“When The Shoe Fits” By Osho Is A Deep Introduction To Tao

ISBN: 1842930850

When The Shoe Fits is a transcription of a lecture given by Osho in 1974, based on the teachings of the ancient Taoist Chuang Tzu. Osho is one of the more famous modern Taoists who achieved cult-like status among his followers. To remove suffering, he advises men to not achieve and just allow life to happen to you. This advice exists on an opposite plane when compared to what is taught within Western culture.

And whatsoever you achieve through will always remain a burden to you; it will always be a conflict, an inner tension, and you can lose it at any moment. It has to be maintained continuously – and maintaining it takes energy, maintaining it finally dissipates you. Only that which is attained through effortlessness will never be a burden to you, and only that which is not a burden can be eternal. Only that which is not in any way unnatural can remain with you forever and forever.

When you gain something through effort, you experience a feeling of pleasure, and then must continually work so that both the gain and pleasure are maintained. If you do not maintain it, you will lose the gain and experience suffering in an equal and opposite way to the pleasure received.

If I earn $1,000,000, I will experience pleasure, but if I lose it, I will experience an equal amount of opposite suffering. Even if I don’t lose the money, trying to hold onto it will cause anxiety because of the sizable fear I’ll have of losing it in the future. If I go to the gym to get big muscles, I will be happy with how I look, but if I lose those muscles, I will mentally suffer whenever I look in the mirror and see a decline in my appearance. Any campaign of effort has suffering built in, because it is difficult, if not impossible, to maintain a gain for the entirety of your life.

Every child is born in Tao, then we cripple him with society, civilization, culture, morality, religion… we cripple him from every side. Then he lives, but he is not alive.

Osho argues that if a human wasn’t born in society, but raised among animals in the forest, he would have no suffering if his survival needs were met. Because he would not have any human being to compare himself to, he would have no need to compete, no need to gain power, no need to prove himself to others, and so he would exist in harmony with nature.

Allow nature! And don’t give any goal to nature. Who are you to create goals and purposes? You are just a tiny part, an atomic cell. Who are you to force the whole to move according to you?

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Look at nature, everything is so perfect. Can you improve upon a rose? Can you improve on nature in any way? Only man has gone wrong somewhere. If the rose is beautiful without any effort on its part, why not man? What is wrong with man?

Because you exist in an ignorant, flawed state, any goal you create is almost sure to create suffering since it is from a place of society instead of nature. You simply do not have the awareness or knowledge to create goals that are in harmony with your true nature, and what you may describe as “success” is—upon achievement—the beginning of a cycle of frustration or suffering.

Meditation will only help you to understand. It will not lead you to the truth, it will only destroy the mind, so that whenever there is truth, you can see it.

Osho believes that the Buddhist ashram style of meditation is an unnatural behavior that goes against the Tao, because it attempts to put man in a blank state of “no mind.” Osho does not believe in the asceticism of the Buddhists, and sees them on the opposite extreme of the hedonists. Both sides have lost balance with the Tao.

You need a compass because you are not confident of life; you need moralities, precepts, principles, Bibles, Korans, Gitas to direct you because you are not confident of the inner force. That is your life…. So many precepts to be followed, so many principles to be managed – so many moral concepts. You have so many things imposed on you that your inner life cannot be spontaneous.

People want to be told how to live. They want an instruction booklet as if they were assembling furniture from Ikea. Scriptures are dead books—they weren’t written for your environment or your situation, and must be squeezed into modern life in some way (often after being maliciously interpreted), but that still does not eliminate suffering if you follow it. Osho believes that there is no need for rigid morality if the Tao is followed, but since balance with the Tao is subjective, I see a situation where Tao alone can’t prevent us from sliding into a situation of degeneracy like we have in the modern West.

Don’t be against anything. Why? Because whenever you are against anything it means that deep down you are for it, otherwise why be against it? A man who is not angry deep down will not be against anger. Why should he be? A man who is not greedy deep down will not be against greed. Why should he be against it? There is no problem for him, it is not a choice, he has not made any distinction. Remember, it is always greedy persons who are against greed, sexual persons who are against sex, angry persons who are against anger, violent persons who are against violence. Then what do they do? They create an opposite goal.

If a man becomes emotionally engaged against a cause, it’s a certainty that that cause is a part of him in some way, and his emotion is a sign of either an inner guilt or deep love that his ego refuses to consciously accept. The most violent members of society today are leftist protesters who tell you they are against violence. The most sexually degenerate people of today are those who say they stand against rape. I have stated my hate for feminists in the past, and criticized their loose sexual morals, while I myself engaged in loose sexual morality with feminist-minded women. That which you hate exists within you. That which you’re apathetic about does not.

You always choose the difficult because the difficult gives you a challenge and challenge gives you the ego. Difficult is right for you; easy is never right. Because with the easy there is no conquering, the ego cannot feel fulfilled. The more difficult a task, the more the ego feels exhilarated, ecstatic. It has to be done – Everest has to be conquered, the moon has to be conquered.

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The difficult attracts. The more difficult it is, the more it attracts you. It becomes more valuable because through it, if you conquer, you will achieve a greater ego. Even if you fail, you will achieve a greater ego because you at least tried, while others have not tried at all.

I have given advice to men in the past stating that if they’re faced with two options, they should do the harder one because they’ll become stronger and achieve more than if they had succeeded with the easier task. Osho has me pegged in that my strategy is one of ego satisfaction, of putting in harder effort to achieve something greater. From the standpoint of Western materialism, my advice will yield more “gain.”

With nonstop messages in the West of achievement and accomplishment that make doing the easy task be seen as “lazy,” it’s hard not to see that the entirety of the West is built upon an ego proposition, which is great for society in terms of the heights it achieves, but poor for the individual who suffers because of it.

If you win a war and kill millions of people you make history. If you just brush your teeth in the morning how can you make history? And EASY IS RIGHT! You take a bath, and you sing a little song, how can you make history? You eat your food and you silently go to sleep without any dreams. How can you make history? No! History takes no notice of persons who are easy and natural. History takes notice of people who are mad, obsessed with something, who create trouble in some way or the other. And difficult is wrong, easy is right; be easy and don’t try to be in history. Leave it for fools and mad people, you just stay out of it. Because you cannot have both.

Either you can have life, or you can be remembered in history. If you have life, you will be just an easy and simple man, doing simple and small things, and enjoying them. You will not create any trouble for anybody, nobody will take any notice of you; you will exist as if you never existed. That is what easy is – existing as if you are not existing, existing as if you are not, not in anyone’s way.

I want my work to leave a legacy so I slave over my computer every day, typing up a storm, like I’ve typed this review, and life quickly passes me by. I will have my legacy, but at what cost? What have I missed?

Doing anything, if you feel easy doing it, it is right. If you feel uneasy doing it, something is wrong. If you are tense, it means you are living an uneasy life. If you cannot sleep, cannot relax, cannot let go, it shows you are living an uneasy life – you are after difficult things, impossible things.

If I were to take his advice, I would work just the minimum to satisfy my material needs, and then relax for most of the day. I’d go for walks, do a basic level of exercise that doesn’t involve having big muscles, cook simple meals, and seek out pleasant company. Instead, I have a schedule set out for me before I wake up, meaning my day is dead before I even open my eyes. I have strategies to maximize the amount of work I do. I have exercises for my right wrist which is experiencing chronic pain due to excess computer use. I have special stretches for my lower back to combat the effects of sitting all day in front of a screen. I sacrifice my body for work and excess material gain.

Nature is vast, and all man created laws are narrow. They are like funnels – the more you move into them the narrower they become, and a moment comes of cul-de-sac, you cannot move anywhere, and the tunnel becomes your grave. That is how everyone is stuck.

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…laws and regulations cannot protect you, they only give you a feeling of protection. But nothing protects. The laws cannot make you secure, they only give a feeling of security which is false. Death ultimately comes and shatters all your securities. You will stay trembling, fear-filled, unless you come back to the source – the inner tower of the spirit.

Following scriptures, rules, and laws is the same as following the dictates of men before you, and what they have decided is the proper life for you to live.

Fulfillment comes through nature – not through society. You carry your destiny within yourself but it is an unconscious thing. Follow it. Nobody else will know that you have reached but you will be aware. You may not get a Nobel prize because it has never been awarded to a fulfilled person. Nobody fulfilled has yet received a Nobel prize, no Buddha, no Jesus, and it won’t happen in the future either, because the Nobel prize is given to somebody who has obeyed society very sincerely, and who has achieved society’s aims – not his own. Look at the Nobel prize-winners and you will not find sadder men than those. Most of them commit suicide, and this is not accidental, it has deep meaning in it. Most of them feel unfulfilled. Prizes cannot fulfill you. Allow the conscious nature, don’t force it consciously.

Society has awards in the form of money and material trophies to keep you playing the game, but winning the game is Pyrrhic, because the moment after you victory, once the cheering crowd disappears, you’re disappointed that you feel no different than before.

Be sincere to your inner nature and help others to be sincere to their inner nature. This is what I call a religious man. A religious man is one who is sincere to his inner nature and helps others to be sincere to their inner nature. You are here to fulfill your destiny, and others are here to fulfill theirs. Don’t expect anything from them, otherwise you will turn them into liars. Don’t expect anything from anybody, and don’t fulfill others’ expectations of you.

The only way to get anywhere in society is to network, build alliances, and curry favor. Scratch this man’s back and maybe he’ll scratch yours in the future. Pretend to be nice to that man so maybe he won’t criticize you to others. At what point do we turn into actors, sacrificing who we are, for future gain that is not even necessary?

