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“Marriage was an economic institution in which you were given a partnership for life in terms of children and social status and succession and companionship.  but now we want our partner to still give us all these things, but in addition I want you to be my best friend and my trusted confidant and my passionate lover to boot, and we live twice as long.  So we come to one person, and we basically are asking them to give us what once an entire village used to provide: Give me belonging, give me identity, give me continuity, but give me transcendence and mystery and awe all in one.  Give me comfort, give me edge.  Give me novelty, give me familiarity.  Give me predictability, give me surprise.  And we think it’s a given, and toys and lingerie are going to save us with that.” ~ Esther Perel, via Modern Romance

“You are special, and there is no need to want to be special.  You are special, you are unique—existence never creates anything less than that.  Everyone is unique, utterly unique.  There has been no person like you before, and there will never be a person like you again.  Consciousness has taken this form for the first time and the last time, so there is no need to try to become special: you already are.  If you are trying to be special, you will become ordinary.  Your very effort is rooted in misunderstanding.  It will create confusion because when you try to become special, you have taken one thing for grated—that you are not special.  You have become ordinary already.  You have missed the point.” ~ Osho, Fame, Fortune, and Ambition

“The child wants to go out while it is raining and wants to dance in the rain: ‘No! You will get a cold.’  A cold is not a cancer, but a child who has been prevented from dancing in the rain, and has never been able again to dance, has missed something great, something really beautiful.  A cold would have been worthwhile—and it is not that he will necessarily have a cold.  In fact, the more you protect him, the more he becomes vulnerable.  The more you allow him, the more he becomes immune.” ~ Osho, Fame, Fortune, and Ambition

“Have you ever seen a bird poor?  Animals in the forest—nobody is poor, nobody is rich.  In fact, you don’t even see fat birds and thin birds.  All the crows are almost identical; you cannot even recognize which is which.  Why?  They enjoy; they don’t hoard.  Even to become fat means you are hoarding inside the body—that is the indication of a miserly mind.  Misers become constipated; they cannot even throw out their waste.  They hoard, they control even defecation, they go on hoarding even rubbish.  Hoarding is a habit.” ~ Osho, Fame, Fortune, and Ambition

“Yes, there are problems, I agree. There are great problems.  Life is such a hell.  Misery is there, poverty is there, violence is there, all kinds of madnesses are afloat, that’s true—but still, I insist the problem arises in the individual soul.  The problem is there because individuals are in chaos.  The total chaos is nothing but a combined phenomenon: we have all poured our chaos into it.  The world is nothing but a relationship; we are related with each other.  If I am neurotic and you are neurotic, then the relationship will be even more neurotic—it is multiplied, not just doubled.  And everybody is neurotic; hence, the world is neurotic.  The beginning has to be with you: You are the ‘world problem.’  So don’t avoid the reality of your inner world—that is the first thing.” ~ Osho, Fame, Fortune, and Ambition

“Kill desires—you will not find any blood coming out of them, because they are bloodless.  But kill a need, and there will be bloodshed.  Kill a need, and a part of you will die.  Kill a desire, and you will not die.  Rather, on the contrary, you will become freer.  More freedom will come out of dropping desires.  If you can become a person of need and no desires, you are already on the path, and heaven is not far off.” ~ Osho, Fame, Fortune, and Ambition

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