Osho is a master storyteller of our times, who has an uncommon knack for bringing the timeless wisdom of ancient parables right into the 21st century, making them relevant for contemporary life. The Osho Transformation Tarot contains parables and teaching stories from the world’s greatest wisdom traditions including Zen, Buddhism, Sufism, Tantra, Tao, Christian and Jewish mysticism. The black & white booklet, and the accompanying 60 beautiful cards which illustrate the stories, help the reader to a better understanding of their true feelings and insights about a given situation. The booklet includes suggestions for a variety of simple card readings and Osho’s insights offer the reader new dimensions of understanding and transformation. Readers can choose one card and read the accompanying story as a theme for contemplation during the day. Or, they can arrange several cards in any of the simple layouts suggested in this book, to gain insight into a particular life situation.
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About the Author
Osho is a contemporary mystic whose life and teachings have influenced millions of people of all ages, and from all walks of life. The Sunday Times in London named Osho as one of the "1,000 Makers of the 20th Century". His often provocative and challenging teachings generate today more and more interest and his readership is dramatically expanding around the world in more than 50 languages.
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Using the Osho Transformation Tarot can be a form of
meditation. Whether you are choosing cards for yourself or
conducting a reading for another person, taking a little time for
preparation beforehand is essential. Find a quiet space where
you will not be disturbed. Allow yourself to settle into a relaxed
and open attitude as you shuffle the cards, emptying the mind
of all preconceived ideas you might have about the answer to
your question or concern. Let go of any other preoccupations
that might distract your attention from the reading. Once you
feel settled and relaxed, then spread the deck in a fan and choose
your card or cards.
As you look at the cards you have chosen, remember that
the words are just indicators toward the larger message and
insight contained in the corresponding story or parable. Even
seemingly “negative” words point the way to a hidden potential
for transformation and greater understanding. This will become
clear as you read the stories illustrated by the cards.
Finally, remember Osho’s message to remain playful and
lighthearted about all aspects of your search, both inner and
outer. He says, “Take life joyfully, take life easily, take life
relaxedly, don’t create unnecessary problems. Ninety-nine
percent of your problems are created by you because you take
life seriously. Seriousness is the root cause of problems. Be
playful be alive, be abundantly alive. Live each moment as
if this is the last moment. Live it intensely; let your torch burn
from both sides together. Even if it is only for one moment,
that is enough. One moment of intense totality is enough to
give you the taste of eternity.”
5. The Ultimate Accident
Chiyono and her Bucket of Water
It is not a certain sequence of causes that brings enlightenment.
Your search, your intense longing, your readiness to do anything
altogether perhaps they create a certain aroma around you in which
that great accident becomes possible.
The nun Chiyono studied for years, but was unable to find
enlightenment. One night, she was carrying an old pail filled
with water. As she was walking along, she was watching the
full moon reflected in the pail of water. Suddenly, the bamboo
strips that held the pail together broke, and the pail fell apart.
The water rushed out; the moon’s reflection disappeared and
Chiyono became enlightened. She wrote this verse:
This way and that way I tried to keep the pail together, hoping
the weak bamboo would never break. Suddenly the bottom fell out.
No more water; no more moon in the water emptiness in my hand.
Enlightenment is always like an accident because it is
unpredictable because you cannot manage it, you cannot
cause it to happen. But don’t misunderstand me, because when
I say enlightenment is just like an accident, I am not saying
don’t do anything for it. The accident happens only to those
who have been doing much for it but it never happens because
of their doing. The doing is just a cause which creates the
situation in them so they become accident- prone, that’s all.
That is the meaning of this beautiful happening.
I must tell you something about Chiyono. She was a very
beautiful woman when she was young, even the emperor and
the princes were after her. She refused because she wanted to
be a lover only to the divine. She went from one monastery to
another to become a nun; but even great masters refused there
were so many monks, and she was so beautiful that they would
forget God and everything. So everywhere the door was closed.
So what did Chiyono do? Finding no other way, she burned
her face, scarred her whole face. And then she went to a master;
he couldn’t even recognize whether she was a woman or a man.
Then she was accepted as a nun. She studied, meditated for
thirty, forty years continuously. Then suddenly, one night she
was looking at the moon reflected in the pail. Suddenly the pail
fell down, the water rushed out, and the moon disappeared
and that became the trigger-point.
There is always a trigger-point from where the old
disappears and the new starts, from where you are reborn. That
became the trigger-point. Suddenly, the water rushed out and
there was no moon. So she must have looked up and the real
moon was there. Suddenly she became awakened to this fact,
that everything was a reflection, an illusion, because it was
seen through the mind. As the pail broke, the mind inside also
broke. It was ready. All that could be done had been done. All
that could be possible, she had done it. Nothing was left, she
was ready, she had earned it. This ordinary incident became a
Suddenly the bottom fell out it was an accident.
No more water; no more moon in the water emptiness in my hand.
And this is enlightenment: when emptiness is in your hand,
when everything is empty, when there is nobody, not even you.
You have attained to the original face of Zen.
On the virtues of uselessness
Don’t be bothered too much about utilitarian ends. Rather,
constantly remember that you are not here in life to become a
commodity. You are not here to become a utility, that is below
dignity. You are not here just to become more and more efficient
you are here to become more and more alive; you are here to
become more and more intelligent; you are here to become more
and more happy, ecstatically happy.
Lao Tzu was traveling with his disciples and they came to a
forest where hundreds of carpenters were cutting trees, because
a great palace was being built. Almost the whole forest had been
cut, but one tree was standing there, a big tree with thousands
of branches so big that ten thousand persons could sit under
its shade. Lao Tzu asked his disciples to go and inquire why this
tree had not been cut yet, when the whole forest had been cut
and was deserted.