Whenever others appreciate you – beware, you are moving on a dangerous path. Sooner or later they will punish you. When people talk about your success – beware, now failure is not far off. When they put you on the throne, escape, because sooner or later they will throw you off. But you are so foolish and stupid, that you never see the fact that somebody else was there on the throne before you. They put him there, and now, for you, they have thrown him off. Now they are garlanding and welcoming you, but sooner or later they will find another showman and they will throw you out. This happens to everybody who lives through public opinion. Don’t ask for any success in the outside world and you will not have any failure. Don’t ask people to respect you, then there will be no insult.

But then how will I get fame? How will I get riches? How will I feel validated that I “made it”? Most people fear the ordinary life as much as they fear falling from a high position, because they crave the adoration of the masses that allows their ego to feel that they are a somebody instead of a nobody.

Nothing is lacking and nothing is missing. You are perfect as far as there is any possibility of perfection.

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It is difficult for you to think that at this very moment you are gods, but I ask you – what is lacking? What is missing? You are alive, breathing, conscious – what else do you need?

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If you say, ’If those conditions are fulfilled then I will be blissful’, then these conditions are never going to be fulfilled. And, secondly, even if these conditions are fulfilled, by that time you will have lost the very capacity to celebrate and enjoy. And moreover, when these conditions are fulfilled – if ever, because they cannot be fulfilled – your mind will create further ideals.

Something is always wrong with us. We’re close to an ideal but still far off. More work must be done; if we can only have this thing, or that thing, everything will be perfect, life will be complete, but imagine a carrot at the end of branch, and just after you leap up and grab the carrot, a bigger carrot suddenly appears, and the branch is moved ever so higher so that you have to work harder to get it.

The whole is vast, you are just an atomic cell. The ocean is vast, you are just a drop in it. The whole ocean is salty, and you are trying to be sweet. It is impossible!

When you fight with the world, you fight with yourself, because you are a part of the world, a part of the whole. Everything in this world influences you in direct proportion to how you influence it, and so what you fight against is certainly already a part of you, because the part can not be separated from the whole. You are not distinct or unaffected from what you see around you.

If you fight, then the enemy impresses you, and remember… even friends don’t have such an impact as enemies have. If you fight with someone continuously, you will be influenced by them, because you will have to use the same techniques to fight them. Ultimately, enemies become similar.

If a general wins a war, the man who he most respects will be the general of the opposing side, because he is barely different from him. The uniforms are different, but the man is the same. They’re supposed to hate each other, but instead a mutual admiration is developed.

…when you are ready to fight at every moment, you are a coward. Fight is a cover-up. You want to prove that you are a brave man. The very wanting, the very desire to prove, means that you are not. A man who is really wise will never in any way be searching for opportunities to prove that he is wise. A fool is always in search of a way to prove that he is wise. A man who is really in love, who has become love, will not try to prove that he is in love.

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When you think you are confident of your strength, remember well, you are hiding something from yourself. What do you mean when you say: I am confident? If you are really confident the word is meaningless. You are not confident, you are pretending. And not only to others, you are repeating to yourself: I am confident. You are creating an auto-hypnosis. If you repeat it long enough you may start feeling it but that feeling will have no inner energy in it.

To prove that I am good with women, I had to sleep with many of them, but the very fact that I needed this proof is only proof of the struggle I had with them. And then finally I did become good with women, I could sleep with them consistently enough, and then the need for proof disappeared. I become dissatisfied with my behavior and stopped. To find what out what a man is, look at what he doesn’t try to prove. To find out what he isn’t, look at what he is trying to prove.

Treat all that is beautiful, good and true, just like a seed. Give it some soil, a hidden place in the heart, don’t display it. But just the opposite is done by everybody: whatsoever is wrong, you hide it, you don’t want it to be known by others. Whatsoever is ugly you hide and whatsoever is beautiful, even if it is not, you try to advertise it, you magnify it, you display it.

What is a first date but a grotesque display of acting? The woman shows her fleeting and transitory beauty, enhanced by makeup, clothing, and special effects, along with a politeness that will be the peak of you experience from her, and the man packs in his best jokes, statements, moves, and stories into a clown performance that he hopes is enough to get into her pants. Two actors pretend to be someone they aren’t, and fall for what isn’t.

So if you want to prove something it shows that you are doubtful about it. You want to destroy your doubt through others’ eyes, through their opinions. You are not really convinced of your beautiful person, you would like others to say that you are beautiful.

This piece of advice is often done in the reverse, where any positive quality must be immediately displayed, and once it is praised and talked about, the magic and beauty of it is lost, and now you race to find another trait to display to garner the same amount of praise, until you run out of displays and the audience becomes bored and moves onto someone else.

You may go on thinking yourself a beautiful person but nobody thinks that way about you because everybody is concerned with his own beauty, not with yours. And if anybody nods and says, ’Yes, you are beautiful’, he or she is just waiting for you to nod about his or her beauty. It is a mutual bargain: You fulfill my ego, I fulfill yours. I know well that you are not beautiful, you know well that I am not beautiful, but I fulfill your ego, so you fulfill mine.

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If you are an exhibitionist then you will remain a commodity, a thing. You can never become a person, because ’person’ is hidden deep in the recesses of being. It is the deepest possibility in the whole of existence.

The most insecure people in the world are actresses and models. Their entire conception of self is based on external validation, not inner contentment or understanding. Once that validation dries up, and it always does, they are as unsure of themselves, and begin mutilating themselves with plastic surgeries to regain the praise they lost.

You see a musician and you want to be a musician; you see an actor and you want to be an actor; you see a doctor and you want to be a doctor. You want to be everything except yourself – and that is all that you can be, nothing else. Nothing else is possible, and nobody else is like you, so nobody can become your ideal.

Western philosophy teaches you that you’re a thing-becoming, not a thing that has already become. There are many parts of you that are wrong and you need to learn, strive, work, and exist in constant want to become the final thing that should instantly give you everlasting fulfillment, but this is a lie, and the goal you treasure is a dead-end because nothing external of you will give you fulfillment. You are already the thing-become.

It is good to try to understand leaders of men because they are the great monkeys. And you think you are following them? Basically, deep down, they are following you. A leader is always a follower of his own followers because he always has to look where you are going, what you are doing. He must know beforehand where the wind is blowing so that he can be just ahead.

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There are many ways to crucify a man, crucifixion is only one. You can also put him on the throne, then too he is crucified, and in a subtler way; very non violently you kill him. Whenever you start respecting a person you have started killing him, because now he has to pay; he has to look at you – what to do, what not to do.

A leader is a victim to his own followers, because his status can immediately be revoked if his followers feel that it is in their best interest to follow someone else. The leader’s talent is that he knows what his followers want before they themselves know. He comes up with a slogan that touches them deeply in their hearts, and the followers cry out in pleasure that they have found their leader, when merely they have found someone who is holding a mirror up to themselves.

A man of Tao moves absolutely without identity. Why? Because if you show talent then people cannot forgive you. People can forgive fools, but they cannot forgive wise men. That is why Jesus was crucified, Socrates was poisoned. You feel so utterly inferior before a Jesus or a Socrates, how can you forgive them! It is natural, you will make a concerted attack. You will all make a concerted attack to kill that man. Then you will feel that a burden has been thrown.

One of the easiest ways to be liked by others is not to step on their egos. Allow them to think of you as an inferior man, a simple man, and they will not strike you down. The second you assert your superiority over them by showing virtue or talent, resentment is built, and they will wait for their opportunity to hurt you, to prove that they are not inferior to you.

And a man who has not known his innermost being is always like a thing, always on display in the window of a shop; always waiting for somebody to come and use him with all his certificates, distinctions, talents; always crying: Come and use me, make me a thing. I am a most valuable thing, you will never get any thing better than me. Come and use me!

To be useful is to be enslaved by those who find you useful. They have expectations of you to continue being useful, and so your life becomes a mission of ensuring you are always useful, always a somebody in the eyes of others, but being this somebody is an illusion, because one day you will no longer be useful, and all the validation and attention will be removed. The illusion of your superiority will be shattered as you watch a new man receiving the admiration that you once had.

In the spiritual world no footprints are left. It is just like the sky: a bird flies – no footprints are left, nobody can follow. Just take a delight in me, be happy with me and you will absorb. And that will become a light within you and that will show you the path. But don’t copy, don’t believe or disbelieve, don’t be head-oriented. Don’t be a monkey – be a man.

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You can know yourself only in total freedom – and rules are prisons. They are prisons because no-one else can make rules for you; he may have discovered the truth through these rules, but they were for him. Nature differs – they helped him but they will not help you; on the contrary, they will hinder you.

There is fear of being your own man, because you may fail, embarrass yourself, be hated, be seen as inferior. So men look to other men for guidance and instruction to help assure their success, but the only result is they become a copy of a copy, a man who mimics another man’s life for material gain and ego gratification.

If you are a little understanding, give others around you freedom to be themselves and don’t allow anybody to interfere with your freedom. Don’t make anybody a slave to you and don’t become a slave to anybody.

We rarely accept people for who they are. The second we meet a girl, we think about how she can be improved. The second we bond with another man, we think of how he can be made more useful to us to achieve our goals. We meet people and do calculations in our head about how we can extract from them, benefit from them, and they are doing the same. Friendships and relationships become mere business arrangements.

