The Best Osho Rajneesh quotes

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What can you learn about entrepreneurship from a man who renounced all material possessions, lived in poverty for many years, and then became one of the wealthiest spiritual leaders in the world? If you’re curious to find out, read on. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the life of Osho Rajneesh – an Indian philosopher and spiritual leader who is known for his unique teachings on meditation and self-awareness. Although he was born into poverty, Rajneesh went on to become one of the most influential figures of his time.

Here are the best Meditation, Religion, Existence, Creativity, Life, World, Awareness, Mind, Freedom quotes from Osho Rajneesh, and much more.


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About Osho Rajneesh

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11 December 1931

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19 January 1990

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Ma In Philosophy

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Spirituality, Mysticism

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There is no God other than life itself. — Rajneesh

No meditation, no life. Know meditation, know life. — Rajneesh

If you take the responsibility for your life, you can start changing it. — Rajneesh

You can go on changing the outer for lives and you will never be satisfied. — Rajneesh

I have a deep reverence for everything that is alive, a reverence for life itself. — Rajneesh

Without zest, what is life? Just waiting for death? — Rajneesh

Life is a constant challenge to know oneself. — Rajneesh

Don’t choose. Accept life as it is in its totality. — Rajneesh

Life should not only be lived, it should be celebrated. — Rajneesh

Meditation is the golden key to all the mysteries of life. — Rajneesh

Those who miss meditation miss the whole dance of life. — Rajneesh

Jesus was a lover of life, a very affirmative person, but Christianity is life–negative. — Rajneesh

Life is a mystery,but man wants to reduce it to a problem! — Rajneesh

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

The idea of vegetarianism is of immense value; it is based on great reverence for life. — Rajneesh

Celebration is my attitude, unconditional to what life brings. — Rajneesh

Mind only thinks, meditation lives. — Rajneesh


Truth is pure awareness. — Rajneesh

Being aware of awareness itself only consciousness can get you there to the truth of yourself the immortal inner being. — Rajneesh

Virtue is virtue only when it is spontaneous; virtue is virtue only when it is natural, unpractised–when it comes out of your vision, out of your awareness, out of your understanding. — Rajneesh

Desire disappears as you become more and more aware. When awareness is one hundred percent, there is no desire at all. — Rajneesh

To me, man means awareness of death. I am not saying become afraid of death; that is not awareness. Just be aware of the fact that death is coming nearer and nearer and you have to be prepared for it. — Rajneesh

When you listen with perfect awareness, then listening becomes possible. — Rajneesh


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Awareness is an inner quality of consciousness; it has nothing to do with closed or open eyes. — Rajneesh

If you are aware, you speak with awareness. But the awareness comes from the inward being. It flows from the inner being towards others. — Rajneesh


To be here and now, you have to be in meditation, beyond mind. — Rajneesh

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

The western mind is linear, the eastern mind is circular. — Rajneesh

Yoga is a method to come to a non–dreaming mind. — Rajneesh

Past and future are two aspects of the same coin. The name of the coin is mind. — Rajneesh

The Mind: a beautiful servant, a dangerous master. — Rajneesh

Mind is the illusion that which is not but appears, and appears so much that you think that you are the mind. — Rajneesh

Mind is memory, not intelligence. — Rajneesh

Meditation is neither of the body nor of the mind, but belongs to the third within you–your being. — Rajneesh

This is the way the mind functions: its whole interest is in that which you have not got. — Rajneesh

Mind cannot think without duality. Duality is the way of thinking. In silence, all dualities disappear. — Rajneesh

Watch, witness. Your body is not you; your mind is not you. You are just a pure witness. — Rajneesh

Mind is the absence of meditation. The moment meditation arises in you, mind is found nowhere. — Rajneesh

Without any fight, just being a witness, mind disappears. — Rajneesh

The tongue never slips–remember this always. What goes on within the mind comes invariably on the tongue. — Rajneesh

No thought, no mind, no choice–just being silent, rooted in yourself. — Osho

Your ego is just an idea implanted in your mind. It is poisonous. Your ego keeps driving you madder and madder. — Rajneesh


