when the shoe fits
talks on the stories of chuang tzu
talks given from 11/10/74 am to 20/10/74 am
english discourse series
year published: 1978
chapter 1 : when the shoe fits
chapter 2 : the tower of the spirit
chapter 3 : flight from the shadow
chapter 4 : fighting cock
chapter 5 : monkey mountain
chapter 6 : symphony for a seabird
chapter 7 : autumn floods
chapter 8 : the turtle
chapter 9 : duke hwan and the wheelright
chapter 10 : man is a born in tao
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and thanks to the spirit of osho!
***** chapter 1 :when the shoe fits *****
11 october 1974 am in buddha hall
chu'i the draftsman could draw more perfect circles freehand than with a compass.
his fingers brought forth spontaneous forms from nowhere. his mind was meanwhile free
and without concern with what he was doing.
no application was needed, his mind was perfectly simple and knew no obstacle.
so, when the shoe fits, the foot is forgotten, when the belt fits, the belly is forgotten, when
the heart is right, 'for' and 'against' are forgotten.
no drives, no compulsions, no needs, no attractions: then your affairs are under control. you
are a free man.
easy is right. begin right and you are easy. continue easy and you are right. the right way to
go easy is to forget the right way and forget that the going is easy.
chuang tzu is one of the rarest of flowerings, rarer even than a buddha or a jesus. because
buddha and jesus emphasise effort and chuang tzu emphasises effortlessness.
much can be done through effort but more can be done through effortlessness. much can be
achieved through will but much more can be achieved through will-lessness. and whatsoever you
achieve through will will always remain a burden to you; it will always be a conflict, an inner
tension, and you can lose it at any moment.it has to be maintained continuously -- and
maintaining it takes