What is the meaning of life? What is the essence of love? Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, more commonly known as Osho was an Indian spiritual leader who aspired to answer the questions above and enlighten his followers.
Born on December 11, 1931, Osho had his spiritual awakening at the age of 21 which induced in him a belief that the core fact of spirituality lies in individual religious experiences and teachings and that these teachings and experiences simply cannot be encased within a single belief system.
His eclectic beliefs and teachings were the source of inspiration for many. His thoughts on matters such as perfection, friendship, courage, love, and life were universally commended, of course there were some critiques as well as there always are. Curious yet? Let’s take a look at 53 life changing Osho Quotes to give you a glimpse of the wisdom of this Indian Guru.
The Most Inspirational Osho Quotes That Will Give New Meaning to Your Life!
1.“Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence.” – Osho
2.“Be – don’t try to become” – Osho
3.“Millions of people are suffering: they want to be loved but they don’t know how to love. And love cannot exist as a monologue; it is a dialogue, a very harmonious dialogue.” – Osho
4.“Falling in love you remain a child; rising in love you mature. By and by love becomes not a relationship, it becomes a state of your being. Not that you are in love – now you are love.” – Osho
5.“Life is not a problem. To look at it as a problem is to take a wrong step. It is a mystery to be lived, loved, experienced.” – Osho
6.“A little foolishness, enough 2 enjoy life, & a little wisdom to avoid the errors, that will do.” – Osho
7.“The past is no more and the future is not yet: both are unnecessarily moving in directions which don’t exist. One used to exist, but no longer exists, and one has not even started to exist. The only right person is one who lives moment to moment.” – Osho
8.“Sadness comes, joy comes, and everything passes by. What remains always is the witness. The witness is beyond all polarities.” – Osho
9.“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.” – Osho
10. “Life repeats itself mindlessly – unless you become mindful, it will go on repeating like a wheel.” – Osho
11.“Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. In fact, it is always in proportion. That’s its balance.” – Osho
12.“I love this world because it is imperfect. It is imperfect, and that’s why it is growing; if it was perfect it would have been dead.” – Osho
13.“Be like an alone peak high in the sky. Why should you hanker to belong? You are not a thing! Things belong!” – Osho
14.“Discover yourself, otherwise you have to depend on other people’s opinions who don’t know themselves.” – Osho
15.“A comfortable, convenient life is not a real life – the more comfortable, the less alive. The most comfortable life is in the grave.” – Osho
16.“When you really laugh for those few moments you are in a deep meditative state. Thinking stops. It is impossible to laugh and think together.” – Osho
17.“You will come closer and closer to perfection, but you will never be perfect. Perfection is not the way of existence. Growth is the way.” – Osho
18.“Get out of your head and get into your heart. Think less, feel more.” – Osho
19.“The greatest fear in the world is the opinion of others, and the moment you are unafraid of the crowd, you are no longer a sheep, you become a lion. A great roar arises in your heart, the roar of freedom.” – Osho
20.“When I say be creative I don’t mean that you should all go and become great painters and great poets. I simply mean let your life be a painting, let your life be a poem.” – Osho
21.“My meditation is simple. It does not require any complex practices. It is simple. It is singing. It is dancing. It is sitting silently” – Osho
22.“Your whole idea about yourself is borrowed – borrowed from those who have no idea of who they are themselves.” – Osho
23.“Love is wild; its whole beauty is in its wildness. It comes like a breeze with great fragrance, fills your heart, and suddenly where there was a desert there is a garden full of flowers.” – Osho
24.“Commit as many mistakes as possible, remembering only one thing: don’t commit the same mistake again. And you will be growing.” – Osho
25.“Friendship is the purest love. It is the highest form of Love where nothing is asked for, no condition, where one simply enjoys giving.” – Osho
26.“A man who is 100% sane is dead.” – Osho
27.“The tongue never slips – remember this always. What goes on within the mind comes invariably on the tongue.” – Osho
28.“What is discipline? Discipline means creating an order within you. As you are, you are a chaos.” – Osho
29.“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.” – Osho
30.“Intelligence comes from meditation, intelligence comes from rebellion, intelligence does not come from memory.” – Osho
31.“Experience life in all possible ways — good-bad, bitter-sweet, dark-light, summer-winter. Experience all the dualities. Don’t be afraid of experience, because the more experience you have, the more mature you become.” ― Osho
32.“Life begins where fear ends.” – Osho
33.“Be realistic: Plan for a miracle” ― Osho
34.“Drop the idea of becoming someone, because you are already a masterpiece. You cannot be improved. You have only to come to it, to know it, to realize it.” ― Osho
35.“Mind: A beautiful servant, a dangerous master.” – Osho
36.“Never interfere in anybody’s life and don’t allow anybody to interfere in your life.” – Osho
37.“Only laughter makes a man rich, but the laughter has to be blissful.” – Osho
38.“Yes, I would like you to love yourself, because unless you love yourself you cannot love anybody else. You don’t know what love is if you have not loved yourself.” – Osho
39.“Love the person, but give the person total freedom. Love the person, but from the very beginning make it clear that you are not selling your freedom.” – Osho
40.“Each person comes into this world with a specific destiny–he has something to fulfill, some message has to be delivered, some work has to be completed. You are not here accidentally—you are here meaningfully. There is a purpose behind you. The whole intends to do something through you.” ― Osho
41.“Truth is not something outside to be discovered, it is something inside to be realized.” – Osho
42.“You feel good, you feel bad, and these feelings are bubbling from your own unconsciousness, from your own past. Nobody is responsible except you. Nobody can make you angry, and nobody can make you happy.” ― Osho
43.“The less people know, the more stubbornly they know it.” – Osho
44.“Courage Is a Love Affair with the Unknown.” – Osho
45.“Crowds create illusions.” – Osho
46.“You should live in the world but remain untouched by it. You should remain in the world, but the world should not remain in you.” – Osho
47.“All that is great cannot be possessed – and that is one of the most foolish things man goes on doing. We want to possess.” – Osho
48.“Enlightenment will be now the beginning, not the end. Beginning of a non-ending process in all dimensions of richness.” – Osho
49.“Remain in the world, act in the world, do whatsoever is needful, and yet remain transcendental, aloof, detached, a lotus flower in the pond.” – Osho
50.“Whenever a situation arises that creates fear, there are two alternatives—either you fight or you take flight.” – Osho
51. “If you cling too much to logic you will never be able to be part of the living process that this existence is. Life is more than logic: life is a paradox, life is a mystery.” – Osho
52.“All our attachments are outward-oriented and hence this illusion.” – Osho
“To avoid pain, they avoid pleasure. To avoid death, they avoid life.” – Osho
TOP 20 Osho Quotes
Here’s a collection of some of the greatest quotes by Osho that will allow you to redefine your life and achieve a happier and peaceful state of mind.
The Osho quotes listed above can serve you as a perfect set of guidelines to restructure your life into a more meaningful one. Walking on the steps laid by Osho’s teachings will help you attain not only peace, but also the courage to pursue the things you’re most passionate about.
His sayings serve as a wakeup call for all the people that are chasing perfection in their lives and in the way they look. They pull off the curtain from over the illusion this world has cast and reveals the true essence of living.
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