Stories of the Taoist Mystic Chuang Tzu
When the Shoe Fits uses ten stories from the life of Chuang Tzu as starting points to explore what "Easy is right" really means. The title of the book is taken from the first story: "When the shoe fits," says Chuang Tzu, "the foot is forgotten. When the belt fits, the belly is forgotten. And when the heart is right, ’for’ and ’against’ are forgotten." In commenting on these ten beautiful and paradoxical stories, Osho invites us to explore what the ego is, and how it gets in our way; what true self-acceptance really means; why drawing up rules of conduct for people to follow never seems to work - and much, much more. Chuang Tzu’s perspective, in Osho’s hands, becomes absolutely relevant to live in the 21st century.
1: When the Shoe Fits
2: The Tower of the Spirit
3: Flight from the Shadow
4: Fighting Cock
5: Monkey Mountain
6: Symphony for a Seabird
7: Autumn Floods
8: The Turtle
9: Duke Hwan and the Wheelright
10: Man Is Born in Tao
Excerpt from: When the Shoe Fits
"History always remembers foolish people because fools make history and fools write it.
"Chuang Tzu makes no history, because easy is right. How can you make history if you are easy? If you win a war and kill millions of people you make history. If you just brush your teeth in the morning how can you make history? And easy is right! You take a bath, and you sing a little song…how can you make history? You eat your food and you silently go to sleep without any dreams – how can you make history? No, history takes no notice of persons who are easy and natural. History takes notice of people who are mad, obsessed with something, who create trouble in some way or other.
"Difficult is wrong, easy is right. Be easy and don’t try to be in history. Leave it for fools and mad people, you just stay out of it…because you cannot have both. Either you can have life or you can be remembered in history. If you have life, you will be just an easy and simple person doing simple and small things and enjoying them. You will not create any trouble for anybody; nobody will take any notice of you. You will exist as if you never existed. That is what easy is – existing as if you are not existing, existing as if you are not. Not in anyone’s way, nobody will know about you, but there is no need. You will enjoy; you will attain to the highest peak of ecstasy. Easy is right." Osho
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:
life... love... doubt... look... future... god... nobody... picasso... nobel... vedas...