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"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 reality."


"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 against nature."


"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.




Love never possesses,

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 asking, 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 Buddha
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 follow life."


"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."


"Meditation will 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,

now for 30 years. 

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