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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance, # 7, (mp3) - respect, sacred, voltaire


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Of the Three Metamorphoses

Talk #7 of the Series, Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance

"Zarathustra divides the evolution of consciousness into three symbols: the camel, the lion, and the child.

"The camel is a beast of burden, ready to be enslaved, never rebellious. He cannot ever say no. He is a believer, a follower, a faithful slave. That is the lowest in human consciousness.

"The lion is a revolution. The beginning of the revolution is a sacred no.

"In the consciousness of the camel there is always a need for someone to lead and someone to say to him, 'Thou shalt do this.' He needs the Ten Commandments. He needs all the religions, all the priests and all the holy scriptures because he cannot trust himself. He has no courage and no soul and no longing for freedom. He's obedient.

"The lion is a longing for freedom, a desire to destroy all imprisonments."
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Osho continues:
"The lion is not in need of any leader; he is enough unto himself. He will not allow anybody else to say to him, 'Thou shalt,' – that is insulting to his pride. He can only say, 'I will.' The lion is responsibility and a tremendous effort to get out of all chains.

"But even the lion is not the highest peak of human growth. The highest peak is when the lion also goes through a metamorphosis and becomes a child. The child is innocence. It is not obedience, it is not disobedience; it is not belief, it is not disbelief – it is pure trust, it is a sacred yes to existence and to life and to all that it contains.

"The child is the very peak of purity, sincerity, authenticity, receptivity, and openness to existence. These symbols are very beautiful.

"We will go into the implications of these symbols as Zarathustra describes them, one by one.
I name you three metamorphoses of the spirit: how the spirit shall become a camel, and the camel a lion, and the lion at last a child.
There are many heavy things for the spirit, for the strong, weight-bearing spirit in which dwell respect and awe: its strength longs for the heavy, for the heaviest.
"Zarathustra is not in favor of the weak, in favor of the so-called humble. He is not in agreement with Jesus that 'Blessed are the meek,' that 'Blessed are the poor,' that 'Blessed are the humble for they shall inherit the kingdom of God.'

"Zarathustra is absolutely in favor of a strong spirit. He is against the ego, but he is not against pride. Pride is the dignity of man. Ego is a false entity and one should never think of them as synonymous.

"The ego is something that deprives you of your dignity, that deprives you of your pride, because the ego has to depend on others, on the opinion of others, on what people say. The ego is very fragile. The opinion of people can change and the ego will disappear into the air.

"I am reminded of a great thinker, Voltaire. In the days of Voltaire, in France, it was customary – a long, long tradition – that if you can get anything from a genius, just a piece of cloth, it will help you to find your own talents, if not to make you a genius yourself."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

respect… sacred… spirit… freedom… consciousness… existence… metamorphosis… voltaire… zarathustra

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