Osho : Innocence


“Innocence is your very nature.  You do not have to become it, you are already it.  You are born innocent.  Then layers and layers of conditioning are imposed upon your innocence.  Your innocence is like a mirror and conditioning is like layers of dust.  The mirror has not to be achieved, the mirror is already there – or rather, here.  The mirror is not lost, it is only hidden behind the layers of dust…

The mirror is not lost, but forgotten – forgotten because it is not functioning anymore as a mirror.  Not that any defect has arisen in it, just layers of dust are covering it.  All that is needed is to clean it, to remove those layers of dust.

The process of becoming innocent is not really a process of becoming, it is a process of discovering your being.  It is a discovery, not an achievement.  You don’t attain to something new, you simply attain to that which you have always been.  It is a forgotten language…

Just drop all knowledge.  It hurts because you have carried that knowledge for so long and you have been bragging so much about that knowledge – your degrees, M.A.s and Ph.Ds… [D]rop all that nonsense…

Just be as simple as a child. Just be again a child as you were born, as you came into this world. In that mirrorlike state you will be able to reflect that which is.  Innocence is the door to knowing.  Knowledge is the barrier and innocence is the bridge.”
~Osho (Tarot in the Spirit of Zen – The Game of Life)

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