Saturday, November 3, 2012

If you want to be free, truth is the only way...! .......... break down those invisible walls..!!

Enchanted by the song of a bird singing happily on the branch of a tree, a king had it caught and kept in a cage. Even singing is wrong in the presence of wrong people. The poor bird could not have imagined that his song would get him behind bars! The bird that flew in abandon in the free skies and flitted from one branch to another as he wished, now found himself in a golden cage, inlaid with precious stones to one who has tasted the freedom of the skies? A cage is a cage, whether of gold or iron.

The bird cried and cried, but the king and his courtiers thought he was singing aloud with joy! Some people can cry only like the bird did but to those who cannot perceive the cry would be an expression of joy. The bird was filled with agony and anxiety and he began to think: “Will my wings remember how to fly if I remain in this cage too long?”
If he forgets the sky then of what use even if he were to be freed from the cage! Only those that have the knowledge and the joy of freedom within their souls know what it is. By merely becoming independent, freedom cannot be known. The bird longed to be free before he lost memory of the sky. 

One morning the bird heard a Fakir sing: 
For him who seeks liberation, there is only one way – the path of truth. 
For him who seeks freedom there is only one way – the way of truth. 
And what is truth?” The mendicant asks in his song. 
Truth is to see things as they are; to know things as they really exist and 
try to live with them as they are and reveal them as such – this is truth; 
and he who attains truth is liberated.” 

This was the fakir’s song. Thus he sang in the streets each day. No one heeded him except the little bird, for a bird still knows the joy of vast spaces through its flights. Man does not know it any more. Man is completely oblivious of the wings he has which can take him to some unknown space. And so the saints and seers of yore tirelessly called out to mankind but who hears? 

But this little bird caught the fakir’s message and that very day it decided to try…. The king was in the palace when someone came to see him. He sent word through his servants to say that he was not inside. The bird shouted: “No, no! The king is in the palace and he has ordered his guards to say he is not at home.” The king was angry. People tend to be displeased when truth is spoken, for all people live in untruths and falsehoods. And those who are the sovereigns, be they of kingdoms or wealth or religion; those that wield power of any kind are displeased with truth, for power is always installed on the throne of falsity. Therefore those that hold power always crucify truth, for if a truth is allowed to live, it becomes the cross for the governors. 

The king ordered that this bird be removed immediately – how can truth reside within palaces? Truth can have a place on the branch of a tree, but within the precincts of the royal abode – it stands no chance. The bird was thrown out of the palace – but that was its cherished desire! He began to dance in the open and said: “The fakir is right if you want to be free, truth is the only way.”

A parrot watching from a distance cried out: ”Stupid bird, you lost a golden cage and you are happy about it? Not even one is fortunate to have it! It is only obtained by good deeds of our past lives. But you ignorant fool, you do not know the "art of living" in a golden cage. The first and foremost rule is to do exactly what the master says without thinking about right and wrong: for he who falls into this error cannot stay within it, Thinking begets rebellion and whosoever begins to think, cannot remain in captivity. Why did you commit the mistake of thinking, you silly bird? 

To think is dangerous. Sensible people never think. They stay within their prisons and call it their home, their temple. At the most, you could have decorated the bars from within; a decorated cage give the impression of a house.” Remember, the majority of people adorn their cages in just this fashion and look upon them as their homes

The bird paid no attention; he was mad with ecstasy, his wings fluttering in the gentle breeze – for he was once again out in the open air. But the parrot continued to give his unasked, for advice. 
Learn the art of retaining the golden cage from us parrots. 
We always say what the master says. We never say the truth. 
In fact, we do not care to think that is truth. 
We say what the master says. What he does, is not to be mentioned. 
We see with the master’s eyes and think with his thoughts. 
We never use our eyes or our brains.” 

