Talks on the Japuji Sahib of Guru Danak Dev
HE IS ONE, HE IS OMKAR, THE SUPREME TRUTH. HE IS THE CREATOR, BEYOND FEAR, BEYOND RANCOR. HIS IS THE TIMELESS FORM.
NEVER BORN, SELF-CREATING. HE IS ATTAINED BY THE GURU’S GRACE. HE WAS TRUTH BEFORE THE AGES AND AS TIME RAN ITS COURSE. NANAK SAYS, NOW IS HE TRUTH ETERNAL, AND FOREVER WILL HE BE.
WE CANNOT COMPREHEND HIM THOUGH WE THINK A MILLION TIMES;
NOR QUIET THE MIND BY SILENCE, HOWEVER LONG WE SIT;
NOR A MOUNTAIN OF BREAD APPEASE THE HUNGER OF THE SOUL;
NOR ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND FEATS OF MIND ACHIEVE UNITY WITH HIM.
HOW CAN TRUTH BE ATTAINED AND THE VEIL OF FALSEHOOD TORN?NANAK SAYS, BY SUBMISSION TO THE DIVINE ORDER WHICH IS PREORDAINED.
It was a Dark Night…
It was a dark moonless night; the clouds were heavy with rain because it was the monsoon season.
Suddenly thunder sounded and lightning flashed as a few rain drops started to fall. The village was asleep. Only Nanak was awake and the echo of his song filled the air.
Nanak’s mother was worried because the night was more than half over and the lamp in his room was still burning. She could hear his voice as he sang. She could restrain herself no longer and knocked at his door, “Go to sleep now, my son. Soon it will be dawn.” Nanak became silent. From the darkness sounded the call of the sparrowhawk. “Piyu, piyu, piyu!” it called.
“Listen, mother!” Nanak called out. “The sparrowhawk is calling to his beloved; how can I be silent, because I am competing with him? I will call my beloved as long as he calls his – even longer, because his beloved is nearby, perhaps in the next tree! My beloved is so far away. I will have to sing for lives upon lives before my voice reaches him.” Nanak resumed his song.
Osho’s Toespraken over Japuji Sahib
Dit zijn toespraken van Osho over Japuji Sahib, in het Engels vertaald is dit: The True name. Het boek gaat over Nanak, de grondleer van de godsdienst van de Sikhs. Osho zegt dat Nanak een en al muziek, feestelijkheid en viering is: dat is zijn deur naar het goddelijke. Het hele bestaan is vol muziek en iedereen, alleen wij zijn doof.
Gesproken met gezag, helderheid, scherpte en humor, bieden Osho’s inzichten in de Japji van Guru Nanak inzichten om te ontsnappen aan de overbelasting in onze dagelijkse maatschappij.
Goeroe Nanak, de verlichte mysticus en oprichter van het Sikhisme, spreekt vol lof over God maar niet als een expert. Nanak maakte zijn sadhana vanuit een lied. Nanak’s woorden zijn de woorden van een dichter en een liefhebber van schoonheid. Hij deelt zijn inzicht over de schoonheid van Nanaks woorden, Osho zegt dat Nanaks gedichten als ongeslepen stenen zijn. Niet geleid door enige regel, voorwaarden of een poging om zijn taal te verfraaien.
De Sadhana’s zijn niet veranderd. Ze zijn net zoals Nanak ze geuit heeft. Dit zijn woorden die werden gesproken en niet geschreven; er wordt dus geen rekening gehouden met het ritme en de cadans of zelfs de taal. De essentie van Japji uitdragend zegt Osho: “The Japuji were Nanak’s first proclamations after the union with the Beloved. The Japuji are the very first words uttered by him after self-realization; therefore they hold a very special place in the sayings of Nanak. The Japuji is the first gift from Nanak to the world. They are the latest news brought back from the kingdom of heaven.”
Het goddelijke volgens Nanak
“To appear before God, to attain the beloved, are purely symbolic terms and not to be taken literally. There is no God sitting somewhere on high before whom you appear. But to speak of it, how else can it be expressed? When the ego is eradicated, when you disappear, whatever is before your eyes, is God himself. God is not a person — God is an energy beyond form.”
Gesproken met gezag, helderheid, scherpte en humor, bieden Osho’s inzichten in de Japji van Guru Nanak inzichten om te ontsnappen aan de overbelasting in onze dagelijkse maatschappij. Osho’s ommentaar wordt beschouwd als de beste van allemaal, zelfs in de Sikh gemeenschap.
The True Name English
Says Osho, “Nanak’s path to supreme realization, to godliness is scattered with song and flowers. Whatever he has said was said in verse. His path was full of melody and softness, filled with the flavor of ambrosia.”
In his discourses on Japuji Sahib translated into English as The True Name, Osho gives this insight: “Nanak says there is music at His door. No, music is His door. Celebration, festivity are His practices. The whole of existence is filled with song. You are deaf. That’s what the matter is. You cannot see, you cannot hear. On every leaf, on every flower this message is written. He has filled the universe with so many colours and it is His music that vibrates in the rainbow of infinite hues. All creation is always celebrating this festival.”
Kushwant Singh about The True Name
“OSHO is one of the greatest souls born in this country.” – Khushwant Singh. “The Japuji were Nanak’s first proclamations after the union with the beloved. The Japuji are the very first words uttered by him after self – realization. Therefore they hold a very special place in the sayings of Nanak. They are the latest news brought back from the kingdom of heaven”
For over 35 years, Osho spoke to international audiences of seekers, addressing their essential questions and concerns. The international press calls him “A 21st Century Prophet” and “an oracle of modern times.” His books and audio lectures are international bestsellers. Osho himself says that he is neither a prophet nor a philosopher; he is simply sharing his own experience. The Sunday Times of London described him as “one of the 1000 makers of the 20th century” and American author Tom Robbins has called him “the most dangerous man since Jesus Christ” – both comments reflecting the profound influence of his revolutionary approach to the science of inner transformation.
Kushwant Singh about the True Name
Spoken with authority, clarity, sharpness and humor, his insights address both the timeless and timely concerns that tend to escape our notice in the clamor and overload of daily life. “Osho’s discourses on Nanak’s songs made me aware of many things which previously were not clear to me. I started listening every morning to his discourses in which he has explained the teachings of the Upanishads, Vedas and Sufi mystics. It confirmed my belief that Osho is one of the greatest souls born in this country…These discourses are not just for Sikhs but are useful for all those who want to move on the path of devotion.” Khushwant Singh
“This book is incredible. So much of Sikhism today is focused on extraneous rituals and meaningless rules. The True Name reminds us of what Sikhism really is. It reminds us that prayer is not for asking, but for practicing gratitude for all that we have been given.”
“Beautifully written by a great Master of the Way. Timeless wisdom, eternal truth. Hard things to find words for, but Osho does it.”
The universal wisdom of Guru Nanak understood and shared by Osho.