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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: Zen: The Solitary Bird, # 12, (mp3) - assembly, becoming, joshu


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Hidden behind These Reflecting Eyes

Talk #12 of the Series, Zen: The Solitary Bird

"Maneesha, Zen is more a gesture than an explicit explanation. It is a very subtle fragrance. You need immense sensitivity to feel the breeze and its coolness.

"It does not speak loudly, it whispers – but whispers immense music, great poetry. It only hints, without any explanation. If you are centered in yourself, the hint is enough; if you are not centered in yourself, even the whole explanation will be of no use. It will give you more knowledge, more ego, a more sophisticated personality, but it will not make you wise – as wise as an innocent child, those clear eyes which can see without any judgment.

"In these anecdotes you will find again and again the indication of the wordless.

"The whole process of Zen is that nothing has to be disciplined, nothing has to be achieved."
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Osho continues:
"All that has to happen has happened; you just have to be awake to see it. You are already at the point where you want to be, but you have never looked underneath your feet.

"Zen is only a warning: 'Don't run, just sit still.' The whole splendor of existence is hidden in your very stillness.

"Out of context, these Zen anecdotes will look a little crazy, but in the context of Zen they have immense meaning, although the meaning is not logical – the meaning is existential.
Once a monk made a portrait of Joshu and gave it to him.
"Joshu being one of the greatest masters.
Joshu said to the monk, 'Tell me, does this look like me or not? If it looks like me, I will beat me to death; if it does not I will burn you to death!'
"Zen is going beyond 'I' and 'you.' The portrait can only be of the body, which is not you; the portrait is only of your skeleton but not of your consciousness. Of course it cannot be like Joshu.

"I am reminded of a great painter. A beautiful young lady was visiting him. The painter was immensely impressed by her beauty – the painter was no other than Picasso – and Picasso had made a self-portrait, which was hanging on the wall behind him. The young lady asked, 'Is this your self-portrait?'

"Sometimes poets and painters and musicians and dancers, whether they belong to the East or to the West, come very close to the Zen understanding.

"Picasso said, looking at the portrait, 'I think it is not my portrait. It is not me.'

"The lady said, 'That is strange – you have been telling people that this is your self-portrait.'

"Picasso said, 'If it were me, it would have kissed you – and this idiot is simply hanging on the wall! How can it be me?'

"Joshu is asking, 'Tell me, does this portrait look like me?'
'If it looks like me I will beat me to death.'
"'Me' is not your real life. Me is only a utilitarian word: it is useful but it is not real. There is no one inside you who can say 'me.' The moment you are silent there is no 'me,' no 'I,' no 'thou.'

"Joshu is making the point, according to Zen language, that 'if you say it looks like me, I will beat me to death – because only the death of 'me' can be my life.' In the death of the ego you are resurrected; you find a new space, a new being, a new eternity."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

assembly… becoming… living… personality… contrast… joshu… rinzai… ryokan

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