All that you need is just to be silent and listen to existence. — Rajneesh

Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence. — Rajneesh

Existence does not listen to your desires, and does not follow your desires, however beautiful and however pious. Existence goes on in its own way. — Rajneesh

Anxiety comes into existence only when we become identified with small things. And they all pass. — Rajneesh

My people worship, but not in a church. They worship the beauty of existence. — Rajneesh

The whole play of existence is so beautiful that laughter can be the only response to it. Only laughter can be the real prayer, gratitude. — Rajneesh

If you have found your truth within yourself there is nothing more in this whole existence to find. — Rajneesh

Existence is a mystery , and one should accept it as a mystery and not pretend to have any explanation . — Rajneesh

You will come closer and closer to perfection, but you will never be perfect. Perfection is not the way of existence. Growth is the way. — Rajneesh

Existence has no personality. No question of personalities, it simply is whatsoever it is. To experience existence as it is, is to know the truth. — Rajneesh

Once you have known the generosity of existence you will never feel miserable. — Rajneesh

Meditation is a surrender, it is not a demand. It is not forcing existence your way, it is relaxing into the way existence wants you to be. It is a let–go. — Rajneesh

Just being alive is such a gift, but nobody ever told you to be thankful to existence. — Rajneesh

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. — Rajneesh

Laughter is more sacred than prayer, dancing more spiritual than chanting mantras, loving existence more cosmic than going to a church. — Rajneesh

Only man has become an outsider–and because of his own efforts. On his own, he has separated himself from existence. — Rajneesh

When one is in love with existence one feels such blessing, such bliss, that it is natural to bow down in deep gratitude. — Rajneesh


Creativity is always from the beyond. — Rajneesh

God is the source of all creativity. You can be creative only when you are EN RAPPORT with God. — Rajneesh

God is not repetitive; His creativity is infinite. — Rajneesh

Real creativity comes only out of silence. — Rajneesh

Creativity means you have to disappear, you have to allow God to be. — Rajneesh

Creativity has nothing to do with creating something, creativity is simply the presence of God. — Rajneesh

Creativity itself is divine. Creativity itself is godliness. — Rajneesh

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God is not the Creator, He is creativity. Creativity is His being. He has always been creating. — Rajneesh

First, meditation, and then out of meditation comes creativity of its own accord. — Rajneesh

A creativity that comes out of meditative innocence, of meditative purity. And a real creator is possible only through meditation. — Rajneesh

When you attain to an egoless emptiness great creativity happens. — Rajneesh

Let me insist and emphasise it because I would like all of my sannyasins to be creative in some way. To me, creativity is of tremendous import. An uncreative person is not a religious person at all. — Rajneesh

Just remember one criterion: whatever you do should not be in the service of destruction, it should be in the service of creativity. — Rajneesh

Because there is no ego, God can flow through you; great creativity becomes possible. — Rajneesh

Creativity means loving whatsoever you do–enjoying, celebrating it, as a gift of God! — Rajneesh


In meditation you are not unconscious, you are conscious–more conscious than ever. — Rajneesh

To me the greatest problem with humanity is that they don’t know anything of meditation. — Rajneesh

Serenity’ is the flavor of meditation. — Rajneesh

Meditation, perhaps, is the only alchemy that can transform a beggar into an emperor. — Rajneesh

Once you have tasted meditation, it is impossible for you to be in any misery. Bliss becomes inevitable. — Rajneesh

Meditation is not growth of the ego, it is death of the ego. — Rajneesh

Meditation is enough. Everything else follows on its own. — Rajneesh

To be choiceless is to be in meditation. To be choiceless is to enter the eternal. — Rajneesh

If you are silent through meditation, utterly silent, suddenly you feel a tremendous urge to create something. — Rajneesh

Remember, meditation cannot be result–oriented; you simply meditate, that’s all. — Rajneesh

Meditation is to get out of your psychosis and to get out of your neurosis; it is simply to slip out of them. — Rajneesh

