I dedicate this page to my Guruji, Osho
Osho wasn't just a popular, beloved Guru. He was also probably the most dazzling Guru. I personally don't care, because he left a wonderful gift for humanity. His words, collected in books and video recordings, are so full of light and peace. His words are so inspiring.
Have you ever heard or viewed a discourse of Osho? If so, then you may have noticed that Osho speaks in a very special way. He intentionally pauses between words. There's a gap, a gap that leaves room for stillness. It's not the silence after a speech, after a sentence - no, his whole being is permeated with stillness and light. Osho was an enlightened being, not born, not dead, but he visited us on this earth. And for that I am very grateful. Through him I learned to see everyday life from a different perspective. I've learned to go through life consciously, not just on the surface, but down to the last detail. I had always seen many things that others didn't notice, even as a child, but through him I learned to feel them too, to pass them on ; He took away my fear of living the way my heart wants it to be. Osho had shown me no particular path; He initially took the knowledge from me I had learned. Oh yes, I was a walking encyclopedia of Asian culture! This "just being myself" felt so wonderful. A conscious freedom. And out of this freedom something new developed in me. Suddenly I really had the courage to go my own way, the way back to my roots...
respect yourself - love yourself - accept yourself - be yourself
“Every being is unique. God never creates carbon copies, he always creates originals. He believes only in the original. He is truly a creator, he never repeats. But man goes on living in imitation. We are trying to be somebody else, which is impossible. Whatsoever you do, you are going to fail. You can only be yourself: there is no other possibility. But we are all trying to be somebody else. That is the whole story of our failure, the tragedy of life.
My work consists of helping you to respect yourself, to love yourself, to accept yourself und to be yourself – because to be yourself is the only possibility. You cannot be otherwise. And there is no need to be otherwise: god has created you unique. I am not giving you a certain character or a certain style of living, but only an insight, an awareness, so that you can decide your own light. And the moment you start living your own light, bliss is yours.”
(OSHO, “first in the morning”, DAY 126)
Just Witness your Mind
"Except witnessing, I don’t teach anything else. So just witness your mind and the meditation will be happening. And once you have got in tune with your being, you know the way, you know the how. Then it does not matter where you are. Alone or in the crowd, in the silences of the forest or in the noises of a marketplace, it is all the same. You can simply close your eyes and disappear inward."
(OSHO, “Sat Chit Anand: Truth Consciousness Bliss” Talk, 28)
Devotion is the highest form of love
Devotion is a way of merging and melting into existence. It is not a pilgrimage; it is simply losing all the boundaries that divide you from existence--it is a love affair. Love is a merger with an individual, a deep intimacy of two hearts--so deep that the two hearts start dancing in the same harmony. Although the hearts are two, the harmony is one, the music is one, the dance is one.
What love is between individuals, devotion is between one individual and the whole existence. He dances in the waves of the ocean, he dances in the dancing trees in the sun, he dances with the stars. His heart responds to the fragrance of the flowers, to the song of the birds, to the silences of the night.
Devotion is the death of the personality. That which is mortal in you, you drop of your own accord; only the immortal remains, the eternal remains, the deathless remains. And naturally the deathless cannot be separate from existence--which is deathless, which is always ongoing, knows no beginning, no end. Devotion is the highest form of love." ~ OSHO
Anger is happening--it is a beautiful phenomenon, it is just like electricity in the clouds
Next time you feel angry, go and run around the house seven times, and afterwards sit under a tree and watch where the anger has gone. You have not repressed it, you have not controlled it, you have not thrown it on somebody else....
Anger is just a mental vomit. There is just no need to throw it on somebody. Do a little jogging, or take a pillow and beat the pillow until your hands and teeth are relaxed. In transformation you never control, you simply become more aware. Anger is happening--it is a beautiful phenomenon, it is just like electricity in the clouds... ~ OSHO
we are born to be blissful
"We are born to be blissful, it is our birthright. But people are so foolish, they don't even claim their birthright. They become more interested in what others possess and they start running after those things. They never look within, they never search in their own house.