The first thing to understand is not to take life as a question. Once you take it as a question you will be in trouble; you will have already moved on a wrong path – it will be a cul-de-sac. Somewhere, in some theory, you will be stuck. Everybody is stuck somewhere in a theory, and then it is very difficult to drop the theory. You cling to it because the question scares you – at least a theory is some consolation, at least you feel that you know.

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…life will not wait for you and your theories, it is moving fast. Soon death will happen and you will die with your theories in your hand; and they won’t help, they are just dead ashes.

The first thing you do once you notice things in life is to construct a theory based on your patterns. Not only does your theory aid in your ego’s need to feel superior, since you will share this theory to anyone who will listen, but it’s also an attempt to alleviate the anxiety of living in a world where anything can go wrong at a moment’s notice. You hope your theory will predict the future with some accuracy to keep your safe, but no theory has withstood the test of time. They all have flaws, they all have failed, and yet man will not stop at trying to construct the ultimate theory, the theory of everything, to feel that he has figured it out and is immune to the spontaneous nature of life.

Buddha has said that when you find an old man as happy as a youth, there is something there – bow down to him, listen and learn from him. In India, it was the tradition that whenever we found an old man happy, dancing, we would make him a master.

It is very easy to be happy when you are in your prime. You’re at your peak health, beauty, and physical fitness. Everything is new, with a world of experiences before you, and the daily stimulation of novelty and discovery ensures you won’t get bored. But to be happy when you are old, when the river has dried up, that is something special. When your health is gone, your beauty is gone, your phallus no longer works, your muscles are atrophying, your back is crooked, your prostate is the size of an orange, and when people all around you see you as a burden, waiting impatiently for you to die; if you can be happy at that time then there must be true fulfillment within. Show me a happy old man, a man who has been tossed aside by the generations that have preceded him. He is someone I want to learn from.

That which is caused cannot be forever; that which is uncaused can be forever. Remember that always whenever you are happy; remember… is it something uncaused or caused? If it is caused then it is better to be sad, because it is going to be taken away. It is already on the way, it has already left you – sooner or later you will realise it has gone.

Anything that makes you happy, once removed, will then cause you suffering, and if it is caused by something, it will certainly be removed. If you are ever thinking that having a person or situation in your life will bring you happiness, you are generating the energy for the suffering caused by its removal. Nothing in the material world can give fulfillment, because they will all be taken away from you. If there is something caused that makes you happy, I hope for your sake it is something simple that is hard to take away—a hot cup of tea, a breath of crisp cold air, being alone with your thoughts, a good night’s sleep, or a pleasant conversation with someone you trust.

You cannot find the answer in the past because nothing is the same today. You cannot find the answer in the past because the answer is not the thing, it always dies with the man who has discovered it. But ghosts go on haunting. Your Vedas, Korans, Bibles, Gitas, they are ghosts. They are not realities now, they are long dead.

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Whenever you are too engaged with the past you are engaged with dirt, with graves, you are a gravedigger. You live in a cemetery, you are no longer a part of the living phenomenon that life is.

If the great men of the past were alive today, would they still share the same advice and knowledge that they left? Would they have the same teachings, in spite of a different environment? It’s unlikely. They were men of their times, and so we go on learning about the past and how to live in that man’s time, instead of looking with our own eyes in the present.

Needs can be fulfilled, but desires cannot be. Desire is a need gone mad. Needs are simple, they come from nature; desires are very complex, they don’t come from nature. They are created by the mind. Needs are moment to moment, they are created out of life itself. Desires are not moment to moment, they are always for the future. They are not created by life itself, they are projected by the mind. Desires are projections, they are not really needs. This is the first thing to be understood, and the deeper you understand, the better. What is desire? It is movement of the mind into the future.

Most suffering in the West comes from trying to satisfy desires. The second you satisfy one, and grab the carrot from the end of the stick, the bigger carrot immediately appears. Forever you work at grabbing what’s at the end of the stick, but always you feel a lack. Once you have satisfied your material needs, and reach basic comfort, you are now free to find your path, to explore life, but most people instead immediately ensnare themselves to a new desire, and keep themselves stuck in its pursuit until they die.

Needs are beautiful; desires are ugly. Needs are bodily; desires are psychological. But look at your so-called saints and sages: they always condemn your needs and always help your desires to be projected. They say: What are you doing? Just eating? Sleeping? Wasting your life? Try to reach heaven! Heaven is the ultimate desire. Paradise is waiting for you, and you are wasting your life on ordinary things – just vegetating. Stand up and run, because there is not much time left! Reach! Knock at the door of heaven! Reach God! But don’t stand there!

I’ve shamed men in the exact same way, particularly in my essay Thoughts On Being An Excellent Man, where I package Western ideas of ego gratification in a pompous display of telling men to essentially be like me in order to be “excellent.” Your ego will have you believing that you are the most superior man in the world if you let it, better than billions of people. Who am I to tell other men what greatness or excellence in manhood is? I can only teach what I’ve learned about being a man, without value judgements, and no more.

Life is dangerous, but that is the beauty of it – it is insecure, because insecurity is the very nature of movement, aliveness, vitality. The more dead you are, the more secure. When you are in your grave there will be no danger. What can happen to you anymore? Nothing! Nobody can harm you when you are dead. But when you are alive, you are vulnerable, you can be harmed. But I tell you, that is the beauty of life.

Most of what we do in life is an attempt to remove all insecurities, spontaneities, and anxieties—to make life a dead thing that will never harm or surprise us. By living safe routines, we succeed instead at deadening life while the anxieties never go away, because merely by trying to address them, you give them power over you. Kill one anxiety and another will appear, just like with desire, and so we live in cage as if we were a scared chicken, imposing artificial limits and rules just to avoid the dangers of life.

Life is insecure! Let this truth penetrate deeper and deeper in you. Let it become a seed deep in your heart – life is insecure. It is its nature and nothing can be done about it – all that you do will be poisonous. You can only kill. And the more secure you feel, the more dead you will be. Look at people who are really secure with wealth, prestige, castles around them – you can see they are
dead. Just see their faces, the eyes look as if they are made of stone.

The most fearful people in the world are the rich. They have elaborate security systems, bunkers, panic rooms. You don’t build a bunker unless you fear for your life, unless you believe catastrophe is around the corner. You don’t lobby the government for power unless you deep down fear another man coming to take away your wealth or the poor masses putting your head on the chopping block. You hire professionals to guard that wealth, a team of lawyers to protect it, and are more fearful than a homeless man who has nothing to lose, who knows that no one can take anything away from him.

Insecurity is the nature of Tao. Don’t make securities – otherwise you are cutting yourself off from nature, from Tao. And the more secure you are, the further away you will be. Move into the unknown and let the unknown have its own way.

This quote remains me of Jesus feeding bread to the multitude:

When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities.

And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.

And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.

But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. He said, Bring them hither to me.

And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.

And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children. Matthew 14:13-21

Don’t be afraid. God, Jesus, nature, Tao, or whatever great force you believe in, will provide for your needs. As a creation of this Earth, you were given the ability to attain your bread, and as evidence of that, I bet that you have never gone a full day without food. You will endure until you must die, like all other creatures must, and your being, soul, spirit, and molecular composition transforms into a different energy or state that allows the entire cycle to continue existing as it has.

You love thinking because thinking can become instrumental in achieving something: you can become a great thinker, or, through thinking, you can become a great leader. Through sleeping have you ever heard of anybody becoming a great leader? They all condemn sleep, they all condemn laziness. They all condemn people who simply enjoy life and are not too active – they call them hobos or bums, vagabonds, and condemn them. But have you ever observed the fact that the world has never suffered from any lazy man? Because no lazy man can become a Hitler, no lazy man can become a Nixon, no lazy man can become a Mao, a Ghengis Khan, a Napoleon. No lazy man can become active. Action has brought all the wars. Action is the most mischievous thing in the world. But still we go on saying that action is needed – because everybody is ambitious.

If you are plugged into the rat race, into the Western mentality, you will react with anger to Osho’s teachings. You will say, “But look at India, where people defecate on the streets!” You will exclaim, “Look at Africa and the laziness that one can witness!” You will yell, “But we are the most advanced civilization in the world!” And you would be correct in that the West does not have sewage problems, and its technology and skyscrapers are a sight to behold, but at what cost to the individual? What has the individual man in the West had to endure to have such splendid material marvels, to have clean streets? What is going on in the homes on those streets, in the minds of those who have to live in this splendor?

We arrive at the conflict between individual fulfillment and societal magnificence. What’s good for the individual may not be good for society, and what’s good for society may cause suffering to the individual. I agree we must have standards within a society to prevent it from succumbing to every degenerate cause under the sun, but it’s a danger to place it above that of the individual.

Osho’s words help me check myself during the times I’m blindly carrying on in life, stacking my plate full of multiple projects, aching to make a difference in the world to mold it into my imagined image of righteousness. He helps me realize that my ego is a parasite that steers me onto paths that serve me little or no benefit, that all my needs are already achieved and I can stop and enjoy life for what it is instead of creating tension, conflicts, and distractions that put me on a path to misery.

I see Tao as a logical extension of Stoicism, because while the latter insinuates that are you a thing-becoming, Tao argues that you have already become. If you do get value out of Stoicism, I believe you will enjoy this book by Osho.

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Osho was a perv and a thief, who taught one thing and did something completely different. His life was a frantic pursuit of illicit money and sex.
Don’t fall for fables. We are here to learn and develop ourselves. The question is not to stop doing that, but HOW you do it. Morally, ethically, with concern for your fellow neighbor? Or selfishly and greedily like Osho and people in our materialistic society?
Jesus never said we should stop developing, quite the opposite. It’s called sanctification in the Bible. What He said was that we should stop worrying too much about money and focus on more important things, like obeying God and pursuing holiness.

