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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: Zen: The Path of Paradox, Vol. 1, # 9, (mp3) - ego, madness, bodhidharma


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Symbols of the Tiredness of Man

Talk #9 of the Series, Zen: The Path of Paradox, Vol. 1

"An ancient parable.

"There is a story of a man who went through mountains to find the end of the world. He must have been a great philosopher – philosophers are known to have such crazy ideas. There is no need to go on a great search to find the end of the world, the world is beautiful as it is. There is no need to go in search of the beginning and no need to go in search of the end. The middle is so perfectly beautiful – why not enjoy it?

"But the man was a great philosopher. He was not happy here. Philosophers are never happy here. Now is not their time and here is not their space. They live there, they live somewhere else.

"He left his family – children, wife, parents – and went on this crazy mad search to find the end of the world."
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Osho continues:
"He passed many mountains, many seas. It was a long journey, naturally, very, very long, and many times he thought he had arrived. Whenever he started feeling tired he would think he had arrived. Whenever he was feeling exhausted he would deceive himself. But sooner or later, after a great rest, he would start seeing things again and the idea would start persisting again: the end has not come yet, it is still the middle – because he could see further ahead, the horizon was still there, as far away as before. So he would commence his journey again.

"Again and again he found that whenever he thought that he had arrived he deceived himself. Once that he knew he knew the deception, the self-deception, the journey became more arduous – because he would feel sometimes that now he had arrived but he would know deep down that it was again going to be a deception. And so he had to continue.

"On his way he passed many temples and many teachers – people who had arrived, people who thought they had arrived. And they all said and claimed that this was the end of the world. Where was he going? And he would also believe in them and he would stay with them for a time being but sooner or later he would become disillusioned. They had not come to the very end themselves, these teachers. And these temples were just again symbols of the tiredness of man, of limitations, of human limitations – limitations of mind and reason and feeling. But the end was not here. And he had to start his pilgrimage again.

"And it is said that after many, many lives – after millions and millions of lives really – he finally came to a place that looked like the end. And this time he was not tired and this time he was not exhausted either and this time he was not in any way deceiving himself. Moreover there was no temple and no teacher, he was absolutely alone. And the horizon had suddenly disappeared. There was no further goal. Even if he had wanted to continue the journey there was nowhere to go."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

ego… madness… moment… emptiness… arrived… clouded… solved… bodhidharma… suzuki… ryokan

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