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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: Zen: The Quantum Leap from Mind to No-Mind, # 8, (mp3) - inward, gibberish, basho


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Feel the Silent River

Talk #8 of the Series, Zen: The Quantum Leap from Mind to No-Mind

"Maneesha, this evening and this silence, this great assembly of people who love is really the answer to the anecdote you have asked about. That's what the emperor could not understand when he asked, 'What kind, what style of pagoda, of temple do you want to be erected?'

"The master remained silent. Except silence, what can represent a Buddha, a Basho, a Nan-Sen? Only silence!

"I will read the anecdote. Listen as silently as possible because your silence is the answer that has been raised in the anecdote.A monk asked Seike, 'where does a monk go
when he dies and transmigrates?'

"In the first place it is a stupid question because a man of enlightenment never dies, never transmigrates either. Transmigration is for the ignorant, from one form into another form, from one animalhood to another animalhood."
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Osho continues:
"But for the awakened, for the enlightened, there is no death and no transmigration. He simply defuses into the wholeness of the cosmos.

"He does not leave even his steps and their marks behind him just like a snowflake disappearing or an echo in the mountains.

"He simply drops his bondage and makes the whole sky his being. He is everywhere and he is nowhere in particular.
Seike said, 'The Choko flows'
"Choko is the name of a river.
'The Choko flows on and on, never stopping;
bubbles obey the vagaries of the wind.'
"That's the language Zen prefers, the language of pure poetry, of pure music, of pure dance.

"The Choko river flows on and on. It has been flowing for centuries, or perhaps for millions of years, and it will go on flowing. In the same way the enlightened one disappears into the ocean, drops the small cage that he used to think was himself, his personality, his ego. Just like a dewdrop slipping from the lotus leaf and merging into the ocean, he disappears to appear everywhere. You have to risk to be nowhere if you want to be everywhere. But it is a good bargain.
Seike said, 'The Choko flows on and on, never stopping;
bubbles obey the vagaries of the wind.'
"Only bubbles go here and there, transmigrate, follow the vagaries of the wind. Fashions and moods and emotions are nothing but soap bubbles. They move from one form into another form, from one place into another place. But the river itself simply continues.

"Just feel the silent river in which you are in this moment. This silence is eternal: it has always been here and it will remain always here.
The monk asked further,
'Does he receive the ceremonial offerings?'
"The monk must have been a super-idiot. He has not heard what Seiko has said. He again repeats the same question from a different angle. 'When the master is dead, does he receive the ceremonial offerings?'
Seike said, 'We can't say there are no ceremonial offerings.'
'What exactly are these offerings?' asked the monk.
Seike said, 'As the fisherman's song pushes the oar,
his voice is heard in the valleys.'
"These offerings to the enlightened ones may be just a few roseflowers."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

inward… gibberish… disappears… discontinuous… scream… basho

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