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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: The Book of Secrets, # 75, (mp3) - desire, movement, rinzai

 

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Seek the Rhythm of Opposites

Talk #75 of the Series, The Book of Secrets

"One of the greatest poets, Walt Whitman, is reported to have said, 'I contradict myself because I am big, I contradict myself because I contain all the opposites, because I am all.' The same thing can be said about Shiva, about Tantra.

"Tantra is the search for the rhythm of opposites, of contradictions. Contradictory, opposite standpoints become one in Tantra. This has to be deeply understood, only then will you be able to understand why there are so many contradictory, different techniques. Life is a rhythm between opposites: male and female, positive and negative, day and night, birth and death. Between these opposites moves the river of life. The opposites are the banks – they appear to be contradictory, but they are cooperative. The appearance is false. Life cannot exist without this rhythm between the opposites."
 
 
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Osho continues:
"And life contains all. Tantra is neither for this nor for that – Tantra is for all. Tantra has no standpoint of its own really. All standpoints that are possible are contained in it. It is big. It can contradict itself because it contains all. It is not partial, it is the whole. Hence it is holy.

"All partial standpoints are bound to be profane; they cannot be holy if they don't contain the opposite. They may be logical and rational, but they cannot be alive. Wherever life exists, it exists through its opposite. It cannot exist alone, the opposite is a must.

"In Greek mythology, two gods are at polar opposites: Apollo and Dionysius. Apollo is the god of order, discipline, virtue, morality, culture, and Dionysius is the god of disorder, chaos, freedom, nature. Both are polar opposites. Almost all religions are more or less based on the Apollonian standpoint. They believe in reason, they believe in order, they believe in virtue, they believe in discipline, controlreally they believe in the ego.

"But Tantra is basically different: it contains both. It contains the Dionysian standpoint also. It believes in nature, it believes in chaos, it believes in laughing and dancing and singing; it is not just serious, it is both. It is both serious and non-serious. Nietzsche writes in one of his letters, 'I can believe only in a dancing god.' He couldn't find any dancing god. Had he known something about Shiva then the story of his life would have been totally different. Shiva is the dancing god. Nietzsche knew only about the Christian god. That is the only standpoint – very serious. Sometimes the seriousness of the Christian god looks absurd, childish, because the opposite is denied completely. You cannot conceive of a Christian god dancing. Impossible! Dancing looks too earthly. And you cannot conceive of a Christian god laughing – or can you? It is impossible. The Christian god cannot laugh. Laughter will look too worldly. The Christian god is the very spirit of seriousness and Nietzsche couldn't believe in it.

"And I think that no one can believe in such a god because it is half, it is not the whole."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

desire… movement… melting… lonely… look… oneness… concepts… rinzai… apollo
 

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