Osho is a spiritual leader that left a wonderful legacy for people who strive to improve their lives and to gain a deeper awareness of life’s most wondrous possibilities. With his otherworldly wisdom, Osho spread messages of love and peace that can heal us in the most difficult times.
Check out these quotes to discover some of Osho’s insights on love, life, creativity, and meaning. Learn how glimpses of hope hide in the simplest words.
If you love a flower, don’t pick it up. Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love. So if you love a flower, let it be. Love is not about possession. Love is about appreciation. – Osho
Osho teaches us that true love never requires possession or domination. True love is an act of appreciation for someone or something that brings us joy. By demanding someone we love to belong to us, we interfere with their freedom.
Be. Don’t try to become.
To attain wisdom is a simpler process than we think. Sometimes, all it takes is accepting that we don’t have to be always running towards elusive and ever-changing goals. We all try to become more than we are and meanwhile, we forget to simply be.
To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty. – Osho
As many other spiritual teachers, Osho always emphasizes the need to lead a creative life. Being creators allows us to add our own personal contribution to the beauty of the world and it is important in the process of falling in love with life.
Courage is a love affair with the unknown. – Osho
The wiser we get, the easier it is to accept that risk is necessary to life. Surrounded by the unknown and the unpredictable, we have to find the courage to fight the heavy things that come our way.
Millions of people are suffering: they want to be loved but they don’t know how to love. And love cannot exist as a monologue; it is a dialogue, a very harmonious dialogue. – Osho
Most of the world’s problems stem from a lack of understanding and love between people. Whenever we think of love, we think about us being loved, not about us being the ones who love. This selfish approach spoils the possibility for real love.
The real question is not whether life exists after death. The real question is whether you are alive before death. – Osho
Great teachers do not want us to give up on life or to seek refuge far away, afraid of life’s messiness. They want us to live passionately and consciously. Awareness is the all-powerful element that increases the quality of our lives.
Life repeats itself mindlessly – unless you become mindful, it will go on repeating like a wheel. – Osho
We often succumb to the mistake of living life on auto-pilot, not paying attention to people or things. While it’s true that processes and events of life repeat themselves, everything is new and worthy of attention for an awakened mind that is able to grasp the nuances and subtleties.
Respect life, revere life. There is nothing more holy than life, nothing more divine than life. – Osho
The key lesson of all spiritual teachings is to respect and love life, never negating its divine nature. Life is amazingly mysterious and complex, and even though we don’t always find meaning easily, we can at least revere in its beauty.
Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence. – Osho
An awakened person is not weak or complacent. If we seek to awaken, we should not become passive to life. We can still revolt against evil, suffering, injustice by using constructive forces, such as creativity.
People say love is blind because they do not know what love is. I say unto you, only love has eyes; other than love, everything is blind. – Osho
Every route towards enlightenment takes us through love. Without love guiding us, we cannot find the way. By saying love is blind, we condemn love to irrationality, while love is one of the most obvious signs of a true awakening.
Find ecstasy within yourself. It is not out there. It is in your innermost flowering. The one you are looking for is you. – Osho
We are always looking on the outside, searching for things to amuse and entertain us. We hold on wrongly to the idea that our feelings must be a response to the outside stimuli. We need to focus our energy on our inner life, which is the source of all happiness and joy.
Commit as many mistakes as possible, remembering only one thing: don’t commit the same mistake again. And you will be growing. – Osho
On our way to wisdom and clarity, we should never let mistakes demoralize us. As long as we don’t repeat our mistakes and we seek to learn from them, through each mistake our experience of life grows bigger and we earn a better armor for the future.
What is discipline? Discipline means creating an order within you. As you are, you are a chaos. – Osho
Besides a humble disposition of the soul, discipline is another important element that can help a person reach spiritual awakening. Discipline is vital because it creates healthy habits and puts order to our lives, minds, and souls.
I love life. That’s why I give teachings of celebration, celebrate everything. From body to soul, physical to spiritual, sex to superconsciousness, everything is divine for me. – Osho
People who open their hearts to wisdom discover in them compassion, kindness, passion, and curiosity. For them, everything is sacred, connected to the whole in intricate and meaningful ways. Nothing is superfluous. With their eyes filled with beauty, they see beauty everywhere.
You need either to create something or to discover something. Either bring your potential to actuality or go inwards to find yourself, but do something with your freedom. – Osho
We all have the freedom to carve our own destiny and to decide in which ways we want to fulfill our destiny. Some are explorers, others are creators, but each person has an inner journey to make to bring out to the surface their unique gifts.
