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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: Journey to the Heart, # 4, (mp3) - compassion, confused, gurdjieff


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Straight to Freedom

Talk #4 of the Series, Journey to the Heart

"There is an old story: In Thailand there exists a very ancient temple. And the myth goes that in the beginning of Creation, God became angry with some angel. The angel had committed some disobedience, and it was so grave that God threw him onto the earth and told him that he would have to live as an invisible snake in this ancient temple.

"The temple has a tower with one hundred steps, and every pilgrim that comes to the temple has to go to the tower – that is part of the pilgrimage.

"God said to this angel, 'You will have to live on the first step of the tower, and every pilgrim who comes, you will have to move with him.' In Thailand they divide human consciousness into one hundred steps, and the snake would be able to go with the pilgrim only up to the point where his consciousness existed."
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Osho continues:
"If he had attained to the twentieth step of consciousness, then the snake would be able to follow up to the twentieth; if to the fiftieth, then the fiftieth. And God said, 'If you can reach thrice to the last step, then you will be freed of your sin.'

"The myth goes that, up to now, only once has the snake been able to reach to the hundredth. At least ten thousand pilgrims come every day to the ancient temple. Millennia have passed – pilgrims and pilgrims, and the snake has to follow every pilgrim. Some-times, rarely, it can reach up to the twenty-fifth; very, very rarely up to the fiftieth, and only once to the hundredth. Then it falls back again to the first step. And now even the snake has become very, very depressed – there seems to be no hope. Only once up to now…and thrice he has to reach to the hundredth, only then will he be freed of the sin.

"The myth is beautiful. It says many things. One: amongst millions of people, only once does it happen that a man becomes enlightened. To become enlightened is difficult, but there is a greater difficulty that I would like to tell you about. Amongst millions, one person becomes enlightened, and amongst thousands of enlightened persons, one person becomes a master. To become a master is almost impossible. To become enlightened you have to work with yourself, your barriers, your hindrances – but your own. To become a master you have to work with others' barriers, hindrances. To work with oneself it is so difficult. To work with somebody else is almost impossible.

"Many buddhas have existed, but once in a while a buddha becomes a master. The name of Gautama the Buddha is famous just because of his being a master. Millions of buddhas preceded him, but they were not masters.

"It happened: One day somebody asked Buddha, 'You have almost fifty thousand sannyasins around you – how many of them have become like you?' Buddha is reported to have said that many had. But the questioner was puzzled. He said, 'If many of them have become like you, why does nobody know about them?'

"Buddha said, 'They have become enlightened, but they are not masters."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

compassion… confused… sex… seeker… silently… sky… upanishads… escape… barriers… gurdjieff

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