Eccentric. Unconventional. Charming. Fiercely intelligent. These are a few adjectives that don’t even begin to describe perhaps the most controversial figure of the century. Rajneesh aka Osho as he was widely known, caused waves with his unorthodox, slightly wild approach to spirituality not only in India (his birthplace) but also in Europe and America. He did not mince words and belted out controversial statement after controversial statement with characteristic immoderation; be it on the topic of spirituality, major religions and their prophets or politics.
But all this does not undermine the profoundness of his philosophy and teachings in any way. He gave the world a fresh new perspective on spirituality and his words tug at the deepest parts of your being. He may have been wild in his ways but his words have infinite depth. We handpicked a few of the finest pearls from the depths of his endless ocean of insight and wisdom.
#1. A certain darkness is needed to see the stars.
#2. Courage is a love affair with the unknown.
#3. A little foolishness enough to enjoy life, and a little wisdom to avoid the errors, that will do.
#4. Get out of your head and get into your heart. Think less, feel more.
#5. Life begins where fear ends.
#6. A single moment of love is equal to the whole eternity of love.
#7. When joy has a reason, it is not going to last very long. When joy is without any reason, it is going to be there forever.
#8. The one you are looking for is you.
#9. Be realistic. Plan for a miracle.
#10. Once you give up expectations, you have learned to live.
#11. Friendship is the purest love. It is the highest form of love where nothing is asked for, no conditions, where one simply enjoys giving.
#12. Life repeats itself mindlessly. Unless you become mindful, it will go on repeating like a wheel.
#13. The less people know, the more stubbornly they know it.
#14. If you love a person, give them infinite space.
#15. The real question is not whether life exists after death, the real question is whether you are alive before death.
#16. Don’t seek, don’t search, don’t ask, don’t knock, don’t demand – relax. If you relax, it comes. If you relax, it is there. If you relax, you start vibrating with it.
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