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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: The Secret of Secrets, # 27, (mp3) - nobody, real, ikkyu


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The Contemplation of Emptiness

Talk #27 of the Series, The Secret of Secrets

"A Zen Story….

"Just before the Zen Master, Ninakawa, passed away, another Zen Master, Ikkyu, visited him. 'Shall I lead you on?' Ikkyu asked.

"Ninakawa replied, 'I came here alone and I go alone. What help could you be to me?'

"Ikkyu answered, 'If you think you really came and you are really going, if you think that you come and go, that is your delusion. Let me show you the path on which there is no coming and no going.'

"With his words Ikkyu had revealed the path so clearly that Ninakawa smiled, and without saying a single word, nodded and passed away.

"This is a beautiful story. A few things have to be understood about it. They will help you to enter into the sutras of Lu-tsu.

"First: to a man who is in search of truth even death is an occasion, to the man who is not in search even life is not an occasion to learn."
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Osho continues:
"People live their lives without learning a thing at all. They pass through life but without gaining any maturity through it. They remain almost asleep.

"People live like sleepwalkers. They remain drunk – they don't know what they are doing, they don't know why they are doing, they don't know from where they come, they don't know to where they are going. They are simply like driftwood, at the mercy of the winds. Their lives are accidental. Remember that word accidental.

"Millions of people live only accidental lives, and unless you take hold of your life and start changing it from the accidental to the existential, there is going to be no transformation.

"That's what sannyas is all about: an effort to change the accidental into the existential, an effort to change the unconscious life into a conscious life, the effort to wake up. And then life is learning, and so is death. Then one goes on learning. Then each moment, each situation, comes as a gift. Yes, even suffering is a gift from God, but only for those who know how to learn, how to receive the gift. Ordinarily even blessings are not gifts for you because you don't know how to receive them, you don't know how to absorb them. Your life is lived in a robot-like way.

"I have heard….

"A man came home very late in the night. The excuse that he gave to his wife for coming home too late was this….

"In fact, the poor man had imbibed a bit too freely, but told his angry wife that he had taken the wrong bus.

"His wife said, 'That's easy to understand considering the shape you are in, but how did you know you were on the wrong bus?'

"The husband said, 'Well, it seemed strange when I stood on one corner for a couple of hours, but what finally convinced me was the fact that people kept coming in and ordering hamburgers and coffee.'

"It was not even a bus!

"The life that you are living is not even a life. It can't be. How can it be life if there is no light in you? How can it be life if there is no love in you? How can it be life if you function mechanically? Only with consciousness does life arrive – not by birth but by consciousness."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

nobody… real… clear… device… contemplation… delusion… unconscious… attain… ikkyu… janak

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