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..., but the payoff is tremendous. Once you gather enough courage to drop all defenses, God simply starts pouring into you from every nook and corner. He rushes towards you from every direction. That is the meaning of dominique: blessed by the lord. Bliss is a blessing. You cannot achieve it but you can receive it. The ego always wants to be the achiever, hence the ego is a barrier. One has to put the...
... objection Surely could be raised]. It was already specifically stated elsewhere in Scripture, Thou shalt not wrest judgement.36  Consequently it must be concluded that even [where the intention is] to acquit the innocent or to condemn the guilty the Torah laid down, And thou shalt take no gift?37  — This37  applies only where [the judge] takes [the gift] as a bribe,38  but Karna...

...; and for this he was paid a fee.48  This is similar to the case49  of R. Huna. When a lawsuit was brought to him, he used to say to the [litigants]. 'Provide me with a man who will draw the water50  in my place51  and I will pronounce judgment for you'. Said R. Abbahu: Come and see how blind are the eyes of those who take a bribe. If a man has pain in his eyes he pays away money...

... those of the wicked. Are then fools and wicked men capable of acting as judges?55  — But it is this that is meant: 'For a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise', even a great Sage who takes bribes will not depart from the world without [the affliction of] a dullness of the mind,56  'And pervert the words of the righteous', To Part b Original footnotes renumbered. See Structure of the...

... demand compensation for his loss. Lit., 'like that'. 'For the irrigation of my land'. [H], cf. supra p. 364. n. 4 The smallest coin, v.Glos. Ex. XXIII, 8. Deut. XVI, 19. Obviously not; how then is it likely that anyone would offer them any bribe Lit., 'blindness of heart'. Tractate List / Glossary / / Bible Reference Kethuboth 105b even one who is righteous in every respect and takes bribes will not...

... and if I am hated they must all hate me. Our Rabbis taught: And thou shalt take no gift;23  there was no need to speak of [the prohibition of] a gift of money, but [this was meant:] Even a bribe of words24  is also forbidden, for Scripture does not write, And thou shalt take no gain.25  What is to be understood by 'a bribe of words'?24  — As the bribe offered to Samuel.26...

... to act as your judge'. He thereupon appointed a couple of Rabbis to try the case for him. As he was arranging the affair36  he [found himself] thinking, 'If he37  wished he could plead thus, or if he preferred he might plead thus'.38  'Oh', he exclaimed, 'the despair that waits for those who take bribes'!39  If I, who have not taken [the fruit at all], and even if I had taken...

... I would only have taken what is my own, am In such [a state of mind], show much more [Would that40  be the state of] those who accept bribes'. A man once brought to R. Ishmael b. Elisha41  [a gift of] the firstfleece.42  'Whence', the latter asked him, 'are you?' — 'From such and such a place', the other replied. 'But', [R. Ishmael] asked, 'was there no priest to whom to give it [in...

..., 'If he46  wished he could plead thus, or if he preferred he might plead thus'.47  'Oh', he exclaimed, 'the despair that awaits those who take bribes! If I, who did not take [the gift], and even if I had taken it I would only have accepted that which is my due, am in such [a state of mind], how much more [would that be the case with] those who accept bribes'. A man once brought to R. Anan...

... nothing against it'. Lit., 'Is it really so?' His borrowing was of no benefit to himself. Lit., 'to cause them to be important'. For a similar reason Rabbah levied a contribution for charity on the orphans of the house of Bar Merion (cf. B.B. 8a). Upon a judge. Even where the judge intended to act justly. Lit., 'his mind draws near to him'. Lit., 'guilt'. [H], 'gift', 'bribe'. [H], 'that he (the...

... recipient) is one (with the giver)'. This is not intended as etymology but as a word play. Lit., 'one who has caught fire by (association with) Rabbis'. Lit., 'of heaven'. V. supra p. 319, n. 9' In that town. Who would lose their lawsuits. In whose favour judgment would be given. Lit., 'who is made guilty'. Lit., 'now'. Ex. XXIII, 8. Or 'acts'. [H] which would have meant a monetary bribe. Lit., 'as that...
... Osho From Darkness to Light: The sweet taste of corruption Main Books Headers Help Your browser does not support iframes. < Prev  Osho From Darkness to Light   Next > The sweet taste of corruption From: Osho Date: Fri, 15 March 1985 00:00:00 GMT Book Title: Osho - From Darkness to Light Chapter #: 15 Location: pm in Lao Tzu Grove Archive Code: N.A. Short Title: N.A. Audio...

