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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: This. This. A Thousand Times This: The Very Essence of Zen, # 13, (mp3) - laughter, meaning, reagan


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Five Doors to Your House

Talk #13 of the Series, This. This. A Thousand Times This: The Very Essence of Zen

"Maneesha, Zen is not what it says, but what it shows. It is a finger pointing to the moon in absolute silence. All words have to be understood as fingers pointing to the moon. It is not a philosophy, it is an indication.

"You have to understand these anecdotes with this background in mind.A monk had come to see Kisu and after a very brief stay was making his departure.
Kisu said, 'Where are you going?'

"These questions in Zen don't have the same meaning as they have in common language. When a Zen master asks, 'Where are you going?' he means, 'There is no way to go anywhere, you are everywhere. Where can you go? Your consciousness is as wide as the whole universe.'Where are you going?'

"In a simple question; there is the tremendous implication that you are not the body you think, you are not the mind you think, and you are not the desire you think."
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Osho continues:
"You are the witness which fills the whole universe.

"You cannot go anywhere. Wherever you go, you are swimming into yourself. This whole ocean of existence is yours. It has no boundaries, no limits.

"When Kisu asked, 'Where are you going?' the monk replied,
'I'm going all over the place learning the five flavors of Zen.'
"He could not understand the question. He understood the language but he could not see the indication.

"'I'm going all over the place,' simply indicates he believes in his 'I' and he also believes that he can go somewhere. He has heard about the five flavors of Zen, but about them he is also not exactly clear. 'The five flavors of Zen' simply means your five senses fully awake. Even one sense fully awake will do. If you can see without any clouds of thoughts passing through the sky of your eyes it is enough.

"But nature is always a giver in abundance. A single sense would have been able to experience your being. Instead of one, existence has given you five senses – and still you have not found yourself. Five doors, and you have not entered into your own house. One would have been enough.

"The five flavors of Zen mean five sensitivities. One can reach to Zen, to oneself, by smelling a roseflower. If you can become one with the rose, its fragrance; if you can forget yourself for a moment and just the rose remains – just for a moment the observer and the observed are one – you have found it. The truth, the beauty…what philosophers have been discussing, what poets have been singing, what musicians have been trying to produce on their instruments.

"But nobody succeeds. Even the greatest poet knows: the greater the poet, the more the experience that he has failed.

"One of the greatest poets of India, Rabindranath Tagore, was on his deathbed. One of his old friends was consoling him: 'Don't be worried. Death comes to everybody and you have lived enough and lived richly. What more can one expect?'

"Rabindranath opened his eyes and he said, 'You are right and yet… I want it to be noted for future generations that I have not sung the song that I wanted to.'

"He has left six thousand songs."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

laughter… meaning… clouded… unwavering… reagan… shelley

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