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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha, Vol. 08, # 5, (mp3) - bliss, holy, machiavelli


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Be in the World and Be Holy

Talk #5 of the Series, The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha, Vol. 08

"The first sutra:There is pleasure
and there is bliss.
Forgo the first to possess the second.

"Meditate over it as deeply as possible, because it contains one of the most fundamental truths. These four words will have to be understood, pondered over: the first is pleasure, the second is happiness, the third is joy, and the fourth is bliss.

"Pleasure is physical, physiological. Pleasure is the most superficial thing in life; it is titillation. It can be sexual, it can be of other senses, it can become an obsession with food, but it is rooted in the body. The body is your periphery, your circumference; it is not your center. And to live on the circumference is to live on the mercy of all kinds of things that go on happening around you."
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Osho continues:
"The man who seeks pleasure remains at the mercy of accidents.

"It is like the waves in the ocean; they are at the mercy of the winds. When strong winds come, they are there; when winds disappear, they disappear. They don't have an independent existence; they are dependent, and anything that is dependent on the other brings bondage.

"Pleasure is dependent on the other. If you love a woman, if that is your pleasure, then that woman becomes your master. If you love a man, if that is your pleasure and you feel unhappy, in despair, sad, without him, then you have created a bondage for yourself. You have created a prison, you are no longer in freedom.

"If you are a seeker after money and power, then you will be dependent on money and power. The man who goes on accumulating money, if it is his pleasure to have more and more money, will become more and more miserable – because the more he has, the more he wants, and the more he has, the more he is afraid to lose it. A double-edged sword: the more he wants – the first edge of the sword. Hence he becomes more and more miserable.

"The more you demand, desire, the more you feel yourself lacking something, the more hollow, empty, you appear to yourself. On the other hand – the other edge of the sword – the more you have, the more you are afraid it can be taken away; it can be stolen. The bank can go bankrupt, the political situation in the country can change, the country can become Communist. There are a thousand and one things upon which your money depends. Your money does not make you a master, it makes you a slave. Pleasure is peripheral; hence it is bound to depend on the outer circumstances. And it is only titillation.

"If food is pleasure, what actually is being enjoyed? – just the taste. For a moment, when the food passes the taste buds on your tongue, you feel a sensation which you interpret as pleasure. It is your interpretation. Today it may look like pleasure and tomorrow it may not look like pleasure."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

bliss… holy… pleasure… possess… somebody… grow… miss… sinner… machiavelli… nadirshah

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