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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: The Mustard Seed, # 11, (mp3) - eternal, future, jesus


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Choose the Eternal

Talk #11 of the Series, The Mustard Seed

"The whole human problem consists of choosing between the momentary and the eternal. If you choose the momentary you are building your house on sands; it is going to fall. If you choose the eternal, then something is achieved which is going to be forever and forever.

"And nothing less can satisfy you, only the eternal can satisfy you. The momentary cannot satisfy you; rather, on the contrary, it will make you more hungry and more thirsty. It is like someone throwing butter in the fire to put it out: it will become food for the fire and the fire will increase. The momentary is just like butter in the fire of your mind's desire; it helps it, it is a food. Only the eternal can quench the thirst, there is no other way."
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Osho continues:
"But when I say, 'If you choose the eternal, only then do you build your house on a mountain-top, on something rocklike which will endure and your effort will not be wasted,' what do I mean when I say, 'If you choose the eternal'? – because the eternal cannot be chosen. If you choose you will always choose the momentary, because choice is of the momentary. Then what do I mean when I say, 'Choose the eternal'? I mean: if you can understand that the momentary is useless – by the next moment you will be thirsty again, and this water is not going to destroy your thirst – if you understand this then the momentary drops. It becomes useless, you simply come to understand its meaninglessness. It simply drops and the eternal is chosen: you never choose it.

"When the momentary drops, the eternal enters into your life. But the momentary must become absolutely fruitless, meaningless; with the momentary your failure must be total. 'Blessed are those who fail in this world' – this beatitude must be added to Jesus' other beatitudes.

"Be a failure in this world! You are trying to do just the opposite; to succeed in it. If you succeed, that will be the real failure because then you will remain with the momentary. But no one ever succeeds; we are fortunate because no one ever succeeds. At the most, you can go on postponing the failure, that's all. You may postpone it to a further life, you can postpone it for millions of lives. But no one ever succeeds in this world, because how can you succeed with the momentary, that which is fleeting? How can you build a house on it? That which is passing moment to moment, going out of existence, how can you build a house, an abode on it? By the time the house is ready, the moment is gone. That's why you feel frustrated every moment, but again you start doing the same thing.

"It seems you are not aware, it seems you are not alert to what you are doing; it seems you have not learned anything from life. You have remained ignorant of life, you have not attained to any experience."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

eternal… future… present… need… past… guilt… blind… jesus… edison… heraclitus

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