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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: The Book of Wisdom, # 17, (mp3) - concentration, slave, atisha


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Wake Up the Slave

Talk #17 of the Series, The Book of Wisdom

"An ancient story:

"Jesus, son of Mary, once came upon an old man who lived on a mountain in the open air without any shelter from heat or cold. Jesus asked him why he had not built himself a house.

"'Ah, spirit of God!' said the old man. 'Prophets before thee predicted that I would live for only seven hundred years. It is not worth my trouble to settle down.'

"Life is a wandering, it is not a home. It is a search for the home, but it itself is not the home. It is an inquiry, an adventure. It is not necessarily that you will succeed – success is very rare, because the search is very complex and there are a thousand and one difficulties on the way.

"But let this be your first understanding about today's sutras."
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Osho continues:
"They are of immense value. When you meditate and when you go deeper into them you will be surprised: these sutras are just like oceans contained in dewdrops.

"Mohammed says, 'I am like a rider who shelters under a tree, then goes on his way.' Yes, this life is an overnight stay, a caravanserai. Don't settle in it. Use the opportunity to reach higher and higher and higher, because there is no end to heights, to depths. But remember always, don't take life for granted: it is only an opportunity, with immense potential and possibilities. But if you start thinking that you have already arrived because you are alive, you will miss the whole point.

"Jesus says again and again, 'The world is to be treated as a bridge, not as a stopping place.' Use it as a bridge; it can bridge you to existence. And when life becomes a bridge to existence it is divine. But if you don't use it as a bridge towards existence it remains mundane, spurious, illusory, imaginary, fictitious.

"The first sutra:
Don't seek sorrow for spurious comforts.
"Everybody seeks, searches for bliss, and almost everybody succeeds in finding just the opposite. I say 'almost' because a few people have to be left out of the account – a Buddha, a Zarathustra, a Lao Tzu, an Atisha. But they are so few and far between; they are exceptions, they only prove the rule. So I say almost everybody who searches for bliss finds misery and suffering. People try to enter into heaven, and by the time they have arrived suddenly they recognize the fact that it is hell.

"There must be a great misunderstanding somewhere. The misunderstanding is that those who seek pleasure will find sorrow – because pleasure is only a camouflage; it is sorrow hiding itself behind a curtain. It is a mask – tears hiding behind smiles, thorns waiting for you behind flowers. Those who see it, and everybody can see it because it is obviousso, everybody comes to experience it again and again. But man is the animal who never learns.

"Aristotle has defined man as a rational being. That is sheer nonsense! Man is the most irrational being you can find anywhere."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

concentration… slave… root… significance… godly… searches… inseparable… outsiders… atisha… desai

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