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A Bird on the Wing (OSHO Classics)

A Bird on the Wing (OSHO Classics) Zen Anecdotes for Everyday Life
This book is about the inner search and personal transformation, sharing insights that address our deepest question of life, introducing 11 teaching stories from different Zen masters. At the conclusion of each talk, Osho responds to questions from his international audience, providing direct guidance on matters of love, understanding, and “the search.” The body and the soul are discussed as the two aspects of importance. Our bodies can be used to reach to the stars, but they must have strong roots here on Earth first. Osho highlights how one’s life can be transformed through integrating meditation into daily life. He also bypasses the rational mind and speaks directly to the heart. The Zen stories Osho uses illustrate the mysterious yet simple world of Zen, where any situation can be used to become more aware, more conscious, more alive.
Books Details
  • Publisher:Osho Media International
  • Number of Pages:250
  • ISBN-13:978-0983640080
Chapter Titles
1. Empty Your Cup
2. No Mind, No Truth
3. The Gates of Heaven and Hell
4. Have a Cup of Tea
5. Speaking without Words
6. The Miracle of Ordinariness
7. The Right Moment
8. Zen without Writing
9. Save the Cat!
10. The Master of Silence
11. Sober Up!
    Excerpt from Chapter #3

    The Gates of Heaven and Hell
  • A warrior came to the Zen master Hakuin and asked, “Is there such a thing as heaven and hell?” Hakuin said, “Who are you?” The warrior replied, “I am chief samurai to the emperor.” Hakuin said, “You, a samurai? With a face like that, you look more like a beggar.” At this the warrior became so angry he drew his sword. Standing calmly in front of him Hakuin said, “Here open the gates of hell.” Perceiving the master’s composure, the soldier sheathed his sword and bowed. Hakuin then said, “And here open the gates of heaven.” Heaven and hell are not geographical. If you go in search of them you will never find them anywhere, because they are within you, they are psychological. The mind is heaven, and the mind is hell, and the mind has the capacity to become either. But people go on thinking everything is somewhere outside. We always go on looking for everything outside because to be inwards is very difficult. We are outgoing. If somebody says there is a God, we look at the sky. Somewhere, sitting there, will be the divine person. A psychologist working in a school in America asked small children about God, what they think about God. Children have a clearer perception: they are less cunning, truer. They are more representative of the human mind, they are unperverted. So he asked the children and their answers were collected. The conclusion was very ridiculous. In conclusion almost all the children depicted God something like this: God is an old man, very tall, bearded, and very dangerous. He creates fear. If you don’t follow him, he will throw you into hell; if you pray and follow him, he will give you paradise and all the pleasures. He is sitting on a throne in the sky and watching everybody. You cannot escape him; even in your bathroom he is looking. The outgoing mind projects everything outside. This is your God. Don’t laugh and don’t think that this is a child’s conception – no, this is you. This is how you think about God: a cosmic spy, always searching to condemn, to throw you into hell, to punish, and very ferocious, revengeful. That’s why all religions are based on fear: if you do this you will be appreciated, rewarded; if you don’t do this you will be punished. But the base seems to be fear, and God seems to be just a very powerful emperor sitting on a throne in heaven. The whole concept is foolish, but human – the human mind is foolish. The whole concept is anthropocentric. Osho