Osho, born Chandra Mohan Jain, also known as Acharya Rajneesh and Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Osho, born Chandra Mohan Jain, also known as Acharya Rajneesh and Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Indian Mystic, Guru and Spiritual Teacher, Professor of Philosophy, advocated more open attitude toward sexuality

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Who knows if the one whose hands are bloodied with Father Grande's murder, or the one who shot Father Navarro, if those who have killed, who have tortured, who have done so much evil, are listening to me? Listen, there in your criminal hideout, perhaps already repentant, you too are called to forgiveness.

You live in a world surrounded by rules and regulations and what happened? Look at the current state of humanity. It is a neurotic world, a large mental hospital. It is the result of all your rules, idealism, perfectionism and morality. It is the result of your commandments ... the world has become a stronghold of neurotic, in a huge asylum. And you're still afraid of hellfire. It's a vicious circle.

Why are women considered inferior to men in all parts of the world? Because this method was the only way to restrict and even if the women slaving equal to men for the cause that problem; must be normalized to accept the idea that it was inferior to the man

You must have heard about the beautiful Sufi legend of Majnu and Laila. It is not an ordinary love story. The word majnu means mad, mad for God. And laila is the symbol of God. Sufis think of God as the beloved; laila means the beloved. Everybody is a Majnu, and God is the beloved. And one has to open one?s heart, the eye of the heart.

With me, illusions are bound to be shattered. I am here to shatter all illusions. Yes, it will irritate you, it will annoy you that's my way of functioning and working. I will sabotage you from your very roots unless you are totally destroyed as a mind, there is no hope for you.

You need power only to do something harmful. Otherwise love is enough, compassion is enough.

The moment you become miserly you are closed to the basic phenomenon of life: expansion, sharing. The moment you start clinging to things, you have missed the target you have missed. Because things are not the target, you, your innermost being, is the target not a beautiful house, but a beautiful you; not much money, but a rich you; not many things, but an open being, available to millions of things.

The world is not a problem; the problem is your awareness.

They say: Think twice before you jump. I say: Jump first and then think as much as you want!

Truth happens in a state of not knowing, truth happens in innocence. Truth happens where there are no clouds of thoughts moving in your consciousness, when sky is absolutely clear, when there is no abstraction, when you have no idea and God is or God is not. When you don't believe in no-God, when you are simply in a state of not knowing. You don't claim any knowledge, that non-claiming consciousness begins to open up. All knowledge burdens and closes you.

We suffer with those who have disappeared, those who have had to flee their homes, and those who have been tortured.

When you become a sannyasin, I initiate you into freedom, and into nothing else... I am destroying your ideologies, creeds, cults, dogmas, and I am not replacing them with anything else.

Tantra says that you are already perfect. 1. Do not try to achieve it, you need to realize that there is. 2. Every shade of life is needed to enjoy its taste. Even the loss of the right path full of meaning. 3. If life does not enrich, you simpleton. As you will have no salt. You nutritious but no spices. You will be very simple, nice, but your kindness will not be complex harmony. You - single note, rather than millions of music, turned into a melody, a straight line without bending angles. But it curves and corners give beauty, they make life more mysterious, deep. Without them you'll be shallow in his holiness in you will have no depth. 4. This world is fleeting. Awake or asleep ... you live in a world of their own dreams. Remember, there is no single world. There are as many worlds as there are people, everyone lives in his own world. Sometimes our worlds meet and collide, sometimes merge, but we still enclosed in them. 5. Be free and natural, knowing, watching what was happening. Tantra - the path of love, and love means surrender. Fighting strengthens the ego, it's not that way. You need to relax and be calm. Take your time, the existence of leads you wish. You do not need to deal with the flow, follow it. 6. Existence - is an evolution: the movement is not from the ideal of perfection, but from one of its power to another. 7. Nothing should be practiced, because the practice creates habits. Perfect occurs spontaneously. 8. Live spontaneously. 9. Do not do anything special and do not be alarmed. 10. Be free and natural, be yourself, let it all happen. 11. Learn the rules, then to forget them. Rules to follow ... but the rules - this is not life. ... Do not listen to anyone, stay yourself. If you continue to listen to everybody everyone will somehow force you to something. You'll never reach your inner center. ... Listen to your inner voice, feel it and live with this feeling.

