| Swami Chaitanya Keerti
Inner Truth: Acting- The Spirit of Sannyas
Tuesday, 29 September 2015 - 2:59pm IST | Agency: dna
"The miracle is that the more your life becomes play acting, the more orderly, natural and carefree it becomes."
Once an actor came to see Osho in Mumbai. He was a new entrant into the film world. He asked for autograph with a message for him. Osho wrote in his book: "Act as if it is real life and live as if it is acting."
Osho explained that the sanyasin is one who lives life like an actor. If someone wants to blossom in sanyas living in the thick of the world, he should cease to be a doer and become an actor, become a witness. He should live in the thick of life, play his role, and at the same time be a witness to it, but in no way should he be deeply involved in his role, be attached to it. He should cross the river in a way that his feet remain untouched by the water. It is, however, difficult to cross a river without letting the water touch your feet, but it is quite possible to live in the world without getting involved in it, without being tied to it.
He elaborates: In this connection it is necessary to understand what play acting is. The miracle is that the more your life becomes play acting, the more orderly, natural and carefree it becomes. If a woman, as a mother, learns a small truth, that although the child she is bringing up has been borne by her, yet he does not belong to her alone, that she has been no more than a passage for him to come into this world, that he really belongs to that unknown source from which he came, which will sustain him through his life and to which he will return in the end, then that mother will cease to be a doer; she will really become a play actor and a witness.
Swami Chaitanya Keerti travels around the world to facilitate Osho meditation retreats
Inner Truth: Sufi - In Love With Existence
Tuesday, 1 September 2015 - 4:01pm IST | Agency: dna
What is Sufism? It is a love affair and godliness—the ultimate source of all humans and other beings. This existence pulsates with godliness. A Sufi feels this pulsation in his heart. He may not do traditional worship but remains thrilled with this pulsation. He sings. He dances. He embraces humans, hugs trees and bows to the sky, the stars. This is his actual prayer.
What is Sufism? It is a love affair and godliness—the ultimate source of all humans and other beings. This existence pulsates with godliness. A Sufi feels this pulsation in his heart. He may not do traditional worship but remains thrilled with this pulsation. He sings. He dances. He embraces humans, hugs trees and bows to the sky, the stars. This is his actual prayer.
You must have heard about the beautiful Sufi legend of Majnu and Laila. It is not an ordinary love story. The word majnu means mad, mad for god. And Laila is the symbol of god. Sufis think of god as the beloved; Laila means the beloved. Everybody is a Majnu, and god is the beloved. And one has to open one’s heart, the eye of the heart.
Once a learned Mohammedan asked Osho: “You are not Mohammedan. Why do you speak on Sufism?”
Osho said, “I’m not a Mohammedan but I’m a Sufi all the same. A Sufi need not be Mohammedan. A Sufi can exist anywhere, in any form because Sufism is the core of all religions. Sufism can exist without Islam. It means a love affair with god. One is ready to dissolve into the whole. It is not confined by dogma or creed. Sufis have a special word—silsila. What Hindus call parampara, they call silsila.”
One does not have to go anywhere to look for Laila—one has to simply activate one’s heart and find her there, in all her beauty. One has to stop seeking outside. Dil ke aaine mein hai tasveere yaar, jab zara gardan jhukai dekh li (One has to turn inward, the beloved is right there!)
In Beyond Psychology, Osho tells a Sufi story. A young man seeking truth finds an old man beneath a tree. The young man knew that he had to leave on a pilgrimage—but to where? Seeing the old man, he thought, “He must know the road.” So he asked. The old man instructed, “Follow this road till you come to a tree”—he described the tree in detail, leaves, fruit, everything—“and you will find an old man like me but 30 years older. He will be your guide.”
The traveller was happy. He thanked the man and rushed on. For 30 years, he wandered but the tree and old man never came. He was tired, and older himself. Finally, he decided, “It is better to go home. God knows when the guide meets me, what guidance it will be!” He turned back. He passed the same old tree and was shocked! It was the same man, only 30 years older. The young man said, “My god! Why did you waste may 30 years?”
The older man said, “Did I waste your 30 years, or did you waste mine? Then you were not ripe enough to be guided. You didn’t look at the tree, though I described it in detail. I described your guide. You were in a hurry that you did not look at me carefully. So it is me who has been actually waiting for you knowing one day you will come.”
The author travels around the world to facilitate Osho meditation retreats.
Inner Truth: The significance of Guru Purnima
Friday, 31 July 2015 - 6:40am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA | From the print edition
A real guru is the one who liberates us and with whom we are in deep love, faith and reverence.
This July has been blessed with two full moon nights. The first was in early July and the second is on 31st July, which is being celebrated as Guru Purnima, the full moon night dedicated to the guru, the master.
In India, some times we start calling all kinds of people in the teaching profession as our gurus. This is wrong. Being a guru is not a profession, just as being a teacher is a profession. A real guru may not be an educated person or a scholar who can impart knowledge to students. The guru is a realised soul, who has attained to his ultimate potential and has become enlightened. And his light pulls the unenlightened seekers towards him.
Osho explains this phenomenon: In Hindi, gravitation is called gurutwa karshan. Just as the earth gravitates, the guru gravitates people towards himself — without doing anything. The earth is not doing anything while gravitating you; it is just the nature of the earth that anything that is within its area of two hundred miles will start being pulled towards it. Guru means one who is weight-full, centered, rooted, and has the quality of gravitation.
But that original meaning has been lost as all kinds of gurus have been mushrooming and bringing bad name to this very meaningful word. The word guru has become almost condemnatory. The root meaning of the word is beautiful. The word originally means one who is more consolidated, crystallised, one who has more weight. And his very presence is magnetic and we get naturally pulled towards him.
A real guru is the one who liberates us and with whom we are in deep love, faith and reverence. A guru is a presence. Through him one gets the first glimpse of divinity. A guru creates, transforms and gives a new birth to a seeker so that with complete trust one can follow his guru while travelling through many unknown paths and doors. The guru’s blessing is a vital phenomenon. Through a guru one can look into his own future and can be aware of his own destiny. Through him one starts coming up like a seed trying to sprout towards the sky.
When we are pulled towards mystic Kabir, Guru Nanak and Gautama the Buddha, we do have a strange feeling. The feeling is that we are being pulled towards them and at the same time we are being pulled inwards. It is a very strange paradoxical phenomenon. The closer we come to our guru, the closer we come to ourself. The more we become attracted towards the guru, the more we become independent. The more we become surrendered to the guru, the more we feel that we have freedom we never had before.
Osho expresses this phenomenon in a poetic metaphor: "Guru is like full moon and disciple is like Ashadh (the month of clouds and rains). The moon of Sharad Purnima is beautiful because it is in the empty sky. There is no disciple then, the Guru is alone. If the same beauty happens in Ashadh, then it is something, where the Guru is surrounded by clouds like disciples.The disciples have come with their darkness of many lives. They are like dark clouds, they are the weather of Ashadh. If the Guru can shine like the full moon in that atmosphere of darkness, if he can produce light in that atmosphere of darkness, only then he is the guru. That’s why Ashadh Purnima is Guru Purnima. It has an indication towards the guru and an indication towards the disciple. And naturally, where these two meet, there is meaningfulness."
The author travels around the world to facilitate Osho meditation retreats
Osho: Live, Love, Laugh
Thursday, 11 December, 2014 - 7:27am IST | Agency: dna
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Osho's attitude to life is that of affirmation. He suggests: "Living your life in the present, loving everything fully, and making laughter your daily medicine.. This is the simplest way to happiness and you can achieve this only through meditation."
He emphasises: "Life is a gift of God, not a punishment. Though when you are born you are born only with the potential to exist, to survive, not with the art of making life a joy, a bliss, a celebration. That art has to be learned. To me, religion is that very art, the supreme art: the art of transforming the lower into the higher. Religion to me is alchemy. It is the process of transforming the potential into the actual.
Laughter is as precious as prayer or even more precious than prayer, because the man who cannot laugh cannot pray either. A prayer that does not come out of a joyous heart is already dead. It cannot reach God, it cannot leave the earth, it has no wings. It is like a rock: it will fall back to the earth, it cannot fly into the sky. My approach is totally different - I bring you a new vision."
The author travels around the world to facilitate Osho meditation workshops
28 October, 2014
Meditation purifies and enriches our life. It takes away from life all that is burdensome. It creates space for love and love is the ultimate nourishment for the human heart and soul.
Osho offers a simple method of meditation to allow love to fill the atmosphere. He says: “Create vibrations of love energy around you. And you will start feeling immediately that something is happening, something in your aura is changing, something around your body is changing; a warmth is arising around your body... a warmth like deep orgasm. You are becoming more alive. Something like sleep is disappearing. Something like awareness is arising.”
A journalist asked Osho: “How can people turn falling in love into meditation?”
Osho replied: “It is the easiest way. In human life, love is the closest phenomenon to meditation. The moment you fall in love with someone, what transpires between those two who have fallen in love? They drop their egos at least for each other. They drop their hypocrisies, their masks. That’s love. And this is a beautiful moment to change it into meditation. It’s just that nobody has ever told them this.”
Osho has often been condemned for teaching love. But it is his love for life and truth that matters most. He wants to liberate human beings from all falsities and hypocrisies and support people to live a life of love and meditation, fearlessly and courageously. He accepts and embraces love at all levels of existence from the mundane and the physical to the metaphysical and the transcendental and turn this vital force into meditation.
Osho concludes that love helps you relax, which is a part of meditation. Love helps you to be joyous, which is a part of meditation. Love helps you, for a few moments at least, to be silent, which is an essential part of meditation. And finally, making love, if you attain an orgasmic experience, gives you a glimpse of what meditation is, but it is millions of times more than this. So to me, love is a basic experience which can help you become meditators. The old religions have been preventing it, and they have been preventing it for a reason. If people can transform their love into meditation, then the priests and the churches and the synagogues are no more needed, then people are totally free.
Kabir, the mystic of saint of love, sings a song:
The flute of the infinite is played without ceasing
and its sound is love
When love renounces all limits,
it reaches truth.
How widely the fragrance spreads!
It has no end, nothing stands in its way.
The form of this melody is bright
like a million suns: incomparably sounds the veena, the vina of the notes of truth.
Swami Chaitanya Keerti, editor of Osho World, is the author of Osho Fragrance
Osho: A Mystic Without Followers
Swami Chaitanya Keerti regularly contributes articles on meditation and other subjects to several newspapers and magazines. He travels extensively to conduct meditation camps in different parts of the country and abroad.
Millions of people around the world will be celebrating Osho's punyatithi ( the day he left his body) on 19 January. They will be disciples, lovers, admirers--not followers. As a matter of fact, Osho does not have followers, as he did not want to have this particular species. He says that followers are blind and are nuisance in the world, as they, under the spell of mass hypnosis, keep fighting for their belief-systems. Osho does not believe in any belief-system, as so much violence has been happening in the name of belief. It is about time that we get rid of this epidemic.
Osho does not give any dogma to people--he has none. He does not teach any religion. He was born in Jaina religion but he does not belong to it or any other religion. He did read the scriptures of all religions, besides 100,000 books on all other subjects. He experimented with hundreds of meditation methods that the seekers of truth have been practicing for thousands of years. This makes him a real authority on all the meditation devices and the message of enlightened mystics from Ashtavakra to Zarathusthra. Osho radiates the unique fragrance of all the flowers that bloomed in the vast garden of spirituality--all the Buddhas, the Upanishdic sages, and all the Sufi, the Tao, the Tantra and the Zen masters and mystics. Osho has given discourses on hundreds of these illumined souls and has 650 titles to his credit, which is unparallel in the whole history of human consciousness.
So Osho is not a believer of any religion and his lovers are also not believers. His message is essentially a religiousness, and a religion. He does not believe in any imaginary God but he teaches godliness which is an existential reality. His religiousness is not a continuity of any belief system of the past, but freshness of a flower blossomed this morning in the morning sun today. He is a modern day mystic whose wisdom, clarity and humor have touched the lives of millions of people around the world. His insights are creating the conducive atmosphere or ' Atma-Sphere " for the emergence of what he calls the 'New Man' or Zorba, the Buddha - the combination of celebration, dance and song of Zorba and the silence, stillness and meditation of the Buddha, the meditation of the East and the materialism of the West. Zorba the Buddha is a totally new human being who is an awakened one, and he is life-affirmative and free. When someone asked Osho the definition of religion, Osho replied: To be in romance with life is religion.
Osho left his body on 19 January 1990. Many people had asked him what would happen after he left his body and would he have any successors. The media has also asked this question several times. His response was that"the very idea of succession is not the right idea in the world of consciousness. That's why I have said, I will not have successors. But you are right in saying that you will carry my love, my insight in your bones and in your blood. But don't use the word 'successor', rather use the words 'YOU WILL BE ME'. Why be so far away, a successor, when you can be me? BE SO EMPTY THAT I CAN MAKE A HOME IN YOU, that your emptiness can absorb my emptiness, that your heart can have the same dance as my heart. IT IS NOT SUCCESSION; IT IS TRANSMISSION.
