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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: The Razor's Edge, # 14, (mp3) - criminals, existence, hillary


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Talk #14 of the Series, The Razor's Edge

"Chuang Tzu is very rare – in a way the most unique mystic in the whole history of man. His uniqueness is that he talks in absurdities. All his poems and stories are just absurd. And his reason to choose absurdity as his expression is very significant: the mind has to be silenced. With anything rational, it cannot stop; it goes on and on. Anything logical and the mind finds nourishment through it. It is only the absurd that suddenly shocks the mind – it is beyond mind's grasp.

"His stories, his poems and his other statements are so absurd that either people simply left him, thinking that he is mad…. Those who were courageous enough to remain with him found that no other meditation is needed. Just listening to his absurd statements, the mind stops functioning."
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Osho continues:
"And that is the meaning of meditation.

"Meditation is not of the mind.

"Most of the Western translations of treatises from the East on meditation have fallen in the same track. They have used the word meditation as if it is concentration. And in fact the English word meditation seems to be synonymous with concentration.

"English has three words – concentration, contemplation, meditation. None of them comes even close to the Eastern word dhyana, that became in China ch'an and in Japan zen. The root is the Sanskrit word dhyana, and it will be very good for you to understand the distinction. In concentration your mind is focused, narrowed only on one object.

"A famous story about one of the great master archers…. Arjuna says that his teacher, Dronacharya, was giving the final examination of his disciples. He had put a dead bird far away on a tree as a target.

"He asked one of his disciples, Duryodhana, 'What are you seeing?' Duryodhana said, 'Everything! The trees, the sun rising behind them, the bird that you have put as a target. I am seeing everything.'

"Dronacharya asked another disciple; he said, 'I see only the bird.' He is more concentrated. Duryodhana has his mind spread all over the place. The second disciple says he is seeing only the bird. But the master is not satisfied.

"He asks Arjuna, 'What are you seeing?' Arjuna says, 'Only the eye of the bird that you have told us is going to be the target. I don't see anything else.' His concentration has come even more narrow. And for an archer, this kind of concentration is needed. But meditation is not archery.

"Contemplation is not being concentrated on a single object, but thinking about the same object from every possible aspect. For example, somebody is contemplating about love – what does it mean? He remains confined to a certain line of thinking, not to a certain object, but to a certain subject.

"And meditation, in all the languages of the world except the Indian, Chinese and Japanese, also gives the feeling…. The archer is concentrated, but he is not concerned with the eye, the bull's – eye. His concern is how to shoot the arrow so that it reaches the eye; his concern is not to miss the target."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

criminals… existence… natural… joy… respectable… seeing… hillary… dronacharya

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