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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: The Art of Dying #8, (mp3) - play, answer, mahavira


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Only the Knower Is Left

Talk #8 of the Series, The Art of Dying

Who are you and what type of play are you playing with us? And how long will you play? Please explain.

"To be frank with you – which usually I am not – I don't know who I am. Because knowledge is not possible here where I am. There is only the knower left, the known has disappeared; only the container is left, the content is no more.

"For knowledge to exist, a great division is needed in reality – the knower and the known. Between the two, knowledge happens. The known is a must for knowledge to happen.

"The space I am in is absolutely undivided and indivisible. Knowledge is not possible. So, to be exact, I don't know.

"And I would like you also to come to this innocent ignorance, to this state of not-knowing, because the state of not-knowing is the highest state of knowing – not of knowledge, mind you, but of knowing."
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Osho continues:
"And this knowing is contentless – not that you know something, there is nothing to know. You simply are. I am, but I don't know who. All identities have disappeared, just a tremendous emptiness is left behind.

"I call it emptiness because you are full of identities – otherwise it is an absolute presence, not emptiness, not an absence. It is the presence of something which by its very nature is a mystery and cannot be reduced to knowledge.

"So I don't know who I am, but I am tremendously content in this not-knowing. And whosoever has ever come to this door of not-knowing has laughed at all knowledge and the stupidity that goes on in the name of knowledge. Knowledge is mediocre. To be in the state of not-knowing is intelligence, it is awareness – and it is non-accumulative. Each moment that which happens disappears, it leaves no trace behind, no existential trace. One comes out of it again pure, again innocent, again like a child.

"So I am a child on the seashore of time, collecting seashells, colored stones. But I am tremendously fulfilled. I know not who I am because I am not. When I say 'I am not' I mean that that 'I' no longer has any relevance. I use the word – obviously I have to use it and there is nothing in the word to be against it – but it is no longer relevant to my inner world. It is still of use with you, but when I am alone I am not. When I am with you, then this word I has to be used as a communicative device. But when I am alone I am not. Aloneness is there, amness is there, but the I is not. So who should know, and whom?

"First I told you that the content had disappeared, now I would like to tell you – because the more you get ready and receptive, the more I can tell you – that the container has also disappeared. Because the container is meaningful only with the content – without the content what is the meaning of the container? The content and the container are both not there."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

play… answer… remember… conscious… others… blessed… plane… mahavira… ginsberg… goshalak

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