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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: The Discipline of Transcendence, Vol. 4, # 11, (mp3)


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Buddha: the Greatest Anarchist in Human History

Talk #11 of the Series, The Discipline of Transcendence, Vol. 4

"The Buddha is the greatest anarchist in human history. He does not believe in any rule from the outside. To help you become free from the outside, he teaches you an inner rule, an inner discipline. Once you have learned the ways of the inner discipline, he's there, ready to destroy that too – because either you are ruled from the outside or from the inside. You are a slave; freedom is only when there is no rule.

"So the inner discipline is just a step to get out from the outer domination of the society, of the state, of the masses, civilization, culture, etcetera. Once you are free of the outer domination, then Buddha starts destroying your inner discipline too. That's why I call him the greatest anarchist ever."
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Osho continues:
"There have been people who have taught that no outside rule should exist, but Buddha is alone in teaching that even the inside rule is a form of slavery, a subtle slavery. No-discipline is his discipline. And when a person is absolutely without any discipline then there is beauty – because then there is freedom. Then one acts spontaneously; not according to any rule imposed by others or imposed by oneself. Then one simply acts out of nothingness. Then the response is total; nothing is being held back, and there is no enforcement of any sort, there is no violence. There is tremendous grace, there is benediction – because now the actor has completely disappeared, the doer is no more there. If you are trying to discipline yourself, the doer remains, in a subtle way. If you are trying to discipline yourself, you remain schizophrenic, you remain divided. A part of you disciplines you, another part is being disciplined by you. So one part becomes the master and another part becomes the slave. Again there is division, again there is duality, again you are not one.

"And there is bound to be conflict in this duality, because in reality you are one, and this is a fiction. Who is trying to rule whom? Who is there to be dominated by whom? There is only one existence inside, one being. To bring any sort of discipline means to divide that unity, and that division is misery, that division is hell.

"So first Buddha says: There is no God – because if there is a God and any belief in God, then man can never be free; because then there is a dominator, a dictator. With a God in the world, there can be no democracy – impossible. If God has created man, then of course he is the ultimate power. If he's omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, then how can freedom exist? You are never left alone, he's everywhere: that's what the so-called religious people teach. They say, 'He's looking at you wherever you are. In the most private situation also, he's there, watching you constantly. His eyes follow you.'

"This seems to be a very dangerous teaching: it means you don't have any freedom, it means you don't have any privacy."

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