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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: Light on the Path, # 29, (mp3) - beginning, present, nietzsche


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Nietzsche: A Great Freedom or a Great Danger

Talk #29 of the Series, Light on the Path

"It is good news.

"Friedrich Nietzsche is one of the philosophers with the most potential in the whole world, not only in the West, not only in Germany. His insights are significant for everybody. But he was misunderstood by all his contemporaries.

"That's the usual fate of every genius.

"It is almost routine, not an exception but a rule, that the genius is bound to be misunderstood by his contemporaries, for the simple reason that he is far ahead of his time. So there is always a revival after the death of a genius. It may take one hundred years, two hundred years, but a genius always has a revival.

"It is unfortunate that by the time people start understanding him, he is no more. And he suffers the misunderstandings all around him his whole life."
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Osho continues:
"He lives almost alone, with no communication with his contemporaries; and by the time he is being understood, he is no more. He never comes to know the people who will understand him.

"So it was absolutely certain that Friedrich Nietzsche would have a great revival, and his words and his insights would be echoed all over the world – not only in the world of philosophy, but in the world of religion, morality, aesthetics. Whatever he touched, he always brought something absolutely new to it.

"And that's the trouble – because for thousands of years people have understood a thing in a certain way. When a person like Nietzsche turns all the tables – which centuries have founded – and alone, single-handedly, fights against the whole past, it is a very difficult situation – and more so for a Western philosopher who has no understanding of meditation.

"He naturally gets very frustrated. It is bound to bring him insanity – the misunderstanding of the people. Everybody misunderstands him. In the world full of millions of people, there is not a single person with whom he can have a heart-to-heart contact, communion. He is in a desert – it drives him mad. That's what happened with Nietzsche.

"He lived a life of immense frustration, because he was giving great insights to the world; and in return – only condemnation. He was bringing new light – and not a single friendly response…. Even his friends were not friendly about his philosophical approaches. That finally drove Nietzsche to madness; he died a madman.

"His death in madness is a condemnation of the whole Western approach. In the East people have been misunderstood, but because there was an underlying meditative silence and peace and contentment, and a deep understanding that this is just how things are – they are bound to be misunderstood – there was a natural acceptance of it. They were not frustrated, they were not angry; they were not going insane or committing suicide.

"But in the West it has been almost always the situation with every great philosopher – the misunderstanding from all corners, from all dimensions, and the deep expectation of the person of being understood."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

beginning… present… melting… contemporary… nietzsche… gurdjieff… bennett… abraham… columbus

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