He told his lovers: THE VERY IDEA OF SUCCESSION IS POLITICAL. Only one person can be a successor, so there is bound to be competition, ambition. There is bound to be a subtle struggle to be closer to the master, to force others away. It may not be on the surface but, underneath, the problem will remain in the disciples: "Who is going to be the successor?" I DESTROY THE WHOLE CONCEPTION. Every disciple who has loved has become one with the master. There is no need of any competition, nor one successor. It is for everybody who has offered himself in deep gratitude, who has become one in a certain sense with the master's presence. There is no need of any competition. Thousands can have the same experience, millions can have the same experience. To avoid politics in religion, I have said that I will not have successors. I want religion to be absolutely devoid of ambition, competition, being higher than another, putting everybody lower than oneself. With me, you are all equal.And I trust and love you, that you will prove this equality. In equals, there is no competition; there is a combined effort. YOU WILL ALL CARRY MY MESSAGE, BUT NOBODY WILL BE HIGHER OR LOWER, nobody will be a successor. All will be my lovers and they will carry me."
I found the Source
Every master has a caravan of his own -- his own people who have tasted something of his being, who have drunk the wine of his joy, who are no longer related in the ordinary ways of the world... some invisible, mysterious connections are developing. Something is transpiring between the master and the disciple which will finally dissolve the duality of both and there will remain only oneness, a tremendous silence, a profound peace, a great insight. The master is rare, very rare.
I had found the source—or it would be better to say - the source had found me. It is such a mysterious journey that the disciple does not find the master, on the contrary the master finds the disciple. And in such a happening, the master keeps throbbing in the hearts of his disciples even after he leaves his body. The master lives on in the beings of his disciples.
I was really fortunate to meet Osho at the young age of 21 when he was living in A-1 apartment of 26-storey building, known as The Woodlands, in Mumbai. I can say that prior to that blissful meeting I was not having any faith in any religion or guru, though I was born in a ritualistic Hindu family. Reading poems of Mystic Kabir had shaken my faith in all the religions that prevailed those days. This did not stop me from seeking the truth.
I was an assistant to an author of educational books who was also my teacher in school. He had always told me to follow him as he claimed to know the truth. It is quite strange that the ordinary school teachers in India also boast to be gurus while there’s nothing in their life that can be a proof of their enlightenment. They never meditate. These poor teachers give information to the students and not transformation. This became clear to the moment I read Osho discourses and later when I met him.
My school teacher asked me: “What was the need to go to Osho and become a sannyasin? Had I not given you the right teaching? What was lacking?”
I informed him that I was impressed with his informative knowledge but that was not enough to experience the truth or have self-realization. I could get the same or even better informative knowledge from millions of teachers, scriptures and other sources. Being a master is something else, something out of this world. Being a master means being a Buddha, an enlightened one.
And finally, I have found one. The master did not do anything for me but his presence is so magnetic, his magnet is so powerful that is pulling millions of seekers from remote corners of the planet. He is an illumined person whose radiance is not of his own but godliness shines through him. I informed my teacher who though I had gone mad. He told me to come back to him whenever I needed him again. After being with Osho that need never arose again.
God and the Godliness
After making his historic hundredth century in cricket at Shere Bangla National Stadium in Bangladesh on 16th March, the cricket's most prolific batsman who has always been adored as God, stressed on his human side:
“I am not God, I am a cricketer and I am Sachin.”
We can appreciate this statement of humbleness from a really great star but if he looks deeper within himself, he may realise that he is both Sachin and God, because God resides in all of us. Sachin as a persona, a personality, is on the periphery only. And one does not need to achieve any success or create milestones
to feel godly, because it is not something in the Doing but in the Being--as a real essence in all beings.
We have heard that God is everywhere, in everything, in every leaf of the tree, in stars and even in dust particles. But if I declare that you are also God, you may not believe me. You will probably say, "Me? God? I am such an angry man, greedy man, how can I be God?" But the alchemy is that the moment you accept that you are God, you will not be an angry or greedy man.
Our mind accepts divinity, godliness in everything except in our own selves.
Dust particles may have godliness but not us!
I suggest a meditation, this new gestalt, of accepting godliness within yourself -- the moment you start accepting this, you will not remain the same person again. There will be a mutation in your consciousness, an inner revolution.
So tonight when you go to bed, God is going to sleep within you. Feel it. It does not matter what you have been doing whole day. Forget it. Remember only one thing -- God is going to sleep. This feeling will change the quality of your sleep. Your sleep will continue with this quality through the night and you will wake up with the same feeling. You will wake up with the feeling that God is also awake. If it doesn't happen, do it consciously. Remain in the bed for a while and feel that God is waking up. Feel in every cell of your being that God is awakening within you. Those who know, for them there is nothing else but God.
Godliness is just another name of consciousness. Consciousness is the stuff we are all made of. We are not matter, we are not mind -- we are consciousness. The moment we start realising this, we start glowing with consciousness. This glorious consciousness knows no misery, no anguish. It is made of bliss. It is truth. Sat Chit Anand.
If you have a taste of godliness within your being, even through it may be very tiny, it will lead you to truth, consciousness and bliss. If you start your day with such remembrance, it will grow daily and your taste will become permanent. You will breathe godliness.
Remember there is no need to become greedy about godliness. Start with this small experience within yourself and let it expand naturally. The moment will come one day when you will feel yourself full of godliness. In such moments the enlightened ones declare: Aham Brahmasmi. I am God.
Let godliness pervade your being. Feel your consciousness spreading into every nook and corner of your being. Let your whole being become illumined. Then everything that exists within you and without, is nothing but godliness. You walk in god, you talk in god. The mystic Kabir sings: Uthoon baithoon so parikrama.
No matter what you do, sit or stand, it is nothing else but being in meditation. Now through you God feels and God thinks. It’s all God's play. It is his Leela.
Osho says in one of his discourses to his disciples:
God is a quality, not an object. God is not God but godliness -- and godliness has to be found first within yourself. Unless you have a taste of it in your own being you will not be able to see it anywhere else. Once you have tasted it, once you have become drunk on the divine, then you will see it in the trees -- in the green of the trees, in the red of the trees, in the gold of the trees. You will see it in the sun, in the moon, in the stars. You will be able to see it in the animals, birds, people, rivers, mountains. The whole existence will reflect your understanding, will become a mirror to you. You will be able to see your own face everywhere. We can see only that which we are, we cannot see that which we are not.
A Turning Point in My Life
Osho never wrote a single book. Yet he is the author of over 800 books. How did this happen? For over forty years, Swami Chaitanya Keerti has been involved in publishing Osho books reveals the process and Osho’s guidelines on publishing his books.
I have been involved with publishing Osho books and magazines since 1972. I started reading Osho books in 1970 and in 1971, I read his most profound book ‘Jin Khoja Tin Paaiyan’ in Hindi. Later that book got translated into English and got published as ‘In Search of the Miraculous’. Reading the book half way through, I decided to go to Osho. He was living in Mumbai. In the very first darshan, I was initiated into sannyas. This book became a turning point in my life.
In 1972, I started publishing Osho’s monthly magazine from Punjab and in 1974, Shri Rajneesh Ashram came into existence and I was given to edit the Hindi edition of Rajneesh Foundation Newsletter, a fortnightly tabloid. Osho told me that the front page will have his full size picture and then a full discourse, full means full, nothing to be deleted, and the rest of the pages would have the news of the happenings in the Ashram and other meditation centers dedicated to his work. At the same time, I was given Hindi books to edit, transcribe discourses from audiotapes and compile them into a book. The first book was ‘Shiv Sutra’.
Osho took keen interest in all of his publications. He would select his photos, give the title and sub-title for the books, also see the cover-designs before the books were sent to the printers. He wanted his books to have round-binding. He was not very much interested in paperbacks to be published by the ashram. Only the outside publishers were given permission for paperback editions.
Sometimes, I had the feeling to have Osho’s suggestions, if any, for the Rajneesh Foundation Newsletter. He saw every issue and never gave any suggestion during the seven years I edited the paper, before he left for USA, in 1981. He was always happy with the way this publication was shaping up.
In 1981, in Rajneeshpuram, Oregon, the Rajneesh Times weekly came into existence. And in 1986, we returned to Pune and I started editing the Rajneesh Times in Hindi, though it became monthly. Later in 1989, it got rechristened to Osho Times, as he changed his own name from Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh to Osho. Earlier, I had sent him a copy of Discover India. Osho sent us the suggestion to publish a glossy bimonthly magazine, Discover Bhagwan. While we were working on this magazine, his name got changed to Osho, so it was published as Discover Osho. He liked it very much.
The other thing that surprised me was the pricing of his books and magazines. Sometimes we would send him the request to allow us to increase the price of Osho Times from Rs 2.50 to Rupees 3.00 (the price of a single copy) and he would not allow us to do that. He wanted his message to reach to maximum in an affordable price. He told us to make his books available at cost price only, and let outside publishers and distributors decide their sale price, but from the Ashram, the books should be made available to all at the cost price only.
Whenever we became slow in publishing any book, Osho would always enquire from us and told us to keep publishing without any delay. If money became a problem, he would say take my watch and sell it and publish the book. In gratitude to the Master, many Osho lovers always contributed towards transcribing of the discourses, translations in various languages and financing the publishing work. It has always been such a joy for all of us. Now his books are available in all the major languages of the world. Osho always wanted his sannyasins, his disciples to publish his books because they would do it more with love than for any commercial gains. The same cannot be said about the highly commercial publishers; they may change the text, edit out
some portions which they don’t like. In one of his discourses, Osho says: “One of the British publishers, Sheldon, has published nine of my books. I had no idea that it was just a front, and behind it was the church. As the church authorities became aware that my books were being published, then I came to know. The man who was the manager of Sheldon Press must have been sympathetic to my thoughts, my approach to things. So without asking the church, he continued publishing. Nine books he published. And then he informed me, "The church has found that I have been publishing your books, so they have put an absolute ban on it. So please forgive me, I will not be able to publish any more. And they have ordered that these books should be given for recycling - whatever has been published- so they can be destroyed." “But the man must have been in great love with me. He did not give them to the recycling factory. He sold them to a secondhand bookstore, and he informed one of my sannyasins, "You can get them from the secondhand bookstore." So we got all the books at a throwaway price, but it was the Sheldon Press manager who managed it. Then we became aware that Sheldon was a fake name. You would not think that it had anything to do with the church.” In another discourse, Osho tells us not to be greedy and deceptive. He says: One of my sannyasins in Australia is trying to publish three of my books. He had come to see me to get my approval for his plan. His plan is very diplomatic. The book is called The First Gold Nuggets, and he does not have my name in the author's place, but just "The Master." The second book is called More Gold Nuggets by the Master;
and the third book is called The Gold Mine, and then he reveals my name. He said, "I have given these first two books to a few of my friends and they were simply overwhelmed -- they said they are going to be bestsellers. But when I mentioned your name, their faces immediately changed. They said, `Don't create unnecessary trouble.'" And he had come to ask me, "Can I do it? So when people have read the first two books, they will purchase the third and then they will come to know whose books they are." I said, "This kind of deception may be a good business strategy" -- he is a great salesman, he has earned millions just selling things in the marketplace -- "it is a good way to market the product, but I would not like that to be done at all." “And since then, I have not heard anything from him, or what happened to those books, because they were going to be published in time for Christmas -- which has passed many months ago. Perhaps he has dropped the idea: to put so much money into publication, and then because of my name those books will not get the profit that he had visualized.... It is a strange world. People are ready to appreciate what is written in those books if it is written only by a philosopher or by an anonymous entity, ‘The Master.’ But if they know it is written by me... they know I mean business.” There’s another example from Osho discourse: “Just a few days before, one English publisher -- Sheldon Press -- offered to publish one of my books, Until You Die. They wrote a letter: 'The book is beautiful, but we cannot have the title, because the very idea of death -- Until You Die -- will put people off. We will have to change the title,' they said.” “The very title! Such a beautiful title – Until You Die. A part of a saying of Jesus! And in a Christian country! They think the title is not right, the title has to be changed -- 'the very idea puts people off.' “Nobody wants to think about death, nobody wants to look into death. So words connected with death will fall out of circulation.” “To me, the whole of life is holy. All that exists is holy, unconditionally holy. I don't have any condemnation for anything. Then suddenly the whole language becomes available to me.”
The Root Cause of Conflicts
On 24th January, the Press Trust of India reported a very interesting story--the story based on what Osho has always been saying in his discourses--that male sex is mainly responsible for all the major wars in the world. And now the PTI news agency reports the same in the following words:"It’s official. Male sex drive is at the root of most conflicts worldwide — from football hooliganism to world wars, says a new study."
Researchers at Oxford University’s Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology claim it is actually the “male warrior”
instinct which has helped men evolve to be aggressive to outsiders, informs the British media.
In evolutionary terms, an instinct for violence against others helped early men improve their status and gain more access to mates, but in modern terms this can translate into large scale wars, say the researchers.
“A solution to conflict, which is an all too common problem in societies today, remains elusive. One reason for this might be the difficulty we have in changing our mindset, which has evolved over thousands of years.” “Our review of the academic literature suggests that the human mind is shaped in a way that tends to perpetuate conflict with ‘outsiders’,” Prof. Mark van Vugt, who led the study, was quoted by the Daily Telegraph as saying.
In contrast, women are naturally equipped with a “tend and befriend” attitude, meaning they seek to resolve conflicts peacefully in order to protect their children, according to the researchers.
Let's see what Osho has been saying. In one of the discourses he says:
"It has been a historical fact that each war is created by the man, but the woman suffers most. Strange -- the man is the criminal and the consequence happens to the woman! The woman loses her husband, the woman loses her children. The woman loses her dignity, because whenever a country is invaded, the soldiers are so much repressed -- just like the monks.... Sexually they had no opportunity while the war was going on. When the opportunity arises -- they invade a city and conquer it -- their first attack is on the woman. And the war has nothing to do with the woman, she is simply outside of the game -- it is a male game, just like boxing -- but she has to be raped. Those soldiers are hankering not to be victorious for their nation's glory -- that is a faraway thing -- they are hankering to get the women of the enemies as quickly as possible."
