OSHO: Zorba Is Love Buddha Is Awareness

OSHO: Zorba Is Love Buddha Is Awareness


silence shared in words presents Zorba Is Love — Buddha Is Awareness Sitting in the discourse, closing my eyes, I find myself all alone with your voice and the song of the birds, touching the space where all is one. It is an experience of silence, clarity and eternal peace. Even sleep, war or destruction appear as divine expressions of life. Returning to the world of forms, I see persons, conflicts, dualities everywhere. Existence becomes a question mark, and I am afraid this planet can be destroyed, and all its beauty disappear. Deep down, I sense I am both and both are one. Is awareness a boat crossing to the other shore, and love a bridge to come back uniting the banks of the river of life? What you are saying is absolutely true, “Awareness is a boat crossing to the other shore, and love a bridge to come back uniting the banks of the river of life.” It is a very significant statement. Your so-called saints have gone only halfway. They may have attained a certain crystallization, a certain awareness, but they are not capable of coming back to the old shore with a shower of love. A saint who is without love is only half grown. A lover who knows nothing of awareness is also living half-heartedly. Your saints are repressing their love; your lovers are repressing their awareness. I want you to be both together awareness and love. Then only is the circle of life complete. Zorba is love, Buddha is awareness. And when you are Zorba the Buddha, you have attained the greatest height that is possible in existence. But unfortunately, man has lived for centuries divided. Zorbas think they are against buddhas, and buddhas think they are against zorbas. And because of this idea of antagonism, the Zorba is repressing his Buddha: he is beautiful in his love, in his song, in his dance but his awareness is nil. The Buddha has repressed his Zorba: his awareness is very clear, but very dry. There is no juice in it; it is like a desert, where no roses blossom, where no greenery can be seen. A Buddha without a Zorba is only a desert. I am being condemned by both sides: the communists, the socialists, and other types and brands of materialists condemn me because I am talking about spiritual growth, awareness, enlightenment. According to them, man is only the body, and should live as a body. And I am condemned by the other side, the Buddhists, because I am bringing materialism into their spirituality; I am polluting their pure spirituality. The ambassador of Sri Lanka in America wrote me a letter: “You call your restaurants, discos, Zorba The Buddha. It will hurt the feelings of the Buddhists all over the world so I would like you to consider it and change that name. Zorba should not be joined with Buddha.” I wrote him a letter: “It is not only a question of my restaurants being called Zorba The Buddha I am creating living human beings who are Zorba the Buddha. My whole life’s effort, my whole dedication is to bring Zorba and Buddha hand in hand, dancing in a disco.” Both are deprived: the Zorba lives an unconscious life; the Buddha lives a life without love. The meeting of both will create the whole man and the whole man is the only holy man. Copyright© OSHO International Foundation www.OSHO.com/copyright OSHO is a registered Trademark of OSHO International Foundation