Clothes on the Outside, Clothes on the Inside


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“Before he can come to know himself, a man has to become naked; he has to drop all his clothes. We not only wear clothes on the outside, we also wear clothes on the inside, in the mind.”

Why are we so afraid to be who we really are?

“Inside every man there are at least three personalities. One is what he really is, about which he does not know anything. The second is what he thinks he is. The third is what he wants to project to people that he is.

“Every individual is divided into three levels.

“The first is the one he is really on, but is unaware of. The second is the one he considers himself on. The third is the one he wants others to believe he is on. In this way every individual is divided over three levels.

The real man is who you actually are

“The real man is who you actually are. You think that you are very humble, and you are filled with ego inside. If you think you are very religious, inside you will be full of irreligiousness. If you think you are a man who does a lot of social service, from the inside you will always want everyone to serve you. Are you really the person you understand yourself to be? If you remain stuck at who you think you are, you will never come to know your real inner being.

“Before he can come to know himself, a man has to become naked; he has to drop all his clothes. We not only wear clothes on the outside, we also wear clothes on the inside, in the mind.

“We are not only afraid to be naked on the outside, we are also very afraid to be naked on the inside.

“We are very afraid to see ourselves naked, to see what we really are. We should not see what we are, otherwise we will be afraid of ourselves. So we put on many faces and decorate ourselves in many ways; we make many arrangements to avoid seeing our real inner self.

Remove your masks

“Before anyone can wish to know his inner self, he needs to take off all these clothes. You need to remove the masks you are wearing and the faces you have put on. Then you can see yourself and you can recognize yourself. Then it does not take time to get out of the inner conflict, the restlessness, the anxiety, and the clash that you feel inside. Then coming out of the conflict is not a problem. It is very easy to come out of the conflict because you created it. No one else but you has put it there. Then you will see very clearly all the reasons for the conflict, and you will stop nourishing those reasons.

“Go inside your mind. Wherever you see a conflict, go into it, go inside, and reach where the conflict is.”

Osho, Three Steps to Awakening, Talk #3



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