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Reminds me of that Maharishi the Beatles used to follow. I remember when they found out how he used his position of authority to (surprise, surprise) sleep with the girls inside his cult. Actions always speak louder than words

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What’s wrong with sleeping with girls inside your cult? Isn’t that the point of having a cult?

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Nothing wrong per se as long as you are the leader. But Paul and John used to be the ones slaying the pussy not the ones watching it pass by.

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Well we can’t all sing and dance. If someone wants to sleep with you because they look up to you and admire you, seems pretty legit to me. I would be more suspicious of a guru who no one wanted to sleep with…

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No problem as long as you don’t deny your needs. But far too many gurus/cult/religious leaders teach stuff like not to desire material things or they claim to live a humble and chaste life. Then it comes to light later the dude owns 2 mansions, 8 cars and a private jet while he slays young pussy left and right in his harem in his 50s. And here you are puting the dude on a pedestal and giving him free publicity in your blog. Let’s be honest, this is precisely what Roosh admires from this guy; not his unoriginal verbal diarreah which is a copy paste of Asian philosophy written hundreds of years ago.

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Have you ever wondered why Roosh does not move to one of these places in the East and live a simple life? He can still write and enlighten us.
– Osho had a fleet of Rolls Royces and a throne embedded with emeralds.

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I used to buy into that story. But if you dig a bit deeper you will find that the entire story was MSM tabloid bs. In fact, a few years after, the Beatles apologized to the Maharishi for falsely accusing him of sexual harassment. The females in question were also adamant that nothing sexual ever occurred.

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I remember they did a press conference thrashing the dude. Did not know they backed down from that. Do you have the source by any chance?

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“Maharishi Mahesh Yogi died on February 5, 2008, almost 40 years after the Beatles left Rishikesh. John Lennon would never again see Maharishi in person, but would phone him years later to apologize for his youthful mishap of publicly accusing Maharishi of improprieties—accusations that had nothing to do with Maharishi, but, seemingly, everything to do with John’s personal temperament at the time. George Harrison would continue to have contact with Maharishi through the worldwide TM Movement, and Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr would maintain their connection with meditation and eventually re-establish association with Maharishi’s organization.”

http://beatlesinindia.blogspot.com/2009/01/meditation-on-man-who-saved-beatles-by.html

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Thanks for the info. Well, I guess I was wrong about him

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You just projected all your faults in one comment: pervert, immoral, inadequate, selfish, and weak. You need Osho’s teachings the most.

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I once dismissed a pretty amazing Ukrainian girl because she was into Osho, even though I didn’t actually know much about him or his teachings. I just automatically rejected anything that seemed to me to have an oriental or hippy vibe to it back then. She’s married to some other guy now, has a few kids, and seems to be a loyal, faithful wife. I’ve often wondered what would have happened if I’d been more open minded.

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Osho gets a knee jerk reaction similar to when people hear my name. You don’t have to agree with him 100%, but he does nail the suffering that Western lifestyles cause.

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Try the Eastern lifestyle for at least a few years. You have the means to do so. Why don’t you? You can live a “simple” life there. Lead by example. You can still write your essays. You can enlighten us through your experience.
– Osho gets a knee jerk reaction because he did not practice what he preached. Compare him to someone like Mahavira.

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Roosh – Osho’s philosophy is a harder complex beast to understand.

Most people will not get it.

It is one of choiceless choice & being free – internally – If you get sex enjoy it, if you dont – dont lose your joy. Be free, be natural and be not programmed by the world.

Dont let external as well as internal pursuits juice out your joy and instill fear or other distortions..

I gain deep insights into myself when I read through the books on: Courage, Fear, Intimacy, Intuition and so on.. Not easy comprehension for most if they done meditate and have subtle introspection ability.

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Maybe she wasn’t serious about that and read Osho only superficially. Osho was all against tradition, family and society in general. He put individuals on pedestal while rejecting all traditional binding values and moral. I have no idea how such guy as Roosh has become a fan of Osho.

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Could be. I know almost nothing about Osho and of course I’m only guessing about her being good wife material.

I speculate that Roosh has reached a level similar to what we call the thousand cock stare in women and that’s why he is embracing the desire-leads-to-suffering idea. (Just speculation Roosh, I respect you and your work…please don’t ban me).

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Why did he need a fleet of Rolls Royces and a throne embedded with emeralds? Did the Buddha need any? Or Mahavira? Or Jesus?
– Taoism is not equal to Osho. One may be partial to the philosophy of Taoism without the need to listen to Osho as he reclines comfortably on his throne.
– There is a silly, childish fascination with the East in your writings. I grew up there and I do not share that fascination.
– I do not understand why you do not move to one of these places and live there. With an American passport and your independent source of income that depends on the degeneracy that you criticize, it should be easy for you to move to any traditional society that fits your tastes. There are plenty.
– But I agree that there is a problem with naked materialism in the West.

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– Need – ? Doubt it. If It comes, accept, if it goes, let go..

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Osho claims he didn’t need the rolls royces or thrones, he never asked for any of it. He was given it all and he let his commune use them at will.

http://www.oshoworld.com/biography/innercontent.asp?FileName=biography8/08-20-rolls.txt

How much I believe his side though, is another story. I am wary of false prophets.

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Tom Robbins – Osho’s Rolls Royces “the greatest spoof on American consumerism ever made”. A cosmic joke using the icons of Western materialism looped back on itself. Osho himself said “no one was listening to me in USA before the Rolls Royces came along. While their mouths are dropping open perhaps I can pour some truth in.”

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Just becouse he criticised Osho doesn’t mean he’s projecting anything. How can you know that? Do you know that guy? Don’t be silly.

Speaking about your Osho post as well as some other recently posted just reading them lowers my T – levels..Achieving nothing, rejecting strive, meaning and purpose? If I wanted to read new agey stuff like that I’s subscribe to new age websites. There’s tons of them. I don’t visit yours to read such detached antimasculine philosophies like this one.

Cheers.

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roosh is a fraud, a neurotic beta male.. anyone heeding advice from him is doomed

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“You just projected all your faults in one comment” typical moronic brainwashed beta male excuses as to why you worship a con man and a liar

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First, Tao is NOT a philosophy. This is something most westerners never seem to understand. Tao is simply a way of being that dispels artificial conflicts created by Mind/Ego.

As for Osho, he, like the Maharashi before him, was libeled by the western media. He was never a perv or a thief. A couple of his lead disciples were in fact power-mad, perverted individuals. But Osho himself was an open book.

I am neither a follower of Osho or Maharashi but I concede that they were legit masters of Zen/Tao/Advaita and worthy of serious study for any on the spiritual path.

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Those who know don’t talk.
Those who talk don’t know.

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Tolle is highly recommended. Be careful, though. Existentialism is sort of diametrically opposed to game other than the common thread of having a give no fucks attitude.

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“Osho was a perv and a thief, who taught one thing and did something completely different. His life was a frantic pursuit of illicit money and sex.
Don’t fall for fables. We are here to learn and develop ourselves. The question is not to stop doing that, but HOW you do it. Morally, ethically, with concern for your fellow neighbor? Or selfishly and greedily like Osho and people in our materialistic society? ”

Most, if not all usually have a hipocritocal dark side – even guys like Anthony Robbins.

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The Tao Te Ching has plenty to say about morals, ethics and concern for your neighbor. “Chase after money and security and your heart will never unclench. Care about people’s approval and you will be their prisoner…” On a personal level there is plenty to criticize about Osho. But before you dismiss the Tao you should actually read it… you will find it is a sublime, poetic and beautiful text every bit as profound as the Bible, and with a lot less bullshit.

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Enjoying your life FREELY whether or not you have money or approval from others is the way to Freedom to BE

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Jesus didn’t pursue game and he wouldn’t get laid in 2017.

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I think of Jesus as a natural.

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Yep, only a moron would take anything Osho said or wrote seriously.. the guy was a very skilled talker and scammer

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Par for course for Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (aka Osho). Besides his own hypocritical personal life, putting him on the same level as other so-called holy men like Sathya Sai Baba as well as just about all the Christian televangelists, his cult have been involved in other funny business. One of his many communes at the time was being built in the city of Dalles, Oregon and he experiences legal conflicts with the local residents and the state government. His followers’ answer: take over the local government with voter fraud (busing in voters from other counties) and infecting local people with Salmonella delivered through tainted water, salad dressing and sprayed on restaurant salad bars (incapacitate the voting commissioners and enough local voters that their people could take over). When a local attorney started investigating his immigration fraud, sham marriages and other crimes, a cabal of high-ranking followers tried to off him.

Nice, huh?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajneesh

Still a lot of good advice in there. Too bad getting the good stuff is like digging diamonds from dunghills, as Thomas Jefferson like to say about Christianity.

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Roosh mate you need to learn more about history and ideas. Taoism is the enemies philosophy and is responsible more all of the periodic collapses in living standards and populations levels in China; it is an oligarchal philosophy, hence many of the Eurocrats like Aldus and Julian Huxley were into that. If you want to learn a philosophy which embraces our ideas is Confuscianism.

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Oligarchal philosophy? Haha, you should try actually reading the Tao Te Ching

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I have been reading it for over 20 years, since my college lecturer insisted we study it. Look into Chinese history and how Taoism effects society, especially population reduction.
Michael Billington is one of the best people exposing it and has many books/ essays on it.
Writing lol or haha is the surest sign you have nothing worthwhile to add.

