The real significance of temples, holy places and statues and the original purpose of mantras, astrology and incense has all been lost over the years. As we no longer know how to use them as jumping boards into the ultimate truth, they have either been debased into the mythical trappings of religions and "new age" beliefs or mocked by skeptics.
But, explains Osho, once we understand that a higher consciousness is still flowing in these ancient places, all we have to do is turn in and stand in the middle of this stream "with the sails of our consciousness" open. Then, in such places, the inner journey is easier and faster than anywhere else.
1: Hidden Mysteries of Eastern Temples
2: The Alchemy of Places of Pilgrimage
3: The Occult Science of the Third Eye
4: The Transforming Power of Idols
Excerpt from: Hidden Mysteries, Chapter 2
"There are many such keys in life which can open the doors of treasures even today, but unfortunately we neither know anything about these treasures nor about the locks which may be opened. And if we do not know either about the treasures or the locks, then what is left in our hands cannot even be called a key. It can only be a key if it opens a lock. This same key may have revealed treasures some time in the past, but because today nothing can be unlocked, the key has become a burden; and yet, somehow we still do not feel like throwing it away.
"The key has left a sort of lingering fragrance in the unconscious mind of man. Maybe thousands of years ago this key did open locks, and treasures were found: the memory of that in the unconscious mind makes us carry the burden of the key to this day. However much we may be persuaded about the uselessness of the key, we cannot gather the courage to throw it away. In some unknown corner of the heart the hope still lingers that some day, some lock might be opened by it.
"Take for example, temples… There is no race on earth which has not built something like a temple – it does not matter whether it is called a masjid or a church or a gurudwara. Today it is possible for us to learn something from other races, but there was a time when we did not even know about the existence of other races, so there was no way to learn from them. The temple is not the fanciful result of the imagination of some eccentric people, its roots lie somewhere deep in the inner consciousness of man.
"He may have lived far away in the forest, or on a mountain, or in a cave, or on the bank of a river – he may have lived anywhere for that matter – but wherever he has lived man has built something resembling a temple; something has come out of his consciousness. There is no blind imitation in it; they were not constructed by looking at other temples. So all temples have been of different shapes and types, but they have always existed." Osho
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:
moment… seed… heart… living… mantra… sleep… idiot… mahavira… goshalak… cayce