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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha, Vol. 11, # 9, (mp3) - pain, alone, sharda


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Mind Is Mischief

Talk #9 of the Series, The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha, Vol. 11

"Hank was riding the range, a-singing and a-humming. Suddenly his horse reared and stopped. In front of them was a huge snake. Hank drew his gun and was about to fire when the snake cried, 'Don't shoot! If you spare my life I have the power to grant you any three wishes you make!'

"'Okay,' said Hank, figuring he had nothing to lose. 'My first wish is a handsome face like Paul Newman. Second I want a muscular body like Muhammad Ali. And my last wish is to be equipped like my horse here!'

"'Granted!' said the snake. 'When you wake up tomorrow you will have all these things.'

"Next morning Hank awoke and rushed to the mirror. Sure enough, he had a face like Paul Newman and to his delight he saw a pair of massive shoulders and arms like Muhammad Ali."
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Osho continues:
"Then glancing down in great excitement he let out a blood-curdling howl, 'My God, I clean forgot!' he babbled. 'Yesterday I was riding Nellie!'

"Man lives almost in a kind of deep sleep. He is not aware who he is, what he is doing, what he is thinking, where he is going, why he is going. His whole life is the life of a somnambulist, a sleepwalker. He is utterly unconscious. Out of this unconsciousness arise a thousand and one mischiefs; not that he knowingly wants to do them, he cannot avoid them. It is not a question of his decision to stop being mischievous; it is a question of his awareness. If he is aware, mischiefs disappear as darkness disappears when you bring light in. If he is not aware he may think he is doing something good, he may believe with his whole heart that he is doing something good, but he will be doing something mischievous. The total outcome of his life is going to be more chaos in the world.

"You can watch the do-gooders: they all try to help, they all try to serve; they make it a point that their whole life should be one of service. So many public servants in the world, so many missionaries, so many social reformers, so many great revolutionaries – and look at the shape the world is in. Can it be more in a mess? This is the outcome of all your great efforts, of all your great saints. The tree is known by the fruit, and all your religions and all your saints and holy men can only be known by the world that they have helped to create. It is the most ugly world possible.

"Not that God is responsible – God has made a beautiful world. His world is immensely beautiful: the trees, the flowers, the rivers, the mountains, the stars. But the world that man has made, the social structures that man has created are all ugly, violent, utterly mischievous. But everything bad can be done in the name of good.

"Adolf Hitler was not consciously trying to do evil, remember it. He was not knowingly destructive; he was thinking he was trying to help humanity."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

pain, alone, somebody, clinging, mischief, pleasures, disturbed, conscious, sharda, mussolini

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