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So what quote from the Tao Te Ching supports “oligarchy”? How is it the “enemies” philosophy? Before you criticize someone for writing haha, you might want to learn basic English grammar. I can’t wait to hear your theory explaining how population levels and living standards are controlled by philosophy!

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First of all, I would like to stress that I appreciated the ambitious post. It is important that narcissism, hedonism and consumerism are challenged and balanced with other philosophical or religious ideas, whether Eastern or Western, old or new ones. I think that Taoism, like Buddhism, Christendom and Stoicism can be of value here.

I consider Taoism to have many interesting and valuable ideas, such as spontaneity, a sound focus on the natural state, and the notion to not act with desire. However, a few critical remarks, which largely are linked to one of the main points in the article, that all theories are incomplete and non-universal, including Taoism.

1. Being or becoming is a false dichotomy. One has both dimensions: genetics (or the spirit) and environment, and basically both influence a person about 50/50 in gene-environment interacting ways. Thus there is no pure essence, no pure authenticity. Thus it is “natural” to be affected by various environmental factors, such as culture, desire, the Zeitgeist and so on.

2. I don’t agree that a copy cat way of acting is a bad thing, because many ideas are universal or at least general. So if people incorporate general ethical guidelines such as temperance and courage these are not less valuable or correct, so to speak.

A trivial example: A person admits that his language skills are bad so he starts to imitate the way other people speak and write. After he has improved, his person has been largely influenced by these other people and their behavior. He feels like he has improved and perhaps he is now less authentic, but so what? Or if a police officer saves people from terrorists, his actions are as valuable, regardless of being motivated by a desire to be a hero or by pure altruistic instinct.

3. Admitting the fact that many people will not act according to Taoist principles, perhaps because they are significantly Machiavellian and narcissistic by nature, we will have a society where inaction can be very risky. After all, Taoist principles have done little to prevent conflict in China, even though it is sound.

4. If people do not desire anything besides the most basic things, then they can do so and live without civilization. But they don’t. Every time people have “tried” this, they have ended up using the tools of civilization (think of the film Into the Wild or various hippie movements), well, literally. This is also the cases with Buddhist monks, who were expecting that people give them food and shelter.

5. If people become old they can live more according to Taoist principles. That is a good way to cope with ageing when that accelerates. In the meantime they can eat healthy and work out.

6. People who appear lazy have proven to act in ways which are destructive for other people. The natural state is brutal, nasty and short.

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I consider Taoism to have many interesting and valuable ideas, such as spontaneity, a sound focus on the natural state, and the notion to not act with desire. However, a few critical remarks, which largely are linked to one of the main points in the article, that all theories are incomplete and non-universal, including Taoism.

1. Being or becoming is a false dichotomy. One has both dimensions: genetics (or the spirit) and environment, and basically both influence a person about 50/50 in gene-environment interacting ways. Thus there is no pure essence, no pure authenticity. Thus it is “natural” to be affected by various environmental factors, such as culture, desire, the Zeitgeist and so on.

2. I don’t agree that a copy cat way of acting is a bad thing, because many ideas are universal or at least general. So if people incorporate general ethical guidelines such as temperance and courage these are not less valuable or correct, so to speak.

A trivial example: A person admits that his language skills are bad so he starts to imitate the way other people speak and write. After he has improved, his person has been largely influenced by these other people and their behavior. He feels like he has improved and perhaps he is now less authentic, but so what? Or if a police officer saves people from terrorists, his actions are as valuable, regardless of being motivated by a desire to be a hero or by pure altruistic instinct. A wise decision is wise, whether or not a person emphasize the he is wise or not. I think there is some truth in the projection theory but the way of acting is not dependent on the person’s character.

3. Admitting the fact that many people will not act according to Taoist principles, perhaps because they are significantly Machiavellian and narcissistic by nature, we will have a society where inaction can be very risky. After all, Taoist principles have done little to prevent conflict in China, even though it is sound.

4. If people do not desire anything besides the most basic things, then they can do so and live without civilization. But they don’t. Every time people have “tried” this, they have ended up using the tools of civilization (think of the film Into the Wild or various hippie movements), well, literally. That is also the case with Buddhist monks, who were/are expecting that people give them food and shelter.

5. If people become old they can live more according to Taoist principles. That is a good way to cope with ageing when that accelerates. In the meantime they can eat healthy and work out.

6. People who appear lazy have proven to act in ways which are destructive for other people. The natural state is brutal, nasty and short.

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Damn. I wrote a long comment that was detected as spam twice, because I edited too many times and then re-posted it slightly edited. I have to cut short. Interesting article, really worth to comment on. I think that being/becoming complement each other. If 50% is genetics (being), then you can add whatever you want from your own will or environment (becoming). Nothing or noone is purely authentic.

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life is sufferring. the antidote to sufferring is living a life of meaning. to do so requires orienteering yourself in this world towards your purpose. practically speaking this requires setting goals. im sure we can learn some things from osho but this hippy’s philosophy of apathy isnt one of them, he can fuck right off

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You misunderstand. Tao/Zen/Advaita does *not* advocate apathy or a hippy trippy lifestyle.

To flow in life without artificial conflict can in fact lead to a life of greater abundance compared to one who strives for abundance.

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Flow is not a given though, it’s a biologically driven state which relates to the biology of a organism, which relates to achievement.
And I don’t think reading any amount of his useless words will put you there, nor maintain or create the biology necessary for it to happen.

If I crush Osho’s skull with a hammer and give him severe brain damage, of what good will his passive acceptance be then?

He can live the rest of his life in a dramatically destroyed state of consciousness until his death.

And no amount of his teachings will be able to change that either.

My primary criticism of all these ways of thinking is that they never address biological brain function, only ideology.

Same with buddhism.

Enlightenment sans a proper functioning brain, doesn’t make any sense, at least unless you are going to disregard of all of science and personal experience for the sake of some intangible unverified spiritual assertions.

What good is a buddha’s so called enlightenment when he’s dead or his brain becomes impaired?

There is no reason to believe in something which transcends that, except for wishful thinking. It’s literally the definition of insanity.

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Why should philosophy have to address biological brain function? You could just as well say Bach’s music was worthless because it never addressed auditory signal processing, or a cookbook is worthless because it never addresses the phsiology of taste buds. Your argument is a total non sequitur. Your test of the logical soundness of a philosophy is “how would the philosopher fare if I crushed his skull with a hammer?” Your comment fails to address quantum chromodynamics, which is essential for all material interactions!

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Great reply! I mean you could also ask what is the point of capitalism and achievement if your brain is impaired? Is your million dollars in the bank and a lifetime of “achievements” going to do you much good if someone crushes you with a hammer? It’s a silly question and if you would meditate a little you would realize that.

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Yes that is exactly right. Without a proper functioning brain all those things would be pointless.

Aren’t they a bit of a non sequitur then?

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I didn’t say it’s worthless, I just said it’s of limited value.

Cookbooks and Bach’s music don’t assert themselves as things which transcend reality. That’s a bit of a strange metaphor.

Maybe I don’t fully understand zen buddhism, but to my current interpretation I would say that it makes those claims.

So it’s not a non sequitur.

It’s extremely relevant in fact.

If philosophy doesn’t account for reality then it’s just empty words.

That’s why I mentioned the hammer, to draw a contrast between the mental masterbation of Osho and real achievement / reality.

Why is that not a valid question to ask?

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I used to gobble up all of Osho’s recordings and still think the guy has a unique perspective on most of what he speaks, specially liked his Zen stuff. Then came across his Communist recordings and was put off by his open arms acceptance of the butcherous practice, read a bit about his darker side on: https://www.amazon.com/Three-Dangerous-Magi-Gurdjieff-Crowley/dp/184694435X
Can’t vouch for the veracity of the book, but apparently he screwed up several communes with his “The only real man in the room” syndrome and predilection for female leadership.

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there’s a predictable turn of human nature…

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Upon introspection one needs to separate the value of the message from the human pitfalls of the source. Overall Osho made an invaluable contribution by synthesis and dissemination of spiritual and phylosophical works that would be otherwise obscure to the masses, myself included. His lectures on Zen for instance took me on a path that would have been otherwise unnatainable by other means. I respect Roosh for the path he has taken and fully understand his silence on dealing with those who can’t be instructed as their minds are full. Stay on the path, tell us about it, many will learn in concert as you do, you took the lead a long time ago, now you have opened a new set of circuits. It’s natural for hedonists and materialists to project hate. Don’t stop until you are done.

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A fleet of Rolls Royces and an emerald throne is definitely a pitfall. – – Why doesn’t Roosh move to one these places in the East and live a simple life?

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From what I’ve gathered his communist views had changed. It was the philosophy of live freely together in harmony without chasing cash thing, but it was just a small part of the external/ material where he leaned against capital chasing..

Bottom line: Be natural, Flow and do your thing, let not your joy be more or less – whatever comes or goes – sex, women, money, food.. enjoy and let go.. Dont be craving in the head..

Neither ATTACHMENT (material chaser) nor AVERSION (anti material).

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Tao and all ego-destroying things are the essence of security.

What could be more secure than destroying the source of pain?

To accept danger is to destroy danger — which leads to a very safe life.

Why does he condemn war and praise nature? War is as natural as a rose and just as perfect. Men make nature perfect.

Perfect doesn’t exist without men.

Romance is inescapable — whether you choose to make a lack of Romance your romance or if you choose more ‘traditional’ means.

How many circles before you get bored?

Also — to say that nothing can happen to a dead man is patently untrue.

