Osho Quotes on Mind
- And this mind goes on continuing.
This mind will go on continuing, unless you become aware.
And this is a miracle: that the moment you become aware the
continuity is broken. Now you will be, but not of the past.
Now you will be of the moment -- fresh, young, new. Now each
moment you will die, and you will be reborn.
- First know that desire is just
running and reaching nowhere. Then stand still, and know
what is. Everything is open. Only we are closed in our
desires. The whole existence is open. All doors are open,
but we are running with such a speed that we cannot see. And
the more we become frustrated, the more we increase the
speed, because the mind says, "You are not running fast
enough. That is why you are not reaching." The mind will not
say, "Because you are running, you will not reach."
How can it say that? It is illogical. The mind says,
"Because you are not running fast enough, that is why you
are not reaching. So run faster. Those who are running
faster, they are reaching." And ask those who are running
faster. Their minds are saying the same thing: "Run faster
still. Those who are really running, they are reaching."
- The seeker has to fulfill only one
basic thing: he has to drop his mind. The moment the mind is
dropped, a great silence arises -- because the mind carries
your whole past; all the memories of the past go on
hankering for your attention, they go on crowding upon you,
they don't leave any space within you. And the mind also
means future. Out of the past you start fantasizing about
the future. It is a projection out of the past.
You have lived a certain life in the past: there have been a
few moments of joy and many many dark nights. You would not
like to have those dark nights; you would have your future
to be full of those joyous moments. So you sort out from
your past: you choose few things and you project them in the
future, and you choose a few other things and you try to
avoid them in the future. Your future is only nothing but a
refined past -- a little bit modified here and there, but it
is still the past because that's all that you know.
- When the human mind becomes
anxious, it creates questions and then supplies the answers.
The questions are meaningless, hence the answers are more
so. But because we fabricate questions, we cannot be at ease
unless we find the answers. Therefore, we go on finding
answers and creating questions. If you see this whole
nonsense of asking questions and answering them, you may
find that you are carrying on a monologue with yourself.
Even if you are asking and I am answering, it is the human
mind asking and the human mind answering. It is just a
hide-and-seek of the same mind. It makes no difference who
is asking and who is answering.
The human mind questions, and the human mind answers, and we
have created such a great mess of answers and questions, but
not a single question has been answered. The questions
remain where they were always. If you can see this whole
procession of questions and answers, this meaningless,
fruitless effort leading nowhere -- if you become aware of
this whole nonsense as if in a flash of lightning -- then
you can laugh at the absurdity of the human mind. And the
moment there is laughter, you transcend the human mind
completely. Then there is no question, and then there is no
answer. Then you love. There is no purpose, and there is no
cause. Then living itself is enough.
- Whatever you have desired --
fulfilled, unfulfilled, it makes no difference -- the moment
the desire has come into your mind, into your heart, you
have created ripples, waves. They will go on. This wheel,
this sansar, is constituted of all the desires that have
existed and all the desires that are in existence. This is
such a great force, of all the dead and of all the living,
that you cannot stand still. They will push you, you have to
It is just like in a crowd. When the whole crowd is running
you cannot stand still. You are just pushed to run.
You are safe if you are running; if you are not running you
will be killed. It is not that your energy is needed to run.
If you do not make any effort, the crowd will push you. This
is the wheel -- the wheel of desires. You must have seen the
Tibetan picture of the wheel. It is beautifully depicted --
the whole wheel of desires.
To step out of the wheel is sannyas. You just come out of
the crowd. You just step down. You just sit by the side of
the road, you say goodbye. Only then do you know the
phenomenon of what is the wheel. Only then do you know that
some persons are running in a circle, they will pass you so
many times -- then you know that this is a wheel.
- This mind is a prison. It cannot
find any freedom anywhere. It must die before freedom comes
to you. But we have taken the mind as us, we are identified
with it. This death of mind never happens to us, it never
occurs to us.
Mind is something other than "me." But we go on being
identified with the mind. How then can you come out of the
past if you have become identified with the past? The one
who has forgotten that he is a prisoner is the most
imprisoned, because there is no possibility of his freedom
then. But even that prisoner may become aware. An even
greater prisoner is the one who has become one with the
imprisonment, one with the prison, who has become
identified. The walls of the prison are his body. The whole
arrangement of the imprisonment is his mind.
Be aware, be conscious of your mind. And you can be, because
you are something different. The dream can be broken,
because you are not the dream. The dream is occurring to
you, but you are not the dream. You can shatter this
imprisonment and come out, because you are not the
imprisonment. But there is such a long association with the
body and the mind. And understand this well: that the body
is new, each birth is new. Each beginning is new, but the
mind is old. It is continuing from your past births.
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