Roots and Wings ~ 01

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event type discourse
date & time 10 Jun 1974 pm **
location Lao Tzu balcony, Poona
language English
audio Available, duration 1h 38min. Quality: good, but a sutra is poor. Missing some first words.
online audio
video Not available
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online text find the PDF of this discourse
shorttitle WING01
Since 1992, first for re-mastered audios, this series is known as A Bird on the Wing.
Reader of the sutras/questions: Sw Ananda Teertha.
The sutra:
The Japanese Master Nan-In gave audience to a professor of philosophy.
Serving tea, Nan-In filled his visitor's cup, and kept pouring.
The professor watched the overflow until he could restrain himself no longer:
'Stop! The cup is overfull, no more will go in.'
Nan-In said: 'Like this cup, you are full of your own opinions and speculations.
How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?'

Question 1
Osho, the last part of what you said to us is very beautiful and blissful, but the first part is very frightening -- breaking the cup, suffering, falling down on the ground, you not being there.
Then our minds come in and we play tricks with our bodies.
We say, "I have this pain. I have this blister."
Can you give us some clue as to how we can get over the barriers we create for ourselves when we come up against fear?
Question 2
Osho, when you talk about our having to suffer, you tell us to be joyful at the same time. Trying to compromise these two things seems difficult.

(Questions and sutras quoted from Osho Books on CD-ROM, ver 1.01.)

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