simple
-- but to combine, synthesize these two polarities is incredible.
It is unbelievable, but it has happened.
- The Discipline of Transcendence,
Vol 1, Chapter #1
as far as Gautam the Buddha is concerned, I welcome him
in my very heart. I will give him my words, my silences,
my meditations, my being, my wings. From today onwards
you can look at me as Gautama the Buddha.
- No Mind: The Flowers of Eternity,
says: Meditation is enough to solve your problems, but
something is missing in it -- compassion. If compassion
is also there, then you can help others solve their problems.
He says: Meditation is pure gold; it has a perfection of
its own. But if there is compassion then the gold has a
fragrance too -- then a higher perfection, then a new kind
of perfection, gold with fragrance. Gold is enough unto
itself -- very valuable -- but with compassion, meditation
has a fragrance.
- The Heart Sutra, Chapter #1
I myself could not believe that I had not included Gautama
the Buddha's DHAMMAPADA. Gautam Buddha was sitting there
silently in the last row. I love the man as I have loved
nobody else. I have been speaking on him throughout my
whole life. Even speaking on others I have been speaking
on him. Take note of it, it is a confession. I cannot speak
on Jesus without bringing Buddha in; I cannot speak on
Mohammed without bringing Buddha in. Whether I mention
him directly or not that's another matter. It is really
impossible for me to speak without bringing Buddha in.
He is my very blood, my bones, my very marrow. He is my
silence, also my song. When I saw him sitting there I remembered.
I cannot even apologize, it is beyond apologizing.
DHAMMAPADA literally means 'the path of truth', or even more accurately
'the footprints of truth'. Do you see the contradiction?
leaves no trace behind,
nor it needs a guide.
Truth is unspeakable. There are no footprints. Birds flying in
the sky don't leave any footprints... and buddhas are birds of
But buddhas always speak in contradictions, and it is beautiful
that at least they speak. They cannot speak without contradicting
themselves, they cannot help it. To speak of truth is to contradict
yourself. Not to speak is again to contradict, because even when
you are trying not to speak, you know that your silence is nothing
but an expression, without words maybe, but an expression all the
Buddha gave the name DHAMMAPADA to his greatest book, and there
are contradictions upon contradictions. He is so full of contradictions
that believe me, except me nobody can defeat him. Of course he
would enjoy being defeated by me, just as a father once in a while
enjoys being defeated by his own child. The child sitting on his
father's chest victorious, and the father has simply allowed him
to win. All the buddhas allow themselves to be defeated by those
who love them. I allow my disciples to defeat me, to go beyond
me. There cannot be anything more joyous than seeing a disciple
Buddha begins with the very name DHAMMAPADA -- that's what he is
going to do: he is going to say the unsayable, to utter the unutterable.
But he uttered the unutterable so beautifully that DHAMMAPADA is
like an Everest. There are mountains and mountains, but not one
rises to the height of Everest.
- Books I Have Loved, Chapter #6
on Chuang Tzu:
The Empty Boat (in English)
When the Shoe Fits (in English)
Tzu is a rare flowering, because to become nobody is the
most difficult, almost impossible, most extraordinary thing
in the world.
Chuang Tzu says: To be ordinary is to be the sage. Nobody recognizes
you, nobody feels that you are somebody extraordinary. Chuang Tzu
says: You go in the crowd and you mix, but no one knows that a
buddha has entered the crowd. No one comes to feel that somebody
is different, because if someone feels it then there is bound to
be anger and calamity. Whenever someone feels that you are somebody,
his own anger, his own ego is hurt. He starts reacting, he starts
- The Empty Boat, Chapter #1
Tzu says that the real, the divine, the existential, is
to be attained by losing yourself completely in it. Even
the effort to attain it becomes a barrier -- then you cannot
lose yourself. Even the effort to lose yourself becomes
- When the Shoe Fits, Chapter #1
Tzu says: Even the distance of a hair is enough, and heaven
and earth fall apart. Just the distance of a hair -- not
much at all, almost negligible -- but it is enough to separate
earth from heaven. When even that much difference is not
there, one is enlightened.
- Theologia Mystica, Chapter #15
Tzu is very rare -- in a way the most unique mystic in
the whole history of man. His uniqueness is that he talks
in absurdities. All his poems and stories are just absurd.
And his reason to choose absurdity as his expression is
very significant: the mind has to be silenced. With anything
rational, it cannot stop; it goes on and on. Anything logical
and the mind finds nourishment through it. It is only the
absurd that suddenly shocks the mind -- it is beyond mind's
His stories, his poems and his other statements are so absurd that
either people simply left him, thinking that he is mad.... Those
who were courageous enough to remain with him found that no other
meditation is needed. Just listening to his absurd statements,
the mind stops functioning. And that is the meaning of meditation.
Meditation is not of the mind.
- The Razor's Edge, Chapter #14
Chuang Tzu is one of my love affairs, and when you talk about someone
you love you are bound to use extremes, exaggerations, but to me
they don't sound like that. I could give the whole kingdom of the
world to Chuang Tzu for any single parable that he wrote -- and
he wrote hundreds. Each is a SERMON ON THE MOUNTAIN, a SONG OF
SOLOMON, a BHAGAVADGITA. Each parable represents so much, and so
richly, that it is immeasurable.
- Books I Have Loved, Chapter #14
Sabe Sayaane Ek Mat (in Hindi)
was called Dadu, which means the brother. He was so loving
that people forgot his real name and simply remembered
him as Dadu, the brother. There are thousands of songs
that Dadu sang, but they were not written down by him,
they were collected by others, just like a gardener collects
flowers long fallen.
- Books I Have Loved, Chapter #7
was the most beautiful flower”
“And the day Dadu died Rajjab simply closed his eyes. It was closing eyes
to the world. He was saying, Now there is nothing more to see. I have seen that
which is really worth seeing. Now why waste your eyes and why collect dust? Once
you have mirrored God then there is nothing else -- you have seen the ultimate."
“And what happened to Sundero, another disciple? When Dadu died he laid
himself down on the same bed and remained on the same bed; he never left the
bed again. The Master had slept on it his whole life: it was full of his vibe,
it was full of his presence, it was soaked with him. He would not leave the bed. "Why?" people
would ask him.
And Sundero would say, "There is nowhere to go. I have arrived
-- this is my home. This is my MOKSHA, this is my heaven. And I
would like to LIVE in this beautiful space that the Master has
created in this bed, and I would like to die here."
It is becoming so attuned with the Master that you don't feel your
life and your death as separate from him; that is the meaning of
Sundero was so attuned with the Master's life that it used to happen
sometimes that he would speak in Dadu's name. And he was told by
people, "You are not Dadu!"
Then he would say, "Yes, forgive me. I forget! But if you
ask in reality, then I am Dadu -- I have become one with my Master."
That is the ultimate state of disciplehood: when the disciple becomes
one with the Master. He used to say that he was Dadu. He has written
songs in which his name is not given but Dadu's name -- and people
think that is not good. And the scholars go on discarding all that
has been written by Sundero; they think that is not from Dadu.
But I say to you: it IS from Dadu! Sundero has become just a hollow
bamboo on the lips of Dadu. Sundero exists no more as a separate
entity. That is the ultimate goal of a disciple: when the disciple
and Master meet and merge and become one. Sundero has become one
with the Master, hence he has every right to sign 'Dadu'. He signs
his poems as Dadu, not as Sundero -- and I TOTALLY agree with him!
And I would like the scholars to be a little more sensitive.”
- Be Still and Know, Chapter #9
The Last Morning Star (in English)
Jagat Taraiya Bhor Ki (in Hindi)
SONGS OF DAYA. She was a contemporary of Meera and Sahajo,
but she is far more profound than either of them. She is
really beyond numbers. Daya is a little cuckoo -- but don't
be worried.... In fact in India the cuckoo is called koyal,
and it does not have the meaning of being nuts. Daya is
really a cuckoo -- not nuts, but a sweet singer like the
Indian koyal. On an Indian summer night, the distant call
of the cuckoo; that's what Daya is... a distant call in
the hot summer of this world.
- Books I Have Loved, Chapter #12
from BIN GHAN PARAT PHUHAR
Daya has trodden the path and is acquainted with it. She has left
no stone unturned on that path. She has died in the dust of the
path. Treading on the path, traveling on the path she has become
empty in every way. Now just the fragrance of the path is there.
That very fragrance has appeared in her small verses.
Daya belongs to those devotees who have left no information about
themselves. They drowned so much in singing songs of the divine
that no time was left for leaving information. Just the name is
- Early Talks, Chapter #9
is one of the most loved human beings, as far as I am
concerned. As far as the world is concerned, he is one
of those who are destined to be condemned for their behavior,
for their ideas. And Diogenes particularly, because he
is so unique.
- Beyond Psychology, Chapter #14
is said of Diogenes, a man of the same caliber as Bodhidharma
.... If they had met, it would have been a great meeting.
Diogenes was in Greece. He lived naked; he had such a beautiful
body that to hide it behind clothes would have been a crime.
It is perfectly good to hide an ugly body behind clothes
but a beautiful body needs to be available for anybody
who wants to see the beauty, the proportion. Diogenes was
one of the most beautiful men. Even when Alexander the
Great met him, he felt a little embarrassed -- although
he was a world conqueror, compared to Diogenes he was utterly
- Bodhidharma: The Greatest Zen Master,
am reminded of Diogenes, a beautiful Greek philosopher,
mystic -- and a mystic of a rare quality. He was a contemporary
of Aristotle, and he was as much against Aristotle as I
am, so I have a certain friendship with Diogenes.
Aristotle defined man as an animal who walks on two legs. What
did Diogenes do? He caught one animal -- and there are many animals
who walk on two legs, but they have feathers also, they can fly
also -- a peacock. He took out all the feathers -- because men
have no feathers. Take out all the feathers of the peacock... the
peacock walks on two legs. And he sent the peacock to Aristotle
with the message: "Please receive the gift of a human being."
- From the False to the Truth, Chapter
am reminded of Diogenes. I love this fellow Diogenes for
the simple reason that he does not claim any authority
from God. He does not give any orders and commandments
and disciplines to others. He used to live naked -- not
for any religious reasons, not to get to heaven; he was
not concerned about heaven and hell at all. He lived naked,
because, he said, "That's how I was born. Nature wants
me to be this way. Why should I be otherwise? I am going
to be just natural."
- From Unconciousness to Consciousness,
Theologia Mystica (in English)
is one of the greatest Buddhas ever. And whenever the Eastern
scholar by any chance, if at all, comes across a person
like Dionysius, he starts thinking that he must have borrowed
from the East. That seems to be a tacit assumption: that
the East has some monopoly over spiritualism. Nobody has
any monopoly. East or West cannot make any difference in
man s spiritual growth. Jesus could become a Buddha in
Jerusalem, Lao Tzu could become a Buddha in China, Dionysius
could become a Buddha in Athens. There is no need to borrow
Dionysius is a rare man: living with stupid Christianity and its
rigid organization, being a bishop and still being able to reach
to the ultimate peaks of consciousness is something worthy of praise.
- Theologia Mystica, Chapter #1
fourth name is Dionysius.I have spoken about his statements,
which are only fragments noted down by his disciples, but
I have spoken on him only to make it known to the world
that people like Dionysius should not be forgotten. They
are the real people.
The real people can be counted on your fingers. The real person
is one who has encountered the real, not only from the outside
as an object, but as his own subjectivity. Dionysius belongs to
the great world of the buddhas.
- Books I Have Loved, Chapter #8
the problem with Dionysius is that professionally he is
a theologian and spiritually, existentially, he is a mystic
-- which very rarely happens. I have never come across
another case like Dionysius, not at least in the Western
history of thought. In the East it has happened a few times
that the same person was a mystic and a theologian, and
whenever it happens in the East the same problem arises.
The language is of the theologian, and in the language,
in the thick forest of words, the truth is lost.
But the truth is valuable and has to be saved. That's why I decided
to speak on Dionysius. I was aware that I cannot like the way he
speaks, his expression -- I hate it! But I love the truth that
he wants to express.
- Theologia Mystica, Chapter #13
has to go through all this unnecessarily. I feel sorry
for the man. I have a deep love for the man, and many times
reading his statements I have wondered... It must have
been an accident that he was born in the West; he belonged
to the East. In the East he would have flowered fully.
- Theologia Mystica, Chapter #4
approach is Dionysian, I am a disciple of Dionysius: Live
and love life. Enjoy this occasion as deeply as possible,
as totally as possible, and out of this living experience
you will grow. A maturity will come to you; you will ripen
and you will carry the fragrance with you. That fragrance
is heaven. Nobody goes to heaven -- those who go to heaven,
they have to carry their heaven in their heart. Nobody
goes to hell -- those who go to hell, they have to carry
their hell in their heart.
- The Revolution, Chapter #6
Dogen, the Zen Master: A Search and a Fulfillment (in English)
I explain Dogen to you, let this be the introduction, because
this is what he is trying to say: that everything passes
and yet there is something that never passes; that everything
is born and dies and yet there is something that is never
born and never dies. And unless you get centered into that
eternal source you will not find peace, you will not find
serenity, you will not find blissfulness, you will not
find contentment. You will not feel at home, at ease in
the universe. You will remain just an accident, you will
never become essential.
Dogen is a very unique genius. He is saying, "You may be aware
of your buddhahood or not aware of your buddhahood -- don't be
worried. When the right time and the right season come you will
blossom into a buddha." Just wait ... wait intelligently,
wait without desire; enjoy waiting, make waiting itself a blissful
silence, and whatever is your birthright is bound to flower. Nobody
can prevent a bird from flying, nobody can prevent a cuckoo from
singing, nobody can prevent a rose from blossoming. Who is preventing
you from becoming buddhas? Except you, nobody is responsible for
- Dogen, the Zen Master: A Search and
a Fulfillment, Chapter #3
a Zen master, used to say, when he felt hungry he would
say, "It seems the universal feels hungry through
me." When he would feel thirsty he would say, "The
existence is thirsty within me." This is what this
meditation will lead you to. Then everything disperses
from your ego and becomes part of the universe. Then whatsoever
happens, happens to existence itself; you are no more here.
Then there is no sin, then there is no responsibility.
- Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Vol 1, Chapter
perhaps was the first man from the East who penetrated
into the Western consciousness. He was a very strange
man, and he passed through strange experiences and learned
on his own, without any master. He moved in many monasteries,
in many groups, and never belonged to any one, but collected
fragments of forgotten teachings. And he was of tremendous
intelligence, to join all those fragments and make a
system out of them which can certainly transform man.
- Hari Om Tat Sat, Chapter #25
Gurdjieff is one of the most significant masters of this
He is unique in many ways -- nobody has said things in the contemporary
world the way Gurdjieff has said them. He is almost like another
Bodhidharma or Chuang Tzu, apparently absurd but in reality giving
great indications towards the liberation of human consciousness.
- The Invitation, Chapter #4
to George Gurdjieff, only a few people live eternally,
most people are just experimental. They are born, they
do all kinds of stupid things, and the final stupidity
-- they die. But they don't leave even a trace in the world
of eternity. Only very few people, like Gautam Buddha,
achieve to the eternal. And because of these few people,
the fallacy has come into being that everybody has an eternal
being: Buddha achieved it, Mahavira achieved it, Bukko
achieved it. Gurdjieff's logic was, because these few have
achieved it, people think everybody else has it -- just
he has not discovered it.
Gurdjieff was not ready to agree on only discovering, because discovery
means it already exists -- you have just to pull back the curtains.
Gurdjieff used a word never before used in spiritual experience,
and that was `crystallization'. You have this small life and this
small consciousness. You can make it so concentrated, so hard,
like a diamond, that it can pass through fire without being burned.
But unless you do it, don't hope.
- The Language of Existence, Chapter
forgot to say something about Gurdjieff and his book ALL
AND EVERYTHING -- perhaps because it is a very strange
book, not even readable. I don't think there are any living
individuals except me who have read from the first page
to the last. I have come across many Gurdjieff followers,
but none of them had been able to read ALL AND EVERYTHING
in its totality.
It is a big book -- just the opposite of the ISA UPANISHAD -- one
thousand pages. And Gurdjieff is such a rascal saint -- please
allow me this expression, rascal saint -- he writes in such a way
that it becomes impossible to read. One sentence may go running
on for pages. By the time you come to the end of the sentence you
have forgotten its beginning. And he uses words he made up himself,
just like me. Strange words... for example when he was writing
about kundalini, he called it kundabuffer; that was his word for
kundalini. This book is of immense value, but the diamonds are
hidden among ordinary stones. One has to seek and search.
I have read this book not once but many times. The more I went
into it the more I loved it, because the more I could see the rascal;
the more I could see what it was that he was hiding from those
who should not know. Knowledge is not for those who are not yet
capable of absorbing it. Knowledge has to be hidden from the unwary,
and is only for those who can digest it. It has to be given only
to those who are ready. That's the whole purpose of writing in
such a strange way. There is no other book stranger than Gurdjieff's
ALL AND EVERYTHING, and it certainly is all and everything.
- Books I Have Loved, Chapter #2
wrote this book MEETINGS WITH REMARKABLE MEN as a memoir.
It is a tremendously respectful memory to all those strange
people he had met in his life -- Sufis, Indian mystics,
Tibetan lamas, Japanese Zen monks. I must mention to you
that he did not write of them all; he left many out of
the account for the simple reason that the book was going
to be in the marketplace and it had to fulfill the demands
of the market.
I don't have to fulfill anybody's demands. I am not a man who worries
at all about the market, hence I can say that he left out the really
most remarkably significant people from his account. But whatsoever
he wrote is still beautiful. It still brings tears to my eyes.
Whenever something is beautiful my eyes fill with tears; there
is no other way to pay homage.
MEETINGS WITH REMARKABLE MEN is a real book. A few of the people
Gurdjieff mentions are still alive; I have met a few of them myself.
I am a witness to the fact those people are not fictitious, although
I cannot forgive even Gurdjieff for leaving out the most remarkable
people he met.
There is no need to compromise with the marketplace; there is no
need to compromise at all. He was such a strong man, I wonder why
he compromised, why he omitted the really important people. I have
met a few people that he omitted from the book, who themselves
told me that Gurdjieff had been there. They are very old now. But
still the book is good -- half, incomplete, but valuable.
- Books I Have Loved, Chapter #12
Die O Yogi Die (in English)
Maro Hey Jogi Maro (in Hindi)
is the first link of a chain. Through him a new type of
religion was born. Without Gorakh, there could be no Kabir,
no Nanak, no Dadu, no Vajid, no Farid, no Meera -- without
Gorakh none of these are possible. The basic root of all
of them is in Gorakh.
