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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: The Empty Boat, # 3, (mp3) - sacred, intrinsic, herod


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The Owl and the Phoenix

Talk #3 of the Series, The Empty Boat

"The religious mind is basically nonambitious. If there is any sort of ambition, then to be religious is impossible, because only a superior man can become religious. Ambition implies inferiority. Try to understand this because it is one of the basic laws. Without understanding it you can go to temples, you can go to the Himalayas, you can pray and you can meditate, but everything will be in vain. You will be simply wasting your life if you have not understood the nature of the mind – whether it is ambitious or nonambitious. Your whole search will be futile, because ambition can never lead to the divine. Only non-ambition can become the door.

"Modern psychology also agrees with Chuang Tzu, with Lao Tzu, with Buddha, with all those who have known that inferiority creates ambition."
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Osho continues:
"Hence politicians come from the worst stuff in humanity. All politicians are sudras, untouchables. It cannot be otherwise, because whenever the mind feels the inferiority complex it tries to become superior – the opposite is born. When you feel ugly, you try to be beautiful. If you are beautiful, then there is no effort.

"So look at ugly women and you will come to know the nature of the politician. An ugly woman is always trying to hide the ugliness, always trying to be beautiful. At least the face, the painted face, the clothes, the ornaments, they all belong to the ugly. The ugliness has somehow to be overcome and you have to create the opposite to hide it, to escape from it. A really beautiful woman will not worry, she will not even be conscious of her beauty. And only an unconscious beauty is beautiful. When you become conscious, the ugliness has entered.

"When you feel that you are inferior, when you compare yourself and you see that others are superior to you, what will you do? The ego feels hurt – you are inferior. You just cannot accept it, so you have to deceive yourself and others.

"How do you deceive? There are two ways. One is to go mad. Then you can declare that you are an Alexander, a Hitler, a Nixon. Then you can declare easily because then you don't bother what others say. Go to the madhouses all over the world and there you will find all the great people of history still present.

"When Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was alive, at least one dozen people in India believed that they were Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Once he came to a madhouse to inaugurate some new department. And the authorities of that madhouse had arranged for a few people to be released by him, because now they had become healthy and normal. The first person was brought to Nehru, and introduced, so Nehru introduced himself to the madman who had become more normal and said, 'I am Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, prime minister of India.'

"The madman laughed and said, 'Don't worry. Be here for three years and you will become as normal as I have become."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

sacred, intrinsic, herod, ramakrishna

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