... Available: N.A. Video Available: N.A. Length: N.A. Question 1: BELOVED OSHO, THE OTHER DAY I GAVE A TALK AT A COLLEGE WHERE A MIDDLE-AGED MAN IN THE AUDIENCE, VISIBLY UPSET, SAID, "BY SPEAKING AGAINST GOD, AGAINST CHRISTIANITY, AGAINST ALL RELIGIONS, YOU ARE CORRUPTING THE MINDS OF THESE YOUNG PEOPLE." WOULD YOU LIKE TO COMMENT? I have never spoken against God for the simple reason that God does...

... that I am corrupting the minds of youth - it is true. That's exactly what I am doing: corrupting the minds of youth. But this is not something new. Socrates was poisoned for the same crime that I am committing. The crime was, corrupting the mind of the youth. Now nobody can say Socrates was corrupting the mind of the youth. Socrates is known as one of the wisest men who has walked on the earth, but...

... he had accepted, the way I accept, "Yes, I corrupt, because there is no other way to make them innocent again. You have corrupted them, you have poisoned them, you have distorted them. Now if I remove your distortions, your poisons, your corruptions, naturally to you it looks as if I am corrupting. But you have spoiled them; I am putting things right." But it is natural; a person who...

... believes in God, hearing that I say there is no God, will think I am corrupting the minds of youth. I am simply purifying, cleaning, just removing all the dust that has gathered on their mirrorlike mind. But if they think that dust is the mirror then of course they will think I am corrupting the mirror; I am simply cleaning it. But one thing is important: Socrates was blamed for corrupting the minds of...

... the youth, and this man also is saying I am corrupting the minds of the youth. What can we do? Young children are not available to us. They are being corrupted in your churches, in your synagogues, in your temples; they are not available to us. In your schools they are being corrupted, we cannot prevent it. Old people are gone almost beyond the border; now there is only dust, no mirror. And to waste...

... my time on old people whose one foot is in the grave and the other is going to follow soon - do you want me to corrupt them? I am reminded: three great Russian novelists, Leo Tolstoy, Chekhov, and Gorky were great friends. They were sitting in Leo Tolstoy's garden discussing. And when men gather together you know what they discuss: women. When women gather together you know what they discuss: men...

... faiths, beliefs. Of course I do not corrupt old people unless old people themselves come to me to be corrupted. That is their business, that simply means they are not yet old; their spirits are still young and rebellious. Their bodies may be old but they are not old. I don't go after anybody to corrupt him. People come from all over the world to be corrupted by me. What can I do? They are in such...

... a search, they travel thousands of miles just to be corrupted. There must be something in this corruption! That old, agitated, upset man should come here and have a little taste of corruption. It is really delicious, there is nothing that tastes so good as corruption; otherwise I don't see why people should come here. And I have been escaping from people - you can just see - from one city to another city...

... to another city, in such a small life! I have been escaping from people, and I came to Oregon thinking that nobody would come here. But once you have tasted corruption, it does not matter where I go - even if I go to hell, the young people are going to come there to be corrupted because only the young mind can understand that this is not corruption, this is purification. They come here already...

... corrupted, and for the first time they see that one can live without any corruption, without any belief, without any faith, without any God, without any religion. One can live with tremendous joy, with a song in one's heart, a dance in one's whole being. There are a few children, there are a few old people, there are many young people, but as far as I am concerned consciousness is always young. There are...

... children who have a consciousness which is not related to their physical age. There are old people who have a youthful consciousness which is not related to their age either. In fact, consciousness has no age. It is always youth, always spring. It is always rebellious. I simply help you to uncover your rebelliousness, because to me to be a rebel is to be religious. Yes, I corrupt people. And I am going...