Saying this the parrot quickly went and occupied the open cage. The guard shut the door. The parrot is still within the cage, saying just what the master says. He will remain closed in that cage forever, for the parrots speak everything but the truth. The parrot is a bird after all, but among human beings too, the likes of parrots are numerous. These parrots too, repeat what their masters have said; and for thousands of years they have gone on repeating and to repeating what they have been told. 

There are parrots of scriptures, there are parrots of sects and cults, there are parrots of temples – the whole of mankind is pestered with the noise these parrots make! And their voices, heard incessantly, capture our minds, so that gradually we too, become parrots. Then we are not even aware that there are open skies and that we have wings to soar into them; we are not even aware of that thing called soul or beatitude! 

If you want to maintain peace in your captivity, do not ever mention the word ”Truth.” If life is accepted only as an existence in subjugation and confinement, never ever make the mistake of liking your eyes towards Truth. Consider him your enemy who talks about truth, for truth is dangerous; for truth leads to freedom and freedom offers no security. There is great security in bondage. How safe is the cage? There is no fear of storms and high winds. The pouring of clouds and the flash of lightning hold no terror. No, there is no fear, man is safe within the bars of his cage. In the vast skies are many dangers. Imagine, a tiny bird in the endless skies with their terrible storms and mighty gales – there is no protection, there is no safety. That is why the majority of people prefer bondage. If you desire security, ask yourself – do you want to be a captive? If that is so, do not ever talk of Truth. 

Then captivity, bondage, is the only answer. For be it of politics or religion of wealth or of words, if security is desired, it is best to be dependent. The quest of Truth is not for those who believe in a safe and secure existence. It is a quest for eager and fearless souls... for those who have not forgotten their wings and the open skies. Deep within them, some lost remembrance stirs to break ties, pull down walls and fly... fly to that element where there are no walls, no fetters! 

Knock at a million hearts and perhaps one heart may resound with the resonance of Truth. What has happened to mankind? Security has become everything in life. Security has become our religion – live in security and die in security. 

There is the story of a king who once built a special palace. He made it so impregnable that no enemy could enter it. We also, in life, make just such castles and take all precautions to keep the enemy away and be absolutely safe. What does man do all his life, after all? Why does he amass wealth? Why does he yearn for position and fame? So that he may feel safe and secure and life holds no terror for him. But the fun of the whole thing, and also the secret, is that the more measures he takes to safeguard himself, his fear increases in the same proportion. 

The king had also conquered all there was to conquer. Now the only fear was to guard himself from the enemy; for the enemy conquered is still the enemy. He who tries to conquer others, makes enemies of all. Only he who is ready to accept defeat from another man alone be a friend in this world. The king wished to conquer the whole world so the whole world was his enemy and his fear had increased a thousandfold. When fear increased, it became necessary to make provisions for safety. He built a big palace with only one door. There were no other doors and no windows; not even a hole for the enemy to work through. Only one door – guarded by thousands of soldiers with naked swords. 

The neighbouring king came to see this much-talked-of palace. He was terribly impressed and determined to make a similar palace for his own safety. While taking leave, he praised the king for his foresight and wisdom and reiterated his desire to follow his example. An old beggar sitting by the roadside heard this talk. He laughed aloud. 

The owner of the palace chided him saying: ”What makes you laugh, fool?” 
”Since you ask, Sire, I shall take the opportunity of telling you,” said the beggar. ”There is only one flaw in this marvelous structure. It is impregnable except for the door. The enemy can come through the door. If you step in and have the door covered with brick and mortar, it will be completely secure. Then no enemy can ever enter it.” 
”If I do as you say, you fool, this palace will become my grave,” said the king. 
”It already is,” said the fakir, ”except for the door. Through this door the enemy can come, and if not the enemy, death is bound to come.” 
”But I will be dead before that!” raved the king. 
”Then understand this well.” said the fakir. ”As many doors as you had in your palace, so much of existence was with you. As you decreased the doors so also life diminished within you. Now one door is left – one lone opening to life; close it and shut out life forever. Therefore I say, there is only one flaw.” And he broke into peals of laughter again. 