The disciples went and they asked the carpenters, “Why
have you not cut this tree?”
The carpenters said, “This tree is absolutely useless. You
cannot make anything out of it because every branch has so
many knots in it. Nothing is straight. You cannot make pillars
out of it, you cannot make furniture out of it. You cannot use
it as fuel because the smoke is so dangerous to the eyes you
almost go blind. This tree is absolutely useless. That’s why.”
They came back. Lao Tzu laughed and he said, “Be like
this tree. If you want to survive in this world be like this
tree absolutely useless. Then nobody will harm you. If you
are straight you will be cut, you will become furniture in
somebody’s house. If you are beautiful you will be sold in
the market, you will become a commodity. Be like this tree,
absolutely useless. Then nobody can harm you. And you will
grow big and vast, and thousands of people can find shade
Lao Tzu has a logic altogether different from your
mind. He says: Be the last. Move in the world as if you are
not. Remain unknown. Don’t try to be the first, don’t be
competitive, don’t try to prove your worth. There is no need.
Remain useless and enjoy.
Of course he is impractical. But if you understand him
you will find that he is the most practical on a deeper layer, in
the depth because life is to enjoy and celebrate, life is not to
become a utility. Life is more like poetry than like a commodity
in the market; it should be like poetry, a song, a dance.
Lao Tzu says: If you try to be very clever, if you try to be
very useful, you will be used. If you try to be very practical,
somewhere or other you will be harnessed, because the world
cannot leave the practical man alone. Lao Tzu says: Drop all
these ideas. If you want to be a poem, an ecstasy, then forget
about utility. Remain true to yourself.
Table of Contents
USING THE CARDS 9
1. No-Mind 16 The Ultimate and the Inexpressible
2. Communion 18 Harmony Without and Within
3. Enlightenment 20 Why the Buddha Waits at the Gate of Paradise
4. Sincerity 22 Bodhidharma’s Search for a Disciple
5. The Ultimate Accident 24 Chiyono and her Bucket of Water
67. Greed / Beyond Greed 26 A Parable of Ambition and Hurry
8. Disciplehood 28 The Many Teachers of Junnaid
9. The Greatest Miracle 32 On the Temptations of Spiritual Powers
10. Worth 34 On the virtues of uselessness
11. Recognition 36 The Master, the Gardener, and the Guest
12. Questioning 38 The Professor and his Thirst for Answers
13. Dropping Knowledge 40 Naropa’s Haunting Vision
14. Authenticity 42 Milarepa and the False Teacher
15. Alertness 44 The Sudden Death of Ekido’s Disciple
16. Imitation 46 Gutei’s Finger Pointing to the One
17. A Cup of Tea 48 Bodhidharma’s eyelids and the origins of tea
18. Meditation 50 On which side of your umbrella did you leave your shoes?
19. Remaining Centered 52 The monk and the prostitute
20. Ego 54 The woman and the river crossing
21. Conscience 56 Mary Magdalene and the Priceless Perfume
22. The Foolish Heart 58 The Crazy Wisdom of Francis of Assisi
23. Prayer 60 Love and the Law of Moses
24. Misuse of Power 62 How Vivekananda Lost His Key
25. Light on the Path 64 The Philosopher, the Mystic and the Thunderstorm
26. Uniqueness 66 Beyond Superiority and Inferiority
27. Blessings in Disguise 68 The Fortunes and Misfortunes of a Villager
28. Self-Acceptance 70 Heart’s-Ease in the King’s Garden
29. Gratefulness 72 A Night Without Lodging
30. That Which Never Dies 74 The Grieving Mother and the Mustard Seeds
31. Detachment 76 Hakuin and the Infant Child
32. Beyond the Small Family 78 “No one is my mother ”
33. Renewal 80 The Heritage of the Buddha
34. Anger 86 The Monk with the Ungovernable Temper
35. Mastery of Moods 88 The Secret of the Ring
36.37. The Gates of Hell / The Gates of Heaven 92 The Samurai’s Pride
38. Transmutation 96 Atisha’s Heart Meditation
39. Energy 98 The Man with a Garland of Fingers
40. Wholeness 102 “Just an ordinary needle will do ”
41. Failure 104 The Open Secret of Real Success
42. Worry 106 The Old Woman on the Bus
43. Wishful Thinking 108 The Parable of the Wish-fulfilling Tree
44. Desire 110 The Magical Begging Bowl
45. Living Totally 112 Alexander the Great Meets Diogenes
46. The Quest 114 Searching for the House of God
47. Hope 116 Lost in the jungle
48. Challenge 118 The Parable of the Farmer and the Wheat
49. Love 120 The King’s Challenge to His Three Sons
50. Compassion 122 Jesus and the Money-changers
51. Dropping the Past 124 “Let the dead bury the dead”
52. Repentance 126 When Shibli Threw the Rose
53. Play 128 Krishna’s Challenge to Arjuna
54. Single-Pointedness 130 Saraha and the Arrowsmith Woman
55. Sex 132 The Circle of Mahamudra
56. Devotion 134 Meera’s Temple Dance
57. Intelligence 136 Rabia and the Riddle of the Lost Needle
58. Doing 141 Trust in Allah, But Tether Your Camel First
59. The Journey 143 “Even if you have broken your vow a thousand times ”
60. Laughter 145 The Chinese Mystic’s Last Surprise
ABOUT THE AUTHOR 8
OSHO INTERNATIONAL MEDITATION RESORT 9
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
These cards are helpful, peaceful and easy to work with for daily insight and inspiration, these cards as I work with them, these are like hearing his voice and receiving his guidance.