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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: The Supreme Doctrine, # 16, (mp3) - upanishad, brahman, bodhidharma


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The Great Dance of Suchness

Talk #16 of the Series, The Supreme Doctrine

"The word god is not God, because the ultimate cannot have a name. It is nameless – because names are given by others. A child is born. The child is born nameless, then a name is to be given. That name doesn't come from the inner source of the child's consciousness. It comes from without. It is a label – useful, utilitarian, but artificial. The child will become a victim. He will identify himself with this name which is given, which really doesn't belong to him.

"But who will give a name to the Brahman? There are no parents, no society, no 'other.' And what is the use when the Brahman alone is? A name is needed because you are not alone. You need to be categorized, named, defined, so that others can call you, remember you."
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Osho continues:
"If you are alone on the earth, you will not need a name. And Brahman is alone, so who will give him a name? There is no other and there is no utility in it either.

"So that is the first thing to be understood and very basic to the Upanishad – because all the religions have given certain names. Hindus have given thousands of names. They have a book, Vishnu Sahastranam – God's one thousand names. The whole book consists only of names. Christians, Mohammedans, Hindus, all have given certain names to God to make prayer possible. The name remains false, but how are you going to call the divine? How are you going to invoke him? How are you going to relate yourself to him? You need a name for the divine, but the Upanishads are not ready to give a name.

"The Upanishads are the purest teaching possible; they do not make any compromise. They do not make any compromise for you. They are rigorous, very hard and they try to remain totally pure. So what do the Upanishads call Brahman? They simply call him Tat – that. They do not give him a name. That is not a name; that is an indication. And there is a great difference. When you do not have a name, then you indicate and say 'That.' It is a finger pointing toward the unknown. That is a finger pointing toward the unknown, so the Upanishads call him Tat.

"You may have heard one of the most famous sentences of the Upanishads: Tat-vam-asi – That art thou. You are also the Brahman, but the Upanishads go on calling him that. Even to say 'calling him' is not good because the moment we use he, him, the ultimate becomes a person. The Upanishads do not say that he is a person; he is just a force, energy, life, but not a person. So they insist on calling him Tatthat. That is the only name given by the Upanishads to the ultimate.

"Many things are implied, of course. One: if there is no name, or if Tat, that, is the only name, prayer becomes impossible. You can meditate on that, but you cannot pray."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

upanishad… brahman… depth… meditate… heart… indifferent… bodhidharma… vedas… aurobindo… rinzai

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