“You and I are not isolated pieces — we’re the happening of all that interconnectedness. That opens up an immense number of possibilities and ups the scale of responsibility immensely.” We have a certain idea of causality: “This happened because of that.” Or “I am the way I am because I was born in this particular family, in this particular…Continue reading The whole idea is to be unlimited. It means you can experience yourself as pure consciousness, and you can experience yourself to be an ordinary little sentient being
Question: HOW MUCH OF WHAT OCCURS EXTERNALLY, SUCH AS DEATH, BETRAYAL, ET CETERA, IS MY MIND? HOW AM I RESPONSIBLE FOR THESE THINGS? Answer: You are not responsible for these things. If somebody dies you are not responsible for his death, but the way you interpret the death, for that you are responsible. When somebody betrays you, you are not…Continue reading And the world goes on moving deeper and deeper into madness
At the beginning of next week, the names of the teachers will be called out on my work, who will have to face layoffs at the end of the month. If this is my name, it means quite a change in our income as well as a job search. My mother and my both brothers are once again involved in…Continue reading If you really want to touch deeper dimensions of yourself, then at some point you have to meet the human within you. Without running away, without suppressing, without projecting, without scapegoats.
Question: How do I square personal ambition – family, money, job – with spiritual work? John Butler: “The question makes me smile a bit, because the questioner uses the words “How do “I” do this, which always indicates that spiritual work hasn’t really started yet. It’s still more theoretical than real. I know the world is full of books about,…Continue reading Well my darling, just take off the limits
Life is where the spiritual rubber hits the road. Life will show us where we are not clear. Being in relationship with life and others shows us clearly where we can still get hung up. If we have true sincerity, we are not going to hide in the realization of the absolute. We are going to come out of hiding.…Continue reading We can have a very deep seeing of the true nature of things, while remaining, on the human level, very conflicted and deluded in certain areas of our lives
Part of what meditation is, as we are sitting there, just being, literally just being. And when your mind is moving, you see how arbitrary the inner dialog is, how conditioned it is, that it is actually old, old, old. It’s almost automatic. And when you see it, then you see that it has run your life, it has defined…Continue reading You have an option, where do you put attention
When we become still. When we sit down and become very present our awareness starts to move underneath the known self, underneath the ego. Not that you are trying to get rid of it or do anything with it. You are just noticing that the known self, the self that you think about is just a collection of thoughts and…Continue reading The awareness that is watching this moment is also the awareness that notices the self that you imagined yourself to be
This one question – “What do I know for certain?” – is tremendously powerful. When you look deeply into this question, it actually destroys your world. It destroys your whole sense of self, and it’s meant to. You come to see that everything you think and know about yourself, everything you think you know about the world, is based on…Continue reading What do I know for certain?
During one of his silent meditation days, Adyashanti leads this guided meditation that focuses on stillness, listening, and using your breath as a guide. By sitting down for meditation, you are accepting the commitment to just be still. As you rest into your being and your body rests into stillness, your mind can adjust to this new environment and relax…Continue reading The Art of Listening
We Raised Marriage to Unnatural Standards Question: Is the concept of soul mates more useful than marriage? Osho: You are asking, ‘Is the concept of soul mates more useful than marriage?’ Concepts don’t matter. What matters is your understanding. You can change the word marriage to the word soul mates, but you are the same. You will make the same…Continue reading Love, Friendship, Marriage Freedom and Osho…
Osho, as usually very controversial, and yet, after reflecting deeply on his words, incredibly wise. Question : Why is it so difficult for men and women to be friends? It seems so ordinary, and turns out to be almost impossible. Either there is an ugly compromise — like man and wife — or else passion that eventually turns into hate.…Continue reading Friendship is possible between equal human beings, totally free from all bondage of society, culture, civilization, only living true to their authentic nature
When two persons are in love they are free, individuals. They have freedom, love is not a duty. It is out of their freedom that they give to each other, and they are free to say no. If they are saying yes that is their decision – it is not an obligation, it is not a fulfilment of any expectation…Continue reading You are thinking more in terms of security than in terms of freedom – that’s what marriage is
A friend who, like myself, deals with the nature of consciousness and spirituality, and who has written several books on this subject, wrote to me yesterday. As part of his new book, which deals with the topic of love and awareness, he wanted to publish one of my old posts on Facebook. When he asked me for permission, he also…Continue reading What is love?
“But yes, when I think of my childhood days in the convent school, I can remember the collective psyche of the school which was based on fear and guilt. The whole teaching was on perfecting your manners and on having a good character; on whether you were a good or a bad student; on reward and punishment, all of which…Continue reading Guilt is not at all a solution for a change
You are here for your own self; I am here for myself. Nobody is here to fulfill anybody else’s expectations. I have to live my life; you have to live your life. If itis good, that I grow with you; if it is good, if you grow with me — beautiful, we can be together. But if you start killing…Continue reading Those children will be brought up by you – two persons continuously fighting, continuously in conflict