You could be resurrected at any moment!

Anyway — I enjoyed the read, thanks.

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You have a great model that supports your current understanding of yourself, however It’s a map.
Tao is the terrain.

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For those that are turned off by the contradictions and scandals of Osho’s life, check out Ramana Maharshi. He was probably the only genuine guru in the 20th century who was never touched by scandal, and lived a life in complete accord with what he taught. His ideas were even deeper than Osho’s, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, etc. Sadly in the west the fake and scandalous gurus are well known, and the small handful of genuine ones like Ramana Maharshi or Nisargadatta are mostly obscure.

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Not that Osho didn’t have some pretty interesting ideas. He definitely says some valuable things. But if Osho is like MC Hammer, Ramana is like Tupac

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Yup. Ramana was the real deal. He is the true model image of a “guru.”

Ramana spent years meditating in a cave and went without speaking for a decade. Most importantly, he never propped himself up as anything. It was an organic group of self-appointed disciples who took it upon themselves to build an ashram and then invited Ramana to live there – which he eventually accepted. Thousands of people from all over the world came to speak and learn from him. And throughout all that time, his only worldly possession was a loin cloth. He could have raked in millions but he desired nothing other than to help people. A true saint if there ever was one!

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There were others like Mahavira, the founder of Jainism. For those who want a truly ascetic faith, look it up.

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I have nothing against Jainism (or most religions) but this discussion is not about faith or religion.

Most people, whether from the West and the East, confuse what legitimate zen/tao/advaita gurus are talking about with some kind of ascetic faith. TRUTH is not a religion. It is not a philosophy. It is not a faith. It is not even a way of life. It is simply who you truly are – beneath all of your illusions, including, and especially one’s illusions about religious faith. It is the stripping away of all ego to see what is underneath.

If you are following a religion, any religion, then you are still living through an ego-identification. It may be a “spiritual” ego that leads you to a relatively peaceful life. But it is still living through ego. It is not the simple TRUTH.

Ramana, Nisargadatta, Tolle, Krishnamurthi, Osho and other such gurus all point to the simple TRUTH. And while some of these gurus, most notably Krishnamurthi and Osho led lives of seeming contradiction to what one mentally pictures of a guru – their teachings still pointed to the simple TRUTH. So in that sense, there personal lives are really neither here nor there. If we discover tomorrow that Einstein once robbed a bank when he was a teenager that does NOT negate the theory of general relativity. One has nothing to do with the other.

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Yeah, Jainism is awesome too!

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I get a little concerned when I suddenly see a lot of offhanded religious posts/ negative posts about the future. Hope Roosh is making enough time in his day to be alone and relax. A brain is like any other muscle: it needs sufficient recovery time after a good workout.

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Ah yes the no-purpose nihilistic approach. Personally not a subscriber to it.

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Looks like you’ve fallen for the inevitable Osho trap, as do so many people who have comfortable lives and think their “champagne problems” are something very serious and philosophical.

I say this because I have worked and lived at Osho Ashram and it’s 300 metres away from my house in Pune.

I’m sick of seeing gullible foreigners come here and get looted by the Osho organisation.

While there’s nothing wrong with Osho’s teachings, what you have to realise is that the man himself never really followed his own advice.

He’s big on effortlessness as you described in this post and that’s what got me attracted to him in the first place. If you want to read his finest work, buy yourself a copy of ‘Meditation: The Art of Ecstasy’.

But after reading over 30 of his books (they are transcripts of his lectures), I began to see a pattern.

He has basically made sure that he deliberately contradicts himself at one point or another, so he appeals to all types of people.

For instance, I can point you to a hoard of lectures of his where he advocates just the opposite of being effortless. Lectures where he talks about why hard work, suffering and having goals is very important, just like any run of the mill motivational speaker these days.

What you have to understand about Osho is that he was a master psychologist (PHD in psychology), manipulator and a cunning white liar.

When Werner Eckhardt started the EST programs in the early 70s, Osho was quick to see that as a threat to his own organisation and immediately started mocking them by describing their followers as Est-holes. But here’s what many people don’t know. Before EST had gained some serious popularity, Osho had quite vehemently declared his love for it and how it could change consciousness of the Americans. But upon seeing their growing following, he condemned it absolutely. Does that sound like an enlightened person or a shrewd businessman?

Make no mistake, the guy definitely had a great insight into the human mind and you can learn a lot from it, but don’t make the mistake I made – which was to get addicted to his teachings. I don’t think there’s a single public figure in the whole wide world who could have a higher potential to brainwash you than Osho.

Take the good and leave the rest. Because remember, if you liked something that he said, you can rest assured that there exists another “darshan” where he has totally destroyed that school of thought, did a 180 and advocated completely the opposite.

He was a great man, with a great idea, but lost the plot majorly as years went by and his ego, something he thought of as a non-entity, actually got the better of him.

Would also like to point out that the man did no harm though. The Oregon food poisoning incident was totally a fault of his sanyasins, particularly his assistant, Ma Ananda Sheela.

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Too bad his teachings don’t convey that great through Internet; there is always time for someone to deliver a witty retort/comment and that almost faultlessly ensues in a never-ending battle with shielded adversaries.

Rooshie himself takes that approach: he pops up like a god in the comment section, only to leave a witty riposte and disappear, never replying again to the same post.

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This is mostly mental masterbation Roosh.

I agree to some extent with Osho’s criticisms of the ego and the need to embrace the moment.

Certainly spending your life chasing to satiate the lower more primitive parts of your brain is not the ideal existence for any man.

But he’s very wrong about alot of things here. Not acting is not some sort of virtue. Sitting around doing nothing is not some sort of exalted form of existence. If anything I’d argue that it’s far closer to death, since this subject broaches the topic of feeling alive.

Alot of this is just useless words that don’t mean anything and seek to placate one in the face of the horror of living.

Achievement is legitimate, just not necessarily the achievements of the ego and society.

Do not think that just because those are unsatisfactory achievements, that achievement is now irrelevant.

Maybe Osho can rot to death in a cave somewhere.

I’d rather pursue higher forms of living which requires achievement.

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If your standard to judge life is accomplishment, then you must admit that Osho, fucked up as he was on various levelss, accomplished 100x more with his life than you have with yours. He profoundly effected the lives of thousands of people and etched his name into history. I think your understanding of his philosophy as advocating passivity and doing nothing is a common misunderstanding people often have when first encountering eastern philosophy. That’s just a straw man argument.

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I don’t actually even particularly know much about Osho, I am just responding to the content and statements in this article and his quotes therein.

And it’s not my standard, it’s just the nature of existence really.

What other standard is there?

I think we may have a bit of a difference in our definitions of achievement as well, since I am not necessarily referencing the achievements of the ego.

What you referenced as Osho’s accomplishments are more social ones rather than objective ones.

And if he isn’t recommending passivity what is he recommending?

Like I asked already which I think you found humorous was, if a man is crushing my skull with a hammer, what good are Osho’s words to me?

I’d take real life accomplishment (e.g. a properly functioning body and brain) over his empty words any day.

In fact, what else do I really have?

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He also profoundly affected his own life. He ended up with a fleet of Rolls Royces and an emerald throne. Good for him.

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I´ve printed this post and used it to wipe my ass.

Let´s stop with the mumbo jumbo.
You need to get a wife and kids. Stop with all this going round and round.

And your manipulating your readers. You don´t have the guts to buy a ring. You keep spewing womit from deadbeats.

This is a LOSERS mentality. L L L L

Fucking deadbeats. What´s with this uncaused shit. I don´t understand. Everything is caused. Except maybe God. If he´s still alive. Who the fuck knows what happened to Him. I hope God still exists. I digress.

STOP WRITTING THEORY FUCKING IDIOT. What this assholes are WEAK. They failed and then they start writting stop trying because you will fail. And failling hurts.

FUCK THEM.

Of course it takes work. But it´s the most enduring works which are admired. If possible we should help fellow mans.

Now you know what´s a good wife. GO GET ONE. And stop with fucking excuses. For fuck sake.

You are in this world to accumulate wealth. And minor the suffering of your siblings. By giving them more opportunities and become independent.

THIS ALMOST SMELLS LIKE COMMUNISM.

Start reading Aristoteles and all of his work. And line of thought.

Stop with this useless garbage.

You need to have uncaused hapiness. Idiots. Fuckin twats. You know how to become completely uncaused. Kill yourself. Yeah that´s right Tao fag.

Now stop writting about theory. And GO INTO PRACTICE. Because that´s your field. Writing about experiences.

You want to write about politics. Creat a political party. YOU USE TO WRITE ABOUT BRAZILIAN SOAP OPERAS IN PLANES FOR FUCK SAKE.

You always had a bum mentality. But this is too much. You are doing a disservice to everyone reading this. SNAP THE FUCK OUT OF IT.

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Much stress awaits you lol. What happened to Roosh? He is getting older – wiser?

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“when you are alive, you are vulnerable, you can be harmed. But I tell you, that is the beauty of life.”
That’s why we build, why we act, even if it is temporary and risky. It’s life.

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“The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed.”

Ernest Hemingway

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The problem remains – in most (all?) Western and Western-like societies,- the struggle against Mother (“Mother” as a blanket term for people with a direct influence on the earliest years of one’s life. Being the female progenitor, in most cases, the most influential one, thus the choice): how to escape/fight/modify Mother? Ideas?

Thank you.

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If you’re interested in Taoism you should definitely go to Taiwan, one of the most amazing places on earth. Would love to hear your thoughts afterwards. https://www.returnofkings.com/113951/how-to-travel-to-taiwan-for-the-first-time
If you’re not into East Asian chicks, then at least enjoy the country’s culture.

