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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha, Vol. 11, # 5, (mp3) - breathing, philosophy, alexander


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Freedom Is the Fragrance of Truth

Talk #5 of the Series, The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha, Vol. 11

"The Scots angler died, made his way to heaven, and was stopped at the gate by Saint Peter who said, 'You have told too many lies to get in here!'

"'Have a heart,' replied the angler. 'Remember you were a fisherman once yourself!'

"Gautama the Buddha is reminding his bodhisattvas that the path that they have followed themselves, the very beginning of the path, they may have completely forgotten about by now. Who remembers the dreams in the morning when he is awake? Within seconds those dreams are forgotten.

"The same happens when you become enlightened: all the misery, all the nightmares, all the sorrows that you had suffered so much simply become so insignificant, so irrelevant that they disappear from your consciousness. They are no more part of your life story – as if they had happened to somebody else and not to you."
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Osho continues:
"Hence Buddha is reminding his bodhisattvas how the journey starts from the very beginning; only then can these people be of help to others.

"The first thing he says: Remember only to talk to seekers. There are many who are inquirers but who are not seekers, many who are curious but not seekers. The curious person is a little childish. Every child is curious – curious about each and everything, curious about one thousand and one things, but not really interested in knowing. He asks one question; by the time you answer him he has started asking about something else. He is not listening to your answer at all, he is not interested in it anymore; it was a momentary phenomenon. He had just become attracted to something: he saw a flower and he asked about it, and then he heard the noise of an airplane and he started asking about airplanes, and then something else caught his eye.

"A seeker means one for whom the inquiry is not only curiosity, not a childish phenomenon, but a mature inquiry, for whom it has become a question of life and death. Unless truth becomes a question of life and death you are not a seeker.

"Buddha is saying to his bodhisattvas, his apostles: Talk only to seekers, address yourself only to seekers. Don't waste your time with childish people who are curious about each and everything. Their questions may look very great, but their hearts are not in their questions. They have asked just to ask; they are not interested in finding the answer and they are not ready to risk anything. If they can get the answer free, maybe they are ready to listen; but they are not ready to pay. And life's real questions are not to be solved in such a cheap way. You have to pay and you have to pay with your whole being. You have to get involved; it needs commitment.

"Anybody can ask about God, but very few people are ready to risk anything, to go into the unknown, to go into the adventure – and the adventure for God is the greatest adventure there is. And it demands; it is very demanding – it demands your total commitment."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

breathing, philosophy, curious, desires, beginning, watching, silent, alexander, jesus, machiavelli

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