No Yesterday, No Tomorrow, No Today

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From:Hsin Hsin Ming: The Zen Understanding of Mind and Consciousness

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"Man is lost because of words, symbols, language. You are not lost in reality, you are lost in a linguistic dream – because reality is always there in front of you, but you are not..."
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"Man is lost because of words, symbols, language. You are not lost in reality, you are lost in a linguistic dream – because reality is always there in front of you, but you are not..."

Osho continues:
"If you don't know love, you think about it – really, you don't think about anything else. How can you know love through thinking? – because it is an existential experience. It is not a theory, it is not speculative. To know it, you have to be it.

"Why does mind think about things which are not experienced? – because this is a substitute; the whole being feels the need, so what to do? Just thinking about it you feel a little at ease, as if something is happening, as if you are experiencing. It happens in the dream, it happens while you are awake – because the mind remains the same whether you are asleep or awake.

"All dreams are substitutes and all thinking also, because thinking is dreaming while awake, dreaming is thinking while asleep. They are not qualitatively different, they are the same process. If you can understand dreaming, you will be able to understand thinking.

"Dreaming is more primitive, hence more simple. Thinking is more complicated, more evolved, hence more difficult to penetrate. And whenever you want to penetrate a thing, it is better to penetrate from the simplest form of it.

"If you have not eaten in the day, in the night you will have dreams about food: you are being invited by the king, you are eating delicious foods. If you are starving for sex, you will have a sexual dream. If you are starving for power and prestige, you will have a substitute dream for it: that you have become an Alexander or a Napoleon or a Hitler, you dominate the whole world.

"Dreaming is always about that which is lacking while you are awake; that which you have missed in the day comes in the dream. If you don't miss anything in the day, dreaming will disappear. A man who is totally content will not dream. That's why buddhas never dream. They cannot dream even if they want, because everything is complete and finished, nothing remains hanging on the mind.

"A dream is a hangover: something incomplete goes on trying to be complete. And desires are such that you can never complete them. They go on growing and become bigger and bigger."
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Publisher Osho International
Duration of Talk 106 mins
File Size 26.6 MB
Type Individual Talks