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Chapter 29: The Crescendo of the Insanity of Centuries

Osho,
Since becoming old two days ago, I have discovered a whole new world, the world of women’s gossip. I am now accepted as one of the girls - well almost, but I guess I will never know that. My question is: is there no end to gratitude?

Devageet, I have told you that the woman has three ages. She never becomes old; it is only the man who becomes old.

The woman passes through childhood, through youth and, “How wonderful you are looking.”

I think somebody has told you, “How wonderful you are looking.” That has given you the wrong conception of “Since becoming old two days ago.”

All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusion is called a philosopher.

From today you will be known as a philosopher..

Remember: Old age is when the candles cost more than the cake.

And also remember: Old age is when getting it up gets you down.

You have certainly entered into the age when people will call to you, “How wonderful you are looking.”

The eyes of the dead are closed gently; we also have to open gently the eyes of the living. I will try my best to be gentle with you because you must be dreaming: women never become old; it has never been heard of.

You are not aware of a very fundamental law: When you are up to your nose, keep your mouth shut.

And never forget that money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy you the kind of misery you prefer.

In old age certainly one wants to be happy, but nothing can buy happiness. In old age people have money, but money can buy only the misery you prefer, not happiness.

So I think, Devageet, it is better still to wait. Two days is not a long time, you can come back. It is dangerous to be old. Start falling in love with someone, and old age will disappear. That is one of the strategies to drop old age..

A man in love is incomplete - that’s true - until he has married. Then he is finished.

So just don’t get married. Always remain in love, and you will be young. The moment you are married then I cannot help.

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