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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: The Great Zen Master Ta Hui, # 37, (mp3) - present, past, ramakrishna


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Talk #37 of the Series, The Great Zen Master Ta Hui

"This morning it is raining so beautifully.

"Tomorrow…one never knows; it may be sunny, the clouds may have disappeared.

"This morning the cuckoo is continuously singing, tomorrow it may have gone. Life is such. You cannot ask permanency, consistency, that things should always remain the same.

"Watching life you will come to know the very secret, and you will also become aware that mind is not functioning according to life. Mind believes in consistency; it wants that it should rain every morning, just the same. Mind is not able to cope with the unknown, with the spontaneous, with the ever-renewing existence.

"The disparity between mind and life is the whole problem. Either you listen to the mind…then you live in misery, because life is not going to fulfill the demands of the mind."
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Osho continues:
"Unfulfilled, miserable, your life will become just a long drawn-out tragedy. But nobody else except you is responsible. You listened to the wrong adviser: you should have listened to life, not to mind.

"Mind is a small mechanism, good for day-to-day affairs, good for the marketplace, but if you want to enter into the vastness of existence mind is absolutely incapable. But you are accustomed to the mind, and even when you are seeking for truth or for love or for the ultimate meaning you go on carrying your old mind, which is absolutely a hindrance; it is not a help on the way.

"If you listen to life instead of mind, things are very simple. You never say to life, 'You are contradictory. Yesterday there was no rain and today it is raining. Yesterday it was hot and today it is cold.' You simply accept life as it comes – there is no other way. It is one of those inescapables Ta Hui has talked of before. It is unavoidable.

"The child will become a young man, the young man will become old, and the old man will die. A man of understanding simply accepts this whole flux, change, without any resistance, because he knows this is how things are. By your expectations they don't change. Your expectations only create frustrations for you.

"My whole life I have been told, 'You have said something a few years before; now you are saying something else. Your philosophy is contradictory, you are not consistent.'

"And they have been shocked when I told them, 'Yes, you are right. But it is not an objection against me, it is a compliment. It means my philosophy is in tune with life. It changes…the climate changes, the season changes. Sometimes it is fall and the trees are standing naked; against the sky they have their own beauty. And sometimes it is spring, and the trees are so green with foliage and ready to shower their flowers for anyone who happens to be nearby. No introduction is needed, no acquaintance is needed; the friend and the foe are both treated the same way.'

"From my very childhood I watched the river of my village swelling in the rains, becoming so vast as if it is the ocean itself."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

present… past… life… philosophy… direction… consistent… silently… ramakrishna… heraclitus… rinzai

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