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Salman Rushdie- Redefining respect

Universally, almost all the human beings want respect. Respect is the ultimate thing which everyone is running after. We can see people around us running after different things- right from physical power to political powers. People around us always try to acquire at least one of the items from this list- money, power, knowledge etc., the list being unending. If we give it a thought, all of them are actually running behind only one thing- respect. People try to earn money because money brings respect. After my long interactions with many of my friends, I ultimately conclude that even highly knowledgeable persons earn the knowledge only because it brings respect. As usual, we have a few exceptions to this general statement.

Last week, while going through a magazine which I found lying on the desk of an NGO office, I found a very nice and revealing definition of respect. This definition is given by one of the most controversial authors we have with us, Salman Rushdie. I have not read any one his books, but this magazine had published a speech delivered by him to the association of newspaper editors in USA. In this article, Mr. Salman Rushdie touched many topics, from role of press to how a society should be. In the course of his speech, Mr. Salman Rushdie put forward this enlightening definition of respect-

Respect is a mixture of goodhearted consideration and serious attention

I find this definition to be an ideal definition. As we all know, respect has become a very sacred and dangerous word. Many times, respect is used as a weapon. In the scope of conventional definition of respect, respecting someone means equating him with almighty and assuming him to be someone infallible.

Apart from all the above mentioned points, what hurts me is the big distance which respect creates. Generally, when we respect someone, we treat him as if he is someone special. This in a way leads to a conclusion that he has someone higher, better and different than us and hence, we cannot be and should not try to be like him. I know many people around who respect Osho. But, sadly, when they respect him, they start treating him as someone super natural. And yes, this gives them concession from trying to be like Osho. In this way, we respect all the great individuals around. This corrupted definition of respect is percolated in all the fields- from spirituality to science, from music to engineering.

Considering all this background, I find Salman Rushdie’s definition very fresh and inspiring. It necessarily keeps away all the wrong considerations which have been attached with the word ‘respect’ for hundreds of years. Respecting some one is nothing but to give a serious try to understand that person. This try should be open, unbiased and it should not arrive out of some compulsion. This definition has become dear to me because of its one more aspect- it nowhere says that you have to agree with the opinions of person you respect. Only a goodhearted consideration and serious attention is needed.

Have we ever given goodhearted consideration and serious attention to persons and thoughts and actions of the persons we respect? We know the answer…….

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Do you want to sustain?

When someone from completely different field enters some other field, he looks at the things in a totally different perspective. I am in somewhat similar position. I never took efforts to read typical corporate literature. Somehow, I am trying to make myself comfortable with all these terms. The result is, I end up interpreting the established proverbs and statements in a completely different way.

Today, I came across one line, which is very attractive and at the same time very important for those who are in corporate world. The line is something like this-

If you do yesterday’s things today, you won’t be able to survive tomorrow.

This line is so true, if you look at it from the view of normal life. By normal life I mean all the things which normal human beings like us do. It holds true on all the walks of life, equally applicable to students, managers, entrepreneurs, businessmen etc. In today’s world, as we know it very well, one has to move ahead of time, innovating new things. To be honest, it is difficult to survive today if you do today’s things today. One always has to keep on doing new things, new experiments, new products, new services and new thoughts.

As it can be clearly seen, many companies are investing their huge cash reserves to invent and realize tomorrow’s products. There is no final destination as we are moving ahead very rapidly. As I said earlier, this is true for ‘normal humans’. Are their any dimensions of our life where this line is not applicable?

Yes, there are many. One of the most striking example is that of music. Of course, musicians are creative and they keep on doing new things. But, the fact which one should keep in his mind is, they never run behind creating new things. They are effortlessly creative. That creativity does not have any purpose. I am not at all comparing which one is good and which one is bad; they are just different ways of different fields. In classical music, we have many great artists and musicians who just focused on understanding their master’s knowledge. In that complete surrender, many creative compositions came out.

One more walk of life, where I think this line would not be applicable is meditation. In meditation, the meditation is old, ancient; the experiences are new and unique. It wont make any sense doing new new meditations each day, for being creative. You have to do the same, yesterday’s meditation every day. In case of human consciousness, we run to new things not out of creativity but to escape the old things. In meditation, there is no escape. You cannot run away, you have to face same things, the same ‘you’ everyday.

I guess, here the ‘MadhyamMarga’ mentioned by Lord Buddha or the concept of ‘Zorba the Buddha’ coined by Osho comes into picture. Is it possible to survive in both material and spiritual world together? One step ahead, does the word ‘survival’ has meaning in spirituality?

At this stage, I am asking myself, ‘Do you want to sustain?’