The intelligent person will begin his search from his inner being--that will be his first exploration--because unless I know what is within me how can I go on searching all over the world?--it is such a vast world. And those who have looked within have found it instantly, immediately. It is not a question of gradual progress, it is a sudden phenomenon, a sudden enlightenment." ~OSHO
This is the only world, and we have to live now and here.
"This is the only world, and we have to live now and here. We are not to sacrifice now and here for some fantasy of a heaven or a paradise or moksha. We are not to sacrifice the present for the future – that is stupid because the future is born out of the present. If you kill the present, you are killing the future too, because you are killing the mother and the mother is pregnant. You are killing the child too. Each moment functions as a mother for the next moment. Condemning it is dangerous. Appreciate it, love it, rejoice in it." ~OSHO
To Be Happy Is Just To Be Natural
“When you are happy you are ordinary, because to be happy is just to be natural. To be miserable is to become extraordinary. Nothing is special in being happy – trees are happy, birds are happy, animals are happy, children are happy. What is special in that? It is just the usual thing in existence. Existence is made of the stuff called happiness. Just look! – can’t you see these trees?…so happy. Can’t you see the birds singing?…so happily. Happiness has nothing special in it. Happiness is a very ordinary thing.
“Misery makes you special. Misery makes you more egoistic. A miserable man can have a more concentrated ego than a happy man. A happy man really cannot have the ego, because a person becomes happy only when there is no ego. The more egoless, the more happy; the more happy, the more egoless. You dissolve into happiness. You cannot exist together with happiness; you exist only when there is misery. In happiness there is dissolution.” ~OSHO
The heart knows everything
“Looking at a sunset, just for a second you forget your separateness: you are the sunset. That is the moment when you feel the beauty of it. But the moment you say that it is a beautiful sunset, you are no longer feeling it; you have come back to your separate, enclosed entity of the ego. Now the mind is speaking. And this is one of the mysteries, that the mind can speak, and knows nothing; and the heart knows everything, and cannot speak. Perhaps to know too much makes it difficult to speak; the mind knows so little, it is possible for it to speak.” ~OSHO
experience life in all possible ways
“Experience life in all possible ways, good-bad, bitter-sweet, dark-light, summer-winter. Experience all the dualities.
Don't be afraid of experience, because the more experience you have, the more mature you become." ~OSHO
Say “Hello” to a tree - hug a tree
Have you ever said, “Hello,” to a tree? You yourself would think that you are going out of your mind. Have you ever touched a tree with love, the same way you would touch your beloved? Have you ever hugged a tree? You are missing a whole world of sensitivity that surrounds you, that is available. Slowly, slowly, you will start feeling that when you say hello to a tree…of course, it cannot respond in language, but it will respond in some way. It may start swaying even though there may be no wind. When you touch it lovingly, just a little acquaintance is needed, and you can feel that on the other side there is not something insensitive, but something which is far more sensitive than people are. The tree will be sending its energy, its warmth to your hand. If you hug a tree, the world is going to think you mad. But all the trees will know that there is still hope for man; there are still sensitive people. And hugging a tree, you will find more sensitiveness, more lovingness, than you can find even hugging your friend or your beloved, because your friend, or your beloved are full of tensions, anxieties, agonies. Trees are absolutely innocent; their consciousness is as pure as the purest sky, unclouded.” ~ OSHO
"Remain in the world, act in the world, do whatsoever is needful, and yet remain transcendental, aloof, detached, a lotus flower in the pond.” ~OSHO
“Zen is the purest of meditations: just sit silently, doing nothing.” ~ OSHO
“To be sensuous means to become aware of the circumference,
and to be spiritual means to become aware of the center.
Sensuousness is the beginning of spirituality.
Become more and more sensuous; that is the way of being alive.” ~OSHO
“Fall in tune with life. Go along with it with no personal, private desires, with no ideas how it should be. Let it be as it is, and you relax.” ~OSHO
compassion is the highest form of love.
In compassion you simply give. In love, you are thankful because the other has given something to you. In compassion, you are thankful because the other has taken something from you; you are thankful because the other has not rejected you. You had come with energy to give, you had come with many flowers to share, and the other allowed you, the other was receptive. You are thankful because the other was receptive.