... to corrupt people. And my people are going to spread all over the world the same corruption. I am not going to be poisoned as easily as Socrates. In these twenty-five centuries people like me have learned much. I am not going to be crucified as easily as Jesus. They told him to carry his cross, and the poor man carried it. My cross will go on my Rolls Royce. And one hundred Rolls Royces will follow...

... a good opportunity, so that the whole responsibility goes on others. Or, if I had chosen not to go out, I would have become silent in Athens; silence makes no difference. For three years I have been silent here, still corrupting the youth and their mind - in silence. If you know how to corrupt, you can corrupt even in silence. It is a skill. You know perfectly well that for three years I was silent...

.... What were you doing here? - being corrupted! And nobody could even say to me, "You are corrupting them," because I was silent. I would have remained in Athens, but in silence, and still the corruption would have continued, because my corruption is not confined only to words. It is existential. It is infectious. You can infect anybody with your disease, even in silence. Corruption is just...

... have to allow me to corrupt as long as I want to corrupt, and as long as people want to be corrupted by me. But make it clear to these people, say, "To you it looks like corruption; to us it is a purification of the soul. It is a bath, we are rejuvenated by it. And if you have any doubts, come to our place; don't be afraid." They are so afraid of even listening to the truth, what to say of...

... your houses and he will corrupt you." My friend told me, "This is what the principal has said, and he wants you not to be entertained anymore in the campus. And we are poor professors, we cannot antagonize him." I said, "You don't be worried. I will go and see him myself." I went to Principal Mackwan, who was the chief of Leonard Theological College, and I told him, "You...

... the campus - I can corrupt them, and those ten thousand people cannot corrupt me? And you are included in those ten thousand people. "I am here and I am going to come every day - not in the campus anymore, to your office, just to be corrupted by you." He looked shocked. He said, "To be corrupted by me?" I said, "Yes, you corrupt me, or I will corrupt you. It is an open...

... challenge. You are the head of this institute. Ten thousand people follow you, they think you are some great sage. Corrupt me, make me a Christian; I am ready to be converted. But if you fail, then be ready to be converted to my way, which has no name." He said, "I don't want to create any conflict, any controversy." I said, "There is no controversy, no conflict. I will simply sit here...

... silently; you corrupt me. Or, you sit silently, I will corrupt you. Nobody will ever even hear what is going on." He said, "Let me think about it." The next day I was there again. I said, "Principal Mackwan, have you thought about it? Have you asked your wife?" He said, "What do you mean?" I said, "That's what thinking means. When a husband says, 'I will think...

... asked your wife. Do you think Jesus asked anybody, 'What do you think - is it okay to be crucified, or escape?'" That man became a friend - and of course became corrupted slowly slowly. His house became my meeting place. He said, "You are irresistible. You say things which are certainly against our scriptures, our tradition, but not against our reason." And when I left Jabalpur, among...

... these are all anti-religious ideas, that this man is a heretic. Why not come here? If you want to call me a heretic, come here and call me a heretic. In fact I love the word. I enjoy being called a heretic because only very rare human beings have been called heretics. To be orthodox is nothing; to be a heretic needs guts. Come here and say, "You are corrupting people." That will give me...

... a chance to corrupt you too. In fact in my whole life I have not met a single man whom I have not corrupted; whether he knows it or not, that is a different matter. I know if perfectly, that he is corrupted; he will never be the same again. Even those who have left me for this reason or that reason, do you know their situation? They cannot mix in society. I have corrupted them so much they cannot mix in...

.... It is impossible to come in contact with a man who has experienced truth and to go away without being touched this way or that, for or against. When I will be leaving this world I can promise you one thing - I will leave this world divided into people who are for me and people who are against me, but there will not be a third kind. And these both are corrupted by me. Those who are in favor of me...
...: N.A. Length: N.A. DOES GOD EXIST? HOW CAN THERE BE SO MUCH EVIL AND CORRUPTION IN THE WORLD IF GOD EXISTS? God is a mythical word, a mumbo-jumbo word that is the invention of the priesthood. Actually, to ask whether God exists is absurd. For those who know, God is existence, or existence is God. Things exist, not God. A chair exists because a chair can go into nonexistence. To say that the chair exists is...