The more man becomes aware of the mysterious side of life, the less he is political; the less he is a Hindu, a Mohammedan, a Christian; the less is the possibility for his being a fanatic. A man in tune with the mysterious is humble, loving, caring, accepting the uniqueness of everybody. He is rejoicing in the freedom of each individual, because only with freedom can this garden of humanity be a rich place.

The world's greatest fear - fear of the opinions of others. At the moment when you are not afraid of the crowd, you are no longer a sheep, you become a lion. Great roaring sounds in your heart - the roar of freedom.

They were afraid of your authentic love, because authentic love is beyond their control. You are possessed by it. You? are not the possessor, you are the possessed. And every society wants you to be in control. The society is afraid of your wild nature, it is afraid of your naturalness, so from the very beginning it starts cutting your wings. And the most basic thing which is dangerous in you is the possibility of love, because if you are possessed by love you can go even against the whole world.

Truth is an experience, not a belief. Truth never comes by studying about it; truth has to be encountered, truth has to be faced. The person who studies about love is like the person who studies about the Himalayas by looking at the map of the mountains. The map is not the mountain! And if you start believing in the map, you will go on missing the mountain. If you become too much obsessed with the map, the mountain may be there dust in front of you, but still you will not be able to see it. And that's how it is. The mountain is in front of you, but your eyes are full of maps-maps of the mountain, maps about the same mountain, made by different explorers. Somebody has climbed the mountain from the north side, somebody from the east. They have made different maps: Koran, Bible, Gita different maps of the same truth. But you are too full of the maps, too burdened by their weight; you cannot move even an inch. You cannot see the mountain just standing in front of you, virgin snow peaks shining like gold in the morning sun. You don't have the eyes to see it. The prejudiced eye is blind, the heart full of conclusions is dead. Too many a priori assumptions and your intelligence starts losing its sharpness, its beauty, its intensity. It becomes dull. Dull intelligence is what is called intellect. Your so-called intelligentsia are not really intelligent, they are just intellectual. Intellect is a corpse. You can decorate it-you can decorate it with great pearls, diamonds, emeralds, but still a corpse is a corpse. To be alive is a totally different matter.

We will be entering the beautiful world of a Zen master's no-mind. Sosan is the third Zen Patriarch. Nothing much is known about him- this is as it should be, because history records only violence. History does not record silence- it cannot record it. All records are of disturbance. Whenever someone becomes really silent, he disappears from all records, he is no more a part of our madness. So it is as it should be.

When you become good at the art of letting sufferings go, then you'll come to realize what you were dragging around with you. And for that, no one else other than you was responsible.

Tantra says there is nobody above you whom you have to follow, through whom you have to get your pattern.

The natural desire of the human mind is to become special - to become special in the ways of the world, to have many degrees, to have much political power, to have money, wealth - to be special. The mind is always ready to go on some ego trip. And if you are fed up with the world, then again the ego starts finding new ways and new means to enhance itself - it becomes spiritual. You become a great mahatma, a great sage, a great scholar, a man of knowledge, a man of renunciation; again you are special. Unless the desire to be special disappears, you will never be special. Unless you relax into your ordinariness, you will never relax.

There are many things that can only be seen through eyes that have cried.

Thinking goes on in your head. It is not really deep into the roots of your being; it is not your totality.

Truth is not something outside to be discovered, it is something inside to be realized.

What I am teaching is religiousness, a quality. Religion is a dead dogma, fixed principles, frozen fossils. What I am teaching to you is a living, flowing religiousness - an experience like love.

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Indian Mystic, Guru and Spiritual Teacher, Professor of Philosophy, advocated more open attitude toward sexuality