Imagine if suddenly the astronomers discover a planet, within reaching distance, just like Earth. How excited everyone would be. Let's say it has oceans and lakes, has a good temperature for humans, h...
The fear is that perhaps one is a bad person. The fear is that we may discover that we are a bad person after having cultivated an image of being a good person. We appear to be a good person—we...
For decades, Osho was a critic of Mother Teresa of Calcutta and the ideology behind her work – especially her agenda of religious conversion and her socially sanctioned child indoctrination (thr...
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It is not right to call it “psychology.” Psychology means “the science of the soul” and the present psychology is not only not the science of the soul, it denies even the existence of the soul.
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The feminine qualities, whether in men or women, have been denigrated, abused, humiliated -- or ignored. So, what is the end result of all these masculine qualities? A violent, divided world-- drowning in displaced, homeless, hungry, poor people -- that is close to self-annihilation through global warming or a nuclear winter. Good try guys! Or, as our favourite male boss might say, "You're fired." Before we wipe ourselves off the face of the Earth, would anybody be so bold as to suggest doing something different? Osho explains exactly what and why...
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Don't go on pretending and laughing while your heart is crying. Don't smile if your eyes are full of tears. Don't be inauthentic, because by being inauthentic you are simply protecting your wounds from being healed. Your whole being will become rotten.
What is driving this insane obsession to keep moving round and round in circles, like a complete ring of ants on a plate, just following the ant in front till they drop? Unless we can understand what keeps us moving towards oblivion, we will never discover how to stop. Would a little wisdom help? Osho explains...
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You are creating a human being--that is the greatest creation! A painter paints a picture; we call it great art. Picasso--we call him a great artist. But what about the mother who created Picasso? A poet writes beautiful poems, but what about the mother who created Shakespeare? We don't think about mothers as the greatest creative people on Earth.
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All these ideas of being good are of postponement. How can you be good right now? You will have to wait for tomorrow. To be good means to train, to discipline yourself, to drop many things, to grow new qualities, to have a new character, morality. Of course it is going to be very painful because you will constantly be in a fight with yourself. Anything that creates a rift in your being is ugly.
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What does the mind do when it sees all those values it was brought up to believe in start to evaporate? More extremism: nationalism, racial superiority, religious certitude, male domination, bigotry, egotism... the usual list which has seen so many Trumps of the "Me Tarzan, You Jane" variety get democratically elected in the past: Hitler, Mussolini, Berlusconi, Erdogan, Putin, Le Pen, Fujimori...
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I used to know a professor in the university where I was teaching; he was such a gentleman -- nice, well educated, cultured. When there was a riot between the Hindus and the Mohammedans I was watching, standing by the roadside. I saw this professor engaged in burning the Hindu temple. I pulled him out and I asked, "Professor Farid, what are you doing?" He became very embarrassed. He said, "I'm sorry, I got lost in the crowd..."
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It is something very deep to be understood, something of great significance. Love always brings aloneness. Aloneness always brings love. They are never separate.
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There is a situation in which you feel happy. A friend has come, a beloved has called. A situation is the cause--you feel happy. Happiness is the effect. The coming of the beloved is the cause. Religion says: Be happy and the beloved comes. Create the effect and the cause follows.
India has been going through a critical period... It is not new. And it is not unfortunate either. Only dead countries don't go through critical periods. It is just like a living man goes through critical periods of health of sickness, of poverty of richness. A dead man is beyond any critical change.
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Jean-Paul Sartre is not absolutely wrong when he says the other is hell. Alone you can be silent, peaceful. With the other everything becomes difficult, everything becomes a conflict. The very presence of the other makes demands on you. You have to be very compassionate, very kind, to not get caught into an intimate enmity; otherwise the other is going to become a hell to you.
It is so ugly seeing people going to the church or the court to get married. It is so ugly, so inhuman. It simply shows they can't trust themselves, they trust the authorities more than they trust their own inner voice. It shows that because they can't trust their love, they trust the law.
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Misery makes you capable of attracting people's attention. Whenever you are miserable you are attended to, sympathised with, loved. Everybody starts taking care of you. Who wants to hurt a miserable person? Who is jealous of a miserable person? Who wants to be antagonistic to a miserable person? That would be too mean. There is great investment in misery.
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You can escape in work. You can escape in some occupation, in relationships and society, this and that, in travelling, but it is not going to go that way, because it is part of your being. It is your loneliness, your own sadness. You have not settled with it yet, so it will erupt again and again.
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Retirement doesn't happen at the end of your career, it happens every moment, every day. After finishing a project step back and take time off to enjoy it. Retirement has nothing to do with old age or infirmity. It simply means you don't postpone enjoyment, you enjoy the here and now; do not cling to your creations. This is a deep moment of total balance, tranquillity.
You can control your anger, but what will you do? You will suppress it. And what happens when you suppress a certain thing? The direction of its movement changes: it was going out, and if you suppress it, it starts going in -- just its direction changes. And for anger to go out was good, because the poison needs to be thrown out.