Tuesday, June 26, 2012


No, I am not a saviour. A thousand times no. Nobody can save anybody
else. And you should not look for that, that is a deception. I have saved
myself, I cannot save you, you will have to save yourself. I can indicate the
way, I can tell you how I have saved myself. Buddhas only show the way, but
all else you have to do. Nobody can save you, you should start being
responsible for yourself. You have learnt a very ugly trick of throwing
responsibility on somebody else. WHY should anybody else be a saviour to
I am not. I don't take anybody's responsibility on me. I throw you to
yourself. That is the only way to help you, that is the only way to create a soul
in you. That is the only way to make you feel that your life is your life. If you
want it to be miserable that is your choice, if you don't want it to be miserable
I make the way available to you. You can drop your misery this very moment.
But don't start clinging to me and don't start throwing your responsibility on
me, otherwise sooner or later you will be disappointed and you will be angry
with me.
There are sometimes questions -- 'I have been here for three months and,
Osho, you are not doing anything to me yet.' Who I am to do anything? I can
only indicate. I am a finger pointing to the moon. Don't wait, go to the moon.
Don't wait and don't cling to the finger. But there are people who start biting
my finger rather than going tO the moon.
I am not a saviour.
Listen to this beautiful anecdote:
In a shopping-plaza parking-lot in the American Midwest, a woman kept
seeing a strange man who claimed to be Jesus Christ. Crowds would often
gather to hear him preach: 'I am Jesus Christ! Come and be saved.' One day in
exasperation she approached the so-called messiah and said, 'You are no more
Jesus Christ than I am. You are a fraud.' Whereupon the self-proclaimed
Christ declared, 'I am too, and I can prove it if you would like. Come with me
if you want proof.' So off she went with him. As they walked along he said,
'You will see that I am indeed none other than Jesus Christ.' He walked up to
the front door of a house and knocked. After a few minutes a man opened the
door, looked at the preacher and screamed, 'Jesus Christ! Are you here
again?!' And he said, 'Look, this is the proof.'
I am not going to give you any proof of any kind. And don't ask 'How to
recognize you?' -- there is no need. Just listen to what I am saying to you, let it
be transformed into your own insight. You need not recognize me -- as a
saviour, as a Jesus, as a Buddha -- there is no need. And how can you
recognize me? Unless you have become a Christ you will not be able to
recognize a Christ -- you will not know what it means to be a Christ. No, I
don't expect you to recognize me. And there is no need. I am what I am, your
recognition will not make any difference. So don't bother about that. And I am
not going to give you any proofs.
And remember again: Don't look towards me as a saviour. Because of this
idea -- that a saviour has to come or a messiah has to come -- people go on
living the way they are living. What can they do? they say. When the messiah
comes then everything will happen. This is their way of postponing
transformation, this is their way of deceiving themselves. Enough is enough,
you have deceived enough. Now no more. No messiah is ever going to come.
You have to do your own work, you have to be responsible for yourself. And
when you are responsible, things start happening.

Friday, June 15, 2012

The Temple Within

Go not to the temple to put
flowers upon the feet of God.
First fill your own house with
the fragrance of love...

Go not to the temple to light
candles before the altar of God.
First remove the darkness of
sin from your heart...

Go not to the temple to bow
down your head in prayer.
First learn to bow in humility
before your fellowmen...

Go not to the temple to pray
on bended knees.
First bent down to lift someone
who is down-trodden...

Go not to the temple to ask for
forgiveness for your sins.
First forgive from your heart
those who have sinned against you.

~ Rabindranath Tagore

Aamir Khan on Dowry with English Subtitles

Facing hostility with compassion - Osho

If you go into the outside world, people will be hostile to you, but you have to be compassionate to them. Let hostility and compassion stand facing each other. It is one of the fundamental laws of life that compassion cannot be defeated by hostility. Compassion simply changes the hostile person. So don’t be worried that you will be facing hostility. Be concerned about compassion, love. Just start looking into people’s eyes with grace. That will disturb them more.

There was a man in Gautam Buddha’s time whose name was Angulimal. He had taken a vow to cut off one thousand heads, and to take one finger from each dead person and make a garland of one thousand fingers. Angulimal means the man with the garland of one thousand fingers. He was a ferocious man. People stopped going close to him. The road that passed by the hill where he was staying was no longer being used. He had already cut off nine hundred and ninety-nine heads; he was waiting for only one more.

The road that passed by his hill was utterly empty, nobody was coming. And then Buddha came to pass. That road was the shortcut, but people were going the long way around, just to avoid Angulimal. Naturally, Buddha took the shortcut.

