Jesus and the money-changers by Osho
People come to me and they ask, “What is right and what is wrong?” I say, “Awareness is right; unawareness is wrong.” I don’t label actions as wrong and right. I don’t say violence is wrong. Sometimes violence can be right. I don’t say love is right. Sometimes love can be wrong. Love can be for a wrong person, love can be for a wrong purpose. Somebody loves his country. Now, this is wrong because nationalism is a curse. Somebody loves his religion. He can kill, he can murder, he can burn others’ temples. Neither is love always right nor is anger always wrong.
Then what is right and what is wrong? To me, awareness is right. If you are angry with full awareness, even anger is right. And if you are loving with unawareness, even love is not right. So let the quality of awareness be there in every act that you do, in every thought that you think, in every dream that you dream. Let the quality of awareness enter into your being more and more. Become suffused with the quality of awareness. Then whatsoever you do is virtue. Then whatsoever you do is good. Then whatsoever you do is a blessing to you and to the world in which you live.
Let me remind you of a situation that happened in Jesus’ life. He took a whip and entered into the great temple of Jerusalem.
A whip in the hand of Jesus…? This is what Buddha means when he says, “an unwounded hand can handle poison.” Yes, Jesus can handle a whip, no problem; the whip cannot overpower him. He remains alert, his consciousness is such.
The great temple of Jerusalem had become a place of robbers. There were money-changers inside the temple and they were exploiting the whole country. Jesus alone entered the temple and upturned their boards–the boards of the money-changers–threw their money around and created such turmoil that the money-changers escaped outside the temple. They were many and Jesus was alone, but he was in such a fury, in such a fire! Now, this has been a problem for the Christians: how to explain it?–because their whole effort is to prove that Jesus is a dove, a symbol of peace. How can he take a whip in his hands? How can he be so angry, so enraged, that he upturned the boards of the money-changers and threw them outside the temple? And he must have been afire; otherwise, he was alone–he could have been caught hold of. His energy must have been in a storm; they could not face him. The priests and the business people all escaped outside shouting, “This man has gone mad!”
Christians avoid this story. There is no need to avoid it if you understand: Jesus is so innocent! He is not angry; it is his compassion. He is not violent, he is not destructive; it is his love. The whip in his hand is the whip in the hands of love, compassion.
A man of awareness acts out of his awareness, hence there is no repentance; his action is total. And one of the beauties of the total action is that it does not create karma; it does not create anything; it doesn’t leave any trace on you. It is like writing on water: you have not even finished… it is gone. It is not even writing in sand, because that may remain for a few hours if the wind does not come–it is writing on water.
If you can be totally alert, then there is no problem. You can handle poison; then the poison will function as a medicine. In the hands of the wise, poison becomes medicine; in the hands of the fools, even medicine, even nectar, is bound to become poison. If you function out of innocence–not out of knowledgeability but out of childlike innocence–then you can never come to any harm, because it leaves no trace. You remain free of your actions. You live totally and yet no action burdens you.
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@tigerturban, so when will mediation cause you to treat others with respect?
@healingchime, ” There is no need to avoid it if you understand: Jesus is so innocent! He is not angry; it is his compassion. He is not violent, he is not destructive; it is his love. The whip in his hand is the whip in the hands of love, compassion.
A man of awareness acts out of his awareness, hence there is no repentance; his action is total. And one of the beauties of the total action is that it does not create karma; it does not create anything; it doesn’t leave any trace on you. It is like writing on water: you have not even finished… it is gone. It is not even writing in sand, because that may remain for a few hours if the wind does not come–it is writing on water.”
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@tigerturban, Jesus says to love your neighbor as yourself. Your self-love is obvious and your love for me in our interactions is lacking. You go on about the benefits of meditation but want to call me names. One who finds the place of peace of meditation has no need to label those others, with disrespectful names. I know you by the fruit of your heart.
I see that you have two states. There is the you that you pretend to be when you post these things. Then there is the one who spins out of control calling me names and saying I’m full of crap.
You are alternating between two poles, using your nice convictions to cover your fear and disgust inside. If it truly is writing on water, then why are you afraid of me?
This feud is really going on right now?
@healingchime, get off this thread. fruity heart.
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@tigerturban, by the way, Jesus does not whip. He was the one whipped. He takes the swords away from his friends so the government can capture him, whip Him, and kill Him.
In this regard, I suffer with Christ as you whip me with insults. The Jews killed him because he told them he was divine, and that they were too (children of God). See the parallels to our little unfolding story here?
Nothing is wrong with you, but the ideas
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
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@shivvy, no its not a feud. It is just a love letter!
