Are you a Zen Rebel?

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Those who are seers of the truth have concluded that, of the nonexistent there is no endurance, and of the eternal there is no cessation. seers have concluded this by studying the nature of both. ~ Baghavad-Gita

Zen Rebel Card- Osho Zen Tarot

People are afraid, very much afraid of those who know themselves. They have a certain power, a certain aura and a certain magnetism, a charisma that can take out alive, young people from the traditional imprisonment….

The enlightened man cannot be enslaved – that is the difficulty – and he cannot be imprisoned…. Every genius who has known something of the inner is bound to be a little difficult to be absorbed; he is going to be an upsetting force. The masses don’t want to be disturbed, even though they may be in misery; they are in misery, but they are accustomed to the misery. And anybody who is not miserable looks like a stranger.

The enlightened man is the greatest stranger in the world; he does not seem to belong to anybody. No organization confines him, no community, no society, no nation.

Osho The Zen Manifesto: Freedom from Oneself Chapter 9

The powerful and authoritative figure in this card is clearly the master of his own destiny. On his shoulder is an emblem of the sun, and the torch he holds in his right hand symbolizes the light of his own hard-won truth.

Whether he is wealthy or poor, the Rebel is really an emperor because he has broken the chains of society’s repressive conditioning and opinions. He has formed himself by embracing all the colors of the rainbow, emerging from the dark and formless roots of his unconscious past and growing wings to fly into the sky. His very way of being is rebellious – not because he is fighting against anybody or anything, but because he has discovered his own true nature and is determined to live in accordance with it. The eagle is his spirit animal, a messenger between earth and sky.

Unfortunately, slavery may be less obvious today, but it is pretty much pandemic. Most of it exists as a result of some sort of mesmerizing illusion that induces unwitting agreement and consent from the innocent. If you ever feel as if there is anything you want to do and can’t, ask for the insight as to what is causing you to feel that way. Most of these things are ultimately traps set in the heart, spirit or mind. Cut cords with anything that is binding you from achieving ultimate self expression and fulfillment. 

This is a brilliant Star Wars parody that expresses the illusion of imprisonment that mental traps (be it conscious or unconscious) create, very well.


Widening Circles
Rainer Maria Rilke
I live my life in widening circles
that reach out across the world.
I may not complete this last one
but I will give myself to it.
I circle around God, around the primordial tower.
I’ve been circling for thousands of years
and I still don’t know: am I a falcon,
a storm, or a great song?



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