Gorakh made many discoveries within man for the inner search, more
perhaps than anyone else has made. He has given so many methods,
that in terms of methods Gorakh is the greatest inventor. He pushed
open so many doors for going into man's inner being, he created
so many doors that people got caught in them.
Gorakh says I teach death, the death I passed through and became
awakened. It was the death of sleep, not of me. The ego died, not
me. Duality died, not me. Duality died, and non-duality was born.
Time died, and I met the eternal. The small constricted life broke,
and the drop became the ocean.
- Die O Yogi Die, Chapter #1
mystic, Gorakh, a tantrika, a man so versed, so efficient
in all the methods of Tantra that anybody in India who
knows many businesses is known as doing gorakh-dhandha.
Gorakh-dhandha means 'in the business of Gorakh'. People
think one should stick to one's own business. Gorakh moved
in all directions, in all dimensions.
Gorakh's full name was Gorakh-nath. It must have been given by
his disciples, because nath means lord. Gorakh has given all the
keys possible to enter into the inner mysteries. He has said everything
that can be said. He is, in a way, a full stop.
- Book I Have Loved, Chapter #7
on Hakim Sanai:
Unio Mystica (2 volumes in English)
SANAI: THIS NAME IS AS SWEET to me as honey, as sweet as
nectar. Hakim Sanai is unique, unique in the world of Sufism.
No other Sufi has been able to reach to such heights of
expression and such depths of penetration. Hakim Sanai
has been able to do almost the impossible.
If I were to save only two books from the whole world of the mystics,
then these would be the two books. One would be from the world
of Zen, the path of awareness: SOSAN'S HSIN HSIN MING. I have spoken
on it; it contains the quintessence of Zen, of the path of awareness
and meditation. The other book would be Hakim Sanai's HADIQATU'L
HAQIQAT: The Walled Garden of Truth -- in short, THE HADIQA: The
Garden. This is the book we are entering today.
THE HADIQA is the essential fragrance of the path of love. Just
as Sosan has been able to catch the very soul of Zen, Hakim Sanai
has been able to catch the very soul of Sufism. Such books are
not written, they are born. Nobody can compose them. They are not
manufactured in the mind, by the mind; they come from the beyond.
They are a gift. They are born as mysteriously as a child is born,
or a bird or a rose flower. They come to us, they are gifts.
- Unio Mystica, Vol 1, Chapter #1
and his beautiful statements. People like Sanai don't argue,
they only state. They need not argue, their very existence
is the proof; no other argument is needed. Come, look into
my eyes, and you will know that there is no argument, only
a statement. A statement is always true. An argument can
be clever but is rarely true.
Sanai is one of my love affairs. I cannot, even though I would
like to, exaggerate him. It is impossible. Sanai is the very essence
Sufism is an English word for tasawuf. Tasawuf means 'pure love'.
'Sufism' comes from suf, meaning wool, and a Sufi means a person
wearing a woolen robe. Sanai used to wear a black cap -- a white
robe and a black cap. No logic, no reason, just a mad person like
me. But what can you do, these people have to be accepted as they
are. Either you love them or hate them. Love or hate, they don't
give you any alternative. You can be for them or against them,
but you cannot be indifferent to them. That's the miracle of mystics.
- Books I Have Loved, Chapter #8
very fundamental thing. Sanai says: IF YOU KNOW YOUR OWN
WORTH you need not be worried what others think about you,
whether they accept you or reject you. If you are worried
about others' rejection and acceptance, that simply shows
one thing -- that you don't know your own worth, that you
don't know your own being, that you don't know God resides
in you, that you are an abode of the divine.
Hence you are worried what people are thinking about you -- because
on their thinking, on their opinion, will depend much. Your ego
depends on others' opinions: your being depends on nobody. That's
why the man of being is always a rebel, and the man who lives in
the ego has to compromise very much with the society. The egoist
has to compromise, because if he does not compromise, nobody is
going to fulfill his ego. The ego needs others' support, it needs
props from others: the more people like you, the better and more
polished and refined an ego you can have.
- Unio Mystica, Vol 2, Chapter #3
The Hidden Harmony (in English)
have been in love with Heraclitus for many lives. In fact,
Heraclitus is the only Greek I have ever been in love with.
Heraclitus was like Gautam Buddha or Lao Tzu or Basho.
The Greek soil was absolutely not good for him. He would
have been a great tree in the East: millions would have
profited, millions would have found the way through him.
Heraclitus is a really rare flowering, one of the most highly penetrating
souls, one of those souls who become like Everest, the highest
peak of the Himalayas. Try to understand him. It is difficult;
that's why he is called Heraclitus the Obscure. He is not obscure.
To understand him is difficult; to understand him you will need
a different type of being -- that is the problem. So it is easy
to categorize him as obscure and then forget him.
- The Hidden Harmony, Chapter #1
Heraclitus, fire became the symbol -- and fire is really
a beautiful symbol. Heraclitus says fire is the basic substance
of life. It is! Now physicists agree with Heraclitus. They
agree that electricity is the base of all existence, that
everything is nothing but modes of electricity. Heraclitus
says it is fire. What is the difference? And fire is a
more beautiful word than electricity. Fire gives a sense
of more aliveness than electricity does, fire is more wild
than electricity. When you say electricity is the base,
it looks as if the universe is somehow mechanical because
electricity has become associated with a mechanism, and
then God looks like an engineer -- but electricity is fire.
Hindus have called this basic element PRANA, vitality -- but vitality
is fire. When you are vital, alive, you are fiery, aflame. Henri
Bergson has called the base of all, elan vital, just like prana.
Those who have been seeking, somehow or other they come near fire.
Deep down this existence is fire. Fire is life.
- The Hidden Harmony, Chapter #6
is innocent: he simply says you, "This is the thing:
the abyss is here. Jump!" He does not persuade you;
he does not seduce you. He simply says, "This is the
fact. If you want to jump, jump; if you don't want to jump,
go away." And he knows that to make steps is useless
because finally one has to take the jump.
- Yoga: The Alpha and the Omega, Vol
2, Chapter #2
is no one, I repeat, who can be put in the same category
as Heraclitus. He is just far out -- dangerously awakened,
unafraid of the consequences of what he was saying.
Heraclitus says in the FRAGMENTS: "You cannot step in the
same river twice." And then he says: "No, you cannot
step in the same river even once...." This is tremendously
beautiful, and true too.
Everything is changing, and changing so fast that there is no way
to step in the same river twice; you can't even step in the same
river once. The river is constantly flowing; going, going, going
to the ocean, to the infinite, going to disappear into the unknown.
- Books I Have Loved, Chapter #4
Hyakujo: The Everest of Zen, with Basho's Haikus (in English)
was the direct heir of Ma Tzu and became most well known
for his establishment of the first truly Zen monasteries
and his treatise on sudden enlightenment.
To understand Hyakujo, the first thing is to understand that enlightenment
can only be sudden. The preparation can be gradual, but the illumination
is going to be sudden. You can prepare the ground for the seeds,
but the sprouts will come suddenly one day in the morning; they
don't come gradually. Existence believes in suddenness. Nothing
is gradual here, although everything appears to be gradual; that
is our illusion.”
“Hyakujo introduced another thing: Zen monasteries. Before him there were
Zen temples -- small groups of people living in those temples, meditating, reading
scriptures. But he introduced a new thing, the monastery, where people were absolutely
devoted to a single-pointed goal: to become the buddha. No scriptures, no rituals...
the whole energy has to be poured into a single direction: to discovering your
intrinsic nature. And why monasteries? When there are thousands of people together,
going into the unknown, it is easier for you, because you know that although
you are going alone into your own space, thousands of others are also going into
the same space on their own. You are not absolutely alone. Secondly, a monastery
creates a certain atmosphere. That was the greatest contribution of Hyakujo.”
- Hyakujo: The Everest of Zen, with
Basho's Haikus, Chapter #1
gesture by Hyakujo is the greatest sermon delivered in
the whole history of mysticism. Just to prepare his people
he used to say, "Go and work in the field. You cannot
work with the trees and with the grass and with the roses
for long without yourself becoming as silent as they are."
The people who live with nature naturally find a synchronicity
between themselves and the rivers and the mountains, they are closer
to the earth and its heartbeat.
Hyakujo first tried to bring the disciple close to nature, close
to silence. Unless he is prepared, the great sermon cannot be delivered.
A great sermon needs great disciples, and a great disciple is exactly
one who is silent.
- This, This, A Thousand Times This: The Very Essence of Zen, Chapter
series of talks is entitled THE GREAT PEARL, HYAKUJO, WITH
THE HAIKUS OF BASHO. Hyakujo is immensely expressive and
knows what he is doing and how to bring people to the unknowable.
Basho never wrote prose. Basho is one of the greatest poets in
the world. His greatness is not in his poetry -- there are far
greater poets as far as the composition of poetry is concerned.
His greatness is that his poetry is not just verbiage, is not just
putting words together according to a certain pattern, his poetry
is an experience.
I have put them together because Hyakujo never wrote any poetry.
His approach is very prose and direct, and the haikus supplement
what is missing in the prose. Basho expressed himself very graphically.
His experiences are more paintings than poetry. And his understanding
is -- and I agree with him -- that where prose fails, poetry may
succeed. Poetry has a more feminine way, more subtle, more graceful,
entering into the heart.
Prose directly enters into the head and immediately becomes a concern
of logic and reason. Poetry has a different root, a different path.
You don't bring in rationalization as far as poetry is concerned.
Something else becomes stirred in you, something deeper than the
mind. Poetry cannot be a logical statement. It is an existential
statement -- what Basho himself has seen he has tried to put into
words. Hence I have put together two great masters.
- Hyakujo: The Everest of Zen, with
Basho's Haikus, Chapter #2
Isan: No Footprints in the Blue Sky (in English)
title of the series is ISAN: NO FOOTPRINTS IN THE BLUE
SKY. He was as great a master as one can be, but has left
behind him neither great scriptures nor great commentaries.
Isan functioned exactly as Buddha had said an authentic
master would -- to disappear in the blue sky like a bird,
leaving no footprints.
Why this idea of leaving no footprints? It has great implications
in it. It means a great master does not create a following; he
does not make a path for everybody to follow. He flies in the sky,
he gives you a longing for flying, and disappears into the blueness
of the sky -- creating an urge in you to discover what it is like
to disappear into the ultimate.
Isan followed exactly what Buddha had said. He is a great master,
but almost forgotten. Who remembers people who have not created
great followings, who have not made organized religions, who have
not chosen their successors, who have not made their religion a
politics, a power in the material world? Isan did none of that.
He simply lived silently. Of course thousands of disciples were
attracted towards him, but it was not his fault. You cannot blame
him for it -- it was just the magnetic force that he had become
by disappearing into enlightenment. The light shone to faraway
lands and those who had eyes started moving towards a small place
hidden in the forest where Isan lived. Slowly slowly, thousands
of disciples were living in the forest -- and Isan had not called
a single one. They had come on their own.
- Isan: No Footprints in the Blue Sky,
was very polite. Naturally his politeness would affect
whatever happened around him. He was a very humble person,
never tried to convert anybody, but on the contrary slipped
deep down into the forest, so nobody came to him. He felt
it a little embarrassing to be the master and degrade somebody
as a follower -- a very nice, very delicate personality,
the personality of a poet, of a singer, of a dancer.
- Isan: No Footprints in the Blue Sky,
Kyozan as his successor, and waiting for forty years --
what patience! -- almost transforming a stone into a diamond.
But Isan was determined to make one point absolutely clear
to humanity: if Kyozan, a simple and ordinary person, not
belonging to any speciality, any category, without any
talent, any genius -- if he can become enlightened, it
will be a proof. To give this proof to humanity he chose
Kyozan and worked hard on him. And the day Kyozan became
enlightened, the day Isan transferred his enlightenment
and the two flames became one, Isan disappeared from the
world of matter, body, mind.
Kyozan was so radiant now. He was not only once enlightened, he
was twice enlightened. His master has given him richer experiences,
far deeper spaces, far clearer skies.
- Kyozan: A True Man of Zen, Chapter
J. Krishnamurti the situation is totally new. He is enlightened,
and he is not orthodox -- but he has gone to the other
extreme: he is anti-orthodox. Anti should be underlined.
- From Personality to Individuality,
Krishnamurti is a beautiful man but one-dimensional, very
linear, one line; he follows one track. Hence you will
not find any contradictions in him. For fifty years he
has been repeating simply the same thing again and again.
unknowingly he has conditioned people; just by repeating
the same thing again and again for fifty years he has hypnotized
people. He has created a great difficulty for those people:
he is not a Master himself, he cannot impart his experience
-- he is an ARHATA, not a BODHISATTVA -- and he has prevented
those people from going into search for some other living
Master. He has created a real mess in many people: they
would have been in search of a Master but he has prevented
them. His logic is clear, appealing, very appealing to
the egoist, particularly to the so-called intelligentsia,
very appealing, because the so-called intellegentsia is
always afraid of surrender, of dropping the ego -- they
are egoist people. And when he says, "There is no
need to follow, there is no need to go to any Master, there
is no need of any initiation," they feel very happy.
Their ego is saved but their ego is there.
Now the ego even has the support of Krishnamurti, and all his arguments
will be used by the ego. And that's what has happened to thousands
of people who have listened to him. He has not been a blessing,
because of his linear logic.
In the ancient days people like Krishnamurti used to remain silent.
That was the way of the ARHATA -- because he knows that he cannot
impart, he has no skill, he remains silent. He does not go around
the world telling people, that "I cannot impart and nobody
else can do it either."
- I Am That, Chapter #3
ENLIGHTENED person can never be wrong. Neither J. Krishnamurti
is wrong, but he never considers the situation in which
you are. He considers only the space in which he is, and
that freedom is part of enlightenment.
The enlightened person has reached the highest peak of consciousness;
his abode is on Everest. Now it is his freedom to speak according
to the peak, the sunlit peak where he is, or to consider the people
who are still in the dark valley, who know nothing about the light,
for whom the peak of the Everest is only a dream, only a perhaps".
This is the freedom of the enlightened person. Krishnamurti speaks
in terms where he is.
I speak in terms where you are, I consider you, because if I am
speaking to you, you have to be taken in consideration. I have
to lead you towards the highest peak, but the journey will begin
in the dark valley, in your unconsciousness. If I talk about my
experience, absolutely inconsiderate of you, I am right, but I
am not useful to you.
An enlightened person is never wrong, but he can be useful or he
can be useless.
- I Am That, Chapter #7
death of an enlightened being like J. Krishnamurti is nothing
to be sad about, it is something to be celebrated with
songs and dances. It is a moment of rejoicing.
His death is not a death. He knows his immortality. His death is
only the death of the body. But J. Krishnamurti will go on living
in the universal consciousness, forever and forever.
- Socrates Poisoned Again After 25
Centuries, Chapter #8
Krishnamurti's THE FIRST AND LAST FREEDOM. I love this
man, and I hate this man. I love him because he speaks
the truth, but I hate him for his intellectuality. He is
only reason, rationality. I wonder, he may be a reincarnation
of that goddamned Greek Aristotle. His logic is what I
hate, his love is what I respect -- but his book is beautiful.
This was his first book after his enlightenment, and the last too.
Although many other books have appeared they are only poor repetitions
of the same. He has not been able to create anything better than
THE FIRST AND LAST FREEDOM.
- Books I Have Loved, Chapter #3
Jabbar was saying something through his gibberish. He
was saying, "All that we can say about existence
is gibberish." He was very much in tune with existence.
It seems unbelievable that he had one thousand disciples. Sitting
by his side, when he was silent they would be silent; when he would
go into gibberish, they would go into gibberish -- and nearabout
twenty-five people became enlightened. Not a word was said by Jabbar,
nothing was heard by anybody.
You cannot write a treatise on Jabbar because he never spoke anything
except gibberish. But he was a radiant man, a man who had come
to flowering, whose spring had come, and who was not afraid to
be vulnerable and open and receptive. He went along with the wind.
- Isan: No Footprints in the Blue Sky,
gibberish has been thought to be one of the methods used
by enlightened people. You will be surprised to know that
the word, the English word, gibberish, is not English,
it is Arabic; and it comes from an enlightened man, Jabbar.
Jabbar was certainly an enlightened man, but he spoke so
fast that his words would run over each other. It was impossible
to make any sense out of what he said because there were
no full stops, no commas, no indication of where the sentence
began and where it ended. Jabbar simply did not believe
in all these mannerisms.
It is because of Jabbar that people started calling his language
gibberish, but by and by the word gibberish became completely disassociated
from Jabbar. Nobody would think that the English word gibberish
is from a Sufi word and has come from a man who was enlightened.
Gibberish, in the East, is thought to be a way of enlightened people.
They are saying to you: Nothing can be said through words. You
will have to understand something besides the words.
- From Personality to Individuality,
you know from where the word gibberish comes? It comes
from the name of a Sufi mystic, Jabbar. He used to talk
nonsense, because he came to understand that whatsoever
you say is nonsense. Then why even pretend that it is sense?
Jabbar started really talking nonsense. He would use sounds, words...
nobody could follow what he was saying. Everybody was free to have
his own interpretation. The followers of Jabbar were many -- because
when the master cannot be understood, it is very easy for the disciples
to follow him, because then they can interpret.
For example, if you had asked Jabbar, "Do you believe in God?" he
would have said, "Hoo hoo!" Now, it is up to you to find
out what "Hoo hoo!" means. The very clever one will think
it is the last part of Allah-hoo, that the master has given only
a hint, and so on, so forth.
Or he will do something absurd. You ask, "What is God?" and
he may stand on his head immediately. Now it is up to you to figure
it out -- and everybody is clever in figuring out things. Somebody
will think he had given the indication that everything is topsy-turvy,
so whatsoever you have been thinking up to now has to be put upside
down. Some disciples even started reading the scriptures backwards!
But one thing was good about it: Jabbar must have enjoyed the whole
show! He must have really enjoyed how many interpretations people
can find. The English word gibberish comes from Jabbar.
- The Book of Wisdom, Chapter #19
Jabbar must have been a very unique man. It is very unfortunate
that there was no way of recording in those days; otherwise
whatever he was saying could have become one of the holiest
scriptures. Nobody would have been able to understand it
-- but you don't have to understand anything, you have
just to be silent, you have just to be absent.
So any way, either singing or dancing, whatever makes you absent,
immediately you will be filled with God's presence. Suddenly you
will become aware of your own inner light.
- The Razor's Edge, Chapter #12
poem by Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi is beautiful, as always.
He has spoken only beautiful words. He is one of the
most significant poets who are also mystics. That is
a rare combination; there are millions of poets in the
world and there are a few mystics in the world, but a
man who is both is very rare to find.
Rumi is a very rare flower. He is as great a poet as he is a mystic.