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Tao can be good if you add the martial arts of tai chi, hsing I and Bag Gua to the mix along with Chi gung and iron palm!

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better a has been than a never was

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Hi Roosh,

This is without a doubt one of your most interesting and insightful articles IMO. I only got part way through, though, when I reached the bit about your body sacrifice.

I have a recommendation to make there: a Chi machine, preferably a quality one from Sun (Harmony) – I guess this is the original maker.

A chi machine gives you a quick break while apparently stimulating the lymph nodes to produce an effect similar to walking (a recommended daily) thirty minutes in a short period of time.

That might be a shortcut your body, and others, could appreciate!

Okay, on to the rest of the article later…

cheers, p:

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I Googled this guy, and when the name Rajneesh came up I instantly remembered him.

I respect your searching for truth, Roosh, but I really think you’ve gone down a blind alley – or worse – with Osho, or Rajneesh. Look up the old newspaper articles about him from when he was in Oregon.

Heck, just read the Wikipedia entry about the guy. Here’s a choice subheading:

Euthanasia for crippled, blind, deaf and dumb children and genetic selection

Rajneesh spoke many times of the dangers of overpopulation, and advocated universal legalisation of contraception and abortion. He described the religious prohibitions thereof as criminal, and argued that the United Nations’ declaration of the human “right to life” played into the hands of religious campaigners.

According to Rajneesh, one has no right to knowingly inflict a lifetime of suffering: life should begin only at birth, and even then, “If a child is born deaf, dumb, and we cannot do anything, and the parents are willing, the child should be put to eternal sleep” rather than “take the risk of burdening the earth with a crippled, blind child.” He argued that this simply freed the soul to inhabit a healthy body instead: “Only the body goes back into its basic elements; the soul will fly into another womb. Nothing is destroyed. If you really love the child, you will not want him to live a seventy-year-long life in misery, suffering, sickness, old age. So even if a child is born, if he is not medically capable of enjoying life fully with all the senses, healthy, then it is better that he goes to eternal sleep and is born somewhere else with a better body.”

He stated that the decision to have a child should be a medical matter, and that oversight of population and genetics must be kept in the realm of science, outside of politicians’ control: “If genetics is in the hands of Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, what will be the fate of the world?” He believed that in the right hands, these measures could be used for good: “Once we know how to change the program, thousands of possibilities open up. We can give every man and woman the best of everything. There is no need for anyone to suffer unnecessarily. Being retarded, crippled, blind, ugly – all these will be possible to change.”[196]

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Look up media articles about me. Heck, just read the Wikipedia article about me. You will find the truth, certainly.

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I see Tao as a logical extension of Stoicism,

1. This is not the Tao. Rajneesh is INDIAN. The Tao is from Asia. Like everything else, Rajneesh just borrowed from the Tao writings and put his own clever twists on it.

2. Integral to Stoicism is the acceptance of one’s duty, as elemental to one’s fate. Read Marcus Aurelius again.

This faux Tao of Rajneesh’s is the furthest thing from Stoicism. It’s about screwing off. A Stoic like Marcus Aurelius might commit suicide if he couldn’t handle his duty/fate in life, but he would never adopt this screw off avoidance of responsibility and duty.

Maybe this comes down to a question of ego after all. I read the Stoics to be essentially ego-less. From Epictetus to Marcus Aurelisu, the Stoics all were faced with circumstances, i.e. duties in their lives, that they accepted and dealt with, without complaint.

That’s not the same thing as not trying to do anything that doesn’t strike your fancy.

Rajneesh was the Indian equivalent of Joel Osteen, except he realized he could get a lot of mileage out of running the sex angle to his advantage.

He encouraged everybody in his commune to have sex with everybody else, and especially with people they didn’t like. Men were supposed to hook up with men, good looking women with ugly men, etc. There were even allegations of pedophilia against him, as I recall. In fact, if I remember correctly he fled the US to avoid prosecution for pedophilia.

Some guru.

This is one shoe that shouldn’t fit anybody except maybe shoeonhead

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His simple life required a fleet of Rolls Royces and a throne of emeralds. Good for him; he had a good time.

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Schopenhauer explains the same things, a 100 times clearer, and clearer than anybody else. Taoism is interesting, and something can be learned from it, but too obscure. An example from Schopenhauer: ” It is never worthwhile to achieve temporary pleasure at the cost of possible future pain: for pleasure is temporary and but a chimera, whilst pain is permanent and real”. Schopenhauer is the best, clearest, and most practical philosopher of all beside the Stoics. Check out his Counsels and Maxims. I have read all that in more than one language to completely master the content. And yes, all the shit that everybody says, i.e. what the philosophers call ‘the multitudes’ (in the West especially) is all the WRONG things. And I witness the philosophy of Schopenhauer all around me, in the news, with my friends, everywhere. I had a friend who believed all the Americanims bullshit about becoming wealthy, etc etc. And he had all the reasons to succeed. He is completely ruined, last time I saw him he could not even buy petrol for the car or food to eat. He was thin and sleep deprived. I still remember his words many years earlier: ‘One needs money! Money bring comfort and security!’. I could not understand what he was talking about, and am glad I didn’t. Socrate had no shoes. There is a story about Diogene of Sinope seeing a boy drinking water from a spring with his hands, which made he feel ashamed of himself, so he broke the only cup he had. Yet every idiot goes around thinking he MUST buy a car, a bigger house, a bigger plasma TV, etc

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The simple and obvious problem with Osho’s philosphy of do only what requires no effort is that it is wrong.

One does NOT require equal inputs of will to maintain skills and abilities once one acquires them.

Sure, you have to work on them a little to keep them. You also have to get out of the bed in the morning to take a leak, unless you want to wet it.

One learns skills and develops HABITS which change the nature of consciousness and WILL.

A good example is learning a language, or learning a profession like engineering. Once you have spent years applying the will to integrate the practice into your consciousness and habit structure, it becomes a part of you. It changes you, literally changes the anatomical structure of the brain. This is what neuroplasticity is all about. The brain’s neuronal structure and the density of neurons changes in accord with the activities and training that one gives to it.

So if you like around doing only wnat you really want to do, say eating, defecating, having sex; well you’ll develop a brain and habit set that expresses those behaviors.

I actually think that this is part of the reason that a guy like Roosh is doing what he is doing now.

Roosh was trained as a scientist, and probably acquired the habit of exercising his logical faculties before he went to school as well. Or perhaps not. Perhaps his genetics drove him to study sciences.

At any rate, I suspect that the reason that Roosh is engaged in this soul searching of late is because he has the sort of personality, the sort of brain if you will, whether inherited or acquired, that needs something to analyze, something to figure out. It’s his nature, whether learned, inherited, or a combination of the two.

This social/philosophical stuff is almost by defintition impossible to figure out with any certainty.

Too bad Roosh doesn’t have microbiology to keep his analytical side busy anymore. It at least is susceptible to analysis

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Schopenhauer was a scholar of Indian Advaita Vedanta teachings. He basically rewrote it for a European audience, so that’s why it appears clearer.

I am a Schopenhauer fan by the way. I have nothing against him re-purposing Advaita for Western intelligentsia. Truth is Truth. The more it gets out there, the better.

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Both pleasure AND pain is transient. As George Harrison sang: all things must pass.

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Roosh, dude, go buy yourself a 32 inch monitor (or two), a wired keyboard and mouse, two 10ft USB extension cords, and a *personal massage chair*.

My massage chair cost me $200 here in Serbia, so they can’t be more than $300 or $400 in Poland. You can afford it. I got mine at Jysk – I’m sure Ikea carries them as well. Just make sure that it has a built-in foot rest.

You are more than rich enough to be able to afford a massage chair and a monitor and a few cables and just sell them or give them to someone or even throw them away if you decide that you want to move to another city or to another country.

There is a fine line between mobility and comfort, and you, my friend, are too close to mobility and too far away from comfort for your age.

I haven’t even used the massage functionality on my chair yet, not once. I don’t care about that. I get 20-year-old girls in massage parlors to do that for me fairly cheaply (but I don’t get happy endings because I consider that prostitution, and I don’t do that).

Then, hook up the monitor, the mouse, and the keyboard to your laptop, and make sure that you are sitting a good 10 feet away from the table where the monitor is. You will be using the monitor as if it were a TV, but it is *so* much easier on the eyes.

Put the keyboard in your lap (that’s why it shouldn’t be wireless), and put the mouse with the mousepad on a small nightstand right next to the massage chair.

Believe me, I am a programmer and I spend 12 hours a day programming almost every day – and I have 3 monitors (one 32″ and two 27″ monitors), and I don’t have any of the symptoms you are experiencing, thank God.

I think the wrist pain (or lack thereof) has something to do with whether or not your elbows are resting or not while you are typing. Both of my elbows are resting comfortably on the arm rests of my massage chair, and my wrists are very happy.

Oh, and Osho is completely full of shit.

When you graduate from a university you get your degree, and even if you never graduate again you won’t feel any suffering (unless you have student loans, but that’s a different story).

When you learn how to swim, drive a car, or ride a bicycle – you won’t feel any suffering even if you never swim, drive a car, or ride a bicycle again.

When you learn how to speak a foreign language or play a musical instrument, even if you forget some of it as time passes, you will never forget all of it – and it will always be that much easier for you to get back into it if you cared about it enough in the first place.

So, yes, fame and excess wealth is one thing, but knowledge and useful skills are something else entirely.

