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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: Zen: The Solitary Bird, # 14, (mp3) - dust, temples, hofuku


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Talk #14 of the Series, Zen: The Solitary Bird

"Maneesha, before I answer and discuss the profound sutra you have placed before me, I have to deal with something urgent, but non-essential. Tomorrow will be too late, so I have to deal with it today.

"I used to think that idiots don't grow, they always remain idiots. Today I found that they grow – they become more idiotic. The whole credit goes to that old goat of Puri, the Shankaracharya. For almost two weeks he had been insisting that no untouchable, no sudra could enter the temple of Nath Dwara – it would destroy the purity of thousands of years; no sudra has ever entered it.

"He even challenged me to a discussion on the point; and he asserted in a press conference that he was ready to be arrested but he won't allow any untouchable to enter the temple of Nath Dwara."
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Osho continues:
"But in those ten days, from every nook and corner of the country, he has been bombarded. He was hoping that at least the orthodox would support him, but they have remained silent.

"No intelligent man can support him. Today, seeing that the situation is getting out of hand, he made the statement: 'I have been misrepresented.'

"For ten days continuously, hundreds of newspapers in all the thirty languages of this country have been misrepresenting him, and he has been silent. Now he has come with a new statement and the statement is, 'I never said that harijans, the untouchables, cannot enter Nath Dwara. I said they do not need to enter Nath Dwara: they are God's people.' – the word harijan means God's people – 'And they don't have to go to any temple, God will come to them himself.'

"In the first place, no Hindu scripture calls them harijans; they are called sudras, untouchables. The word harijan was invented by Mahatma Gandhi, for his own politics. Sometimes a great consolation comes just by changing a name. He started calling the sudras 'God's own people,' but nothing changed. And it is very strange that God's own people should always suffer and the others – who are not God's own people – should enjoy richness, respectability and all the facilities that are available.

"But harijans were happy to lose the name untouchable – so dirty that they cannot even be touched, not even their shadow can be touched. If you touch their shadow, you will have to go through a purification process, you will have to call brahmins, you will have to take a bath in the Ganges, you will have to be surrounded by priests chanting mantras. And only then will you be back again to your own caste; otherwise you have fallen, you have touched the shadow of a sudra.

"But by changing their name to harijan, God's own people, sudras felt very good, very consoled. This is how the politicians and the priests work. In reality nothing changes, just the label. But now it makes them feel that they are God's own people.

"This Shankaracharya of Puri is saying something which is even more stupid than his earlier statement that he would prevent harijans from entering Nath Dwara."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

dust… temples… blind… outside… mysteries… machinery… inward… illness… hofuku… joshu

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