From the False to the Truth Chapter #31: 29 July 1985 am in Rajneeshmandir, Rajneeshpuram USA
The new study, published recently in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, is a review of evolutionary evidence for the so-called “male warrior hypothesis”.
The findings suggest that in every culture throughout history, men have been more likely than women to use violence when confronted by people they saw as outsiders. At a basic level, such “tribal” aggression helped men in group to obtain more females, increasing their chances of reproduction.
“We see similar behaviour in chimpanzees. For example, the males continuously monitor the borders of their territory. “If a female from another group comes along, she may be persuaded to emigrate to his group. When a male strays too far, however, he is likely to be brutally beaten and possibly killed,” Prof. Vugt said.
Osho teaches the world to develop more the feminine qualities to create harmony in the world. He says: "The world suffers too much from conflict because of male energy and the domination by it. The balance is needed. I am not saying that the male energy is not needed at all; it is needed, but in proportion. Right now, ninety-nine percent is male energy and the woman exists only on the margin. She is not the main current of life, hence there is strife, struggle, fight, war.
That energy has brought humanity to the brink of total suicide. It can happen any day, unless the feminine energy is released to balance it.
That is the only hope.
"The third world war can be avoided only if feminine energy is released into the world to balance male energy; otherwise there is no way. It cannot be avoided by peace marches and protests against war, because that too is male energy! Have you not watched protesters? -- they are as violent as anybody can be, and each peace march turns into a riot. Sooner or later they are burning buses, throwing stones at the police. They were there shouting for peace, but in their very shout is war.
"The masculine energy can talk about peace but can only prepare for war. It goes on saying that we have to fight to protect peace. Now look at the absurdity: we have to go to war, otherwise there will be no peace in the world. To attain peace we go into war. That's how we have been going into war down the ages and peace has not come. In three thousand years man has fought five thousand wars. Not a single day passes when there is not war somewhere or other. Sometimes it is Vietnam, sometimes it is Israel, sometimes it is Kashmir, sometimes it is something else, but the war continues. And it is not only a question of changing the political ideology of the world -- that won't help because all those ideologies are masculine. The feminine
energy has to be released. That can bring balance.
The Book of Mirdad: Read this book by your heart
There are millions of books available in the world today, some of which have been in existence since the beginning of the world. Old books continue to remain in existence forever and every day more new books are born because people love reading them. They want to quench their insatiable thirst for knowledge and wisdom, fiction and fun. Not all books are worth reading, but most people develop a love for reading and read for the sake of reading. For them reading any book is a joy. But once in a while we come across a book that transforms us and changes the course of our life.
Osho loved reading books and he did read more than One hundred thousand books, which are now part of his personal library. Many of these books have his beautiful signatures that are considered by his lovers as an enlightened art. Out of these hundred thousands books Osho makes a special mention of one really unique book which is not known to common people.
He says: "There are millions of books in the world, but THE BOOK OF MIRDAD stands out far above any other book in existence. It is unfortunate that very few people are acquainted with THE BOOK OF MIRDAD for the simple reason that it is not a religious scripture. It is a parable, a fiction, but containing oceanic truth. It is a small book, but the man who gave birth to this book... and mind my words, I am not saying "the man who wrote this book." Nobody wrote this book. I am saying the man who gave birth to this book - he was an unknown, a nobody. And because he was not a novelist, he never wrote again; just that single book contains his whole experience. The name of the man was Mikhail Naimy.
"It is an extraordinary book in the sense that you can read it and miss it completely, because the meaning of the book is not in the words of the book. The meaning of the book is running side by side in silence between the words, between the lines, in the gaps. If you are in a state of meditativeness - if you are not only reading a fiction but you are encountering the whole religious experience of a great human being, absorbing it; not intellectually understanding but existentially drinking it -- the words are there but they become secondary. Something else becomes primary: the silence that those words create, the music that those words create. The words affect your mind, and the music goes directly to your heart."
Reading a book like 'The Book of Mirdad' is an art by itself. Osho tells us: "And it is a book to be read by the heart, not by the mind. It is a book not to be understood, but experienced. It is something phenomenal. Millions of people have tried to write books so that they can express the inexpressible, but they have utterly failed. I know only one book, THE BOOK OF MIRDAD, which has not failed; and if you cannot get to the very essence of it, it will be your failure, not his. He has created a perfect device of words, parables, situations. If you allow it, the book becomes alive and something starts happening to your being."
In one of the chapters of this book, Mikhail Naimy writes: ... "You are the tree of Life. Beware of fractioning yourselves. Set not a fruit against a fruit, a leaf against a leaf, a bough against a bough; nor set the stem against the roots; nor set the tree against the mother-soil. That is precisely what you do, when you love one part more than the rest or to the exclusion of the rest."
Our life functions in an organic connectivity. We are one life - and this life itself is godliness. While we are always fighting and creating conflict constantly, living in man-made divisions of religions, races and nations, a man of meditation comes to realize that there exist no divisions and fractions in life. All divisions exist only in the over-developed heads and under-developed hearts of people. We are conscious of the leaves, branches and stems of the tree, but we cannot see the roots of the tree, the source of one life. This is the real misery of men on earth.
Mikhail Naimy reminds us: "You are the Tree of Life. Your roots are everywhere. Your boughs and leaves are everywhere. Your fruits are in every mouth. Whatever be the fruits upon that tree; whatever be its boughs and leaves; whatever be the roots; they are your fruits; they are your leaves and boughs; they are your roots. If you would have the tree bear sweet and fragrant fruit, if you would have it ever strong and green, see to the sap wherewith you feed the roots. Love is the Sap of Life. ...." These words should be sung like we sing Bhagwad Geeta-the song of the divine. But most people have not heard of this book and have missed such a significant message coming from an unknown person of super sensitivity.
Osho concludes: "I have come across people who have not even heard the name of THE BOOK OF MIRDAD. If I am to make a list of the great books, that will be the first. But to see the beauty of it you will need a tremendous discipline. Mikhail Naimy's book, THE BOOK OF MIRDAD, should be filmed, should be shown to people. Just seeing that film you will feel a great upliftment. The book should be made available to every library, to every university, but most of the people have not even heard the name of Mikhail Naimy. His book -- one of the greatest masterpieces of art, beauty, meditation, consciousness -- remains unknown to the major part of humanity."
Language of the Heart
George W Bush, the former president of USA hasn’t been a very popular president. But he has been quite an entertainer because of his linguistic skills.
If you recall some of his statements, “I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe and what I believe—I believe what I believe is right,” they are hilariously funny. But it isn’t just funny to me but profoundly absurd since his lines are based on the word belief. Now one can either know or believe. Because belief is generally borrowed—it’s a piece of information acquired from other sources.
Priests are always asking us to believe in God. And people are believe these beliefs without even experiencing God or godliness anywhere. Strangely there are more definitions and beliefs than there are Gods and believers choose and follow a definition of their choice. The trouble arises when they become staunch believers and start fighting about which definition is the ultimate. Such believers cannot tolerate other believers. And that’s where the problem starts...
In one of his discourses, Osho says candidly: ‘Belief ’ is a dirty word! By belief you’re prevented from knowing and you aren’t helped. And it’s because of beliefs, a man is divided as a Christian, a Hindu or a Muslim.
It’s a belief that divides the world and creates wars. The moment you believe, you are no more one with humanity: You’re a Christian, a Hindu or a Muslim. And you will be continuously fighting for your belief.
Read this joke: A policeman was walking his beat when he saw two men fighting. A little boy standing alongside and crying copiously, “Daddy, Daddy!” The officer pulled the two men apart and, turning to the boy, asked, “Which one is your father, lad?” “I don’t know,”the boy said, rubbing tears from his eyes, “That’s what they’re fighting about.”
Osho elaborates: “Belief simply means you don’t know, yet you believe. A blind man believing in light, what can belief do? He doesn’t need a prophet or a messiah. What he needs is medicine or a surgeon for an eye operation, so that he can see. And do you believe in light? Nobody asks such questions—you know light is there. The question of belief is asked only when the thing is non-existential.”
In the name of religion or God, priests have been giving their followers belief systems which are inherently destructive. The real religious teaching can be only life-affirmative, a true reverence for all life. The real religious teaching can only be of love. It cannot mislead the followers into killing other humans. But the priests provoke followers with ideologies and call it belief!
Osho says: “Anybody who gives you a belief system is your enemy. You cannot see the truth and the desire to find truth disappears. But if all your belief systems are taken away from you, in the beginning, certainly, it’s bitter. I know the fear that will surface immediately. And only the search for truth and the experience of truth, not a belief is capable of healing your wounds.”
As a matter of fact, the truth throbs in our heart, which is capable of healing not only our wounds but the cuts and bruises of this world. So, speak the language of the heart and you may not need articulation of words. A smile, a hug or just a soft touch may express it better than the words.
Intuition is more powerful than intellect: Steve Jobs
My intuition says that Steve Jobs will be born again, this time in India and become a sannyasin. He was a great man of science, but deep within his being, he was a man of meditation and intuition. In his last birth he traveled to India also and was touched by the Eastern mysticism so deeply. This may have become his unfulfilled desire and a reason to be born in India to experience it totally. Also this is very much possible that in his next birth he may achieve the same depth in meditation as the height he achieved in technology in his previous birth.
Steven Paul Jobs ( an American business magnate and inventor, co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple Inc. ) was a rare genius. He had a wonderful combination of brilliance of the Western mind and mystical dimension of the Eastern heart. He was born in San Francisco, California on February 24 1955. His biological parents, unwed college graduates Joanne Simpson and Abdulfattah Jandali, had him adopted by a lower-middle-class couple from south of the Bay Area, Paul and Clara Jobs. He had college education for 6 months only, after which he dropped out. It is reported that he spent a lot of time learning about Eastern mysticism and adopted strange diets, fasting or eating only fruits. Those were the days of the hippies, and he also enjoyed being a hippie for some time. He even traveled to India with a friend to seek enlightenment at age 19.
His recently published biography tells us about his India sojourn in the summer of 1974. It reveals some details about his experiences in India during a seven-month trip, and how he learnt about the power of intuition in this country.
"The people in the Indian countryside don't use their intellect like we do, they use their intuition instead, and their intuition is far more developed than in the rest of the world. Intuition is a very powerful thing, more powerful than intellect, in my opinion. That's had a big impact on my work," Jobs later recalled to Walter Issacson, the biographer.
Jobs goes on to say that Western rational thought is not an innate human characteristic but is learned. "In the villages of India, they never learned it. They learned something else, which is in some ways just as valuable but in other ways is not. That is the power of intuition and experiential wisdom,"' he said.
Jobs' intuitive understanding reminds of the wisdom of Kabir, the mystic saint of India, who ridiculed the bookish knowledge of pundits and taught the importance of experiencing the truth withi oneself: Likhalikhi ki hai nahi,dekhadekhi baat. One cannot find truth in scriptures— one can only discover it experiencing it within. This experiencing is what we call intuition.
Osho defines this word 'intuition'. He says: “You know the other word, 'tuition'; tuition means somebody else is giving it to you. Intuition means nobody is giving it to you; it is growing within yourself. And because it is not given to you by somebody else, it cannot be put into words.”
He adds: “Intuition can give you answers for ultimate questions – not verbally but existentially. You need not ask, What is truth? Instinct won't hear, it is deaf. Intellect will hear but it can only philosophize; it is blind, it can't see. Intuition is a seer, it has eyes. It sees the truth -- there is no question of thinking about it. Instinct and intuition are both independent of you. Instinct is in the power of nature, of unconscious nature, and intuition is in the hands of the superconscious universe, the consciousness that surrounds the whole universe, the oceanic consciousness of which we are just small islands -- or better, icebergs, because we can melt into it and become one with it.”
Steve Jobs says his seven months stay in Indian villages made him "see the craziness" of the Western world as well as its capacity for rational thought.
"If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. if you try to calm it, it will only make it worse. but over time it does calm, and when it does, there's room to hear more subtle things - that's when your intuition starts to blossom,'" he says.
This is the right observation and perfect beginning for inner journey of meditation.
See you Mr. Steve Jobs in some meditation retreat in India doing Osho Dynamic, Vipassana and Zazen meditations.
The magic of Sathya Sai Baba
He has been the editor of Osho books. He is the author of three books on Osho: Allah to Zen, The Osho Way: In Romance with Life, and Osho Fragrance.
Swami Chaitanya Keerti regularly contributes articles on meditation and other subjects to several newspapers and magazines. He travels extensively to conduct meditation camps in different parts of the country and abroad.
Sri Sathya Sai Baba, one of India's most famous and influential gurus with millions of followers in India and abroad, died at Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh Sunday ( April 24 ) morning after a prolonged illness.
He was 85.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Sunday condoled the death of Sathya Sai Baba, saying he was an inspiration to people of all faiths.
Mr. Singh said Sai Baba's death was an irreparable loss to all and the nation deeply mourns his passing away: "I express my sincere condolences to the millions of his followers, disciples and well-wishers."
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and several other gurus including Srri Sri Ravi Shankar, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev and Baba Ramdev also mourned the demise of Sathya Sai Baba,
In his condolence message, the Dalai Lama said, "I am saddened by the passing away of the respected spiritual leader. I would like to convey my condolences and prayers to his followers, devotees and admirers."
