God Is Dead Now Zen Is ~ 07

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event type discourse & meditation
date & time 12 Feb 1989 pm
location Gautam the Buddha Auditorium, Pune
language English
audio Available, duration 3h 53min. Quality: good.
Osho leading meditation from 3:36:55.
Live music after the discourse.
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shorttitle GDEAD07
Reader of the sutra: Ma Prem Maneesha. Questions are being read by Osho himself.
After discourse Osho leads No-Mind Meditation.
The sutra
When Impo took leave of Ma Tzu, Ma Tzu asked, "Where are you going?"
Impo replied, "I'm going to Sekito."
Ma Tzu warned, "The path on the stone-head is slippery!"
Impo said, "I have the pole of an acrobat with me -- I can make a show with it whenever I want," and with that he left.
When he got to Sekito, Impo went around Sekito's Zen stool one time, swung his stick with a shout and asked, "What is the dharma of this?"
Sekito said, "How sad! How sad!"
Impo didn't have anything to say, but he went back to Ma Tzu and told him the story. Ma Tzu said, "You go again, and when Sekito says, 'how sad,' you start crying."
So Impo went to Sekito again and asked in the same manner, "What is the dharma of this?"
At that, Sekito started crying.
Impo again was left without any word, and returned to Ma Tzu. Ma Tzu commented, "I told you -- the path on the stone-head is slippery!"

Question 1
We humans seem to like to be told what to do. If we don't have a "god," we have someone else to tell us what is right or wrong and what is good or bad. Why such a resistance to thinking for ourselves?
Question 2
Who invented God? Was it man simply not wanting to take responsibility for his own life? Is not the priest as much a victim of his own fear of looking inside as anyone else?
Question 3
Once, I heard a fanatic Christian say: "Do you realize that a slave is more free than the master? This is because the master has all the responsibility and the slave has no cares in the world. We are lucky to have God as our master!"
Would you care to comment?
Question 4
Our beloved master, in his book, "Daybreak", Friedrich Nietzsche wrote:
"In the midst of the ocean of becoming, we awake on a little island no bigger than a boat -- we adventurers and birds of passage -- and look around us for a few moments, as sharply and as inquisitively as possible, for how soon may a wind not blow us away or a wave not sweep across the little island, so that nothing more is left of us!
"We live a precarious minute of knowing and divining, amid joyful beating of wings and chirping with one another, and in spirit we venture out over the ocean, no less proud than the ocean itself."
Is not Nietzsche's trinity -- cheerfulness, daring and love for life -- of far greater worth than the trinity of the Hindu or Christian God? And is not Nietzsche's insanity more significant than the so-called sanity of the Christian who would die in defense of his psycho-fantasies?


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