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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: Bodhidharma: The Greatest Zen Master #14, (mp3) - moment, chain, diogenes


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To Face a Buddha Is Dangerous

Talk #14 of the Series, Bodhidharma: The Greatest Zen Master

"Bodhidharma, for the first time in these sutras, looks at the people who are not enlightened and who are bound to misunderstand him. Hence, he talks about the possibility of the ordinary, unenlightened mind, and how it looks at things. He himself talks about it, so that he can make it clear that all these so-called understandings of the mind – either shallow or deep, or even very deep – all are wrong.

"This is very rare, because Bodhidharma never thought about the people who would be his audience. He only thought about the truth. And he talked about it without any consideration of those who were listening to it, or reading it. This is part of his compassion; this is the part that makes the arhatas and the bodhisattvas separate."
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Osho continues:
"Arhatas never, never think about anybody else. If they speak, they are just speaking to themselves. Most probably they remain silent. They have a profound respect for others, but they know that to tell them about the ultimate is to disturb their ordinariness. It is an interference in their mundane minds – although it is for their own benefit. But they are not asking for it, and unless they invite the truth, the truth is not going to knock on their doors.

"The truth is almost like the sun in the morning. It risesit does not knock on your doors saying, 'I am here and the night is over and you can wake.' It does not go to every nest of the birds, to tell them, 'Now it is time to sing, I have come,' nor does it go to every flower to open its petals and release its fragrance. It simply comes. Those who are receptive will receive it. Those who are not receptive will not receive it. Those who are awake will know that the morning has arrived, but those who are fast asleep will not know, even in their dreams, that the night is over. But the sun does not interfere.

"The understanding of the arhatas is that compassion means not to interfere, not to trespass, even though it is for the benefit of those against whom you are trespassing. Trespassing in itself is against the dignity of individuals and it is a humiliation. To say to someone, 'You are asleep,' means you are putting yourself on a higher pedestal. You are saying, 'I am awake and you are asleep,' you are saying 'I am holier than thou, higher than thou; I have arrived to the ultimate peak of my consciousness and you are still wandering in the world of darkness, groping everywhere, stumbling, falling and finding no way out.'

"Even to advise anyone is to take a certain position: 'I know and you do not know.' The arhatas' standpoint is that it is against compassion, it is against reverence for life; hence they remain silent. If anybody feels their presence on his own accord and comes close to them to drink the living waters of their experience, they are available – just like the river passing by."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

moment… chain… response… sages… arhatas… miss… outside… diogenes… gurdjieff… kirlian

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