Osho on Symbol of Mystic Rose
Love is the blossoming of your inner being just like a rose.
That's why I have called this gathering and the talks, The
Mystic Rose. Mystic, because only stupid people think that life
can be understood. The greater is your intelligence, the more
you will become aware of your ignorance; the wiser you are the
less you know.
And the wisest is one who becomes absolutely
innocent, and the whole of life, existence in its all
dimensions, becomes just a mystery. A mystery to be enjoyed,
loved, lived, but not to be understood. The very effort to
understand existence is an insult. Love does not want to
understand; love simply wants to share.
The mystic rose is an ancient
symbol of tremendous importance….
Evolution needs to be not of the body but of consciousness; then
it becomes a spiritual progress. But Darwin had no idea of any
spirit in man. To him, man was just the body and nothing more.
I propound a theory of spiritual evolution, and that has been
the basic of all mysticism in the world.
Man is born as a seed.
To accept the seed as your life is the greatest mistake one can
commit. Millions of people are born as seeds, fresh, young, with
tremendous potential of growth. But because they accept the seed
as their very life, they die as a rotten seed; nothing happens
in their life.
The symbol of the mystic rose is that if man takes care of the
seed that he is born with, gives it the right soil, gives it the
right atmosphere and the right vibrations, moves on a right path
where the seed can start growing, then the ultimate growth is
symbolized as the mystic rose—when your being blossoms and opens
all its petals and releases the beautiful fragrance.
Unless you blossom into a mystic rose, your life is nothing but
an exercise in utter futility. You are born unnecessarily, you
are living unnecessarily, and you will die unnecessarily. Your
whole biography can be reduced to a single word: unnecessary.
But if you can blossom and release that which is hidden in you,
you have fulfilled the longing of existence. You have given back
to existence the fragrance that was hidden in your seed. You
have come to fulfill your destiny.
The mystics have never accepted man as the ultimate product. Man
is only a beginning and one should not die as a beginning; that
is ugly, insulting, damaging to your dignity. Man should reach
to the absolute fulfillment—not only for his own contentment,
but for the contentment of the cosmos. That is the secret of the
Yes, in a few traditions the mystic rose is also called the
magic rose. Both words are meaningful. It is certainly magic
when you see within yourself the blossoming of the rose, the
beauty of it, and the divinity of it, and the truth of it.
You cannot believe your own eyes. You have never dreamed that
you contain so much, that your potential is so valuable, that
your interiority is a treasure inexhaustible, that you need not
be in debt to existence forever. You can return to existence a
millionfold what existence has given to you. That moment is of
great joy, not only on your side but on the side of the whole
The experience is such a mystery that there is no way to
demystify it. You can experience it but you cannot explain
it—that is the meaning of the word `mystic'—you can have it, but
you become almost dumb. You cannot utter a single word that may
carry something of that rose, its beauty, its fragrance, its
dance, its music—nothing can be carried through any word.
The word 'magic' is also meaningful. Things like this only
happen in magic. Unbelievable…you see with your own eyes things
which should not be happening but they are happening….
Magic simply means something unbelievable, so absurd, so
irrational that you cannot find a way to figure it out. That's
why both the words have been used, the mystic rose or the magic
rose. But even the rope trick is nothing compared to your inner
flowering. Because you don't think you have anything inner, just
hollowness…but in that hollowness is the possibility and the
potentiality of a rose blossoming.
And this is no ordinary rose; it does not die. It is not that in
the morning it blossoms, dances the whole day, sings songs,
plays with the wind and the rain and with the sun, and by the
evening all the petals are fallen to the ground and tomorrow you
will not find even a trace of it. This inner rose is eternal.
Once you have found it, it will be always within you. satyam18
The man in Japan who is thought to be the richest man, just
because he has twenty-two billion dollars; and the richest man
in America, who has four billion dollars—both are just poor in
comparison to the person who has reached his own being, who has
touched the reality of his eternal existence, whose mystic rose
has opened its petals.
Osho - " YaaHoo : The Mystic Rose" & " Satyam Shivam
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