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The Mustard Seed

Osho comments in detail on the Gospel of Thomas in a series of talks called The Mustard Seed, bringing a modern understanding to this text .

The discovery of fragments of texts on the life of Jesus not included in the official Christian Bible were a sensation in 1945. Sections of an unknown gospel credited to Thomas were part of this sensational discovery of a collection of scriptures at Nag Hammadi in northern Egypt in 1945, collectively known as the Gnostic Gospels. As one of the first, Osho comments in detail on the Gospel of Thomas in a series of talks called The Mustard Seed, bringing a modern understanding to this text.

This inspiring book grants us profound insights into the truly universal nature of Jesus’ original teachings. We learn about the missing years in Jesus’ life and his time in Egypt and India, learning from Egyptian secret societies, then Buddhist schools, then Hindu Vedanta – and how these influences made him a stranger to the Jews.

The Jesus revealed here is not the Jesus preserved in the teachings of orthodoxy, but the Gnostic Jesus, who turns upside down our preconceptions about ourselves and the world. Suppressed by the early Church, the Gospel of Thomas is now recognized to be of the earliest recorded accounts of Jesus’ teachings. In sharp contrast to the official gospels of the Christian bible, the Gospel of Thomas seems a simple and direct report without polluting or contaminating Jesus’ message. Each of Jesus’ original sayings is the "seed" for a chapter in this book and Osho encompasses all realms of human experience – philosophy, science, religion, birth, death, love, fear, anger and guilt in commenting on these excerpts and responding to questions from his audience.

Taking Jesus’ words out of their narrower Christian context, Osho blends their wisdom with that of other religious traditions. The Mustard Seed will both inspire and sustain us on our own individual paths of inner transformation.
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    #1: The Mustard Seed
    #2: Jesus Is Very Paradoxical
    #3: The Marvel of Marvels
    #4: Take No Thought
    #5: The Strangest of Saying
    #6: Absurd! Illogical!
    #7: The Treasure Which Endures
    #8: Make the Two One
    #9: What's Wrong with My Wife?
    #10: Just Enjoying Yourself
    #11: Choose the Eternal
    #12: Come out and I'll Show You
    #13: He Is an Open Secret
    #14: Hurry Slowly
    #15: Poet of the Ultimate
    #16: The Taste of the Pudding
    #17: Movement and Rest
    #18: Sailing in Rough Waters
    #19: God Is Not a Utility
    #20: Mind Is Drunk
    #21: Become a Gardener
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Excerpt from: The Mustard Seed, Chapter 1
"It is a very delicate affair to understand Jesus; you have to pass through a great training. It is just like understanding classical music. If suddenly you are allowed to listen to classical music for the first time you will feel, ‘What nonsense is going on?’ It is so delicate, a long training is needed. You have to be an apprentice for many, many years; only then are your ears trained to catch the subtle – and then there is nothing like classical music. Then ordinary day-to-day music, like film music, is not music at all; it is just noise, and that too, foolish. Because your ears are not trained you live with that noise and you think it is music. But for classical music you need very aristocratic ears. A training is needed, and the more you are trained, the more the subtle becomes visible. But classical music is nothing before a Jesus, because that is the cosmic music. You have to be so silent that there is not a single flicker of thought, not a single movement in your being; only then can you hear Jesus, can you understand Jesus, can you know him.

"Jesus goes on repeating again and again, ‘Those who have ears should be able to understand me. Those who have eyes, see! I am here!’ Why does he go on repeating, ‘Those who have eyes, see! Those who have ears, hear!’ – why? He is talking of some other dimension of understanding only a disciple can understand. Very few understood Jesus, but that is in the very nature of things and bound to be so. Very few – and who were those few? They were not learned scholars, no; they were not professors of the universities, no; they were not pundits or philosophers, no. They were ordinary people: a fisherman, a farmer, a shoemaker, a prostitute – they were very ordinary people, most ordinary, the most ordinary of ordinaries." Osho
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

look... alone... future... society... freedom... peace... recognize... jesus... angulimal... christ...

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