- Paperback: 388 pages
- Publisher: Jaico Publishing house; First edition (3 September 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8179927474
- ISBN-13: 978-8179927472
- Package Dimensions: 21.2 x 14 x 2.4 cm
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I Am That: Talks on the Isha Upanishad Paperback – 3 Sep 2018
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The Upanishadic teachings are life -affirmative. The Isha says: If you have to choose between action and meditation , you will fall into blinding darkness if you choose action alone ; and the darkness will be even greater if you choose meditation alone. So Isha Upanishad is trying to make it clear that never choose, remain choicelessly aware and accept life as it is . Don't impose any choice of your own.
Into A Blinding Darkness Go They Who Worship Action Alone.
Into An Even Greater Darkness Go They Who Worship Meditation.
Action is External, physical and Worldly; and Meditation is Internal, Spiritual and Godly.If you choose either of the two , you will fall into darkness or greater darkness. So Osho says to choose both and live a life of fullness , wholeness and totality that is, a full material existence with a full spiritual life. In Osho's words:'be a spiritual materialist or a material spiritualist'.
I Am That is the ultimate statement of the Upanishads. I Am That. 'I 'does not mean the ego; it simply means pure existence, without any ego in it. One simply is. That is The Whole, The Absolute, The Godly.
For I Myself Am That.
Let My Breath Merge With The Cosmic Breath....
And the Shanti Mantra (Seed Mantra) of Isha Upanishad is:
That Is The Whole/ This Is The Whole./ From Wholeness Emerges Wholeness./ Wholeness Coming From Wholeness./ Wholeness Still Remains.
The book consists of sixteen chapters of which the commentary of the Upanishad extends to only four chapters and the remaining twelve chapters are .set apart for responding to seekers' questions on various topics ranging from Sincerity, Love and Parenting to Socialism, Religion and God..
Some of Osho's observations in this book are:
God is presence, not a person. Hence all worshipping is sheer stupidity. Prayerfulness is needed not prayer.
A child always thinks good days are to come, the old man always thinks good days, golden days are past. The child is future oriented, the old man is past oriented and the young man, if he is really young lives in the present.
Nostalgia is the longing to go back to the good old days when you were neither good nor old.
If you are forced to live in heaven , it is hell, and if you choose hell it is heaven, because it is your own choice.
Parables, anecdotes and simple jokes are aplenty in this book. One sample joke:
The army recruit from the country was being given his physical examination. ' Well, that's everything but the urine test', said the doctor. ' I want a specimen of yours in one of those bottles on that shelf down at the other end of the room.
'What did you say, Doc?' asked the young man.
' Just urinate in one of those little bottles down there,' repeated the doctor.
The recruit still looked doubtful. 'Do you mean all the way from here?' he asked
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