Named Chandra Mohan Jain, Osho was born in Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh on December 11, 1931. He was a great visionary and the leader of a religious movement who was praised and followed by many. His followers called him Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and later, Osho. He not only has followers in India, but in many other countries such as the U.S., U.K., Canada, and many more. His words attracted people, and he gave them an eye-opening experience.
Along with being a religious leader and a mystic, he was also a best-selling author and published many books such as Tarot Zen, The Book Of The Secrets, Gita Darshan, and many more. His books, words, and morals affected many people and gained him a lot of followers. He is so popular that Netflix has a six-episode docuseries on him by the name of ‘Wild Wild Country’. He is really a quotable man as he taught people a lot about love and spirituality through his sayings and books.
Rajneesh Osho inspires a lot of people to follow the path of spirituality with his words. I will be sharing some of those words in this article, and they are either the ones he has said or written in his books. Either way, the goal is to grow our wisdom with the words of a man who influenced a lot of people. Here are some eye-opening Osho quotes that will grow your wisdom:
“If you love a flower, don’t pick it up. Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love. So if you love a flower, let it be. Love is not about possession. Love is about appreciation”
What Osho says here is gospel and is really the true definition of love. Love is a big misconception nowadays, and we need to understand its true meaning. If you see a flower and find it beautiful, you’ll most probably want to pluck it to keep it with you. Well, that’s human nature, however, if you do pluck it, it will not be able to complete its necessities for survival and will eventually die.
As a result, it won’t be appealing to your eyes anymore. So, you’ll lose the reason you loved it for in the first place. A better thing to do would be taking care of that flower without plucking it. This way, it will always be the flower you fell in love with. It should work the same way with the people you love. For love is about appreciation, not possession.
“Be—don’t try to become”
The meaning of this quote is very simple and quite understandable. Be the way you are. Just learn to love yourself and don’t try to become someone or something that you are not. God gave us all different personalities, different goals, and different lives. You only have one life, and you are here to be who you are, to play your part. Don’t waste your one precious life to change the way you are from the inside.
“Friendship is the purest love. It is the highest form of Love where nothing is asked for, no condition, where one simply enjoys giving”
I’ve never heard anyone giving such a pure and perfect definition of friendship, other than Osho, of course. He says that the purest form of love is ‘friendship’ as you don’t keep any unreal expectations from your friends and you love them unconditionally. And that is exactly what love should be, caring for someone unconditionally. Rather than expecting that someone will do something for you or be a certain way with you, learn to appreciate them for what they are, just like you do with your friends.
“Life begins where fear ends”
Never be afraid or hesitant to achieve anything you want to. Whatever you want in life, just go for it. Life is too short to keep waiting for the right moment and worrying about taking risks. If you really want something from the bottom of your heart, then stop worrying about the future and start working to achieve your goals. The life that you truly want to live will begin when you stop stressing over things.
“Truth is not something outside to be discovered, it is something inside to be realized”
People spend their whole lives trying to discover their true passion and identity. While there’s nothing wrong in doing so, but we need to understand where we must be looking for our true identity. And as per Osho, our true identity lies within ourselves, and instead of looking for it in the outside world, we must believe in self-exploration. Just dig deep, and you will be able to find your true self inside yourself.