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A True Rebel

--by Osho (Nov 15, 2004)


It is an old association, and a misunderstanding, that to be a nonconformist is to be a rebel. The nonconformist is a reactionary; he acts out of anger, rage, violence and ego. His action is not based in consciousness. Although he goes against the society, just to be against the society is not necessarily to be right. In fact most of the time to move from one extreme to another is always to move from one wrong to another wrong.

The rebel acts with a tremendous balance, and that is not possible without awareness, alertness, and immense compassion. It is not a reaction, it is an action -- not against the old, but for the new.

The rebel is creating the new world so that this misery and this suffering and this ugly society disappears and man can live more naturally, more beautifully, more lovingly, more peacefully, enjoying all the riches that existence makes available, all the gifts of life which are invaluable.

Freedom, love, silence, truth, enlightenment, the ultimate flowering of your being -- all are available to the true rebel. The hindrances just have to be removed. All the old structures were creating more and more hindrances and obstructions against your growth. If the rebel is against those obstructions, it is to enable the new man to live without fetters, to live without imprisonment, to live outside the concentration camps and to live a life as free as a bird on the wing ... as free as a rosebush dancing in the rain, in the sun; as free as a moon moving in the sky beyond the clouds in utter beauty, blissfulness and peace.

The rebel is a totally different kind of man from the nonconformist. Never forget it, because to be a nonconformist is very easy, but to be a rebel needs a tremendous transformation in your being.

--Osho

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On Sep 18, 2016 Chris Sports wrote:

 This is gorgeous and applies to such a broad use of the term. I am an admin in a facebook support and awareness group for people who suffer from Migraines, Cluster Headaches, and other Headache Disorders. Our name is BrainWreck Rebels and I've been looking for things that help us explain our name and purpose in different ways. I would love to post your post and of course a link to it here on our public page. I would of course not do so without your permission. Please let me know if you would consent to this. I would not alter anything you have written. It would go up just as you have it and again, I would include a link to this post here. Thank you for your consideration and for so beautifully explaining what can be a misunderstood action and purpose. Chris Sports



On Jun 12, 2006 Yaniv wrote:

Notes, courtesy of Yaniv: Heard Billy Idol's Rebel Yell on the radio on the way to meditation. A rebel is reaching out to something greater than ego driven impulses. Rebel in dictionary - comes from re (again) and bel (war), means to engage in war again. To rebel, to wage war again, is to constantly step up and fight against negative limitation. Every day life changes, rebel attitude means to constantly question what is the best way to live it. At a younger age rebellion is more overt physical acts, but with age rebellion manifests more in thoughts. There is value in breaking out of routine and adding value to life. Not losing your identity in the mainstream. Before reading the quote thought of rebellion as more negative, ego driven behaviour. But now seeing rebellion as a motivation to change things without reactiveness and negativity. In dictionary, reactionary means conservative. What is the point of being a rebel or noncomformist? Going to the ex  See full.

Notes, courtesy of Yaniv:

  • Heard Billy Idol's Rebel Yell on the radio on the way to meditation. A rebel is reaching out to something greater than ego driven impulses.
  • Rebel in dictionary - comes from re (again) and bel (war), means to engage in war again. To rebel, to wage war again, is to constantly step up and fight against negative limitation.
  • Every day life changes, rebel attitude means to constantly question what is the best way to live it.
  • At a younger age rebellion is more overt physical acts, but with age rebellion manifests more in thoughts.
  • There is value in breaking out of routine and adding value to life. Not losing your identity in the mainstream.
  • Before reading the quote thought of rebellion as more negative, ego driven behaviour. But now seeing rebellion as a motivation to change things without reactiveness and negativity.
  • In dictionary, reactionary means conservative.
  • What is the point of being a rebel or noncomformist?
  • Going to the extreme of ultra-rationalization or ungrounded mysticism has a kind of cowardice to it.
  • Being True is difficult when constantly pushed to conform to rules.
  • Learning gives humility. Humility gives the capacity to receive. With that comes wealth. Wealth bring righteousness (dharma). Dharma brings peace.
  • The Bhagavad Gita says: A true free man is one who is free from the pair of opposites.
  • What rebellion does is transform, nonconforming just means being different.
  • The difference between being a rebel and nonconformist is trying not to tranform others but yourself.
  • If someone was to achieve the pair of all opposites, what would be the motive for living?
  • Read in a book recently - every human being needs three things: identity, security and stimulation. Rebellion provides all three of these.
  • Question: How does Rebellion bring security?
  • Mother Teresa: you will never see me at an anti-war demonstration. But have a pro-peace rally and I'm there.
  • In Kashmir the real rebels are the ones who kept their humanity. Hindus taking Muslims in their home for protection. Muslims saving Hindus from mobs.
  • A Rebel has a cause, so what is a Rebel that has no cause?
  • Why in our culture are there so few revolutions? Travelling in South America it was seen that revolting is commonplace.
  • Transcendance that includes and excludes. Includes the functional aspects of the former, but excludes the exclusive identity to the former.
  • Election ... non-conformity but no rebellion. When we support selfishness, in a way, we want to be selfish.
  • Ken Wilber and Andrew Cohen: between includes and excludes, where's the balance? how do we transcend?
  • Ultimate rebellion: rebel is the cause.

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