... defined morality is needed; otherwise you will not be able to live. But these moralities, these conceptions of good and bad, are human expediencies. When you ask how there can be corruption if God exists, remember: God is not involved at all. There are reasons for corruption, but God is not responsible, the total is not responsible. If responsibility is to be put anywhere, it is to be put on us. We have...

... created a society in which corruption has become necessary because its very base is corrupt. Unless you change the very foundation of society there is bound to be corruption; there has always been corruption. Forms have changed, but the corruption has remained because we have not yet created a society in which corruption is impossible. This situation is our creation; God is not involved in it at all. It...

.... God has never been asked about it, he is not a party to it. In the same way you can ask why there is corruption, but you cannot make any reference to God. To ask why there is corruption is a pertinent question. But to talk about God in reference to corruption is impertinent. Our society has been made by us - we are the architects of it. And because the foundation of it is wrong, because the base...

... upon which we have built all of society's structures is not scientific, it is bound to be corrupt. It is a human problem. We can change it or we can prolong it - it depends on us. For example, our whole education is ambition-oriented. Our whole society is ambitious and an ambitious society can never be anything but corrupt. If you create ambition in everyone, not everyone will be able to fulfill it...

.... You may say that anyone can be president, but only one person can be president at any one time. When you teach that everyone can be president, ambition is created: if everyone can be president then why shouldn't you be? But since only one person can be president, a mad rush begins. Every means will be used - even evil means will be used. Ambition corrupts, the ambitious mind is bound to be corrupt...

.... Ambition is the seed of insanity. Yet our whole education is ambition-oriented. Your father says, "Become someone!" and the fever is created - you become diseased. Only one person can be president, and thousands of people who will be unsuccessful are aflame with the same ambition. Then you cannot be sane - you become insane. Because so much tension is created you become corrupt: you will use...

... any means to achieve your goal. It is infectious. If you see that someone else is using corrupt means you know that if you don't use them you will be left behind. So you have to use equally corrupt means. Then someone else sees you being unscrupulous, so he has to be unscrupulous. It becomes a question of survival. Nothing else is possible within this framework, this structure. If you look to the...

... very roots of society you will see that corruption is a natural outgrowth of our conditioning, our education, our cultivation. The complexity of our social structure is such that those who succeed can hide their corruption. Corruption is seen only when someone fails. If you succeed no one will know that you have been corrupt; success will hide everything. You have only to succeed and you will become...

... sees that there is no qualitative difference between the two, that it is only a quantitative difference. No one will call Alexander the Great a great thief because the measure of your goodness is success: the more successful you are, the more good. Means are only questioned if you are a failure; then you will be called both corrupt and a fool. If this is the attitude, how is it possible to create an...

... uncorrupt society? To ask a person to be moral in this immoral situation is to ask something absurd. An individual cannot be moral in an immoral society. If he tries to be moral, his morality will only make him egoistic and ego is as immoral and corrupt as anything else. This situation is a human creation. We have created a society with a mad rush for wealth, power, politics; we go on supporting it, and...

... then we ask why there is corruption. Where there is ambition, corruption will be the logical consequence. You cannot check corruption unless the whole basic structure that encourages ambition is destroyed. Ambition even becomes manifest around a so-called saint. He will incite you to ambition in terms of comparison; he will say, "Become better than others. Be good so that you will go to heaven...

.... If you say, "I am better than others, I am more saintly than others," then the object may be different, but you will be on the same ambitious track. Criminals and sinners are not the only ones who are corrupt; the so-called good people, the "saints," are also corrupt - in a more subtle way. Our whole society is corrupt. It creates sinners with ambition and saints with ambition...
... corruption, characterlessness. Every kind of corruption arises from poverty. And since there are many forms of poverty, the forms of corruption are also many. Similarly, there are many kinds of richness too. There is a richness of wealth -- and it is difficult to bribe a wealthy person. Then there is a richness of knowledge -- you cannot buy a really knowing person with certificates. Self-knowledge or...

