Osho quotes on Imitation

quotes on Imitation

  • Don`t imitate: imitation creates falsity, pseudo-ness,
    inauthenticity. Just feel your own way and don`t bother about what others
    say. It is nobody else`s business. Don`t bother about what churches say,
    organizations say — listen to your own heart.
  • Imitation has to be avoided. Understanding should be
    the only law, never imitation.
  • The real religion is not imitation of anybody else, it
    is a search to find out your own authentic self, who you are.
  • Don`t imitate. If you want to know who you are, please
    avoid imitation, that`s a way of avoiding knowing yourself.
  • Imitation is very easy, and the whole culture and
    society depends on imitation. Everybody is telling you how to behave, and
    whatsoever they are teaching you is nothing but imitation. Religious
    people — the so-called religious people, the priests, the theologians —
    they are also teaching you, `Be like Jesus, be like Buddha, be like
    Krishna.` Nobody ever tells you, `Just be yourself` — nobody. Everybody
    is against you, it seems. Nobody allows you to be yourself, nobody gives
    you any freedom. You can be in this world, but you must imitate somebody.
  • Never imitate. The mind is an imitator, because
    imitation is very easy. To be someone is very difficult. To become someone
    is very easy — all that you need is to be a hypocrite, which is not much
    of a problem. Deep down you remain the same, but on the surface you go on
    painting yourself according to some image.
  • You have to be just yourself and nobody else. And in
    fact that`s what buddhahood means: to be yourself. That is what
    christ-consciousness means: just to be yourself. Buddha was not an
    imitation of somebody else. Don`t you think there were many many great men
    who had preceded him? He must have been told, `Be a Krishna! Be a
    Parshvanath! Be an Adinatha!` He must have heard beautiful stories,
    mythologies. He must have read the PURANAS, ancient stories about the
    great men, Rama, Krishna, Parasuram. He must have heard all that, he must
    have received the heritage. But he never tried to be somebody. He wanted
    to be himself, he wanted to know who he is. He never became an imitator;
    that`s why one day he became awakened.
  • If you try to become a buddha, one thing is certain —
    you will not be able to become yourself. One thing only is certain — that
    you will not be yourself. And then follows the next thing: you can never
    be a buddha, because you are you and a buddha is buddha. If you try to
    become a buddha, you cannot be a buddha; at the most you can be an
    imitation — a plastic flower, not a real rose.
  • People are imitative and imitation is bound to be
    unintelligent. They want to do exactly the things which others are doing.
    That destroys their freshness. Do things in your own style; live your life
    according to your own light. And even if the same situation arises, be
    alert to find a new response. It is only a question of a little alertness,
    and once you have started enjoying… and it is really a great joy to
    respond to old situations always in a new way, because that newness keeps
    you young, keeps you conscious, keeps you non-mechanical, keeps you alive.
  • Don`t be imitators. The mind is an imitator, because it
    is easier to play the game of imitation than to become authentically true.
    Many ideas have been given to you: become like a Buddha, become like
    Jesus. become like Krishna — as if you have to become everybody else
    EXCEPT yourself. As if God is only against you. He`s for Krishna, for
    Christ, for Mahavir, for Buddha — only against you. Then why does He
    create you? Then He seems simply foolish. Why does He go on creating you?
    If He`s interested in Buddha, Hc can create Buddhas. Why you?

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