Zen Is like Wild Flowers

TrackKyozan: A True Man of Zen

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"Maneesha, Zen is both a religion and a revolution against religion; this makes people confused. But the thing is not confusing. The so-called religions have become fossilized – they no more breathe, they no more..."
Zen Is like Wild Flowers
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"Maneesha, Zen is both a religion and a revolution against religion; this makes people confused. But the thing is not confusing. The so-called religions have become fossilized – they no more breathe, they no more..."

Osho continues:
"Religion needs you to risk all, nothing less will do. Hence the organized religions – Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Mohammedanism, Jainaism, Buddhism – they are not only giving you a false idea of religiousness, they are also preventing you from searching for the right one. When you think that you have the right one already in your hands, there is no need to search for it.

"I agree with Karl Marx on this point, when he says: 'Religions are the opium of the people.' They have consoled…for centuries. They have not done any creative work for consciousness, nor have they enriched the earth, its beauty and its productivity. On the contrary they have taught people to renounce the world – and this is the only world we know.

"Somebody of the caliber of Gautam Buddha was absolutely needed in his time to declare a constant war against those who have a negative attitude towards life. They only count the thorns in a rosebush and, amongst so many thorns, naturally they forget the beautiful roses. Looking positively, affirmatively, looking with love they should first count the flowers; they should become engulfed by the perfume of the flowers.

"And then those thorns would appear in a totally different context. Those thorns would appear as bodyguards, as protective armor around the rose; that is their function. The same life juice that becomes the rose becomes the thorn. At their source they come from the same roots; they cannot be enemies. But all the religions were afraid of one thing: that religion may become a changing, moving, alive river. The fear was that if religion remains a flowing river…who knows, people may change tomorrow.

"Mahavira closes the door on anything else being added. He is the twenty-fourth tirthankara. That is the last number; now nothing can be added to Jainaism. It is a very tricky game.

"Mohammed is the last prophet. Why this insistence on being last? Why not be first? But being last means you are closing the doors. Now the Holy Koran will remain, forever and forever, the only directions and guidance for the followers. It cannot take note of the changing circumstances; it cannot take note of the changing consciousness of man, his changing and deepening insight into reality."
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Publisher Osho International
Duration of Talk 110 mins
File Size 27.58 MB
Type 個々の講話