Osho,Osho International Foundation

The Empty Boat

Talks on the Stories of Chuang Tzu. OSHO revitalises the 300-year-old Taoist message of self-realization through the stories of the Chinese mystic, Chuang Tzu. He speaks about the state of egolessness, “the empty boat”; spontaneity, dreams and wholeness; living life choicelessly and meeting death with the same equanimity. Available in a beautiful new edition, this series overflows with the wisdom of one who has realized the state of egolessness himself.
364 printed pages
Original publication
2011

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Quotes

    Shubhendu Kumarhas quoted4 months ago
    And it is good that it takes time because only through time do things become seasoned.
    Joey Schumanshas quoted2 years ago
    The Man of Tao

    The man in whom Tao

    Acts without impediment

    Harms no other being

    By his actions

    Yet he does not know himself

    To be “kind,” and “gentle.”

    He does not struggle to make money

    And does not make a virtue of poverty.

    He goes his way

    Without relying on others.

    And does not pride himself

    On walking alone.

    “The man of Tao

    Remains unknown

    Perfect virtue

    Produces nothing

    ‘No-Self’ is ‘True-Self.’

    And the greatest man

    Is Nobody.”

    The most difficult thing, almost impossible for the mind, is to remain in the middle, is to remain balanced. To move from one thing to its opposite is the easiest. To move from one polarity to the opposite polarity is the nature of the mind. This has to be understood very deeply, because unless you understand this, nothing can lead you into meditation.

    Mind’s nature is to move from one extreme to another. It depends on imbalance. If you are balanced, mind disappears. Mind is like a disease: when you are imbalanced it is there, when you are balanced, it is not there.

    That is why it is easy for a person who overeats to go on a fast. It looks illogical, because we think that a person who is obsessed with food cannot go on a fast. You are wrong. Only a person who is obsessed with food can go on a fast, because fasting is the same obsession in the opposite direction. It is not really changing yourself. You are again obsessed with food. Before you were overeating; now you are remaining hungry – but the mind remains focused on food from the opposite extreme.

    A man who has been overindulging in sex can become a celibate very easily. There is no problem. But it is difficult for the mind to come to the right diet, difficult for the mind to stay in the middle.

    Why is it difficult to stay in the middle? It is just like the pendulum of a clock. The pendulum goes to the right, then it moves to the left, then again to the right, then again to the left; the whole clock depends on this movement. If the pendulum stays in the middle, the clock stops. And when the pendulum is going to the right, you think it is only going to the right, but at the same time it is gathering momentum to go to the left. The more it moves to the right, the more energy it gathers to move to the left, to the opposite. When it is moving to the left it is again gathering momentum to move to the right.

    Whenever you are overeating you are gathering momentum to go on a fast. Whenever you overindulge in sex, sooner or later, brahmacharya will appeal to you, celibacy will appeal to you.
    Nurlan Süleymanovhas quoted3 years ago
    And whatsoever I say today I may contradict tomorrow – because my commitment is to the moment. Whatsoever I said yesterday, I am no longer committed to it. The moment I said it I became free of it. Now I won’t bother about it, I won’t look at it again. Whatsoever I am saying to you right now is true this very moment; tomorrow I will not be committed to it. Whatsoever tomorrow brings, I will say it.

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