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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha, Vol. 01, # 7, (mp3) - choose, desire, nicodemus


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Talk #7 of the Series, The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha, Vol. 01

"Life is three-dimensional, and man is free to choose. The freedom that man has is both a curse and a blessing. He can choose to rise, he can choose to fall. He can choose the way of darkness or he can choose the way of light.

"No other being has the freedom to choose. Their lives are predetermined. Because they are predetermined they cannot go astray – that's the beauty of it. But because it is predetermined they are mechanical – that's what is ugly about it.

"Man is not yet a being in the true sense. He is only a becoming, he is on the way. He is searching, seeking, groping; he is not yet crystallized. That's why he does not know who he is – because he is not yet; how can he know who he is? Before knowing, the being has to happen."
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Osho continues:
"And the being is possible only if you choose rightly, consciously, with full awareness.

"Jean-Paul Sartre is right when he says that man is a project, that man creates himself by his own effort, that man is born only as an opportunity, as a possibility, not as an actuality. He has to become actual – and there is every possibility that he may miss the target. Millions of people miss the target; it is very rare that a person has found his being. When a person finds his being, he is a buddha.

"But the basic requirement is: choose your life with awareness. You have to choose anyway – whether you choose with awareness or not makes no difference, a choice has to be made. You are not free in the sense that if you don't want to choose you will be allowed not to. You are not free not to choose – even not choosing will be a choosing.

"The millions who miss, miss because they don't choose. They simply wait; they go on hoping that something is going to happen. Nothing ever happens that way. You have to create the context, the space, for something valuable to happen to you, for something essential to happen to you.

"There are two schools of philosophers in the world. One believes that man is born as an essence: the essentialist school. It says that man is already born ready-made. This is the idea of all the fatalists. The other school is that of those who call themselves existentialists. They believe that man is born not as an essence but only as an existence.

"And what is the difference? The essence is predetermined; you bring it with your life, you bring it as a blueprint. You have only to unfold it; you are already made. There is no choice for you to make yourself, to create yourself. That is a very uncreative standpoint, it reduces man to a machine.

"The other school believes that man is born only as an existence. The essence has to be created; it is not already there. You have to create yourself, you have to find ways and means to become, to be."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

choose… desire… hell… knowledgeable… future… inexhaustible… interiority… contemplating… nicodemus… indra

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