Whatsoever Happens in Silence Is Your Friend

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"The spiritual path has many crossroads. On each crossroad, one feels as if one has arrived. In a certain way it is true, too. It is a certain blessing which was never known before, a..."
Whatsoever Happens in Silence Is Your Friend
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"The spiritual path has many crossroads. On each crossroad, one feels as if one has arrived. In a certain way it is true, too. It is a certain blessing which was never known before, a..."

Osho continues:
"Each time it becomes in a way more difficult, in a way easier. It is difficult in the sense that each new realization, new achievement, new revelation is so vast, so absorbing, that everything you have known before simply fades away, so it becomes more difficult to move on. But on the other hand, it becomes easier to move on because each time the master has said to you, 'Move on' you have always gained more; it has never been a loss, it has always been a new door to a new mystery, a new sky beyond the old one. So the trust also has increased. It is easier now to listen to the master and move on.

"An ancient story – I have always loved it – an old woodcutter, poor, alone, had only one way to earn his everyday bread and that was by cutting wood and selling it. As he came into the forest, just near the entrance under a beautiful bodhi tree, the same tree under which Gautam Buddha became enlightened; hence the name of the tree has become bodhi tree. Bodhi means enlightenment.

"By the way, you will be surprised to know, scientists have found that the bodhi tree has a certain chemical which no other tree has, and that chemical is absolutely necessary for the growth of intelligence. Perhaps it is a very intelligent, sensitive tree. It may not have been just a coincidence

"The woodcutter would see this old man sitting silently, always there – summer, winter, rain. He would touch his feet before entering the forest, and every time he would do that the old man would smile and say, 'You are such an idiot.'

"The woodcutter was shocked: 'Why? – I touch his feet, but rather than giving me a blessing, he simply smiles and says, 'You are such an idiot.''

"One day he gathered courage and asked, 'What do you mean?'

"The old man said, 'I mean that you have been cutting trees in this forest for your whole life, and if you go just a little deeper into it you will find a copper mine. Only an idiot could miss it! Your whole life you have been in this forest You can collect the copper and that will be enough for seven days' comfortable living, no need to cut wood every day in your old age.'

"The man could not believe it because he knew the whole forest."
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Publisher Osho International
Duration of Talk 105 mins
File Size 25.27 MB
Type Individual Talks