Discover yourself, otherwise you have to depend on other people's opinions who don't know themselves.

โ€” Rajneesh

The most heartwarming Rajneesh quotes to get the best of your day

True freedom is always spiritual. It has something to do with your innermost being, which cannot be chained, handcuffed, or put into a jail.


Nobody is superior, nobody is inferior, but nobody is equal either.

People are simply unique, incomparable. You are you, I am I.


The real question is not whether life exists after death.

The real question is whether you are alive before death.


The moment a child is born, the mother is also born.

She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.


You are not accidental. The world needs you. Without you, something will be missing in existence and nobody can replace it.


The whole world is a cyclone. But once you have found the center, the cyclone disappears. This nothingness is the ultimate peak of consciousness.


Don't try to force anything. Let life be a deep let-go. God opens millions of flowers everyday without forcing their buds


NOW is the only reality. All else is either memory or imagination.


Life in itself is an empty canvas; it becomes whatsoever you paint on it. You can paint misery, you can paint bliss. This freedom is your glory.


It does not matter if you are a rose or a lotus or a marigold.

What matters is that you are flowering.


The only thing that matters in life, is your own opinion about yourself.


The freedom from something is not true freedom.

The freedom to do anything you want to do is also not the freedom I am talking about. My vision of freedom is to be yourself.


About Rajneesh

Quotes 1870 sayings
Profession Guru
Birthday December 11, 1931

The heart is like a flower. Unless it is open, it cannot release its fragrance into the world.


The ego is your enemy, not your friend.

It is the ego that gives you wounds and hurts you. It is the ego that makes you violent, angry, jealous, competitive. It is the ego that is continuously comparing and feeling miserable.


Nobody else can destroy you except you;

nobody else can save you except you. You are the Judas and you are the Jesus.


These seven centers, these seven chakras Yoga and Tantra have talked about down the ages, are nothing but five knots in your body electric current. They can be changed; they can be rearranged. They can be given a new shape, form. Two lovers can be transformed so deeply that all their seven centers can start meeting.


Drop the idea of becoming someone, because you are already a masterpiece.

You cannot be improved. You have only to come to it, to know it, to realize it.


God is the very creative energy of existence - creativity rather than a creator.

He is not the poet but the poetry, not the dancer but the dance, not the flower but the fragrance.


Create the way by your walking; you will not find a ready-made path


One has just to be oneself. That's my basic message. The moment you accept yourself as you are, all burdens, all mountainous burdens, simply disappear. Then life is a sheer joy, a festival of lights.


Come out of the masses. Stand alone like a lion and live your life according to your own light.


I am not a logician. I am an existentialist. I believe in this meaningless, beautiful chaos of existence, and I am ready to go with it wherever it leads.


The world is not a problem; the problem is your unawareness.


That's what I call meditation. You simply stand aloof and just see the mind disappearing, like a cloud on a faraway horizon, leaving the sky clean and pure. And in that state arises your consciousness in its full glory, in its full celebration.


The less the head, the more the wound will heal.

No head there is no wound. Live a headless life. Move as a total being, and accept things.


Experience life in all possible ways -- good-bad, bitter-sweet, dark-light, summer-winter. Experience all the dualities. Don't be afraid of experience, because the more experience you have, the more mature you become.


If you love a flower, donโ€™t pick it up.

Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love. So if you love a flower, let it be. Love is not about possession. Love is about appreciation.


I teach: when pain is there, use it as awareness, as meditation, as a sharpening of the soul. And when pleasure is there, then use it as a drowning, as a forgetfulness. Both are ways to reach God. One is to remember yourself totally, and one is to forget yourself, totally.


Meditation is like the moon: it transforms the energy of lust into love, anger into compassion, greed into sharing, aggressiveness into receptivity, ego into humbleness.


Possessiveness destroys love. And they should not be possessed, because that again destroys your love.


The less people know, the more stubbornly they know it.


Move as a total being, and accept things.

Just for twenty-four hours, try it - total acceptance, whatsoever happens. Someone insults you, accept it; don't react, and see what happens. Suddenly you will feel an energy flowing in you that you have not felt before.


There is great difference between trust and belief. Trust is personal, Belief is social.


This whole society, up to now, has been very violent with the individual.

It does not believe in the individual; it is against the individual. It tries in every possible way to destroy you for its own purposes. It needs clerks, it needs stationmasters, deputy-collectors, policemen, magistrates, it needs soldiers. It does not need human beings.


Paradise is within you, in your state of no-mind. And hell is also within you, in your very mind.


Enjoy simple things with total intensity. Just a cup of tea can be a deep meditation.


To be creative means to be in love with life.

You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.


I love, because my love is not dependent on the object of love.

My love is dependent on my state of being. So whether the other person changes, becomes different, friend turns into a foe, does not matter, because my love was never dependent on the other person. My love is my state of being. I simply love.


There is nothing in existence available without payment.

If you want to know yourself, you will have to drop all false identities. They are your investments, they are your power, they are your prestige, they are your religion, they are your qualifications. It is difficult to drop them; it feels like death.


The ultimate meditation is: surrender to reality.

The more you fight, the more you are in conflict with it, the more you will be a loser. In deep surrender, the ego disappears. And when the ego is not there, for the first time you become aware of that which has always been there.


It's not a question of learning much.On the contrary.It's a question of UNLEARNING much.' Osho


Aloneness is the presence of oneself.

Aloneness is very positive... You are so full of presence that you can fill the whole universe with your presence and there is no need for anybody.


1.If you can bring your consciousness, your awareness, your intelligence to the act, if you can be spontaneous, then there is no need for any other religion, life itself will be the religion.


To be an individual is the hardest thing in the world, because nobody likes you to be an individual. Everybody wants to kill your individuality and to make a sheep out of you. Nobody wants you to be on your own.


Be the person you are. Never try to be another, and you will become mature. Maturity is accepting the responsibility of being oneself, whatsoever the cost.


To laugh at others is egoistic; to laugh at oneself is very humble. Learn to laugh at yourself - about your seriousness and things like that. You can get serious about seriousness. Then instead of one, you have created two diseases. Then you can get serious about that also, and you can go on and on. There is no end to it; it can go on AD NAUSEAM.


The moment you start seeing life as non-serious, a playfulness, all the burden on your heart disappears. All the fear of death, of life, of love - everything disappears.


It is my observation that all human hearts are the same and that their ultimate desire is also the same. This soul wants happiness, perfect and pure happiness, because only then will all desires end. As long as desire exists misery exists, because with desire there can be no peace.


Love can make a great celebration out of your life - but only love, not lust, not ego, not possessiveness, not jealousy, not dependence.