In his highly acclaimed, controversial, international best-selling book, From Unconsciousness to Consciousness (first published in 1984), the great mystic and philosopher, Osho, says:
“There is no life after death, as you know life. And if there is any life you have to learn to live now, and you have to live it so totally and intensely that if there is any life after death you will be able to live there too. If there is not, there is no question. That should always be the rational person’s approach.”
“I don’t say anything about heaven or hell, punishment or reward. I simply say to you: go on dying to the past so it is not a burden on your head. And do not live in the future, which is not yet. Concentrate your whole energy here now. Pour it into this moment, with totality, with as much intensity as you can manage. And in that moment you will feel life. To me that life is equivalent to God. There is no other God than this life. Of course, if after death you survive, you will know the art of living and you will continue. If you don’t survive, there is no problem.”
“…death everywhere is worshiped, glorified, and the world beyond death is emphasized continuously: that you have to sacrifice this life for that life which is to come after death. My emphasis is just the opposite: sacrifice that for this. Sacrifice everything for this moment. Rejoice this moment, and if you are capable of rejoicing this moment, you will be able to erase the suicidal instinct from your being completely.”
“If you can rejoice in this life totally, you will not be bothered at all what happens after death — because so much will be happening now that you cannot imagine that more is possible.”
One on One with Osho
Excerpts from two interviews between Osho and members of the international Press (Bill Harlan, Denver Post and Christ Keizer, The Boston Globe).
the curse of
so easy to tell
there is no Heaven
without a Hell
These are the best clips from two amazing, eye-opening films (Hubble and Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life). Parts 2 and 3 are no longer on youtube, so download all 3 videos here in mp4 format, and learn the truth — that we are related to all life on the earth. It’s true, we even share DNA with the plants. We are one with the Earth and each other.
you already know
almost all I can say
you already follow
streets lined with light
and a feeling
you already know
how to play
it’s the same thing
as to pray
close your eyes
you know everything
In this list, the “symptom” is what we may think or feel about a person or situation. However, in healing and becoming whole/holy, it can be very helpful to know that the symptom is not the complete truth, but is actually a projection from our Shadow. This means that we deny, ignore, or suppress our true thoughts and feelings (usually without even realizing it), so those thoughts become unconscious “shadow forms” which appear in our lives as the symptoms. When we recognize the symptom, we can then translate it back to its original shadow form (the truth in ourselves that we ignore), and with this new awareness of our true feelings, we can begin to heal.
“I looked, and looked, and this I came to see:
That what I thought was you and you,
Was really me and me.”
– an old proverb
From Ken Wilber’s excellent book, No Boundary:
The Common Meaning of Various Shadow Symptoms
A Guide for Translating Symptoms Back to Their Original Shadow Forms
Its Original Shadow Form
Rejection (“Nobody likes me.”)
“I wouldn’t give them the time of day!”
Guilt (“You make me feel guilty.”)
“I resent your demands.”
Self-consciousness (“Everybody’s looking at me.”)
“I’m more interested in people than I know.”
“I wouldn’t give him/her the satisfaction.”
Fear (“They want to hurt me.”)
Hostility (“I’m angry and attacking without knowing it.”)
“I’ll push you all away!”
“I won’t, damnit!”
Obligation (“I have to.”)
Desire (“I want to.”)
Hatred (“I despise you for X.”)
Autobiographical gossip (“I dislike X in myself.”)
Envy (“You’re so great.”)
“I’m a bit better than I know.”
Thanks to the Joseph Campbell Foundation (jcf.org) for sharing these excerpts from two “previously unreleased interviews with Joseph Campbell filmed shortly before his death in 1987.”
Initiation Through Trials
Discussion of the Sun Dance rituals of the Mandan tribe, and their significance for the males of the tribe, who have to be actively placed into their adult roles through hardships and pain.
The Mythic Symbology of Release
Winged fish, feathered serpent, the Bodhisattva, and the Christ–images of a shift in consciousness.
Myth As the Mirror for the Ego
The Birth of Mathematical Mythologies
A totally new idea on the importance of recording observations of the heavens…
The Dynamic of Life
Demonic or dynamic—tricksters and the disordering principle.
On Becoming an Adult
Myth lets you know where you are across the ages of life – at 40 or at 80…
Mythology of the First City States
Agriculture and the domestication of animals 10,000 years ago in the Near East creates larger communities and new cultural organization – from herders to warriors…
Interpretations of circumcision… from Judaism to the Sudan.
Sun, Moon, Serpent, and Bull
From bullfights to marriage, Joseph Campbell discusses symbols of sacrifice.
Mythology of the Trickster
The Trickster in Native American mythologies–Shadow, Creator, and Fool.