Osho : The poor story teller

Many times, you find gems where you expect least to find them. As they say it rightly, diamonds are found in coal mines. In India, a local proverb rightly says that lotuses flower in mud.

Same was my reaction when I found a nice statement in a very artificial and cunning write-up which was a guide to win people. I always laugh on such books and write ups which tell you how to influence and win people. From the very beginning, I do not like to influence people. Anyway, this nice statement I am talking about, reads like follows-

First tell them that you will tell them. Then tell them. Then tell them that you have told them.

This statement, though was made to train people on how to influence others, it created a lot of turmoil inside my heart. This statement throws some light on human consciousness. I have heard Osho pointing out this very fact that people just do not listen. The statement made above will hold true for corporate reasons. As all of us know, we have to tell same things again and again. And hence, it is valid in that context. I can imagine how Osho would have reacted when someone would have told him this proverb. He was telling same things again and again through out his life. He was making same points again and again, to be honest, he made them not just twice or thrice but infinite times. But, we could not realize it from within.

This proverb talks about superficial things- those which fit in your heads when they are hammered twice or thrice. Things which Osho spoke about were so burning that people just neglected them. Many times, Osho himself said that it is very easy to wakeup individuals who are really sleeping; it is very difficult to wake up those who pretend they are sleeping. Through out his life, he was telling people that they were just pretending that they were sleeping.

This is worth giving a thought- why we dont listen to things which are being told? I am not saying ‘why we cant’. The thing is, we dont. Of course, there are many reasons, created by us. One of the most prominent is the cruel fact that we never live our lives in present. We can see thousands of persons roaming around us, in their own hurry, in their own worries. Many of them are well drowned in their thoughts- about future, about worries and ambitions. How many of them are present in the present while something is being told?

Another major factor- many times just listening to something is not enough; it should bring some changes inside. This applies to Osho’s discourses. He told many things which were not just philosophical statements but they expected you to bring some change in your being. As all of us know, very few of us like to do the same.

Yes, we know it very well; hundreds of masters will come, tell things many times, and will go back….Do we wish to change ourselves?

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Osho: Ahead of all the crackpots

Thanks to Mr. Rajinder Puri, I came to know one of the most interesting quotes I have ever read. The first person whose face flashed in front of my eyes when I read this quote for the first time was Osho. He is beyond that quote. The quote reads like this-

 ‘People who can see 10 years ahead of the present are called as leaders. Those who can see 20 years ahead, are visionaries. Those who can see 30 years ahead of the time, are called as crackpots.’

This comment was made keeping in mind the politicians around. I was just wondering, where does Osho fit in this scale? I think this scale is not long enough to map him. The reason is, Osho had an eternal vision, which is not just 30, 40 or even 100 years ahead of his time. He goes beyond that.

In general, as it can be seen, human race is very short sighted. Just look around and try to feel- what the most prominent worries of people around us are? Are they bothered about the status of humanity and this earth after ten, fifteen years? Or are they bothered about the value system in our society after 50 years? It is too much to expect them thinking about biodiversity and the humans inside the humans. Though it sounds very harsh, most of the human beings are bothered about availability of food the next day. As we know, many of us are bothered about clothes, perfumes, shoes, goggles and bikes and cell phones. Not all of us are so short sighted, as many of us keep on thinking about their second home or holiday home at Lonavala or somewhere else. The question which still remains is, how many of us think about future of not himself or herself, but of everyone together? I don’t think I need to tell the numbers.

The quote talks about politicians. We might have some politicians around who contemplate may be even 100 years ahead of the present times. How many of them think about a combined future of all the universal representatives? In the present times, we cannot manage with politicians who think of even all of the human race. We need to have leaders, visionaries and the crackpots who think about everyone present here- humans, animals, birds, rivers and many indirect parameters which influence our lives.

In this context, Osho had a complete vision. He thought not only about humans, but also about all the other factors mentioned above. What separates him from others is, he did not keep his wisdom only to himself. He tried that everyone becomes capable of having this vision. He never preached or lectured, he always gave us an opportunity to give birth to this vision inside all of us. Osho is ahead of all the crackpots. Where do our politicians stand?

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Author- Mandar Karanjkar


Osho: Do not wake up a slave!

Osho has quoted almost infinite number of saints and philosophers in his discourses. Apart from that, his readers can find many beautiful proverbs scattered in his discourses. Nothing remains in our hands other than wondering about his infinite stock of proverbs. More surprising is his selection of right proverbs at right moments. I remember many such proverbs, found in his discourses, which describe that particular given situation in the best possible way.

