New Delhi, June 8, 2001
Famous Hollywood actor Anthony Quinn who played Zobra The Greek died but Zobra the Buddha conceived by osho lives on forever. In his most memorable role, Quinn played a midle-aged guide who celebrates life in a film based on the novel by the same name by Nikos Kazantzakis. He eats,drinks, sings, dance, lives, loves and laughs passionately, totally. Enjoying all his senses, he relishes every moment of his life which is just a game for him.
In Gautama the Buddha, the world knows a prince who abandons his luxurious life, his palaces, his pleasures, his princess and even his infant son to search his true self in the forest. He starves himself until he becomes quiet, calm, still, peaceful, silent and serene.
Can Zorba be combined with Buddha? No. One cannot imagine a Buddha who celebrates life, who dances and sings and laughs or a Zorba who sits still, seriously, silently, unsmilingly. This is the combination of two polar opposites that Osho presents us as the only alternative to our current monetary madness.
Says Osho,”Zorba is the roots in the earth and the Buddha is a longing to fly into ultimate freedom to reach to the space, which is unbounded. I would like you to be Zobra the Greek and Gautama the Buddha simultaneously. Less than that won’t do. Zorba represents the earth with all its flowers and greenery and mountains, rivers and oceans. Buddha represents the sky with all its stars and clouds and the rainbows. The sky without the earth wil be empty. The earth without the sky will be dead. Both together – and a dance comes into existence. And there is laughter, there is joy, there is celebration.”
“You have to be whole: rich in the body, rich in science; rich in meditation, rich in consciousness. Only a whole person is a holy person according to me,” says osho.
The whole person can achieve goals, targets, results, deadlines and all it entails and yet live, love and laugh. Osho World Foundation implements Osho’s meditation techniques for creating Zorba the Buddha in our society for individuals and business corporations, professionals groups and specialist organisations so that all can perform to their optimum level. In brief, Zorba the Buddha who lives forever.