His disciples said, ”Bhagwan, you don’t know what you are doing! Haven’t you heard about that madman, Angulimal? It is better to go the long, roundabout way, rather than to take the shortcut.” But people like Gautam Buddha never turn back. He said, ”I cannot turn back, now even more than before. If I had not known about Angulimal, perhaps I might have taken the other road. That poor fellow is waiting for only one head! My work is done; I have known all that can be known, I have experienced all that can be experienced. Now there is no reason for me.... If I can be of some service to that poor man, it will be good.”

He went. Angulimal saw him. Buddha’s disciples, who were always clambering around him, by and by started creating a distance between him and themselves. If he was caught, at least they could escape. Angulimal saw Gautam Buddha coming. Even that dangerous man, who had murdered nine hundred and ninety-nine people already, felt for the first time that he also had a heart. Gautam Buddha was looking so innocent, so childlike and so beautiful in the early morning sun.

Angulimal shouted, ”You please turn back, because only one head is missing! Perhaps you are a stranger... but looking at you, something in me says ‘Let this man go – there are many idiots, I can cut off their heads.’ Even if my mother comes here, I will cut off her head! But you please go back. Don’t come close to me – I am dangerous! Do you see my sword? It is waiting for the last head.” Gautam Buddha continued. He stepped off the road and started moving into the mountains, closer to Angulimal.

Angulimal said, ”It seems you are more mad than me. Why are you going on and on and on?”
Buddha said, ”Angulimal, I stopped going anywhere a long time ago. I am not going anywhere, it is you who are.” Angulimal was standing there – Buddha was walking!

Angulimal said, ”Certainly you are mad. You are walking, moving, and you say you have stopped a long time ago. I am standing, and you say, ‘You are moving.’”

Buddha said, ”Just try to understand. Your mind is moving, thinking. My mind is silent, there is no movement. And you will not get a better head. It is really a joy to fulfill your vow. Prepare your sword.”

Angulimal could not understand what kind of man he was. He was in a great shock; he had never come across such a man! He was ashamed of himself for the first time in his life. He could not look at Buddha eye to eye, because those eyes were radiating compassion, love, grace, joy, blissfulness, ecstasy – things that he had never known, but the fragrance was reaching him.

He said again to Buddha, ”You please go, sir. I don’t want to kill you. You are unnecessarily insisting that I do something that I don’t want to do.” But Buddha went on coming closer and closer. And finally he was standing before Angulimal.

Angulimal said, ”I used to think I was a stubborn man – you are a thousandfold more stubborn. Now I cannot help you, I have to cut your head.”

Buddha said, ”It is an old tradition and convention to fulfill the last wish of a person who is going to die, and I have a very small wish. You fulfill it and then kill me.” He said, ”What is your wish? Even if it is the biggest thing, I will manage it for you.”

Buddha said, ”No, it is a very small thing. Just cut off a branch of the tree under which you are standing.”

Angulimal said, ”What kind of thing are you asking? But okay, if that is your wish.” With his sword he cut off a branch.

Buddha said, ”Now, put it back. Let it be part of the tree again. Let it blossom again.”

Angulimal said, ”That is impossible. How can I join it with the tree?”

Buddha said, ”If you cannot even join a small branch to the tree, do you see the implications of it? Any child could have broken that branch off the tree, and you are a strong man – you have not done a great job. You can cut off my head, but can you manage to give me life again? And if you cannot create, what right have you to destroy?”

There was a moment of silence. The sword fell from Angulimal’s hands. He threw away that garland of nine hundred and ninety-nine fingers, and fell at Buddha’s feet. He said, ”I never thought about it, that destroying something – any mediocre person, any coward, any idiot can do that. The real genius is creative – you are right. Please accept me as your disciple.”

Buddha initiated him. He came back to the town. Even the king, Prasenjita, when he heard that Angulimal had become a sannyasin of Gautam Buddha.... He was a lover of Gautam Buddha, but he was afraid to go there because that man Angulimal could not be trusted, he could do anything any moment. But he wanted to see the man; he was so famous all around – hearing his name, even kings used to tremble. He came, he touched Buddha’s feet and asked, ”I have heard that Angulimal has also become your initiate.”

Buddha said, ”Yes, he is sitting by my side.” Prasenjita became so afraid, he pulled out his sword. Buddha said, ”Now it is not needed, put it back in the sheath. The Angulimal that you used to know is dead; this is a totally new man who cannot harm anybody. Don’t be afraid.”

And that very day when Angulimal went to beg in the city, the same cowards who had stopped even going on the road that passed nearby Angulimal’s place locked their doors, stood on their terraces with large piles of rocks, and started throwing rocks at the poor man. He fell down; blood was flowing from all over his body. Buddha was informed, and he came. Just a few more minutes and Angulimal would be gone.

