About Philosophia Perennis, Series 2
Talks on Pythagoras, the Philosopher and Mystic
In this book Osho sheds light on the ancient and little-known teachings of Pythagoras, the Greek mathematician and mystic. . This is the second collection of talks in the series that Osho titled Philosophia Perennis, meaning the perennial philosophy, the timeless laws of existence.
Far from being a dry, academic center of learning, the “mystery school” of Pythagoras was alive with music, dance, celebration and meditation. Osho clarifies how the combination of these seemingly polar opposites creates a unique meeting of religion and science. While introducing the reader to the wisdom of Pythagoras, Osho also brings his insight to topics including psychoanalysis, education, politics, revolutions, sex, and religion.
Chapter 1: The Golden Mean
Chapter 2: Zorba the Buddha
Chapter 3: More and More Mystery
Chapter 4: The Inner and the Outer
Chapter 5: A Totally New Dimension
Chapter 6: Enlightenment Is Your Birthright
Chapter 7: Live Moment to Moment
Chapter 8: All Revolutions Have Failed
Chapter 9: Dependence Is Not One-Way Traffic
Chapter 10: Aesthetics: The Real Morality
Chapter 11: You Are Perfect
An Extract from Chapter 11.
These are just different names for the same trick, the same strategy, “I am not responsible.” Something else… The unconscious, history, economics, God, fate, karma, anything will do – xyz – anything will do. But one thing is certain: “I am not the cause of my suffering.” And that is where your whole misery lies, in that trick.
Understand well, you are the cause of your suffering, nobody else. To recognize this is the first step in being a religious person. You don’t throw your responsibility onto others, you simply recognize the fact: “I am the cause of my suffering.” And with that, of course, you will feel a little sad, you will look a little stupid. If you are the cause, then why do you go on creating suffering for yourself? You don’t like to suffer…
In the beginning you will feel a little sad, stupid, puzzled, confused. But soon you will feel a great freedom. If you are the cause of your misery, then you can be the cause of your blessing, of your bliss; then great freedom is attained. When one takes responsibility for oneself, one becomes free. You become free from past karma, you become free from fate, kismet, you become free from history, you become free from psychology. You become free from all excuses. And once you have pinpointed the real cause, things start changing.