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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: Come Follow to You, Vol. 2, # 5, (mp3) - moment, blind, carlyle

 

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Character Kills

Talk #5 of the Series, Come Follow to You, Vol. 2

"Thomas Carlyle once said about one of his friends that he was born a man and died a grocer. Everybody is born great and dies very small. Everybody is born like a god and almost always dies like a dog. What happens in between? Why is man crippled by life?

"One should hope that man grows to greater dimensions, grows to greater heights, grows to greater life – what Jesus calls 'life abundant' – but that rarely happens. How it usually happens is that man starts shrinking. The moment man is born he starts shrinking, becoming smaller and smaller and smaller. This has to be understood.

"When a child is born he has no identity. He simply is. That 'is-ness' is vast, it has magnitude, it has no limitation. The child has no name yet – a name cripples – the child has no identity, the child does not know who he is."
 
 
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Osho continues:
"That is his greatness, that is his vastness. He is one with existence; he is not yet separated. He has no boundary, no finitude.

"A child has no character; that is his beauty. Character kills. The more character you have, the smaller you have become. Character is an armor around you. It defines you – and every definition is a death. Let me repeat: Every definition is a death. Only the undefined is alive.

"The child has a body but he has no form. In his consciousness no form yet exists. Even if you put a mirror before the child he will not recognize himself. He will look at the mirror but he will not recognize that he is reflected there, because he does not yet know who he is. That is his innocence. Then things start gathering around: the name and it becomes an imprisonment. The form, the identity, the religion, the society, the color, the nation – they all become confinements.

"Now the child is shrinking; the vastness of the sky is disappearing. Clouds are gathering and they go on suffocating your being. By the time you die, you were already dead long before.

"This is the meaning of these sutras: that if one is to attain to one's real glory again, one has to become indefinable, one has to lose character.

"It will be very difficult to understand me. I say one has to lose character, because character is what gives you limitations. Character is a fixity, a frozenness. Unless the character melts and you start feeling again, and you become unknown to yourself and unpredictable. Nobody, not even you yourself, knows what is going to happen in the next moment. You start living from moment to moment. The calculation is gone, the planning disappears. You float like a white cloud in the sky, moving but without any motivation; moving but not knowing where you are going; moving but remaining in the moment – so totally herenow that past and future make no sense, only the present is meaningful.

"Then what will be your identity? Who will be you? You cannot say anything about it; it is unutterable. That is what Buddha calls the inner emptiness: anatta, no self."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

moment… blind… character… understand… misery… loving… god… becoming… baptist… carlyle
 

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