Buddha said to him, ”Remember one thing, that this act of yours – that you have not in any way reacted to the hostility of the people – is enough. You are dying as a truly awakened man.” Smiling, touching Buddha’s feet, Angulimal died. Don’t be afraid of people’s hostility. Just be aware of your compassion, your love, and nothing is going to be wrong.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Snatam Kaur - Ray Man Shabad

Burning in the Fire of Witnessing - Osho

It happened that Buddha’s cousin, Devadatta, was against him. He tried to kill him in many ways. When Buddha was waiting under a tree meditating, he rolled down a big rock from the hill. The rock was coming; everybody ran away. Buddha remained there sitting under the tree. It was dangerous, and the rock came just touching him, brushing him. Ananda asked him, ”Why didn’t you escape when we were all escaping? There was time enough.”

Buddha says, ”For you there is time enough. My time is over. And Devadatta has to do it. Some time back in some life there was some karma. I must have given him some pain, some anguish, some anxiety. It has to be closed. If I escape, if I do anything, again a new line starts.”

A videha, videha means one who knows that he is not the body – knows, remember – not believes, does not react. He simply watches, witnesses. And this is the fire of witnessing which burns all the seeds in the unconscious. And a moment comes when the soil is absolutely pure. There is no seed waiting to sprout. Then there is no need to come back. First the nature dissolves, and then he dissolves himself into the universe.


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Unconditional caring. - Swami Vivekananda

I once had a friend who grew to be very close to me. Once when we were sitting at the edge of a swimming pool, she filled the palm of her hand with some water and held it before me, and said this: 'You see this water carefully contained on my hand? It symbolizes Love.'

This was how I saw it: As long as you keep your hand caringly open and allow it to remain there, it will always be there. However, if you attempt to close your fingers round it and try to possess it, it will spill through the first cracks it finds.

This is the greatest mistake that people do when they meet love...they try to posses it, they demand, they expect... and just like the water spilling out of your hand, love will retrieve from you .

For love is meant to be free, you cannot change its nature. If there are people you love, allow them to be free beings.

# Give and don't expect.
# Advise, but don't order.
# Ask, but never demand.

It might sound simple, but it is a lesson that may take a lifetime to truly practice. It is the secret to true love. To truly practice it, you must sincerely feel no expectations from those who you love, and yet an unconditional caring.'


Spirituality is a higher level of suicide

Questioner: Sadhguru, why with more prosperity, more facilities, more opportunities, does the tendency to commit suicide increase? And do animals commit suicide too?

Sadhguru: Generally, there are very few suicides in tribal societies. When you are struggling for your survival you won’t think of how to end it. This is because your whole energy, every moment of your life is focused on how to live. And thus no wonder that maximum suicides happen in affluent societies. Or, a society where one part is affluent and another part is miserable. If the whole society is poor, or have less, there will be no suicide, because their whole life would be only about survival.

When you are poor there is a hope. The poor man on the street today, he’s bought a lottery ticket, so he has to live for a month or at least, till the result comes because he’s got a big hope: “When I get these 25 lakhs, how I’m going to live?” After the result comes out there is the next lottery. That’s why they keep buying lotteries; even before the result has come, already he has bought another ticket and thus the hope continues and so does the life!

But for the rich man the lottery has happened, and he knows it doesn’t make too much of a difference. There is a deep sense of hopelessness. When you become hopeless, either you become suicidal or you become spiritual. That’s the choice you have. Whether you’re suicidal or spiritual, both ways you are trying to annihilate this person.

A normal suicide is when a person who is so identified with the physical body and dose not know anything other than the body tries to kill the body itself. Spirituality emphasizes on destroying the I-ness in you, the ego in you. That is also a suicide, but here you have become conscious of dimensions which are little beyond the physical and thus instead of committing a normal suicide the person commits suicide on a different level. The physical body is taken care of. So spirituality is a higher level of suicide. In tribal societies, there are very few suicides. The same goes for animal societies also.

For example, snake is one such animal that commits suicide. But suicide for them does not mean that they are frustrated with something and commit suicide. Infact, snakes have a very high sense of awareness about their energy. This is because it comes from a certain dimension which we refer to as Vyana where the awareness of body and functions are very high.

Why in yoga there is so much symbolism about snake is because, it is immensely aware of its body. Because of this, once its energies come to certain ebb, then a snake chooses a place and just sits there without seeking food. It realizes that, by seeking food and doing anything else, it cannot nourish its body anymore. So it simply sits without eating. Within 7-12 days it dies. It does not struggle to live beyond it. All its life, it struggles to exist, but once it realizes its energies have come to a certain point it refuses to eat and just sits down and dies. This is how a human being also should be

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