Enlightenment Is a Radical Standpoint

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From:The Great Zen Master Ta Hui

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"Enlightenment is certainly the key, but almost all the traditions are against it – and there is a reason why they are against it. The most fundamental reason is that if enlightenment is a reality..."
Enlightenment Is a Radical Standpoint
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"Enlightenment is certainly the key, but almost all the traditions are against it – and there is a reason why they are against it. The most fundamental reason is that if enlightenment is a reality..."

Osho continues:
"It so totally believes in you, its respect for humanity is so absolute and irrevocable…It is natural that all the priests are going to be against it, because the whole profession of the priests depends on fictions, and enlightenment destroys fictions.

"All theologies are fabrications of the mind, and enlightenment is a transcendence going beyond the mind. All that belongs to the mind is a nightmare. Where do your gods exist? Where is your heaven, your hell? Where are your angels and your ghosts? They all constitute the entity called the mind.

"Enlightenment is the greatest revolution you can conceive of because it destroys all fictions, all rituals, all gods, all traditions, all scriptures. It leaves you with only the essential consciousness of your own being. Its trust in consciousness is so total that there is no need of anything else.

"It has not been said as clearly as I am putting it…I want to make it absolutely clear that the very idea of enlightenment is against all religions. Or, in other words, the only authentic religion is that of enlightenment. All other religions are part of the marketplace; they are businesses exploiting human helplessness, exploiting human weakness, exploiting human limitations.

"Religions have done so much harm to man that it is unparalleled. Nothing else has been so dangerous. In every possible way they have been preventing man from even hearing the word enlightenment. You should not become aware that raising your hands to the sky is stupid – there is no one to answer your prayers, no prayer has ever been answered.

"All your gods are your own creations. You sculpt them, and you never think about it – that you go on worshipping things which you have created. The Christian Bible says, 'God created man in his own image.' The truth is just the contrary: man has created God in his own image. And then – the ultimate foolishness – you worship your own image. In fact, if you were a little intelligent, you could just purchase a mirror and worship.

"All your gods are nothing but your own reflections. There is no need to go to a temple or to a church; you can just keep a small mirror."
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Publisher Osho International
Duration of Talk 91 mins
File Size 23.05 MB
Type Individual Talks