On the 4th Jan’11, in the commute back from office to home in the Delhi Metro (the underground & overground tube service crisscrossing Delhi & adjoining NCR region’s satellite towns), my iPod Nano (5th generation one with 16GB storage), which has the song shuffle option enabled, played the track ‘Osho on Fuck’ – a really funny analysis sorta, of the various usages of this oft-quoted cuss word…The irony is, that the next song which played itself was the ‘Hallelujah’ song, the cult song written by Leonard Cohen, a sacred word of invoking the Lord Jesus, but this song of the same name had subtle references to the contrary…And Osho was one of the legendary atheists ever, who denounced organized religion.
Anyway, here’s how the talk goes, for the uninitiated:
Transcript (As per the video available on the web – when I’d searched it out a few days later):
Selected excerpt from an Osho talk “The great Pilgrimage: From Here to Here #23”
(Written before the video) When Friedrich Nietzsche declared “God is dead”, “Fuck” became the most important word in the English language. (Spoken by Osho) The problem is if God is dead, then you lose the most important word in your language, and you will need a substitute. And God was one end, one extreme; and when one extreme disappears from your mental vision, the necessary and inevitable is that you will fall to the other extreme; and that is what has happened Milarepa. Instead of God, “Fuck” has become the most important word in our language. (Roars of Laughter) Even if Friedrich Nietzsche comes back, he will be surprised & he will try to resuscitate somehow the dead God back. Because this is stupid. But he will need a whole report on it, a whole research.
As heard on the iPod:
Last question Bhagwan, I feel shocked when you use the word ‘FUCK’. What to do?
Sargamo, it is one of the most beautiful words. The English language should be proud of it. I don’t think any other language has such a beautiful word.
One Tom from California has done some great research on it. I think he must be the famous Tom of Tom, Dick and Harry fame. He says: One of the most interesting words in the English language today is the word ‘fuck’.
It is one magical word: just by its sound it can describe pain, pleasure, hate and love.
In language, it falls into many grammatical categories.
It can be used as a verb, both transitive (John fucked Mary) and intransitive (Mary was fucked by John), and as a noun (Mary is a fine fuck).
It can be used as an adjective (Mary is fucking beautiful).
As you can see, there are not many words with the versatility of ‘fuck’.
Besides the sexual meaning, there are also the following uses:
Fraud: I got fucked at the used car lot.
Ignorance: Fucked if I know.
Trouble: I guess I am fucked now!
Aggression: Fuck you!
Displeasure: What the fuck is going on here?
Difficulty: I can’t understand this fucking job.
Incompetence: He is a fuck-off.
Suspicion: What the fuck are you doing?
Enjoyment: I had a fucking good time.
Request: Get the fuck out of here!
Hostility: I am going to knock your fucking head off!
Greeting: How the fuck are you?
Apathy: Who gives a fuck?
Innovation: Get a bigger fucking hammer.
Surprise: Fuck! You scared the shit out of me!
Anxiety: Today is really fucked.
And it is very healthy too. If every morning you do it as a Transcendental Meditation — just when you get up, the first thing, repeat the mantra “Fuck you!” five times — it clears the throat.
That’s how I keep my throat clear!
Enough for today! (Osho smiles feebly)
(PS: While I was listening to the recording again on my iPod, as a freakish coincidence, the next song as per the random shuffle queue turned out to be ‘Jesus He Knows Me & He Knows I’m Right’ by Genesis…Phew!)