Against all American Tradition and Pride

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From:Om Mani Padme Hum: The Sound of Silence, the Diamond in the Lotus

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"Mind has an incurable disease: the name of the disease is duality. It does not matter what the mind is focused on, it immediately creates a division – in the knower and in the known..."
"Mind has an incurable disease: the name of the disease is duality. It does not matter what the mind is focused on, it immediately creates a division – in the knower and in the known..."

Osho continues:
"I was very young, but I pointed out to him that a real dialogue is not between I and thou, the real dialogue begins when the I and the thou start merging and melting. The dialogue can even be silent, but its basic requirement is that the division should not be there. He did not reply. I wrote him again and I told him, 'Your not replying to me shows that you yourself are not convinced of what you are saying.'

"You are asking, what is the taste of enlightenment? There is no taste, because you are alone. At the most, in language we can say there is a certain sensitivity, a fragrance, but it is not separate from you. It is you yourself. The taste and the taster need to be separate, and in enlightenment the only barrier is separation.

"Just the other day I received, from the same insane Catholic man from the staff of Time magazine, another question: 'You teach love, you teach compassion; then why did the people of Oregon in America become enemies to you?' I don't ordinarily reply to people if I see that they are basically insane, and the question shows insanity absolutely clearly. If he were intelligent enough, first he should have asked, 'Jesus has also preached love, has preached compassion, has preached forgiveness – then why was he crucified by the Jews?' If his question were relevant and had not come from a Catholic prejudice, he would have seen the contradiction. And certainly the people of Oregon have not crucified me yet.

"Moreover, I was only a tourist in America. Jesus was a Jew, belonged to the same people, was born amongst them, was brought up by them. And whatever he was saying was not contradictory to the Jewish scriptures. In fact, he was trying to argue for the Jewish tradition; still the people of Judea crucified him. And this fellow, after two thousand years, has the guts to ask me, 'If you teach love, if you teach compassion, then why were the people of Oregon not friendly to you?' The fact is that we have lived a past so insane, so insecure, that we are afraid of strangers."
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Publisher Osho International
Duration of Talk 102 mins
File Size 22.71 MB
Type Individual Talks