Philosophia Perennis Vol 2 ~ 08

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event type discourse
date & time 7 Jan 1979 am
location Buddha Hall, Pune
language English
audio Available, duration 1h 45min. Quality: good.
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shorttitle PEREN208
About question 1, Osho, India and Me says: "I don’t know why, but throughout Osho’s reply I’ve had the distinct feeling he’s been speaking more to Bernard Levin than to Peter Jenkins. It’s as if Osho’s answered all the questions Levin himself posed in the article that first brought him to our attention." See Bernard Levin on Rajneesh.
Reader of the questions: n/a; questions are being read by Osho himself.
Question 1 from Peter Jenkins
What does your movement signify about the condition of society? Is it an escapist and self-regarding cult? Or do you propose through changing human nature to change society and the world?
(Osho's answer is quoted in Bernard Levin on Rajneesh.)
Question 2
I am a psychoanalyst, but listening to the patients day in, day out, is driving me crazy. What should I do?
Question 3 from Subhuti
Osho, thousands of people enter into your therapy groups to transcend their limitations and break through emotional barriers. What guarantee is there that they will not suffer psychological damage?
Question 4 from Richard Mitchley
Osho, I have been here for a month and now I have come to the end of my stay here. I feel I have much to thank you for and I don't want to slink away without saying goodbye and without asking at least for your blessing.
My experience of you and your teachings seems to have crystallized for me into a basic paradox: when you talk about love and passion and intensity of living and authenticity, I feel a warm glow of recognition inside -- I feel that is truth as I have sometimes glimpsed it at my peaks.
But when you talk of detachment, aloofness, watching, I feel cold fear and deadness inside. I cannot grasp this paradox. How can I fall in love and remain aloof? How can I lose myself in a beautiful view and remain detached? If it comes to that, how could I love you and remain aloof?
I recognize that what you say about oscillating helplessly between heaven and hell, ecstasy and despair, is true of my life. I see that this helplessness is unsatisfactory and painful. But if the alternative is a cold, detached aloofness, then I feel I would rather keep my heaven and hell, my joy and my sorrow, and forget all about enlightenment.


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