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Osho: Courage Book Summary

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  • Don’t call it uncertainly – call it wonder. Don’t call in insecurity – call it freedom.
  • Simply to make you alert and aware – that is, to be here now, with all the insecurity that life is, with all the uncertainty that life is, with all the danger that life is.
  • Life is not a mechanical process; it cannot be certain. It is an unpredictable mystery. Nobody knows what is going to happen the next moment.
  • Nothing is certain. Life is full of uncertainties, full of surprises – that is its beauty!
  • Life goes on moving with a thousand and one uncertainties. That’s its freedom. Don’t call it insecurity.
  • Freedom creates fear. People talk about freedom, but they are afraid.
  • I give you understanding; I don’t give you knowledge. Knowledge will make you certain.
  • When death knocks at your door, all your certainties will be simply riddles and foolish. Don’t cling to any certainty. Life is uncertain – its very nature is uncertain. And an intelligent man always remains uncertain.
  • This very readiness to remain in uncertainty is courage. This very readiness to be in uncertainty is trust. An intelligent person is one who remains alert whatsoever the situation – and responds to it with his whole heart.
  • Life is not a science; it is not a cause-and-effect chain. Heat the water to a hundred degrees and it evaporates – it is a certainty. But in real life, nothing is certain like that.
  • Each individual is a freedom, an unknown freedom. It is impossible to predict, impossible to expect. One has to live in awareness and in understanding.
  • If you understand, insecurity is an intrinsic part of life – and good that it is so, because it makes life a freedom, it makes life a continuous surprise. One never knows what is going to happen. It keeps you continuously in wonder.
  • You cannot be truthful if you are not courageous

You cannot be loving if you are not courageous

You cannot be trusting if you are not courageous

You cannot inquire into reality if you are not courageous

Hence courage comes first and everything else follow.