Hence, his poetry is not just poetry, not just a beautiful arrangement
of words. It contains immense meaning and points towards the ultimate
truth. It is not entertainment, it is enlightenment.
- The Hidden Splendor, Chapter #7
Jalaluddin Rumi, a Sufi mystic, simply made whirling his
only method. His followers are called whirling dervishes.
They whirl for hours -- it is not easy. Jalaluddin Rumi
himself whirled for thirty-six hours continuously, and
in the whirling he became enlightened because in the whirling
he got lost; only whirling remained. There was no one inside.
There was utter emptiness and silence.
- Joshu: The Lion's Roar, Chapter #7
Rumi -- insist -- 'Remember, no-self, anatta.' Sufis call
it fana -- one disappears. And one should prepare for this
disappearance, one should be ready -- not only ready but
in a deep welcome. It is going to bring great joy, because
all your misery is contained in your ego. The very idea
that 'I am' is your ignorance. The very idea that 'I am'
creates all kinds of anxieties and problems for you. The
ego is the hell.
- Sufis: The People of the Path, Vol
2, Chapter #1
mystic, Jalaluddin Rumi, who has been loved by Sufis the
most. He is the only Sufi mystic who has been called mevlana:
master of masters. And he was certainly a master of masters.
- The New Dawn, Chapter #17
words of Mevlana Rumi are immensely significant. There
have been very few people who have moved and transformed
as many hearts as Jalaluddin Rumi.
In the world of the Sufis, Mevlana Rumi is the emperor. His words
have to be understood not as mere words, but sources of deep silences,
echoes of inner and the innermost songs. He is the greatest dancer
the world has known. Twelve hundred years have passed since he
His dance is a special kind of dance. It is a kind of whirling,
just the way small children whirl; standing on one spot they go
on round and round. And perhaps everywhere in the world small children
do that and their elders stop them saying, "You will become
dizzy, you will fall, you will hurt yourself," and, "What
is the point of doing it?"
Jalaluddin Rumi made a meditation of whirling. The meditator goes
on whirling for hours -- as long as the body allows him; he does
not stop on his own. When whirling a moment comes that he sees
himself utterly still and silent, a center of the cyclone. Around
the center the body is moving, but there is a space which remains
unmoved; that is his being.
Rumi himself whirled for thirty-six hours continuously and fell,
because the body could not whirl anymore. But when he opened his
eyes he was another man. Hundreds of people had gathered to see.
Many thought he was mad: "What is the point of whirling?"
... Nobody can say this is a prayer; nobody can say this is great
dance; nobody can say in any way that this has something to do
with religion, spirituality....
But after thirty-six hours when they saw Rumi so luminous, so radiant,
so new, so fresh -- reborn, in a new consciousness, they could
not believe their eyes. Hundreds wept in repentance, because they
had thought that he was mad. In fact he was sane and they were
And down these twelve centuries the stream has continued to be
alive. There are very few movements of spiritual growth which have
lived so long continuously. There are still hundreds of dervishes.
`Dervish' is the Sufi word for sannyas. You cannot believe it unless
you experience, that just by whirling you can know yourself. No
austerity is needed, no self-torture is needed, but just an experience
of your innermost being and you are transported into another plane
of existence from the mortal to the immortal. The darkness disappears
and there is just eternal light.
- Om Shantih Shantih Shantih, Chapter
Come Follow To You (4 volumes in English)
I Say Unto You (2 volumes in English)
The Mustard Seed: My Most Loved Gospel on Jesus (in English)
AM A DRUNKARD. You may believe it or not, but I am a drunkard.
You can look into my eyes and you can see it -- I. am drunk
with Jesus. And Jesus is a wine; he is not a man, he's
an intoxication. And once you have tasted of him, then
nothing of this world will ever be meaningful to you. Once
the meaning from the beyond enters into your life, this
whole world becomes futile, immaterial, insignificant.
- Come Follow To You, Vol 3, Chapter
Gospel starts in an incredibly beautiful way. No other
book starts that way, no other book can start that way.
The Bible is 'the book of the books': that is the exact
meaning of the word 'Bible' -- the Book. It is the most
precious document that humanity has. That's why it is called
'The Testament', because Jesus has witnessed to God in
it: Jesus has become the witness to God, a testament. It
is the only proof possible. God cannot be argued, but only
a man like Jesus can become a proof for him.
The Gospel carries all that is beautiful in Jesus' flowering, the
Beatitudes. Those statements are the most beautiful ever made.
Not even Buddha, not even Lao Tzu, have spoken that way. Buddha
is very philosophic, very refined; Jesus is very plain, simple.
Jesus speaks like a villager, a farmer, a fisherman. But because
he speaks the way common people speak, his words have a solidity,
a concreteness, a reality.
Buddha's words are abstract; they are very very high words, philosophical.
Jesus' words are down-to-earth, very earthly. They have that fragrance
of the earth that you come across when the rains have started and
the earth is soaking up the rains and a great fragrance arises
-- the fragrance of the wet earth, the fragrance that you find
on a sea beach, the fragrance of the ocean, the trees. Jesus' words
are very very earthbound, rooted in the earth. He is an earthly
man, and that is his beauty. Nobody else can be compared with that
beauty. The sky is good, but abstract, far away, distant.
- I Say Unto You, Vol 1, Chapter #1
a man like Jesus comes, the world is immediately divided
between those who are for him and those who are against
him. You cannot find a single person who is indifferent
to Jesus. Whenever a Jesus-type is there, immediately the
world is divided. Some are for him and some are against
him, but nobody is indifferent. It is impossible to be
indifferent to Jesus. If you hear the word, if you look
at the Jesus, immediately you are divided: either you become
a lover or you become a hater; either you fall in line
or you go against; either you follow him or you start working
Why does this happen? Because a man like Jesus is such a great
phenomenon and he is not of this world. He brings to this world
something from the beyond. Those who are afraid of the beyond immediately
become the enemies -- that is their way of protecting themselves.
For those who have a desire, a seed hidden somewhere, who have
been searching and searching and longing for the beyond, this man
becomes charismatic, this man becomes a magnetic force -- they
fall in his love. They have been waiting for this man for many
Immediately the world is divided: either you are for Christ or
you are against him. There is no other alternative; you cannot
be indifferent. You cannot say, "I'm not bothered"; that
is impossible, because a person who can remain in the middle will
become a Jesus himself. A person who can stand in the middle, in
neither love nor hate, will go beyond the mind himself. You cannot
stand in the middle; you will fall, you will become a 'rightist'
or a 'leftist', you will be on this side or on that. He creates
great turmoil -- not only in individuals but in society too, on
the earth; everything comes to be in a conflict, a great war starts.
Since Jesus there has never been peace in the world. Jesus created
a religion. He brought something into the world which created such
a division, such a conflict in all minds, that he became the focus
of all history. That is why we say 'before Christ', 'after Christ';
he became the focal point.
History is divided, time is divided, with Jesus. He stands on the
boundary. Before Jesus it is as if time was of a different quality;
after Jesus time became of a different quality. With Jesus, history
starts. His attitude, his approach towards the human mind, is very
different from that of a Buddha or a Lao Tzu. The ultimate goal
is one, the ultimate flowering is going to be one, but Jesus' approach
is absolutely different. He is unique.
- The Mustard Seed: My Most Loved Gospel
on Jesus, Chapter #2
Joshu: The Lion's Roar (in English)
is one of those exceptional people who become enlightened
without any formal initiation. They are nobody's disciple.
It is a very exceptional case. But the story of Joshu is
going to be very beautiful. His each statement is so poetic,
so pregnant, that unless you listen in utter silence, you
will miss its fragrance, its meaning, its penetrating insight
Joshu is one of the most loved masters in the Zen tradition. There
have been great masters, but nobody has been loved so much as Joshu
-- and he deserved it. His working on people, on disciples, was
so soft, so delicate, that only a poet can manage it... a great
craftsmanship in carving buddhas out of the stones of humanity.
Every man is just a big rock. It needs a craftsman, a great artist,
a sculptor, who with loving hands removes all that is unessential
and leaves only that which is absolutely essential. That absolutely
essential is our buddha.
- Joshu: The Lion's Roar, Chapter #1
THE LION'S ROAR -- is also a milestone in the history of
consciousness, a tremendously brave man who created roaring
lions, buddhas of great strength and power.
He was a disciple of Nansen, but he was always a category in himself.
He never became a disciple to Nansen formally; he was never initiated
by Nansen; but he lived with Nansen, loved Nansen, and Nansen loved
him, showered him with his love. Everybody knew that if Nansen
died, he would choose Joshu to be his successor, although he was
not his follower. He was such a unique person in himself, he could
not follow anybody. He was a fellow traveler.
- Nansen: The Point of Departure, Chapter
the age of sixty, Joshu started. You can start any time,
and this has always been my feeling. Joshu lived so long
-- he lived one hundred and twenty years -- he must have
lived one hundred and twenty years, because he started
at the age of sixty. And when you start meditating, you
become so fresh and young, you can simply live long without
- Returning to the Source, Chapter
The Divine Melody (in English)
Ecstasy - The Forgotten Language (in English)
The Fish in the Sea is Not Thirsty (in English)
The Guest (in English)
The Path of Love (in English)
The Revolution (in English)
The Great Secret (in English)
Suno Bhai Saadho (in Hindi)
Kahe Kabir Deewana (in Hindi)
Kahe Kabir Mai Poora Paya (in Hindi)
has said: I was searching and searching and searching,
and then I got lost, and then happened the miracle of miracles.
When I was not there you were standing before me. And when
I was there and searching and searching, you were so far
away -- not even a glimpse. And now, look... I have disappeared.
Searching, searching, I got lost, completely lost; my whole
search absorbed me, destroyed me completely. Now I am no
more... and my Lord, you are standing before me.
Kabir has said that the seeker never reaches to the sought. Man
never confronts God -- because unless you disappear he cannot appear,
so there is no meeting-point. When you are, he is not; when he
is, you are not -- so how can you claim that "I know?" You
are not -- only then, he is. When the knower disappears, the knowledge
appears; it cannot be just a wish-fulfillment.
- The Divine Melody, Chapter #2
is a nobody, a man of the masses, very poor, very ordinary,
with no education at all, with no culture. And that is
his rarity. Why do I call it his rarity? Because to be
ordinary in the world is the most extraordinary thing.
He was very ordinary -- and he remained ordinary.
Kabir is really that normal person that you never come across in
life, with no desire to be special. When he became enlightened,
then too he remained in his ordinary life. He was a weaver; he
continued to weave.
- Ecstasy - The Forgotten Language,
is one of the greatest revolutionaries who has ever walked
on the earth. His insight is of tremendous value. If you
can fall en rapport with his vision you will be enriched
-- you will be enriched beyond all your expectations.
- The Fish in the Sea is Not Thirsty,
knows. What he is talking about is not an explanation,
what he is talking about is an experience -- he is sharing
his joy, he is sharing something that he has known, he
is singing the song about the unsung. Remember it, that
whenever Kabir talks about God it is not a belief; he knows
it, it is his experience. Hc is talking out of his experience,
hence he can be of immense help to you.
Kabir is talking as a God-realized man, utterly drunk. His songs
are songs of a drunkard drunk on the divine, small, but of immense
beauty. They may not be great literature -- they are not -- because
he does not bother about the meter and the grammar and the language.
These are not composed songs, these are outpourings of his joy;
a drunkard dancing, singing. You can't expect formalities to be
fulfilled. These songs are very small gems. The quantity is not
the question, but the quality.
- The Guest, Chapter #1
says: I am not for renunciation. If God creates the world,
the world is beautiful. If it comes out of God, it is beautiful;
it cannot be a punishment, it is a reward. This is a very
revolutionary statement -- that the world is not a punishment,
the world is a reward; that God has not thrown you into
a dark and dismal cell. It is a celebration. God has loved
you so much that he has created this world for you, to
play with, to dance with. It is a celebration.
Kabir is not for renunciation; he's all for celebration -- one
thing. The second thing: Kabir says: Life is in community. Life
is a communion, so don't try to escape from the world, and don't
try to remain in a solitary life. Because the richness is in the
community; you are enriched by the community, by your relationships.
- The Path of Love, Chapter #1
is a harbinger, a herald of the future, the first flower
that heralds the spring. He is one of the greatest poets
of religion. He is not a theologian, he does not belong
to any religion. All religions belong to him, but he is
vast enough to contain all. No particular religion defines
him. He is a Hindu and a Mohammedan and a Christian and
a Jaina and a Buddhist. He's a great beauty, a great poetry,
a great orchestra.
Kabir is rare, he is a poor man. In Kabir, for the first time a
poor man is recognized as a man of God. Otherwise it was a monopoly
of kings and princes and rich people.
- The Revolution, Chapter #1
Kabir the Upanishads lose their luster. The Vedas look
pitiful and second-rate before him. Kabir is singular,
unique. Although he is illiterate he has succeeded in extracting
the essence from the experience of his life. He is not
a scholar; he has expressed this essence very briefly,
not at all in great detail. His words are like seed – mantras.
- The Great Secret, Chapter #1
THE SONGS OF KABIR. Nothing like it exists in the world.
Kabir is incredibly beautiful. An uneducated man, born
a weaver -- to whom nobody knows -- his mother left him
on the bank of the Ganges. He must have been an illegal
child. But it is not enough to just be legal; he was certainly
illegal, but he was born out of love, and love is the real
law. I have also spoken much on Kabir too, so there is
no need to add anything except again and again to say, "Kabir,
I love you as I have never loved any man."
- Books I Have Loved, Chapter #5
on Kahlil Gibran:
The Messiah (2 volumes in English)
Gibran... the very name brings so much ecstasy and joy
that it is impossible to think of another name comparable
to him. Just hearing the name, bells start ringing in the
heart which do not belong to this world. Kahlil Gibran
is pure music, a mystery such that only poetry can sometimes
grasp it, but only sometimes.
You have chosen a man who is the most beloved of this beautiful
earth. Centuries have passed; there have been great men but Kahlil
Gibran is a category in himself. I cannot conceive that even in
the future, there is a possibility of another man of such deep
insight into the human heart, into the unknown that surrounds us.
He has done something impossible. He has been able to bring at
least a few fragments of the unknown into human language. He has
raised human language and human consciousness as no other man has
ever done. Through Kahlil Gibran, it seems all the mystics, all
the poets, all creative souls have joined hands and poured themselves.
Although he has been immensely successful in reaching people, still
he feels it is not the whole truth, but just a glimpse. But to
see the glimpse of truth is a beginning of a pilgrimage that leads
you to the ultimate, to the absolute, to the universal.
- The Messiah, Vol 1, Chapter #1
are men who have found the truth and remained silent, because
they don't know how to express it. Kahlil Gibran is just
the opposite -- he has not found the truth, but he is capable
of expressing. And for the humanity which lives in darkness,
even his poetry appears as if it is coming from the source
- The Messiah, Vol 2, Chapter #5
Gibran has written tremendously beautiful words. They come
so close to Christ, to Zarathustra, to Lao Tzu, to Gautam
the Buddha, and there is every possibility many people
will think that Kahlil Gibran is enlightened. He may even
surpass Lao Tzu and Buddha and Christ as far as expression
is concerned; his expression may be far more beautiful
because he is a skilled poet, a very skilled painter. He
has the sensitiveness to appreciate beauty, but howsoever
he is appreciating it is unconscious.
- Philosophia Ultima, Chapter #10
Kahlil Gibran in his wonderful book THE PROPHET says lovers should
be like pillars of a temple -- supporting the same roof, but not
too close to each other. Like pillars.... If they come too close,
the whole temple will fall; if they go too far away, then too the
whole temple will fall. They cannot come too close; they cannot
go too far. They should be like pillars of a temple, supporting
the same roof.
This is the art, the knack. If you want your love to be eternal,
don't come too close, because if you come too close then the need
to go far away arises. If you come too close then you trespass
on each other's freedom -- and everybody needs a space of his own.
Love is beautiful when it co-exists with your space; if it starts
trespassing on your space then it becomes poisonous. And lovers
always behave foolishly and stupidly. When they are in love they
don't listen to anything; they try to come too close and then they
destroy their love. Had they been a little wiser, they would not
have come too close and then they would have remained close forever.
- Tao: The Three Treasures, Vol 1,
want to include another book by Kahlil Gibran, JESUS, THE
SON OF MAN. It is one of the books which is almost ignored.
Christians ignore it because it calls Jesus the son of
man. They not only ignore it, they condemn it. And of course,
who else cares about Jesus? If Christians themselves are
condemning him, then nobody else cares about it.
Kahlil Gibran is a Syrian from very close to Jerusalem. In fact
in the hills of Syria, people -- a few people at least -- still
speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus. Amid those high- reaching
cedars, anyone, even a fool, is bound to be amazed, mystified.
Kahlil Gibran was born in Syria under the cedars reaching towards
the stars. He comes very close in representing the real man Jesus
-- closer than the four so-called disciples who wrote the gospels.
They are more gossips than gospels. Kahlil Gibran is closer, but
Christians were angry because he calls Jesus the son of man. I
loved the book.
The book related different people's stories about Jesus: a laborer,
a farmer, a fisherman, a tax-collector -- yes, even a tax-collector
-- a man, a woman, all possibilities. It is as if Kahlil Gibran
is asking many people about Jesus -- the real Jesus, not the Christian
Jesus; the real Jesus, made of flesh... and the stories are so
beautiful. Each story needs to be meditated upon.
Another book by Kahlil Gibran, THE MADMAN. I cannot leave it out,
although I confess I wanted to. I wanted to leave it out because
I am that madman about whom he is talking. But I cannot leave it
out. He talks so meaningfully, so authentically about the very
innermost core of the madman. And this madman is no ordinary madman,
but a Buddha, a Rinzai, a Kabir. I wonder -- I have always wondered
-- how Kahlil Gibran could manage it. He himself was not the madman,
he himself was not the enlightened one. He was born in Syria, but
lived unfortunately in America.
But there are wonders and wonders, questions without answers. How
did he manage? Perhaps he did not manage it himself... perhaps
something, someone -- what Sufis call Khidr, and Theosophists call
K.H., Koothumi -- must have taken possession of him. He was possessed,
but not always. When he was not writing he was a very ordinary
man, in fact more ordinary than the so-called ordinary man: full
of jealousy, anger, passions of all kinds. But once in a while
he became possessed, possessed from above, and then something started
pouring through him... paintings, poetry, parables.
- Books I Have Loved, Chapter #9
and again I come back to Kahlil Gibran. I have loved him
and would have liked to help him. I have even waited for
him, but he is not born yet. He will have to seek for some
other master in the future. THE WANDERER is my choice for
THE WANDERER, by Kahlil Gibran, is a collection of parables. The
parable is the oldest method of saying that which is profound;
that which cannot be said can always be said in a parable. It is
a beautiful collection of small stories.
