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Chapter 8: Everything Is Possible

The first question:

To me, the most beautiful passage in the Christian scriptures ends with the words, “And Jesus wept.” It occurs when he approaches Jerusalem for the last time, looks down on it in his compassion, sees all of the foolishness, futility and pathos of mankind - and weeps.
Osho, does Buddha weep?

It certainly is one of the most beautiful passages in Christian scriptures because it shows the humanity of Jesus, which is his unique quality. Gautama the Buddha is not so human.

Jesus is both the son of man and the Son of God. He knows the dark valley, he also knows the sunlit peak, and he has a very human heart. That humanity remains with him to the very end. All the buddhas are unique. In the same situation Lao Tzu, looking back, would have laughed at the foolishness, at the ridiculousness, at the absurdity of human beings. And in the same situation Gautama the Buddha would not even have cared to look back; that is his uniqueness, he never looked back; the past did not exist at all. Mahavira would have looked back but would have neither wept nor laughed.

This fact has to be remembered: never compare two buddhas, otherwise you will create great confusion for yourself. Although their experience is the same, their expressions are different, are bound to be different. They have different individualities; they have different forms of expressing their experience.

Jesus remains human, very human. If you ask a Buddhist, he will say, “If he wept, then he is not a buddha.” Just when he is going to be crucified and he is raised on the cross, he looks at the sky and says, “Have you forsaken me?” There is great complaint, the complaint of the human heart, complaining to God as a child would complain to his mother or father: “Have you forsaken me? What are you trying to do to me?” He is angry too, there is a little anger, which is part of being human: a little anger, a little love, a little joy.

When he enters into the great temple of Jerusalem he feels so offended by the presence of the money-changers in the temple that he takes a whip in his hand and, alone, he drives all the money-changers out of the temple, turns their money-changing boards upside-down, creates chaos. That too is very human. That is Jesus’ specialty.

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