Some Osho Quotes
"Take hold of your
own life. See that the whole existence is celebrating. These trees are not
serious, these birds are not serious. The rivers and the oceans are wild, and
everywhere there is fun, everywhere there is joy and delight. Watch existence,
listen to the existence and become part of it."
"If the whole
existence is one, and if the existence goes on taking care of trees, of animals,
of mountains, of oceans -from the smallest blade of grass to the biggest star --
then it will take care of you too".
"Once you have
started seeing the beauty of life, ugliness starts disappearing. If you start
looking at life with joy, sadness starts disappearing. You cannot have heaven
and hell together, you can have only one. It is your choice."
"Mind can accept any boundary anywhere. But the reality is that, by its very
nature, existence cannot have any boundary, because what will be beyond the
boundary - again another sky. That's why I'm saying skies upon skies are
available for your flight. Don't be content easily. Those who remain content
easily remain small: small are their joys, small are their ecstasies, small are
their silences, small is their being. But there is no need! This smallness is
your own imposition upon your freedom, upon your unlimited possibilities,
upon your unlimited potential."
"There is no evil
and there are no evil forces in the world. There are only people of awareness,
and there are people who are fast asleep -- and sleep has no force. The whole
energy is in the hands of the awakened people. And one awakened person can
awaken the whole world. One lighted candle can make millions of candles lighted
without losing it's light."
"Nobody is here to
fulfill your dream. Everybody is here to fulfill his own destiny, his own
"Ecstasy is our
very nature; not to be ecstatic is simply unnecessary. To be ecstatic is
natural, spontaneous. It needs no effort to be ecstatic, it needs great effort
to be miserable. That's why you look to tired, because misery is really hard
work; to maintain it is really difficult, because you are doing something
"To be creative
means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough
that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to
it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it."
"Intelligence is a
natural phenomenon -- just as breathing is, just as seeing is. Intelligence is
the inner seeing; it is intuitive. It has nothing to do with intellect. Never
confuse intellect with intelligence, they are polar opposites. Intellect is of
the head; it is taught by others, it is imposed on you. You have to cultivate
it. It is borrowed, it is something foreign, it is not inborn. But intelligence
is inborn. It is your very being, your very nature."
"The beauty of
facing life unprepared is tremendous. Then life has a newness, a youth; then
life has a flow and freshness. Then life has so many surprises. And when life
has so many surprises boredom never settles in you."
"Remain in wonder
if you want the mysteries to open up for you. Mysteries never open up for those
who go on questioning.
because love knows
that love is
possible only in total freedom.
When the other is
totally free, only then love is possible.
Love is a happening
of total freedom.
When the other is
not in any way in bondage,
but free to give,
free not to give, totally freeŚ only then giving is beautiful.
When somebody comes
and gives his or her love to you
without demanding anything in return for it,
it has a beauty, it
is not of this world,
it has an unearthly
quality to it,
it is sacred.
Osho: Is it
possible to be inside with you?
Whenever you are with yourself
you are with me,
and there is no other way to be with me.
So don't create a duality between you and me
Just try to be with yourself,
just try to be your withinness,
and you are with me!
Language is not capable
of saying anything about a non-dual reality.
Whatsoever is said in language is bound to be dual.
And when you are with me
neither you are
nor I am.
Whenever you are really your being
you are a nobody,
a vast emptiness
a whole sky
with no boundaries.
And then you are not only with yourself
you are with the trees, with the clouds,
with the mountains,
with the sands and with the seas...
when you are with yourself you become the whole.
And the way to know the outside
is to know the inside Buddha.
When you are completely within yourself
you have known all Christs,
all Buddhas, all the Masters that have ever existed,
and also all those which will ever exist,
because you become one with the whole.
Knowing oneself one knows the whole.
It is reported: Buddha was dying
And Ananda (his oldest disciple)
started weeping and crying.
And Buddha stops him and says: What,
Ananda, are you doing?
He looks at Buddha with tear-filled eyes
and says: Now where will I see you?
Where will I seek you?
And Buddha laughed and he said:
That has been my whole teaching!
For forty years that is what I have been telling you,
that whenever you want to see me, look within!
Appa deepo bhavai
be a light unto yourself.
There, inside you, you will find me.
"Know the whole
world is nothing when it is compared to knowing your own inner mystery of life."
"No dead principles
can help, but only living consciousness. Be absolutely unprincipled and just
"Falling in love
you remain a child; rising in love you mature. By and by love becomes not a
relationship, it becomes a state of your being. Not that you are in love - now
you are love."
"What is needed is
not something in which you can forget your loneliness; what is needed is that
you become aware of your aloneness - which is a reality. And it is so beautiful
to experience it, to feel it, because it is your freedom from the crowd, from
the other. It is your freedom from the fear of being lonely."
"Man has lost one
quality, the quality of zestfulness. And without zest, what is life? Just
waiting for death? It can't be anything else. Only with zest do you live;
otherwise you vegetate."
"You cannot be
truthful if you are not courageous. You cannot be loving if you are not
courageous. You cannot be trusting if you are not courageous. You cannot enter
into reality if you are not courageous. Hence courage comes first... and
everything else follows."
