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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: The Empty Boat, # 1, (mp3) - somebody, tao, shaw


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The Toast Is Burned

Talk #1 of the Series, The Empty Boat

"You have come to me. You have taken a dangerous step. It is a risk because near me you can be lost forever. To come closer will mean death and cannot mean anything else. I am just like an abyss. Come closer to me and you will fall into me. And for this, the invitation has been given to you. You have heard it and you have come.

"Be aware that through me you are not going to gain anything. Through me you can only lose all – because unless you are lost, the divine cannot happen; unless you disappear totally, the real cannot arise. You are the barrier.

"And you are so much, so stubbornly much, you are so filled with yourself that nothing can penetrate you. Your doors are closed."
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Osho continues:
"When you disappear, when you are not, the doors open. Then you become just like the vast, infinite sky.

"That is your nature. That is Tao.

"Before I enter into Chuang Tzu's beautiful parable of The Empty Boat, I would like to tell you one other story, because that will set the trend for this meditation camp which you are entering.

"I have heard

"It happened once, in some ancient time, in some unknown country, that a prince suddenly went mad. The king was desperate – the prince was the only son, the only heir to the kingdom. All the magicians were called, miracle makers, medical men were summoned, every effort was made, but in vain. Nobody could help the young prince, he remained mad.

"The day he went crazy he threw off his clothes, became naked, and started to live under a big table. He thought that he had become a rooster. Ultimately the king had to accept the fact that the prince could not be reclaimed. He had gone insane permanently; all the experts had failed.

"But one day, again hope dawned. One sage, a Sufi, a mystic, knocked on the palace door and said, 'Give me an opportunity to cure the prince.'

"But the king felt suspicious, because this man looked crazy himself, more crazy than the prince. But the mystic said, 'Only I can cure him. To cure a madman, a greater madman is needed. And your miracle makers, your medical experts, all have failed because they don't know the ABC of madness. They have never traveled that path.'

"It looked logical, and then the king thought, 'There is no harm in it, why not try?' So the opportunity was given to him.

"The moment the king said, 'Okay, you try,' this mystic threw off his clothes, jumped under the table and crowed like a rooster.

"The prince became suspicious, and he said, 'Who are you? And what do you think you are doing?'

"The old man said, 'I am a rooster, more experienced than you. You are nothing, you are just a newcomer, at the most an apprentice.'

"The prince said, 'Then it is okay if you are also a rooster, but you look like a human being.'

"The old man said, 'Don't go by appearances, look at my spirit, at my soul."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

somebody, tao, postpone, melt, failure, existence, confused, oneself, simplicity, shaw

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