PART FROM THE BOOK A Bird On The Wing by Osho:
“The whole world may say there is light and there is rainbow in the sky and the sun is rising,
but if my eyes are closed what does it mean to me?
The rainbows, the colors, the sunrise,
the whole thing is non-existential to me.
My eyes are closed, I am blind.
And if I listen to them too much,
and if I start believing in them too much,
and if I borrow their words and I also start talking about the rainbow that I have not seen,
about colors which I cannot see,
about the sunrise which is not my experience,
I may be lost in the forest of words.” , OSHO
ABOUT THE BOOK
This book is a quick read, a 100 pages long. It is full of interesting short stories. It consists of 11 chapters, and each chapter is one question answered by Osho.
Osho was really famous, funny and creative being. He passed. This book is series of him answering the Q's from people who wanted to learn from his wisdom. There is an audio book also, but I had hard time understanding his english so I purchased the book.
This is NOT the best book I've ever read, because I myself am not so much enlightened and I probably didn't understand some of the chapters, so I just skipped them. The ones I understood helped me to calm my nerves. To be more relaxed.
So, if I had to summarize what's this book is about in one sentence I'd say it is about how we should be leaving the mind out of the game and should be doing things more spontaneously.
I have to admit, I love being spontaneous. Actually loved, because as soon as I got married that spontaneity kind of flew out of the window when loans and adult life moved in. This book talks how mind is actually monkey part of us, always jumping, screaming, always on guard and doing something.
This theory clicked with me because I can recognize this to be true for me, and it actually made my communication with my husband and others including myself so much more easier and efficient.
WHAT WILL YOU GAIN BY READING THIS BOOK?
Anyone who has ever been married or is married can agree that hard times sometimes can get too real. Two people promise to live happily ever after, and....well....maybe some of them do. I have to tell you that I still haven't met those kind of couples that didn't have challenging times.
Me and my partner are both perfectionists. I now know that this is a form of disease caused by being too serious, because nothing is perfect. And because nothing is perfect we could never be content with anything, and mostly important we couldn't be content with ourselves.
So after we read this book we have realized that you can literally make hell or heaven wherever you are at right now. The prettiness of our existence is really dependant on our mental state and our thoughts. But this book goes deeper than that saying to lose thought all together and just do and be in the moment. To be fun and spontaneous. As great as this sounds I believe change toward that won't happen overnight, but I can tell you I am going for it.
„Empty Your Cup“, is the name of the first chapter in the book. The cup represents the mind.
It talks about a person who came to a yogi to learn from him but he was so caught up into what he was gonna ask that he wasn't ready to receive knowledge or even hear the answers.
Osho suggests the cup must not only be empty but broken. Because if it is there it can easily fill up again.
„When you argue, you assert. Assertion is violence, aggression, and the truth cannot be known by an aggressive mind, the truth cannot be discovered by violence. You can come to know the truth only when you are in love. But love never argues. There is no argument in love, because there is no aggression. And remember, not only was that man a professor of philosophy, you are also the same. Every man carries his own philosophy, and every man in his own way is a professor, because you profess your ideas, you believe in them. You have opinions, concepts and because of opinions and concepts your eyes are dull, they cannot see; your mind is stupid, it cannot know.“
Then he continues with something I would never think to question:
„Ideas create stupidity because the more the ideas are there, the more the mind is burdened. And how can a burdened mind know?“
You know, I've read lots of books, but this book changed my perception on life.
Right now I am in a situation where I really feel that if anyone who wants to save their marriage, or any other relationship for that matter, needs to focus on making love, being gentle to one another and making an effort to see what are those things that make other person happy and making the necessary action to do so spontaneously.
We all have so many beliefs built in our DNA from our parents and school and TV, you name it. These programs will eventually start running when life gets in the way. By life I mean bills, loans and other situations. These problems are real, but still they are shitty problems, and try to be creative in thinking of many ways in which you can ignore them as much as possible and even make fun of them.
Simplicity and spontaneity in life are very valuable assets. Money can't buy them. This is the end goal for all of our ambitious actions. We want to be loved and accepted as freaks as each of us is. There is no therapy good enough to teach you that because that is already in you. We just need to reach into ourselves and take it out. And share it. And that is the point when our heart is at peace whatever happens.
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