|Imagine: When Zorba the Greek Becomes Gautama the Buddha
Posted by Osho World Foundation Tuesday, May 01, 2018 at 10:05
|NEW DELHI India To mark Buddha Jayanti on 30 April, the full moon night when Buddha was born, got enlightened and left his body, Swami Anand Kul Bhushan, recalls Buddha’s search and wonders if we can follow him.
The brilliant young astrologer, Kau Danna, raised just one finger while the group of wise old fortunetellers raised two.
Kau Danna indicated that the new born prince had only one possibility to become a great spiritual guru while the others played safe by suggesting that he could either become a great spiritual guru or a great emperor.
The newborn’s father did not want to take any chances, so he organised the environment around prince Siddhartha to exclude all indications of decay and death.
The prince frolicked with his mother and nannies; later played, laughed, danced and cavorted with other children in his palace, shielded from the real world.
Stepping into his teens, he rode horses, learnt sword fighting and archery, enjoyed wrestling, relished delicious meals, adored music and dancing, gamboled with the most beautiful maidens, thus savouring ‘the good life’.
In his late twenties, he was married to a ravishing princess and fathered a son.
Siddhartha lived his first 29 years like Zorba The Greek described by author Nikos Kazantzakis in his novel of the same title, later made into a hit Hollywood movie.
Zorba lived life to the fullest by loving, laughing, dancing, playing music and celebrating everything.
NEW DELHI India Painting of the Buddhas first discourse, turning the Dharmacakra. Sanskrit Astasahasrika Prajnaparamita Sutra manu written in the Ranjana . Nalanda, Bihar, India. Circa 700-1100 CE.
One day Siddhartha was travelling to inaugurate a youth festival in his royal chariot when he saw a sick old man, a sight he had never seen.
Intrigued, he asked his faithful charioteer to know what had happened to this man.
The answer shook him up as he realised that one day, he too, would become sick and old.
Further on, a funeral was crossing the road.
Again, he asked his driver and the answer devastated him when he found out that this was the grim finale of all life.
Ordering the charioteer to turn around, he became very pensive when he returned to his palace.
That night, he could not sleep as the two images kept haunting him.
In the middle of the night, he got up to leave the palace and search for the meaning of life, the truth of it all.
Yearning for peace, he went to the forest to look for a master.
For many years with many masters, he searched but he did not achieve what he aspired for.
Weakened by penance and hunger, he was crossing a stream when its current almost drowned him, had he not grabbed a hanging branch.
That was it.
Deciding to give up punishing his body and all desire, even that of realizing himself, he sat under a tree and meditated.
Then it happened.
The truth enveloped him in a glorious light.
Silence, peace, bliss … all showered upon him.
Siddhartha was transformed into Buddha, the enlightened one.
Buddha exudes just one dimension of great peace, stillness and harmony with the universe.
To be like him, we sit cross-legged, close our eyes and try to become still.
However, our mind races on, fantasising all we have missed in our lives.
For some men, these are gorgeous women, magnificent homes, sleek sports cars, grand banquets and so on.
And, for some women, it is glittering diamonds, designer dresses, red carpets, handsome men, celebrity friends and on an on.
The mind races on with unfulfilled desires while Buddha is not even on the horizon.
Do we want to live it up like a Zorba or become silent like the Buddha?
The enlightened master Osho shows us the way by showing us to meditate with vigorous physical activity followed by catharsis and lapsing into silence to experience our no-mind going beyond happiness and tasting bliss for a few moments which become eternity.
Osho’s genius has devised the original concept of Zorba The Buddha as he points out that Zorba is incomplete without mediation and Buddha without celebration.
Osho says: "Zorba is the foundation and Buddha is the palace.
"Buddha is the peak, but the foundation stones are laid by Zorba.
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