It is not only the present Prime Minister, but the Prime Ministers of the past, the ex-Presidents of India and several powerful Indian politicians have been seen sitting at the feet of this guru or sitting next to him. Some of the Bollywood movie-stars and a top cricket player Sachin Tendulkar are his followers. No other guru has had a such a mass following in India and abroad as Sathya Sai Baba did. And the media has been discussing a lot about the property that he left behind and who would take care of it. "The trust, which runs several hospitals, educational institutions, drinking water projects and undertake other charitable works in India and abroad, is estimated to have movable and immovable assets of Rs.40,000 crore." reports the Economic Times of India.
In the past, the mainstream Indian media has been discussing the miracles performed by him on several occasions. Numerous manifestations and materializations are associated with his name and form. Some other established magicians have been making fun of such miracles and have been exposing them in the media as ordinary tricks.
NDTV said that Sathya Sai Baba became famous for his magic tricks by producing objects from thin air. But he was reviled by critics and rationalists who campaigned against him with magic shows.
In one of his discourses Osho talked about these magic tricks: One old Parsi woman came to me in Bombay. Sathya Sai Baba used to stay at her place, and she told me, "One day when he had gone into the bathroom, just out of curiosity I looked into his suitcases. They were all full of watches! I could not believe that this man was deceiving."
She said, "I told him, `Never again come in my house!' I cannot be a partner to any kind of fraud."
I said, "I have been challenging Sathya Sai Baba, saying that this is stupid. When the country is dying of starvation, produce more food out of your miracles. He should bring rain to Hyderabad" ... I have no objection to him as a magician, but he should not pretend to be a spiritual man. It is not only a question of a single person pretending to be spiritual when he is not. The question is that he attracts thousands of people, mediocre people, who believe that this man of miracles may impart something to them, may lead them to the ultimate truth.
Attracting millions of people and powerful politicians is very much possible because most of them are greedy and ambitious. The common people pray to God or other gurus to have their ordinary needs and desires to be fulfilled. They all want success in their life. A politicians would go to any guru who attracts millions of people and the politician wants their votes to continue succeeding. He may not even believe in the guru but he can pretend to respect him for getting the public support. This is what brought all kinds of politicians close to this Baba.
Osho said: You may go and seek Sathya Sai Baba, because that will be a deep fulfillment of your greed. You will see: here is the man. If he can produce things out of air, he can do anything. Now your greed is provoked. Now a deep affinity happens immediately. That's why you will see thousands of people around Satya Sai Baba. If a Buddha exists, you will not see multitudes there, because there is no affinity. Sathya Sai Baba has an appeal deep inside you: your greed is provoked. Now you know this is the right man. But you are wrong. How can you decide who is the right man? You create your deceivers, you give them the opportunity. You follow magicians, not masters.
If you really want to seek a master, drop greed and drop your beliefs.
Go to a master completely nude in the mind, with no beliefs; as if you are a tree in the fall with no leaves, naked, standing against the sky. You go and seek a master with a naked mind, with no leaves, with no beliefs. Only then, only then, I say, will you be able to see without projection; only then will something penetrate into your life from the above. Then nobody can deceive you.
Don't ask for miracles. A man of meditation is himself a miracle.
Whatever he does is a miracle. It is a beauty, it is magic, but it is all spontaneous. It is not practiced, it is not rehearsed. But most people are interested in supernatural powers, healing people with supernatural powers, or creating things out of nothing, just as Sathya Sai Baba is doing. All kinds of frauds... but people become interested in them, thinking that here is a man of miracles.
The curtain of attachments is so dense and thick that even if you go towards religion you look for miracles. If you find Buddha standing before you, you will not recognize him. If Buddha and Sathya Sai Baba are both present you will definitely move towards Sathya Sai Baba, and not towards Buddha, because Buddha is not so stupid as to conjures things out of the air! You are in search of magicians. You are impressed by miracles, because your deepest desire is for the world and not for God.
Pure Observation without Judgement
We live in a world where everyone functions as a self-appointed judge of the others. And this habit of judging others does not end with intimate friends or acquaintances only, we do it strangers too. We may see a stranger walking on the road who may have nothing to do with anybody, and we start looking at him with all kinds of judgments. We project our liking or disliking on him or her--this person is ugly, this person is beautiful...so on so forth. Just one glance at the person and we have judged the person. The judgment may be right or wrong, it really does not matter. What matters is that we are judging as a habit, nobody has asked us to judge.
It may happen that as a coincidence, we see the same person again next day or next week, we would be quick to judge again, and comparing with our past judgment, some new colours would be added to the past judgment. Now this person is becoming a victim of our solidifying judgment about him. We start having a particular fixed image of this person. Now whenever it is needed to relate with him, we will not be able to relate in a fresh manner, we will be relating with him with all the dust of past images about him gathered in our eyes. And as a result, this person is not the real person we are meeting now --we are meeting the person of our judgment, of our own projection and creation. He may not be aware at all what image of him we have been carrying in our mind's eye.
Now the question arises: Is it really possible to not to judge and see things or persons as they are, without any kind of judgment? Yes, it is possible. It is possible if we function moment to moment, and let our mind not be burdened with the past memory. Yes, the memory may be there, we cannot wish it away or wash it out, but it should not be allowed to cloud our eyes with its thick screen. Our eyes should function as a clean mirror. A mirror has no prejudice, it reflects things as they are. An enlightened person is one who has such eyes and functions like a mirror. And such a person can proclaim the truth.
Jesus Christ was such an enlightened mystic who said: "Judge not, that ye be not judged." This is his most significant statement that can transform people into sensitive meditators.
In one of his discourses, Osho illustrates this statement with a Sufi story: I have heard about one Mohammedan Sufi mystic. He used to sell small things in the village, and the people of that village became aware that he had no judgment. So they would take the things and give him false coins. He would accept them, because he would never say, ”This is wrong and this is right.” sometimes they would take things from him and they would say, ”We have paid,” and he would not say, ”You have not paid.” He would say, “Okay.” He would thank them.
Then from other villages also people started coming. This man was very good; you could take anything from his shop, you need not pay, or you could pay in false coins, and he accepted everything!
Then death came near to this old man. These were his last words: he looked at the sky and said, ”Allah, God, I have been accepting all kinds of coins, false ones also. I am also a false coin – don’t judge me. I have not judged your people, please don’t judge me.” And it is said that how can God judge such a person?
Jesus says, ”Judge ye not, so ye may not be judged.”
Osho explains: If judgment disappears, you have become innocent. If you don’t divide things into good and bad, ugly and beautiful, acceptable and nonacceptable; if you don’t divide things, if you look at reality without any division, your eyes will come into existence for the first time. This is chakshusmati vidya, the signs of gaining eyes.
If you divide you will remain blind, if you judge you will remain blind, if you say this is bad and this is good, you will persist in your blindness... because existence knows nothing. There is nothing good and nothing bad – existence accepts everything. And when you also accept everything you have become existence-like.
You have become one with it. So remember, morality is not religion. Rather, on the contrary, morality is one of the hindrances in gaining religion, just like immorality. Morality, immorality – both are hindrances. When you transcend both you have transcended the mind, the dual, the dualistic attitude.
Then the sage and the sinner have become one. Then you remain in your self, you don’t move to judge. And when you don’t judge, your mind cannot project: the mind projects through judgment.
“Vedanta: Seven Steps to Samadhi”
Guru Nanak Dev, another enlightened master turned this statement towards oneself and said:
Nanak parkhe aap kayu ta paarakh jaan: O Nanak, if someone judges himself, only then is he known as a real judge. Is mann kayu koee khojo bhaaee: Let each person examine his own mind, O brother.
Then what does this judging mean? As I can understand it means to know “Who Am I?”. It means know thyself, have a self-realisation. This does not mean we start judging ourselves.
It also means that as we start accepting others as they are, same should be applied to ourselves.
We accept ourselves as we are without any condemnation or appreciation. This acceptance is pure observation, which is another name for meditation.
The Sense of Beauty
A poet composes poetry. A writer writes fiction. A painter paints. A sculptor sculpts. Seeing all these forms of creativity, we are filled with certain awe and spontaneously we respond: How beautiful! The creativity of these artists may be beautiful, may not be beautiful, but what is certain is that we are in a state of mind that can appreciate the beauty.
And another person may see the same objects of beauty and simply say nothing about them or may not even look at them. This does not say anything about the beauty of the objects, it says something about the beholder, his state of mind, his lack of interest or lack of sensitivity.
The beauty and its experience is something very subjective and personal. It is more to do with the inner space of the person who confronts the objects of beauty.
Osho talks about a certain great aesthetician, a great philosopher of aesthetics, Croce, devoted his whole life to a single question: What is beauty? In this century he stands alone as a high peak, incomparable to anybody else. His dedication to the question of beauty is total. He wrote about it, he talked about it, he taught about it, he dreamt about it; his whole life was woven around the question: What is beauty?
I have gone through his writings, and on each step I have felt that this man must have been blind -- only a blind person can ask, "What is beauty?"
And for almost one century, nobody has raised the question of whether Croce was blind or not. I say he was definitely blind. He may have had eyes, just as you have, but he had no perception, no sensitivity. He was asking the question what is beauty? and went on inquiring about it -- and the whole existence is full of beauty.
Even the smallest blade of grass is beautiful. All around there are flowers and stars, birds and trees and rivers and mountains, and beautiful human beings.
Why could a man of the intelligence of Croce not see a simple thing -- that beauty has to be felt, not thought about? You have to see it, you have to experience it. You are capable of creating it.
But it is such a mystery that it is beyond explanation.
You cannot confine it in a definition.
But his whole lifelong effort shows only one thing: the poor man never experienced even a single moment of beauty; otherwise, his whole questioning would have changed. He would rather have devoted his life to creating beauty, to experiencing beauty, to rejoicing with the stars and with the moon and with the flowers and with the birds. But he wasted his whole life.
And to what conclusion did he come in the end? -- that beauty is indefinable. This could have been told to him by anybody in the very beginning. There was no need to waste a beautiful life, a precious gift of existence.
And one cannot be certain that it will be given to you again; you cannot even be certain why it has been given to you this time. Do you deserve it? Have you earned it? Does the existence owe it to you? It seems to be a sheer gift, a gift of an abundant existence, not bothering about whether you deserve it or not. Not asking for your qualifications, not inquiring about your character, your morality ... making no demands on you, just giving it without any conditions attached to it. Giving it not as a business, but without any expectations from you in return; giving it and allowing you total freedom to do whatever you want to do with it.
Beyond Enlightenment, Chapter #3
This whole existence is nothing but an infinite expanse of multi-dimensional beauty. The nature in all its colours and forms is abundantly filled with matchless beauty. I have not seen any painting created by any artist that is more beautiful than what nature keeps on creating naturally—the visions of clouds in the sky and the penetrating rays of the sun during the day and the moon and stars in the night, or just the vastness of open blue sky. The snow covered peaks of the Himalayas elevate my consciousness to rarified heights, fill my heart with a thrill, and give dance to my feet. The dark clouds and a peacock opening its feathers, walking alone under the sky, with all its majesty and grace, the sheer aliveness, is more beautiful than any paintings. The whole seen catches you suddenly and you are filled with awe. To me, this certainly is Beauty. It is overwhelming.
These are rare moments of beauty whenever they happen.
A Prayerful Space
Osho has devised a number of meditation techniques both active and passive keeping the modern man in mind. But what facinates me more is the prayer meditation. To me these two words--prayer and meditation--sound contradictory. As most of us know that we did our prayers in the past, taught by our elders, were addressed to some god-figure. We were made to imagine or visualise this figure and chant some sweet words and bow down to it. This figure could be of Jesus, Rama, Krishna, Buddha, Shiva, Ganesha, Hanumaan, or one of many goddesses--Devi, Kali, Durga, Saraswati and others. We have been conditioned to utter prayers to such god-figures at home or the temples dedicated to them. Most of us know the full prayers by heart, and we join in the collective prayers wherever they may be happening. These prayers have gone deep into our unconsciousness.
It is said that a poor person begs outside the temple whereas a rich person begs inside the temple. And this begging is called prayer.
It is indeed an interesting fact that we often pray when we want something from our gods and godesses. We may be in some kind of need, and we want it to be fulfilled, with or without our sincere effort, so we ask for god's help in the form of prayer. Then we wait for this prayer to be heard. Some times it gets heard and we assume that god has done something for us.
I cannot say that this a fact or fiction. It could be just a coincidence also. What I want to say is that most of the time our prayers are quite mundane, contaminated by our desires and needs. These are not pure prayers that make you feel really divine.
What makes us feel divine?
In my experience, when our mind is not imagining anything, it is free from past and future, and we are empty, the prayer may happen out of sheer joy. It may not be verbal even, it may not be addressed to any god of our choice--and still we may be in prayerful space. The cool breeze caressing us, the starry night stirring our heart, the gentle sunrise, the vast ocean, the bird on the wing singing its song in the open sky, the snow-clad mountains...any such thing could trigger a space of prayerfulness in our heart and we may find ourselves bowing down to existence itself. This is prayer which needs no words--just a prayerful heart.
Osho suggests that we go through deep cleansing of our mind and heart. A natural prayer becomes a possibility in that purity of space. After going through this process of meditation, Osho's method of prayer meditation can take us still deeper.
This is a simple technique of Prayer Meditation suggested by Osho:
This technique is best done at night in a darkened room, going to sleep immediately afterwards or it can be done in the morning but it must be followed by 15 minutes rest, otherwise you would feel as if you are drunk, in a stupor. This merging with energy is prayer, according to Osho. It changes you and when you change the whole existence changes.
