Osho Nuggets

Meditation, therapies – all possible sources have to be used so that you can know how to use your anger in such a way that it becomes compassion, how to use your sex in such a way that it becomes love, how to use your greed in such a way that it becomes sharing. Every energy that you have can become its polar opposite, because the polar opposite is always contained in it.
Your body contains the soul, matter contains mind. The world contains God. Dust contains divineness. You have to discover it, and the first step towards discovery is to accept yourself, rejoice in being yourself.

When I say “Listen,” I don’t mean concentrate, because if you concentrate you will become very tense. In a tense mind meditation is not possible. So when I say “Listen,” the first step – it means: simply be relaxed, open, available. I am singing a song to you, let this song reach and vibrate in you. You should not be worried about whether you will be able to remember it or not – that is not the point at all.. Once you have vibrated with it, something of it will have penetrated into your being, will become part of you. In fact, that which becomes part of you is real knowledge and you need not cram it. The unreal knowledge is that which you have crammed and has not become a part of you.

Philosophy is a blind man in a dark room on a dark night, searching for a black cat which is not there.

An open heart is a natural phenomenon; an open being is just natural. A closed being is a very unnatural thing, very artificial; you have to put all your energy into it. This is my observation of thousands of people: that they give their whole energy to keeping themselves miserable. To remain in hell is a great investment. It is not easy, it is very difficult. You need to be very strong to be in hell, very stubborn, adamant. This word “adamant” is good; it comes from “diamond.” You have to be hard as a diamond, only then can you remain in hell. Otherwise nobody is barring your path. You can relax and you enter into heaven – relaxation is the door.

Men and women are different worlds; hence it is difficult to understand each other. And the past has been full of misunderstandings, but that is not necessarily to be so in the future. We can learn a lesson from the past, and the only lesson is that man and woman have to become more understanding of each other and more accepting of each other’s differences. Those differences are valuable, they need not create any conflict, in fact they are the causes of attraction between them. If all the differences between men and women disappear, if they have the same kind of psychology, love will also disappear because the polarity will not be there. Man and woman are like negative and positive poles of electricity: they are pulled towards each other magnetically, they are opposite poles. Hence, conflict is natural. But through understanding, through compassion, through love, through looking into the other’s world and trying to be sympathetic to it, all the problems can be solved. There is no need to create more conflict – enough is enough.
Man needs as much liberation as woman. Both need liberation – liberation from the mind. They should cooperate with each other and help each other to be liberated from the mind. That will be a true liberation movement.

Snow White went to the doctor. “Doctor,” she said, “could you examine me and tell me if I am still a virgin?”
So she lay on the couch and the good doctor examined her. When he finished, she said again, “Well, doctor, am I still a virgin?”
“Well,” replied the doctor, “it is very strange: you are technically still virgo intacta, but I can just detect seven small dents in it.”
Only technically are you human beings – only technically – otherwise there are seven million dents. Your parents, your so-called society, your politicians, your priests, they have done a great job of messing you up.

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