The Point of No Return

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"Sri Aurobindo is a strange case. He knows everything about enlightenment, but he is not enlightened. He is one of the greatest scholars of this age, a genius; vast is his knowledge, but his knowing..."
The Point of No Return
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"Sri Aurobindo is a strange case. He knows everything about enlightenment, but he is not enlightened. He is one of the greatest scholars of this age, a genius; vast is his knowledge, but his knowing..."

Osho continues:
"And belief has its own psychology, if many people believe in you, you are bound to believe in yourself.

"I have often told a small story about a great journalist who died and reached the doors of heaven.

"The doors of heaven and hell are not far apart; they are just opposite each other. The distance is not much, and naturally one would like to enter heaven. So he knocked on the door. The doorkeeper opened a small window in the door and asked, 'What do you want?'

"He said, 'I am a great journalist. I have just died, and I want to enter.'

"The doorkeeper said, 'I am sorry but I have to refuse you because we have a quota; we can have only twelve journalists in heaven. That quota has been filled for centuries, for centuries no new journalist has entered. And anyway, even those twelve are utterly useless because nothing happens in heaven. They tried to publish a newspaper, but only one issue appeared because there are only saints here – no murder, no suicide, no crime, no politics, no struggle for power. No change ever happens; everything is eternally the same – from where can you get news?'

"'And,' the doorkeeper said, 'you must have heard the definition of news: when a dog bites a man it is not news, but when a man bites a dog it is news. So nothing sensational happens here, no love affair. When people get bored, they read the first issue that was published centuries ago.

"'You should go to hell. Every moment tremendous things happen there. All the active people of the world, all the creative people of the world are there: painters, musicians, poets, actors, dancers, thieves, murderers, rapists, psychoanalysts, philosophers; you will find every variety.

"'Heaven is monotonous. Only dull, dead saints, skeletons Their only quality is that they don't do anything. So just go to hell and enjoy. You will find everything that you may have missed on earth, because for centuries upon centuries, all the juicy people have collected there. In fact, I myself want to go, but once you get into heaven, you cannot escape. So I am stuck here."
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Publisher Osho International
Duration of Talk 123 mins
File Size 8.28 MB
Type Individual Talks