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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: Reflections on Khalil Gibran's The Prophet, # 30, (mp3) - friendliness, mystery, purpose


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Friendliness Rises Higher than Love

Talk #30 of the Series, Reflections on Khalil Gibran's The Prophet

"My eyes become full of tears when I see that Kahlil Gibran is only sometimes a vehicle of godliness, of truth – but not always.

"I would have loved him to be always on the sunlit peaks of consciousness, but he goes on down into the valleys, which are dark. Although his articulateness remains the same, and his poetry carries the same beauty, the truth is lost. He is so articulate, that unless you know the truth you will not be able to make any distinction where he falls down and where he rises to the highest peaks.

"His Zorba and his buddha are not together; they are not yet an organic unity. So when Zorba speaks, of course the language is the same as that of buddha, but the meaning is not of buddha."
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Osho continues:
"It seems he has a split personality and I feel tears for him, that a man of such great genius could not manage to become one, he remained two – just as every ordinary man is.

"Kahlil Gibran is not enlightened; hence he cannot see the bird's-eye view of the whole. But because he has great intelligence he manages, whenever he is falling down, to make his words hide his fall. I love the man, because it is very rare to find such a man, but I feel sorry for him too because he could not become integrated, crystallized. You will not be able to find out when he is flying high like an eagle and when he is just walking on the earth amongst you; you will not be able to recognize him. That's very unfortunate.

"We have missed another Gautam Buddha for the simple reason that he was praised all over the world by those who knew nothing of the organic unity. He himself cannot see the contradictions; and neither will you be able to see the contradictions. But I want to be honest and sincere because I love him, and love is a fire; it burns all that is false and saves only that which is true.
And a youth said, Speak to us of Friendship.
"The very word friendship is not of the heights – the word friendliness rises to the moon, to the sun – because the word friendship is just of the mind. It is confining; you can be in friendship with only a few people. But friendliness is vast; you can be friendly to the trees, to the mountains, to the stars.

"Friendship is hiding a bondage too. All words like relationship, friendship, are superficial. Lovingness, friendliness, have a totally different meaning. When you are talking about friendship it is a very small thing – a kind of bondage and dependence on the person with whom you feel the friendship.

"But friendliness is freedom – you are not dependent on anybody. Friendship is objective, and friendliness is your love shared unconditionally with the whole existence. They don't mean the same thing. Friendship can become any moment its opposite; the so-called friend can turn into your enemy."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

friendliness… mystery… purpose… truth… sharing… seek… society… living… egoist… hell

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