”I too had castles, your majesty,”the fakir continued. ”Then I felt that they were no more than prison-houses. So I began to widen the doors and separate the walls. But I found that no matter how much I widened the doors the walls still remained, so I got out of the walls and came out in the open. Now I stay beneath the open skies and am alive in the perfect sense of the word.” 

But have we not all built as many walls around us as we possibly could? The walls that are made of brick and mortar are not that dangerous, for they can be seen. There are other walls – subtle, imperceptible walls.... These are the hard screens – glass screens of concepts, of doctrines, of scriptures. Absolutely invisible!

Source: The Beginning of the Beginning By Osho.

15 comments:

Shradha Saburi said...

Good Morning Sir, and all the Gems of JN
Another masterpiece!!
many many regd

durga said...

master,great article OSHO can only explain such complexities with simplicity.his teachings are addictive.people are habituated to judge, decide, determine and close their doors to wisdom.life is a dynamic situation as the markets.man tries to approach it thru so many consrtraints imposed by self and the society.(matrix)osho says many people die without knowing or singing the song of their life.
loking for the truth is no doubt is the first SIGN OF FREEDOM.celebrate life...good day

Arif said...

Ilangoji,

Thanks for the excellent article.

Bala said...

Good Morning, Ilango Ji

shriram said...

yes, excellent..

and this parrot in cage & wall mentality is also visible in every walk of life.

Even in TA communities this mental block exists. As a general obsv , many of us become Dogmatic about certain "BOOKISH" concepts (EW fibbo guidelines issued by Prechter , 25yrs ago, is a gr8 eg).

They know that markets dont play out patterns in EXACT synch with these, but still want to FORCE a EW LABLE , just becoz the wave did more than the "guideline".

In the process OBJECTIVITY & REALITY OF PRICE is lost!

Never be dogmatic, think with indep. thought.

Excellence will come only when u can dare to think beyond what the BOOK says, think from the very depth of our souls with honesty & clairvoyance :-)


Ravi Pillai said...

Truth Is A Pathless Land.J.K.

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daiyamt said...

Truth cannot be 'LABLE'd with 'IF's.

Manish said...

Goodmorning master

Bless the trainer who introduced me to "Just Nifty" and you.

rajiv malik said...

Nifty (5,697.7)

The Nifty recorded the low of 5,583 before reversing higher last week. The index has achieved our outermost target at 5,596 so we have to assume that one minor wave is complete. The bounce-back wave that is currently on faces resistance at 5,726. The index also formed a doji in the daily candlestick chart pattern.

There is a possibility of the index reversing lower from the resistance at 5,726. Downward targets in that event would be 5,582 and then 5,494. Short-term traders can therefore play short if the index fails to cross above 5,726.

Short-term trend will however turn upward on close above 5,726, paving the way for rally to 5,815.

From a medium-term perspective, if the index manages to move between 5,500 and 5,800 for few more weeks, it will have bullish connotation and will mean that the long-term trend is positive.

Move below 5,400 will mean that the index can move on to 5,296 or 5,171 in the months ahead. Long-term outlook will turn negative only on close below 5,196. [courtesy- business line]

Jayaraman said...

rajiv malik ji,

Thanks for posting this article from Business Line.

rajiv malik said...

you are always welcome jayaraman ji !

Amol Sharma said...

Hi all, Thanks Sir !

manojag said...

What is freedom? Freedom is knowing that you are already free, free from the sense of limitation and being a wanting person.
The vision of the GITA is that you are Brahman which is everything and once you know that,you are free.You are already Brahman and if you think you are not, it is a mistake born out of ignorance and to correct it you need knowledge.A fact to be understood.
It is like a rich man who wants to be rich,not knowing that he has great wealth. To be rich he has only to know that he is rich;anything else postpones it.
Knowledge alone is the direct means for freedom,nothing else. Not meditation,karma,attitude or values,though all of them are indirectly helpful to gain a mind that can grasp this knowledge.

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