  • In the beginning there is not much difference between the coward and the courageous person. The only difference is, the coward listens to his fears and follows them, and the courageous person puts them aside and goes ahead. The courageous person goes into the unknown in spite of all the fears.
  • Courage does not mean fearlessness. Fearlessness happens if you go on being courageous and more courageous. That is the ultimate experience of courage – fearlessness.
  • Going into the unknown gives you a thrill. The heart starts pulsating again; again you are alive, fully alive. Every fiber of your being is alive because you have accepted the challenge of the unknown.
  • To accept the challenge of the unknown, in spite of all fears, is courage.
  • But basically courage is risking the known for the unknown, the familiar for the unfamiliar, the comfortable for the uncomfortable.
  • Life does not listen to your logic; it goes on its own way, undisturbed. You have to listen to life; life will not listen to your logic, it does not bother about your logic.
  • Smile with nature.
  • How can you defeat a person who yields, who says, “I am already defeated,”
  • It is your fear that makes you a slave – it is your fear. When you are fearless you are no longer a slave.
  • A man who is fearless is neither afraid of anybody nor makes anybody afraid of him. Fear totally disappears.
  • To be courageous means to live with the heart. And weaklings, only weaklings, live with the head; afraid, they create a security of logic around themselves.
  • Leaving the past and allowing the future to be.
  • This English word courage is beautiful, very interesting. To live through the heart is to discover meaning. A poet lives through the heart and, by and by, in the heart he starts listening to the sounds of the unknown. The head cannot listen; it is very far away from the unknown. The head is filled with the known.
  • What is your mind? It is all that you have known.
  • Mind is nothing but the accumulated past, the memory.
  • Head thinks about the past; heart dreams about the future.
  • Every moment the future is becoming the present, and the present is becoming the past.
  • The heart is always ready to take the risk, the heart is a gambler. The head is a businessman. The head always calculates – it is cunning.
  • Your responsibility only toward your own being.
  • Don’t listen to the scriptures – listen to your own heart.
  • Rules are invented by people who want to rule you.
  • Never be an imitator, be always original. Don’t become a carbon copy. But that’s what is happening all over the world – carbon copies and carbon copies.
  • Respect yourself, respect your own inner voice and follow it.
  • So don’t be hesitant, don’t be worried too much about going wrong. That is one of the problems: people have taught never to do anything wrong, and then they become so hesitant, so fearful, so frightened of doing wrong, that they become stuck. They cannot move, something wrong may happen. So they become like rocks, they lose all movement.
  • Commit as many mistakes as possible, remembering only one things: don’t commit the same mistake again. And you will be growing.
  • Intelligence as aliveness, it is spontaneity. It is openness, it is vulnerability. It is impartiality, it is the courage to function without conclusions.
  • To function without a conclusion is to function in innocence.
  • Committing many mistakes, one learns what is a mistake and how not to commit it. Knowing what is error, one comes closer and closer to what is truth. It is an individual exploration, you cannot depend on others conclusions.
  • Thinking can think only about the known – it can chew the already chewed. Thinking can never be original. How can you think about the unknown? Whatsoever you can manage to think will belong to the known. You can think only because you know.
  • Thinking can imagine new combinations, but it cannot know the unknown.
  • Thinking is never original.
  • Truth is an experience, not a belief.
  • Don’t try to understand life. Live it! Don’t try to understand love. Move into love. Then you will know – and that knowing will come out of your experiencing. That knowing will never destroy the mystery: the more you know, the more you know that much remains to be known.
  • Only change is permanent.
  • Life is not stagnant – it is a dynamism, it is a process. You cannot have a map of it. It is not measurable, it is an unmeasurable mystery. Don’t ask for explanations. And this I call maturity of mind: when somebody comes to the point of looking at life without any questions, and simply dives into it with courage and fearlessness.
  • All beliefs are borrowed; others have given them to you, they are not your flowerings.
  • Everybody has to pass through a dark night before he reaches the sunrise.
  • Cultivated trust becomes belief.
  • Only a man of great trust is capable of great doubts, great inquiry.
  • Trust is personal, belief is social. Trust you have to grow in, belief you can remain in, whatsoever you are, and belief can be imposed on you. Drop beliefs.
  • It is absolutely necessary that the heart should be opened before intellect can be transformed into intelligence. That’s the difference between intellect and intelligence.
  • Intelligence is intellect in tune with your heart. The heart knows how to trust. The intellect knows how to seel and search.
  • Wisdom comes through the meeting of the heart and the intellect.
  • The known is the dead and the unknown is the living.
  • The man of understanding dies every moment to the past and is reborn again to the future.
  • In the hands of the heart the intellect becomes intelligent. It is a transformation, a total transformation of energy. Then the person does not become an intellectual, he simply becomes wise.
  • You have only future, no past. That is the meaning of innocence.
  • The past corrupts because it gives you memories, experiences, expectations. All those combined together make you clever but now clear. They make you cunning but not intelligent.
  • There is no need to have courage if you are innocent. There is no need, either, for any clarity because nothing can be more clear, crystal clear, then innocence. So the whole question is how to protect one’s own innocence.
  • The very idea of possession was wrong.
  • Ego is not something mysterious, it is very simple phenomenon. You don’t know who you are, and to live without knowing who you are is impossible.
