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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: God Is Dead: Now Zen Is the Only Living Truth, # 2, (mp3) - beginning, enlightenment, sekito


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God Is an Insult to Man

Talk #2 of the Series, God Is Dead: Now Zen Is the Only Living Truth

"Friends, before I answer your questions, I have to answer two letters from very knowledgeable idiots. This distinction has to be remembered: there is a certain ignorance that knows, and there is a certain knowledgeability that knows nothing.

"One is a Buddhist scholar, and he writes that 'an enlightened man cannot be concerned with the trivia of the ordinary world and its concerns.'

"It means, according to him, that I am an ignorant man. It is a compliment to me because every enlightened man finally becomes as ignorant as a child, or as innocent as a child. Socrates' last words were: 'I don't know anything.'

"This man is a scholar but blind. Does he think that a Third World War, which is going to erase the whole of humanity, is a trivia? Does he think that the explosion of the population in this country, which is going to kill almost five hundred million people in the coming ten years, is trivia?

"And if these are trivia then I have to take him back to Gautam Buddha."
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Osho continues:
"He was concerned that no sannyasin of his should have more than three pieces of clothes – that was trivia. He was concerned that no sannyasin of his should wear shoes – that is trivia. He was concerned that no sannyasin should eat more than one time in a day – that was trivia. And still he is enlightened and I am ignorant. This is what I call 'knowledgeable idiots.'

"Buddha has made thirty-three thousand rules for his disciples – all trivia. Where can you find thirty-three thousand truths? Truth is one and inexpressible. But he was concerned with absolute trivia.

"One sannyasin was going to spread his message. He has come for Buddha's last word, because he may not be coming back to him for two or three years. And what is his message? 'Don't look at a woman.' Now, unless you look, you cannot decide whether the person is a woman or a man.

"I don't understand the kind of nonsense Buddha is talking. How are you going to know that the person coming towards you is a woman? You have to see first. Then you can close your eyes. But you have seen, and once you have seen a beautiful woman and you close your eyes, she becomes more beautiful. Is it not trivia?

"And Buddha told him, 'You have to keep your eyes just four feet ahead of you. Just look only four feet ahead and keep your eyes down, so even if you come across a woman you only see her feet.'

"This is great spiritual stuff.

"The man was a little puzzled and he said, 'I will try my best, but if by chance I happen to see a woman accidentally – suddenly a woman comes from out of the forest or on a crossroad – what should I do?'

"Buddha said, 'If you accidentally see a woman, don't talk to her.'

"Is it great spirituality? 'Don't even say, 'Hello!' because she is a woman.'

"And the man insisted. He said, 'If the woman says something, won't it be embarrassing not to answer her? Will it not be inhuman?'

"Buddha said, 'If such a coincidence happens, you can talk to her, but don't touch her.'

"Is this spiritual stuff?

"What do you call trivia? The whole humanity is going to die and I should not speak!? And your Gautam Buddha is talking absolute nonsense to the people."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

beginning… enlightenment… illusory… humanity… fiction… answer… missing… sekito… nangaku… nehru

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