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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: Journey to the Heart, # 7, (mp3) - future, context, gurdjieff


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Knowledge Is Dangerous

Talk #7 of the Series, Journey to the Heart

"Yes, the question of knowledge is a very dangerous one – for many reasons. The first is that when a man knows, he also knows the complicatedness of life, the complexity of life. When a man knows, he also knows the mysterious ways of how life functions. So it is not a question of asserting a truth – the basic question is how to lead someone to the truth. Sometimes lies are used because they help; and sometimes truths cannot be used because they hinder.

"Every great master – Buddha, Jesus, Mohammed – they are all great liars. This will be hard to believe; but when I say it, I say it with much consideration. And I know why it is so. The basic question is not to tell the truth to you; the basic question is how to lead you towards the truth."
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Osho continues:
"Somebody asked Buddha, 'What is truth?' and Buddha said, 'That which can be utilized.'

"This is not a definition of truth, because lies can be utilized – but Buddha is right. If something can help you, it may be a fiction, but if it helps you and leads towards the truth, it is true. And sometimes just otherwise may be the case: you know the truth, but it becomes the hindrance and it leads you more and more into confusion, into darkness. So the final outcome should be the criterion; the end result should be the criterion.

"It happened once: A Sufi master was feeling thirsty. He was surrounded by his disciples, and he asked a small boy, who was also sitting there listening to him, to go to the well. He gave him an earthen pot and told him, 'Be careful, the pot is earthen but very valuable. It is an antique piece. Don't drop it, don't break it.' Then he slapped the boy's face hard two or three times and said, 'Now go.'

"The people who were sitting there couldn't believe it. One of the kind-hearted men asked, 'What are you doing? This is absurd. The boy has done nothing wrong. He has not dropped the pot, he has not broken it, he has not done anything – and you punished him?'

"The Sufi master said, 'Yes, I know it. But if he had dropped the pot, then what would be the use of punishment?'

"The Sufi master is saying that in life it is not always so that the effect follows the cause. In life sometimes the cause follows the effect; sometimes the effect precedes the cause. Life is complicated. Sometimes the future comes first and then the past. It is not always so that the past comes first and then the future.

"Life is not as easy as you think. It is difficult, complex; past and future all meet into it. That which has been is still there somehow – how can it disappear? All that has been is still there. In this very moment, the whole past – not of humanity only, but of the whole universe – is implied."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

future… context… reincarnation… criterion… device… fantasy… opportunities… concepts… gurdjieff… eve

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