“Zen is another word for zest…living life passionately, making life a joy, a festival, a love, a laughter…for zip and zap and zing.” ~Osho
I like the word ‘Zen’. It has a distinct energy to it. I can imagine only flowing with this word. It exudes an upbeat feeling, something constantly on the move. So when I saw this book amongst Osho’s several other books at his Commune, I chose to make ‘Zen – living the fire of life’ my first Osho read.
As adolescents, maybe we grew up with a negative notion of sorts about Osho. Perhaps that prompted me more to explore his teachings at the Commune in Pune. And lead me to his fabulous variety of active meditations.
Energy. Movement. Dance.
This was in abundance in all his discourses as well as meditations. Moving with the constant flow of life and in full awareness of the present moment is broadly the essence of Osho’s teachings.
There are three L’s of my philosophy: life, love, laughter. Life is only a seed, love is a flower, laughter is a fragrance.
‘Zen’ encompasses his beliefs in a question and answer format with his disciples. The caption sums up the core of this book beautifully: Living the fire of life with zest, zip, zap and zing. Not the one to conform to any tradition, scriptures, religion or political grounds, his views are bold and revolutionary. With my own built up of courage over the years and experience with the unconventional, it is easier to make sense of Osho’s philosophy –now.
“Silence is not empty, it is very full. The moment you are absolutely attuned with nothingness, the whole descends in you, the beyond penetrates you.”
“Freedom is the ultimate desire of man. Man comes to flowering only in freedom. Meditation will bring freedom.”
“If God is the creator, then the only way to worship him is creativity.”
“When you are utterly empty, the whole of existence enters you.”
This post is part of the #AtoZChallenge 2017 Blogging from A to Z: http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/.
I write about my spiritual and personal growth influences from A to Z.
My previous posts in chronology:
- A New Earth
- Brahma Kumaris
- Chicken Soup for the Soul
- Dialogue with Death
- Eat Pray Love
- Finding a purpose in life
- Healing with Chakras
- I Believe in Angels
- Jonathan Livingston Seagull
- Kahlil Gibran
- Lisa Nichols
- Neale Donald Walsch
- Oprah & Deepak Meditations
- Power of Positive Thinking
- Quotes, my favourite ones
- Rhonda Byrne ‘The Secret’ and ‘The Magic’
- SKY by Santosh Joshi
- Thich Nhat Hanh
- Understanding Pranayam
- Vishen Lakhiani’s Mindvalley
- What I Know for sure by Oprah
- X (cross) roads of life
- Yogshakti and Shilpa