Today, I have one more such striking proverb for all the readers of this website. As Osho says, this is an Arabic proverb. The proverb is as follows-

Never wake up a slave, he might be enjoying freedom in his dreams. 

What makes this proverb very special is its relevance in today’s times. This Arabic proverb, though was commonly used in Arab regions, as I feel, is apt for all- on a global level. It stands out like a universal truth in any part of the world. Sadly, we are free only in our dreams. When we are awake, we are slaves- of our mind, of other people’s minds, of our desires and what not.

Giving this proverb a bit of thought will take us to this realization- we are slaves when we are awake. The thing is, we are not aware when we are awake. Just open eyes do not make someone awake. To be awake, one has to be aware. And as Osho says, only the aware ones can be free. Awareness brings freedom, everything else is slavery.

But, he also goes beyond this proverb. He says, it is absolutely important to get up. Freedom in dreams is not the freedom, it is phony and unreal. It is better to be an awake slave than a free person in the dreams. I agree with Osho entirely. Are we all free or slaves? Ask yourself. Yes, we know the answer!

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The ultimate method

Whenever I need genuine meaning and authentic commentary on works of any of the saints, I try to find out what Osho says about the person. He has the ability to understand and put in words what the saint exactly wanted to say. The tragedy is, we can only read the works of many great saints of the old days. We are not fortunate enough to listen to the discourses of saints like Kabir, Dadu, Paltu Rahim and many more. Nothing remains in our hands except reading their literature. The common problem which all of us face is interpreting these words.

Every time when I go through some unique poetry of such passed away saints, I feel absolutely clueless and helpless.  The difficulty is not finding out meaning, but it is to find out the exact meaning which the creator had in his mind.  These ancient works are so absurd and so wide in their scope that finding the relevant meaning becomes almost impossible. I stumbled upon this one liner from Buddhist saint Atisha

One method will correct all wrong

How ordinary human beings like us are supposed to find out this one unique method which corrects all wrong? It can be love, truth, awareness, meditation, sacrifice, Sakshibhav, non violence or anything else. It depends on the preacher. If you ask Gandhiji what is this one method, he will point at non violence. If you raise this question to Ashtavakra, his answer would be Sakshibhav (being witness to everything that happens).Of course; there cannot be many ‘one method’s which will correct all wrong. I was quite tempted to get insight from Osho on this on liner of Atisha, but somehow I controlled the urge.

Though truth, love, awareness, meditation, sacrifice etc. can be the correct answers, how are all these terms linked with each other? What is the root of all these terms? For the moment, just think of one question- of all the above mentioned answers, which answer can be a starting point? Which way when followed will bring all others as a result?

I feel it is meditation. Meditation can bring all of the other values in you. When we meditate, awareness comes as a byproduct. Only a meditative person can be loving and caring and compassionate in true sense. To perceive the truth, one has to be aware. From where does the awareness come? The answer is meditation. Sakshibhav, the core of Ashtavakra’s teaching is nothing but a type of meditation. I would say, meditation is a flower with all the other qualities as petals. When the flower of meditation blossoms, all the other values bloom up automatically.

It is a proven fact that meditation can correct all the wrong. It can purify a person inside out. Such a person will never have to remember other values mentioned. He will never have to remember that he has to be non violent. Non violence will become his nature. I won’t have to remind himself every moment that he should speak truth; truthfulness would be his nature.

After all the contemplation, I simply opened up commentary given by Osho. Love and meditation are the values which Osho preached throughout his life. Again, love is a fruit of meditation. I opened the book and the answer was correct. Meditation is the ultimate method which will correct all the wrong.

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Let us talk something substantial!

While having a wonderful discussion with some of the friends, I uttered out a sentence. The sentence was-
” The best way to make people silent is to ask them something substantial “
At that time, I was taken aback. I made the statement very casually but it is a valuable statement. Not only that, it can be used very well while dealing with people who are otherwise difficult to be dealt with
In life, we come across many situations where it becomes absolutely difficult to just stand someone. At all such occasions, this strategy has helped me a lot.
Apart from the strategy, why this is so? Such behavior arises out of following fact, which again holds true for all the people around us-
Man speaks 99% rubbish to avoid speaking 1% truth.
So true this statement is. All of our efforts are to avoid the truth. We celebrate fallacies to avoid truth. I remember someone adkong Osho why he has spoken so much, on different topics. osho says, hunans are always neglecting the truthif it is told plainly. Hence, he has to make ao many stories, anecdotes. Thats why he spoke on so many mystics and their works.
As osho says, if man is open enough, even one word is enough to make him realize the truth.  It is very easy to wake up a person who is really sleeping but same is almost impossible if the person makes a show if sleeping.
Hence, people arebalways found talking nonsense, listening to nonsense. It is very difficult write, speak or even listen and read something which is substantial

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Osho : What is a wicked joke?

