“What I could say, I have said to you. What I could not say, I have given
Osho’s extraordinary talks on Zen are recognized works of genius, studied
in Zen monasteries and universities and throughout 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.
In this potent little, Osho leads us through the mysterious world of Zen
masters. When illuminated by his words and silences, what at first look
like insoluble riddles become playful leaps into meditation?
From the Jacket
“I call Zen the only living religion because it is not a religion, but only
religiousness. It has no dogma; it does depend on any founder. It has no
past; in fact it has nothing to teach you. It is the strangest thing that
has happened in the whole history of making – strangest because it enjoys
in emptiness, it blossoms in nothingness. It is fulfilled in innocence, in
not knowing. It does not discriminate between the mundane and the sacred.
For Zen, all that is, is sacred.”
To say it in words has not been the way of Zen. It attracts people, takes
away their ideologies, their theologies, their religions. It leaves you
absolutely fresh at the very center of your being. Without saying anything,
you experience the mystique; you experience the mystery of existence and
life. But because it is an experience – in Zen they don’t even use the word
experience, they use the word experiencing, because the experience is not
something dead and complete. It is a river flowing, flowing, alive, moving.
The word experience indicates that it has become complete. Anything that
becomes complete becomes dead, and Zen is the most alive thing in the
world; hence it cannot be said that it is an experience. We have to invent
a word, experiencing; instead of river, revering. That gives the clear –
cut idea that a river is not static, it is moving – on the way, always on
the way, moving eternally, falling into the ocean; rising into the clouds,
falling in the rain on the mountains, and again into the river…moving in a
circle of tremendous aliveness, never stopping anywhere.
There is no full stop in Zen, and all our words – experience, knowledge,
understanding – give the illusion of a full stop. We have to change our
nouns into verbs – verbs come closer to life. We use the word life, but we
should use the word living – that comes closer. Moment to moment, living.
Life seems to be something deal; it has already completed its course, has
come to an end, to the graveyard.
Zen is certainly a mystique. In fact, it is the only mystique there is. But
it is not being said, it is kept a secret so that you don’t go inside your
being with a certain idea. You go absolutely clean and fresh. You will find
the mystery, the immense mystery of life, but Zen’s absolute approach is
not to give you any idea what you are going to find.
Osho defies categorization, reflecting everything from the individual quest
for meaning to the most urgent social and political issues facing society
today. His books are not written but are transcribed from recordings of
extemporaneous talks given over a period of thirty-five years. Osho has
been described by The Sunday Times in London as one of the “1000 Makes of
the 20th Century” and by Sunday Mid – Day in India as one of the ten people
– along with Gandhi, Nehru and Buddha – who have changed the destiny of
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 hands can touch the stars. Running
like a thread through 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.
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