Osho - To Understand something Intellectually is not
going to Transform your Life
Question - I understand
everything that you say, But why does my Life still remain unchanged?
Osho - Sudhas, to understand something
intellectually is one thing, but to understand something intellectually
is not going to transform your life. You will remain the same. To
understand something intellectually is really to deceive yourself. You
have not understood, the mind has only pretended to have understood.
This is a trick, because if you really understand it then change is
bound to happen. And the mind does not want any change. The mind is very
traditional, conventional, conformist, orthodox. The mind is never
revolutionary; it is against all change. And the change I am talking
about is a total change.
You say, "I understand everything that you say...." You only believe
that you understand. You understand the words, naturally. My words are
simple, I don't know many words. In fact, if you count, I must be using
not more than four hundred words. But see the turnout! I am not a man of
language. You can understand what I am saying as far as words are
concerned -- but do you comprehend it? That is the question, that is the
crux of the matter. Do you comprehend what is being imparted to you?
Sudhas, you must have a very philosophical bent of mind. Meditate over
A patient of his, a great philosopher in his thirties, eagerly responded
at the beginning of therapy to each interpretation his analyst made by
saying, "I hear you, I hear you."
"I'm sorry," said the doctor. "I didn't know you were a little deaf."
"I'm not. I hear you. It means I comprehend," said the philosopher.
"Well, what is it that you comprehend?"
The philosopher paused. "Jesus," he finally replied, "I don't know."
Understanding is not the question, but comprehension. Understanding is
of the head; comprehension is something deeper, of the heart. And if it
is really total then it is even deeper, of the being. When you
understand something then you have to do something about it. When you
comprehend something you need not do anything about it; the very
comprehension is enough to change you. If you comprehend something, it
has already changed you; there is no need to do anything about your
Please don't try to understand me intellectually. I am
not an intellectual, in fact I am anti-intellectual. I am not a
philosopher, I am very anti-philosophic. Try to comprehend me. And how
does one try to comprehend? How does one try to understand in the first
place? Understanding means listening with the head, continuously
interpreting, evaluating, judging: "This is right, this is wrong. Yes,
this is true, I have read about it. This must be right, because Jesus
also said it in the same way. This is also in the Gita and in the
This goes on, this constant chattering inside that you
call understanding. And then out of this hotch-potch you create a
hypothesis, and you think this is what I have been telling you.
Comprehension cannot come this way; this is the way to prevent
Listen silently with no inner chattering, with no inner talk, without
evaluating. I am not saying believe what I say, I am not saying accept
what I say. I am saying there is no need to be in a hurry to accept or
reject. First at least listen -- why be in such a hurry?
When you see a roseflower, do you accept or reject it?
When you see a beautiful sunset, do you accept or reject it? You simply
see it, and in that very seeing is a meeting.
Don't let your mind wander. Listen silently, attuned, and then something
will stir in the heart. Truth has that quality, it stirs the heart.
Truth has the quality of being self-evident, it needs no proofs.
If what I am saying has anything of truth in it, it
will be understood by your heart. But the mind has to give way. And then
you will not need to change your life according to it, it will be
changed of its own accord.
Source - Osho Book "The Book of Wisdom"
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