"It is easy to convert somebody to a system of belief; it is very difficult to convince somebody to be free of all beliefs, because you are destroying all possibilities of creating hallucinations.
But this is the function of the authentic man."
“Experience life in all possible ways --
good-bad, bitter-sweet, dark-light,
summer-winter. Experience all the dualities.
Don't be afraid of experience, because
the more experience you have, the more
mature you become.”
The Book of Wisdom (New Edition)Talks on Atisha’s Seven Points of Mind Training
"India has given great gifts to the world. Atisha is one of those gifts," says Osho, as he gives a guide to the simple instructions for awareness that this eleventh-century Indian mystic took into Tibetan Buddhism. Interpreting Atisha’s Seven Points of Mind Training for a contemporary audience, Osho calls it "a manual for inner transformation…a book that can help you grow into wisdom." These talks, together with Osho’s responses to questions, are a journey into the world of an extraordinary Buddhist master, and a practical guide to meditation as a modern lifestyle.
Extract from Chapter 1
"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. "
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics: