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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: The Mustard Seed, # 19, (mp3) - look, enjoy, yayati


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God Is Not a Utility

Talk #19 of the Series, The Mustard Seed

"Jesus talks in parables. The parables are very simple but very significant. They are not literal, so we will have to understand the symbolic meaning of them. These sayings today are concerned with a particular type, not exactly tradesmen and businessmen, but the type. You may not be a businessman but you may be the type; you may be a businessman and you may not be the type.

"So remember, there is a particular type and that particular type constitutes almost ninety-nine percent of people: businessmen and traders are all over. They may be doing something else, but their mind is that of a businessman. So the first thing to be understood: who is a businessman, who is a trader?

"A businessman is one who is busy about nonsignificant things, who is busy about the trivial, who is busy about the outside, who is busy about things, commodities, but not about himself."
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Osho continues:
"He has completely forgotten himself, he is lost in the world. He thinks of money, possessions, but never of consciousness, because consciousness is not a commodity, it can neither be sold nor purchased, it is useless. A businessman is one who is a utilitarian: poetry is meaningless, religion is meaningless, God is meaningless, because they cannot be converted into salable objects, you cannot earn money through them. And money is the most significant thing for this type. He can sell himself, he can lose himself, he can destroy his whole life, just to accumulate money. This is the first characteristic of the type.

"I have heard that two businessmen met in a market. It was the peak of the season, of the year. And one said to the other, 'Have you heard that Sheik Fakhruddin, the clothier, died this morning?'

"The other said, 'What! In the middle of the season?'

"Neither life is meaningful, nor death, only the season. His measurement is money, he measures a man with money: how much you have got, not who you are, that is meaningless. If you have money you are significant, if you don't have money you are nobody. If he pays respect to you, he pays respect to your possessions, never to you. If you lose your possessions he will not even look at you.

"Once it happened:

"A rich man became poor. He was in misery and he was saying to his wife, 'I believed that I had so many friends. Fifty percent of them have already left me, and the other fifty percent do not yet know that I have become poor.'

"All of them are going to leave, they were never with you. You cannot have a friendship with a businessman. No, he is only friendly with the money that you have. The moment money is not there, the friendship disappears; it was never with you.

"You cannot relate to a businessman, it is impossible: you cannot be a wife, you cannot be a husband, you cannot be a son, you cannot be a father to a businessman, because he relates only to money. Everything else is beside the point, his target is money."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

look… enjoy… share… sharing… resting… busy… ecstasy… yayati… jesus… mahavira

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