All come back to the practice of meditation. By the merit of a single sitting he destroys innumerable accumulated sins.
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@tigerturban, How do you know I have desire? what are they? how can you be sure? Is it not a reflection of your desire that you project upon me?
To experience spiritual bondage and know intense desire to be free from it are both a preparation for the full enjoyment of the freedom that is to come.
Without sadness there would be no joy.
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@tigerturban, are you gay? why call me fruity?
Here and Now
Whenever you have time close your eyes, even for a little while. Relax and just as you watch something outside this time watch something inside yourself. Watch your breath, coming in and going out. Listen to your heartbeat, tic toc tic toc. See the thoughts passing in your mind like clouds in the sky. Don’t judge just watch.
He depicts in words. Without any colors he makes paintings.
You should find freedom by means of both examination and investigation.Don’t brag.Don’t be consumed by jealousy.Don’t act capriciously.Don’t expect thanks.
Comments: Life has no obligations to follow your desires.Expectations can give you big discontentment, big dissatisfaction if what you expect is not fulfilled. Be careful whenever you expect something, if it does not meet your expectations the fall will be harder.It is wise to follow this attitude: expect the worse and hope for the best; whatever happens you will be fulfilled.
Meditation is a quality; it can be brought to anything. It is not a specific act. People think that way, they think meditation is a specific act – when you sit facing to the east, you repeat certain mantras, you burn some incense, you do this and that at a particular time in a particular way with a particular gesture.
“There is no path to truth, it must come to you.
“To know yourself you need not go to any book, to any priest, to any psychologist. The whole treasure is within yourself.”
– Jiddu Krishnamurti
To get back on topic, do any of you have any good (and possibly quick) suggestions for pineal gland decalsification for better metitative experiences?
Love and the law of Moses
Let your gestures be alive, spontaneous. Let your own awareness decide your lifestyle, life pattern. Don’t allow anybody else to decide it. That is a sin, to allow anybody else to decide it.
Why is it a sin?–because you will never be in it. It will remain superficial, it will be hypocrisy. Don’t ask anybody how to pray. Let the moment decide, let the moment be decisive, and the truth of the moment should be your prayer. And once you allow the truth of the moment to possess you, you will start growing and you will know tremendous beauties of prayer. You have entered on the path.
A famous story about Moses:
Lice?! Moses could not believe his ears: what is this man talking about? “And I will cook food for you–everybody likes what I cook. And I will prepare your bed and I will wash your clothes. When you are ill I will take care of you. I will be a mother to you, a wife to you, a servant, a slave–I can be all kinds of things. Just give me a hint so I can come…”
Moses stopped him and said, “What are you doing? To whom are you talking? Lice in God’s hair? He needs a bath? Stop this nonsense! This is not prayer. God will be offended by you.”
Looking at Moses, the man fell at his feet. He said, “I am sorry. I am an illiterate, ignorant man. I don’t know how to pray. Please, you teach me!”
So Moses taught him the right way to pray, and he was very happy because he had put a man on the right track. Happy, puffed up in his ego, Moses went away. And when he was alone in the forest, a thundering voice came from the sky and said, “Moses, I have sent you into the world to bring people to me, to bridge people with me, but not to take my lovers away from me. And that’s exactly what you have done. That man is one of the most intimate to me. Go back and apologize. Take your prayer back! You have destroyed the whole beauty of his dialogue. He is sincere, he is loving. His love is true. Whatsoever he was saying, he was saying from his heart, it was not a ritual. Now what you have given to him is just a ritual. He will repeat it but it will be only on the lips; it will not be coming from his being.”
The noise slowly dies down. This leaves you with a tremendous stillness. The noise is made of all the engagements your mind loves to immerse itself in. The stillness is what happens when all that clamour dies away. Taste stillness deeply once and it becomes a curative craving.
“When there is no thought moving inside you there is stillness; that stillness is meditation.”
On the one hand they will respect poverty,
Reality is simply the loss of ego. Destroy the ego by seeking its identity. Because the ego is no entity it will automatically vanish and reality will shine forth by itself.
-’Be As You Are’,
The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi
Edited by David Godman
@tigerturban, destroy destroy destroy DESTROYYYYY!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
…there is nothing to destroy, the idea of ego is simulated pieced out of “the” everything flow. Experienced is not pieced, reality is not pieced.
@seeker, what the hell is “pieced” and why even argue semantics? Ramana Maharshi was not a prolific writer but nontheless, amazingly every major religious group in India agree he was fully-enlightened, a Buddha!
You’re just being a doofus.
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