- Books I Have Loved, Chapter #11
Krishna: The Man and His Philosophy (in English)
Geeta Darshan (8 volumes in Hindi)
Krishna Smriti (in Hindi)
is utterly incomparable, he is so unique. Firstly, his
uniqueness lies in the fact that although Krishna happened
in the ancient past he belongs to the future, is really
of the future. Man has yet to grow to that height where
he can be a contemporary of Krishna's. He is still beyond
man's understanding; he continues to puzzle and battle
us. Only in some future time will we be able to understand
him and appreciate his virtues. And there are good reasons
The most important reason is that Krishna is the sole great man
in our whole history who reached the absolute height and depth
of religion, and yet he is not at all serious and sad, not in tears.
By and large, the chief characteristic of a religious person has
been that he is somber, serious and sad-looking -- like one vanquished
in the battle of life, like a renegade from life. In the long line
of such sages it is Krishna alone who comes dancing, singing and
- Krishna: The Man and His Philosophy,
is right when he says, nainam chhindanti shastrani -- "No
weapon can even touch me"...nainam dahati pravaka
-- "And neither can the fire burn me." He is
not talking about the body, the brain, the self -- they
will all be destroyed -- but there is something in you
indestructible, immortal, eternal. It was with you before
your birth and it will be with you after your birth, because
it is you, your essential being.
To know it is to be free, free from all prisons: the prisons of
the body, the prisons of the mind, the prisons that exist outside
- The Messiah, Vol 2, Chapter #2
will be surprised that Krishna is the only great Master
in the world who is known to have cheated. And Hindus call
him `the most perfect Master'. He is. Rama is not that
perfect; he is very afraid of cheating, he is too sincere.
Sincerity is his bondage. He is not relaxed. He is perfect
saint: he had denied all that is wrong -- but that is seriously,
and that shows that you are still taking the game very,
very seriously. You are not taking it as a game.
Krishna is totally different: it is a game. He promises one day
and forgets on another day. He is really liberated; his liberation
is perfect, without flaw. His liberation is without flaw because
he knows all is a game. When all is a game and all is a dream,
then why be bothered? He is not worried and bothered. He plays
it and remains unattached.
- The Path of Love, Chapter #5
is an infinite stillness, a state of rootedness. Krishna
has called this state of rootedness sthita-pragya. Love
can only happen to one whose mind has come to a standstill,
it trembles no more.
- Nowhere To Go But In, Chapter #5
accepts life with all its flowers and thorns, its light
and shade, sweet and sour. He accepts life choicelessly,
unconditionally. He accepts life as it is. It is not that
Krishna chooses only the flowers of life and shuns its
thorns; he accepts both together, because he knows thorns
are as necessary to life as the flowers. Ordinarily we
think thorns are inimical to flowers. It is not true. Thorns
are there for the protection of flowers; they are deeply
connected with each other. They are united -- members of
each other. They share common roots, and they live for
a common purpose. Many people would like to destroy the
thorn and save the flower, but that is not possible. They
are parts of each other, and both have to be saved.
So Krishna not only accepts politics, he lives in the thick of
politics without the least difficulty.
- Krishna: The Man and His Philosophy,
-- the divine song of Krishna. By the way 'Christ' is only
a mispronunciation of 'Krishna' just as 'Zoroaster' is
of 'Zarathustra'. 'Krishna' means the highest state of
consciousness, and the song of Krishna, the BHAGAVADGITA,
reaches to the ultimate heights of being.
- Books I Have Loved, Chapter #1
Kyozan: A True Man of Zen (in English)
Kyozan was a very simple man -- not the philosophic kind, not a
poet, nor a sculptor. Nothing can be said about him except that
he was absolutely authentic, honest. If he does not know a thing
he will say so, even at the risk of people thinking that he has
fallen from his enlightenment. But this makes him a unique master.
Zen is full of unique masters, but Kyozan's uniqueness is his simplicity.
He is just like a child. It took Isan, his master, forty years
of hard work to make Kyozan enlightened. He was determined, and
he said he would not leave the body until Kyozan became enlightened
-- though he was old enough.
Kyozan did everything that Isan said, but nothing penetrated to
his very being. He was a very ordinary man. Heaven and hell, God
and the beyond had never worried him. He was not a seeker in the
sense every seeker is -- a seeker of truth.
No, he was not seeking truth, because he is reported to have said
that, "If you are seeking the truth you have certainly accepted
that truth exists, and I will not accept anything on belief. So
I am just seeking, searching in all directions, trying to come
in tune with the universe. It may be just my fallacy, my fantasy,
but I want to go without any prejudice."
- Kyozan: A True Man of Zen, Chapter
was Isan's chief disciple, and finally was going to be
his successor. He was under preparation, he was almost
chosen by Isan to be his successor -- undeclared, but it
was known to all the disciples that Kyozan was going to
be the next master. Hence Kyozan was allowed the privilege
of asking all kinds of questions, because he would have
to face the same kinds of questions when he became the
- Isan: No Footprints in the Blue Sky,
have entitled this series, KYOZAN: A TRUE MAN OF ZEN. I
have not given any speciality to him, for the simple reason
that he avoided speciality, uniqueness, some higher quality.
He removed himself deep into the forest just to avoid seekers.
But if you have found the truth, if your innermost lotus
has blossomed, wherever you go seekers will come. There
seems to be an inner pathway.
The seeker may not know even where he is going. He may not be aware
of his thirst, may not be aware of the truth, but he starts moving
towards the master.
Mostly the master has nothing to do. He teaches you simply a different
way of being graceful. He gives you a beauty that no mirror can
give to you. He gives you a dignity. He declares your potential
buddhahood, and unless your potential buddhahood is declared you
may never think that in the innermost core you are a buddha. The
master makes many devices, but the aim is the same.
- Kyozan: A True Man of Zen, Chapter
on Lao Tzu:
Tao: The Three Treasures (4 volumes in English)
The Way of Tao (2 volumes in English)
Tao Upanishad (6 volumes in Hindi)
speak on Lao Tzu totally differently. I am not related
to him because even to be related a distance is needed.
I don't love him, because how can you love yourself? When
I speak on Lao Tzu I speak as if I am speaking on my own
self. With him my being is totally one. When I speak on
Lao Tzu it is as if I am looking in a mirror -- my own
face is reflected. When I speak on Lao Tzu, I am absolutely
with him. Even to say "absolutely with him" is
not true -- I am him, he is me.
Lao Tzu is not like Mahavir, not mathematical at all, yet he is
very, very logical in his madness. He has a mad logic! When we
penetrate into his sayings you will come to feel it; it is not
so obvious and apparent. He has a logic of his own: the logic of
absurdity, the logic of paradox, the logic of a madman. He hits
To understand Lao Tzu's logic you will have to create eyes. It
is very subtle, it is not the ordinary logic of the logicians --
it is the logic of a hidden life, a very subtle life. Whatsoever
he says is on the surface absurd; deep down there lives a very
great consistency. One has to penetrate it; one has to change his
own mind to understand Lao Tzu.
So Lao Tzu is just a spokesman of life. If life is absurd, Lao
Tzu is absurd; if life has an absurd logic to it, Lao Tzu has the
same logic to it. Lao Tzu simply reflects life. He doesn't add
anything to it, he doesn't choose out of it; he simply accepts
whatsoever it is.
- Tao: The Three Treasures, Vol 1,
Tzu is one of those few masters who have tried to say the
truth as accurately as it is humanly possible. He has made
tremendous effort to bring the inexpressible to the world
of expression, to bring the wordless experience within
the confinement of small words.
The words we know are mundane; they are meant for ordinary day-to-day
use. And the experience that happens in absolute silence is absolutely
beyond them. But still it has to be expressed -- if not expressed,
at least hinted at.
Lao Tzu's words are fingers pointing to the moon. Don't cling to
the fingers. Forget the fingers and look at the moon, and great
insight will descend upon you.
There is no other scripture like the TAO TE CHING for the simple
reason that each single word in it is immensely pregnant, not only
with the unknown but also with the unknowable. Words have been
used only as indicators, milestones showing the way, telling you
to go ahead, not to stop there.
- Come, Come, Yet Again Come, Chapter
of the greatest sayings of Lao Tzu is: The most beautiful
company is when you can be with someone as if you are alone.
See the insight of Lao Tzu: . . . when you can be with
someone as if you are alone, when he allows you so much
silence and so much freedom that you are absolutely alone,
as if actually alone. His presence is not a hindrance;
his presence, in fact, enhances your aloneness, enriches
- Guida Spirituale, Chapter #5
I talk on Lao Tzu I say I "talk Lao Tzu,' because
from where he is talking, I am standing there. Whatsoever
he says I would like to have said myself. I have never
come across a single point where I can say I disagree with
Lao Tzu is a luxury, a let-go. Remember the "I's" --
he is a luxury, a let-go. If you can afford, beautiful. If you
cannot afford, it simply creates a desire and a frustration and
nothing else: a desire, of how things would be if you could take
the jump. A tremendous desire arises. You feel him so near in your
desire, but you cannot take the jump because the courage is not
there; and, suddenly, he is so far away, like a star. Frustration
falls on you.
- Yoga: The Alpha and the Omega, Vol
5, Chapter #4
we wish to understand Lao Tzu, we shall have to set aside
our mode of thinking. If we approach Lao Tzu with our view-point,
our words, our preconceived notions, it will be difficult
to decide whether he is right or not. Set aside your views
and concepts. Then only will you understand him. Then you
shall be able to judge whether he is right or wrong, but
not before that. Just to comprehend is an obstacle because
our manner of thinking is one thing and Lao Tzu's is just
the opposite. It is as if we discern things by our sense
of touch whereas he uses his eyes and sees Or as if we
use our eyes and he uses his ears. Then the language becomes
- The Way of Tao, Volume 2. Chapter
on Lieh Tzu:
Tao: The Pathless Path (2 volumes in English)
REJOICE in Lieh Tzu -- he is one of the most perfect expressions
for the inexpressible.
Truth cannot be expressed: that inexpressibility is intrinsic to
truth. Thousands and thousands of people have tried to express
it -- very few have succeeded even in giving a reflection of it.
Lieh Tzu is one of those very few; he is rare.
So the first thing to be understood about Lieh Tzu: he is not a
theoretician, he will not give you any theory; he will simply give
Lieh Tzu is not a theologian either; he does not talk about God.
He TALKS GOD, but he does not talk about God. Whatsoever he says
comes from the source, but he does not TALK ABOUT the source let
it be very clear to you. There are two types of people: one who
talks about God, he is the theologian; one who talks God, he is
the mystic. Lieh Tzu is a mystic. The man who talks about God has
not known God. otherwise why should he 'talk about'? The 'about'
shows his ignorance. When a man talks God he has experienced. Then
God is not a theory to be proved, disproved no; then God is his
very life: to be lived.
- Tao: The Pathless Path, Vol 1, Chapter
Tzu was one of the masters of the school of Lao Tzu, one
of the enlightened disciples of Lao Tzu. And Lieh Tzu was
not an ordinary master, not concerned with your small problems,
your actions, not concerned with small teachings. Lieh
Tzu was concerned only with the ultimate. He had many disciples.
- The Grass Grows By Itself, Chapter
say to you that when Lieh Tzu says 'I know', he knows.
And his 'I know' means exactly the same as when the Upanishads
say 'I don't know'. His 'I know' means exactly the same.
It means exactly the same as when Socrates says 'I don't
know a thing'. By saying 'I don't know a thing' Socrates
is denying the 'I'. But by saying 'I know' as a simple
fact, as an ordinary fact, with no claim, Lieh Tzu is doing
a far greater miracle because -- listen to it -- sometimes
a pretender can pretend and say 'I don't know' in the hope
that you will think that he knows. Because the Upanishads
say so and Socrates says so, a pretender can say 'I don't
know' and hope that you will think that he is a knower,
that he is another Socrates. Mind is very cunning. So remember
one thing: if a mind is simple, humble, and simply states
the fact, then that is the truth -- whatsoever the fact.
- Tao: The Pathless Path, Vol 2, Chapter
THE BOOK OF LIEH TZU. Lao Tzu I mentioned, Chuang Tzu I mentioned;
Lieh Tzu I forgot, and he is the very culmination of both Lao Tzu
and Chuang Tzu. Lieh Tzu is the third generation. Lao Tzu was the
master, Chuang Tzu was the disciple. Lieh Tzu was the disciple
of a disciple, perhaps that is why I forgot him. But his book is
immensely beautiful and has to be included in the list.
- Books I Have Loved, Chapter #2
Zen monasteries they have been laughing and laughing and laughing.
Laughter becomes prayer only in Zen, because Mahakashyap started
it. Twenty-five centuries ago, on a morning just like this, Mahakashyap
started a new trend, absolutely new, unknown to the religious mind
before -- he laughed. He laughed at the whole foolishness, the
whole stupidity. And Buddha didn't condemn; rather, on the contrary,
he called him near, gave him the flower and spoke to the crowd.
- A Bird on the Wing, Chapter #10
was a rare being in his own right; there is every possibility that
even without Buddha he would have become a Buddha. It would have
taken a little longer, maybe he would have taken a little more time,
but it seems almost certain that he would have become a Buddha even
- Come Follow To You, Vol 1, Chapter #5
died in Mahakashyap's lap; his head was in Mahakashyap's lap. That
was a rare phenomenon, because Buddha had ten thousand disciples
present at that moment. Amongst those ten thousand at least one hundred
were enlightened. Why was Mahakashyap chosen? The question went around, "Why
has Mahakashyap been chosen?"
Sariputta, another enlightened disciple of Gautam Buddha, said, "He
is the only one who has become a master but has not left his discipleship.
The remaining ninety-nine have become masters and forgotten about discipleship.
He is richer; he is a disciple and he is a master. He has much more than
anybody else present here."
And it is not surprising that Mahakashyap became the source of one of
the greatest traditions, which is still alive -- Zen, which has given
to the world more enlightened people than anything else.
- The Osho Upanishad, Chapter #17
nobody would have conceived that this small stream arising in a silent
man like Mahakashyap would become the world's most purified and essential
religiousness. But Mahakashyap has the quality of humbleness -- so
humble that he drops even the idea of enlightenment, of truth. Certainly,
he has experienced something in the presence of his master: he is
ready to forsake everything -- truth included. If Gautam Buddha is
going to hell, he would like to go to hell; he is not interested
in going to heaven.
- The Transmission of the Lamp, Chapter #3
Mahavir Vaani (2 volumes in Hindi)
Jin Sutra (2 volumes in Hindi)
Mahavir Meri Drishti Mein (in Hindi)
Mahavir Ya Mahavinaash (in Hindi)
Jyo Ki Tyo Dhaari Dinih Chadariya (in Hindi)
Effort is the way for Mahavira. Even to mention the word `let-go' is
to support laziness. `Mahavira' is not his name; his name was Vardhamana.
He is called Mahavira because his attitude and approach is that truth
has to be conquered. It is not a love affair, it is a war. And Mahavira
has won the war; that is why he is called the great warrior. `Mahavira'
means the great warrior.
- Beyond Enlightenment, Chapter #14
have given a name to Mahavira which is very lovely. The name is:
nirgrantha, the knotless one. Whenever Buddha refers to Mahavira
he always calls him nirgrantha natputta, that son of the Natha family,
that boy born in the Natha community, who became knotless; whose
knots were cut, opened.
This word nirgrantha is very valuable. Brahma, the absolute one, is knotless,
and we are full of knots -- that is the only difference.
- Finger Pointing to the Moon, Chapter #7
word, ICCHANTIKAS. It means people who are one-dimensional, who know
only one aspect of truth.
And opposite to icchantikas are people like Mahavira and the Jaina tirthankaras;
they are called ANICCHANTIKAS, people who look from every aspect of the
truth. Mahavira was so deeply rooted in the attitude of being multidimensional
that he was the first man in the whole history of mankind to bring in
the theory of relativity.
It took twenty-five centuries for the West.
Only Albert Einstein, through a very different path as a scientist, brought
the same message, the same philosophy of the theory of relativity. Mahavira
says that whatever you say is only relative. He was so much in his theory
of relativity that he never made a single statement about anything --
because any single statement will only show one aspect. What about other
He found that every truth has seven aspects. So you ask him one question
and he will answer with seven answers, and those seven answers will be
contradicting each other. You will come back from meeting Mahavira more
confused than you have ever been -- and he was the most clear person
who has ever walked on the earth. But his approach was multidimensional.
- Bodhidharma: The Greatest Zen Master, Chapter #8
East became aware that more people have become enlightened on a fullmoon
night; in fact, almost all except one, Mahavira.
He became enlightened on the no-moon night, amawas. The fullmoon night
is called purnima -- the moon has become perfect, purna. And the no-moon
night is when there is no moon at all, absolute darkness. Except Mahavira,
nobody has become enlightened on amawas, no-moon night. Mahavira's name
was not Mahavira -- Mahavira means a great warrior. His name was Vardhaman.
But because he became enlightened on amawas, no-moon night, he proved
that he could go against the current. It was natural for everybody to
become enlightened on the fullmoon night, but this fellow Mahavira tried
to go against the normal order of things, and still managed to become
He certainly did something unique which never happened before and never
happened afterwards. So it is perfectly right to call him Mahavira, a
great warrior. A very strong man ... otherwise it is almost impossible
for anyone to become enlightened on the no-moon night.
- I Celebrate Myself: God Is No Where, Life Is Now Here, Chapter #6
as far as I understand, was such a beautiful man -- perhaps in the
whole history of men there has never been such a proportionate body
with such an exquisite beauty. I don't accept the Jainas' idea that
he is an ascetic, that's why he is naked. No. My own understanding
is that he loves beauty, and he is so beautiful that any clothing
on him will simply destroy his beauty. Naked, he is just pure beauty.
I don't think Mahavira is an extremist. I simply conceive that the man
is so beautiful he does not need clothes; and he is so healthy that the
changing seasons make no difference to him. It is because of his health
and his beauty.
- Light on the Path, Chapter #11
SUTRAS -- The Sutras of the Conqueror. Jin is a beautiful word, it
means conqueror: one who has conquered himself.
I have spoken of these sutras in many volumes, but they are as yet untranslated
into English. One thing I would like to say: that I include the JIN SUTRAS
in the postscript.
Nobody has been so silent as Mahavira, nor as naked. Only silence can
be so naked. Remember, I am not saying nude, I am saying naked. Both
words are totally different. 'Nude' is pornographic; 'naked' is just
utterly open, vulnerable, uncovered. A child is not nude, but only naked.
Mahavira in his nakedness is so beautiful.
