QUESTION to Osho: Who are you?

OSHO: Whomsoever you think, because it depends on you. If you look at me with total emptiness, I will be different. If you look at me with ideas, those ideas will color me; if you come to me with a prejudice, then I will be different. I am just a mirror. Your own face will be reflected. There is a saying that if a monkey looks into the mirror he will not find an...
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Now they say that the world is unreal. Of what degree of unreality is it?... The answer is that it is a superimposition on the one Reality, like the appearance of a snake on a coiled rope seen in dim light.

But here too the wrong identity ceases as soon as the friend points out that it is a rope. Whereas in the matter of the world it persists even after it is known to be unreal. How is that?...
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Repeatedly see thus: `I am He, the eternal, omnipresent Reality which is Brahman'. Meditating thus for a long time, whoever abides imperturbably will become the Supreme Brahman, thereby attaining immortality.

~ Devikalottara
We should not be frightened by nightmares of pain nor unduly elated by dreams of beautiful experiences. By dwelling on these inevitable dualities or "pairs of opposites" of maya, the cosmic delusion of incessant change, we lose the awareness of God, the Changeless Abode of Bliss. When we awaken in Him we shall realize that mortal life is only a picture made of shadows and light, cast on a...
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Look, in order to pluck a rose one has to put one's hand into the midst of thorns. But if the rose is a person's aim and he has a keen desire to pluck it, he will not refrain from doing so for fear of being pricked. Moreover, the Great Mother arranges whatever is necessary for each one. She certainly knows the real need of every individual. If one has at least this much faith, there is no...
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Wherever you are, you are one with the clouds and one with the sun and the stars you see. You are one with everything. That is more true than I can say, and more true than you can hear.

~ Shunryu Suzuki
I don't say to believe in God. I say experience. Any belief not rooted in your own experience is false. It is dangerous. It hinders your true experience; it prevents your search. It does not allow you to be open to the truth, because you are already carrying many conclusions.

So let this birth of sannyas in you be a discontinuation with the past. Unlearn all that you have learned up to now....
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We depend on nature not only for our physical survival. We also need nature to show us the way home, the way out of the prison of our own minds. We got lost in doing, thinking, remembering, anticipating - lost in a maze of complexity and a world of problems.

We have forgotten what rocks, plants, and animals still know. We have forgotten how to be - to be still, to be ourselves, to be where...
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Love is your Self. It is your real name and the name of every living being. But, you will not truly know and be this Self-love until you are willing to exchange your identity for Truth.

~ Mooji
The Self is Abstract Intelligence free from thought. The knower, knowledge and the known are not real as different entities. When differentiation among them is destroyed, their true nature is evident in the resulting non-dual consciousness, which is also the state of emancipation.

~ 'Tripura Rahasya'; chapter XX, verse 72
Does not effort mean a struggle to change what is into what it is not, or what it should be, or what it should become? We are constantly escaping from what is to transform or modify it. Only when there is no awareness of exactly what is, then effort to transform takes place. So effort is non-awareness. Awareness reveals the significance of what is, and the complete acceptance of the...
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Whenever we try to think of God as He is in His absolute perfection, we invariably meet with the most miserable failure, because as long as we are men, we cannot conceive Him as anything higher than man. The time will come when we shall transcend our human nature and know Him as He is; but as long as we are men, we must worship Him in man and as man.

~ Swami Vivekananda
Multi are His forms, many are His ways, and millions are His faces. One has to learn to recognize Him in whatsoever form He comes. He will try to deceive you but you are not to be deceived. When He comes as sadness, remember that is also His image. Maybe this is needed right now.

~ Osho
Questioner: Is self-realisation so important?

Nisargadatta Maharaj: Without it you will be consumed by desires and fears, repeating themselves meaninglessly in endless suffering. Most of the people do not know that there can be an end to pain. But once they have heard the good news, obviously going beyond all strife and struggle is the most urgent task that can be. You know that you can be...
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Fill your bowl to the brim
and it will spill.
Keep sharpening your knife
and it will blunt.
Chase after money and security
and your heart will never unclench.
Care about people's approval
and you will be their prisoner.

Do your work, then step back.
The only path to serenity.

~ Lao Tzu

...from 'Tao Te Ching' (9), translation by S. Mitchell
In nature or in a quiet place - you are not distracted by your usual worries... that peace of non-distraction points you to silence.

~ Gangaji
Here is the Promised Land. The eternal is here. Have you ever noticed that you have never left here, except in your mind? When you remember the past, you are not actually in the past. Your remembering is happening here. When you think about the future, that future projection is completely here. And when you get to the future, it’s here. It’s no longer the future. To be here, all you have to do...
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God Himself will take care of everything that concerns a man who puts his whole trust in Him.

~ Sri Anandamayi Ma

...from 'Matri Vani' -> [ Link ]
It is Lord Hari who is the Master, and He Himself is the servant - this is the attitude of a man of perfect knowledge. First following the path of `not this, not this,' one realizes that the Lord is the only Reality and all else is illusory. Then one sees that it is the Lord Himself who has become everything - that the Lord Himself has become maya: living beings and the universe.

~ Sri...
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Let everything happen but there is no need to identify so strong with it. Even while resting in the space "I am", in that perfect place, anger may arise when something happen. But you know what? In the next minute you kind of forget it because it is nothing. It expresses itself, because it is just to be expressed. Then also it comes back into quietude...
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