Talks on the Poetry of Kabir
We have lost touch with our natural state of ecstasy, says Osho, because we no longer live existential lives; we live almost entirely in our minds, in our imaginations. This makes us unhappy, and unavailable for what life is really offering us.
We find ourselves existing to sustain our society rather than letting it support and protect us, as originally intended. And society naturally supports misery, not our natural ecstasy, because an ecstatic individual cannot be enslaved by any ideology or structure.
“Religiousness is the science of how to find the forgotten language of ecstasy. Whenever you are in tune with existence, there is ecstasy, there is bliss, there is benediction”.
Chapter 1: A Journey into Love
Chapter 2: The Radical Revolution
Chapter 3: Natural, Spontaneous, Aware
Chapter 4: Aloneness, Not Loneliness
Chapter 5: The Way of Wisdom, the Way of Love
Chapter 6: Trust Your Nature
Chapter 7: Entering into Your Own Body
Chapter 8: The Irrational Rationalist
Chapter 9: Ecstasy Is Freedom, Ecstasy Is Rebellion
Chapter 10: The Eternal in the Herenow
I invite you to come with me into the innermost realm of this madman Kabir. Yes, he was a madman – all religious people are. Mad, because they don’t trust reason. Mad, because they love life. Mad, because they can dance and they can sing. Mad, because to them life is not a question, not a problem to be solved but a mystery into which one has to dissolve oneself.
One thing more about Kabir’s approach. He is life-affirmative. That too is an indication of a real man of understanding. There are two types of people in the world: the people who indulge and the people who renounce. They look opposite to each other but they are not. They are two aspects of the same coin.
The people who indulge are continuously frustrated because no indulgence brings you to joy. You can indulge – you can waste your life, you can waste your opportunity, your energy – but no enjoyment ever comes out of indulgence. If indulgence could have given joy, then nobody would ever have renounced.
People renounce because indulgence fails – but then they are moving to the other extreme. Thinking that indulgence has not helped, they move to the opposite. They become against life, they become anti-life, they become life-negative. They start destroying their being; they become suicidal. These are the two types of people you will find. In the market you will find the people who indulge, and in the monasteries you will find the people who renounce.
Kabir belongs to neither. A real man of understanding is a great synthesis. He knows that it is not a question of indulgence or renunciation; it is a question of awareness. Be in the world, but be with awareness. Don’t go anywhere, don’t have antagonistic attitudes towards life. Kabir is tremendously life-affirmative. He loved, he had a wife, he had two children, and he lived the life of a householder, and yet was one of the greatest seers of the world – lived in the world and remained untouched. That’s his beauty. He is a lotus flower.