It is said that he never spoke his sutras to anyone; only the intimate
ones sitting by his side heard these sutras within themselves. They simply
heard. It is one of the most miraculous things.... There was an inner
circle of eleven intimate disciples around Mahavira, and when they all
simultaneously heard the same word, then they thought that the word was
worthy to be recorded, although Mahavira had not said anything openly,
but in some subtle way, through a vibe.
The JIN SUTRAS were written in a totally different way from any other
book in the whole world. The master remained silent, and eleven disciples
simultaneously hear -- emphasize the word simultaneously -- the same
word, then they record it. That's how the JIN SUTRAS were born. What
a birth for a book! One cannot conceive of a more beautiful beginning,
and they certainly contain the highest light man is capable of, and the
whole science of conquering oneself.
- Books I Have Loved, Chapter #6
has become an eternal light, for the simple reason that he was
killed, brutally killed -- yes, chopped into parts. Jesus' death
compared to Mansoor's looks very human, compassionate. Mansoor
was killed part by part. First his legs were cut off, then his
hands, then his eyes were taken out, then his tongue was cut out,
then his head was cut off -- in parts, in pieces.
But Mansoor became the most precious name in the whole Sufi tradition;
and the tradition is rich: Bahauddin, Jalaluddin, Hassan, Rabiya, Mansoor's
own master, Junnaid, and thousands of others who have become enlightened.
These two traditions in the world have created the most enlightened people:
one is Zen, born out of Buddha's insight, and another is Sufism, born
out of Mohammed's insight. These two traditions have created the greatest
light in the world. But you cannot find a single name in Zen compared
to Mansoor, for the simple reason that no Zen master was chopped up,
- The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha, Vol 7,
has a beauty as far as his words are concerned, a tremendous poetry,
far superior to the KORAN.
- From Bondage to Freedom, Chapter #35
mystics, Al-Hillaj Mansoor.... I love the man very much. There have
been many mystics, and there will be many mystics, but I don't think
anybody will have the same taste as Al-Hillaj Mansoor. He was rare
in every sense.
- The Messiah, Vol 2, Chapter #13
asked al-Hillaj Mansoor, the greatest mystic ever, 'What is the ultimate
in Sufi experience?' Al-Hillaj said, 'Tomorrow, tomorrow you will
see what the ultimate in Sufi experience is.' Nobody knew what was
going to happen the next day. The man asked, 'Why not today?' Al-Hillaj
said, 'You just wait. It is going to happen tomorrow -- the ultimate.'
And the next day he was crucified. And when he was crucified he shouted
loudly for his friend who had asked the question. He said, 'Where
are you hiding in the crowd? Now come on and see the ultimate in
Sufism. This is what it is.'
If you start living in God you become intolerable to the so-called society.
The society lives in hypocrisy. It cannot tolerate truth. Truth has to
be crucified. It can love the Church but it cannot love Christ. It can
love the Vatican pope but it cannot love Jesus. When Jesus is gone then
it is good -- you can go on worshipping him. When Mansoor is gone you
can go on talking about him. But when he is there he is a fire. Only
those who are ready to be consumed by the fire will be ready to fall
in love with Mansoor.
- Sufis: The People of the Path, Vol 1, Chapter
man, Mansoor, became a man of unique individuality. Wherever he went
he was immediately recognised; it was impossible to miss him.
- Sufis: The People of the Path, Vol 2, Chapter
is a saying of Mansoor: "Death is impossible for me, because
I have accepted it." It will be so, it is so. Death exists because
of your fear of death. It cannot exist it you accept it, if you are
ready to meet it, to invite it and embrace it.
- The Eternal Quest, Chapter #13
saw one of the most beautiful fellows. I have talked about him, but
not mentioned him in the list of fifty, the arbitrary list. The name
of the man is al-Hillaj Mansoor. Al-Hillaj has not written a book
but only a few statements, or rather declarations. People like al-Hillaj
only declare, not out of any egoism -- they don't have any ego, that's
why they declare, "ana'l haq!"
Ana'l haq! is his declaration and it means "I am God, and there
is no other God." Mohammedans could not forgive him; they killed
him. But can you kill an al-Hillaj? It is impossible! Even while they
were killing him he was laughing.
Somebody asked, "Why are you laughing?"
He replied, "Because you are not killing me, you are killing only
the body, and I have said again and again that I am not my body. Ana'l
haq! I am God himself." Now these men are the very salt of the earth.
Al-Hillaj Mansoor has not written any book; just a few of his declarations
have been collected by his lovers and friends. I will not even say followers,
because men like al-Hillaj don't even accept followers, imitators --
they only accept lovers, friends.
- Books I Have Loved, Chapter #6
is one of the greatest tibetan mystics... one of the rare geniuses.
You cannot count more than ten of his equal in the whole world.
- Be Realistic: Plan for a Miracle, Chapter #13
is one of the greatest Tibetan mystics... He was one of the very
very rarest beings in the whole history of human consciousness...
like Buddha, like Jesus, of that calibre and of immense profundity.
Read, meditate over his sayings: they will give you great insight.
- Believing the Impossible Before Breakfast, Chapter
is the great work of Marpa, the Tibetan mystic. Even his followers
don't read it; it is not meant to be read, it is a puzzle. You have
to meditate over it. You have just to look at it and then suddenly
the book disappears -- its contents disappear, and only the consciousness
Marpa was a very strange man. His master Milarepa used to say, "Even
I bow down to Marpa." No master has ever said that, but Marpa was
Somebody once said to Marpa, "Do you believe in Milarepa? If so
then jump into this fire!" Immediately he jumped! People ran from
all sides to extinguish the fire knowing that Marpa had jumped into it.
When the fire was put out they found him sitting there in a buddha posture
They asked Marpa, "Why are you laughing?"
He said, "I am laughing because trust is the only thing that fire
This is the man whose simple songs I count as the tenth -- THE BOOK OF
- Books I Have Loved, Chapter #4
became a great master. His teacher's name is not known. Marpa managed
to transform the whole of Tibet to the path of the Buddha.
So sometimes it has happened that the teacher may not know, but if the
disciple trusts, his trust can create miracles.
- The Great Zen Master Ta Hui, Chapter #15
on Ma Tzu:
Ma Tzu: The Empty Mirror (in English)
Tzu was a very strange master -- you have heard about him. He walked
just like an animal on all fours; he never stood up on his legs --
not that there was any problem, not that he was hunchback. He just
walked on all fours because he said that is the most relaxed position.
It is, because man is standing almost despite nature. No animal stands
on two legs, because when you stand on two legs your heart has to
pump against gravitation towards the head. This cuts your life in
- God is Dead, Now Zen is the Only Living Truth,
Tzu moved on all fours just to go beyond mind and be in tune with
nature. Everybody laughed. They said, "This is strange!"
And he looked like a tiger. He had such shiny eyes that he would look
at you like a tiger. The disciples who gathered around Ma Tzu were men
of great courage, because he used to jump on people, beat them. Ma Tzu
devised beating and slapping and jumping on people as methods of meditation!
You won't believe it, but he managed to make more people enlightened
than even Gautam Buddha, because he had found a secret in it.”
- God is Dead, Now Zen is the Only Living Truth,
Tzu belongs to the second category, of very creative and inventive
masters. He never repeats himself. In every situation he will bring
a new device; he will function just as a mirror. And whatever comes
spontaneously out of his empty heart, he will use it as a vehicle
This type of master is very rare, because you don't know whether a method
is going to succeed; you don't know what will be the outcome. You are
simply trusting in your own heart, that your heart cannot let you down.
This is an immense trust in one's own enlightenment and awakening --
that whatever comes out of your illumination is going to succeed, there
is no question about it. Hence a man like Ma Tzu has a tremendous freedom.
Other masters have thousands of methods given by the tradition, and they
choose one of them; but it is a dead device, even though success seems
to be more certain.
With Ma Tzu success is not the point; success is the last point in the
journey. All those masters in the first category are looking at the success
-- the method must succeed. And because the method has been used again
and again, and has been successful, why bother to look for a new method?
Their emphasis is on the end, the success.
Ma Tzu's method, his approach, is totally different. It depends on the
first point of the journey, from where the arrow comes. If it is coming
from your empty heart, then there is no need to bother about success.
That is no more the question for Ma Tzu. His whole life he invented thousands
of methods, according to the person confronting him. And he had tremendous
- Ma Tzu: The Empty Mirror, Chapter #6
Pad Gungroo Bandh (in Hindi)
Maine Ram Ratan Dhan Payo (in Hindi)
became enlightened, and danced and danced. Her whole life she danced
from one village to another, singing songs of God, of love. And Buddha
became enlightened and became utterly silent, quiet, still. It is
not an accident that the first marble statues made were of Buddha
-- he looked like a marble statue, he sat like a marble statue. Now,
you cannot make a marble statue of Meera; it is impossible. She is
so volatile. She is more like a river than like a marble rock. You
cannot make a statue of Meera -- it will be a falsification because
the statue will not be able to dance. And without dance, there is
no Meera. Meera's statues can only be made by fountains, not by marble
rocks. Yes, in a fountain it is possible to make a statue of Meera,
but it has to be dynamic, it has to be a dance.
Meera is crazy in her own way. And these people are never repeated. All
enlightened people are simply unique.
- The Fish in the Sea is Not Thirsty, Chapter #2
LOVED GOD IN THE FORM OF KRISHNA, STILL SHE ATTAINED. Yes, she loved
God in the form of Krishna, but Meera's love is the love of a perfect
human being. She has no need, she does not want anything from Krishna;
she simply goes on giving. She has a song to sing, she sings. She
has a dance to dance, she dances. She has nothing to get, she only
gives. And she gets a thousandfold -- that is another thing, but
she has nothing to get.
- Sufis: The People of the Path, Vol 2, Chapter
Meera dancing: she is not aware that she is dancing -- she has become
the dance. There is no gap. She has surrendered her ego completely.
There is dancing -- she is not aware; she is completely lost in it.
When you are absorbed totally then you are in surrender -- absorbed
totally. But only the ego can be absorbed -- only the ego! And when
the ego is absorbed, the Self is there in its total purity.
But that is not the concern. On the path of surrender that is not the
concern! Meera is not concerned with awareness, with consciousness --
no. She is concerned with being completely unconscious in the Divine
dance or in the Divine song -- with being lost totally in it.
- The Ultimate Alchemy, Vol 1, Chapter #16
Meera's SONGS; they are the most beautiful ever sung by any man or any
woman. It is impossible to translate them.
Meera says: "main to prem divani -- I am madly in love, so madly
loved that I am mad, mad, mad!" Perhaps this may give you a little
hint what kind of songs she sang. She was a princess, a queen, but she
renounced the palace to be a beggar on the streets. Playing her veena
she danced in the marketplace, from village to village, town to town,
city to city, singing her heart out, pouring herself totally. I have
spoken of Meera in Hindi; someday some madman may translate what I have
- Books I Have Loved, Chapter #5
from MAINE RAM RATAN DHAN PAYO
Meera herself IS devotion. You won't find systematic argument. Fixed
logic is not found there. There lightning has struck the heart.
In Meera, found nowhere else, is a natural expression of love. There
have been other devotees, but they all pale before Meera; they become
the background. Meera's star is a very bright, shining star.
So don't listen to Meera logically, intellectually. Meera has nothing
to do with logic and intellect. Listen to Meera with feeling, with devotion.
Look with the eye of trust. Push aside logic, leave it to crawl along
the bank. For a little while, let yourself go completely mad with Meera.
This is the world of the mad. This is the world of lovers. Only then
can you understand, otherwise you will miss.
- Early Talks, Chapter #9
on Mulla Nasruddin:
Almost every book of Osho captures Mulla Nasruddin in all its humorous
OSHO, DID MULLA NASRUDDIN BECOME ENLIGHTENED?
He must have -- because if he is not enlightened then nobody can be.
Mulla Nasruddin is a Sufi figure, one of the oldest figures of Sufi anecdotes,
and he shows whatsoever I have been saying here: that the world is a
cosmic joke -- he represents that. He is a very serious joker, and if
you can penetrate him and understand him, then many mysteries will be
revealed to you.
Mulla Nasruddin illustrates that the world is not a tragedy but a comedy.
And the world is a place where if you can learn how to laugh you have
learned everything. If your prayer cannot become a deep laughter which
comes from all over your being, if your prayer is sad and if you cannot
joke with your god, then you are not really religious.
Sufis are very playful; they created Mulla Nasruddin. And Mulla Nasruddin
is an alive figure, you can go on adding to him -- I go on adding.
Nasruddin must have attained enlightenment, or he is already an enlightened
figure, there is no need to attain. I go on using him just to give you
a feeling that to me religion is not serious.
- Vedanta: Seven Steps to Samadhi, Chapter #13
Nasruddin is not a person; he is the whole humanity. He is you; he
is you, all together. Whatsoever you can do, Mulla can do more stupidly.
He is perfect! Whatsoever any human being can do, he can do more
perfectly. He is your stupidity. And if you can understand it you
will laugh and you will weep also. You will laugh at the ridiculousness
of it and you will weep that that ridiculousness is yours. When you
laugh at Mulla Nasruddin, remember, you are laughing at yourself.
He just brings you face to face with whatsoever you are, so that
it can be encountered.
Mulla Nasruddin is not new; he's an old Sufi device. There are stories
which are one hundred, two hundred, even three hundred years old, around
Mulla Nasruddin. He is an old device.
There have been many claims to whom Mulla Nasruddin belongs. The Russians
say he belongs to them. They have a gravestone which proves that he belongs
to them. Iranians say he belongs to them. Arabs say he belongs to them.
In Bukhara, they have a place dedicated to Nasruddin's memory.
He has been all over the world. In fact, wherever there is stupidity,
there is Mulla Nasruddin. He belongs to all; nobody alone can claim him.
And I say that he is still alive. He may have died in one country but
he is resurrected in another. Many times, I myself have seen him dying
and the next day he knocks on my door. It is impossible. It seems he
cannot die. He is human stupidity.
But if you look deep into the stupidity you will see the wisdom also.
In all his stupidities there is a germ of hidden wisdom.
- The True Sage, Chapter #8
Nasruddin! He is not a fictitious figure, he was a Sufi and his grave
still exists. But he was such a man that he could not resist even
to joke from his grave. He made a will that his gravestone will be
nothing but a door, locked, and the keys thrown away into the ocean.
Now this is strange! People go to see his grave: they can go round and
round the door because there are no walls, there is just a door standing
there, no walls at all! -- and the door is locked. The man Mulla Nasruddin
must be laughing in his grave.
I have loved no one as I have loved Nasruddin. He is one of the men who
has brought religion and laughter together; otherwise they have always
stood back to back. Nasruddin forced them to drop their old enmity and
become friends, and when religion and laughter meet, when meditation
laughs, and when laughter meditates, the miracle happens... the miracle
of all miracles.
- Books I Have Loved, Chapter #8
WHAT IS THE MOST STUPID THING MULLA NASRUDIN EVER DID?
He is always doing greater stupid things than before. His every act is
unique, incomparable. If you look into it you will think that this is
the best; but when the next act comes it is something absolutely new,
something tremendously great.
Read about Mulla Nasruddin and try to understand him. Make it a meditation.
It has been, for centuries, a Sufi meditation.
Sufi teachers used to give Mulla Nasruddin jokes to their disciples to
think and ponder and meditate. Because whatsoever he says has meaning
in it; whatsoever he does has meaning in it. They are not ordinary jokes
-- remember. I don't tell them to you just to make you laugh. No, they
are not mere jokes; they are pointers. You should not just laugh and
forget them; you should make them a part of your understanding. And then
you will see Mulla Nasruddin arising many times within yourself -- acting,
behaving. And then you will be able to laugh. And if you can laugh at
yourself, you have laughed for the first time.
- The True Sage, Chapter #8
is a great philosopher, one of the greatest of the world. Only
a few people in the world, very few, have that quality of penetration
that Nagarjuna has. So, his way of talking is very philosophical,
logical, absolutely logical.
Nagarjuna is one of the greatest disciples of Buddha, and one of the
most penetrating intellects ever. Only very few people -- once in a while,
a Socrates, a Shankara -- can be compared with Nagarjuna. He was very,
very intelligent. The uttermost that the intellect can do is to commit
suicide; the greatest thing, the greatest crescendo that can come to
the intellect is to go beyond itself -- that's what Nagarjuna has done.
He has passed through all the realms of intellect, and beyond.
- The Heart Sutra, Chapter #2
was one of the greatest mystics India has given birth to. He realized
his infinite being, the world dissolved. Then followers came, and
followers are always carbon copies, bound to be unless they try to
penetrate the reality themselves and don't take their Master's word
The Master's word simply inspires, provokes, helps, but it should not
be taken on trust, otherwise it will become a philosophy. YOU have to
realize it. And when YOU realize, only then can you say, "Yes, the
Master was true."
- Hsin Hsin Ming: The Book of Nothing, Chapter
has been a great man in India, a very rare being: men like him you
can count on your fingers. His name was Nagarjuna. He has contradicted
everything. He has debated against everything. He has criticized
all theories. And people were puzzled. They would ask: Okay, whatsoever
you say is okay, but what is YOUR standpoint? He would say: I don't
have any standpoint. I am here just to destroy theories, I don't
have a theory to replace them with. Whatsoever is your theory --
Come! And I will criticize it and destroy it. But don't ask for a
substitute because I have none. You become empty, that's perfect,
there is no need to do anything.
- Tao: The Three Treasures, Vol 3, Chapter #5
was one of the great masters India has produced -- of the caliber
of Buddha and Mahavir and Krishna. And Nagarjuna was a rare genius.
Really, on the intellectual level there is no comparison in the whole
world; such a keen and penetrating intellect rarely happens.
- Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Vol 1, Chapter #16
chronological time is arbitrary. In the West Zeno proved it long
before. In the East Nagarjuna proved it so deeply that he has never
been refuted. In fact Zeno and Nagarjuna, two persons, have remained
irrefutable. Nobody can refute them; their arguments are so deep
and absolute. Zeno and Nagarjuna say that the whole concept of time,
chronological time, is absurd.
- Yoga: The Alpha and the Omega, Vol 9, Chapter
a disciple of Buddha, has written a shastra called, MOOL MADHYAMIC
KARIKA. This book has no equal in the world. Naturally, for it is
next to impossible to find, again, a person like Nagarjuna. He has
proved in this book that nothing exists. Neither you nor I, nor the
mundane world -- nothing is.
- The Way of Tao, Volume 2, Chapter #9
MULA MADHYAMIKA KARIKA. I don't like Nagarjuna very much; he
is too much of a philosopher, and I am anti-philosophic. But
his MULA MADHYAMIKA KARIKA, his KARIKAS for short.... MULA MADHYAMIKA
KARIKA means the essence of the path of the middle -- the essential
middle path. In his KARIKAS he has reached the profoundest depths
of which words are capable. I have never spoken on it. If you
want to speak on the essential, the best way is not to speak
at all, just to be silent. But the book is tremendously beautiful.
