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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: The Secret of Secrets, # 11, (mp3) - light, looking, descartes


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The Whole and Holy Circle

Talk #11 of the Series, The Secret of Secrets

"A blind man visited his friends. It was dark when he left, and they gave him a lantern.

"'Thank you, but I don't need it. Light or dark, it is all the same to me.'

"'Yes, but carry it anyway so people won't bump into you.'

"Off he went, and soon someone collided with him and shouted, 'Why don't you look where you're going?'

"'Why don't you see my lantern!'

"'Sorry, brother,' said the other, 'your candle went out.'

"The scriptures in the hands of people who don't know what meditation is, are just like a lantern in the hands of a blind man – utterly useless – and the blind man cannot know whether the lantern is still lit or not. He will simply be carrying an unnecessary weight – in fact, not helpful at all; on the contrary, it can be a hindrance."
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Osho continues:
"If the blind man had been moving without the lantern he would have been more careful, more cautious. Because of the lantern in his hand, he must have been walking as if he had eyes, he must have put all caution aside.

"That's what has happened to humanity at large: people have the Bible, the Koran, the Gita – these are lamps of immense beauty and light, but your eyes are blind. And the Gita is five thousand years old – the light went out long long ago. When Krishna died the light went out. So is the case with the Bible and the Koran and all the other holy scriptures of the world: when the master dies, the light goes out.

"But people go on carrying the scriptures, believing the scriptures, hoping that their life will remain full of light because they are carrying a message from a great master. That message is nothing more than words; it is an unnecessary burden. If all the scriptures of the world disappear, man may become more cautious, may become more alert, may start looking for the source of light on his own. Because there will be nothing to lean on, he will have to learn to stand on his own feet.

"Lung-t'an was once visited by Te-shan, who, seeking further and further elucidation, remained until it grew late. Lung-t'an finally said, 'The night deepens. Why don't you retire?'

"Te-shan, taking his leave, raised the bamboo blind and went out. Seeing the intense darkness without, he returned and said, 'It is dark outside.'

"Lung-t'an then lit a lantern and offered it to Te-shan. Just as Te-shan was about to take it, Lung-t'an abruptly blew it out. With this, Te-shan suddenly attained awakening, whereupon he bowed.

"Lung-t'an said, 'What kind of truth did you see?'

"Te-shan said, 'Never after today shall I doubt the utterances of all the old masters under heaven.'

"The next day Lung-t'an went before the disciples and said, 'Within this group there is a man whose canine teeth are like sword trees, whose mouth resembles a bloody plate, and who won't turn his head even when given a blow with a stick. One day he will establish my way on the top of a solitary mountain peak.'

"Te-shan then took out his sutra commentaries and in front of the meditation hall, raised a torch and said, 'Endless deep analysis is like placing a single hair in the emptiness of space; worldly power is like throwing one drop of water into an immense gorge.'

"So saying, he took his commentaries and burned them."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

light… looking… neurotic… gestalt… concentrate… comfortable… agony… scriptures… sutras… descartes

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