The Bull Transcended

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"Gertrude Stein was dying. Suddenly she opened her eyes and asked her friends who were gathered together around her, 'What is the answer?' Now this is tremendously beautiful, almost a koan. The question has not..."
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"Gertrude Stein was dying. Suddenly she opened her eyes and asked her friends who were gathered together around her, 'What is the answer?' Now this is tremendously beautiful, almost a koan. The question has not..."

Osho continues:
"It is so deep, it cannot be brought to the surface. But still it is there, so what is the answer? The question is such that it is not separate from the questioner, as if the questioner's whole being has become a question mark: What is the answer?

"They looked at each other. They were completely at a loss as to what to do. They must have thought: The dying woman has gone mad. It is mad, absurd, to ask, 'What is the answer?' when the question has not yet been formulated. No one replied. No one was aware enough to reply to it. No one responded, because in fact no one was there to respond. No one was so present as to respond.

"'In that case,' she insisted, 'what is the question?' Again silence followed. How can anybody else tell you what the question is? Certainly she has gone mad. Certainly she is no more in her senses. But the question is such that it is impossible to say what it is. The moment you say it, you betray it. The moment you verbalize it, it is no more the same. It is not the same question that was there in the heart. Once it becomes verbalized, it becomes a head thing. It looks almost trivial, almost superficial. You cannot ask the ultimate question. In asking it, it will not be the ultimate any more.

"Only a master could have understood what she was saying. She was a beautiful woman, a beautiful person, of tremendous understanding. And at the last moment of her life, she flowered in this koan. You must have heard her famous statement which has almost become a clich, a rose is a rose is a rose. Nothing can be said about the rose, except that it is a rose. All that you can say about it will falsify it. It is simply there in its strange beauty, with its unknown fragrance, as a fact. You cannot theorize about it. And whatsoever you theorize will be about something else, will not be about this rose; will be a reflection in the mirror, will not be the true thing.

"A rose is a rose is a rose – nothing more can be said."
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Publisher Osho International
Duration of Talk 86 mins
File Size 23.42 MB
Type Individual Talks