First stage: Raise both your hands towards the sky, palms uppermost, head up, just feeling existence flowing in you. As the energy flows down your arms you will feel a gentle tremor – be like a leaf in the breeze, trembling. Allow it and let it happen. Then let your whole body, vibrate with energy and just let whatever happens, happen.
Second stage: After two or three minutes, or whenever you feel completely filled, lean down to the Earth and kiss it. You simply become a vehicle to allow the divine energy to unite with that of the Earth.
These two stages should be repeated six more times so that each of the ‘charkas’ can become unblocked. More times can be done but if you do less number of times, you may feel restless and unable to sleep.
The Four Letter Words: Duty, Work and Love
There's an ancient little story about four brothers named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.
There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.
Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.
Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody's job.
Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it.
It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.
This story may be very ancient but in reality it is as modern as the present moment and these four brothers are very much alive today in any work place, whether it is a factory or corporate office or even an ashram or commune. We human beings have the same mind, same lethargy and same tendency of
not doing anything that we are supposed to do but at the same time we are quite efficient in blaming others for not doing anything. Everybody is responsible but nobody is willing to share the responsibility wherever there's an area of collective responsibility.
There are people who have tremendous amount of energy--so much so that they could do what four people could do collectively, but they wouldn't do anything because their other work-mates are not doing. They also become part of the collective unconscious and they let their enegy become stagnant. This is equal to developing a suicidal tendency. And this way the person does not relish the joy that the work would give him but sulks about others who are not doing what he expects them to do. Then the person is always concerned about others, while he should be bothering more about what he is doing with his own energy. The energy that we put in our work gives even more energy to us if we add meditation to it. When work and meditation go hand in hand, the work takes a divine flavour, it become worship.
Then we don't do any work out of feeling of responsibility or duty—we do it as it is a mysterious energy phenomenon. It is a creativity.It is a joy. When our creativity is in full flow, it becomes a sharing. And this sharing out of overflow, is really unburdening.
This is what happens in another dimension, when we are really sharing our Master's vision with the world at large. We are not performing any duty that
our master gave us or we took it upon ourselves. We do it because we are blessed with so much energy that is overflowing. So it is not a four letter word "Duty" but another four letter word "Love" that's the result of "Work" on ourselves. One who loves himself becomes capable of loving others.
Osho puts it this way: "Love gives you wings to soar high. Love gives you insight into things, so that nobody can deceive you, exploit you, oppress you. And the priests and the politicians survive only on your blood – they survive only on exploitation. They are parasites, all the priests and all the politicians. To make you spiritually weak they have found a sure method, one hundred percent guaranteed, and that is to teach you not to love yourself -- because if a man cannot love himself he cannot love anybody else either. The teaching is very tricky. They say: Love others -- because they know if you cannot love yourself you cannot love at all. But they go on saying:Love others, love humanity, love God, love nature, love your wife, your husband, your children, your parents, but don't love yourself -- because to love oneself is selfish according to them.
And they condemn self-love as they condemn nothing else -- and they have made their teaching look very logical. They say: If you love yourself you will become an egoist, if you love yourself you will become narcissistic. It is not true. A man who loves himself finds that there is no ego in him. It is by loving others without loving yourself, trying to love others, that the ego arises. The missionaries, the social reformers, the social servants, have the
greatest egos in the world -- naturally, because they think themselves to be superior human beings. They are not ordinary -- ordinary people love themselves -- they love others, they love great ideals, they love God. And all their love is false, because all their love is without any roots.
A man who loves himself takes the first step towards real love. It is like throwing a pebble into a silent lake: the first circular ripples will arise around the pebble, very close to the pebble, naturally -- where else can they arise? And then they will go on spreading; they will reach the farthest shore. If you stop those ripples arising close to the pebble, there will be no other ripples at all. Then you cannot hope to create ripples reaching to the farthest shores; it is impossible. And the priests and the politicians became aware of the phenomenon: stop people loving themselves and you have destroyed their capacity to love. Now whatsoever they think is love will be only pseudo. It may be duty, but not love -- and duty is a four-letter dirty word. Parents are fulfilling their duties towards their children, and then in return children will fulfill their duties towards their parents. The wife is dutiful towards her husband and the husband is dutiful towards his wife. Where is love? Love knows nothing of duty. Duty is a burden, a formality. Love is a joy, a sharing; love is informal. The lover never feels that he has done enough; the lover always feels that more was possible. The lover never feels, "I have obliged the other." On the contrary, he feels, "Because my love has been received, I am obliged. The other has obliged me by receiving my gift, by not rejecting it." The man of duty thinks, "I am higher, spiritual, extraordinary. Look how I serve people!"
These servants of the people are the most pseudo people in the world, and the most mischievous too. If we can get rid of the public servants, humanity will be unburdened, will feel very light, will be able to dance again, sing again."
Work and the Mystery of Destiny
I had rarely known the joy of working before I met Osho. It was always a burden, a duty towards the family members who were dependent on me for some reason. It was more of being a martyr for those who always expected me to work for them.
One day it all changed when I met Osho and took initiation into sannyas in Mumbai. This sannyas was not a renunciation of work or the world as is traditionally understood about sannyas. A new work started the very next day after sannyas, but it was very playful, and with the spirit of sharing with a much more wider world than a small family which I belonged to before sannyas.
I had been writing educational books together with two authors before I met Osho in 1971. I was 21 year old when I became a sannyasin. Osho had no ashram for me to settle down. He sent me to travel with a kirtan mandali of sannyasins. I joined this group for an year and half and then I expressed my desire to publish a magazine from Punjab for spreading Osho's vision all over India. Osho gave me the name for the magazine immediately. At the age of 23 I became the editor of Osho's monthly Hindi magazine.
On 21st of March, 1974, Shree Rajneesh ashram started at Koregaon Park in Pune. I went to Pune to see Osho in October-November. Osho invited me to live in the ashram and edit Rajneesh Newsletter, fortnightly in Hindi. The first issue of this paper --both Hindi and English editions--got published on Osho's birthday,11 December 1974. One month before the publication, when I was sitting in Darshan with Osho and our conversation ended, I touched his feet, I remember he told me in Hindi: Kam me lag jao. This meant "engage yourself in work", and it meant this work was my meditation.
Osho's work has always been a meditation for me since 1974 to this day. This work involved editing his books, editing his magazines and contributing articles to various newspapers in India, and abroad, if possible. Osho gave me the work that gave me joy always. Though seemingly I chose this work myself. Many new dimensions have always been opening in this work, and I never seem to be tired of it. Work becomes really tiresome when it is imposed on you and you don't want to do it. You don't look at watch when you are doing something after your heart. you look at watch only when you do something that you don't want to do. Your mind resents it. You hate it. You feel relieved when it is over. And the work you really want to do, becomes your passion. You pour your being, love and creativity into it. And it gives you efficiency which is unique.
Lord Krishna says to Arjuna in Gita: Yoga Karmasu Kaushlam. Be efficient in your workwhatever you doand your work becomes worship. According to Osho, whatever we do we should meditatively, and then the whole quality changes. This simple work becomes our offering to God, and blessings shower on us.
Osho adds another very beautiful dimension to work as a joy of creativity. He says: If you really want to be creative, then there is no question of money, success, prestige, respectability -- then you enjoy your activity; then each act has an intrinsic value. You dance because you like dancing; you dance because you delight in it. If somebody appreciates, good, you feel grateful. If nobody appreciates, it is none of your business to be worried about it. You danced, you enjoyed -- you are already fulfilled. But this belief of being uncreative can be dangerous -- drop it! Nobody is uncreative -- not even trees, not even rocks. People who have known trees and loved trees, know that each tree creates its own space, each rock creates its own space. It is like nobody else's space. If you become sensitive, if you become capable of understanding, through empathy, you will be tremendously benefited. You will see each tree is creative in its own way; no other tree is like that -- each tree is unique; each tree has individuality, each rock has individuality. Trees are not just trees -- they are people. Rocks are not just rocks – they are people. Go and sit by the side of a rock -- watch it lovingly, touch it lovingly, feel it lovingly.
It is said about a Zen master that he was able to pull very big rocks, remove very big rocks -- and he was a very fragile man. It was almost impossible looking at his physiology! Stronger men, very much stronger than him, were unable to pull those rocks, and he would simply pull them very easily.
He was asked what his trick was. He said, "There is no trick -- I love the rock so the rock helps. First I say to her, 'Now my prestige is in your hands, and these people have come to watch. Now help me, cooperate with me.' Mm? -- then I simply hold the rock lovingly... and wait for the hint. When the rock gives me the hint -- it is a shudder, my whole spine starts vibrating -- when the rock gives me the hint that she is ready, then I move. You move against the rock; that's why so much energy is needed. I move with the rock, I flow with the rock. In fact, it is wrong to say that I remove it -- I am simply there. The rock removes itself."
One great Zen master was a carpenter, and whenever he made tables, chairs, somehow they had some ineffable quality in them, a tremendous magnetism. He was asked, "How do you make them?"
He said, "I don't make them. I simply go to the forest: the basic thing is to enquire of the forest, of trees, which tree is ready to become a chair."
Now these things look absurd -- because we don't know, we don't know the language. For three days he would remain in the forest. He would sit under one tree, under another tree, and he would talk to trees -- and he was a mad man! But a tree is to be judged by its fruit, and this master has also to be judged by his creation. A few of his chairs still survive in China -- they still carry a magnetism. You will just be simply attracted; you will not know what is pulling you. After a thousand years! -- something tremendously beautiful. He said, "I go and I say that I am in search of a tree who wants to become a chair. I ask the trees if they are willing; not only willing: cooperating with me, ready to go with me -- only then. Sometimes it happens that no tree is ready to become a chair -- I come empty-handed."
It happened: The Emperor of China asked him to make him a stand for his books. And he went and after three days he said, "Wait -- no tree is ready to come to the palace."
After three months the Emperor again enquired. The carpenter said, "I have been going continuously. I am persuading. Wait -- one tree seems to be leaning a little bit." Then he persuaded one tree. He said, "The whole art is there! – when the tree comes of its own accord. Then she is simply asking the help of the carpenter."
Each man comes into this world with a specific destiny -- he has something to fulfill, some message has to be delivered, some work has to be completed. You are not here accidentally -- you are here meaningfully. There is a purpose behind you. The Whole intends to do something through you.
Freshness and Boredom
Recently, I was talking to a friend who was utterly depressed and bored. She had a love relationship with a man who was rarely available to her, as he was too busy with his work and travel. For several months she did not have any nourishment of being close to him. She was living in an eternal hope and imagination. She did not know what to do in her aloneness which had become hell. Then there was another woman who told me that her man was always available to her but there was no communication between them. Her husband is very non-communicative. She felt she was wasting her youthful years by being with such useless person who does not have any juiciness left in his life.
Both of these cases are sample cases of boredom and frustration.
After listening to the life-stories of both the women over and over again, and several such stories of misery of relationship, I conclude that behind this depression and frustration is the repetitive life of routine and boredom.
One may have the best of things in life, and after having all this one may still get bored. Actually everyone does get bored, and if the person is a little intelligent, he or she is bound to get bored. One cannot help. This is the way life is. And the shine of all the best of things gradually starts looking dull, even the things may remain the same forever. Certain things do remain the same forever, but they are not alive, they artificial.
Love is a very alive phenomenon, and it may start becoming dead as it turns into a permanent relationship of dependency, attachment and clinging. As an alive phenomenon it could have blossomed into a beautiful flower, delicate and fragrant. As a relationship of fixation it becomes solid like a rock but rocks don't breathe.
One may not get or may get whatever one wants, but life offers no guarantee that one would be contented forever. Contentment is not just the availability of desired objects or persons outside us but our own capacity to respond. Look at your wife or husband today, tomorrow and day after tomorrow, a year later, and ten-twenty years later, your capacity of looking and feeling may change to become worse or become totally dead. And the same could be true about others who look at you or respond to you. Nothing remains the same forever and even if it remains the same, it still creates dullness and boredom.
What is the answer to this problem. It is in the following words of Osho:
"The beauty of facing life unprepared is tremendous. Then life has a newness, a youth; then life has a flow and freshness. Then life has so many surprises. And when life has so many surprises boredom never settles in you."
laugh Your Way to Self Realisation
Mulla Nasruddin is explaining the meaning of faith to his congregation. “In the front row,” he says, “ we have Fajlu and Fajiti and their five children. Fajiti knows they are her children—that’s knowledge. Fajlu believes they are his children—that is faith.
Most of the people in the world belong to these two categories—the people of knowledge and the people faith. Both the categories keep arguing and fighting with each other. Then there’s a third category, a real minority, they are the wise ones who do not take a position of knowledge or faith. They say: “We don’t know, so there’s no question of believing or not believing.” They consider themselves mere observers or watchers. They laugh at the ridiculousness of arrogance of knowledge and blindness of belief. This category of the wise people is regarded to be the category of idiots by the other two categories. The wise ones accept it and do not take life so seriously and they laugh at the whole situation. They do not laugh at others, as it might hurt them. Rather they laugh at themselves and their laughter makes them religious in the true sense.
Mulla Nasruddin was such a religious person who could always laugh at himself. World needs such non-serious people today as it has become too serious. This heaviness of seriousness leads to violence. A non-serious person is full zest and humour and he laugh at himself and his follies and make other people’s life lighter also. His laughter is infectious.
Osho says: “The sense of humour should be directed towards oneself—it is a very great thing to laugh at oneself and he who can laugh at himself gradually becomes full of concern ands compassion for others. In the entire world no event, no subject, invites laughter like oneself.”
