"A person who is eager for war is blind. He never looks at the enemy, he only projects the
He doesn't want to look at the enemy; in fact, whomsoever he meets is an enemy for
him. He doesn't need to see the enemy; he creates, he projects the enemy."
Osho's extraordinarily profound and refreshing understanding of the personal and
global challenges of the 21st century continues to be an inspiration for individuals
worldwide as they search for meditation and transformation,
Speaking to international audiences of seekers for over 35 years, he covers an
extraordinary range of topics from the wisdom of the world's mystics to responding to
intensely personal questions about every step of the inner search.
His international bestsellers, published in more than fifty languages, reflect the
profound influence of his revolutionary approach to the science of inner transformation.
Of him, American author Tom Robbins says, "Osho has the vision to see through the
Big Mask, the guts to express that vision regardless of the consequences, and the love and
humor to place it all in a warmly mischievous perspective
Back of the Book
What is the source of our anguish? What are the roots of violence? What are the
politics behind every war?
Arjuna, the tourtured and reluctant hero speaks with his enlightened mentor,
Krishna, on the eve of the Mahabharata war. Throwing a brilliant light on Krishna's
responses, Osho exposes the roots of our contemporary personal and global problems and
proposes his timeless solution.
"That is why when I call the Gita a scripture of psychology, I am saying the utmost
that can be said about a scripture. More is not possible. Those who try to label it as a
spiritual scripture do harm to it, make it worthless and throw it into the garbage, because
no one has a spiritual problem. Everyone's problem is of the mind."
A man of peace is not a pacifist, a man of peace is simply a pool of silence. He pulsates a
new kind of energy into the world, he sings a new song. He lives in a totally new way. His
very way of life is that of grace, that of prayer, that of compassion. Whomsoever he
touches, he creates more love-energy.
The man of peace is creative. He is not against war, because to be against anything
is to be at war. He is not against war, he simply understands why war exists, and out of
that understanding he becomes peaceful. Only when there are many people who are pools of
peace, silence, understanding, will war disappear.
But withdrawal is not the way to attain peace. You say, "Peace of mind can be gained
by withdrawal." Never. It has never been gained that way. Withdrawal is escapist. Withdrawal
can give you a kind of death, but not peace. Peace is very alive. Peace is more alive than
war-because war is in the service of death, peace is in the service of life. Peace is very
alive, vibrant, young, dancing. Withdrawal? That is the oldest way escapists have chosen. It
is cheap. It gives a kind of peace. Remember, I say "a kind of peace" the same kind as you
see in a graveyard.
You can go to a Catholic monastery. There is a kind of peace, the same that exists
in the graveyard. You can go to the Jaina monks and you will see a kind of peace, the same
that exists in a graveyard. These people are dead, they have renounced life. The day you
renounce life you renounce responsibility, you renounce all kinds of commitments. You
renounce all possibilities to live, to relate, to love. They may not be fighting, but they
are no longer loving either.
Lover ahs to grow. The whole energy that goes into violence, fighting, struggle,
war, has to be transformed into love. Peace in itself cannot be the goal. Peace can only be
a means to more life, to more abundant life. Peace cannot be the end-just to be peaceful is
meaningless, it leads nowhere it will not satisfy you just to be peaceful then what is the
differences between being dead and peaceful?
Withdrawal brings a peace that is suicidal. Yes, you go to the Himalayas, you live
in a cave, you are peaceful because there is no possibility of fighting with anybody. You
have not changed at all, you have only changed the circumstances. You are the same person.
If circumstances arise, you will go to war, you will fight. You will become angry if
somebody comes and insults you.
The real test is in life. If you are really peaceful, then be in the marketplace.
There is the real test of your peace. Be peaceful there. I am not for withdrawal, I am for
transformation. I am not for renunciation, I am all for life-affirmation. Live life as
totally as possible. Find out ways how to live it more peacefully, how to live it more
meditatively, how to live it in a more divine way. But don't escape.
The escapist is a coward; he has no courage. He is closing his eyes because he has
become too much afraid of the world. His logic is that of the ostrich. That is not very
hu7man; that is very, very below human. That is a little bit stupid. Just by closing your
eyes nothing changes; the world remains the same. You can believe that everything has
changed, because you cannot see anything anymore. Your house is on fire, and you can sit
with closed eyes and you can believe that the house is not on fire and everything is okay.
You can create a kind of autohypnosis and of course you will not be disturbed. But open
your eyes, and the house is on fire.
A real man of peace lives with the world, in the world, and yet is not of it. He
will do everything that he can do if the house is on fire then he will do everything that
he can do to put the fire out and yet he will remain undisturbed, undistracted. He will
That integration is what I call real peace.
The Mahabharata or Great Indian War, took place some five thousand years ago in India. It
began as a dispute between two groups of first cousins, the Kauravas and the Pandavas, as to
which side of the family were the rightful heirs to India's biggest kingdom at the time. Its
capital, Hastinapur, was located very close to where Delhi is today.
The Kauravas' father, Dhritarashtra, was blind. He was the older of the two royal
brother, but because of his blindness, his younger brother, Pandu, had been crowned king.
The sons of the two brothers all grew up together, sharing the same teachers and
After ruling for many years, Pandu, the Pandavas' father, decided to retreat to the
forest and meditate for the rest of his life. So Dhritarashtra was made the king, but his
hundred sons, led by Duryodhana, the eldest, held the real power.
Yudhishthira, was not only the oldest of the five Pandava brother but also of all
the cousins from bother sides. The Pandavas claimed that because he was the first son of the
former king, he should inherit the kingdom. So Dhritarashtra gave half of the kingdom to the
Pandava brothers, who built a new capital, Indraprashta, and started to rule from there with
Yudhishthira as their king.
But it wasn't long before Duryodhana managed to cheat Yudhishthira and the Pandavas
out of their kingdom in a gambling contest, amalgamating it once again with that of his
father. Thereafter Duryodhana kept influencing his father, Dhritarashtra, not to give back
even the smallest share of the kingdom. The Pandavas tried in vain to reclaim it, and when
all attempts failed, the two sides drew up the battle lines and prepared for war.
All the kings of India and the surrounding lands who were related to the Kauravas
and the Pandavas or had other affiliations of loylty joined one of the two sides in the war.
The armies gathered near Delhi in a vast, open ground called Kurukshetra.
Everyone was related in some way or other to someone on the other side. Bheeshma,
the great-uncle to the Pandava and Kaurava brothers and an invincible warrior loved the
Pandava brothers very much; Drona, and archery teacher to all the royal cousins, loved
Arjuna, his best pupil, dearly but both were fighting on the Kauravas' side.
The epic Indian book containing the whole story of this royal clan and their
eighteen-day-long Mahabharata War is also called the Mahabharata. It is within this epic,
that the text that has become known worldwide as the Bhagavad Gita lies.
The Bhagavad Gita is the dialogue between Arjuna, and his friend and guide, Krishna,
an enlightened being who is Arjuna's charioteer in this war. Arjuna, a pivotal figure in the
war, was the middle Pandava brother and maybe one of the greatest archers the world has ever
Osho spoke on all eighteen cantos of the Bhagavad Gita. War and Peace comprises
Osho's first eight talks on the first canto and part of the second canto.
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