- Books I Have Loved, Chapter #4
The True Name (2 volumes in English)
Ek Omkar Satnam (in Hindi)
founder of Sikhism, Nanak, was one of those beautiful people for
whom I have immense love. He was a simple man. He had just one disciple,
and that too because he loved to sing. All his teachings were delivered
in singing, spontaneous singing -- not like a poet composing -- and
his disciple would play on a simple instrument just to give some
music to what the Master was saying.
- From Personality to Individuality, Chapter #11
attained God by singing to him; Nanak's quest is very unusual --
his path was decorated with songs. The first thing to be realized
is that Nanak practiced no austerities or meditation or yoga; he
only sang, and singing, he arrived. He sang with all his heart and
soul, so much so that his singing became meditation; his singing
became his purification and his yoga.
Whenever a person performs any act with all his heart and soul, that
act becomes the path. Endless meditation, if halfhearted, will take you
nowhere; whereas just singing a simple song with all your being merged
in it, or dance a dance with the same total absorption and you will reach
God. The question is not what you do, but how much of yourself you involved
in the act.
Nanak's path to supreme realization, to godliness is scattered with song
and flowers. Whatever he has said was said in verse. His path was full
of melody and soft, filled with the flavor of ambrosia.
- The True Name, Vol 1, Chapter #1
the founder of Sikhism, his songs. He roamed around the known world
of his day with a single follower, Mardana. Mardana means manly --
'the really brave'. To be a follower one has to be brave. Nanak used
to sing while Mardana played on his sitar, and that's how they roamed
around the world spreading the fragrance of the ultimate. His songs
are so beautiful, they bring tears to my eyes. Just because of his
songs a new language was created. Because he wouldn't listen to any
grammar, any rules of language, regulations, he created Punjabi just
by his songs. It is a tremendously strong language, just like the
sharp edge of a sword.
- Books I Have Loved, Chapter #5
GRANTHA has compiled the sayings of ten living masters, ten enlightened
ones. I say that no other book can be compared to it. It is incomparable.
Nanak says, "Ek omkar satnam -- only one thing is true, the
name of the inexpressible." In the East we call it omkar, om
-- only that is true. The sound of the soundless... the silence that
pervades after the sound has left...ek omkar satnam.
- Books I Have Loved, Chapter #7
a great mystic, who founded the religion of Sikhism. He traveled
far and wide. And he was more generous in his attitude; he allowed
anyone who wanted, to be in his world. Even Mohammedans entered it,
Hindus entered it; all kinds of people from different religions became
part of it. The man had tremendous charisma.
- The Transmission of the Lamp, Chapter #28
Nansen: The Point of Departure (in English)
is one of the most famous zen masters. Many stories are told about
him; one I have been telling you many times. I will repeat it again,
because stories like that are to be repeated again and again, so
that you can imbibe them
These stories -- they are a nourishment.
- And The Flowers Showered, Chapter #11
Bodhidharma, Nansen is a new point of departure. He opens Zen to
a wider variety, he gives Zen more dimensions. It is no more a small
stream, but becomes an ocean.
When a man like Nansen lives in a temple, then the rafters and the tiles
also become something divine, something sacred, but not sacred against
the secular. Nansen has joined the earth with the sky.
My love for Nansen is immense because of this understanding that the
earth and the sky are not separate -- are not separateable. And both
should be enjoyed.
I have called this series NANSEN: THE POINT OF DEPARTURE. From the past
spirituality Nansen is a tremendous departure, accepting secular and
sacred as together, one -- two aspects of one reality.
- Nansen: The Point of Departure, Chapter #1
is a meeting of Buddha and Lao Tzu, the meeting of Buddhism and Taoism,
and Zen is the meeting of all that is beautiful in Buddha and all
that is beautiful in Lao Tzu. That's why there is nothing like Zen,
because two streams, tremendously powerful, tremendously beautiful,
utterly of the Unknown, came to a meeting. There has never been such
Zen is absolutely earthbound. Buddha is like the sky, and Lao Tzu is
like the earth, and where earth and sky meet, there is Zen. This Nansen
is the meeting of the earth and the sky. Buddha is like wings, and Lao
Tzu is like roots, and this Nansen is like a tree with both roots and
wings. Rare reality -- the earth, the solid earth, meets the inner sky.
- Returning to the Source, Chapter #3
was one of the greats. I count him with Gautam Buddha, Mahakashyap,
Bodhidharma, Joshu, Hyakujo. There have been thousands of masters,
but Nansen will still stand out with his own beauty, uniqueness.
He became so well known to the people that the very mountain where
he had a small cottage is now called Mount Nansen.
- This, This, A Thousand Times This: The Very Essence
of Zen, Chapter #3
Bhakti Sutra (in Hindi)
musician, a poet, and a very beautiful man, Narada, who always, even
while moving, continued to play on a very simple musical instrument
-- and remember, the more simple the instrument the more difficult
it is to create great music out of it. He used to carry a simple
instrument, an ektara -- a one-stringed sitar. It is easy when there
are many strings to create music, because you can create different
notes on different strings. The ektara has only one string -- that
is the meaning of ektara. Ek means one; tara means string. It has
become almost the symbol of Narada. You will not find a statue or
a painting of him without his ektara.
He was a master musician, and a great poet -- and perhaps the only man
in India who knew the hilariousness of existence, who used to laugh....”
- The Messiah, Vol 1, Chapter #20
why the second book I choose is Narada's BHAKTI SUTRAS.
His sutras begin with "athato bhakti jigyasa -- now the inquiry
into love...." To inquire into love is the greatest exploration,
the greatest inquiry. Everything else falls short, even atomic energy.
You can be a scientist even of the caliber of Albert Einstein, but you
don't know what real inquiry is unless you love. And not only love, but
love plus awareness... then it becomes inquiry into love, the most difficult
task in the world.
Let me repeat, it is the most difficult task in the world -- love with
awareness. People fall in love; people become unconscious in love. Their
love is only biological, it is gravitation. They are pulled down towards
the earth. But Narada is talking about a totally different love: love
as meditation, as awareness. Or in scientific terms, love as levitation,
against gravity. Leave gravitation for the graves; levitate, arise! And
when one starts rising to love, flying towards the stars, that is athato
- Books I Have Loved, Chapter #5
is reported of Naropa, one of the greatest Tibetan mystics ever
born.... He was a very absurd personality. I say "absurd" because
he would do things no one would expect of a master. He was found
in a pub drinking.
Someone said, "Naropa, what are you doing? You are enlightened,
you have achieved the goal, and you are drinking?"
Naropa said, "This is a game. And when it is a game, I do not care
this way or that. Once I have come to know that I am the eternal within,
why be afraid of this alcohol? Why be afraid?"
I say "absurd personality" -- but he is saying that this is
alcohol and that whatsoever is created by alcohol is a dream. He is not
saying this is reality; he is saying this is a dream. He said, "I
am not obsessed for or against. It happened that a friend invited me
and I didn't want to say no. A friend invited me. For him this is real,
for me this is a dream. But this is a dream for me, not for him. Why
be bothered? It will be difficult for him."
- The Supreme Doctrine, Chapter #7
was a mystic in Tibet called Naropa. Many people used to come to
him and they were puzzled, because it was well known that he was
totally merged in the divine and they never heard Naropa ever remembering
God's name. His disciples often asked Naropa, "People say that
you are merged in the divine, but how come you never remember God?" Naropa
is said to have replied, "How am I to remember when I never
forget? And the day I start remembering God, know that Naropa has
fallen. The day I remember, the day I call God's name, you may understand
that Naropa has fallen, that he has forgotten and has fallen asleep.
When I do not fall asleep, when I never forget God, how am I to remember
- Finger Pointing to the Moon, Chapter #3
great Sufi poet, Omar Khayyam, has written in his RUBAIYAT, his
world-famous collection of poetry: "I am going to drink, to
dance, to love. I am going to commit every kind of sin because
I trust God is compassionate -- he will forgive. My sins are very
small; his forgiveness is immense."
When the priests came to know about his book -- because in those days
books were written by hand, there were no printing presses.... When the
priests discovered that he was writing such sacrilegious things, that
he was saying, "Don't be worried, go on doing anything you want
because God is nothing but pure compassion and love. How much sin can
you commit in seventy years of life? -- in comparison to his forgiveness,
it is nothing."
He was a famous mathematician too, renowned in his country. The priests
approached him and said, "What kind of things are you writing? You
will destroy people's religiousness! Create fear in people, tell people
that God is very just: -- if you have committed a sin, you will be punished.
There will be no compassion."
Omar Khayyam's book was burned in his day. Whenever a copy was found,
it was burned by the priests, because this man was teaching such a dangerous
idea. If it spreads among human beings and everybody starts rejoicing
in life, what will happen to the priests? What happen to the saints?
What will happen to their mythologies of hell and heaven and god? All
will disappear in thin air.
At least with me, Omar Khayyam is one of the enlightened Sufi mystics,
and what he is saying has immense truth in it. He does not mean that
you should commit sin. What he means simply is that you should not feel
guilty. Whatever you do -- if it is not right, don't do it again. If
you feel it hurts somebody, don't do it again. But there is no need to
feel guilty, there is no need to be repentant, there is no need to do
penance and torture yourself.
- The Hidden Splendor, Chapter #11
songs of Omar Khayyam were translated by Western writers, but were
not correctly understood. Edward Fitzgerald, who did an admirable
rendering of Khayyam's songs, was not a Sufi. He took the word `wine'
literally, for example. He also took the word `lover' literally,
and did the same with `wineshop'. He read the Rubaiyat and tried
to understand it with the help of a dictionary. Omar Khayyam was
a Sufi fakir, a Sufi saint. When he speaks of wine he is speaking
of the wine about which Kabir is speaking:
AND I'M DRUNK WITH BOUNDLESS YOUTH.
Omar Khayyam is speaking of this too. The wineshop is the temple, the
lover is the master, the guru, and the wine is none other than the wine
of God. Fitzgerald made a great mistake when he translated the songs
of Omar Khayyam literally, and many people in the West thought Khayyam
was a drunkard and had written these songs in praise of wine.
Many adaptations of the Rubaiyat were made from these translations of
Fitzgerald's and were published all over the world, and so the wineshop
of Omar Khayyam became world-famous. This was a great blunder on Fitzgerald's
part. But this was bound to happen, because to understand an enlightened
person it is necessary to be enlightened oneself. To understand a madman
one must be mad, so if you wish to understand an enlightened man you
will have to become enlightened yourself. The sign-language used by a
dumb person can only be understood by another who is dumb. Fitzgerald
did not realize this. If Omar Khayyam were to return to the world he
would not be so displeased with anyone as he would be with Edward Fitzgerald.
Fitzgerald made Khayyam's name famous throughout the world, but he did
it in a very wrong way.
- The Great Secret, Chapter #3
also forgot the RUBAIYAT. Tears are coming to my eyes. I can apologize
for forgetting everything else but not the RUBAIYAT. Omar Khayyam...
I can only cry, weep. I can only apologize with my tears, words won't
do. The RUBAIYAT is one of the most misunderstood and also one of
the most widely read books in the world. It is understood in its
translation, it is misunderstood in its spirit. The translator could
not bring the spirit to it. RUBAIYAT is symbolic, and the translator
was a very straight Englishman, what in America they would call a
square, not hip at all. To understand RUBAIYAT you need a little
bit of hip in you.
The RUBAIYAT talks of wine and women and nothing else; it sings of wine
and women. The translators -- and there are many -- are all wrong. They
are bound to be wrong because Omar Khayyam was a Sufi, a man of tasawuf,
a man who knows. When he talks of the woman he is talking about God.
That is the way Sufis address God: "Beloved, O my beloved." And
they always use the feminine for God, this should be noted. Nobody else
in the world, in the whole history of humanity and consciousness, has
addressed God as a woman. Only Sufis address God as the beloved. And
the 'wine' is that which happens between the lover and the beloved, it
has nothing to do with grapes. The alchemy which happens between the
lover and the beloved, between the disciple and the master, between the
seeker and the sought, between the worshipper and his God... the alchemy.
the transmutation -- that is the wine. RUBAIYAT is so misunderstood,
perhaps that is why I forgot it.
- Books I Have Loved, Chapter #2
Yoga: The Alpha and the Omega (10 volumes in English)
Patanjali: Yoga Sutra (4 volumes in Hindi)
is pure science, and Patanjali is the greatest name as far as the
world of yoga is concerned. This man is rare. There is no other name
comparable to Patanjali. For the first time in the history of humanity,
this man brought religion to the state of a science: he made religion
a science, bare laws; no belief is needed.”
“Patanjali is rare. He is an enlightened person like Buddha, like Krishna,
like Christ, like Mahavira, Mohammed, Zarathustra, but he is different in one
way. Buddha, Krishna, Mahavira, Zarathustra, Mohammed no one has a scientific
attitude. They are great founders of religions. They have changed the whole pattern
of human mind and its structure, but their approach is not scientific.
Patanjali is like an Einstein in the word of Buddhas. He is a phenomenon.
He could have easily been a Nobel Prize winner like an Einstein or Bohr
or Max Planck, Heisenberg. He has the same attitude, the same approach
of a rigorous scientific mind. He is not a poet; Krishna is a poet. He
is not a moralist; Mahavira is a moralist. He is basically a scientist,
thinking in terms of laws. And he has come to deduce absolute laws of
human being, the ultimate working structure of human mind and reality.
And if you follow Patanjali, you will come to know that he is as exact
as any mathematical formula. Simply do what he says and the result will
happen. The result is bound to happen; it is just like two plus two,
they become four. It is just like you heat water up to one hundred degrees
and it evaporates. No belief is needed: you simply do it and know. It
is something to be done and known. That's why I say there is no comparison.
On this earth, never a man has existed like Patanjali.”
- Yoga: The Alpha and the Omega, Vol 1, Chapter
is absolutely scientific. He says we are not related with means;
there are a thousand and one meanS. The goal is the truth. Some have
achieved it through God, so it is okay -- believe in God and achieve
the goal, because when the goal is achieved you will throw your belief.
So belief is just instrumental. If you don't believe, it is okay;
don't believe, and travel the path of belieflessness, and reach the
He is neither theist nor atheist. He is not creating a religion, he is
simply showing you all the paths that are possible and all the laws that
work in your transformation. God is one of those paths; it is not a must.
If you are godless, there is no need to be non-religious. Patanjali says
you can also reach -- be godless; don't bother about God. These are the
laws and these are the experiments; this is the meditation -- pass through
- Yoga: The Alpha and the Omega, Vol 1, Chapter
IS THE GREATEST scientist of the inner. His approach is that of a
scientific mind: he is not a poet. And in that way he is very rare,
because those who enter into the inner world are almost always poets,
those who enter into the outer world are always almost scientists.
Patanjali is a rare flower. He has a scientific mind, but his journey
is inner. That's why he became the first and the last word: he is the
alpha and the omega. For five thousand years nobody could improve upon
him. It seems he cannot be improved upon. He will remain the last word
-- because the very combination is impossible. To have a scientific attitude
and to enter into the inner is almost an impossible possibility. He talks
like a mathematician, a logician. He talks like Aristotle and he is a
- Yoga: The Alpha and the Omega, Vol 2, Chapter
Philosophia Perennis (2 volumes in English)
is not at all bothered about any university in the world, for the
simple reason that he is not a routine scholar; he is an original
seeker, and he is ready to go anywhere. He traveled all his life
to find people who may have had a little glimpse and may be able
to impart something to him. He was collecting pieces, and he managed
But Greeks don't talk about him because he is not talking about Greek
philosophy; he is bringing foreign ideas, strange ideas from Alexandria,
from Nalanda, from Takshila -- he is almost not a Greek. They are not
interested in what he is bringing, although what he is bringing has nothing
to do with Greeks or Indians or Egyptians. But he is ignored -- one of
the most significant men, utterly ignored.”
- Beyond Psychology, Chapter #30
REPRESENTS THE ETERNAL PILGRIM for PHILOSOPHIA PERENNIS -- the perennial
philosophy of life. He is a seeker of truth par excellence. He staked
all that he had for the search. He travelled far and wide, almost
the whole known world of those days, in search of the Masters, of
the mystery schools, of any hidden secrets. From Greece he went to
Egypt -- in search of the lost Atlantis and its secrets.”
“Pythagoras was the first man to try the impossible, AND he succeeded!
In him, East and West became one. In him, yin and yang became one. In him, male
and female became one. He was an ARDHANARISHWAR -- a total unity of the polar
opposites. Shiva and Shakti together. Intellect of the highest caliber and intuition
of the deepest caliber. Pythagoras is a peak, a sunlit peak, and a deep, dark
valley too. It is a very rare combination.”
“PYTHAGORAS IS THE FIRST EXPERIMENT in creating a synthesis. Twenty-five
centuries have passed since then and nobody else has tried it again. Nobody else
before had done it, and nobody else has done it afterwards either. It needs a
mind which is both -- scientific and mystic. It is a rare phenomenon. It happens
once in a while.”
“Pythagoras is not a monotheist; he does not believe in one God. He says:
All the peoples of the world and all their approaches are true. And he KNOWS
it, because he has followed many many paths; almost all existent paths Pythagoras
followed many many paths; almost all existent paths Pythagoras followed. And
he always reached the same peak.
There are many paths by which to reach the peak. The mountain has many
paths, but they all reach the same peak. You can go from the south or
from the north or from the east or from the west... you can follow a
very rocky track, or you can follow a very different track. There are
Pythagoras knows truth is one, but he does not say it. Truth is one UNSAID.
Once you say it, then please don't use the singular; then it is better
to use the plural. The Vedas say: Truth is one, but wise people have
described it in many ways.”
- Philosophia Perennis, Vol 1, Chapter #1
Pythagoras, science is a search for truth in the objective world
and religion is a search for truth in the subjective world -- and
philosophy is a search for the truth. So science and religion are
like two hands or two wings. They are not opposites but complementaries.
And the world would be better if we were reminded of it again.
The church, the temple and the lab need not be enemies. They should exist
in a kind of friendship. Man will be far richer then. Now, if he chooses
science he becomes rich outside and goes on becoming poorer and poorer
inside. If he chooses religion, he becomes rich inside, but goes on becoming
poorer and poorer on the outside. And both are ugly scenes.”
“HEALTH TO PYTHAGORAS, HAS TWO ASPECTS TO IT. One is the physical, the
other is the spiritual. The body is your temple -- don't neglect it. Your foolish,
stupid ascetics have been telling you to neglect it -- not only to neglect but
to destroy your body. Pythagoras is not an asCetic: he is a man of understanding.