  • The only thing in the world which is given freely is advice, and that which is never taken by anybody is advice.
  • If a man knows what peace is, and what mind is, he cannot write a book entitled Peace of Mind, because mind is the cause of all unpeace, all restlessness. Peace is when there is no mind. So peace of mind – no commodity like this exists.
  • Always remember, trust in the unknown. The known is the mind. The unknown cannot be the mind.
  • So always listen for the unknown. And gather courage to move into the unknown. To grow to your destiny needs great courage, it needs fearlessness.
  • Life can only be lived dangerously – there is no other way to live it.
  • Even a single moment of that intensity is more gratifying that the whole eternity of mediocre living.
  • The new is unfamiliar. It may be the friend, it may be the enemy, who knows? And there is no way to know! The only way to know is to allow it; hence the apprehension, the fear.
  • Only through errors one learns, and only through difficulties one grows.
  • You cannot bring the new in your life, the new comes. You can either accept it or reject it.
  • You just act in the moment like a child. Utterly abandon yourself to the moment – and you will find every day new openings, new light, new insight. And those new insights will go on changing you.
  • Your memory is not you. You are consciousness, memory is content. But memory is the whole life energy of the ego.
  • To be blissful is the greatest courage. In fact to be miserable, nothing is needed. Any coward can do it, any food can do it. Everybody is capable of being miserable, but to be blissful, great courage is needed – it is an uphill task.
  • If one is miserable, one is responsible, but a miserable person never accepts the responsibility – that is his way of remaining miserable. He says, “Somebody else is making me miserable.”
  • A man really becomes a man when he accepts total responsibility – he is responsible for whatsoever he is. This is the first courage, the greatest courage.
  • Now the time has come to divorce it. That I call the great courage – to divorce misery, to lose the oldest habit of the human mind, the longest companion.
  • Fear is nothing but absence of love. Do something with love, forget about fear. If you love well, fear disappears.
  • If you love deeply, fear is not found. Fear is a negativity, an absence. This has to be understood very, very deeply. If you miss there, you will never be able to understand the nature of fear. It is like darkness. Darkness does not exist, it only appears to be. In fact it is just an absence of light. Light exists; remove the light – there is darkness.
  • Don’t fight with the fear; otherwise you will become more and more afraid and a new fear will enter into your being: that is fear of fear, which is very dangerous. In the first place fear is an absence, and in the second place the fear of fear is the fear of the absence of absence. Then you go into a madness!
  • Be selfish. Love is selfish. Love people – you will be fulfilled through it, you will be getting more and more blessedness through it. And when love goes deeper, fear disappears; love is the light, fear is darkness.
  • There is only one poverty and that poverty is a heart that cannot love.
  • Talk to God as you would talk to a wise friend. But don’t bring formalities in. A formal relationship is not a relationship at all.
  • Love is not a relationship. Love is a state of being; it has nothing to do with anybody else. One is not in love, one is love. And of course when one is love, one is in love – but that is an outcome, a by-product, that is not the source. The source is that one is love.
  • The real opposite of love is fear. In love one expands, in fear one shrinks. In fear one becomes closed, in love one opens. In fear one doubts, in love one trusts. In fear one is left lonely. In love one disappears; hence there is no questions of loneliness at all.
  • The love-oriented person is one who is not afraid of the future, one who is not afraid of the result and the consequence, who lives here and now. Don’t be bothered about the result; that is the fear-oriented mind. Don’t think about what will happen out of it. Just be here and act totally. Don’t calculate. A fear-oriented man is always calculating, planning, arranging, safeguarding. His whole life is lost in this way.
  • The mystic Kabir has said somewhere, “I look into people…there are so much afraid, but I can’t see why – because they have nothing to lose.”
  • What have you got to lose? Nothing. This body will be taken be death; before it is taken by death, give it to love. Whatsoever you have will be taken away; before it is taken away, why not share it? That is the only way of possessing it. If you can share and give, you are the master. It is going to be taken away – there is nothing you can retain forever. Death will destroy everything.
  • Meditation is nothing but creating a situation where the mind has less and less things to do. You are so unafraid, you are so loving you are so peaceful – you are so contented with whatsoever is happening that the mind has nothing to say. Then the mind by and by lags behind, lags behind, and more and more distance is created.
  • One day the mind completely recedes – then you become a universe. Then you are no more confined to your body, no more confined by anything – you are pure space. That’s what God is. God is pure space.
  • Love is the way toward that pure space. Love is the means and God is the end.
  • The politician wants to rule your body and the priest wants to rule your soul.
  • Love gives courage, love takes all fear away – and the oppressors depend on your fear.
  • If you hate somebody, first you have to wound your own soul in so many ways; you have to be so full of poison that you can throw poison on others.
  • Love should be one of the most natural things, but it is not. On the contrary, it has become the most difficult things – almost the impossible thing. Hate has become easy, you are trained, you are prepared for hate.
  • If you are too much attached to the ego, then hate is easy and love is most difficult. Be alert, watchful: hate is the shadow of ego. Love needs great courage. It needs great courage because it needs the sacrifice of the ego. Only those who are ready to become nonbodies are able to love. Only those who are ready to become nothing, utterly empty of themselves, are able to receive the gift of love from the beyond.
