“Zen is not what it shoes. It is a finger pointing to the moon in absolute silence. All words have to be understood as fingers pointing to the moon. It is not indication. You have to understand these anecdotes with this background in mind.”
“What is working is always mind. What is always at rest, not working, it simply is”.
Osho's extraordinary talks on Zen are recognized works of genius, studied in Zen monasteries and universities and thoughout the world.His inspiring books cover everything from the wisdom of the world's mystics to answers to intensely personal questions about meditation and the inner search. His unique authenticity touches the reader in a way no other can.
Self transformation, explains Osho can only happen when we make a conscious jump from mind to no mind, from the ego to our inner being. The Zen stories he comments on in this book are about real people to whom this has happened. Osho's twenty-first century Zen technique is to give us this experience as he speaks in such a way that we are transported from the head to the heart, and from the heart to silence.
Osho defies categorization, reflecting everything from the individual quest for meaning to the most urgent social and political issues facing society. His books are not written but are transcribed from recordings of extemporaneous talks give over a period of thirty-five years. Osho has been described by The Sunday Times in London as one of the “1000 Makers of the 20th Century” and by Sunday Mid-Day in India as one of the people- along with Gandhi, Nehru and Buddha- who have changed the destiny of India.
Osho has a stated aim of helping to create the conditions for the birth of a new kind of human being characterized as “Zorba the Buddha”- one whose feet are firmly on the ground, yet whose can touch the stars. Running like a thread though all aspects of Osho is a vision that encompasses both the timeless wisdom of the East and the highest potential of Western science and technology.
He is synonymous with a revolutionary contribution to the science of inner transformation and an approach to meditation which specifically addresses the accelerated pace of contemporary life. The unique OSHO Active Meditations are designed to allow the release of accumulated stress in the body and mind so that it is easier to be still and experience the thought- free state of meditation.
I have been answering you, but none of my answers of my answers is an answer. It is simply a way of bringing you to that ultimate jump from mind to no-mind, from thoughts to no-thought, from questioning to living. And when you start living the mystery, I call it a quest. Then it becomes a totally different phenomenon- you are not standing outside it. When it is a question, you are standing outside. You tackle the question, you look from all sides, you search all the aspects, all the possibilities; you dissect it, you look in, you try to find some clue; you propose some hypothesis, you experiment. The question is there outside you, on the table, but you are part of it.
In a quest you are the question; there is no division between you and the question. The quest means you are diving deep within yourself. In a real quest there is only one question; “Who am I?” All else fades away, and finally even “Who am I?” starts dissolving. Then a great mystery descends on you; you are surrounded by miracles. The whole of life is transformed; it becomes translucent. Then it is a song, a dance, a celebration.
This is the whole approach of religion. Religion is ant-philosophical, and therecan be no philosophical religion. You are right when you say, “There are no answers,” but before that, remember, are no questions either.
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