Laughing at oneself can lead to self-realisation. It happens when we don’t cling to the fiction of our ego. And nothing kills ego as effectively as laughter does. In the moments of hearty laughter, the ego disappears just like dew- drops disappear in the morning sun.
Superconsciousness is the goal
For thousands of years the issue of pre-marital sex and live-in relationships has been discussed and debated without any conclusion and social acceptance. The issue continues to rage forever. The governments, the priests and the moralists have always been against any sexual freedom without marriage, while there have been powerful people kings and royals also who could live a life of freedom and the priests and moralists would not question them. As a Hindu poet of Ramayana wrote: “Samarath ko nahi dosh gosain.” The powerful ones cannot be blamed. They seemed to have a divine sanction. This is a clever rationalisation.
For the commoners, a different code of conduct has remained in force for thousands of years and even today it is so, even in modern societies, as people are carrying on a deep psychological conditioning.
Anybody suggesting any individual freedom on this issue invites criticism and condemnation, sometimes even fatwas or court cases. In spite of all this, some courageous people continue to raise this issue without fear and it can be discussed more openly now in India. Media is playing a very powerful role about it. Just recently India Today, India’s number one magazine, organised a conclave and Baba Ramdev, a very popular Indian yoga teacher and Swami Satya Vedant, a well known Osho disciple were invited to a discussion and debate on the topic of Sex and Spirituality.
This issue must have generated a great interest in millions of people in India and abroad, because this magazine is available on the web also. Swami Satya Vedant rightly said: sex is central, not god, not soul. Ten days after this conclave, on 23 March, the Supreme Court of India, gave a very significant judgment that : “Live-in, pre-marital sex no offence.” The Court observed that the live-in relationships between the adult couples cannot be treated as an offence.
“When two adult people want to live together what is the offence. Does it amount to an offence? Living together is not an offence. It cannot be an offence,” said a bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan, Justice Deepak Verma and Justice B S Chauhan.
The Court came up with a beautiful example of an analogy from the Hindu mythology, the court said, even Lord Krishna and Radha lived together. The apex court said there was no law which prohibits live-in relationship or pre-marital sex.
In 2005, a famous South Indian actress, Khushboo, in an interview to one magazine, had expressed her views on freedom of sex, allegedly endorsing pre-marital sex. Her views offended so many moralists and many court cases were filed against her. Khushboo. She had approached the apex court seeking quashing of about 22 criminal cases filed against her. The argument of the counsel was that her comments allegedly endorsing pre-marital sex would adversely affect the minds of young people leading to decay in moral values and ethos of the country. “Please tell us what is the offence and under which section.
Living together is a right to life,” remarked the court. apparently referring to Article 21 of the Constitution relating to right to life and liberty.
In 1968 Osho’s discourses shook the whole country when he talked on the topic of "From Sex to Super-consciousness". These talks became his first controversial book which invited large scale criticism and condemnation from those priests and self-appointed moralists who had not bothered even to read the book. Osho had not preached any licentious freedom to indulge in sex, but he had talked about understanding the sex-energy, befriending it and transforming it to a higher level of consciousness.
He said: It is a long way from sex to samadhi. Samadhi is the ultimate goal; sex is only the first step. And I want to point out that those who refuse to recognize the first step, who censure the first step, cannot even reach the second step. They cannot progress at all. It is imperative to take the first step with consciousness, understanding and awareness. But be warned; sex is not an end in itself; sex is the beginning. To progress, more and more steps are required.
This book From Sex to Super-consciousness, even though it has been giving bad name to our beloved master, has been published in many editions, has remained bestseller and has opened the minds of educated society. It is because of these beautiful and insightful Osho discourses that now India can discuss this central issue of our life with courageousness.
India owes this spirit of courage and fearlessness to Osho. We must remember that the goal is not sex—free or not free—but superconsciousness.
Loneliness: The Personal Demon
I have heard that in the beginning of the world, God was feeling very lonely as he had no fun in his life. Just being and being and being could not be interesting even for God. So he thought of getting into some creativity and doing something--and the first thing he did was that he created Adam. In his own image. God was self-congratulatory and admired his own creativity. He kept an eye on Adam for a few days to find out how his creation was. One day, he asked Adam: Howdy Doody? How do you do my son?
Adam replied: I am feeling bored and lonely. I need some fun in my life. It would be nice to have a companion.
God meditated for a moment and told Adam: Tathaastu! So Be It! Soon you will have a very interesting companion.
Out of the blue, God created Eve who was an interesting companion indeed. Adam was overjoyed. This joy remained for a few days and then again Adam started feeling miserable. Adam was not lonely but somewhat uncomfortable and bored again. He complained to God. God, expressing his helplessness, told him: My son, you asked for it, now you deal with it. Be intelligent.
Since then the Adam has been trying to be intelligent and dealing with this strange situation. The more he tries to solve anything, the more it gets complicated. He suffers equally being together with Eve as he suffered without her.
From ancient Adam to modern hero Leonardo Di Caprio, this double dilemma of loneliness and being together continues to torment human beings. Recently Leonardo Di Caprio told the media that being alone was his "personal demon". The 35-year-old actor admits he struggles to cope when he is not surrounded by his friends and family and suffered from depression when he shot latest movie 'Shutter Island."
He said: "The loneliness is my personal demon. During the shooting of the movie it was like I fell into a black hole and was totally depressed.
"You're cut off from friends, family - and your girlfriend. That's brutal. The world kept turning while I was stuck on the set. It's like a strange form of everyday amnesia."
This is the price of being rich and famous that people like Leonardo Di Caprio pay for their achievements. The poor have to struggle a lot and stay away from their family to earn money for their family. And the rich become so busy in their ambitious projects that they cannot find quality time to be with their family or friends. That's why everybody is feeling so miserable in the world. Nanak Dukhiya Sab Sansar. Guru Nanak observes that the whole world is miserable. Gautama the Buddha says the same. Any body who has eyes to see can see that this world that we have created for ourselves is full of misery.
What is the way out? The Way Out is the Way IN--as suggested by enlightened ones. Meditate and find happiness in your heart.
Osho says: "First become alone. First start enjoying yourself. First love yourself. First become so authentically happy that if nobody comes it doesn't matter; you are full, overflowing. If nobody knocks at your door it is perfectly okay -- YOU are not missing. You are not waiting for somebody to come and knock at the door. You are at home. If somebody comes, good, beautiful. If nobody comes, that too is beautiful and good.
Then move into relationship. Now you move like a master, not like a beggar. Now you move like an emperor,. not like a beggar. And the person who has lived in his aloneness will always be attracted to another person who is also living his aloneness beautifully, because the same attracts the same. When two masters meet -- masters of their being, of their aloneness -- happiness is not just added, it is multiplied. It becomes a tremendous phenomenon of celebration. And they don't exploit, they share. They don't use each other. Rather, on the contrary, they both become one and enjoy the existence that surrounds them."
The Relationship that is not Relationship
The master disciple relationship is the most mysterious relationship that can happen on earth. It is so unique and mysterious that it cannot be termed as relationship, as we all know what it means to be related. Most of our relationships are nothing more than a bondage, a duty and a responsibility. While the relationship with an enlightened master is such that it liberates us from bondages at the deepest and highest level. The disciple surrenders to the master not because the master expects surrender. No, the master does not expect anything. His love is unconditional. The disciple has nothing to do except being open to his presence--whether the master is in the body or has left his body. The master is a pure presence.
The other day I read H H Dalai Lama's statement, on his visit to Vadodara, Gujarat. He had been invited by the chief minister Narendra Modi to set up a centre for Buddhist studies there. His Holines said: “As Lord Buddha was from India, India is our Guru and we are its chelas (disciples),”
“It is our moral responsibility to hand over to you the knowledge of Buddhism that we have preserved in Tibet over the last 1,000 years. We are always ready to serve you in establishing such institutions.”
The Dalai Lama was speaking at the international seminar on ‘Buddhist Heritage in Gujarat’ being held at the Maharaja Sayajirao University, in Vadodara. The seminar was also attended by Modi who, in his inaugural speech earlier, had said that he wanted to build in Gujarat the country’s biggest Buddhist temple with a centre for studies in Buddhism.
Though I do not wish to doubt or pass any judgement about the noble intentions of His Holiness, I do wish to point out that the moral responsibility is a terminolgy that is often used and preached by the priests and the politicians. It is beautiful to have a buddhist centre for studies in Gujarat, but what is more important is to create an atmosphere where people can participate in meditation, and have self-illumination. This is exactly the message of the buddhas, the awakened ones and this is exactly what India stands for. What Tibet has been preserving is really great. It travelled to Tibet from India with enlightened masters like Bodhidharma, Atisha, Padamsmbhava and so many others. This knowledges was not just scriptures, but the living flame being paased on from the masters to the disciples. To make that very spirit alive and vibrant, the people need meditation places, not just in Gujarat, but all over the world. It is true that India can play a very significant role and the Dalai Lama's presence can be very inspiring in this role. The Dalai Lama may be a Tibetan monk, but he has returned to his roots, the land of the Buddha. India gave him and his people the shelter they needed to pursue their spiritual practices. And it is equally befitting to acknowledge that India, too has benefited tremendously by his presence, and China has lost much spiritually by not accepting him.
I will not go further into the geographical matters, as spirituallity is above geography, and Osho has also emphasised that India is not merely a piece of land or geography--it is much more: "The real India is a quest of the inner most soul of man - not the geography... and he adds: To be an Indian has nothing to do with geography, it has something to do with an inner approach towards reality. Modern India has forgotten the ways of the Buddha, and has forgotten how to live with Buddhas. I am trying to reveal that treasure to you again. Let it sink deep in your heart. The first principle is the art of living. Be life-affirmative. Life is synonymous with God."
Make This Earth A Paradise
There's a good news that recently some scientists discovered four new planets. Two of the extrasolar planets are considered Super Earths, more massive than Earth but less massive than Uranus and Neptune.
Researchers say that spotting true Earth-sized planets is challenging with current technology, but the presence of Super-Earths suggests finding a world like ours is just a matter of time.
"These detections indicate that low-mass planets are quite common around nearby stars," said study team member Steven Vogt, a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. "The discovery of potentially habitable nearby worlds may be just a few years away."
It's indeed good news but it is also a bad news. The bad news is that we human beings don't know how to live on this earth which has been available to us for millions of years. Look what we have done to this poor earth. We have exploited and ruined it so insensitively that it is becoming unlivable rapidly.
Our Beloved Earth has been suffering for millennia from endless divisions of warring nations and fanatic religions. This earth has become so small for our wars--we do need more earths to carry on our wars. And as soon as the human being will reach the new super-duper earths, they would start monopolizing and fighting. They will create the same hell there which they created on this earth.
Before we make our travel plans to the new earths, we need to make sure that we are ready to live on these planets with new vision, dropping all our earthly conflicts on this earth. A new kind super man will be needed to herald a new humanity on the new earths.
Osho calls this super man a New Man. As an Indian scientist Dr. Vijay Bhatkar explains: Osho declared the death of 'the old man' bound to the chains of self-professed ideologies of the past centuries. He envisioned the arrival of 'the new man' who is unbound and free to explore the joyful and creative nature of his existence. This New Man is both spiritual and scientific, simultaneously; he is not repressive and aggressive as in the past but tender and loving to embrace the joyful future. Let us rejoice and welcome the new man of Osho who is open and transparent, honest and truthful, authentic and self-disclosing. Osho's new man is not fragmented but integral, wholistic in the image of his creator.
And, this new man is not going to fall from some alien space but he is arriving through each one of us as we start dropping the gross sheath of our existence and start reaching the essential nature of ourselves, which is pure existence, pure consciousness and pure bliss.
The old man this earth has not lived harmoniously, joyously, and blissfully. He has been lacking in consciousness to make this life worth living. He has been on war-path not only with his other fellow men but within himself. The divisions and the conflicts within himself are the root cause of all conflicts outside.
Osho envisions a totally new kind of man in the future if humanity wants to have any future.
He says: “The new man will not have any split. The new man will have only one religion; that is awareness. The new man will have only one world, this world. Because that world is hidden behind it. This world is like a circumference, and that world is the center. And I call the whole man the holy man; then he becomes Zorba the Buddha.
Then the whole life, with its whole spectrum, all the colors of the rainbow, you can live without any fear, without any guilt. You can dance like a Zorba, you can meditate like a Buddha, and I don't see there is any contradiction. In fact, if you have danced totally, deeply, so deeply that the dancer disappears in the dance, that is the time to start meditation.
And when you have meditated, and you are full of silence and peace and blissfulness, so much so that not that you are blissfulness, but you can bless the whole world, that is the moment to dance. Your dance then will be a showering of blessings to the whole world. I don't see any contradiction. That's why I say, drop the old completely. It was sick, it was schizophrenic. And let us have a new man; organic, healthy, whole. And with the new man comes a new world into existence, which will not be divided by politics into nations; which will not be divided by religions into different sections, fighting, murdering, killing, burning living people.
We can make this earth a paradise, if we are together. If there are no nations and no churches, no religions, nothing dividing man from man.
Then we will have so much energy available which is being involved into wars, into fighting, into organizing; that this whole earth can blossom into new flowers of consciousness.”
The Last Testament, Vol. 5, Number 27
Learning to die while living
December 11 is Osho's birthday. The disciples and friends will be celebrating the birthday of their beloved Master who was never born.
Osho left his body on 19 January and this date will be celebrated as Osho Mahotsav of Mahaparinirvana day. It will be now 20 years since he left his body. It is really befitting to celebrate the birthday and death day of someone who is never born and never died. An enlightened mystic, while he is in the body, lives in such a way as if he is not there. He does not exist as an ego. He does not in time. For him there's only an Eternal Now.
