The Truth Is Always Simple

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

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"Truth is the most obvious and the most simple thing in existence. This has created tremendous difficulty – the mind is not interested in the obvious. The mind is not excited by the simple, because..."
"Truth is the most obvious and the most simple thing in existence. This has created tremendous difficulty – the mind is not interested in the obvious. The mind is not excited by the simple, because..."

Osho continues:
"Before him, for almost a hundred years, hundreds of mountaineers had destroyed their lives in the same effort of achieving Everest.

"Edmund Hillary could not answer. For a moment there was silence, and then he said, 'Just because it is there, a challenge to humanity – that was enough for me to risk my life. I have not gained anything, I have not experienced anything.'

"The truth is, whenever I think of Edmund Hillary standing on the Everest, alone, he looks to me to be embarrassed, utterly idiotic. And in fact he did not stay there longer than two minutes. For those two minutes he risked his life.

"This will give you an insight into the human mind and its workings. That which is available cannot be made an achievement. And that which is not available, the farther away it is, the more nourishment there is to the ego. The obvious, that which you already have, has no interest at all for the mind.

"That's why millions of people have lived on the earth and missed their own being. They traveled far and wide, world travelers – Marco Polo, Columbus – they tried to conquer the whole world, like Alexander the Great. But they forgot one thing: they have not even known themselves; the question of conquering does not arise.

"Alexander was on the way to India when he heard about a very strange man, Diogenes, who lived just by the side of the road. Alexander had heard many stories about the man; he was a legend in his own time. He lived naked.

"In India it is easy, but in the West it is not so easy – in India thousands of Jaina monks have lived naked. But you will be surprised to know why Jainism never reached outside India – the nakedness prevented it. Buddhism spread all over Asia to Tibet, to China, to Korea, to Japan, because they were not living naked. Mahavira was a contemporary of Gautam Buddha, but he could not move – neither have any of his disciples in twenty-five centuries moved – out of India.

"But Diogenes must have been a more courageous man than Mahavira. He lived in Greece absolutely naked."
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Publisher Osho International
Duration of Talk 75 mins
File Size 15.78 MB
Type Individual Talks