  • Mediation is just a courage to be silent and alone. Slowly slowly, you start feeling a new quality to yourself, a new aliveness, a new beauty, a new intelligence – which is not borrowed from anybody, which is growing within you. It has roots in your existence. And if you are not a coward, it will come to fruition, to flowering.
  • All meditative techniques are a help to destroy the false. They don’t give you the real – the real cannot be given. That which can be given cannot be real. The real you have got already, just the false has to be taken away.
  • In this world, to be an individual is the greatest courage.
  • Nobody can come home with a crowd. Everybody can come home only alone.
  • You will be surprised that ninety-nine percent of the stuff that you carry in your mind is all borrowed. And within that ninety-nine percent of stuff, useless rubbish, the one percent of inner sense is lost, is drowned. Drop that knowledgeability. Recover your inner sense.
  • It is through the inner sense that God is known.
  • Mediation is nothing but the discovery of the inner sense.
  • The greatest fear in the world is of the opinions 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.
  • Never think in terms of being free from; always think in terms of being free for. And the difference is vast, tremendously vast. Don’t think in terms of from – think for.
  • Imprisoned in security, familiarity, respectability.
  • Don’t make your tomorrow predictable. Expect nothing and be ready for everything. That’s what I mean when I say live dangerously.
  • Don’t let your life be reduced into just a working routine – because the goal of life is play!
  • Never forget the art of risking – never, never. Always remain capable of risking. Whenever you can find an opportunity to risk, never miss it, and you will never be a loser. Risk is the only guarantee for being truly alive.
  • God is only an idea. And if horses have ideas, their God will be a horse.
  • Ideas are substitutes for where life is mysterious and you find gaps that cannot be filled by reality. You fill those gaps with ideas; and at least you start feeling satisfied that life is understood.
  • The moment the child is born, you think, is the beginning of its life. That is not true. The moment an old man dies, you think, is the end of his life. It is not. Life is far bigger than birth and death. Birth and death are now two ends of life; many births and many deaths happen within life. Life itself has no beginning, no end; life and eternity are equivalent.
  • All these expressions that time is fleeting, and passing, and going, are just a kind of consolation. It is really you who are passing – going down the drain every moment. And you go on thinking it is time that is passing, as if you are going to stay and time is going to pass! Time is where it is; it is not passing. Watches and clocks are man’s creation to measure the passing time, which is not passing at all.
  • Always be ready to drop the known – more than willing to drop it – not even waiting for it to be ripe. Just jump on something that is new…its very newness, its very freshness, is so alluring. Then there is courage.
  • Always remember that the new is better than the old.
  • Always remember, whenever there is a choice, choose the unknown, the risky, the dangerous, the insecure, and you will not be at a loss.
  • That anything that is not based on your experience, accept it only hypothetically. Don’t make it your belief.
  • Never miss the unknown. Always choose the unknown and go headlong. Even if you suffer, it is worth it – it always pays. You always come out of it more grown up, more mature, more intelligent.
  • Jesus: “If you save your life you will lose it, and if you lose it you will save it.”
  • The only way to go beyond death is to accept death. Then it disappears. The only way to be fearless is to accept fear. Then the energy is released and becomes freedom.
  • The ego is always coming out of fear. A really fearless person has no ego.
  • It is very easy to think about love. It is very difficult to love. It is very easy to love the whole world. The real difficulty is to love a single human being.
  • Everybody is a free agent…the whole being consists of freedom. Man is freedom.
  • Meditation means that you are feeling good in your loneliness. Meditation means that you are related only to yourself. Your circle is complete with yourself; you don’t go out of it.
  • One should be able to be happy alone and one should also be able to be happy with people. One should be happy inside and one should also be happy in relationships.
  • Meditation should be an inner shrine. Whenever you feel that the world is too much for you, you can move into your shrine. You can have a bath in your inner being.
  • You will come to know that ninety percent of your fears are just imagination. Ten percent are real so one has to accept them.
  • If you expose yourself the unreal will die, is bound to die, because the unreal cannot remain in the open. It can remain only in secrecy, it can remain only in darkness.
  • Personality is bogus, individuality is substantial. Personality is just a façade, individuality is your truth. Personality is imposed from the outside; it is a person, a mask. Individuality is your reality – it is as God has made you. Personality is social sophistication, social polishing. Individuality is raw, wild, strong, with tremendous power.
  • If you can risk the false, the truth can be yours. And it is worth it, because you risk only the false and you gain the truth. You risk nothing and you gain all.
  • Everybody is somewhere else; nobody is where he should be. One has to risk. Boredom can disappear in a single moment if you are ready to risk.
  • There is still time – get out of the imprisonment in which you have lived up to now! It only needs a little courage, just a little courage of the gambler. And there is nothing to lose, remember. You can lose only your chains – you can lose your boredom, you can lose this constant feeling inside you that something is missing. What else is there to lose? Get out of the rut and accept your own being.
  • Once you have understood that God is nothing but a hypothesis created by the priests, the politicians, the power elite, the pedagogues – all those who want to keep you in a psychological slavery, who have some vested interest in your slavery…They all want to keep you afraid, always afraid, trembling deep inside, because if you are not afraid, you are dangerous.

 

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