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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: The Last Testament,  Vol.1, # 15, (mp3) - religions, searching, marx


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I Am Not a Prophet

Talk #15 of the Series, The Last Testament, Vol.1

This is a fascinating recording of an interview with Osho, while at the commune in the USA, answering questions for the first time from the world’s press.

In this interview: Christopher Reed, The Guardian, London, England

Good evening. The Guardian in England is a liberal, serious ( as opposed to tabloid ( daily newspaper. I also work for a similar paper in Australia, The Melbourne Age, and a similar paper in Canada called the Global Mail.
I was here three years ago, and I'm absolutely amazed with the difference I find today. Astonishing, absolutely astonishing! So much so that I could hardly recognize any landmarks because everything was so different. Does it give you a lot of joy to see the place flowering, or don't you interest yourself in that?

"I am absolutely interested; this place has to become one of the most beautiful places on the earth."

Do you think it will? You have your troubles…?

"No troubles."
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Osho continues:
With the neighbors…?

"We enjoy it."

I read in your paper that in your press conference you gave only a one-word answer when asked if you and the neighbors would ever coexist peacefully. You said, 'Never.' That's a long time.

"That's true. In the first place, we don't have any neighbors here. In these 126 square miles, we are alone, an island in itself. In the second place, I don't believe in any compromise. If they are right, we will mix with them, we will drop our own philosophy of life. And if we are right, then they have to drop their prejudices. But I don't believe in coexistence, I believe in existence; either we, or they. Coexistence is a political word, and coexistence is simply a cold war. Just to avoid ( postpone ( real war, politicians go on talking about coexistence. If I love you, we don't coexist, we exist together. Only enemies coexist. I don't have any enemies: if they are hostile, that is their problem ( we are not hostile toward anybody."

I see you use the word coexistence. It has become political, indeed, but you are saying that you coexist in the sense that you have to live with these people, so you tolerate it; and you're saying that you would rather enjoy living with these people. Do I interpret you correctly?

"Tolerance is an ugly word. To tolerate means you have already humiliated the other person, you are already higher, holier, more understanding. The people who talk about tolerance are the most intolerant people. I never tolerate; either I accept, or I simply forget all about the person. Why should I tolerate? He has the right to be himself, I have the right to be myself: there is no need for any tolerance. And they are hostile, we are not hostile. So we enjoy their hostility; that is the only entertainment in this desert."

But it's no longer a desert, as we have seen.

"We will change it into an oasis ( are changing."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

religions… searching… search… organization… accept… fake… disappeared… enjoy… marx… sakharov

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