Before leaving the body, Osho told us: Never talk of me in the past tense. Being in the Eternal Now is his reality, that's what makes it worth celebrating. The birthdays and deathdays of all of us who live a life unconsciousness have really no meaning. The birthdays and deathdays of those enlightened ones who attained to the space of Eternal Now are reminders to us to meditate and move into this spacetime.
Here I would like to include one of Osho's letters to Ma Sohan, living in Pune. He wrote this letter to her over four decades ago.
If you want to attain the divine, Learn to die. Have you not seen that when the seed dies, it becomes a tree?
Someone went to visit a Baul mystic. He was absorbed in singing his song. Neither his eyes seemed to be seeing this world, nor did it feel as if his soul was present. He was somewhere else – in some other world, in some other form. When his song stopped, and it seemed his consciousness was returning, the visitor asked, “How do you feel liberation can be attained?” The sweet-spoken mystic said. “Only by means of death.”
I said this to someone yesterday. He asked, “By death?” I said, “Yes, by death while living. Only one who dies to everything else, awakens and becomes alive to the divine.” There is no art greater than learning to die while living. I call that art: meditation.
From Illness to Wellness
John Kapp is a famous Western psychologist, researcher and author. He has written several papers on body-mind health. And he has been doing Osho Dynamic meditation for years and has been leading this meditation also.
He says in his biography: "I have been leading drop in Osho Dynamic meditation three times per week for the last 5 years. The outcome for me has been a healing change of attitude from a victim to a beneficiary, improved health, curing a cataract, clearing my mind, improving my memory, listening, tasting, and quality of life."
And he adds: The Chinese model of disease is blocked energy (chi, life force) which has to flow freely for health. No-one is allowed to express emotions, the chi of which is suppressed (blocked) in the garbage can of our unconscious minds. What the mind suppresses the body expresses later as disease. Cathartic meditation empties the garbage can, so is therapeutic. Osho Dynamic meditation should be made available in workplaces and on the NHS to prevent illness and as group therapy."
Osho devised this powerful technique in sixties, and it has cured thousands of people who suffered from stress, depression, low energy or lack of energy, and gave them a fresh new life. They could live their life with zing and zest, bubbling with energy and laughter, as they felt much lighter after throwing out their burden of repressed emotional garbage during the Dynamic Meditation.
Defining illness and wellness, Mr. John Kapp says:"A holistic definition of good health, (wellness, wellbeing) personal to me, is ‘feeling at ease and in harmony with myself and others in my community and environment.’ These feelings depend on my attitude in my mind, and have little or nothing to do with the physical condition of my body."
Osho declared this in the sixties:Man is a disease. To be not at-ease is a dis-ease. Man is unhappy; he wants to be something else, somewhere else.
He explained: “Man as man is incurable. Unless he becomes divine, he can’t be cured. The more distance you create between you and your body, the nearer you are to the divine. And this nearness transforms you”
To cure sickness, the first step is to accept it. The toughest thing is when a person doesn’t accept his sickness. Then he won’t benefit from the medicine. Masters like Buddha and Nanak have given metaphysical cures for such sickness them. The real master is a physician, not of your ordinary diseases, but of your existential sickness and mental conflicts.
Osho says: “A master isn’t there to philosophies. A master is there to heal you. He is a physician, not a philosopher: But people are always ready to listen to abstract things, because those never touch life.”
Osho tells a joke about Mulla Nasruddin in his old age. As people age, they get troublesome. Children are a nuisance but nothing compared to old people, because the nuisance of the old is supported by experience!
As people age, they need lesser sleep. A foetus sleeps in the womb for 24 hours days, because that’s conducive to the growth it must achieve in nine months. After birth, sleep shortens. The child sleeps 20 hours, then 18, 16, 14... By teenage, he average 8 hours. As beyond 50, sleep lessons further.
Back to the joke… So, Mulla Nasruddin had turned 90 and now he needed no sleep! It would be okay if he kept quiet but he wouldn’t. He’d wake up everyone and start sermonizing. His sons and grandsons were in agony: “Every night, the house becomes a church. We must find a way to make him sleep.”
When the hypnotist came, Nasruddin was lying on his bed. The hypnotist said,“It’s very easy to sleep. Just relax. First I’ll suggest that you are falling into sleep… deeper, deeper, deeper. Don’t resist.”
And Nasruddin obeyed, to his family’s surprise. Even the hypnotist was amazed because Nasruddin was snoring away! Very thankful, the family paid the hypnotist 20 Dollars instead of his usual fee of 10 Dolars. When the hypnotist left, Nasruddin opened an eye and said, “Has that nut gone? Now come here! You idiots, you should give me 20 Dollars and I’ll be silent all night. Don’t waste money. I fooled him within seconds. Who’s heard of people snoring in hypnosis? He doesn’t know the ABC of hypnosis!”
This may sound funny at first but it’s actually poignant. Here’s a person who is obviously not behaving normally but refuses to accept that he may be unwell. If only he were to agree that he needed help and let his family live in peace… Indeed, accepting your sickness is where health begins.
The Joy of Giving
This week India is celebrating the Joy of Giving. The people are being encouraged to give whatever they can give to the needy. Frankly speaking, this kind of giving seems more like a duty. Duty is a four letter word. Duty tends to be something very serious and heavy, it can never be a joy. The people perform duties to gain respectability in society or keep themselves free from guilt that society may create in them. There's no joy in it as it is not giving in the right spirit.
Now the question is how to have the right sprit. The right spirit comes with having enough to share, having an overflow of something that if you give you would feel unburdened. And who does not want to feel unburdened?
Suppose, I want to give a gift to someone, but the other person is no mood to accept it. It hurts my ego and I feel rejected. Many people do feel apprehensive when they are given something, as the giving is not without calculations and expectations. Some times people give things to others to humiliate them, to make them feel small. Some times people only want to give but hesitate to receive, as receiving hurts their ego. They want to show that only they can give. This kind of giving and receiving is common in our society, but it does not make people happy and satisfied. We have to go beyond this and share with people in such a natural way, when we really feel like sharing. This sharing should come out of our overflow, abundance and heart full of feeling.
This means we have to become more sensitive, raise our consciousness and evolve in our heart.
Things are not so important what is very important is love. Love is the greatest gift that we can give to our friends, relatives, and even to strangers.
Once on his birthday, Osho talked about this gift.
"I was thinking what should I give to you today? Because this is my birthday, I was incarnated into this body on this day. This is the day I saw for the first time the green of the trees and the blue of the skies. This was the day I for the first time opened my eyes and saw God all around. Of course the word 'God' didn't exist at that moment, but what I saw was God. I was thinking what should I give to you today? Then I remembered a saying of Buddha: SABBA DANAM DHAMMA DANANA JNATI -- the gift of truth excels all other gifts. And my truth is love.
The word 'truth' looks to me a little too dry and desert-like. I am not in much tune with the word 'truth' -- it looks too logical, it looks too 'heady'. It gives you the feeling of philosophy, not of religion. It gives you the idea as if you have concluded -- that you have come to a conclusion, that there has been a syllogism behind it, argumentation and logic and reasoning. No, 'truth' is not my word, 'love' is my word. Love is of the heart. Truth is partial, only your head is involved. In love you are involved as a totality -- your body, your mind, your soul, all are involved.
Love makes you a unity -- and not a union, remember, but a unity. Because in a union those who join together remain separate. In a unity they dissolve, they become one, they melt into each other. And that moment I call the moment of truth, when love has given you unity. First, love gives you unity in your innermost core. Then you are no more a body, no more a mind, no more a soul. You are simply one -- unnamed, undefined, unclassified. No more determinate, definable, no more comprehensible. A mystery, a joy, a surprise, a jubilation, a great celebration.
First, love gives you an inner unity. And when the inner unity has happened the second happens on its own -- you are not to do anything for it. Then you start falling in unity with the whole beyond you. Then the drop disappears in the ocean and the ocean disappears into the drop. That moment, that moment of orgasm between you and the whole, is where you become a Buddha. That moment is the moment Buddhahood is imparted to you. Or, better, revealed to you -- you have always been that, unaware.
My word is love. So I say: My beloved ones, I love you. And I would like you to fill the whole world with love. Let that be our religion. Not Christianity, not Hinduism, not Islam, not Jainism, not Buddhism, but love. Love without any adjective to it. Not Christian love -- because how can love be Christian? It is so stupid. How can love be Hindu? It is ridiculous. Love is simply love. In love you can be a Christ. in love you can be a Buddha -- but there is no Buddhist love and there is no Christian love.
In love you disappear, your mind disappears. In love you come to an utter relaxation. That's my teaching to you, I teach love. And there is nothing higher than love."
This Very Body the Buddha, Ch 1
In another discourse, Osho concludes: LOVE is a gift. You give; you need not be worried about whether tomorrow he will be there to receive or not. Because a lover can give to the trees, to the rocks. A lover can give to the emptiness of the sky. A lover can simply flower and send his fragrance to the winds, even if nobody is there. Just think: Buddha sitting under his Bodhi tree, alone, full of love, overflowing.... Not that somebody is there to receive, but God is always there to receive, in so many forms, in so many ways.
The Green-Eyed Monster Jealousy and Love
Someone on the internet defines jealousy as:
"an emotion experienced by one who perceives that another person is giving something that s/he wants (typically attention, love, or affection) to a third party. For example, a child will likely become jealous when her parent gives sweets to a sibling but not to her. On an interpersonal level it is a felt threat from an outsider to an important relationship in which one is involved and produces feelings of anger and fear. It is a state of fear, suspicion or envy over one's possessions."
This is just one aspect of jealousy--there are several other aspects of this emotion also that we suffer from in our daily life. A man becomes immediately jealous when another man attracts his woman--and same is the case with woman also. This does not happen only to ordinary men or women, this happens to all, and event to those rare scientists who are able to reveal the deepest mysteries of the universe, and to those great thinkers and philosophers who reveal us the greatest mysteries of our mind. It happens to everyone whoever is human.
Here I would like to quote what scientists have discovered recently( Courtesy Daily Mail) : "Scientists discover the jealousy lobe: The green-eyed monster that lives in your brain.
It is a vice that few can avoid but that nobody craves.
Now the area of the brain which controls jealousy has been found, scientists have announced. It is the same part which detects real physical pain perhaps explaining why feeling envious of your lover's philandering ways hurts so much. The spot which makes people delight in others' misfortune called schadenfreude was also located by the team. 'It's interesting the part of the brain which detects physical pain is also associated with mental pain,' said Hidehiko Takahashi, who led the research. 'Assessing these feelings of jealousy will possibly be helpful in mental care such as counselling.'
'Envy is corrosive and ugly, and it can ruin your life,' Richard Smith, a professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky told the New York Times.
'If you are an envious person, you have a hard time appreciating a lot of the good things that are out there, because youre too busy worrying about how they reflect on the self.'
In the experiments, 19 students were asked to talk of a more successful rival while having MRI scans, which monitor brain activity.
A part of their frontal lobe became more active when the students felt jealous of their rivals, the Japanese study showed.
They then read a story in which the subject of their envy suffered a series of misfortunes, including food poisoning.
Their scan data showed the mishaps sparked greater activity in the 'reward reaction' part of the brain, which normally lights up when receiving social and financial fortune.
'We have a saying in Japanese, The misfortunes of others are the taste of honey,' said Mr Takahashi. 'The ventral striatum is processing that honey.'
And there appears to be a relationship between jealousy and schadenfreude. The scientists noted that the more jealous one person was of another, the more schadenfreude they felt at that person's downfall.
'We now have a better understanding of the mechanism at work when people take pleasure in another's misfortune,' said Mr Takahashi.
'This is the way other needs-processing systems like hunger and thirst work,' Matthew Lieberman of the psychology department at the University of California, Los Angeles, who co-wrote a commentary that accompanies the report, told the New York Times.
'The hungrier or thirstier that you feel, the more pleasurable it is when you finally eat or drink.'
There's a scientist Prof. Stefen Hawking. You would not find more famous a scientist today than him. In his personal and professional life, he has suffered jealousy from others. (A quote from his official biography:
Stephen Hawking has worked on the basic laws which govern the universe. With Roger Penrose he showed that Einstein's General Theory of Relativity implied space and time would have a beginning in the Big Bang and an end in black holes. These results indicated that it was necessary to unify General Relativity with Quantum Theory, the other great Scientific development of the first half of the 20th Century. One consequence of such a unification that he discovered was that black holes should not be completely black, but rather should emit radiation and eventually evaporate and disappear. Another conjecture is that the universe has no edge or boundary in imaginary time. This would imply that the way the universe began was completely determined by the laws of science.) It is really very interesting to read his love and marriage life also. One of his friends writes:
"I'm told by my physical science colleagues at Nature, a very clever crew, that Hawking is not that much respected among the real experts in his discipline. He's considered either a bit superficial or wrong, depending on who you ask. This, of course, could just be the usual academic bitchery and jealousy of popular success."
There's so much to write on this subject that one would need thousands of pages. But if we just remember one point, we won't need thousands of pages to understand--and that point is jealousy is there because love is missing:
Osho points out: Love is the ultimate law. You just have to discover its beauties, its treasures. You have not to repeat, parrot-like, all the great values which make man the highest ex-pression of consciousness on this planet. You should exercise them in your relationship.
And this has been my strange experience: if one partner starts moving on the right lines, the other follows sooner or later. Because they both are hungry for love, but they don't know how to approach it.
No university teaches that love is an art and that life is not already given to you; that you have to learn from scratch.
