The Magic of Self-Respect
At the same time, he argues, the collection of egos known as “society” shapes our political, educational, and religious institutions, which in turn combine to force the same old patterns onto new generations.
In this book, Osho shows how to discard these old patterns in favor of a new and nurturing trinity of watchfulness, awareness, and alertness.
Excerpt from: The Magic of Self-Respect, Chapter #15
"I teach you to be authentic, integrated individuals with immense self-respect. The word self-respect may create doubts in your mind because self-respect seems to again mean the ego. It is not so. You have to understand both words, self and respect – both are significant.
Self is that which you are born with. Ego is that which you accumulate; ego is your achievement. Self is a gift of existence to you: you have not done anything to earn it, you have not achieved it – hence nobody can take it away from you. That is impossible because it is your nature, your very being.
"Ego is all that you go on accumulating through education, manners, civilization, culture, schools, colleges, universities. You go on accumulating it, it is your effort, you have made it – and you have made it so big that you have completely forgotten your real self.
"To know the real self is enough: the ego falls flat on the ground – without any effort to surrender it. Unless the ego falls on its own, without your effort, it is not going to leave you. If you make effort to drop it – that is what 'surrender' is. All the religions teach surrender, hence I say they don't understand even the very basics of psychology. Ego has to not be surrendered, it has to be seen. It has to be understood through and through.
"That is the meaning of respect: it is one of the most beautiful words in the English language. It does not mean what it has come to mean: honor. No, respect simply means re-spect, to look again – that's the literal meaning of the word; there is no place for honor. Just look again, look back, look deep: spect means honor; spect means to see, look; re means again.
"Once, you knew the real self: before you entered and became part of a society, a culture, a civilization, you knew it. It is not a coincidence that people go on thinking their childhood was the most beautiful part of their life. It is a long-forgotten memory because there have been days in your life, the earliest days, which you cannot remember exactly; only a vague feeling – a kind of fragrance, a kind of shadow – is there.
"If you re-spect, if you look again and go deep into your existence, you are going to find the place from where you started losing yourself and gaining the ego. That moment is a moment of illumination because once you have seen what the ego is, the game is finished. " Osho
|Publisher||OSHO Media International|
|Number of Pages||244|
|File Size||469 KB|
|Format||Nook Or Kindle|