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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha, Vol. 04, # 5, (mp3) - life, hell, ramakrishna


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Dust against the Wind

Talk #5 of the Series, The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha, Vol. 04

"Life is not given ready-made – not to humanity at least. That is the dignity of human beings, and the danger too. All other animals are born ready-made, preprogrammed. Their whole life is a simple unfoldment of something built-in. They need not live their lives consciously; their life is unconscious, it is mechanical. It can't be good, it can't be bad; it simply is. You cannot call a tree a sinner or a saint, and you cannot call a tiger or cat virtuous or full of vice. Those words are meaningless as far as existence below humanity is concerned. They become immensely significant referred to man.

"Man has a special situation. He is born like all other animals, with a difference – a difference that really makes a difference. The difference is of tremendous value to understand, because one may go on avoiding it and to avoid it is to avoid your true life."
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Osho continues:
"There is every possibility to remain oblivious of it, because it seems more convenient and more comfortable not to be reminded of it. To be reminded of it means a great challenge: a challenge to adventure into the unknown, into that which is not preprogrammed.

"God is not a built-in possibility; it is an open opportunity. It can happen, it may not happen. It all depends on you – how you live, how much consciousness you bring to your life, how nonmechanical you become.

"Millions of people don't want to be reminded of this dimension at all; hence their antagonism against Buddha, Christ, Socrates. These people – Buddha, Christ, Socrates – goad you, they don't allow you to sleep comfortably. They bring the point again and again to your awareness that this is not the right way to live, that you are missing life. This is not human life that you are living, this is animal life.

"And sometimes you can fall even below animals. No animal can become a Genghis Khan or Adolf Hitler or Joseph Stalin, because animals have no choice. They can't become Buddhas, they can't become Genghis Khans either. They remain whatsoever they are; they can't move anywhere else. They have a life already arranged; they will simply follow the course.

"Their life is like a movie: when you see it for the first time you are immensely interested, curious what is going to happen next but in fact, nothing is going to happen – the film is already preprogrammed. Next time you don't feel so interested because you know already what is going to happen next. The third time you are bored, and if you are forced to see it a fourth time you will rebel, and if you have to see it a fifth time you may go mad. The same film. Because now you know everything is already there, nothing is happening; the film is simply repeating a certain course.

"Animals are like films – already made, unfolding whatsoever is built-in. Man lives in a world of choice; hence man has to decide what life he wants to live. He can fall below the animals, he can rise above the angels."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

life… hell… innocent… believe… conscious… understand… wisdom… ramakrishna… augustine… mahavira

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