Meditation is perhaps the master key for all our problems. — Rajneesh

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

You have to be whole: rich in the body, rich in science; rich in meditation, rich in consciousness. — Rajneesh

Meditation cannot be taught, it can only be caught. I am meditation. If you are available you can catch it. — Rajneesh

All methods of meditation are nothing but methods to help you to remember the art of let–go. — Rajneesh

To me a man of meditation is bound to be immensely loving. — Rajneesh


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

Individuality is that which you bring into the world. — Rajneesh

When you are different the whole world is different. It is not a question of creating a different world. It is only a ques of creating a different you. — Rajneesh

I would like marriage to disappear completely from the world, and with marriage, divorce will disappear. — Rajneesh

To be alone and to be drunk with your own aloneness is what meditation is all about. Be in the world, but don’t be of it. — Rajneesh

Half of humanity has been accepting the inner world but denying the outer world. — Rajneesh

Ego cannot bring anything extraordinary into the world; the extraordinary comes only through egolessness. And so is the case with the musician and the poet and the dancer. So is the case with everybody. — Rajneesh

I am not against marriage–without marriage, ninety–nine percent jokes will disappear from the world. How I can be against marriage? I am all for it. — Rajneesh

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

M]editation is not just being silent–that is only one part of it…. [I]t has to be creative. And when a poetry comes out of your inner silences, or a painting, it has a flavor which is not of this world. — Rajneesh

Ambition is violence, the very effort to succeed in the world is violent. — Rajneesh

You cease totally and only then you arrive. You enter into the world of God, or godliness, only when you are no more. — Rajneesh

The world is against individuality. It is against your being just your natural self. It wants you just to be a robot, and because you have agreed to be a robot you are in trouble. You are not a robot. — Rajneesh

But Jesus has been depicted as a serious man. And Christians say he never laughed. Then what is the function of an Enlightened man? If Jesus cannot laugh, then who is going to laugh in this world? — Rajneesh

Accept yourself as you are. And that is the most difficult thing in the world, because it goes against your training, education, your culture. — Rajneesh

When desiring ceases, the other world opens. The other world is hidden in this world. But because your eyes are full of desire, full of the ego, you cannot see it. — Rajneesh

A very sensitive person in this stupid world is bound to become mad…. Only meditation can save him from becoming mad. — Rajneesh


People sometimes ask me , what religion are you ? i always answer by saying, ”i am a little part of all religions and and a big part of no religion — Osho

Laughter is the real religion. Everything else is just metaphysics. — Rajneesh

The authentic pagan has no need of religion because, whatever religion can provide, he already has it. — Rajneesh

Religion has only one answer and that answer is meditation. And meditation means how to empty yourself. — Rajneesh

It is beautiful that there are three hundred religions in the world; more are needed. … Each person should have his own religion–there should be as many religions as there are people! — Rajneesh

Religion can be condensed in a single phrase: total freedom to be oneself. — Rajneesh

The authentic religion teaches you to discover your immortality, to discover the god within you. — Rajneesh

The real religion is not imitation of anybody else, it is a search to find out your own authentic self, who you are. — Rajneesh

The whole search of religion is for that witness: how to find that which is real. — Rajneesh

Zen is the only religion in the world that teaches sudden enlightenment. It says that enlightenment takes no time, it can happen in a single, split second. — Rajneesh

All of the religions are looking after the poor. At least leave me alone to look after the rich. I am the rich man’s guru. — Rajneesh


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

Freedom is our most precious treasure. Don’t lose it for anything. . . . — Rajneesh

Create inner freedom through witnessing. Sannyas is only for the inner freedom. And live out of inner freedom. — Rajneesh

Remember: no attachment should grow, no clinging should grow. They are all against your independence, your freedom, your individuality. — Rajneesh

Whatever you choose you will repent because the other will remain and haunt you. If one needs absolute freedom then choiceless awareness is the only thing. — Rajneesh

It cannot be called freedom, a freedom which can choose only the right and not the wrong; then that is not freedom. — Rajneesh

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