Living the Fire of Life
Osho responds to questions on everything from a child’s right to privacy to the very purpose of life, but as he answers each question, he keeps nudging the reader back to the essential point of Zen: living here and now with total awareness.
Questioners’ concerns are always addressed, but at the same time Osho skillfully shows us how these very preoccupations can keep us from simply being ourselves.
When it comes to responding to academic or pseudo-spiritual questions, heads are hit far harder and such inquiries dismissed as games of the ego, “holy cow dung”!
Between the lines Osho offers a constant invitation to live life to the full, and to take its challenges head-on and with a sense of humor – which he himself demonstrates with superb style throughout this book.
"Osho delivers his theses with humor and rhetoric brilliance, indeed complacent, but with an irony that actually enhances and exhilarates."
Chapter 1: Zen: The Koan of Life
Chapter 2: Innocence: Lost and Found Again
Chapter 3: Compassion: Love’s Highest Refinement
Chapter 4: Mind: An Expert Coward
Chapter 5: Freedom and Love: The Center and the Circumference
Chapter 6: Beauty: Higher than Good, Higher than Truth
Chapter 7: Intelligence: Discovery of Your Innermost Nature
Chapter 8: Women: Free of All the Chains
Chapter 9: India: From Slavery to Freedom
Chapter 10: Here and Now: The Only Time, the Only Place
Chapter 11: Man: The Call of the Eternal
Chapter 12: Life: Let it Have its Dance
Chapter 13: Godliness: An Experience of Immense Joy
Chapter 14: The Child: The Father of Man
Chapter 15: Life, Love, Laughter
Desiring, fantasizing about life after death is a sheer wastage of time, energy, and also it keeps you stupid. Life is herenow – here is no other life. Life knows no past, no future, it knows only the present.
Zen is of tremendous importance. It is the greatest flowering of human consciousness yet achieved and it is one of the fundamental revolutions: it cuts the very roots of the so-called religious structure of the mind. It is not religion, it is pure religiousness. It is not religion in the sense of being Hindu, Mohammedan, Christian, Buddhist. Hence to call Zen, "Zen Buddhism" is wrong: it has nothing to do with Buddhism at all. It is not oriented in the past, it is not inspired by the past – it has no goal in the future either. It is living your life passionately, intensely, ecstatically this very moment.
The very idea of this very moment is shattering to the mind because mind lives in the past and the future. And Zen is a tremendous blow to the mind: it cuts it in a single blow, it destroys it, it takes you beyond immediately. Zen is a device of sudden enlightenment.
Mind wants to be slow, gradual. It wants to move carefully, cautiously, guardedly, thinking about the pros and cons. Zen is a jump into the very thick of life. And life surrounds you within and without. Just as a fish is in the ocean you are in life. Don’t wait for the next moment, live it now. Zen is a challenge, a risk, a gamble: putting everything at stake for the moment.
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:
life… compassion… light… love… past… misery… prayerfulness… vimalkirti… mahavira… nobel