Atisha is a quite unknown mystic to the people around. Osho can be called as a master of masters because he took the efforts to take out all these unknown masters and make us a bit aware about them. I remember reading a book by Osho which is dedicated to the exploration of Sutras of this Bengali Buddhist mystic, Atisha. This book has covered many of Atisha’s Sutras, some of them being one liners and some are quite long.
One of these many Sutras is a simple one liner- Do not make wicked jokes. As Osho says, it is quite important to understand what a wicked joke is. In order to explain what a wicked joke is, he tells the listeners three jokes. All of these three jokes are very wicked. But, Osho says, these are not at all wicked jokes though they may sound like those. To make himself more clear, Osho goes on to elaborate what he means by a wicked joke. The explanation given is quite unique and enlightening. He says, any joke which is made to hurt someone is wicked. A joke should be made to rejoice and laugh but never to hurt anyone.
I also have quite a similar take on this topic. Joke can be made to point out foolishness. That joke can be wicked but it should criticize the tendency and not the person. As saint Dnyaneshwar says, darkness of a person should vanish and not the person, I guess in same way, Atisha says you should make fun of the tendencies and not the person. All the three saints, Osho, Atisha and Dnyaneshwar come together on this point.
Humour is a great way to show up flaws. It can be used to point out nonsense, foolishness, contradictions and what not. But, jokes should be precisely used for that purpose only. Jokes should never be used to hurt someone’s heart. Purpose of true joke is to take away the foolishness and bring the person back to sanity.
Throughout his life, Osho lived this principle. He always made the jokes. People always misunderstood him. They always took his jokes personally and found themselves offended. His jokes were occasions to point out the flaws.

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Osho on Zen – Do not wait for right time

Insights of Osho on Zen are the answers for the common questions which all of us encounter, everyday in our lives. These questions which we encounter, are not necessarily spiritual in nature. They can be related to our day to day life.Insights of Osho on Zen are the answers to all these questions.
One of the common questions which always trouble any seeker is, should he wait for the right time or he should just keep on trying? This question seems like something very easy and not worth giving attention. But, those who walk the way of spirituality, many of them are constantly contemplating on the question mentioned above. Should we keep trying? Or should we wait for the Buddha Nature inside us to manifest itself?

Osho on Zen
Osho on Zen

Many of the Zen monks have mentioned that wait for the right time and the true nature, which is the nature of a Buddha will manifest itself. So, a seeker is confused. Should he continue with his practices? Osho has answered this question in one of his books on Zen. Osho tells us that right time has already come. It is true that Buddha and many more Zen masters have said that the right time will come. Osho says, in this statement, the tricky part is, they are not talking about future but present. So, the right time is coming every moment. Each moment, remember that this is the right time. If we keep on waiting for some right time in the future, we are unnecessarily delaying the manifestation.
Last word of Buddha was Sammasati- The right remembrance. This last word of Buddha is also in resonance with what Osho says. Buddha has also asked to always remember that we are a Buddha. This is quite in tune with commentary of Osho on Zen. Keep remembering- This is the right time. This is the right moment for you. Buddha nature can manifest at this moment.
Whenever I go through any commentary of Osho on Zen, I get some answer. It has never happened that I did not get an answer, this itself shows that every moment is the right moment.

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Osho Zen Insight for doctors

Osho is an ocean of insights. While reading any of the books by Osho, the reader gets hundreds of insights. In particular, when Osho talks about Zen saints and their unique anecdotes, reader can expect huge bundles of insights. Of course, reader has to be alert to catch these Zen insights by Osho.

Osho- the Zen Master
Osho- the Zen Master

Osho in his book Walking in Zen, Sitting in Zen, says that our entire system works in a reverse way. To put up his point firmly, he gives example of the medical system every where around the world. Osho points out that everywhere, the patient pays money when he falls sick. Whereas, he says that in the days of Lao Tsu, the system was exactly opposite. Each person used to give his doctor a certain amount of money for being healthy through out the year. If the person fell sick, he used to cut the amount to be given to the doctor.

This insight, obtained from Osho while reading a Zen book is really outstanding. A doctor should always be paid for keeping us healthy and not sick. If you pay a doctor when you fall sick, he will take care that you are sick for the most of the time.

I like Zen and Osho for this out of world thoughts. May be, these are insights received in a thoughtless state. I do not know if we can implement all these insights given by Osho or by Zen masters in our daily lives. But yes, if we cannot, that’s really sad.

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