When the Bells in Your Heart Begin to Ring

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From:The Great Zen Master Ta Hui

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"Truth can never be a missionary, but only a heart-to-heart message – not to convert the other, but just to share your abundance of love, compassion, blissfulness.
"This has to be remembered: a missionary is..."
When the Bells in Your Heart Begin to Ring
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"Truth can never be a missionary, but only a heart-to-heart message – not to convert the other, but just to share your abundance of love, compassion, blissfulness.
"This has to be remembered: a missionary is..."

Osho continues:
"There is a psychological problem: the man who has not known the truth wants to convince himself that he knows it, and the only way to convince himself that he knows it is to start converting people. It is a feedback system. As more and more people become impressed by his words, by his philosophy, the ultimate outcome is that he becomes convinced that he must have the truth, because so many people could not be idiots."

"I have heard…Once it happened – it very rarely happens, just once in a billion years – that a journalist reached to the gate of heaven. A journalist, by his very profession, is already booked for hell, but there are always accidents….

"A journalist knocked on the doors of heaven, and Saint Peter opened the door. But seeing the journalist he said, 'Forgive me, we have a quota of only twelve journalists, and it has been full since eternity. Even they are absolutely useless here, because nothing happens in heaven – no murder, no rape, no robbing, no suicide. So only the first issue of our newspaper was ever published, and that remains relevant forever'…because good people don't have stories. To have stories you need bad people. It is unfortunate, but that is how it is.

"The saints go on sitting in silence. Now, silence is not news; unless there is a riot, a massacre, a war, nuclear weapons, Ronald Reagan, there is no news. Bernard Shaw has defined news: when a dog bites a man it is not news, but when a man bites a dog, it is news. All politicians are news – they are men biting the dog.

"But in heaven there is no place for politicians. St. Peter said to the journalist, 'So forgive me, you will have to go to the other door, which is just opposite. There are only two places, not many alternatives to choose from…'

"But you know, journalists are very stubborn people. He insisted, 'At least give me twenty-four hours, just to look around. And after twenty-four hours, if you have some place vacant, you can allow me to remain. Otherwise I will be gone.'

"It was not asking too much, so Saint Peter said, 'For twenty-four hours you can be in heaven.' And immediately the journalist started a rumor that in hell a great new daily newspaper is going to start, and they need a chief editor, they need an editorial board, they need assistant editors, they need all kinds of journalists. Rumor for the journalist is just like water for a fish: he lives in rumors, in lies, in all kinds of things which are not in any way true, but have a quality of sensationalism."
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Publisher Osho International
Duration of Talk 101 mins
File Size 24 MB
Type Individual Talks