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A Sudden Clash of Thunder

A Sudden Clash of Thunder

Talks on Zen Stories
According to Osho, laughter is “the very essence of Zen.” And while the theme of these talks is that meditation – watching, remaining alert and aware – is the path to self-realization, Osho encourages us first to “be happy and meditation will follow.” Through Zen stories, jokes and answers to questions, Osho highlights our conditioning – our learned, social, cultural behavior and beliefs – as the barrier to our natural state of happiness.
Wielding his words like a humorous compassionate Zen stick, Osho shows us how we can begin to recognize our conditioning and see that it is not the same as our authentic self. “This is the whole effort of all the masters: to create a sudden clash of thunder so those who are fast asleep can be awakened.”

Reviews

“Osho could keep his audience in thrall, knitting prescient anecdotes culled from various sources.”
Sunday Mail, India
Chapter Titles

# Chapter 1: Truth and Knowledge
# Chapter 2: Center and Periphery
# Chapter 3: From Accidental to Essential
# Chapter 4: Real Love
# Chapter 5: The Real Self
# Chapter 6: The Paradox of Love
# Chapter 7: Only the Gold
# Chapter 8: Compassion, Love and Sex
# Chapter 9: The Laughing Buddha
# Chapter 10: Toward Nothingness

Excerpt from A Sudden Clash of Thunder

Chapter 8

“Yes, only compassion is therapeutic – because all that is ill in man is because of lack of love. All that is wrong with man is somewhere associated with love. He has not been able to love, or he has not been able to receive love. He has not been able to share his being. That’s the misery. That creates all sorts of complexes inside.

Those wounds inside can surface in many ways: they can become physical illness, they can become mental illness – but deep down man suffers from lack of love. Just as food is needed for the body, love is needed for the soul. The body cannot survive without food, and the soul cannot survive without love. In fact, without love the soul is never born – there is no question of its survival. You simply think that you have a soul; you believe that you have a soul because of your fear of death. But you have not known unless you have loved. Only in love does one come to feel that one is more than the body, more than the mind.

That’s why I say compassion is therapeutic. What is compassion? Compassion is the purest form of love. Sex is the lowest form of love, compassion the highest form of love. In sex the contact is basically physical; in compassion the contact is basically spiritual. In love, compassion and sex are both mixed, the physical and the spiritual are both mixed. Love is midway between sex and compassion.

You can also call compassion prayerfulness. You can also call compassion meditation. The highest form of energy is compassion. The word compassion is beautiful: half of it is passion – somehow passion has become so refined that it is no longer like passion. It has become compassion.”

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