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When you remove passion and attachment from love, when you love is pure, innocent, formless, when you give in love and don't demand, when love is only a giving, when love is an emperor, not a beggar; when you are happy because someone has accepted you love and you don't trade love, you ask nothing in return, than you are liberating this bird of love into the open sky. Then you are strengthening its wings. Then this bird can set out on the journey to the infinite.
Love has made people fall and love has made people rise high. It all depends on what you have done with love.
So love has to be freed from attachment. Love has not to become a bondage, love should be a freedom. Free the person you love. If you free the person you love, then you yourself cannot be enslaved, then nobody can enslave you. But you want to enslave the people you love, you want to create a wall around them. You want to put chains on their hands. But if you put chains on their hands then they will also put chains on your hands.
Never forget this truth: whatever you receive from life is what you have given to life.
For years I have had a question I wanted to ask Osho, but never had the courage: "Growing up in the West and in the era of Women's Liberation, I find I have such a longing to learn about the grace and essence of being a woman, to be more feminine. Now I find myself as your disciple, but all the enlightened ones you talk about are men. What does it mean to be a woman and a disciple? Is there any hope for women, for me?"
Now in life's endlessly compassionate way, the first book I am asked to help with when I return to working with Osho's words is showering Without Clouds, the song of Sahajo, the enlightened woman mystic who lived in Rajasthan in the eighteenth century, Turning to the first two pages, my heart skips a beat as I realize, with delight, that my answer is in this book. His opening words touch me deeply: "
now for the first time I will speak about an enlightened woman. It was easy to speak on enlightened men I can understand them, we are of the same type. It will be a little difficult to speak on an enlightened woman. It is a slightly unfamiliar path
" And Sahajo's first "sutra of love" is so down-to-earth, so soft: I offer myself, body, mind and soul at the feet of my master, Charandas
and then in the next line, so fiercely uncompromising:
I can abandon God, but I can never abandon my master.
This is a revelation to me, how clearly Osho and Sahajo remind us that we all have both male and female within, and to understand that despite the fact a woman chooses "to find the divine around herself" and a man "to go to the Himalayas," both energies are absolutely needed on the path to enlightenment.
Reading on, Osho's commentary on her words reassures me that I can stay with my master, that I don't have to, in Buddha's words, kill him on the way: "The feminine mind does not choose to go beyond form and there is no need either. For woman, love is liberation." I settle down joyfully.
These discourses are full, rich, concentrated, direct; as though Osho has taken on the feminine characteristics he describes in Sahajo: "A woman is straightforward, she does not get tangled up in lengthy statements, roundabout statements." Woven into this breathtaking intensity are wonderful stories and anecdotes, related in Osho's inimitable way, which seem to have every bit as much to tell us as his commentaries on the sutras.
Osho sheds light on the different paths and pitfalls of the female and the male seeker, giving some beautiful insights into the different manifestations of the female and male ego. He talks on the differences between the path of love and the path of effort, between the way of devotion and the way of knowledge and how they both meet. He shows how a master can help us by giving us the opportunity "to see through his eyes," like when a child sits on an adult's shoulders to get a far-distant view, thus creating a longing. He explains to us what happens to both women and men just before they reach enlightenment. And in one beautiful answer to a question on why there seems to be such a similarity between the sweetness and harmony of Sahajo's language and his, Osho replies, "we are drinking waters from the same well."
In Books I Have Loved, Osho says of Sahajo: "I have spoken on Sahajo in Hindi because English does not allow me to be so poetic. Someday it can only be hoped that what I have said on Sahajo will be known to the world at large."
Now, before leaving you to shower under the cloudless skies of Osho and Sahajo, here is a poem by Ma Anand Sita, known to her fellow seekers as Sitama. Let it speak for itself.
Osho defies categorization, reflecting everything from the individual quest for meaning to the most urgent social and political issues facing society today. His books are not written but are transcribed from recordings of extemporaneous talks given over a period of thirty-five years. Osho has been described by the Sunday Times in London as one of the "1000 Makers of the 20th Century" and by Sunday Mid-Day in India as one of the ten people along with Gandhi, Nehru and Buddha who have changed the destiny of India.
Osho has a stated aim of helping to create the conditions for the birth of a new kind of human being, characterized as "Zorba the Buddha" who have changed the destiny of India.
Osho has a state aim of helping to create the conditions for the birth of a new kind of human being, characterized as "Zorba the Buddha" one whose feed are firmly on the ground, yet whose hands can touch the stars. Running like a thread through all aspects of Osho is a vision that encompasses both the timeless wisdom of the East and the highest potential of Western science and technology.
He is synonymous with a revolutionary contribution to the science of inner transformation and an approach to meditation which specifically addresses the accelerated pace of contemporary life. The unique Osho Active Meditations are designed to allow the release of accumulated stress in the body and mind so that it is easier to be still and experience the thought-free state of meditation.
Man suffers from a deep inferiority complex, and to keep it
repressed he keeps the woman in every possible way inferior to himself;
otherwise if she is allowed freedom, allowed all her talents, her genius,
the great fear of man is that she can prove superior in many dimen-
sions. And she has many things which man is missing.
Naturally the only simple way was to cut all possible ways in which
the woman could grow. So all women have been left retarded. Their
roots have been cut: don't give education to them, don't let them have
the freedom of movement in society, don't let them have friends from
the other sex.
For thousands of years it has been going on. Naturally if a woman
cannot become a scientist, if a woman cannot become a poet, if a
woman cannot become a great architect, a great sculptor, then the
question of a woman becoming enlightened becomes very difficult. So
many steps in between have been completely removed. My whole
vision is to put those steps back.
I am trying my best to put those steps back, so any woman of any
quality has the full possibility, freedom and support to grow. Some of
the women will grow to become enlightened, but no such possibility
has ever before existed.
So it is true you have not heard of enlightened women, particularly
in this century - although there have been a few women who, in spite
of all this imprisonment of their being, became enlightened. But they
are not the rule, they are the exceptions. They simply prove one thing:
that just to be a woman does not mean that the doors of enlighten-
ment are closed to you.
One woman was Rabiya al-Adabiya in Arabia. One woman was
Meera in India. One woman was in the very ancient times, in the days
of the Rig Veda - that may be five thousand years old, or ninety thou-
sand years old, it is undecided by the scholars.
These women cannot be even counted on all ten fingers. But it is
enough proof that to be a woman does not mean that enlightenment
is not for you. As far as I am concerned, I feel that because you have
been prevented from being enlightened, or even from moving in that
direction, you have more possibility now than man, for the simple
reason that just as land that has not been used for many years is more
fertile, it just needs seeds ...
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