‘Osho, what is wrong with marriage? Why do you always speak against it?’
Sunderam, marriage is a great institution. Without marriage life would be very empty. Without marriage you would all be Buddhas!
It is marriage that keeps the world going on; it keeps things running. It keeps all kinds of things moving, alive. In fact, without marriage there would be no religion at all.
Religion exists not because of God or for God; it is because of marriage. Marriage creates so much misery that one has to meditate; meditation is a byproduct. Without marriage, who would bother to meditate? For what? You would already be blissful!
Without marriage there would be no renunciation, Buddha would not have left the world—for what? His wife, Yashodhara, must have created the situation—Mahavira would not have escaped to the mountains. Without marriage there would have been no Buddha, no Mahavira. Just think: the history would have been very flat, without any salt, tasteless. Marriage keeps this whole ‘sorry-go-round’ on and on. People call it ‘merry-go-round’…
I am not against marriage—without marriage, ninety-nine percent of jokes would disappear from the world. How I can be against marriage? I am all for it.
Sunderam, marriage makes many things possible.
‘Marriage is the process of finding what kind of man your wife would have preferred!’
Drinking in a bar, two friends are chatting about life.
‘Who introduced you to your wife?’ asks one.
The other says, ‘We met casually. I can’t blame anyone else.’
Two women are chatting at the hairdresser.
One says, ‘My husband travels a lot. He spent one month at home out of the whole year!’
‘One month?’ exclaims the other. ‘That must be very annoying to you.’
‘No… a month goes by fast!’
The doctor and his wife are walking down the street when they are passed by an incredibly beautiful woman. She has big tits, a nice body and a beautiful face. She seems a little self-conscious of her beauty and as she passes by the doctor she smiles a familiar smile.
‘Who is that lady?’ asks the wife.
A little shy, the doctor answers, ‘A client.’
‘I know,’ the wife replies, ‘but is she your client or are you hers?’
In a small city in the interior of Brazil, a couple is sitting on a bench outside the house enjoying the moonlight.
Maria turns to Ze and says, ‘Ze, do you know something? Tomorrow it is going to be twenty-five years that we have been married!’
And Ze answers, ‘Yeah!’
‘Twenty-five years… Uau! Ze, it is a lot!’
‘Look, Ze, why don’t we catch some of the chickens in the yard and kill them for tomorrow?’
‘Why, Maria? Poor chickens… it is not their fault!’
‘Hey!’ cried Satan to the arrival. ‘You act as if you own the place.’
‘I do,’ came the reply. ‘My wife gave it to me before I died.’
Now, without marriage all these jokes would disappear.
Without marriage there would be no misery—and no laughter either. There would be so much silence… it would be NIRVANA on earth!
Marriage keeps thousands of things going on: the religion, the state, the nations, the wars, the literature, the movies, the science; everything, in fact, depends on the institution of marriage.
I am not AGAINST marriage; I simply want you to be aware that there is a possibility of going beyond it too. But that possibility opens up only because marriage creates so much misery for you, so much anguish and anxiety for you, that you have to learn how to transcend it. It is a great push for transcendence.
Marriage is not unnecessary; it is needed to bring you to your senses, to bring you to your sanity.
Marriage is necessary and yet there comes a point when you have to transcend it too. It is like a ladder. You go up the ladder, it takes you up, but there comes a moment when you have to leave the ladder behind. If you go on clinging to the ladder, then there is danger.
Learn something from marriage. Marriage represents the whole world in a miniature form: it teaches you many things. It is only the mediocre ones who learn nothing. Otherwise it will teach you that you don’t know what love is, that you don’t know how to relate, that you don’t know how to communicate, that you don’t know how to commune, that you don’t know how to live with another. It is a mirror: it shows your face to you in all its different aspects. And it is all needed for your maturity. But a person who remains clinging to it forever remains immature. One has to go beyond it too.
The Devil doesn’t exist. Satanism is about worshiping yourself because you are responsible for your own good and evil. Christianity’s war against the Devil has always been a fight against mans most natural instincts for sex, for violence, for self gratification and a denial of a man’s membership in the animal kingdom. The idea of Heaven is just Christianity’s way of creating a hell on Earth. -Marilyn Manson