Madmen and Devotees

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Osho,
What's the difference between a madman and a devotee?

"Not much, and yet, much. Both are mad, but their madness has a totally different quality to it. The center of madness is..."
Madmen and Devotees
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Osho,
What's the difference between a madman and a devotee?

"Not much, and yet, much. Both are mad, but their madness has a totally different quality to it. The center of madness is..."

Osho continues:
"The day becomes night, the night becomes day. They meet and merge, boundaries are not clear. Everything is overlapping everything else: you are overlapping into your beloved, your beloved is overlapping into you. Your child is still a part of you and yet he is independent – boundaries are blurred.

"Logic makes clear-cut boundaries. For clarity, it dissects life into two, into a duality. Clarity is achieved, but aliveness is lost. At the cost of aliveness logic achieves clarity.

"So if you are a mediocre mind, you may never go mad. That means you are just lukewarm, logical, and much that is illogical goes on existing in you side by side. But if you are really logical, then the ultimate result can only be madness. The more logical you are the more you will be intolerant of anything illogical. And life is illogical, so by and by you will become intolerant of life itself. You will become more and more closed. You will deny life, you will not deny logic. Then finally you break down. This is the failure of logic.

"Almost all the great philosophers who are logical go mad. If they don't go mad they are not great philosophers. Nietzsche went mad, Bertrand Russell never went mad. He is not such a great philosopher; he is, in a way, mediocre. He goes on living with his common sense – he is a commonsensical philosopher. He does not move to the very extreme. Nietzsche moved to the very extreme and of course, then there is the abyss.

"Madness is the failure of the head, and in life there are millions of situations where suddenly, the head is irrelevant.

"I was reading an anecdote:

"A woman telephoned the builder of her new house to complain about the vibrations that shook the structure when a train passed by three streets away.

"'Ridiculous!' he told her. 'I will be along to check it.'

"'Just wait until a train comes along,' said the woman when the builder arrived for his inspection. 'Why, it nearly shakes me out of bed. Just lie down there. You will see.'

"The builder had just stretched himself out on the bed when the woman's husband came home."
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Publisher Osho International
Duration of Talk 78 mins
File Size 21.84 MB
Type personne parle