Communism and Zen Fire Zen Wind

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Author: Osho Rajneesh
Publisher: Osho Media International
ISBN: 3893380728
Pages: 247
Cover: Hardcover
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"This very body the buddha, this very earth the lotus paradise. But it will happen only - not according to Marx but according to me — it will happen only when the whole world is full of buddhas. There is no other way. It is not an economic revolution; neither is it a social revolution. It is a spiritual revolution an, individual—to—individual rebellion. Every heart starts blossoming.

When millions oil heart’s start... blossoming it becomes a chain reaction....This I call Zen fire, Zen wind.”

Osho is a revolution that helps the birth of each individual: 'I am trying in every possible way to drop all those things, which in the past have been? barriers for, the revolution to continue and grow. I don’t want "anybody to stand between the individual and existence. No prayer, no priest — you alone are enough to face the sunrise. You don’t need somebody to interpret for you what a beautiful sunrise it is.”.

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"If we can create a situation, an education for people to understand their inner being, they will come out of it with great compassion, with love for every being. They will have a tremendous reverence for life. They cannot exploit. In fact! Spiritual communism should be first; only then can the economic communism follow it as a shadow." Osho

In the last century people increasingly turned away from established religions towards political and social ideologies as they searched for meaning and y ’ solutions to the very challenging social and economic problems, of the time. Initially communism believed that by changing people’s outer circumstances, humanity would take a quantum leap in brotherhood and consciousness. At the time of this discourse series, and in the presence of a TV crew from Soviet — Russia, the communist bloc is rapidly disintegrating.

Osho discusses the details and context with beautiful clarify, and explains that in, all political ideologies have failed so far because they have started from the wrong end, the collective. The first step has to be the growth of individual consciousness. Osho proposes stepping onto the path of Zen — a path that will take the individual to a pure, authentic "spiritual communism" which can truly ‘A... uplift humanity.

Throughout the book, his radical vision is subtly entwined with wonderful Zen anecdotes and a dazzling selection of jokes and haikus.


October 1917 — what a moment in history. What high hopes rent the air. Workers of the world unite! — you have nothing to lose but your chains, and a world to gain. As the dust settled and the Winter Palace fell to the Bolsheviks’ bicycle regiment, the real battle of the century began — between Christianity and Communism.

Who would have thought that two nice Jewish boys, Jesus and Marx, would have left such a titanic struggle in their wake? For centuries the Christians had been offering love to their neighbors, and now suddenly, with an impudence that drove the Christians wild with anger, the Communists offered them some- thing to eat and a shelter for the night instead!

There was a price of course, but now, with cries of perestroika and glasnost, it seems that price might have been worth it. Suddenly the “evil empire" is looking positively benign as Gorbachev makes one intelligent decision after another, while the Great Democracy, knee deep in Latin American blood, guns and drugs, looks disturbingly unsettled.

A drama as incredible as that 1917 revolution is unfolding before our eyes, and as each of these two giants appears to have enough nuclear clout to wipe out half the solar system, the out- come is pretty important.

Enter Osho Rajneesh. In this book, this incredible man covers the history of the Soviet Union, the role of Stalin, Trotsky, Lenin and the rest. More importantly he talks directly to Mikhail Gorbachev, about what is happening to his country and what direction he now needs to take.

As usual Osho Rajneesh seems to come out of some plane no one else on the planet occupies. While everyone is busy telling themselves what a monster Stalin was, Osho is pointing out that without Stalin — crimes and all — no Gorbachev. While everyone is congratulating Gorbachev on allowing the traditional religions hack into the Soviet Union, Osho is telling him, don’t.

Fifteen percent of U.S. citizens are below the poverty line, und twenty percent of Russians are below the poverty line — are you going to destroy communism for just five percent of the population? Mr. Gorbachev, don’t throw the baby out with the in bathwater, Osho seems to be saying.

Osho’s analysis is brilliant, and of course, totally unique. And what is his prescription? Another revolution! This time, a spiritual revolution. And where will that come from? Zen.

The brilliant Japanese, who are forever importing an idea, improving it, refining it, and then re-exporting it, have done it again. Suddenly, the Buddhism that left India and went to China with Bodhidharma fourteen centuries ago — and then spread to the rest of Asia — has returned from Japan to India, and in Osho Rajneesh has found its most sublime expression.

The Zen that unfolds from these discourses is a most delicate flower of pure religiousness — no God, no heaven, no hell, no priests, no organization — just the pure no-mind of the mystic geniuses of centuries, transformed into a real human perspective, ephemeral yet palpable, extraordinary yet ordinary, earthy yet sacred, natural yet divine.

Here is the missing link, the ingredient that Marx could never have guessed at. Here is the golden key that poor Kropotkin and Bakunin never understood was at the root of their conflict with Marx and Engels.

The world is at a watershed. Capitalism creates wealth - at a cost. Communism provides the square meals — at a cost. Is this the only choice we have: rich, violent, competitive USA — or poor, old—fashioned, inefficient USSR?

Russia, China, and the whole of the communist bloc is caught at this very moment on the horns of this dilemma, and none of them understands how to escape this false dichotomy. Read on, Comrade. Here it is. Osho Rajneesh is not the bete noir of the Western power elites for nothing. You want to know how to synthesize the best of capitalism with the best of communism? So did we, and we asked Osho.

Here, in this incredible book, are the answers. I won’t spoil the punchline, you will just have to read through to the end to find out — that’s if you really want to lose your chains and gain the world. Not just that, but gain a civilized world for once, a world fit for human beings — it’s time already, as those two nice Jewish boys might have said.


1 Marx and Buddha Hand in Hand 1
2 Raise the Temple of Consciousness 41
3 This I Call Zen Fire, Zen Wind 87
4 I Am a Spiritual Terrorist 137
5 The Only Alternative: War or Meditation 173
6 Wolves in a Sheep’s Skin 221
7 My Interest is in You 283
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