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Chapter 20: Love Is the Path

A woman says she has been doing yoga in the West.

Good, very good. So you are ready, now meditate. Yoga in itself is not enough. It is a good preparation, but preparation for something else.

It prepares your bodymind, but if you go on preparing and preparing and never doing the thing for which yoga was preparing you, then it can become an obsession. It has happened to many people in India - they are always preparing as if to go on a journey, but never go. The journey goes on being postponed and the preparation continues. Yoga is perfectly good, very essential and necessary, but it is not enough. It gives you the jumping board, but you have to jump further.

How long can you be here in India? Be here. If you are really interested in inner growth, be here for a few months. I can see that much is possible - you are ready to move. But you seem a little afraid, mm? What is the fear? Just close your eyes so I can feel the energy

She closes her eyes and shakes with silent sobbing as Osho shines his penlight on her face.

Good, the energy is really good - but there is something you have to do. Do you have some question to ask?

I don’t understand sannyas, but I think I want to take it.

You will understand it by taking it. There are two types of people: the first try to understand sannyas, then they take it. Another type take it first and understand later - and this is the better. So should I give it to you, and then you understand? (She nods her head yes.)

Good. This will be your new name. Marga means path, and prem means love - path of love. Love is the path.

Become more and more loving - that’s your real yoga. If you become more and more loving then yoga is not only of the body - it goes on transcending the body. Otherwise, sometimes yoga can become just a technique. Make it love.

Now start meditating, and soon your question will come up. The day it comes up, come immediately, mm?


I feel really phony. I don’t really want to change at all. I’ve been looking inside, and what I’m really up to is adjusting the environment, and manipulating most of the time, keeping myself really well defended.

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