If the Taoists had their way, people would all still be in caves, unarmed, perhaps smoking something, and laying around waiting for bears and wolves (nature) to come pay them a visit. And they wouldn’t even put up a fight or try to run away because running is an effort, and when they are done running they would experience suffering, and it is unnatural. What a moron.

No thanks. You can keep your Tao, I like my Eastern Orthodox Christianity just fine, thank you very much.

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“Don’t be against anything. Why? Because whenever you are against anything it means that deep down you are for it, otherwise why be against it? ”

I’m against islamification of the west for all the painfully obvious reasons as any other human being who has logic and basic common decency. So according to tao then I’m actually for it? False.

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I find Osho does not sufficiently praise the value of diversity, openness, tolerance, pluralism, vibrancy and cultural enrichment.

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“But to be happy when you are old, when the river has dried up, that is something special. When your health is gone, your beauty is gone, your phallus no longer works, your muscles are atrophying, your back is crooked, your prostate is the size of an orange, and when people all around you see you as a burden, waiting impatiently for you to die; if you can be happy at that time then there must be true fulfillment within.”

Not to be negative here, but how the fuck can one be happy under those circumstances? Growing old and falling apart is something I do NOT want to contend with, thank you very much. There comes a point when one has to simply just say “no” to the cosmic joke called the human condition and take the rationale suicide.

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To me the Tao is more about letting go of expectations and outcomes than ceasing efforts. It is similar to what the Lord requires of us as summarized in Micah 6:8 — to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God.

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It is through God’s grace only. No one can purify themselves into heaven.

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>To find what out what a man is, look at what he doesn’t try to prove. To find out what he isn’t, look at what he is trying to prove.

This is very true.

Regarding the post, osho is right in some ways, wrong in others.

moral relativism does not work.

the individual is not the most important thing [the biggest strength and greatest weakness of the west is their yearning to perfect the individual at the expense of the community.] Don’t get me wrong i hate socialism/communism/anarchism etc but there’s no community in individualism.

God is the most important part of a man’s life and people try to replace that desire to worship with cheap imitations [sexual love, love of companionship, love of vices, love of friendship]

Don’t get me wrong all the latter things are super fun and may be necessary at times but they don’t ease a wandering a heart, they only temporarily placate it.

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Yet again, I want to hate you Roosh, but you cover some great ideas, keep it up.

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Nope. Feminine and passive eastern philosophy won’t help feminized and passive western society. In fact we have already lots of this stuff here in the west.

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I love Osho books – started with Courage – Joy of Living Dangerously

One of the keys is non-attachment and not being stuck to inner wants and needs and yet maintaining your joy, whether the external wants are fulfilled or not.

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@Roosh

Sharing this from a book.. it talks about the variety and individuality of masters.. from Krishna to Buddha to Christ and so on.. variety.. they do not need to follow the scripts of our perception.. but their unique karmic path.. and their messaging/ flavor / life style may not attract everyone and will not be designed to cater to everyone.. so as per karmic energies of people they will be drawn to their flavor of spiritual energy..

“Any man of divine realization could perform miracles, if he understands the subtle laws of creation, but not all masters choose to exercise phenomenal powers. Each saint reflects God in his own; the expression of individuality is basic in a world where not two grain of sand are exactly alike. Invariable rules may not be formulated about God-illumined Saints, some perform miracles, others do not, some are inactive, while others are concerned with large affairs, and some teach, travel and accept disciples, while others pass their lives as silently and unobtrusively as a shadow. No worldly critic can read the secret scroll of Karma that unrolls for each saint a different script.”

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>>> “Osho has me pegged in that my strategy is one of ego satisfaction, of putting in harder effort to achieve something greater.”

To achieve… something greater… than ourselves?

There is, it seems, a fundamental divide between east and west. In the East, nothing is permanent. All is in flux or re-incarnation or flow to re-balance. In the West, we have a linear paradigm, that we are here for a purpose, and must work toward virtue and becoming the image of God that He created Man in.

Having trained in karate for 4 years, I dived head first into everything Buddhist and Taoist. More buddhism than tao but what I was left with, ultimately, is that their philosophies say there is no purpose to life. The Buddhists say there is no material reality, it is all mind. The Taoists say we are constantly interfering with nature by trying and acting (and their is truth to this). Yet, we clearly have a world (food, shelter, clothing) that needs tending to, and that cannot be done without taking some sort of action.

The West squared the circle of the East. They accepted that the ego is a misguiding force in Man, one he must tame, but they also accepted that Man had a purpose, one he must put his ego into alignment with in order to become a natural Man in the image of God. Stray from the path of God, of naturalness, and you suffer.

For me, the trouble with both Buddhism and Taoism is the lack of rules, or more precisely, the lack of metaphysical foundations for authority and belief in the rules. This is what God (as a concept) gives to Man. There is a reason there are rules for Man, and the purpose of following them is to BECOME a Man, capital M, in the image of God (Buddha, Tao).

Doing nothing… is doing something. Not acting… is acting.

Man cannot escape the matrix of the world he has been thrown into. He can either learn the rules, or he can go against them. God, nature, cares not a whit what man does. The law is the law.

When I truly found God, what I found was this.

A reality, a force, a power… that created me and the entire universe.

This force, being the creator, has clearly set up rules for the universe to run by and stay running in good order.

Man… was given choice. Unlike nature, Man must CHOOSE to discover and submit to the laws of his being, given to him by his creator.

The Quran speaks that this life is a test. Many an atheist will say this proves God is cruel and unjust. What kind of loving God creates a world where Man can sin and then be judged and condemned for his actions?

This was a puzzle for me. I had to let the concept of a test stew in my brain for a while. Is this true? Is this life, my life, a test? How can I prove this, beyond a shadow of doubt.

The answer is… morality.

Man… cannot… avoid… making… moral choices.

To steal or not to steal? To lie or tell the truth? To fornicate with wild abandon, and all the dangers of STDs and unwanted pregnancy it entails, or to discipline oneself and be smart, and selective, in deciding if one will have sex, with whom, and WHY, for what reason, if at all?

Doing nothing… is a moral choice. Letting feminists and LGBTs “do as thou wilt” is a moral choice. If we decide to do something, to combat against this, that too is a moral choice.

>>> “A religious man is one who is sincere to his inner nature and helps others to be sincere to their inner nature.”

Osho has given trannies full moral authority to have sex with children, if they should feel that is “their inner nature”. As a Taoist, one cannot say he is wrong…. unless… we can say pedophilia is AGAINST nature, and the natural way. But does Taoism have the authority, the moral argument, to prove this is so? This was my problem with most eastern traditions, and Taoism especially.

Moral truth. The discovering of it, the deep thinking upon it, and the living of it in the Christian tradition is what separates The West from the East. It is why we have a democracy, while China is still ruled by a one party state, an emperor, no matter what the Chairman might want to call himself these days.

This is what the West has lost. The ability to think, to reason and to assert and live moral truth. It is not easy, we are all guilty of sinning, of going against our nature and living immorally, but living a moral truth is what made The West who we are. It is also why so many now refuse to go back to it. To go back to living a moral life will mean a complete re-orientation for most red pill men. But I don’t see The West surviving if it does not.

There is a lot to learn from Taoism. The Tao Of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff I believe is the closest to explaining the heart of real Taoism to a western mind. It is a simple book, some may even call it silly. No one takes it seriously, least of all Pooh bears.

If you have not read this yet Roosh… find it. I think your next essay on Taoism will be much shorter and deeper and richer than this one after doing so.

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Reading this article, I just somehow imagine group of men chasing that zeros after a number in their bank account and their paycheck. Even though they have enough money to retire already, that amount is not “high enough” not “good enough” so they must be working more… working for high end corporation working working working to make that money, ego satisfaction that they work in higher companies over their buddies and keep working working while time is ticking but they just don’t think that what they have is “enough”.

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I guess that is the top extreme. I was thinking the low extreme – living in a tent, no Mrs, the clothes on my back

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If there’s a principle that’s really useful in 12 Step communities, it’s anonymity. Look at the teachings, not the teachers. We’re all human, flawed you can say, prisms of endless facets, ever changing energy entities.

I’m sure if we lived in Buddha’s, Jesus’, Mohammed’s times…we would all be able to find shit to throw at them.

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Guy would’ve been a lousy motivational speaker

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I think there is value to living a simple life that most of us can’t see or appreciate because of our western values. I dated this girl after my divorce, she was beautiful smart and lighthearted. She was a single mom, she worked part time at a gas station despite being the smartest girl I’ve ever known. She spent her free time reading and hanging out with friends, also drank a little too much. I dumped her because in my eyes she was lazy and wasting her potential. At the time I was working 50+ hours a week at a job I hated making decent money but little time to enjoy it. Looking back at the time I spent with her I realize that maybe she had the right idea.

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I see stoicism as something that tells you endure the hardships in life.
In my opinion, it goes against the Tao. If you are / find yourself in a situation that is too distressing, according to the Tao -and again, that’s my opinion- you don’t have to force yourself to endure it. You can move on to something else.
Stoicism is kind of rigid an the Tao fluid.

Personally, my attachment to thoughts is not even about becoming. It’s about security because i don’t trust my ability to do what’s needed / required to lead me to my desired outcome.

Funny thing though is that i always get what i am after when the two outcomes – success and failure – are equally satisfying to me from the get go.
Sometimes i say to myself: I can’t even fuck this up no matter how hard i try.

But, when i WANT something i don’t get it. And it sort of makes sense.

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What an amazing article Roosh, thanks.