Osho Book: The Song of Ecstasy


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The Song of Ecstasy

Talks on Adi Shankara?s Bhaj Govindam
Osho speaks on Adi Shankaracharya, the enlightened mystic from eighth-century India. He was a formidable scholar who could also sing his song of ecstasy and dance his joy in life.

In eighth-century India, as can happen any time, the inner search was in danger of being turned into a mental exercise, an academic discussion between religious pundits. Enter the enlightened mystic, Adi Shankaracharya, who traveled across India arguing, debating and defeating all the renowned scholars, theologians and so-called religious leaders at their own game, but at the same time singing his song of ecstasy and dancing his joy in life. His popular song, written in Sanskrit, is sung throughout India and is known as Bhaj Govindam.

This is a man close to Osho’s heart – a man with an enlightened consciousness, a towering intellect, and yet a playful delight and understanding of the depth of each moment. As Osho comments on these verses and responds to related questions he shows us his vision of the New Man, the whole man – joyous, silent, ecstatic; repressing nothing, watching everything.

"Shankara is a unique person. And it is very easy to misunderstand the unique person because he is beyond your common understanding. It seemed to people that he was also a logician, a great logician. But can a great logician say, "Sing! Dance! Sing the song of the divine"? It is just not possible for the logician to say so. Such words can be spoken only by a lover of the divine from the depths of his heart. So remember this."
Book - Details Chapter Titles
OSHO Media International
140 x 215 mm
    # 1: Always Sing the Song of the Divine
    # 2: Sowing the Seed
    # 3: The Search for Nirvana
    # 4: Every Step Is the Destination
    # 5: The Bondage of Hope
    # 6: The Great Transcendence
    # 7: A Song of Life
    # 8: This World Is a School
    # 9: The Essence in Life
    # 10: Just One Moment...
Excerpt from: The Song of Ecstasy, Chapter 9
"If you watch carefully you will find that man wants money for freedom, he wants position for freedom. If you have position, power, the capacity, then you think you will be able to break away from a few bondages and you will be able to enter a little into the unknown and the unknowable.

"Man wants freedom from every side. Deep down in the consciousness of man the yearning is only for moksha. That is why every type of bondage makes him restless. Even when you fall in love you do so in the hope that this love will become a sky, that you will be able to fly. You hope to get somebody’s support in attaining freedom. But when you fall in love you find that, never mind flying, you cannot even move. You expected to get support from the other, but the other, the lover, finished all your freedom, and thus love became a bondage. Freedom is only in dreams, and in reality it is only bondage.

"The Prophet is a unique book by Kahlil Gibran. In it a person asks, "Speak to us of love."And the hero of this book, Almustafa, says, "Love each other, but don’t possess each other. Be near each other, but not too near. You should be like the pillars of a temple which hold the same roof and yet remain far from each other. If the pillars of the temple come nearer, then the roof will fall down. Keep a little distance from the lover so that there can be some free space between the two. If this empty space is absolutely lost then you will be trespassing on each other, attacking each other."

"But all these things are written in books. In real life we take away all the freedom from the person we love because we are afraid that his love may turn somewhere else: "Somebody else may become the possessor of the love which I have."We are always afraid of losing whatever we have. If we have money, then we are afraid of losing money. If we have love, then we are afraid of losing love. Because of this fear, freedom becomes impossible.

"The flower of freedom blossoms only in a state of fearlessness. The only yearning one has is for freedom. Everyone’s inner search is for liberation." Osho
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

anger... alone... lost... scriptures... attachment... effort... remember... shankara... mahavira... akbar...

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