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GFP Newsletter - 12/3/2017

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Why are people so afraid of death? Is death really a phenomenon to be afraid of?

The first thing to remember is that you don't know death. You have not known it, so how can you be afraid of something that you don't know? That's impossible. You can be afraid of something you know, but of something that is totally unknown, absolutely unknown how can you be afraid? Fear needs an object to be afraid of.

You cannot really be afraid of death, you must be afraid of something else. That something else is an unfulfilled life - you have not been able to live, you have not been able to achieve a fulfillment, you have not been able to overflow, you have not been able to celebrate.

-Rajneesh

GFP Newsletter - 12/2/2017

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Don't allow any experience to go by without your learning something through it. Each single moment is valuable, learn something. When tomorrow comes and the sun rises, you should not be the same - you must have learned. These twenty-four hours are valuable, you must learn.

And by learning, I don't mean that you should know more; you should understand more. Even an ignorant person can be a very understanding person, ignorant in the sense that he is not educated, he doesn't know much. And a very educated person, an 'Oxford man', can be absolutely non-understanding, but he knows.

Can you feel the difference? Knowledge comes through memory, through mind. Understanding comes through experience, through existential experience, not through memory.

-Rajneesh

GFP Newsletter - 12/1/2017

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Awareness is fire.

When Heraclitus says that fire is the root of all existence, he is right. He knows something - fire is the root of all existence. Not the fire that you see; that fire is just one of the forms.

Understanding is like fire: it burns you completely; you as you are right now - the ego, the mind.

It gives you a different dimension: you become a cloud and you move in the sky. You have gained wings.

-Rajneesh

GFP Newsletter - 11/30/2017

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The word 'pyramid' means fire within. The whole human body is like a pyramid. If you move deeper, you will come to understand that near the navel, an energy shape exists which is triangular. And near the navel, just inside the triangle, in the middle, there exists a fire.

It is a very, very tiny flame right now. If you learn more, and your learning becomes understanding - you carry the essence of it - you will feel a heat growing near the navel.

-Rajneesh

GFP Newsletter - 11/29/2017

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A Master has to create situations for you to learn, to understand, to gather a momentum, a fire.

You must have seen pictures of pyramids. They were made by very, very secret schools in Egypt.

The word pyramid means 'fire within', and the pyramid is made in such a way that it accumulates energy. Just now scientists have become aware that the shape of a pyramid is a great accumulator of energy. Just the shape, just the triangular shape accumulates energy.

-Rajneesh

GFP Newsletter - 11/28/2017

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Try to learn from every experience - that is the only meditation. Don't allow any experience to just go down the drain - learn something. Learning will remain with you. The experience will go, but learning will remain with you. And when an accumulation of understanding comes to a certain degree, there is an explosion.

It is just like when water is heated up to a hundred degrees: the water disappears and becomes a totally different thing. The quality changes, it evaporates. Ordinarily water flows downwards, but when it evaporates it starts moving upwards - the dimension has changed.

You are like water. If you don't learn you will go on moving downwards. Learn! Learning is a heat, a seasoning, a maturity, a fire. Learn more and you create more fire within you; and then comes the moment of a hundred degrees - and a jump. Suddenly, the downward dimension disappears - you are moving upwards. You are moving higher and higher and higher, you have become a cloud.

This is possible only through experience; when experience becomes learning, and learning becomes understanding - understanding is the essence. It is not a memory, it is just the very essence of all that you have known. You cannot explain your understanding to anybody, no. It is not knowledge, it cannot be given.

-Rajneesh

GFP Newsletter - 11/27/2017

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When you are sensitive, only then can you help. If you are sentimental you create more mess. When a man understands, he becomes more and more sensitive - he helps, he cares. And he will never feel embarrassed. A sentimental man will always feel embarrassed, because something is wrong.

You also know when you are behaving in a foolish way, you also know.

-Rajneesh

GFP Newsletter - 11/26/2017

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A man of awareness is sensitive. 'Sensitive' means, if somebody is dying, he will serve. If somebody is dying and needs him, he will care. If somebody is dying he will share whatsoever he can share.

There is no point in crying and weeping because you don't help that way.

One man is weeping because he is hungry, and you sit by his side and you also weep because you feel very much for that man - this is sentimentality. Your weeping will not become bread for him, he will remain hungry. Instead of one man weeping in the world, now two men are weeping. You have doubled crying and weeping. It is not going to help. Do something!

A sensitive man will to something. A sentimental man will weep and cry, but a sentimental man will always be thought to be sensitive. A sensitive man will not look as sensitive, because he will be doing something. If someone is hungry he will try to find something for him to eat; if he is thirsty, he will go and fetch water. You will not see tears welling up, and you will not see him beating his chest, rolling on the ground saying: This man is hungry!

You will not be able to see he is sensitive because sensitivity is subtle. He cares - the difference is subtle and delicate. A Buddha will not weep because you are in misery, he will help - he will help you to come out of your misery. If you are in misery, a sentimental man becomes miserable himself.

-Rajneesh

GFP Newsletter - 11/25/2017

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Remember one thing: sentimentality, not sensitivity, belongs to the mind. Sensitivity doesn't belong to the mind, sentimentality belongs to the mind. A man who is aware is absolutely sensitive, but not sentimental. There is a vast difference, an absolute difference.

-Rajneesh

GFP Newsletter - 11/24/2017

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I have heard that a house was on fire and the owner was crying and weeping. He was going mad.

Then somebody said: "Why are you weeping and crying? I was present just yesterday and your son has sold the property. It is no longer yours." The man said: "Yes Is it so?" Tears simply disappeared, and he was enjoying the whole scene just like a spectator. Then somebody came and said: "Yes, it was talked about. There was talk of selling it, but nothing has been decided. Why are you laughing and enjoying? It is your property." Again tears welled up. He started beating his chest and he said: "I cannot live any more! This is my whole life, my whole life's effort."

And then the son came and he said: "Don't be bothered, everything is okay. The money has been given and the man is not aware at all. He lives in another town, he is not aware. The moment the house caught fire, I ran to the other town. Everything is finished; I have taken the money." Again the father began laughing and enjoying.

This is your world, this is how you are behaving - just thoughts; just thoughts and then you cry and weep, just thoughts and then you laugh and enjoy, just thoughts and you are happy, just thoughts and you are miserable. Somebody tells you: You are beautiful - and you are so happy; somebody says: You look ugly - and you are so unhappy. Just words! What are you doing?

-Rajneesh

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