... moral character. I would like to discuss this issue in some detail, because it is very important to us. We have received a few questions on this matter also. The whole country is being told that because characterlessness is rampant, character has to be rebuilt first, and unless we do it we cannot be wealthy and prosperous. Wherever the question of corruption and destructiveness arises they immediately...

.... But how can a poor man have character? Life closes in on him from all sides and suffocates him so that he is compelled to say good-bye to character. Nevertheless, the politicians go on saying that poverty cannot be eradicated unless corruption is eradicated. This is putting the cart before the horse. So I say let us drop the talk of character and characterlessness for the present and put all our...

... energy towards eradicating poverty. And when poverty disappears, corruption will disappear on its own. Poverty has to go first. It will not go with the departure of characterlessness, just because the latter is simply not going to disappear. But with the departure of poverty and degradation, the level of character will begin to rise. A magistrate visited me the other day. By the way, he told me that he...

... did not accept bribes. I asked him to let me know the limit within which he refused bribes. He was startled and said that he could not understand what I meant. I said, "Would you accept if I offer a bribe of five paise?" He said, "What are you talking about? Five paise? Never!" "And if I give you five rupees?" I asked again. He again said no. And I asked, "And what...

... about five hundred?" He repeated his no, but this time his no was not that emphatic. When I raised the assumed figure of a bribe to five thousand rupees, he queried about the purpose of my asking these questions, but he did not say no this time. And finally as I raised the sum to five hundred thousand he said that he would have to think about it. What does lack of character mean? You are a man of...

... character if you refuse a bribe of five paise and you become characterless on accepting a hundred thousand rupees? No, every man has his limit. If the offer is only a few paise he can say no and retain his character because he has had lots of paise in his possession. But if the offer comes in the form of five hundred rupees, the question arises whether to refuse or not to refuse it. Someone can afford to...

... a Jain saint. Now an invitation from Switzerland created a big problem. It was like the offer of a bribe worth five hundred thousand rupees. What to do? To accept it or not was the question. He had to make a choice between his character as a Jain saint and the respectability that comes with a foreign tour. The choice was really difficult and he had to give up character because the temptation was great...

.... If you had offered to take him to Poona in your car, he would have easily turned it down, because it was like a bribe of five paise. He would have walked to Poona or foregone the offer altogether. But the offer of a visit to Switzerland was too much; he had never been there. Until then he had been confined to Bombay; he had not even seen Poona. So Switzerland was too much and he had to give up his...

... Chitrabhan before he went to Switzerland. His visit to Switzerland was like an offer of a bribe of five hundred thousand rupees, and he accepted the offer in the hope that he will mend his character later on. After all, it does not take much time to mend character. This is how everybody's mind works. Really, it is poverty that does not allow character to grow. And who is poor? Lack of any kind, any sort of...
..., my family would automatically say that I must have gone to Khajuraho, look for me there. And they were always right. I had to bribe the guards of those temples to tell people that I was not there when I was. It is a confession, because that is the only time I ever bribed anyone; but it was worth it, and I don't regret it. I don't feel sorry about it. In fact, you will be surprised, you know how...

... dangerous I am.... The guard who I bribed became my sannyasin. Now, who bribed whom? First I bribed him to say that I was not inside; then by and by he became more and more interested in me. He returned all the bribes that I had given him. He is perhaps the only man who has returned all the bribes given to him. He could not keep them after becoming a sannyasin. Khajuraho - the very name rings bells of joy...
... become aware that this earth is not going to live for long. If this becomes an awareness in you it will be a transforming force. And if millions of people are transformed in this way, this earth may be saved -- but that will be just a payoff, a consequence. I am not desiring that the world should be saved. It is such a stupid world, it is such a stupid humanity -- if it is gone it is good! I am not...

