Be still and Know

Relaxation is the Key to your own Innermost Core

In deze serie lezingen ‘Be still and Know’ worden veel vragen van zoekers beantwoord. Osho spreekt over het sterven van zijn vader dat ten tijde van deze lezingen plaats vond. Zijn vader heeft tenslotte de staat van verlichting bereikt. Be Still and KnowVerdere thema’s die behandel worden, zijn: wetenschap en meditatie, persoonlijkheid en essentie, homoseksualiteit, getuige zijn en stilte.

Osho vertelt dat zijn vader de wereld verliet in volkomen stilte, met vreugde en vreedzaam. “Hij verliet de wereld als een lotus bloem – het was het waard om dit te vieren. Dit zijn de gelegenheden voor jullie om te leren hoe te leven en hoe te sterven. Iedere dood moet een viering zijn, maar het kan alleen en viering als zij je naar hogere niveaus van bestaan leidt.”

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I know that you love contradictions. A lot of it I can accept now as two sides of one coin. But today after lecture some questions still arose. On the one side you say the good and the bad are two sides of the same coin and both have to be and the one can’t be without the other. On the other side you want to create a better world with your sannyasins. On the one side you tell us not to think in terms of the future. On the other side you are talking about the coming third world war.
On the one side you tell us not to wish anything. On the other side it seems you want to avoid the third world war.In this very special series of questions and answers Osho talks on the death and enlightenment of his own father which occurred at this time. He also shines his unique light on subjects as diverse as science and meditation personality and essence homosexuality witnessing and silence.

Osho’s Answer

“It is not that I love contradictions – life is contradictory. Existence itself is possible only through contradictions. It is the mind that has been trained in Aristotelian logic that becomes disturbed because of contradictions. The Aristotelian logic gives you a linear mind, a one-dimensional mind. It says: A can only be A and can never be B, and B can only be B and can never be A, and for two thousand years our minds have been conditioned by this logic.

“This logic never had any sway over the mystics, and now even scientists are escaping from the AristotelianBe Still and Know prison. If you want to be true to life you cannot be a follower of Aristotle; to be true to life you will have to say things as they are. If you want to be true to Aristotle then you will have to repress a few things of life, deny, at least avoid, not look at them, choose only what fits with your logic.

“The whole world has existed up to now according to one-dimensional logic – and existence is multidimensional, it is rooted in contradictions. In fact, to call it a contradiction is again to use a word from Aristotle.

“The mystics use the word paradox, not contradiction. In the very word contradiction there is condemnation; something is wrong, something has to be put right. But a paradox is a totally different phenomenon; nothing has to be put right. A paradox is a mystery, elusive, inexplicable.

“Existence is a mystery. Mathematics is incapable of understanding it; mind is utterly impotent in understanding it, because mind knows only one way. The Aristotelian way is the mind’s way. And anybody who knows life knows that Aristotle has been a calamity, the greatest that has ever existed in the world. And he is the father of modern philosophy, the father of modern science. But there are revolts against him. Mystics have always been revolting, now physicists are revolting.

“According to Aristotle there is no mystery; everything is explainable in logical terms – that is his fundamental tenet. And my fundamental tenet is: nothing is explainable in terms of logic. If you try to explain life in terms of logic you destroy life.” Osho

Osho About the Death of his Father and Death as a Celebration in ‘Be Still and Know’

“He left the world in utter silence in joy in peace. He left the world like a lotus flower it was worth celebrating and these are the occasions for you to learn how to live and how to die. Each death should be a celebration but it can be a celebration only if it leads you to higher planes of existence.
My effort here is to help you all to live like buddhas and die like buddhas the death of a Buddha is both is not a death because life is eternal life does not being with birth and does not end with death. Millions of times you have been born and died they are all small episodes in the eternal pilgrimage but because you are unconscious you cannot see that which is beyond birth and death.
Osho is in a category all of his own and as he states. “I am nobody I dont belong to any nation I dont belong to any political party. I am simply an individual the way existence created me. I have kept myself absolutely uninfluenced by any idiotic ideology religious political social financial and the miracle is that because I am not burdened with all these glasses on my eyes and curtains before me I can see clearly.” Be Still and Know