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“When the wild geese fly, the water reflects them. The reflection is there, the image is there, but the water has no mind to reflect and the wild geese do not hanker to be reflected either.”
Osho uses this poetic image as a metaphor of how to live in the material world while maintaining a reflective awareness. And he urges us to use our everyday experiences in the ordinary world for our transformation.
In these talks given to an audience of people interested in meditation and inner experience, Osho gives us an enlightened vision of taking responsibility for our own religiousness – and the joy of living our true and unique individuality.
“You have to learn only one thing: how to be more conscious, how to be more an individual, independent, absolutely independent. Freedom is the only taste of real religion.”
1: No Other Life than This
2: Religion Is Rebellion
3: Love Is God
4: Love Is Our Connection
5: Freedom Is the Only Taste of Real Religion
6: I Am a Very Ordinary Man
7: Consciousness Is a Synthesis of Opposites
8: Renouncing the Known for the Unknown
9: The Body and Soul Are in Deep Synchronicity
10: The Dignity of Man
11: Religion: Nothing but a Subtle Ego Trip
12: Write Your Own Scripture
13: I How to Live This Moment
14: Live According to Your Own Understanding
Excerpt From - The Wild Geese and the Water
I accept my responsibility, and I rejoice in it. I have never dumped my responsibility on anyone else because that is losing freedom, that is becoming enslaved, at the mercy of others. Whatsoever I am, I am wholly and solely responsible for it. This gives me a great strength. It gives me roots, centering. But the source of this responsibility is, I love myself. I have also been through the same type of mass exploitation. But from the very beginning I made it clear that if I am going to be pushed into heaven I will refuse it. Of my own will I am ready to go to hell. At least I will have my independence, my choice.
My parents, my teachers, my professors struggled with me. But I said, “One thing is certain: I cannot accept any bribery to become a slave. I would rather suffer for the whole eternity in hellfire, but I will remain myself. At least that much joy I will have – that this is my choice, nobody has forced me”….
People have been distracted from their very source. I want you to come back home. Respect yourself. Feel the joy.and pride that existence needs you; otherwise you would not have been here. Rejoice that existence cannot be without you. In the first place that’s why you are here, existence has given you an opportunity, a life with tremendous treasures hidden within you – of beauty, of ecstasy, of freedom.
From Death to Deathlessness