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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: Reflections on Khalil Gibran's The Prophet, # 31, (mp3) - alone, nobody, desai


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Into the Very Center of Silence

Talk #31 of the Series, Reflections on Khalil Gibran's The Prophet

"Kahlil Gibran, even in his most profound statements, always misses a few things – and those few things are so essential that their absence destroys the whole profundity. It also shows that he is not speaking from experience.

"The first thing is he always answers the question as if the question has been asked by an empty sky. A man who knows does not answer the question: he always answers the questioner. But Kahlil Gibran continuously forgets the questioner.

"Secondly, he never goes deeper than the heart – and the heart is not your real being. Just as you are surrounded by a thick wall of thoughts called the mind, you are surrounded by a more delicate but still very strong wall – sometimes even stronger than your thoughts – the wall of your feelings, emotions, sentiments."
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Osho continues:
"Unless you go beyond both, howsoever beautiful the statement may be, it lacks life, it lacks the truth.
And then a scholar said…
"Scholars are the most foolish people in the world because they know nothing, yet they believe they know all. They are the people who are living on borrowed knowledge – rotten knowledge which has been out of date for centuries. Their heads are full, their hearts are empty – and they know nothing of the being.

"The only knowledge worth calling knowledge is an experience of your innermost center, the center of the cyclone. The feelings, the sentiments, the emotions, these are all cyclones. Thoughts, howsoever decorated, are nothing but the outer part of the cyclone.

"Your being is utterly silent, still. There is no thought, there is no feeling, there is no emotion – but a pure isness. Its very purity is so virgin, what to say of others? – even you have not entered your virgin soul.

"The scholar is a collector of all kinds of junk. I have met scholars of almost all religions, I have met philosophers teaching in the universities, but everything they say is only skin-deep; just scratch a little and you will be aware of their darkness, ignorance. Hence they are very, very touchy. That's why every day I go on receiving summons from people – their feelings are hurt, their religions are hurt. Truth is never hurt, only lies are hurt – because truth can never be exposed. Lies can be exposed any moment.

"They had believed in a lie as a truth. They have not bothered even to look at the roots to see whether they are carrying a real rosebush or just something plastic. And they are perfectly happy – at least to the outside world – because the world pays them respect and goes on fulfilling their egos. And because the ego is fulfilled, they go on collecting more and more junk.

"In Jabalpur there was a special market called the thieves' market, Chor Bazaar; you could get anything there – everything that had been stolen in Jabalpur or in surrounding towns was sold there. I was a constant visitor, particularly to a small shop run by an old man."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

alone… nobody… spirit… silent… scholars… mischief… intelligent… rhythmic… playing… desai

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