Innocence Is the Only Religiousness

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

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"When a man is reborn, only then he understands the beauty and the grandeur of childhood. The child is ignorant; hence he is unable to understand the tremendous innocence that surrounds him. Once a child..."
"When a man is reborn, only then he understands the beauty and the grandeur of childhood. The child is ignorant; hence he is unable to understand the tremendous innocence that surrounds him. Once a child..."

Osho continues:
"Socrates knows nothing.'

"The people were shocked. They went to the Oracle…but the Oracle laughed and said, 'That's why I have declared him the wisest man in the world! It is only the ignorant people who think they know.' The more you know, the more you become innocent.

"According to the Socratic division, there are two categories of people: the ignorant knowers and the knowing ignorants. The world is dominated by the second category. These are your priests, your professors; these are your leaders, these are your saints, these are your religious messiahs, saviors, prophets, all proclaiming that they know. But their very proclamation destroys the utter simplicity and innocence of a child.

"Bodhidharma remained in China for fourteen years. He was sent by his master to spread the message of meditation. After fourteen years, he wanted to come back to the Himalayas; he was old and was ready to disappear into the eternal snows. He had thousands of disciples – he was one of the rarest people who have existed on the earth – but he called only four disciples and he said, 'I will ask only one question: what is the essence of my teaching? Whoever gives me the right answer will be my successor.'

"There was great silence, tremendous expectation. Everybody looked at the first disciple, who was the most learned, most scholarly. The first disciple said, 'Going beyond the mind is what all your teaching can be reduced to.'

"Bodhidharma said, 'You have my skin, but not more than that.'

"He turned to the second disciple who said, 'There is no one to go beyond the mind. All is silent. There is no division between the one that has to be transcended and one that has to transcend. This is the essence of your teaching.'

"Bodhidharma said, 'You have my bones.'

"And he turned to the third disciple, who said, 'The essence of your teaching is inexpressible.'

"Bodhidharma laughed and he said, 'But you have expressed it! You have said something about it. You have my marrow.'

"And he turned to the fourth disciple who had only tears and utter silence, no answer. He fell at the feet of Bodhidharma…and he was accepted as the successor, although he had not answered anything."
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Publisher Osho International
Duration of Talk 50 mins
File Size 10.9 MB
Type Individual Talks