A Cup of Tea

A letter from an enlightened one to an intimate:


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 Ghengis Khan, Taimurlane, 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.

Osho     A Cup of Tea #55


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