Osho Insights : Heaven and Hell


“Heaven is here — just you have to know how to live it. And hell too is here, and you know perfectly well how to live it. It is only a question of changing your perspective, your approach towards life.

The earth is beautiful. If you start living its beauty, enjoying its joys, you are in paradise. If you condemn everything, then the same earth turns into a hell — only for you. It depends on you, where you live, it is your own transformation. It is not a change of place, it is a change of inner space.

Live joyously, guiltlessly, live totally. And then heaven is no more a metaphysical concept, it is your own experience.” ~Osho

When It Looks and Feels Like Totalitarianism…


“In only three years, the Obama administration and its enablers have established, legitimized, and normalized a national security state apparatus that removes any doubt that domestic policing is a prelude to a totalitarian police state. This apparatus has surpassed the Bush administration’s attempts to expand executive power by crushing the civil liberties of US citizens. And it has done so boldly, with only a few prominent critics, and without so much as a whimper from so-called leftists…

[I]t is clear that, even though it seems to only be concerned with international wars and other misadventures, the US government is preparing for domestic insurrection. And it has done so by unleashing the structures of totalitarianism, as it seeks to regulate our actions through mass surveillance, fear, and threats of repression…

And why not? The political order is being shaken, the Western financial infrastructure is collapsing, and empire is imploding. They know it and they are ready.”

How Modern Philosophy is Killing You


“[S]elf-obsession has infiltrated (or perhaps even created) the field of self-improvement. Teachers and gurus have invented modern philosophies and distorted ancient ones in order to accommodate the all consuming self. For example…

As you soon as you lock your intention upon that, bang! You’ve got a Mercedes. And that’s how it works. -James Arthur Ray (actual words from a live workshop)

The only limits in our life are those we impose on ourselves. -Bob Proctor

If you can envision it, you can have it! -“Law of Attraction” quote

Beyond being painfully untrue and misleading… every quote above reflects self-centered desires, childish wishes and a lust for “more” … We want to be unlimited, unstoppable, success-bound, wealthy and popular. And we want it now!

We don’t want to hear the truth:

• You can’t have anything you want and you will not achieve everything you intend. You can have many things and achieve many things, if you are willing to work hard and make sacrifices.

• You have limitations, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Only you can learn where those limitations are. Only you can accept them. When you do, you will free yourself from the expectation that you should be doing more than you are capable of doing.

• Wishing for something does not make it so. Wanting something doesn’t bring it into reality. Focusing your intention does not manifest anything other than focused attention.

• Suffering is unavoidable and a good thing to learn to do well.”

Dealing with Suffering and Seeing It As Grace


“[T]here is a tendency in us to find suffering aversive. And so we want to distance ourselves from it…

[Y]ou are afraid you will drown in it. You are afraid you will drown in a pain that will be unbearable. And the fact of the matter is, you have to. You finally have to. Because if you close your heart down to anything in the universe, it’s got you. You are then at the mercy of suffering.

And to have finally dealt with suffering, you have to consume it into yourself. Which means you have to, with eyes open, be able to keep your heart open in hell… And what it involves is bearing the unbearable. And in a way, who you think you are can’t do it. Who you really are can do it. So that who you think you are dies in the process.” ~Ram Dass