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About Meditation? Do you have to believe in some kind of religion or philosophy before you can meditate?

Do you have to believe in some kind of religion or philosophy before you can meditate?

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Belief is the enemy of trust. Trust life! Don't believe beliefs – avoid them! Avoid beliefs: Hindu, Christian.... Seek on your own. You may come to find the same truth. You will, because the truth is one. Once you have found it you can say yes, The Bible is true – but not before. Once you have found it you can say yes, the Vedas are true – but not before. Unless you have experienced it, unless you become a witness to it personally, all vedas and all bibles are useless. They will burden you, they will not make you more free....

The search is difficult because the truth is unknown. The search is difficult because the truth is not only unknown, it is unknowable. The search is difficult because the seeker has to risk his whole life for it.

If you are following scriptures you are following named rivers. If you are following a certain religion, a sect, a church, then you have a map – and there cannot be any map for the truth. There cannot be any map because truth is private and not public. Maps become public; they are needed so that others can also follow. On the map, superhighways are shown, not small footpaths; and religion is a footpath, not a superhighway. You cannot reach existence as a Christian or a Hindu. You reach as you, authentically you, and you cannot follow anybody's path.

Osho, The Search, Talk #1
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