The Word, the Sound, and the Silence

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From:The Great Zen Master Ta Hui

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"It is sad to have come to the end of Ta Hui's sutras. It has been an immensely rich pilgrimage, going step by step as Ta Hui was growing, as he was transforming, as he..."
The Word, the Sound, and the Silence
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"It is sad to have come to the end of Ta Hui's sutras. It has been an immensely rich pilgrimage, going step by step as Ta Hui was growing, as he was transforming, as he..."

Osho continues:
"Animals are violent – so is man; animals are competitive – so is man; animals are jealous – so is man. Animals are also capable of thinking – though not much, but still there is not any qualitative difference.

"The only thing that creates the difference is meditation, because no animal has shown the capacity of being meditative. Even in the vast humanity, only very rarely a man comes to the height of meditation. Hence Ta Hui is perfectly right when he says,
If you were a man, a real Ch'an man…
"'Ch'an' is Chinese for meditation. He is saying that you become authentically a man only through meditative transformation, and he is saying it now on his own authority. He has been a man of intellect; he began his journey as a thinker. He is ending his journey as a thoughtless silence. He certainly has the authority to define man: he has passed through the fire test himself, he has proved himself a man.

"Man, according to all those who know, is the capacity of going beyond the mind, the capacity to become a no-mind, the capacity just to be without a single thought stirring within you. Once you have known this vastness, this silence, you will not ask any question about existence. Not that you know all the answers – you don't know even a single answer – but all questions have disappeared, hence the need for any answer has also disappeared.

"In this state of no questions, no answers, just a pure consciousness, a mirror reflecting nothing…just being yourself, without going anywhere, remaining herenow…you attain to the ultimate bliss which every human being has been seeking for centuries, from life to life, but goes on missing because his search is in a wrong direction: he is always looking outside, and the treasure is inside.

"He is searching in the temples and in the synagogues and in the churches, and the person for whom he is searching everywhere is just within him. If he can stop all his searching, all his desiring, all his going away – just for a single moment – the revolution happens. Suddenly he is no longer a beggar, no more longing, desiring, hoping, waiting."
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Publisher Osho International
Duration of Talk 98 mins
File Size 24.39 MB
Type Individual Talks