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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: The Invitation, # 21, (mp3) - meditation, existence, maharishi


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To Know Oneself and to Be Oneself

Talk #21 of the Series, The Invitation

"It is a very strange question because every day, morning and evening, I am speaking on discipline and meditation. If anybody reads your question, he will think that for the first time I have to speak on discipline and meditation! Where have you been for so long?

"You remind me of two old friends; they meet on a street in Leningrad…

"'How is life treating you,' asks one.

"'Just great,' replies the other.

"The first one looks at him dubiously and says, 'Have you been reading the papers?'

"'Of course,' replies the other, 'how else would I know!'

"People know about their own lives by reading newspapers, and I have been telling you every day about meditation and nothing else, and you are asking…!


"A little old Jewish lady sits down on a plane next to a big Norwegian."
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Osho continues:
"She keeps staring and staring at him. Finally she turns to him and says, 'Pardon me, are you Jewish?'

"'No,' he replies. A few minutes go by and she looks at him again and says, 'You can tell me – you are Jewish, aren't you?'

"He answers, 'Definitely not.'

"She keeps studying him, and says again, 'I can tell you are Jewish!'

"In order to get her to stop annoying him, the gentleman says, 'Okay, I am Jewish.'

"She looks at him and shakes her head back and forth and says, 'Really, you don't look it!'

"I am wondering from where to begin! Meditation is the only contribution the East has made to humanity. The West has made many contributions, thousands of scientific inventions, immense progress in medicine, unbelievable discoveries in all the dimensions in life. But still, a single contribution of the East is far more valuable than all the contributions of the West.

"The West has become rich; it has all the technology to be rich. The East has become poor, immensely poor, because it has not looked for anything else except for one thing, and that is one's own inner being. Its richness is something which cannot be seen, but it has known the highest peaks of bliss, the greatest depths of silence. It has known the eternity of life; it has known the most beautiful flowering of love, compassion, joy. Its whole genius has been devoted to a single search – you can call it ecstasy.

"Meditation is only a technique to reach to the ecstatic state, to the state of divine intoxication. It is a simple technique, but the mind makes it very complex. Mind has to make it very complex and difficult, because both cannot exist together.

"Meditation is the death of the mind.

"Naturally, mind resists every effort for meditation. And if you go on without listening to the mind… It is clever and cunning enough to give you false directions and call them meditation.

"Just today I was informed about one of the people who has been for many years a disciple of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. He is now here meditating, but he continues his master Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's meditation too."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

meditation… existence… boredom… lying… enjoy… speakers… maharishi

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