He says: Respect, don't neglect, your body. If your body is neglected,
you will not be able to find the inner harmony -- because if the body
is harmonious it helps to attain to inner harmony. Take every care of
your health, of your body; love it, respect it, it is a great gift. It
is a miracle! a mystery.”
- Philosophia Perennis, Vol 2, Chapter #1
Tagore is the very heart of this country. He is the most contemporary
man, and yet the most ancient too. His words are a bridge between
the modern mind and the ancientmost sages of the world. In particular,
GITANJALI is his greatest contribution to human evolution, to human
consciousness. It is one of the rarest books that has appeared
in this century. Its rarity is that it belongs to the days of the
UPANISHADS -- nearabout five thousand years before GITANJALI came
It is a miracle in the sense that Rabindranath is not a religious person
in the ordinary sense. He is one of the most progressive thinkers --
untraditional, unorthodox -- but his greatness consists in his childlike
innocence. And because of that innocence, perhaps he was able to become
the vehicle of the universal spirit, in the same way as the UPANISHADS
of old are.
He is a poet of the highest category, and also a mystic. Such a combination
has happened only once or twice before -- in Kahlil Gibran, in Friedrich
Nietzsche, and in Rabindranath Tagore. With these three persons, the
whole category is finished. In the long history of man, it is extraordinary....
There have been great poets and there have been great mystics. There
have been great poets with a little mysticism in them, and there have
been great mystics who have expressed themselves in poetry -- but their
poetry is not great. Rabindranath is in a strange situation.”
“Rabindranath never went to any temple, never worshiped any God, was never,
in a traditional way, a saint, but to me he is one of the greatest saints the
world has known. His saintliness is expressed in each of his words.”
- The Golden Future, Chapter #26
Tagore, although he belongs to this century, echoes thousands-of-years
-old longings and dreams of the East. He belongs to the seers of
the UPANISHADS. He is the only man this century has produced whose
words can be compared to the five-thousand-year-old UPANISHADS.
Those UPANISHADS were songs of the first seers of humanity, but it is
a strange fact that truth remains the same. Everything changes, but the
truth is eternal. Five thousand years of distance, but whatever Rabindranath
sings, appears to be coming from the days of the UPANISHADS, of those
days of humanity's childhood -- so innocent and so pure.”
- The Razor's Edge, Chapter #7
are one of the best products of all the religions. There is no
comparison. And in Sufism there is no one compared with Rabiya
al-Adabiya. She is at the very top. One of the great Sufis was
Hassan. He was a very respected saint.
I am reminded of one incident.... Just to make it clear to you, Rabiya
is far above even the great masters.”
- The Sword and the Lotus, Chapter #17
have told you about the Sufi mystic woman, Rabiya al-Adabiya. She
is a rare woman, in the sense that very few women have reached to
that height. She belongs to the category of buddhas. Naturally, she
was thought to be a little outlandish, a little eccentric, a little
- Zen: The Diamond Thunderbolt, Chapter #8
is a Sufi; her name is Rabiya al-Adabiya. Al-Adabiya means 'from
the village of Adabiya'. Rabiya is her name, al-Adabiya is her address.
That's how the Sufis named her: Rabiya al-Adabiya. The village became
a very Mecca when Rabiya was still alive. Travelers from all over
the world, seekers from everywhere, came searching for Rabiya's hut.
She was really a ferocious mystic; with a hammer in her hand she
could have broken anybody's skull. She actually broke many many skulls
and brought out the hidden essence.”
- Books I Have Loved, Chapter #5
attained to his first SAMADHI, to his first satori, by seeing a
row of cranes against the black clouds. He was very young, must
have been thirteen. He was sitting by the lake of his town, it
was cloudy, dark clouds were gathering, the beginning of the rain,
and suddenly a row, many white cranes against the black clouds.
Almost like lighting they were there and they were gone, and he
attained to his first SAMADHI. For days he was drunk with the unknown,
he danced, sang. His town's people, his family thought he had gone
mad. But he was so happy.”
- The First Principle, Chapter #9
have heard one story about Ramkrishna: One day he said to his disciples, "I
will tell you everything today and will not keep anything secret." He
described clearly the centers and the corresponding experiences up
to the heart and throat, and then pointing to the spot between the
eyebrows he said, "The supreme self is directly known and the
individual experiences samadhi when the mind comes here. There remains
then but a thin transparent screen separating the supreme self and
the individual self. The sadhaka then experiences...." Saying
this, the moment he started to describe in detail the realization
of supreme self, he was plunged in samadhi and became unconscious.
When the samadhi came to an end and he came back, he tried again
to describe it and was again in samadhi; again he became unconscious.
After repeated attempts Ramkrishna broke into tears, started crying,
and told his disciples that it is impossible to speak about it.”
- Yoga: The Alpha and the Omega, Vol 9, Chapter
is said about Ramkrishna that he was much too interested in food;
in fact obsessed. That is very unlikely. Even his wife, Sharada,
used to feel very embarrassed; because he was such a great saint,
only with one flaw -- and the flaw was that he was much too interested
in food. He was interested so much that while he was giving satsang
to his disciples, just in the middle he will say, "Wait, I am
coming," and he will go to look into the kitchen, what is being
cooked. He will just go there and ask, "What is being prepared
today?" and then will come back and start his satsang again.
His closest disciples became worried. They said, "This doesn't look
good, Paramhansa. And everything is so perfectly beautiful -- never has
there walked such a beautiful and perfect man -- but this small thing,
why can't you drop it?" He will laugh and will not say anything.
One day his wife Sharada insisted too much. He said, "Okay, if you
insist, I will tell. My prarabdha is finished; and I am just clinging
with this food. If I drop that I am gone."
The wife could not believe this. It is very difficult for wives to believe
in their own husbands -- even if the husband is a Paramhansa it makes
no difference. The wife must have thought that he is befooling, or he
is trying to rationalize. Seeing that, Ramkrishna said, "Look, I
can see that you are not trusting me, but you will know. The day I am
going to die, just three days before that day, three days before my death,
I will not look at the food. You will bring my thali in, and I will start
looking in another direction; then you can know that only three days
more am I to be here."
That too was not believed; they forgot about it. Then, just three days
before Ramkrishna died, he was resting, Sharada brought his thali, his
food: he turned over, started looking at the other side. Suddenly the
wife realized, remembered. The thali fell from her hands, she started
crying. Ramkrishna said, "Don't cry now. Now my work is finished;
I need not cling." And exactly after three days he died.”
- Yoga: The Alpha and the Omega, Vol 8, Chapter
of the most beautiful men of this century was Maharishi Raman.
He was a simple man, uneducated, but he did not accept the ideology,
the religion in which he was born. When he was only seventeen years
of age he left his home in search of truth. He meditated for many
years in the hills of Arunachal in south India, and finally realized
After that his whole teaching consisted only of three words, because
those three words had revealed to him the whole mystery of existence.
His philosophy is the shortest. What are those three words? Whoever came
to him -- because as he became slowly slowly known, people started coming
to him from all over the world -- his whole teaching was to sit silently
and ask only one question: "Who am I?" and go on asking that
One day the question will disappear, and only you will be there. That
is the answer.”
- From Death to Deathlessness, Chapter #24
are many people who have followed Maharishi Raman. His teaching was
very simple -- he was a simple man, uneducated, not learned. He had
escaped from his home when he was only seventeen. He escaped because
his father died. When the whole family was weeping and crying, and
the neighbors were preparing to take the dead body to the funeral
pyre, nobody noticed that Raman had disappeared.
The experience of the death of his father became a tremendous revolution
in Raman's mind. He was only seventeen, the only son of a poor family,
and he escaped to the mountains. He remained his whole life on the mountain
of Arunachal where he did nothing but just sit and watch inside. He never
asked anybody anything. He had no master, he had nobody to guide him,
but just sitting silently watching his own mind, he transcended his mind
and he came to know himself.
And by knowing himself he came to know the ultimate bliss -- the ecstasy
that surrounded Gautam Buddha, the enlightenment that was radiating from
Mahavira, the joy, the dance of all those who have awakened. So whoever
was asking him, "What are we supposed to do?" he had only one
answer his whole life: "Meditate on `Who am I?'"
- The Great Pilgrimage: From Here to Here, Chapter
Raman attained to enlightenment through death. He was only seventeen
or eighteen and suddenly he felt he was dying. He was doing meditations;
he must have unknowingly hit his hara. He was so absorbed in his
meditation that he had left home and escaped and was sitting near
a temple. The temple was dirty as indian temples are; there were
flies and dogs everywhere. He was sitting there, hungry for many
days, and all over his body were flies. Dogs were barking and children
playing nearby -- the indian village scene.
And then suddenly he felt that he was dying, but he accepted it. It was
okay: if one was dying, one was dying. He relaxed into death; his body
fell down. A crowd gathered and they thought that this boy was dead.
And what was happening inside was of tremendous value, ultimate value.
Ramana saw his body disappearing. That's where you came very close to.
But he accepted and you rejected. Then he saw his mind disappearing --
but he accepted it. And then a smile came over his face. The body disappeared,
the mind disappeared and he was still there! Nothing had died! So he
opened his eyes and laughed!”
- Don't Just Do Something, Sit There, Chapter #2
Rinzai: Master of the Irrational (in English)
has a special place just as Bodhidharma has. Bodhidharma introduced
Zen to China from India, and Rinzai introduced Zen to Japan from
China. These two were key figures in creating a whole new approach
to reality. You will see, at some points, it is so difficult not
to say that this man has certainly seen the original face. He is
not philosophizing, although his words are that of a philosopher.”
“Rinzai is counted as a great philosopher in the Japanese history of philosophy.
He should not be, but his words give the impression that he is a philosopher.
I want to say that he is a mystic who does not know the language of the mystics.
He is a mystic who knows the language of philosophy, and then everything becomes
- The Language of Existence, Chapter #9
Zen monk, Rinzai, used to say: This man, Buddha, was never born,
he never walked on this earth, he never died -- he is just a dream.
And every day he would go to the temple and bow down before Buddha's
Then somebody said: Rinzai, you are just mad! Every day you go on insisting
that this man was never born, never died, never walked on this earth,
and still you go to the temple and bow down.
Rinzai said: Because this man was never born, never walked on this earth,
never died, that's why I go and bow down.
The questioner persisted, saying: We can't follow you. Either you are
mad or we are mad, but we cannot follow -- what do you mean?
And Rinzai said: The birth of this man was just a dream to him. Walking
on this earth was just a dream to him. Death was not real to him -- just
an end to a long dream. And this man, the center of his being, remained
beyond birth, beyond death.”
- My Way: The Way of the White Clouds, Chapter
is one of the most beautiful masters. He had more enlightened disciples
than any other master. His very air was that of enlightenment. His
eyes were those of any awakened buddha. Those who had eyes to see
and ears to hear, those who were sensitive enough to feel the fragrance
of the man, immediately understood. He is in the crowd but not of
the crowd. He looks just like a human being, but he has gone far
beyond. He radiates his beyondness.”
- One Seed Makes the Whole Earth Green, Chapter
is a story about Rinzai. He was living with his master for almost
twenty years, and one day he came and sat in the seat of the master.
The master came; he looked at Rinzai sitting in his seat. He simply
went and sat where Rinzai used to sit. Nothing was said, but everything
was understood. Everybody was puzzled -- ``what is happening?'' Finally
Rinzai said to the master, "Are you not offended? Have I insulted
you? Have I shown ungratefulness in any way?"
Master laughed. He said, "Now you have become a master. You have
come home; from the student to disciplehood, from disciplehood to devotion,
and from devotion to mastery. I am immensely pleased that now you can
share my work. I need not come every day now; I know somebody else is
there with the same aura, with the same perfume.”
- The Osho Upanishad, Chapter #1
managed to transform the whole fabric of the Japanese consciousness.
He did more than anybody else. He brought new dimensions into meditation.
It is unbelievable but he managed to transform everything into meditation.
For example archery... Now, nobody can think that archery can be
a meditative act; but Rinzai maintained that every act, if you do
it with full awareness, just as a witness, not as a doer, becomes
- Rinzai: Master of the Irrational, Chapter #1
Showering Without Clouds (in English)
Bin Ghan Parat Phuhar (in Hindi)
“Just a few days ago, I was talking about a woman saint, Sahajo. She says:
'JAGAT TARAIYA BHOR KI' -- the world is just like the last star in the morning.
Go on looking. Just a moment before it was there, and a moment after, it is not
there. The last star in the morning, disappearing, disappearing, continuously
- The True Sage, Chapter #3
She says: 'I can leave God but I cannot leave my Master, because
God has only given me this world, the bondage. My Master has given
me freedom, has given me God himself. I can leave God, but I cannot
leave my Master. I can renounce God, but I cannot renounce my Master.'
A very significant assertion. A great statement of love. And understanding!”
- The True Sage, Chapter #7
Even the name is poetic, it means 'the very essence of spontaneity'.
I have spoken on Sahajo, again in Hindi because English does not
allow me to be so poetic. I don't see much poetry in the English
language, and what I see in the name of poetry looks so unpoetic
that I wonder why nobody rebels against it.”
- Books I Have Loved, Chapter #5
Sahajo, woman appears in utter purity. Man and woman are two
dimensions. And if you clearly understand the difference between
the two, the songs of Sahajo will be clear to you. Don't try
to understand them as a man. Just forget who you are, otherwise
your conditioning will create the barrier.
Sahajo was a sannyasin, a celibate. She didn't have a family. The world
didn't attract her. She left everything at the master's feet. Those feet
were her home, those feet were her family. Here is her total acceptance
And I would not ask of Sahajo that she should be in a family, should
become a wife, a mother. If she had asked me, I would have said, "Do
whatever you feel like. Don't force anything on yourself."
Her celibacy was not forced... because nobody ever saw Sahajo in misery.
She was always happy, ever-blossoming like a flower. Nobody could find
a reason for there to be any other direction to her life than what she
had chosen. That was her direction.
It is said that the fruits are the proof of the tree; then the achievement
of a life is proof of the life. If Sahajo attained the ultimate bliss
in her life, it means she lived life as she should have. If she could
be ecstatic, if her lotus could blossom, then it is the proof that the
way she lived was right; otherwise the flower could not have blossomed.”
- Early Talks, Chapter #9
sun represents the warrior. The sun is hot energy; the sun is violent
energy. The moon represents the meditator, the mystic; it is cool
energy. It is the same energy, remember -- it is the same energy,
it is not a different energy. But passing through the moon the
sunrays become cool; that is the miracle of the moon, the alchemical
change that happens through the moon. The moon simply reflects
sunrays; it is a mirror. But just by passing through the moon a
radical change happens: the rays which are hot, violent, become
silent, cool, peaceful.
The sun represents the warrior, the fighter, the soldier. The moon represents
the sannyasin, the meditator, the mystic.”
“And when the moon is there in the night it is far easier to meditate.
The full-moon night is the best for meditation. Many people who have become buddhas
have attained their enlightenment on the full-moon night, even Buddha himself.
It may have been a coincidence, but it is significant to remember: he was born
on the full-moon night, he became enlightened on the full-moon night and he died
on the full-moon night. Something in the full moon seemed to be synchronizing
with his energy.”
- The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha, Vol 11,
and particularly moonlit nights, have been found to be very supportive
to meditation. Now even science suspects that the moon has a certain
effect on the mind; because most of the people who go mad, go mad
on a full moon night, hence the word `lunatic'. It comes from luna,
the moon. Another word is `moonstruck' ....
More people commit suicide on the full moon than at any other time and
more people have become enlightened on the full moon than at any other
time. Science has its own reasons .... The moon is really a part of the
earth. Some four billion years ago a great chunk of the earth separated
from the earth. All our great oceans are because of that chunk; deep
valleys were left for rain to fill and they became the oceans.
The moon has one sixth the gravitation of the earth, because it is one
sixth the size. That means that gazing at the moon, you slowly, slowly
become more light, the gravitation is less on your being. That is the
scientist's explanation. And you can see the effect on the seas, because
they are holding the place of the moon ... where the moon used to be
once. That's why on the full moon there are great tides. In the human
body there is eighty percent water, ocean water with the same chemicals.
Just as tides arise in the ocean, something arises in the human being.
If he is on the right track perhaps he may become enlightened.”
- Dogen, the Zen Master: A Search and a Fulfillment,
moon and the sun are symbols of the inner alchemy. The moon means
the feminine inside you, and the sun means the masculine inside you.
Moon is intuition; sun is reason. Moon is yin; sun is yang. This
is the Indian terminology for yin and yang. Moon is peace, silence;
sun is energy, vitality. Moon is death, sleep, dream, imagination;
sun is awakening, life, logic.”
- Ecstasy - The Forgotten Language, Chapter #3
moon is a symbol of dreaming, of hallucinating. That's why mad people
are called lunatics -- they live in the moon, they live through the
moon. The moon is your dreaming faculty, the moon creates fantasies
in you -- it is unreal, imaginary.”
- Take It Easy, Vol 2, Chapter #12
moon is beautiful; why? -- because for centuries you have been indoctrinated
that the moon is beautiful. For centuries poets have been singing
about the moon, for centuries people have believed -- now it has
become engrained. Of course there are a few things which happen with
the moon: it is very soothing, you feel calmed down, and the light
of the moon gives a mysterious aroma to the whole nature; it gives
a sort of hypnosis, you feel a little sleepy and awake and things
look more beautiful; it gives a dreamlike quality to the world --
that's why we call madmen, lunatics. The word "lunatic" comes
from the word "luna," the moon. They have gone mad, moonstruck.”
- Tantra: The Supreme Understanding, Chapter #8
moon has become symbolic in Zen because of Gautam Buddha. Gautam
Buddha was born on a full-moon night, he became enlightened on a
full-moon night, and he died on a full-moon night. Because of this
coincidence the moon has become a symbol of Buddha.
Wherever you are, whoever you are, you are the moon, the buddha.”
- Turning In, Chapter #2
humanity came into existence every child has longed to reach to the
moon. Every child has tried, but the difference must be understood
deeply. The effort of a child is beautiful. The moon is so beautiful.
It is a poetic effort to touch it, to reach it. There is no ego.
It is a simple attraction, a love affair. Every child falls in that
love affair. If you can find a child who is not attracted by the
moon, what type of child is that?
Moon creates a subtle poetry, a subtle attraction. One would like to
touch it and feel it; one would like to go to the moon.”
- Yoga: The Alpha and the Omega, Vol 2, Chapter
feminine energy has to be released. That can bring balance. The moon
has been neglected too much, the sun has become too prominent. The
moon has to be brought back to life. And with the moon is not only
the woman: with the moon is all poetry too, all aesthetics, all love,
and all that belongs to the heart, comes from the moon. All that
is intuitive feeds on the moon.