Compassion is the highest form of love. Much comes back – a millionfold, I say – but that is not the point, you don’t hanker for it. If it is not coming there is no complaint about it. If it is coming you are simply surprised! If it is coming, it is unbelievable. If it is not coming there is no problem – you had never given your heart to somebody for any bargain. You simply shower because you have. You have so much that if you don’t shower you will become burdened. Just like a cloud full of rainwater has to shower. And next time when a cloud is showering watch silently, and you will always hear, when the cloud has showered and the earth has absorbed, you will always hear the cloud saying to the earth “Thank-you.” The earth helped the cloud to unburden. ~OSHO
“Drop the idea of becoming someone, because you are already a masterpiece. You cannot be improved. You have only to come to it, to know it, to realize it.”~OSHO
It is joy to be, because this is our home and we are not accidental.
„The whole world is dominated by a dark cloud of alienation. And the reason is, that we have forgotten a simple truth: existence loves us. Hence we are: we are its love-products. Its love is the very base of our life. We can’t breathe without love. Our hearts will stop beating without its love. Its love is our existence. But because it is so close to us it is easy to forget about it. There is no distance between it and us, hence we can’t see it and we become oblivious of anything we can’t see. It has to be consciously remembered and, as the remembrance deepens, all alienation disappears. The dark cloud is no longer found and the world is full of sunshine. It is joy to be, because this is our home and we are not accidental. We are absolutely essential, we are needed. We are serving some greater purpose, something greater than we are, something bigger than we are.” ~OSHO
“Meditation is nothing but the art of opening up to the beyond, of coming to terms with existence, of feeling home, at rest.”~OSHO
“each man is a dewdrop of existence”
„If we can understand a single drop of water, we have understood all the water that exists anywhere. And each man is a dewdrop of existence. If we can understand one man … and the easiest and closest is your own existence. Once the mystery is understood, once the door is open, you now know that you are just a dewdrop of the same ultimate reality that pervades the whole existence. Then there is no death, no fear, no greed, no lust. One lives in absolute freedom, bliss and benediction.” ~ OSHO
“we are all great waves of the ocean”
“We are all great waves of the ocean. We may have forgotten it, but the ocean has not forgotten us. We may have so much forgotten it that we have no idea of what an ocean is - still we are in the ocean. Even if a wave forgets and becomes oblivious of the ocean, it is still in the ocean - because the wave cannot exist without the ocean. The ocean can exist without the wave - maybe it can exist without the wave - but the wave cannot exist without the ocean. The wave is nothing but waving of the ocean; it is a process, it is not an entity.
It is just the ocean delighting in its being. God in His delight peoples the earth; God in His delight peoples existence. It is ocean searching ocean - just playful. It has tremendous energy.”~OSHO
“crisis or opportunity”
Osho once said that you always dream, you imagine beautiful things for the coming days, for the future. And in moments, when danger threatens, you suddenly realize that there may be no future, no tomorrow, that this is the only moment you have. Disasters are very educational. Disasters bring nothing new to the world; Disasters simply make you aware of what the world is like. Disasters wake you up.
If you don't understand that, you can go crazy.
If you understand it, you can be awakened.
“Whatsoever happens irrespective of any results, I am determined to go into it, and I am ready to wait and I am ready to risk all.”~OSHO
I really wanted to use the photo with this tree for an Osho quote. I "met" the cork oak tree in Portugal. It was really an encounter, an encounter in silence, in love, in compassion. I've been looking for a quote from Osho for two days and can't find one. But I have become aware that this tree does not need words. That's why I chose the silence between Osho's words as a quote!
“Breathe prayer, live prayer, love this beautiful existence. It is through love you will become aware of the immense presence of godliness everywhere. And I repeat again: not God, but of godliness.” ~ OSHO
“There is nothing big, nothing great; life consists of very small things. If you become interested in so-called big things, you will be missing life. ~ OSHO
"tomorrow never comes, it is always today"~ OSHO
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