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20 Osho Quotes That Will Change The Way You Think

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Osho was a mystic, a guru and a spiritual teacher. He was known by many names including Acharya Rajneesh, Bhagwan Sri Rajneesh and also as the "sex guru". In 1970 after discovering dynamic enlightenment, he fled from his own country, India, due to conflicts with authorities over his teachings and started a movement in Oregon. He and his followers created a commune there but he was eventually deported back to his own country. He was involved in many crimes including, arson, immigration fraud and even murder. He was quite the controversial spiritual teacher. He died in 1990.

osho_quotesHis words and teachings live on in many books and writings. Here are a few that shook up the world and our minds.

  1. I love this world because it is imperfect. It is imperfect and that's why it is growing; if it was perfect it would be dead.

  2. Take life easily, lovingly, playfully, non-seriously. Seriousness is a disease, the greatest disease of the soul and playfulness the greatest health.

  3. Discover yourself, otherwise you have to depend on other people's opinions who don't know themselves.

  4. Only idiots are not controversial.

  5. Love is happy when it is able to give something. The ego is happy when it is able to take something.

  6. Desire disappears as you become more and more aware. When awareness is one hundred percent, there is no desire at all.

  7. Hell is our creation, and we create hell by trying to do the impossible. Heaven is our nature, it is our spontaneity. It is where we always are.

  8. Love has to be of the quality that gives freedom, not new chains for you; a love that gives you wings and supports you to fly as high as possible.

  9. When you don't need a person at all, when you are totally sufficient unto yourself, when you can be alone and tremendously happy and ecstatic, then love is possible.

  10. Forget relationships and learn how to relate.  Once you are in a relationship you start taking each other for granted "“ that's what destroys all love affairs.

  11. Friendship is the purest love. It is the highest form of Love where nothing is asked for, no condition, where one simply enjoys giving.

  12. Life begins where fear ends.

  13. The moment a child is born; the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.

  14. The less people know, the more stubbornly they know it.

  15. Nobody has the power to take two steps together; you can take only one step at a time.

  16. Truth is not to be found outside. No teacher, no scripture can give it to you. It is inside you and if you wish to attain it, seek your own company. Be with yourself.

  17. Millions of people are suffering: they want to be loved but they don't know how to love. And love cannot exist as a monologue; it is a dialogue, a very harmonious dialogue.

  18. They say: Think twice before you jump. I say: Jump first and then think as much as you want!

  19. Whatever you feel, you become. It is your responsibility.

  20. If you want to learn anything, learn trust – nothing else is needed. If you are miserable, nothing else will help – learn trust. If you don't feel any meaning in life and you feel meaningless, nothing will help – learn trust. Trust gives meaning because trust makes you capable of allowing the whole descend upon you.

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