Hardbound, 308 pages
On Buddha’s Sutra of Forty-two Chapters
“Ecstasy is such a great ‘Aha!’ that you are completely dissolved into it. It becomes your very song, your celebration, your dance. Life is a mystery to be lived, not a problem to be solved. Life is a mystery to be lost in, not a problem to be handled.” Osho
In this second volume from The Discipline of Transcendence series, Osho continues to talk on the 42 earliest-surviving Buddhist sutras. By using the word discipline, Osho carves away the conventional, well understood, meaning of the word, so that the reader is able to move from what he already understands, into territory he may never have explored before.
Osho encourages the use of awareness to reveal the natural discipline that comes from listening to oneself. Simply reading this book will inspire you to new revelations about your own life.
Chapter 1: The Challenge of the Buddha
Chapter 2: Happy for no Reason
Chapter 3: In accord with the Way
Chapter 4: The Blessed One
Chapter 5: Be a light unto Yourself
Chapter 6: A Questionless Mind
Chapter 7: Reflections of Emptiness
Chapter 8: Whatsoever you choose, you Become
Chapter 9: The Discipline beyond Discipline
Chapter 10: A hollow Bamboo
Chapter 11: A new Light
Awareness and discipline are the most fundamental things for a seeker. If you discipline yourself without awareness, you will become a hypocrite. If you discipline yourself without awareness, you will become a zombie, a robot. You may not do harm to anybody, you may be known as a good man or even as a saint, but you will not be able to live your real life, you will not be able to celebrate it. There will be no delight in it. You will become too serious; the playfulness will be gone forever. And seriousness is a disease.
If discipline is without awareness, then you will enforce it and it will be a violence, a rape of your own being. It will not give you freedom; it will create more and more, bigger and bigger, imprisonments. The discipline is right if it is based on awareness. The discipline goes completely wrong, becomes poisoned, when it is done not with awareness but by a blind, believing mind.
So the first thing is the whip -- the awareness. And the second thing is the rope -- the discipline. What is the need of discipline? If you are aware, it seems awareness is enough. Eventually it is enough, but not in the beginning -- because the mind has deep patterns, and the energy tends to move from the old habits and old patterns. New channels have to be created.
You may have become aware, but that itself will not be enough in the beginning -- because the mind, finding any opportunity to move in any old pattern, immediately slips, in a split second. It takes no time to become angry. By the time you become aware, already anger has flashed. Later on, when your awareness has become total, when your awareness has become an absolute with you -- before anything happens, awareness is always there, as an a priori; if anger comes, before anger awareness is there; if sexuality possesses you, before it awareness is there -- when awareness has become a natural, spontaneous thing, like breathing, even in your sleep it is there, then discipline can be discarded. But in the beginning -- no. In the beginning, when awareness is settling, discipline will be helpful.