Osho has spoken on more than 300 mystics, known and
unknown. His absolute love is with Lao Tzu. He speaks on
Mahavira, "as a part of my duty ... he is great, enlightened,
but like a vast desert." Of Krishna Osho says, "He is multi-
dimensional, superhuman, miraculous, but looks more like
a myth than a real man. ( enjoy it as a cosmic gossip."
Speaking on Jesus Christ he says, "I feel deep sympathy
for him. But we remain parallel, we never meet. He is so sad,
so burdened." And of Buddha: "Down through the centuries,
through many lives, I have loved him. He is tremendously
beautiful, extraordinarily beautiful, superb. But he is not on
the earth, he does not walk on the earth. He is one-sided."
And he continues,
"I speak on Lao Tzu totally differently. I am not related to
him because even to be related a distance is needed. When
I speak on Lao Tzu I speak as if I am speaking on my own
self. With him my being is totally on ... it is as if I am looking
in a mirror: my own face is reflected. When I speak on Lao
Tzu, 1 am absolutely with him. Even to say "absolutely with
him" is not true -I am him, he is me. "
This book goes straight to the heart of the matter. Osho uses
the Tao Te Ching texts as Lao Tzu intended: to ignite the
flame of individual awareness and insight. From the seven
verses Osho selected to comment on, he moves deeply into
his own understanding and burns through every idea we may
hold about ourselves until we can see with the same crystal
clear light as Lao Tzu.
Tao is another name for God, far more beautiful than God
because God, the word God, has been exploited too much
by the priests. They have exploited in the name of God for so
long that even the word has become contaminated - it has become
disgusting. Any man of intelligence is bound to avoid it because it
reminds him of all the nonsense that has happened on the earth
down the ages in the name of God, in the name of religion. More
mischief has happened in the name of God than in any other name.
Tao in that sense is tremendously beautiful. You cannot worship
Tao because Tao does not give you the idea of a person. It is simply a
principle, not a person. You cannot worship a principle - you cannot
pray to Tao. It will look ridiculous; it will be utterly absurd, praying
to a principle. You don't pray to gravitation, you cannot pray to the
theory of relativity.
Tao simply means the ultimate principle that binds the whole
existence together. Existence is not a chaos; that much is certain. It
is a cosmos, There is immense order in it, intrinsic order in it, and
the name of that order is Tao. Tao simply means the harmony of the
whole. No temples have been built for Tao; no statues, no prayers,
no priests, no rituals - that's the beauty of it. Hence I don't call it a
doctrine, nor do I call it a religion, it is pure insight.
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