Flowers and Thorns – Osho


I am one with all things –

in beauty,

in ugliness,

for whatsoever is –

there I am.

Not only in virtue

but in sin too I am a partner,

and not only heaven

but hell too is mine.

Buddha, Jesus, Lao Tzu –

it is easy to be their heir,

but Genghis, Taimur and Hitler?

They are also within me!

No, not half – I am the whole of mankind!

Whatsoever is man’s is mine –

flowers and thorns,

darkness as well as light,

and if nectar is mine, whose is poison?

Nectar and poison – both are mine.

Whoever experiences this

I call religious,

for only the anguish of such experience

can revolutionize life on earth.


From A Cup of Tea, Letter #54

A Cup of Tea

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