No Other Path but Life

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"The question is not a laughing matter. It touches something of tremendous value in human misery, in human anguish, in human reality. It creates laughter because it looks absurd to ask why things are going..."
No Other Path but Life
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"The question is not a laughing matter. It touches something of tremendous value in human misery, in human anguish, in human reality. It creates laughter because it looks absurd to ask why things are going..."

Osho continues:
"The natural thing is that things should go well; for their going well, no reason is needed.

"You are healthy – you don't go to the doctor to ask him, 'What is the matter with me? I am healthy.' You go to the doctor when you are not healthy, when you are sick.

"When people are young, they don't ask, 'What is the meaning of life?' Their youth, their overflowing energy, is enough meaning, is enough significance. They are still capable of love. They are still capable of a dance, a song, a celebration. Death has not overshadowed their lives yet.

"The moment a person starts asking, 'What is the meaning of life?' it means he has become old – it does not matter at what age. His question emphatically shows that he has lost touch with life, lost touch with love, lost touch with vitality, and wherever he looks it is all emptiness. The question has become significant to him. Why is he living? In fact, he has died; his life is posthumous.

"The moment a person asks, 'What is the meaning of life?' it is the question of a dead man – who still breathes, whose heart still beats, but it is all like a robot. All poetry, all rainbows have disappearedno sunrises at all. It seems the night is eternal. It seems that he must have dreamt about the days when he had seen the light; they were not real.

"Old age, when death is just standing close to you, creates the question, 'What is the meaning of life?' But when you are alive, when death is far away beyond the horizon of your vision, who cares about the meaning of life? You live it, you have it, you sing it, you dance it. It is in every breath, it is in every beat of your heart.

"One thing has to be understood clearly: that the people who have asked so-called great questions about the meaning of life, about the meaning of the very existence, about the meaning of love, about the meaning of beauty, are thought to be great philosophers but they have one foot in the grave. Just before slipping into their graves, they are raising all these questions."
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Publisher Osho International
Duration of Talk 122 mins
File Size 27.63 MB
Type Individual Talks