Talks on the early Buddhist mystic Atisha, and his simple instructions for awareness, which Osho describes as being “…of inestimable value.” Atisha’s fundamental teaching is outlined in his “Seven Points of Mind Training.” Osho suggests that the reader “meditate on Atisha, listen to his advice. This is not a philosophy, it is a manual to discipline yourself; it is a manual for inner transformation. It is a book that can help you grow into wisdom.”
An incredible journey into the world of an extraordinary Buddhist master and an extraordinarily ordinary contemporary mystic.
This book alternates chapters of Osho speaking on Atisha’s sutras with responses to questions from people who were listening to the talks at the time.
"He is the rarest and most talented religionist to appear this century."
Kazuyoshi Kino, Professor of Buddhist Studies, Hosen Gakuen College, Tokyo, Japan
Chapter 28: Be a Joke unto Yourself
“The real freedom starts only when you are free for. You can sing a song and you can dance a dance and you can celebrate and you can start overflowing. That’s what compassion is.
Man lives in passion. When the mind disappears, passion is transformed into compassion. Passion means you are a beggar with a begging-bowl; you are asking and asking for more and more from everybody; you are exploiting others. Your relationships are nothing but exploitations - cunning devices to possess the other, very clever strategies to dominate. When you are living in the mind, in passion, your whole life is power politics. Even your love, even your social service, even your humanitarian works, are nothing but power politics. Deep down, there is a desire to be powerful over others.
The same energy, when the mind is dropped, becomes compassion. And it takes a totally new turn. It is no longer begging; you become an emperor, you start giving. Now you have something - you had it always, but because of the mind, you were not aware of it. The mind was functioning like darkness around you, and you were unaware of the light within. The mind was creating an illusion of being a beggar, while all the time you had been an emperor. The mind was creating a dream; in reality you never needed anything. All had already been given. All that you need, all that you can need, is already the case.
God is within you, but because of the mind - mind means dreaming, desiring - you never look within, you go on rushing outwards. You keep yourself in the background, your eyes are turned towards the outside, they have become focused there. That’s what the mind is all about: focusing the eyes on the outside.
And one has to learn how to unfocus them from there - how to make them loose, less rigid, more liquid, so that they can turn inwards. Once you have seen who you are, the beggar disappears. In fact it had never existed; it was just a dream, an idea.
The mind is creating all your misery. With the mind gone, misery is gone, and suddenly you are full of energy. And the energy needs expression, sharing; it wants to become a song, a dance, a celebration. That is compassion: you start sharing.”