Source: Facebook, By: Krishna K T. Swami
I AM NOT HERE TO FULFILL ANY OF YOUR EXPECTATIONS. That is the very trouble you have to tolerate with me. You would like me to be dead and sitting on a golden throne, and then you can worship me easily. But I am alive.
And I go on doing things that I like. I DON’T CARE WHAT YOU THINK. If you are disturbed it is your problem; it is none of my business. Then you have to look into yourself and find ways not to be disturbed.
These things come again and again in your mind, and you don’t see that they are YOUR problems….
And my godhood is not in danger, because I DON’T CARE WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT ME. That’s not the point at all. It is not that you have made me a god. This is my declaration; it is not your recognition. If nobody believes in me, then too I am a god. If only I believe in me, that’s enough. I don’t need a single witness. This is MY understanding.
Then again, the moment you think that this man is Bhagwan, then he should behave in such a way and in such a way. Then he should be on a high pedestal. He should not behave like a human being.
THEN YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND MY CONCEPT OF BHAGWAN. My concept of Bhagwan is not that a Bhagwan is a special being, that a Bhagwan is a perfect being, that a Bhagwan is not of this world. My concept of Bhagwan is that God is a normal quality of existence. JUST BY BEING, YOU ARE GOD.
You are not a painter by just being. For painting, you will have to learn some skill, you will have to go to an art school. And then too your being a painter will depend on so many recognitions — people will recognize, may not recognize; the critics will appreciate, may not appreciate; a thousand and one things. If you want to be a musician, just by being, you are not a musician. You will have to learn; this is something which has to be learned.
When I say God, I mean you ARE God, just by being. It is not a specialization.
Then what is the difference between me and you? The only difference is that I RECOGNIZE MY GODHOOD and you don’t recognize yours. Otherwise there is no distinction. I am as imperfect as you are! Then what is the difference between me and you? The difference is that I ENJOY MY IMPERFECTION and you don’t enjoy yours, that I am perfectly happy with all my imperfections and you are not happy with yours. You have a notion of perfection and I have none. I am perfect in my imperfections. I have accepted them totally, in toto. I am not trying to improve myself; I am simply the way I am. And I am happy the way I am.
The day you are also happy the way you are, the day you are also happy with all your imperfections, you are God. You are still God, whether you recognize it or you don’t recognize it — but you have your ideas about God, and then you project those ideas. And if, sometimes, they are shattered — and they will be shattered again and again, because I cannot keep to your expectations…
I am a free man. I live the way I live. And see the whole point: I am not expecting anything from you; still you go on expecting things from me. My whole effort here is to help you to be yourself, and YOUR WHOLE EFFORT HERE IS TO MAKE ME SOMETHING THAT YOU WANT ME TO BE. Drop all this nonsense….
But I AM GOING TO DESTROY ALL YOUR EXPECTATIONS OF ME — because if you cannot drop expectations about me, how can you drop expectations about yourself? It will be impossible.
And my whole work consists in a simple thing: TO LIVE A LIFE WITHOUT EXPECTATIONS, without hope; to live a life moment-to-moment, with no ideals.
The First Principle,
Ch #8: The profound and the trivial am in Buddha Hall
Source: Facebook ~ OSHO Afroz Meditation Center
Why do you tell jokes? And why don’t you laugh at your own jokes?
OSHO -First: Religion is a complicated joke. If you don’t laugh at all you have missed the point; if you only laugh, you have missed the point again. It is a very complicated joke. And the whole life is a great cosmic joke. It is not a serious phenomenon – take it seriously and you will go on missing it. It is understood only through laughter.
Have you not observed that man is the only animal who laughs? Aristotle says man is the rational animal. That may not be true – because ants are very rational and bees are very rational. In fact, compared to ants, man looks almost irrational. And a computer is very rational – compared to a computer, man is very irrational.
My definition of man is that man is the laughing animal. No computer laughs, no ant laughs, no bee laughs. If you come across a dog laughing you will be so scared! Or a buffalo suddenly laughs: you may have a heart attack. It is only man who can laugh; it is the highest peak of growth. And it is through laughter that you will reach to God – because it is only through the highest that is in you that you can reach the ultimate. Laughter has to become the bridge.
Laugh your way to God. I don’t say pray your way to God, I say laugh your way to God! If you can laugh you will be able to love. If you can laugh you will be able to relax. Laughter relaxes like nothing else.
So all jokes to me are prayers – that’s why I tell them.
And you ask: “Why don’t you laugh at your own jokes?”
Because I have heard them before
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