The Earth Doesn ’ t Need You – You Need the Earth


That is so true! This richly abundant planet is where I live….

“Every day stars disappear into black holes and every day new stars are born from white holes. One thing has to be remembered, that anything that is born is going to die. This planet has been here for near about four thousand million years. Perhaps it has become old, perhaps nothing can be done to save it. It needs rest, and death is a rest.”

Maybe it does need a rest, but I feel bad about the way things are going.

“The earth is beautiful. If you start living its beauty, enjoying its joys with no guilt in your heart, you are in paradise. If you condemn everything, every small joy, if you become a condemner, a poisoner, then the same earth turns into a hell – only for you.”

Osho, The Book of Wisdom, Talk #11

I know but if big corporations aren’t doing enough then what can I, on my own, possibly do to make a difference?

“Only one thing is possible: your making this universe more and more beautiful, so beautiful that existence becomes absolutely incapable of thinking to destroy it. It is not a burden, it is not a commitment. And as long as existence lets this planet continue, enjoy it, make it more juicy… each act of your life.

“According to me that is the only way to avoid a global suicide….”

“Silence and being meditative are enough; they are far greater forces than your small activity. And out of your silence perhaps some action may arise which will be helpful in making the planet more glorious, more splendorous. What I am trying to say is, prove to existence that this planet is so precious that to allow it to be destroyed will be sheer nonsense. Existence will have to wait again for fifty million years to bring such people, such consciousnesses as Buddha, Lao Tzu…

“Do you see my point? Make it so valuable that even existence withdraws, and destroys all that is being prepared for global suicide. You don’t have to act! You have simply to meditate, be silent, be loving, fill the whole world with laughter.”

Osho, Hari Om Tat Sat, Talk #12

Meditating is one thing, not so easy to be loving when most people don’t seem to care.

“Rooted in meditation you will have wings of compassion. That’s why I say I would like to give you two things: Roots into this earth and wings in to that heaven. Meditation is this earth, it is here and now, the very moment you can spread your roots, do it. And once roots are there your wings will reach to the highest sky possible. Compassion is the sky, meditation is the earth, and when meditation and compassion meet a Buddha is born.”

Osho, A Bird on the Wing, Talk #11

Point taken. This has to be worth a shot, right?

“If anyone loves this earth, the beautiful birds and animals and human beings, if anyone has a sense of this tremendous phenomenon… because the whole universe is without any greenery, without any flowers, without any oceans, without any rivers. This place, this small earth – very small – has a special position in the world. In the whole of existence it is only this earth that has produced buddhas, people. This earth has become holy, just because so many buddhas have traveled on it.”

Osho, Communism and Zen Fire, Zen Wind, Talk #5

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