Osho

Fame, Fortune, and Ambition [Book]

Fame, Fortune, and Ambition by Osho

By: Osho

Book Overview: Fame, Fortune, and Ambition examines the symptoms and psychology of preoccupations with money and celebrity. Where does greed come from? Do values like competitiveness and ambition have a place in bringing innovation and positive change? Why do celebrities and the wealthy seem to have so much influence in the world? Is it true that money can’t buy happiness? These questions are tackled with a perspective that is thought-provoking, surprising–and particularly relevant to our troubled economic times.

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“Is it true that money cannot buy happiness? Yes, it is true.  Money cannot buy happiness—but it makes misery more comfortable.  That’s why I am not against money—I am all for it.  It is better to be comfortably miserable than uncomfortably miserable.  I have lived in poverty and I have lived in richness, and believe me: Richness is far better than poverty.  I want you to be rich in every possible way—material, psychological, spiritual.  I want you to live the richest life that has ever been lived on the earth.” ~ Osho, Fame, Fortune, and Ambition

“You don’t possess the stars; still you can enjoy them.  Or do you first have to possess them, and only then will you be able to enjoy them?  You don’t possess the birds in the sky, but you can enjoy them.  What you need is not more possessions.  What you need is more sensitiveness, more aesthetic sensibility, more musical ears, more artistic eyes.  What you need is a vision that transforms everything into something significant and meaningful.” ~ Osho, Fame, Fortune, and Ambition

“Live in the moment for the sheer joy of living it.  Then each moment has the quality of an orgasm.  Yes, it is orgasmic.  This is how my people have to live, with no ‘should,’ with no ‘ought,’ with no ‘must,’ with no commandment.  You are not here to become martyrs; you are here to enjoy life in its fullness.  And the only way to live, love, enjoy, is to forget the future.  It exists not.” ~ Osho, Fame, Fortune, and Ambition

“You should never do anything because of duty.  Either you do something because of love or you do not do it.  Make it a point that your life has to be a life of love, and if out of love, you respond, that I call responsibility.  Break the word into two—response-ability—don’t make it one.  Joining these two words has created so much confusion in the world.  It is not responsibility; it is response-ability.  And love is able to respond.  There is no other force in the world that is so able to respond.  If you love, you are bound to respond; there is no burden.  Duty is a burden.” ~ Osho, Fame, Fortune, and Ambition

“We will love each other as long as love remains authentic and true, and the moment we feel that the time has come to pretend, we will not pretend—that is ugly, inhuman.  We will simply accept that the love that used to be there is no longer there, and it is time for us to part.  We will remember all those beautiful days and moments that we spent together.  It will remain always a fresh memory.  And I don’t want to destroy it by pretending; neither do I want you to become a hypocrite.” ~ Osho, Fame, Fortune, and Ambition

“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

“Sexual energy is a wastage if it remains only confined to sex, but it becomes a great blessing if it starts transforming its quality.  Enter into sex not for sex’s sake—use sex as a communion of love.  Use sex as a meeting of two souls, not only of two bodies.  Use sex as a meditative dance of two persons’ energies.  The dance is far richer when man and woman are dancing together, and sex is the ultimate in dance: two energies meeting, merging, dancing, rejoicing.” ~ Osho, Fame, Fortune, and Ambition

“Meditation cannot be purchased, love cannot be purchased, friendship cannot be purchased, gratitude cannot be purchased—but nobody is concerned with these things.  Everything else, the whole world of things, can be purchased.  So every child starts climbing the ladder of ambitions, and he knows if he has money, then everything is possible.  The society breeds the idea of ambition, of being powerful, of being rich.  It is an absolutely wrong society.  It creates psychologically sick, insane people.  And when they have reached the goal that the society and the educational system have given to them, they find themselves at a dead end.  The road ends; there is nothing beyond.” ~ Osho, Fame, Fortune, and Ambition

“Money is a loaded subject because man’s psychology is full of greed; otherwise, it is a simple means of exchanging things, a perfect means.  There is nothing wrong in it, but the way we have worked it out, everything seems to be wrong.  If you don’t have money, you are condemned; your whole life is a curse, and for your whole life, you are trying to get money by any means.  If you have money, it does not change the basic thing: You still want more, and there is no end to wanting more.  When finally, you have too much money—even though it is not enough, it is never enough, but it is more than anybody else has—then you start feeling guilty, because the means that you have used to accumulate the money are ugly, inhuman, violent.” ~ Osho, Fame, Fortune, and Ambition

“Heaven is not a goal; heaven is the presence right now.  If you are present, the divine is available.  If you live in the moment, you are enlightened; there is no other enlightenment.  And then ordinary life is so extraordinary.  Then to be just a nobody is so fulfilling.  I call this whole approach sannyas: dropping the goals, the purposes, the future—becoming part of existence this very moment, not postponing it.  Then in this very moment, a great explosion is possible in you: the ego disappears, you are no more, but the divine is.  And that is bliss and that is truth.” ~ Osho, Fame, Fortune, and Ambition

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