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Osho Quotes and Teachings

A collection of Osho Quotes and Teachings on awareness, Brahman, Ardhanariswara etc. The Quotes and Teachings of Osho are from books, speeches, newspapers and online.

Nature gives everybody energy that is creative. It becomes destructive only when it is obstructed, when no natural flow is allowed.

People don’t like to do easy things. Before they can do them they want to make them hard, difficult. People enjoy hard things. Why? Because when you face hard thing, your ego becomes subtle, sharp, there is a challenge.

Try to make something perfect and it will remain imperfect. Do it naturally and it is always perfect. 

Nature is perfect, effort is imperfect. So whenever you are doing something too much, you are destroying it. 
(Source: Creativity Unleashing the Forces Within)

Osho Quotes on Awareness

You can clean the floor like a robot, a mechanical thing; you have to clean it, so you clean it. Then you miss something beautiful. Then you waste those moments in only cleaning the floor. Cleaning the floor could have been a great experience; you missed it. The floor is cleaned but something that could have happened within you has not happened. If you were aware, not only the floor but YOU would have felt a deep cleansing. Clean the floor full of awareness, luminous with awareness.

Teachings and Quotes of Osho

Osho Quotes on Brahman and Ardhanarisvara

It is significant that in Sanskrit the word Brahman or the supreme energy of God, is categorized as neuter gender. Is Brahman male or female? No, it is neutral. …How can the supreme be male or female? That would make Brahman partial. No, the ultimate being is impartial. This impartiality is possible only if the proportion of male and female is fifty-fifty.

The concept of ‘Ardhanarisvara’ is the symbol of Brahman, the supreme, because the proportion of male and female in Brahman is fifty-fifty. Brahman is both man and woman, or it is neither.

Ardhanarisvara depicts a great psychological truth. This ancient symbol is a blend of male and female energies. One of its sides is feminine and the other is masculine, or you can say it is a blending or the combination of the two. It can also be said to be beyond the two.

The concept of God as Ardhanarisvara says that the primeval source of creation is neither male nor female or it is both.

Osho Teachings on Meditation

Whenever you understand that you have missed life, the first principle to be brought back is innocence. Drop your knowledge, forget your scriptures, forget your religions, your theologies, your philosophies. Be born again, become innocent – and it is in your hands. Clean your mind of all that is not known by you, of all that is borrowed, all that has come from tradition, convention. All that has been given to you by others – parents, teachers, universities – just get rid of it. Once again be simple, once again be a child. And this miracle is possible by meditation.

Meditation is simply a strange surgical method that cuts you away from all that is not yours and saves only that which is your authentic being. It burns everything else and leaves you standing naked, alone under the sun, in the wind. It is as if you are the first man who has descended onto earth – who knows nothing, who has to discover everything, who has to go on a pilgrimage.

The second principle is pilgrimage. Life must be seeking – not a desire but a search; not an ambition to become this, to become that, a president of a country or a prime minister of a country, but a search to find out ‘Who am I?’

(Source: Maturity: The responsibility of being oneself/ Osho)

Quotes of Osho on Joy

Joy is forever; happiness is momentary. Happiness is caused by the outside, hence can be taken away from the outside – you have to depend on others. And any dependence is ugly, any dependence is bondage. Joy arises within; it has nothing to do with the outside. It is not caused by others; it is not caused at all. It is the spontaneous flow of your own energy.

If your energy is stagnant there is no joy. If your energy becomes a flow; a movement, a river, there is great joy – for no other reason, just because you become more fluid, more flowing and more alive.
Joy has to be shared by sharing it you are unburdened, by sharing it you find new sources opening up within you, new streams and new springs. That sharing of your joy is love.
(Source: Joy – The Happiness That Comes from Within published by Osho International Foundation Switzerland)

Osho Quotes on Sannyasin

  • A Sannyasin is one who has come to understand the futility of so-called worldly life. A Sannyasin is one who has understood one thing – that something needs to be done immediately about his own being. If he goes on drifting in the old way, he will lose the whole opportunity of this life.
  • A Sannyasin is one who has become alert that up to now he has lived wrongly, has moved in wrong directions, has been too concerned with things and not concerned with himself has been too concerned with worldly prestige and power and has not been concerned about who he is.
  • A Sannyasin is one who is turning toward himself, paravritti. A Sannyasin is a miracle – the energy is moving back towards oneself.
  • Ordinarily the energy is moving away from you, towards things, targets, in the world. There energy away from you, hence you feel empty, dissipated, frustrated…the energy is oozing out every day. The greatest miracle in life is to understand this and to turn the energy towards home. It is a turning in. This turning in, paravritti, is sannyas.  (Source: Book – Ancient Music in the Pine, page 169-170)

Osho Quotes and Teachings on Upanishads

  • Upanishads say you cannot experience God. If you experience God, then the God remains separate and you remain separate, because only the other can be experienced. Experience divides. This is the deepest message of all the Upanishads – experience divides. Because whenever you say experience, it means there three things, the experiencer, the experienced, and the relationship between the two, the experience.
  • Upanishads say the God cannot be known, because knowledge divides the knower, the known and the knowledge. If really you have become one, how can you experience? So even the experience disappears.
  • Upanishads say a person who claims he has experienced the divine is false; his claim proves that he is false. A knower cannot claim, one who has really experienced the divine cannot claim, because the very experience disappears.
  • Upanishads says that the divine can be defined only by negatives, so they go on negating. They say, ‘This is not Brahman, that is not Brahman.’ And they never say directly, they never assert directly. You cannot point to the Brahman with a finger, because your finger will become a limitation. Then Brahman will be where you finger is pointing and nowhere else. You can point to the Brahma only with a closed fist, so you are not pointing anywhere; or – everywhere. (Source: Vedanta: The Supreme Knowledge page 77, 107 – 108)

Osho Teachings on mind – the extrovert and introvert

  • The mind goes on dividing on every level of being. Wherever the mind looks, immediately it divides; division, to divide, is the nature of the mind. So we say, ‘above and below;’ we say ‘up and down;’ we say ‘this world and the other world’; we say ‘life and death; we say in and out’; ‘extroversion and introversion – but all the division are of the mind. The below is part of the above, the beginning of the above; up is nothing but the extension of down. Life and death are not two, but the same energy arising is life, the same energy dissolving is death. Our mind in are not two; the division is only mental.
  • But we exist extrovertedly; we exist outside. The ordinary man exists outside; he never goes in. He moves further and further out, because desires can be fulfilled only in the outside; some object is needed to fulfill them. The object can be found in the outside; there is no object within – there is only subjectivity, there is only you. You need something to fulfill desires, so you move in the world. The out is created because desired are moving outwardly.
  • Then a moment comes in everyone’s life when you get frustrated with this whole business – desires, the search for them, the objects – and you come to realize that the whole thing is futile. Then the other extreme arises in the mind: ‘Don’t go out, go in!’ Then you simply reverse the whole process. Before you were going out, now you start going in, before you were for the out, now you have become against it.
  • This type of mind which has become against the world, the out, is just the same man, the same mind, standing on its head. You are standing on your feet, he is standing on his head, but he is the same man, there is no difference. The difference comes into being only when you are not moving at all, neither out nor in; when the division between out and in has dropped.  (Source : Vedanta : The Supreme Knowledge)
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