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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha, Vol. 09, # 5, (mp3) - followers, intelligent, maharishi

 

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Talk #5 of the Series, The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha, Vol. 09

"Nirupa says that this is my serious day. The fault is not mine; the whole fault is Gautama the Buddha's. That old guy is absolutely serious.

"It is said of Jesus that he never laughed. That can't be true because Jesus is very much a man of the earth, very earthly. It is impossible that he never laughed. He loved people, he loved mixing with people, with ordinary people – farmers, carpenters, fishermen, gamblers, drunkards, prostitutes. Seeing his company, it seems absolutely improbable that he never laughed. He enjoyed eating, drinking; he enjoyed company. He must have gossiped, joked, laughed.

"But it is possible that Buddha never laughed. He is utterly serious. He is very much Indian. He is pure water. I mix as much wine as I can!

"So Nirupa, forgive me, because if I mix more wine, then that old guy will be really angry! As it is, he already thinks I am corrupting him, but he can't do anything – I am alive and he is dead! I am not an Indian at all."
 
 
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Osho continues:
"Once an American lady was asking me, 'What 'nese' are you? – Japanese, Chinese, Javanese?'

"I told her, 'I am no one.' And then I asked her, 'Who are you? – monkey, donkey or Yankee?'

"I belong to no country, to no tradition, to no race, to no religion. I am just a white cloud floating all over the world. I don't have any roots anywhere; hence I am free. Buddha has roots in the Indian soil, in the Indian mind.

"Buddha would have remained the same, unavailable, unapproachable. It is through the Chinese and the Japanese that he became a little more human. Otherwise he would have remained a god above the clouds, almost unreachable. When Buddhism was introduced into China they brought it down to the earth. Chinese are very down-to-earth people. They have never given birth to any men like Buddha. They had their own awakened people – Lao Tzu, Chuang Tzu, Lieh Tzu – but they are full of laughter, full of joy, full of gratitude. They belong to this existence; they are not in any way escaping from it. They are living it in its totality.

"And the Japanese are even more earthly. When Buddhism reached Japan via China, its very color, texture, its very fragrance changed. It became tremendously multidimensional, creative, more life-affirmative. Laughter came in. The Japanese masters transformed the very seriousness of Buddha into its opposite.

"But in India the effort has never been made. In India Buddha has remained old, for twenty-five centuries.

"My effort here is to make him alive again. And to make him alive means to make him a contemporary, to help him to speak to you the way you would like to be spoken to, the way you will be able to understand him. He has to be brought from his heights. The earth has its own beauty and any height has to be based on this very earth.

"So, Nirupa, forgive me, because speaking on Buddha something of him is bound to come in; that is unavoidable. I try my best to give new colors to his colorless way of expression, to give him more liveliness, but still, I cannot go too far from his sutra."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

followers… intelligent… humanity… mistakes… opposites… fool… pseudo… pretend… respected… maharishi
 

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