Osho’s invitation echoes the words of the Sufi mystic, Jalaluddin Rumi: "Come, come, whoever you are; wanderer, worshipper, lover of learning it does not matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, even if you have broken your vow a thousand times. Come, come, yet again come." Seekers from all over the world bring their questions to Osho and he responds with characteristic individualized attention, warmth and humor.
Chapter 1 Whoever Knocks Is a Welcome Guest
Chapter 2 From the Body to the Soul
Chapter 3 Only the Buddhas Know How to Flow
Chapter 4 You Are the Question
Chapter 5 Let Sannyas Happen
Chapter 6 A Thousand and One Ways to Laugh
Chapter 7 Aes Dhammo Sanantano
Chapter 8 Silence and Song Meet
Chapter 9 The Very Alphabet of Love
Chapter 10 Everybody Can Laugh
Chapter 11 The Suchness of Things
Chapter 12 From Italy to Nirvana
Chapter 13 Of Course the Grass Grows by Itself
Chapter 14 The Forgotten but Not the Lost
Chapter 15 No Question Means the Answer
Chapter 16 Marx and Buddha Hand in Hand
Chapter 17 Raise the Temple of Consciousness
Chapter 18 This I Call Zen Fire, Zen Wind
Chapter 19 I Am a Spiritual Terrorist
Chapter 20 Socialism Is a Judas
Chapter 21 Wolves in a Sheep’s Skin
Chapter 22 My Interest Is in You
Extract from Chapter 12
I felt so much love pouring from you when I could not get the microphone to work the other day. With my hands shaking, and my heart thumping, I knew I had to do something — yet with your big, brown eyes smiling at me, I just wanted to sit there and melt into you. It was an exquisite tension.
That’s exactly what I was telling you to do. Sit silently and do nothing — and the microphone starts working by itself! But you wouldn’t listen; you continued doing something or other — and that was creating the whole mess! But it is natural, it happens.
One day my Rolls didn’t start, and I was telling Heeren again and again, "Wait a minute!" But he wouldn’t wait, he went on turning the ignition. Just one minute I was telling him to wait, and the moment I left in the other car, exactly after one minute it started. Then he realized that there are some times when if you don’t do anything, things settle on their own accord. But it is difficult.
A man goes to a cocktail party. When the waiter brings round the salmon rolls, the lady standing next to him bends over to pick one up and loses her glass eye amongst the hors d’oeuvres. Before she can do anything, the man picks up a salmon roll containing the glass eye and eats it.
A week later he finds himself suffering from severe constipation. The doctors cannot seem to cure it so they decide to get him into the operating theater to stick a tube inside him and see what the problem is.
The doctor takes one look down the tube, looks up at the patient and says, "You really don’t trust me, do you?"
And moreover, what was the hurry? We were all enjoying! It was such a beautiful joke that without a single punchline to it people were bursting in laughter. I have received many letters: "What happened that day? Even when you are telling a beautiful joke, the laughter never goes so deep and so total. But that day neither were you telling a joke, nor had we heard anything, but the laughter was happening!"
Recently some tapes other than Watergate have been discovered by archaeologists, and they shed light on Daniel in the lion’s den.
You must know the old story of Saint Daniel who was thrown into a den of lions because he refused to betray his faith. He came out of the den unharmed. It was thought to be a great miracle. But this recent discovery by the archaeologists says something else. It says, the tapes reveal, that at the precise moment when the lion was going to eat Daniel, Daniel quickly grabbed one of the lion’s ears and whispered into it, "Don’t eat me! Remember, after dinner come the speeches!"
So there was no hurry — only a speech was going to come after. Even if the microphone was not going to work, there was no harm at all. We would have sat, enjoyed, laughed and said good-bye to each other!
Learn to do nothing.
"What are you doing here?" asks one mouse to his friend.
"Nothing really, just sitting in the sun."
"Ah!" says the first mouse. "I guess that’s what I am doing too!"
And that’s what all these orange people are here to do — nothing.
You missed one opportunity. But next time, remember, imitation won’t do! Just because I am telling you, "Do nothing," it won’t help — you have to be original. But once it is said and if you follow it, the microphone is not going to work at all. That opportunity is lost, at least for this life!