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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: Live Zen, # 8, (mp3) - answer, laughter, setcho


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The Voice of the Raindrops

Talk #8 of the Series, Live Zen

I wish I could tell Setcho that in our assembly, 'An empty hall resounding with the voice of raindrops,' is our master's answer.

And question two: You have never failed to answer – or at least whenever I have listened for it, I have always heard a response. What is your comment?

And question three: When one's own voice becomes the voice of the raindrops – is that your constant milieu?

"Maneesha, the sound of raindrops is not there today but the sound of the bamboos is filling the whole being of this assembly. It is the same.

"It does not matter whether it is the sound of running water or the crackling of bamboos – if you are silent, you are not; only the sound of the bamboos fills the whole sphere."
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Osho continues:
"What else remains? – just a pure awareness.

"You cannot identify this awareness with yourself. It is transcendental to you, it is higher than you, it is bigger than you. It is your intrinsic treasure, but the lotus is still in the seed.

"This anecdote very beautifully makes the point, never mentioning the word awareness. There are reasons not to mention the word. Because of your old habit of the mind, you immediately grab on to anything – awareness, consciousness, witnessing – and immediately you think, 'It is me.'
Kyosei asked a monk, 'What is the noise outside?'
The monk said, 'That is the voice of the raindrops.'
Kyosei said, 'Men's thinking is topsy-turvy. Deluded by their own selves, they pursue things.'
The monk asked, 'What about yourself?'
Kyosei said, 'I was near it but am not deluded.'
The monk asked, 'What do you mean by 'near it but not deluded'?'
Kyosei said, 'To say it in the sphere of realization may be easy, but to say it in the sphere of transcendence is difficult.'
"Ordinarily, if you had come across such an anecdote, you would have passed without paying any attention to its meaning and significance. Who cares what is the noise outside? It may be the raindrops, it may be birds singing, it may be bamboos dancing in the wind.

"Kyosei is asking, 'What is the noise outside?' The question has a great implication. You can answer it if you are inside, otherwise who will answer? 'What is the noise outside?' can be answered only by a consciousness within. If you are asleep you cannot answer, 'What is the noise outside?' If you are unconscious you cannot answer, 'What is the noise outside?'

"Kyosei is not really interested in the noise outside, he is interested in: 'Are you in? Are you aware?' But the monk missed, because he said, 'That is the voice of the raindrops.'

"Kyosei is not asking anything about the objective world, the outside world, although the question appears to be so. If the monk had remained silent, allowing the raindrops to create the sound, or the bamboos….

"In this moment, except your silence there is no answer. Silence is the answer. The moment you speak even a single word you have missed: Kyosei said, 'Men's thinking is topsy-turvy."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

answer… laughter… desire… contagious… setcho