A single moment of love is equal to the whole eternity of love. – Osho
From the wide perspective of the enlightened, nothing is dismissed as meaningless or feeble. A single act of love or justice is worth as much as all others, no matter the scale at which it occurs. Everything we pour our souls into becomes valuable.
Friendship is the purest love. It is the highest form of Love where nothing is asked for, no condition, where one simply enjoys giving. – Osho
Love has many forms and a person who seeks to lead a happy and fulfilled life must cultivate them all. We tend to focus on romantic love, but friendship can often reach a greater and more profound dimension. Friendship comes directly from the heart.
Listen to your being. It is continuously giving you hints; it is a still, small voice. And if you are a little silent you will start feeling your way. – Osho
Once we start to pay more attention to our lives, we begin to notice little things that weren’t obvious before. Our intuition speaks louder, our feelings become clearer, and our minds get sharper. The weak inner voice gains strength.
One just needs a little alertness to see and find out: life is really a great cosmic laughter. – Osho
Some people think that spirituality emphasizes the profound, heavy, and austere realities of life, but truthfully, spiritual teachers from all times have asked us to never take life too seriously. Sometimes laughter can take us closer to wisdom than gravity.
All that is great cannot be possessed – and that is one of the most foolish things man goes on doing. We want to possess. – Osho
We want to possess things, thinking that this is the only way to grow bigger than we are. However, great things always escape us, and the meaningless things that can be possessed usually end up becoming a burden that slows us down.
Don’t try to understand life. Live it! Don’t try to understand love. Move into love. – Osho
We often become victims of our rational minds that like to categorize life by patterns and laws. Understanding is valuable but it can only come as a result of an experience, not as a product of just rational thought.
Love is the goal, life is the journey. – Osho
If all the teachings of the world’s spiritual leaders were to be summed up, saying that love is our main goal and life is a journey would be enough. These simple statements can determine the best approach to a well-lived life.
It is beautiful to be alone, it is also beautiful to be in love, to be with people. And they are complementary, not contradictory. – Osho
All human experiences are equally precious. Solitude, companionship, and love have their own merits and complement each other in making us well-rounded people. We don’t have to choose between them, but to accept them as different parts of the same road.
Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars… and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful. – Osho
Once we gain hold of our inner lives by practicing awareness, we rediscover the world in all its richness. With new, powerful lens, we start to notice the marvels that surround us and that we often took for granted. Everything reveals itself in its glory, from a flower to a star or a bird.
You will find meaning in life only if you create it. It is a poetry to be composed.
It is a song to be sung. It is a dance to be danced… – Osho
Striving for meaning is one of the core traits of a being endowed with consciousness. While we search for our own, we should remember that meaning is something we create, not something we are given from the outside. We definitely need meaning, but its forms can change endlessly.
You need power only to do something harmful. Otherwise love is enough, compassion is enough. – Osho
To use power to achieve something means to force our will upon others and make them accept our views, which is very selfish and inconsiderate. If our intentions were good, love and compassion would be enough to convince others.
Don’t seek, don’t search, don’t ask, don’t knock, don’t demand – relax.
If you relax, it comes. If you relax, it is there. If you relax, you start vibrating with it. – Osho
We are always told that only people who act with confidence and who work strenuously achieve their potential. Rushed by the demands of our fast-paced lives, we forget that there is value in relaxation. When we relax, life makes room for all kinds of possibilities and connections.
Life is not a problem. To look at it as a problem is to take a wrong step. It is a mystery to be lived, loved, experienced. – Osho
We often take life too seriously, setting all kinds of milestones and goals that don’t let us catch our breath. We forget that, when looking back, life is a cumulation of the experiences that surprised and amazed us. Nothing is more important than exploring and engaging with the present moment.
If you can grow in love, you will grow in awareness. If you grow in awareness, you will grow in love. – Osho
Love and awareness are two forces that intertwine and support each other. One helps the other grow and together, they shape the most profound aspects of our lives. When we focus on love, our awareness develops as well, and vice-versa.
Think before you desire a thing. There is every possibility that it will be fulfilled, and then you will suffer. – Osho
Desires are harmful, no matter their nature. Fulfilled desires can be as harmful as those unfulfilled because they bring out new distractions and problems into our lives. We end up going from one desire to another, and we lose ourselves on the way.
Joy is spiritual. It is different, totally different from pleasure or happiness. It has nothing to do with the outside, with the other, it is an inner phenomenon. – Osho
We know that we are closer to our inner, most profound spiritual self whenever we feel joyful without being able to identify the cause. An unexplainable joy is a confirmation that the soul is at peace with itself.