Undone Tao

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Tao is unique in its portrayal of how to live at one with life. It enforces no system on the mind, and says no practice is needed. Lao Tzu’s classic, Tao Te Ching, is brought to life by Osho.

Tao is unique in its portrayal of how to live at one with life. It enforces no system on the mind, and says no practice is needed. Lao Tzu’s classic, Tao Te Ching, is brought to life by Osho.


Extract from Chapter 3
“I am saying something here; Lao Tzu is saying something here, through me, to reveal a part of your hidden being. He is not feeding you with new information; he is just uncovering you, rediscovering you, just giving you a glimpse of your own being.

“Knowledge is a doing, it is a conflict, struggle, what Darwin calls “the survival of the fittest.” It is fighting with nature, it is a constant war of man against the whole. Foolish – but it is there.

“When you want to learn something you are in fact trying to learn to do something. All knowledge is pragmatic, practical, you will transform it into your practice, you will do something with it. Otherwise you will say, “Why learn? What is the point?” You learn it as a utility. That’s why in a pragmatic, empirical world, arts by and by disappear. Nobody wants to listen to poetry, nobody wants to listen to music, because the question is: What can you do with it? Can you make money out of it? Can you become powerful out of it? What can you do? Can you repair a car by listening to music? Can you make a house? No, it cannot be used, music is nonutilitarian, it has no utility – and that’s the beauty of it.

“The whole of life is nonutilitarian; it has no purpose, it is not going anywhere. It is simply being here, it is not going anywhere. It has no goal to achieve, it has no destiny. It is a cosmic play, what Hindus call leela, play, just children playing with no goal in view. Playing itself is the goal, they are enjoying it, they are delighting in it, they are happy – finished!

“Learning is always with a view to do something. It is a technique toward becoming a great doer. If you know more, you can do more. Then what will unlearning do? It will make you a non-doer.

“By and by you will not know anything, you will not be able to do. By and by as knowledge disappears from you, doing will also disappear. You will become being, you will be, but you will not be a doer. I don’t mean that you will not do anything – even a Buddha has to beg, even Lao Tzu must have tried ways and means to find bread and butter and things like that. When it was raining he must have found a shelter – he lived a long life, and he lived a very healthy life. No, I don’t mean that you don’t do, I mean you become a non-doer. Things start happening. You don’t do them, they happen. The doer, the manipulator, goes, dissolves, disappears – and with the doer gone, the ego is no longer found.

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Publisher Osho Media International
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