The Empty Boat — How to Remain Centered When Activated by Anger

OSHO International
3 min readAug 14, 2022
The Empty Boat

“If you are on your honeymoon, the moon looks beautiful, miraculous, wonderful. It seems that the whole world is different. And on the same night, just for your neighbor, this miraculous night may not be in existence at all. His child has died — then the same moon is just sad, intolerable. But for you it is enchanting, fascinating; it is maddening.

“Why? Is the moon the source or is the moon just a screen and you are projecting yourself?

“When a mood against someone or for someone arises, do not place it on the person in question — or on the object in question.

“Remain centered. Remember that you are the source, so do not move to the other, move to the source. When you feel hate, do not go to the object. Go to the point from where the hate is coming. Go not to the person to whom it is going, but to the center from where it is coming. Move to the center, go within.

“Use your hate or love or anger or anything as a journey toward your inner center, to the source.

“Move to the source and remain centered there.

“Someone has insulted you — anger suddenly erupts, you are feverish. Anger is flowing toward the person who has insulted you. Now you will project this whole anger onto him. He has not done anything. If he has insulted you, what has he done? He has just pricked you, he has helped your anger to arise — but the anger is yours. If he goes to Buddha and insults him, he will not be able to create any anger in him. Or if he goes to Jesus, Jesus will give him the other cheek. Or if he goes to Bodhidharma, he will roar with laughter. So it depends.

“Someone has given you a chance to be aware of your own anger — thank him immediately and forget him.

“Close your eyes, move within, and now look at the source from where this love or anger is coming. From where? Go within, move within. You will find the source there because the anger is coming from your source.

“It is easy to go to the source at the moment you are angry or in love or in hate, because then you are hot.

“It is easy to move in then. The wire is hot and you can trace it in, you can move inward with that hotness. And when you reach a cool…

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