Zen: The Special Transmission
by Osho Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh
Osho describes the era of Zen as a time when simplicity of life was a cultural reality. Today, humanity is caught up in the mad complexity of the mind, and, as never before, there is an urgent need to rediscover simplicity and innocence. He brings to life the inherent and timeless wisdom of traditional Zen stories. In alternate discourses anything goes in a question-and- response game between Osho and seekers as they pose questions such as: - Can a woman really drive a man crazy? - Why are you called 'the sex guru'? - I don't see any purpose in meditation...?
From ch.7 of this book, a glimpse of how Osho works:
I am ready to work on anybody because my approach is - whether you grow in this life or not is not the point; even if you have tried a little bit, that much will become part of you -- in some other life maybe, with some other Master, it may come to a fulfillment. You may not become enlightened this time but the very desire, the very longing is enough. I Will work whether you are worthy or not. It is enough that you long for it. I will sow the seeds. Maybe this life you will not grow, but the seeds will remain because they are never destroyed.
And the people who are going to become enlightened in this life, I cannot claim the whole credit, because they may have lived with Jesus, they may have lived with Buddha, they may have lived with Mohammed, they may have danced with Jalaluddin, they may have sat with Bokuju, Rinzai... You have lived thousands of lives. If all those people would have been as choosy as Gurdjieff you would not have been here; because they all worked on you, something went on growing. Hence I don't choose at all. Anybody who comes to me, I am ready to work; my approach is different.
Gurdjieff's approach was different. He wanted to know all of your faces immediately, then he would decide. With me it will take ten years to know your all faces, because I will have to wait for different situations to know your other aspects. But he wanted to know immediately; only then he will start his work.
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