"All beings are
from the very beginning Buddha's. It is like water and ice: Apart from water, no
ice, outside living beings, no Buddha's. Not knowing it is near, they seek it
afar, what a pity!"
"When you have
found some joy that remains - circumstances change but it abides - then you are
certainly coming closer to Buddha hood."
"Existence is not a
problem to be solved, it is a mystery to be lived. And you should be perfectly
aware what the difference is between a mystery and a problem. A problem is
something created by the mind; a mystery is something which is there, not
created by the mind. A problem has an ugliness in it, like disease. A mystery is
beautiful. With a problem, immediately a fight arises. You have to solve it;
something is wrong, you have to put it right; something is missing, you have to
supply the missing link. With a mystery there is no question like that. The moon
arises in the night.... It is not a problem, it is a mystery. You have to live
with it. You have to dance with it. You have to sing with it, or you can be just
silent with it. Something mysterious surrounds you."
"All that you need
is just to be silent and listen to existence. "There is no need of any religion,
there is no need of any God, there is no need of any priesthood, there is no
need of any organization."
"The whole world is a cyclone. But once you have found the center the cyclone
disappears. This nothingness is the ultimate peak of consciousness."
"The intelligent person depends on his own insight; he trusts his own being. He
loves and respects himself.
"Life is not a
tragedy, it is a comedy. To be alive means to have a sense of humor."
bring you sensitivity, a great sense of belonging to the world. It is our world
- the stars are ours, and we are not foreigners here. We are part of it, we are
the heart of it. And this sensitivity will create new friendships for you -
friendships with trees, with birds, with animals, with mountains, with rivers,
with oceans, with stars. Life becomes richer as love grows."
Osho on Osho
"I am not much of a
religious person, I am not a saint, I have nothing to do with spirituality. All
those categories are irrelevant about me. You cannot categorize me, you cannot
pigeonhole me. But one thing can be said, that my whole effort is to help you
release the energy called love-intelligence. If love-intelligence is released,
you are healed."
"My way has been
described as that of the heart, but it is not true. The heart will give you all
kinds of imaginings, hallucinations, illusions, sweet dreams -- but it cannot
give you the truth. The truth is behind both: it is in your consciousness, which
is neither head nor heart."
"Up to now, nobody
has said that there is anything beyond enlightenment. That's why I say, I am a
milestone. With me, a new chapter in the history of consciousness begins.
Enlightenment will be now the beginning, not the end. Beginning of a non-ending
process in all dimensions of richness."
"I am not a
messiah, and I am not a missionary. And I am not here to establish a church or
to give a doctrine to the world, a new religion, no. My effort is totally
different: a new consciousness not a new religion, a new consciousness not a new
doctrine. Enough of doctrines and enough of religions! Man needs a new
consciousness. And the only way to bring consciousness is to go on hammering
from all the sides so that slowly slowly chunks of your mind go on dropping. The
statue of a Buddha is hidden in you. Right now you are a rock. If I go on
hammering, cutting chunks out of you, slowly slowly the Buddha will emerge."
"I care only for
those who are ready to change the very course of human consciousness. I will
offend others, I will annoy others, I will irritate others, I will create
jealousy in others. These are part of my devices. I am really exposing them. If
they have any intelligence they will understand it."
"My function is very different from the function of Gautam Buddha. His function
is only a small part of my philosophy. I want individuals to become
enlightened, but I want also the whole of humanity to rise with the enlightened
people. They may not become enlightened, but at least become conscious enough so
that nations disappear, religions disappear, races disappear, and we can live as
one humanity, as one earth."
"I am not going to
give you a destination. I can only give you a direction - awake, throbbing with
life, unknown, always surprising, unpredictable. I'm not going to give you a
map. I can give you only a great passion to discover. Yes, a map is not needed;
great passion, great desire to discover is needed. Then I leave you alone. Then
you go on your own. Move into the vast, into the infinite, and by and by, learn
to trust it. Leave yourself in the hands of life."
"Yes, I am the
beginning of something new, but not the beginning of a new religion. I am the
beginning of a new kind of religiousness which knows no adjectives, no
boundaries; which knows only freedom of the spirit, silence of your being,
growth of your potential; and finally the experience of godliness within
yourself - not of a God outside you, but a godliness overflowing from you."
"I am saying something about the
ineffable. I am saying something about the ultimate mystery. You can understand
it, yet you can never understand it totally. It is elusive, it escapes. It is
within reach, but it is not within grasp. You are always coming closer and
closer to it, but you never arrive. And the day you arrive, then you are no more
there; the distinction between the seeker and the sought disappears. Then you
are it. That art thou -- then you are it!"
"My whole effort and approach is
to give each individual opportunities to develop his potential, whatsoever it
is. Nobody should try to divert his life - nobody has the right to do it.
And then we can have a world which is truly a garden of human beings. Right now
we are living in hell."
I am immensely
grateful for all the blessings Osho brought into my life by being my Master,
for 30 years.