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From:The Path of the Mystic

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"The secrets of life are very simple, but the mind tries to make them complex.
"Mind loves complexity, for the simple reason that mind is needed only if there is something complex. If there is..."
"The secrets of life are very simple, but the mind tries to make them complex.
"Mind loves complexity, for the simple reason that mind is needed only if there is something complex. If there is..."

Osho continues:
"And all those psychoanalysts must have worked hard, for hours, for years, in analyzing the dreams of the man to find out why he tears up bits of paper and throws them all over the place. But nobody succeeded. And as a last resort they took him to a magician, and he cured the man.

"But Newsweek is a snobbish magazine, so the joke is not complete. That's why you don't see what is so great about the joke.

"The magician walked up and down the staircase and then whispered in the ear of the man, 'You stop tearing papers; otherwise I will kick you down from the top.' And he was a strong man.

"'So take heed, because I don't believe in psychoanalysis or anything, I simply believe in kicking. And I kick people from this place, then they go rolling down hundreds of steps to the road. Now you can go home; just remember that I have only one trick. When any kind of mentally sick person is brought to me, I cure him. That's why I have been walking with you up and down these steps, to show you what it means when I kick you. Now just go home and remember it! Next time I will not say anything, I will simply do it.' And the man understood it; anybody would have understood it.

"They have left that part out of the joke and destroyed the beauty of it. The man must have been enjoying just a childish thing, tearing papers into bits, into pieces, and throwing them all over the place. And it became an enjoyment because everybody was puzzled. It was simply a childish phenomenon. The man was retarded; he did not need any psychoanalysis. He needed a good kick – that was the language that he understood immediately.

"In many ways we go on thinking about simple things in complex ways. All of our problems are mostly very simple, but the mind confuses you. And there are people to exploit you – they make your problem even more complex.

"Once, a boy was brought to me. He must have been sixteen or seventeen years old, and his family was puzzled, harassed – although there was no need for anybody to be harassed – because the boy went on saying that two flies have entered into his belly, and they go on moving inside, throughout his body…'now they are in the head, now they have come in the hand.'

"He was taken to doctors, physicians, and they said, 'It is not a disease.' He was X-rayed, and there were no flies or anything."
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Publisher Osho International
Duration of Talk 80 mins
File Size 19.69 MB
Type Individual Talks