... very much interested in saving this stupid lot -- they have lived here for millions of years and they have proved only a burden and a corruption, they have polluted everything. But I am certainly interested in using this as a device, which is far more potential than Jesus' statement that the Day of Judgment is close, because that is an abstraction. But the third world war IS coming closer every day...
... margin notes are Dilling's: Jesus "corrupts" — harlotry As under Jewish Communism ↓ Holographically reproduced in her book, this page was taken from the Soncino Press 1936 publication of the Babylonian Talmud. The full context of this exhibit (without marginal notation) can be found in the Text of the Talmud NOTE: Blue highlighting is applied to the words Dilling underlined in the exhibit...
... Jewish Gamblers Corrupt American Baseball Jewish Gamblers Corrupt American Baseball The International Jew, by Henry Ford "This clannishness would eventually break down were it not for the deliberate efforts of Jewish leaders who are determined that Israel shall remain an imperium in imperio. If the Jews persist in maintaining a distinct ethnic consciousness and an exclusive community life...

... that occasion of remark. And yet, the bane of American sports today is the presence of a certain type of Jew, not as a participant, but as an exploiter and corrupter. If he had been a sportsman for the love of sport he might have been saved from becoming an exploiter and corrupter, for there is no mind to which the corrupting of a sport is more illogical and even unexplainable than the mind of the...

... man who participates in it. There will be a very full case made out in justification of the use of the above terms "exploiter" and "corrupter" with regard to baseball. But it would be just as easy to make out the same sort of case with regard to wrestling and horse-racing. Wrestling is so completely ruled by Jews as to have become an outlawed sport. The story of wrestling is not...

... in it a chance to play upon the weaknesses of men for the sake of gain. That, indeed, explains the presence of the Jew in modern sports and it also explains why the Jewish Idea in sport, instead of being preservative, is corruptive. The Jew saw money where the sportsman saw fun and skill. The Jew set out to capitalize rivalry and to commercialize contestant zeal. This is not necessarily the only...

... course the Jew could have taken with regard to sports, but it is the course that he most notably has taken, and as scandal follows scandal it would seem to be high time that organized Jewry should undertake to control or repudiate those Jews who have been most instrumental in corrupting and nearly destroying our cleanest, most manly public sports. It is worth noting that in Chicago, where the Jewish...

...": it made it so much more comfortable for others. Attell went so far as to say that he approached Rothstein with the proposition to raise a pool to bribe the players to "throw the games," but Rothstein declined. And yet Maharg, another Jew, whose name spelled backward is "Graham," says that a telegram came through signed "A. R." which promised $20,000. The "...
... sorrow that follows mischief - or, more accurately, the sorrow that simultaneously happens with mischief, is also yours. There is no god who punishes you, there is no need, because if there is a god - again an invention of the priests - if there is a god as a judge... judges can be bribed. And the priests have been telling people, "Pray to God, praise the Lord, and you will be forgiven." What...

... is praise? It is a kind of bribery! Hence, in a country like India where people have been praising God for centuries, bribery is very simple. Nobody thinks it is wrong - it is something religious! If even God can be bribed, what about the poor policeman! If even God can be bribed and persuaded to do things in your favor, what about the poor magistrate? And if God is not wrong, why should the...

... magistrate be thought wrong? In the East, bribery is not thought wrong; it is a Western concept that bribery is wrong. In the East it is just a simple thing, it has always been done. The priests are nothing but agents between you and God: they take bribes from you, and on your behalf they plead with God. Of course, in things like bribery, agents were needed because to give a bribe directly you will feel...

... afraid. The person may not feel right; he may be offended, his sense of dignity may be offended. He may feel hurt, thinking, "What do you think of me? That you can purchase me?" Or, even if he wants to take it, he may say no, he may deny it. He may say, "I never take any bribes." His sense of pious ego may take possession of his being. An agent is needed, a go-between who knows both...

... the parties so you need not encounter the person directly. Everywhere agents are needed. Priests have been agents between man and God. "You commit sin? Don't be worried," priests say. "Just give the right amount of bribes and you will be forgiven. And God is very compassionate." If you don't bribe, then of course you have to suffer. Buddha removed God completely. He removed God...

.... "Warden," he said, "release this guilty wretch at once. I will not have him here in jail where by example he will corrupt all the splendid, innocent people who occupy it." The moment you take responsibility totally, it is a great redemption, it is freedom. You are suddenly out of the jail - just by taking the responsibility. It is difficult to accept, very difficult, hard to accept...

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