Osho was asked for his ten commandments.
This was his response:
"You have asked for my Ten Commandments. It's a difficult matter, because I am gainst any kind of commandment. Yet, just for the fun of it, I write:"
1. Never obey anyone's command unless it is coming from within you also.
2. There is no God other than life itself.
3. Truth is within you, do not search for it elsewhere.
4. Love is prayer.
5. To become a nothingness is the door to truth. Nothingness itself is the means, the goal and attainment.
6. Life is now and here.
7. Live wakefully.
8. Do not swim - float.
9. Die each moment so that you can be new each moment.
10. Do not search. That which is, is. Stop and see.
PS Numbers 3, 7, 9 & 10 were underlined by Osho in his original letter.
teachings defy categorization, covering everything from the individual quest
for meaning to the most urgent social and political issues facing society
today. His books are not written but are transcribed from audio and video
recordings of extemporaneous talks given to international audiences over a
period of 35 years. Osho has been described by the Sunday Times in
London as one of the “1000 Makers of the 20th Century” and by
American author Tom Robbins as “the most dangerous man since Jesus Christ.”
his own work Osho has said that he is helping to create the conditions for the
birth of a new kind of human being. He has often characterized this new human
being as "Zorba the Buddha" -- capable both of enjoying the earthy
pleasures of a Zorba the Greek and the silent serenity of a Gautam Buddha.
Running like a thread through all aspects of Osho's work is a vision that
encompasses both the timeless wisdom of the East and the highest potential of
Western science and technology.
is also known for his revolutionary contribution to the science of inner
transformation, with an approach to meditation that acknowledges the
accelerated pace of contemporary life. His unique "Active
Meditations" are designed to first release the accumulated stresses of
body and mind, so that it is easier to experience the thought-free and relaxed
state of meditation.
Two autobiographical works by the
author are available:
Autobiography of a Spiritually Incorrect Mystic,
[publisher details of specific language]
Glimpses of a Golden Childhood [publisher
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why I say sex is playfulness, it is fun. You cannot accept the idea of
fun because of your conditioning that it is sin. It is a quantum leap
from sin to fun! But what can I do? It is fun.
I am not
teaching sacrifice, I am not teaching asceticism, I am not teaching
fasting, I am not teaching celibacy. I am teaching the celebration of
life. And that's what they have been missing for thousands of years.
They cannot understand sex as fun; it is a misery. And if they cannot
understand it as fun, they cannot understand it as prayer; that is
Jenny Ross, A reviewer, December 23, 2002,
Sex, love, relating
took me two days to read Sex Matters. Although I thought to perhaps
move through it slowly, to savor, absorb, and reflect on each chapter-
I simply could not stay away from the book for long. At times, relief
and affirmation comes because what Osho is saying is not new. Perhaps
he is the first who has managed to put some of these truths into words,
however, somewhere deep within I already have an inate sence of what he
is saying. However, I have accumulated so many ideas and judgments
about love, relationship, and sex, that I had simply forgotten reality.
New things are also revealed, for example how to prolong the experience
of orgasm and the impact and significance of doing so on the body,
psyche, and energy. Questions about love and relating, as well as
changes in sexual energies that I have yet to ask are addressed; hence
I feel to hold onto this book. It is rich and multidimenstional,
perhaps I have understood and absorbed only a little bit of it through
this first reading, yet I feel deeply fulfilled with everything I have
come to understand through it. Osho cuts through layers of conditioning
and ideas imposed by society, and touches the depths of the matter, in
a clear, touching, and oftentimes funny way. Sex Matters has left me
feeling light and energetic. Throughout the reading I could feel my
breath going deeper, my muscles becoming relaxed, and I experienced an
acceptance of myself and of sex, in a way that I never before have.
Osho introduces ideas that seem so natural, yet are so far from
anything that my peers or elders have displayed or taught. With each
passage, humorous anecdote, and joke- years of accumulated confusion,
expectation, and judgment sheds from my body and mind, leaving space –
empty and natural- where I can feel the joy and wonder of this energy
and vitality that is our birthright to enjoy and experience. Funny but
I was not even aware of these ideas, tensions, and judgments, until I
felt the lightness that was left when they had gone. It has left me
with a freshness, wonder, and openness to explore and allow sex, love,
and relating in a whole and new way.
Also recommended: The Book of Secrets
The world is against individuality. It is against your being just your natural self. It wants you just to be a robot, and because you have agreed to be a robot you are in trouble. You are not a robot. That was not the intention of nature, to make a robot of you. So because you are not what you were meant to be, what you were destined to be, you are constantly looking: "What is missing? Perhaps better furniture, better curtains, a better house, a better husband, a better wife, a better job..." Your whole life you are trying and rushing from one place to another. But the society has distracted you from the very beginning. My effort is to bring you back to yourself, and you will suddenly find all that discontent has disappeared. There is no need to be more -- you are enough. Everybody is enough.
Meditation is a simple process Of watching your own mind. Not fighting with the mind Not trying to control it either Just remaining there, a choiceless witness. Whatsoever passes you simply take note of it With no prejudice for or against. You don't call it names That this should not come to my mind That this is an ugly thought and This is a very beautiful and virtuous thought. You should not judge You should remain non-judgmental Because the moment you judge, you lose meditation. You become identified. Either you become a friend or you become a foe. You create relationships. Meditation means Remaining unrelated with your thought process Utterly unrelated, cool, calm Watching whatsoever is passing. And then a miracle happens: Slowly slowly one becomes aware That less and less thoughts are passing. The more alert you are, the less thoughts pass The less alert you are, the more thoughts pass. It is as if traffic depends on your awareness. When you are perfectly aware Even for a single moment, all thinking stops. Immediately, there is a sudden stop And the road is empty, there is no traffic. That moment is meditation. Slowly slowly those moments come more and more Those empty spaces come again and again And stay longer. And you become capable of moving easily Into those empty spaces with no effort. So whenever you want you can move Into those empty spaces with no effort. They are refreshing, rejuvenating And they make you aware of who you are. Freed from the mind you are freed From all ideas about yourself. Now you can see who you are without any prejudice. And to know oneself Is to know all that is worth knowing. And to miss self-knowledge is to miss all. A man may know everything in the world But if he does not know himself He is utterly ignorant He is just a walking Encyclopaedia Britannica. Freedom without awareness is only an empty idea. It contains nothing. One cannot be really free without being aware Because your unconscious goes on dominating you Your unconscious goes on pulling your strings. You may think, you may believe that you are free But you are not free, you are just a victim Of natural forces, blind forces. So there are two types of people. The majority Follows the tradition, the society, the state. The orthodox people, the conventional The conformists ? they follow the crowd They are not free. And then there are a few rebellious spirits Drop-outs, bohemians, artists Painters, musicians, poets; They think they are living in freedom But they only think. Just by rebellion Against the tradition you don't become free. You are still under the rule of natural instincts. You are possessed by lust, by greed, by ambitions. And you are not a master of these things You are a slave. Hence I say Freedom is only possible through awareness. Unless one transforms ones unconsciousness Into consciousness there is no freedom. And that is where only very few people Have succeeded ? a Jesus, a Lao Tzu A Zarathustra, a Buddha Just a few people Who can be counted on one's fingers. They have really lived in freedom Because they lived out of awareness. That has to be the work for every seeker: To create more and more awareness. Then freedom comes of its own accord. Freedom is the fragrance of the flower of awareness. Osho
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