Remember this. And in each being, man or woman, both energies exist --
the sun and the moon. The emphasis has to be towards the moon. We have
leaned too much towards the sun; it is destroying us. Just to keep balance
we have to lean to the opposite direction, and slowly slowly one has
to be exactly in the middle -- the moon in one hand, the sun in the other,
but both equal. I declare man and woman equal, not because of any political
reason: I declare them equal for some existential reason. They have to
be equal, otherwise life will be destroyed.”
- The Madman's Guide to Enlightenment, Chapter
do one thing: the next time the full moon is due, start this three
days before. Go outside in the open sky, look at the moon and start
swaying. Just feel as if you have left everything to the moon --
become possessed. Look at the moon, relax and say to it that you
are available, and ask the moon to do whatsoever it wants. Then whatsoever
happens, allow it.
If you feel like swaying, sway, or if you feel like dancing or singing,
do that. But the whole thing should be as if you are possessed -- you
are not the doer -- it is just happening You are just an instrument being
Do this for the three days before the full moon, and as the moon becomes
fuller and fuller you will start feeling more and more energy. You will
feel more and more possessed. By the full moon night you will be completely
mad. With just one hour's dancing and madness, you will feel relaxed
as you have never been before, mm?”
- Nothing to Lose But Your Head, Chapter #7
have said that we are affected by the moon and the stars. I also
wish to say that the moon and the stars are affected by us, because
influence comes from both directions. Whenever a man like Buddha
is born on the earth, the moon may not realize that it is because
of him that storms are not arising on its surface -- that because
of Buddha, storms are subsiding. The moon is affected and the sun
is also moved. When spots occur on the sun and storms arise, disease
spreads throughout the earth.
When a person like Buddha is born on the earth and a current of peace
is flowing, and the pillar of consciousness grows strong, and the deep
beauty of meditation moves over the earth, then too a storm spreads throughout
the sun -- a storm of peace, bliss and consciousness -- because all is
- Hidden Mysteries, Chapter #5
The Book of Secrets (5 volumes in English)
The Great Path (in English), Translation of hindi book Shiva Sutra
Vigyan Bhairav Tantra (2 volumes in Hindi)
Shiva Sutra (in Hindi)
there is great meaning. And it is the same Shiva who has given one
hundred and twelve methods of meditation to the world. It is very
rare that a man exhausts the whole of science single-handedly. Shiva
is one of those geniuses. As far as meditation is concerned, in these
thousands of years nothing has been added to those one hundred and
twelve methods. They are exhaustive.
Shiva has taken note of every possibility. He has not left any corner,
any space, any dimension in which you can discover a new method. Certainly
no other genius in the whole humanity can be compared to this strange
- From Bondage to Freedom, Chapter #11
India we have pictured Shiva as Ardhanarishwar -- half-man, half-woman.
That is the only symbol of its type all over the world. Shiva --
half is man, half is woman; half Shiva and half Parvati, his consort.
Half the body is of man and half of woman: Ardhanarishwar, half-man,
half-woman. That is the symbol. Lovers join together but on the surface
they remain two. Shiva is one, the body is two -- half comes from
Parvati, half he contributes. The body is two, on the surface the
banks are two; in the depth the souls have mingled and become one.”
- Vedanta: Seven Steps to Samadhi, Chapter #11
temples are found everywhere. No other deity is worshipped as much
as Shiva. In every village, in every lane you will find a Shiva temple.
Under trees you will find stones that are revered as Shiva. This
is because with Shiva the world comes to an end. He is the deity
of death, and hence worthy of worship. Brahma gives birth to the
world, Shiva destroys it. India's keenest desire was always how to
be rid of samsara, how to attain liberation. Therefore we find Shiva
- The True Name, Vol 2, Chapter #5
and his book VIGYAN BHAIRAV TANTRA. I have spoken about it. It is
very small, only one hundred and twelve sutras. You can easily write
it on one page of a book, or at the most two pages. I have spoken
on it in five volumes, thousands of pages -- THE BOOK OF THE SECRETS.
I cannot say any other book exists as condensed as VIGYAN BHAIRAV
TANTRA -- the book of Shiva. Each sutra is a method unto itself.”
- Books I Have Loved, Chapter #6
is a mystic -- not believing in God, not believing in any belief,
not teaching an organized religion; but on the contrary giving
absolute importance to the individual, and helping the individual
to find his own life source. That is the true therapy. "To
know thyself" is the condensed meaning of therapy. The function
of the therapist is not to teach you who you are, but to create
situations in which you start discovering yourself.”
- From Bondage to Freedom, Chapter #36
must remind you of Socrates' last statement on the earth. He said, "When
I was young I thought I knew everything. I bragged, because I could
argue better than anybody else. When I became a little more mature,
I realized that there were many things I didn't know, I was simply
bragging. And because others could argue against me they thought
I must be knowing, because my argument was weightier. And as I went
on, slowly slowly it became clear to me that I know nothing. Let
this be my last statement on the earth: that I do not know."
Socrates had become a child again, but he had risked all his wisdom,
philosophy, his great intelligence, all his arguments, his whole life's
effort of winning against opponents in debates, discussions. He had become
the topmost intelligent man in Greece. But he had the tremendous courage
to say, "I know nothing."”
- From Death to Deathlessness, Chapter #6
was punished by his society. People like Socrates are bound to be
punished, because they are individuals and they don't allow anybody
to dominate them. He was given poison. He was lying in the bed and
the man who was going to give him poison was preparing it. The sun
was setting -- that was the right time. The court had given the exact
time, but the man was delaying in preparing the poison. Socrates
asked the man, "Time is passing, the sun is setting -- what
is the delay?"
The man could not believe that somebody who is going to die is so particular
about the right time for his own death. In fact, he should be thankful
for the delay. The man loved Socrates. He had heard him in the court
and seen the beauty of the person: he alone had more intelligence than
the whole of Athens. He wanted to delay a little more so Socrates could
live a little more. But Socrates would not allow him. He said, "Don't
be lazy. Just bring the poison.”
- From Death to Deathlessness, Chapter #8
had never done anything that you could say was done out of arrogance,
or out of anger, or out of jealousy. He was not standing for any
public post, he was not interested in any power politics. He was
not a man of anger at all.
The story is that his wife -- she must have been really a monster, but
sometimes it happens that such nice people as Socrates get such monster
women. It is strange, but perhaps there is some balance. Perhaps only
Socrates could stand that woman; no other man I think could have lived
with her for even a single day. She used to beat Socrates and he would
- From Personality to Individuality, Chapter #19
is a giant, a Himalayan giant. His every word is immensely meaningful.
He said, "I am not going to leave Athens. Without me, what will
Athens be? You kill me -- that will make Athens immortal." And
those idiots could not understand what he was saying. He was speaking
the truth: it is because Socrates was poisoned in Athens by Athenian
people that Athens has become immortal.”
- From Personality to Individuality, Chapter #29
is one of the persons I love the most. And coming here I feel tremendously
joyous, because it is the same air Socrates must have breathed, the
same land he must have walked, the same people with whom he must
have talked, communicated with.
To me, without Socrates Greece is nothing. With Socrates, it is everything.
The day Athens chose to poison Socrates, it poisoned the whole Greek
spirit. It has never again been to the same heights. Twenty-five centuries
have passed, but not a single man has been able to reach to the same
glory, to the same light, the same insight.
Killing Socrates, Greece committed suicide. And it can be seen easily.
If they had listened to Socrates rather than poisoning him, and dropped
their conditionings, which he was asking them to do, Greece would have
been at the very top of the world today in intelligence, in consciousness,
in the search for truth.”
- Socrates Poisoned Again After 25 Centuries, Chapter
lived in the crowd -- nobody even knew his name -- and when this
news came that flowers were showering on Subhuti everybody wondered,
'Who is this Subhuti? We never heard about him. Has it happened
by some accident? Have the gods chosen him wrongly?' -- because
there were many who were higher in the hierarchy. Subhuti must
have been the last. This is the only story about Subhuti.”
“Buddha had thousands of disciples. Subhuti was just one of them, nothing
special about him. Really nobody knows much about Subhuti, this is the only story
about him. There were great disciples, well known, famous -- great scholars,
princes. They had big kingdoms, and when they left them and renounced and became
disciples of Buddha, they had a name around them. But flowers didn't shower on
them. Flowers chose this Subhuti who was just one of the disciples, nothing special
“But Subhuti is rare, extraordinarily rare. Even though the gods shouted
around him, whispered in his ears, and the flowers were showering on him like
rain, he didn't bother. He simply kept silent. They said, 'You have spoken, you
have given a discourse!' He listened without coming back. They said, 'You have
not spoken, we have not heard. THIS IS TRUE EMPTINESS!' There was no ego saying,
'The true happiness happened to me. Now I have become enlightened' -- otherwise
he would have missed at the last point. And immediately flowers would have stopped
showering, if he had come back. No, he must have closed his eyes and he must
have thought, 'These gods are mad and these flowers are dreams -- don't bother.'
The emptiness was so beautiful that now nothing could be more beautiful
than that. He simply remained in his sublime emptiness -- that's why
blossoms showered upon Subhuti as rain. Now they were not falling a few
here and a few there, now they were showering like rain.
This is the only story about Subhuti, nothing is said about him anymore.
Nowhere is he mentioned again. But I tell you the flowers are still showering.
Subhuti is no longer under any tree -- because when one becomes really,
totally empty, one dissolves into the universe.”
- And The Flowers Showered, Chapter #1
had a disciple named Subhuti. Buddha was a very fortunate Master:
he had TREMENDOUSLY potential disciples. A few of them were really
rare beings. Subhuti is one of those rare beings who was just on
the verge of Buddhahood. Just one step more and he would be a Buddha.
He was coming home, every moment coming home, closer and closer to
the center where ego disappears and God is born, where you die and
the whole is born, when the part disappears into the whole, when
the cosmos takes place and then you are no more a separate entity,
trembling, afraid of death. Then you are part of this eternal play
of existence. He was just on the verge. He was one of the MOST silent
of Buddha's disciples. He was so silent that the scriptures say that
he had almost become absent. He would come and nobody would take
note of him. He would pass and nobody would become aware that he
had passed. He was a very silent breeze...”
- The Secret of Secrets, Vol 2, Chapter #5
on Ta Hui:
The Great Zen Master Ta Hui (in English)
Hui means the "Great Master of Wisdom."
Only at the last moment it seems he attained enlightenment, just before
he died, but then he did not say anything except a small verse. So I
have called him "The Great Teacher" -- and he was certainly
a great teacher. He influenced millions of people; he was a great leader
in the sense that anybody who came in contact with him was immediately
intellectually convinced. But he had no presence, and he had no inner
silence. It seems that only at the last moment he attained the goal,
he completed the journey.”
“The great Zen teacher Ta Hui comes from the same lineage as Bodhidharma.
He was born four hundred years after Bodhidharma had left for the Himalayas,
to disappear into the eternal ice, the eternal silence there.
I have called Ta Hui the great Zen teacher -- not a master... it has
to be explained to you clearly. The master is one who is enlightened.
but sometimes it happens that the master may be enlightened, but is not
articulate enough to give expression to what he has known. That is a
totally different art.
The teacher is not enlightened, but he is very articulate. He can say
things which the master, although he knows, cannot bring to words. The
teacher can say them, although he does not know.”
- The Great Zen Master Ta Hui, Chapter #1
Ta Hui was certainly a great teacher, because he collected... he
went to dozens of enlightened masters. He was so young when he was
initiated into monkhood, and he gathered like a bee gathers honey
from thousands of flowers. So on the one hand he is very rich; he
has brought so much honey from different flowers. But on the other
hand he is very poor; he has not contributed anything from his own
being. But I am happy that at least in the end, at the very end of
his life, he became enlightened. His small verse is certainly of
“Ta Hui himself became enlightened just a minute before he was dying. Death
can be of immense help, it can be a blessing in disguise, because now there is
no future, no tomorrow. You cannot say, "Today I am busy, tomorrow I will
meditate." You have to drop all business. Now the only significant thing
to be done is to be alert and aware, get rid of all your past, and move into
death -- innocent, clean, clear, unburdened. Then your very death becomes the
entry into the divine. Then you are not dying; you are entering into eternal
- The Great Zen Master Ta Hui, Chapter #3
so-called teachers like Ta Hui go on saying things, and among so
many things, once in a while there may be one arrow hitting the target.
But my concern is to show you how humanity has been deceived by teachers.
Ta Hui was honored by the emperor of China as a great Ch'an master,
a great Zen master, and he has been accepted as a great Zen master
since then. When the emperor honored him with the title, who is going
to dispute it?”
- The Great Zen Master Ta Hui, Chapter #4
Hui is a strange fellow, but he represents all those people who try
to find their self-nature by intellectual effort. The problem with
these people is that they have a good intellect. They can grasp words
from masters, they can repeat them; they can deceive people and they
can be deceived themselves.”
- The Great Zen Master Ta Hui, Chapter #7
Tantra: The Supreme Understanding (in English)
Sahaj Yog (in Hindi)
about Tilopa before we enter into this beautiful phenomenon. Nothing
much is known about Tilopa, because nothing in fact can be known
about such persons. They don't leave a trace, they don't become a
part of history. They exist by the side, they are not part of the
main traffic where the whole humanity is moving; they don't move
there. The whole humanity moves through desiring, and persons like
Tilopa move into desirelessness. They simply move away from the main
traffic of humanity where history exists.
And the more away they go from the traffic, the more mythological they
become. They exist like myths, they are no more events in time. And this
is as it should be, because they move beyond time, they live beyond time
-- they live in the eternity. From this dimension of our common humanity,
they simply disappear, they evaporate. The moment when they are evaporating,
only that moment we remember, that much they are part of us. That's why
nothing much is known about Tilopa, who he is.”
- Tantra: The Supreme Understanding, Chapter #1
is difficult to comprehend, but Tilopa is rare. Patanjali's understanding
is common -- that's why there is so much influence of Patanjali all
through history. People like Tilopa have simply disappeared without
leaving any trace on the human mind, because they couldn't find affinity
- Tantra: The Supreme Understanding, Chapter #6
Tilopa is incomparable. Jesus is nothing.... The tantra masters are
simply wild flowers, they have everything in them. You must have
seen Bodhidharma pictures; if you have not seen, look again -- so
ferocious that if you meditate on Bodhidharma's picture in the night,
alone, you will not be able to sleep: he will haunt you. It is said
of him that once he looked at anybody, that man would have nightmares
continuously. He would haunt him; the very look, so ferocious. When
Bodhidharma or Tilopa spoke, it is said their speaking was like a
lion's roar, a thundercloud, a tremendous waterfall -- wild, fiery.
But if you wait a little and don't judge them too soon, you will find
within them the most loving of all hearts. Then you will feel the music,
the melody in them. And then suddenly you will realize that they have
not denied anything; they have absorbed everything, even ferociousness.
A lion is beautiful, even its ferociousness has a beauty of its own.
You take the ferociousness out of a lion and he is just a stuffed lion,
- Tantra: The Supreme Understanding, Chapter #5
Tilopa knows no trembling, no fear, and he never goes to pray to
God, "Protect me"; he is protected. What is his protection?
Understanding is his protection. He has lived all, he has moved to
the farthest corner into evil, and he has lived the divine, and now
he knows both are two aspects of the same. And now he is neither
worried about good nor worried about bad; now he lives a loose and
natural, simple life, he has no predetermined concepts. And he is
- Tantra: The Supreme Understanding, Chapter #10
Zarathustra: A God That Can Dance (in English)
Zarathustra: The Laughing Prophet (in English)
balances Jesus. Zarathustra is the only person out of all the religious
founders who is in deep love with life. Perhaps that is the reason
why the followers of Zarathustra are the smallest minority in the
world. They live here in Bombay, mostly; Bombay is their whole world.
Just a few fragments maybe live in Khandala and Lonavala, but Poona
is the end; beyond it, you will not find any follower of Zarathustra.
And nobody thinks them religious -- because they love life, they
- The Messiah, Vol 2, Chapter #14
amongst all the religious founders, is the only one who is life-affirmative,
who is not against life, whose religion is a religion of celebration,
of gratefulness to existence. He is not against the pleasures of
life, and he is not in favor of renouncing the world. On the contrary,
he is in absolute support of rejoicing in the world, because except
for this life and this world, all are hypothetical ideologies. God,
heaven and hell, they are all projections of the human mind, not
authentic experiences; they are not realities.”
- Zarathustra: A God That Can Dance, Chapter #1
would like your life to be a garden where birds sing, where flowers
blossom, where trees dance, where the sun comes with joy. Zarathustra
is absolutely for life, and that is the reason why he does not have
many followers. The poisoners, the destructive people, have millions
of followers. And a unique teacher and a unique mystic whose whole
message is love and life, has got the smallest religion in the world.”
- Zarathustra: A God That Can Dance, Chapter #2
is the most potential man the world has ever known. It has known
great men, and many of them, but they were in a certain way still
understandable. They used your language, they used your prejudices.
Rather than giving you a new light they have supported you as you
are. You call them great because they have supported you, they have
made you comfortable with yourself. Zarathustra creates discomfort,
discontent, because without a great discontent the superman is not
possible. Your other great men have been teaching you to be contented,
to be desireless.
Zarathustra teaches you a divine discontent, and a longing for the stars.
And I agree with him absolutely, that unless you have a longing for the
stars, you cannot grow, and you cannot become your true self; you cannot
achieve your potential to its fullness. Hence, listen to his words, not
just as words, but as seeds.”
- Zarathustra: A God That Can Dance, Chapter #13
is not a priest, he is a scientist of the soul. His religion does
not consist in worshiping, his religion consists in transformation
-- the symbol of his religion is fire. The symbol of fire is significant,
it is the only thing that defies gravitation. It does not go low-wards;
it always goes upwards.”
- Zarathustra: A God That Can Dance, Chapter #18
denies God as a creator, but he is willing to accept God as the ultimate
creation of human consciousness. To avoid misunderstanding, he calls
this ultimate evolution of consciousness "the superman." Superman
is his God. But he does not come at the beginning, he comes at the
very crescendo, in the end. He is not your master and your lord,
he is your evolved form, refined form. Hence another thing has to
be remembered: Zarathustra cannot believe in one God. There are millions
of beings, they are all evolving, and there will be millions of gods;
because each life has the seed, the potential, to become a god.
Zarathustra brings a total revolution in the concept of God and religion.
Now religion is no longer a worship or a belief; now religion becomes
the greatest creative act of man.”
- Zarathustra: The Laughing Prophet, Chapter #1