Osho on Old Testament Story of Jacob
There is a very unique story in the Old Testament – the story of Jacob.
Jacob was seeking god. He distributed all his wealth. He sent all his
beloved friends, his wife, his children, his servants – he sent them all far
away. He was waiting for god on the deserted bank of a river. God arrived.
But it was very strange – Jacob started wrestling with god. Does anyone
wrestle with god? But Jacob started struggling with god. It is said that
they fought the whole night. As morning approached, as dawn was about to
come Jacob was defeated.
said, ”Today you have become Israel” – the name that the Jews are known by –
”From today on you are Israel. Now you are no longer Jacob, Jacob has died.”
– just as I change your name when I give you sannyas initiation. The old is
Source: “The Mahageeta, Volume 1” - Osho