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Absolute Tao: Talks on Fragments from "Tao Te Ching" by Lao Tzu

Absolute Tao: Talks on Fragments from


Item Code: IDK552

by Osho

Hardcover (Edition: 2008)

A Rebel Book
ISBN 817261148X

Size: 7.7" X 5.0"
Pages: 309
Price: $31.00   Shipping Free
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Osho continues to inspire millions of people worldwide in their search for a new approach to individual spiritual that is self-directed and responds to the everyday challenges of contemporary life. His unique perspective encompasses both the timeless wisdom of the East and the highest potential of Western science and technology.

"Tao is totality. Totality is not perfect, it is always imperfect-because it is always alive. Life exits through the tension of opposites. If you deny the opposite you can become perfect, but you will not be total, you will miss something."


Lao Tzu is one of those few masters who have tried to say the truth as accurately as it is humanly possible. He has made tremendous effort to bring the inexpressible to the world of expression to bring the wordless experience within the confinement of small words.

The words we know are mundane; they are meant for ordinary day-a-day use. And the experience that happens in absolute silence is absolutely beyond them. But still it has to be expressed-if not expressed, at least hinted at.

Lao Tzu' s words are fingers pointing to the moon. Don't cling to the fingers. Forget the fingers and took at the moon, and great insight will descend upon you.

There is no other scripture like the Tao Te Ching for the simple reason that each single word in it is immensely pregnant, not only with the unknown but also with the unknowable. Words have been used only as indicators, milestones showings the way telling you to go ahead, not to stop there.

These words are very significant, but at the first reading they will look very puzzling, confusing, paradoxical contradictory-unless you have tasted something of meditation. That taste makes everything clear.

Meditation is like eyes. When you talk about light to man who has eyes, he immediately understands what you mean. When you talk to the blind man about light, he hears the word but listens to nothing understands nothing. His ears the perfect; the word reaches him but empty, with no content. The content has always to be put by your experience.

These words are not ordinary words. Unless you come to them with great meditation it is impossible to figure out what is what. If you come with meditation, then things cannot be more simple than Lao Tzu' s words are. He says, "knowing the not-knowing -that is high."

The highest point is that nothing can be known, that everything is unknowable - and not only unknown, but unknowable. A distinction has to be made between the unknown and the unknowable; these two words have to be pondered over. The first is the known. That which is known today was unknown yesterday. That which is unknown today may become known tomorrow or the day after tomorrow. Hence the difference between the known and the unknown. It is not a difference that makes any difference; it is only a question of time. There is no qualitative difference between the two.

But the unknowable is qualitatively different. The unknowable is that which has never been known and will never be known; unknowability is its intrinsic nature.

This is the most profound truth, that life in its totality, in its organic wholeness is absolutely a mystery. It is not a problem that can be solved it is not a question that can be answered. No amount of knowledge is going to demystify it. It will remain mysterious. Mysteriousness is not something accident to it. You cannot take it away from it is its very soul.

About the Author

Osho defies categorization reflecting everything from the individual quest for meaning to the most urgent social and political issues facing society today. His books are not written but are transcribed from recordings of extemporaneous talks given over a period of thirty-five years. Osho has been described by The Sunday Times in London as one of the "1000 Makers of the 20th century" and by Sunday Mid-day in India as one of the ten people -along with Gandhi, Nehru and Buddha -who have changed the destiny of India.

Osho has a stated aim of helping to create the conditions for the birth of a new kind of human being, characterized as "Zorba the Buddha"-one whose feet are firmly on the ground yet whose hands can touch the stars. Running like a thread through all aspect of Osho is a vision that encompasses both the timeless wisdom of the on the East and the highest potential of Western science and technology.

He is synonymous with a revolutionary contribution to the science of inner transformation and an approach to meditation which specifically address the accelerated pace of contemporary life. The unique OSHO Active Mediations are designed to allow the release of accumulated stress in the body and mind so that it is easier to be still and experience the thought-free state of meditation.


On the Absolute Tao page 1
Ordinariness page 33
On the character of Tao page 61
Emptiness page 93
On the Danger of overweening success page 123
There is no meaning page 153
On the Utility of not-being page 177
Witnessing page 199
On the wise ones of old page 223
Wisdom and Understanding page 255
About the Author page 286
Osho international Meditation Resort page 288
More Osho Books page 291
For More Information page 295
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