And it is good that we have to discover by our own hands every treasure that is hidden in life...and love is one of the greatest treasures in existence.
But instead of becoming fellow travelers in search of love, beauty and truth, people are wasting their time in fighting, in jealousy.
Just become a little alert and start the change from your side -- don't expect it from the other side. It will begin from the other side too. And it costs nothing to smile, it costs nothing to love, it costs nothing to share your happiness with somebody you love.
The Real Master and His Presence
It has been a real blessing and contentment to be in the presence of my beloved master over two decades—and even after he left his body, his presence remains with me as ever, because the true master is nothing but Presence. His leaving the body could not make any difference to me—he continues beating in my heart. And there’s no feeling to go anywhere to seek another master—living or dead. There are quite a few gurus claiming to be living master. This claim is becoming so ridiculous, so much so that every other day one finds somebody marketing himself vigorously as a true living master. They even quote Osho in support of their argument about seeking a living master. But why should any one seek a living master, when one feels the true master is already living in his heart, throbbing in his heart. To me a true master is one who enters in your heart and never leaves you. Your heart beats in synchronicity with him. You become one with him. And this is the true fulfilment.
This is how I feel and I do not get pulled towards so many so-called living masters who are marketing themselves heavily—the more heavily they do it the more repulsive they are to me.
A few months back I had gone to a friend’s farmhouse on his invitation. He was hosting one of the so-called living masters. This friend had invited his extended family members and some of his friends to introduce his guru. The guru gave a good intelligent talk of common sense and answered some questions. He had a sharp mind and was convincing. But his presence did not have the Presence that radiates something that I have felt in Osho’s presence. I remembered what Ma Yoga Laxmi said once: “When you have seen Mahasurya, you cannot be pulled by dim light stars.” I was not pulled towards this so-called living master who was sitting in the middle of lawn of the farmhouse of my friend. The 50-odd people who had come to listen to him, had their lunch and left. I left also without having a personal audience with this guru.
My friend did not like this. He might have expected that I would join him in following his guru. But what I could do, I was not seeking any guru. There is no such seeking in my heart. And this certainly impress me that whenever any guru has some program in Delhi or any other city, he fills up the whole city with his publicity. He hangs at every electric pole. His publicity is more than the publicity any politician or movie-star. And what is the result of all this? For a while some guru remains fashionable then comes another guru who comes in fashion. This every guru has his public impact, and is able to get some politicians at his feet. These politicians are impressed not with him but the crowd that he is able to pull. You know all the politicians like to attract crowd, and they can touch the feet of any guru who is popular with crowd.
Osho does not come into the category of people of this mentality as this the lowest kind. Osho is not for the blind crowd—no enlightened master can be interested in such crowd.
Osho is for the individuals who have the seeking in their heart to transform himself and who has no desire to impress others.
Osho says: “The real master is only a presence. He has no intentions of being a master. His presence is his teaching. His love is his message. Every gesture of his hand is pointing to the moon. And this whole thing is not being done, it is a happening. The master is not a doer. He has learned the greatest secret of life: let-go.
The master has drowned his ego and the idea of separation from existence itself. He is no longer there as a separate entity, he is just a window. You can see through the window the infinite sky and the expanding universe: the sunrise, the sunset, a bird on the wing, the lotus opening its being, releasing its fragrance.
The master is certainly not one of the so-called masters you will find everywhere, pretending to be masters, posing as masters.
The master is just an immense emptiness.
And, naturally, the disciple is one who comes closer and closer to the same qualities: nonexistence of the ego; no separation from existence; an overflowing love, unconditional; a tremendous sensitivity to beauty... a great revolution -- that you are not, existence is. The dewdrop has disappeared into the ocean.
The function of the master is to give you a taste of dissolving into the whole, of becoming part of this tremendously beautiful orchestra of existence. He has no creeds to teach you, no dogmas to preach to you, no catechism, no theologies. He is not to give you more slavery, more mental bondage.
That's what all your so-called masters are doing. Somebody is making you a Christian, somebody is making you a Hindu, somebody is making you a Mohammedan. These are not masters. These are all phony, plastic, American -- or better, Californian.
The authentic master is immense freedom.
To be close to him is to be close to the infinite sky, which knows no limits.
To be in his presence is to be lost, utterly lost.”
Be a Man of Tao to Restore Balance of Nature
There's a very mysterious Tao sutra: How does the true man of Tao Walk through walls without obstruction And stand in fire without being burnt?
Osho explains this with his unique vision: "Someone asked Chuang Tzu, we have heard that a man of Tao can walk through walls without obstruction, why? If you don't have any obstruction within you, no obstruction can obstruct you. This is the rule. If you have no resistance within you, in your heart, the whole world is open for you. There is no resistance. The world is just a reflection, it is a big mirror; if you have resistance, then the whole world has resistance.
This is very difficult for the ego to understand. Ego is the wall within us and ego is the main resistance. Ego is in conflict with others, and others are also not without ego. This is the reason that the world is full of violence. And a vilent man is violent only towards others, he is violent towards nature also. This is the basic cause of destruction of nature.
Osho says: "Fight will give you a stronger ego. It will shape you. So fight the mother, fight the father, fight the teacher, fight the society. Life is struggle. And Darwin started the whole trend when he said only the fittest survive; life means survival of the fittest. So the stronger you are in your ego, the more chance you will have of surviving. The West lives through politics, the East has a totally different attitude...and Tao is the core, the very essence of the Eastern consciousness. It says: No individuality, no ego, no fight; become one with the mother; there is no enemy, the question is not of conquering. Even a man, a very knowledgeable man, a very penetrating, logical man like Bertrand Russell, thinks in terms of conquest -- conquering nature, the conquest of nature. Science seems to be a struggle, a fight with nature: how to break the lock, how to open the secrets, how to grab the secrets from nature.
"Eastern consciousness is totally different. Eastern consciousness says: Ego is the problem, don't make it stronger, don't create any fight. And not the fittest but the humblest survive. That is why I insist again and again that Jesus is from the East; that is why he could not be understood in the West. The West has misunderstood him. The East could have understood him because the East knows Lao Tzu, Chuang Tzu, Buddha, and Jesus belongs to them. He says: Those who are last will be the first in my kingdom of God. The humblest, the meekest, will possess the kingdom of God. The poor in spirit is the goal. Who is poor in spirit? The empty boat, he who is not at all -- no claim on anything, no possession of anything, no self. He lives as an absence.
"Nature gives her secrets. There is no need to grab, there is no need to kill, there is no need to break the lock. Love nature, and nature gives you her secrets. Love is the key. Conquering is absurd. So what has happened in the West? This conquering has destroyed the whole of nature. So now there is a cry for ecology, how to restore the balance. We have destroyed nature completely, because we have broken all the locks and we have destroyed the whole balance. And now through that imbalance humanity will die sooner or later."
It seems that we have come to a point where nothing can be done--it is a very hopeless. So we do nothing. What we actually do is that we don't feel responsible ourselves and continue to blame it on others. This has to stop if we want the balance of nature to be restored. The first thing is to realise this and then have an intention, feel strongly about it. With this spirit in our heart, we should bring clarity in our vision. Meditation will give us this vision.
Osho reminds us and warns us: The world is being poisoned very slowly. The rivers are being polluted, the oceans are being polluted, the lakes are dying. Nature is being destroyed. We are exploiting the earth so much that sooner or later we will not be able to live on it. We are not behaving well with nature. Our whole approach is wrong, it is destructive. We only take from the earth, and we never give anything back. We only exploit nature. The ecology is broken, the circulation is broken; we are not living in a perfect circle, and nature is a perfect circle: if you take from one hand and you give from another, you don't destroy it. But we are doing it: we only go on taking, and all the resources are being spent. But this poisoning is happening slowly, slowly. You don't see it happening because it takes a long time. And then there are politicians who go on gathering more and more atomic weapons -- more atom bombs, more hydrogen bombs, super-hydrogen bombs -- as if man has decided to commit suicide."
Rishikesh to Chitrakoot Via Dubai
It is quite hot in Delhi these days, and it may get hotter. But whether it is hot or cold, it does not stop Osho lovers to travel anywhere, because it not that four letter word "work" or "duty'. It is really another four letter word--"play".
Whenever it becomes unbearable in Delhi, I find myself packing for Dharmshala, some times to conduct a meditation camp at Osho Nisarga, and other times for just to be there--to feel the cool breeze and view the beauty of snow-clad Himalayan peaks of Dhauladhar. Dharmshala is also famous for Buddhist people--Dalai Lama and the other Buddha-lovers living there. In fact, they have created a very spiritual atmosphere there.
I do not stay there too long, and often the very next week I find myself returning to Delhi for editing Osho World magazine or facilitating another meditation camp at Oshodham.
There I notice another aspect of human greed. The travel to Dharamshala by air has become as expensive as flying to Dubai because there's only one airline flying to Dharmshala. Exploitation by monopoly.
Comparing the airfare, I got an idea: Why not fly to Dubai and have a meditation camp there for some Osho lovers in the Middle East. It is really mysterious that you wish and things start moving in that direction. After having a camp on the banks of Ganges in Rishikesh, I started planning my trip to Dubai. And in the last week of March I found myself in Dubai conducting a meditation camp there. This was the first camp without any publicity there. And perhaps one cannot publicize it there openly, though I am sure there are thousands of people there reading Osho books and listening to Osho discourses, and waiting for the taste of meditation. It became quite clear that more and more people will join in meditation workshops in the future. It was a good start.
After gap of two days, after Dubai where Arabic and Islamic culture has been flourishing, I had to travel to Chitrakoot. And as a matter of fact, it is easier to travel to Dubai than to Chitrakoot, though not that expensive. This real tiny town is the heart of Hindu religion and culture. Dubai and Chitrakoot are such a big contrast! And in such opposite extremes, Osho is entering in a mysterious way. As Dubai does not have a large number of Osho lovers, so is the case with Chitrakoot, though the people here are knowledgeable about meditation and Samadhi. While in Dubai, even the people from India living there, have only gone there to make money. And those who are intelligent and sensitive, their prosperity may boredom and they may be able to look for something more meaningful beyond it. They may turn to meditation. A new man will be born.
This way the Zorba--the outworldly rich person--may get attracted to Buddha. And to this point, people may turn to a wholesome vision which Osho offers to the whole humanity.
Osho says In Messiah, Vol. 2: I have been proclaiming the New Man as Zorba the Buddha -- which is a meeting of East and West, which is a meeting of science and religion, which is a meeting of logic and love, which is a meeting of the outer and the inner. Only in these meetings will you find peace; otherwise, you will remain a battlefield. If you are miserable, remember that the misery is arising out of an inner battle that goes on day in, day out. There have been great Zorbas in the world. "Eat, drink and be merry" is their simple philosophy. "There is no life beyond death. God is nothing but an invention of cunning priests. Don't waste your time on unnecessary things; life is short.” In India we have a whole philosophy, the system of the Charvakas. Perhaps a charvaka is the most articulate Zorba, and if you try to understand him he is very convincing: "There is no evidence, no eye-witness of any God or of any life after death. There is no evidence or proof that you have an immortal soul. Don't get caught in these words, which have been created just to create a conflict in you so you can become Christians, Hindus, Jainas, Buddhists, Mohammedans." India has also known great Buddhas. They say the world is illusory; all that is true is inner, and all that is untrue is outside. So don't waste your time in desires, in ambitions; they are nothing but the same stuff as dreams are made of. Use the small time that you have in your hands to go as deep inside as possible so that you can find the temple of God -- your godliness. If you listen to the Buddhas, they seem to be convincing. If you listen to the Zorbas, they seem to be convincing -- and then you are in trouble, because you have both within you.
Ego Creates the False Gurus
It is something really beautiful to share with friends and fellow travellers what we drank and imbibed being in the presence of Osho. For me, this started the very next day I was initiated into Neo-Sannyas by Osho, on 4 September, 1971, when Osho told me to join the Kirtan group. The Kirtan group was to start its journey in India on the early morning of 5 September.
What was this sharing? I had seen the master for a few minutes only, and the other members of this group had been seeing him and listening to his discourse for longer period. Such comparison did not bother me and I joined this caravan of bliss and we were all on the road to share what we had got from our Sadguru. Osho had total trust in us and gave his blessing for the journey.
After being on the road for a few months, we would join meditation camps conducted by Osho in Mount Abu or Matheran and then continue our journey of sharing his vision with freshness and more vitality.
It may not have been easy for the people on the road to judge us exactly, seeing us in orange clothes and mala. We were getting all kinds of responses. Some people would garland us, touch our feet while others would ridicule us, make fun of us or even throw stones at us. This was a strong meditation for all of us to continuously witness ourselves in such strange situations.
There was every possibility of thinking ourselves as gurus when people touched our feet with respect or their Indian conditioning about the person in sannyas colour clothes. The temptation was really great to fall into this guru-trap and develop an ego of holier than thou.
I am sure that some of us in the similar situation did eventually become gurus and declared themselves enlightened. New seekers and meditators often ask us about such so-called enlightened people who have projected or declared themselves as the living masters. And some of them who are in this business appeared on the scene after Osho left his body. They did not dare to do this when Osho was in the body.
What is the criterion of enlightenment or of being a guru? Can we really judge who is enlightened and who is not? Sure, there can be some indications. The people who are really emphatic and dogmatic about declaring themselves as enlightened are merely imitators of Osho. You see them wearing same style of robes as Osho did and making similar gestures in their lectures as Osho did. And they imitate so many other things also. You can see it for yourself. They have been doing everything as poor imitation of Osho with the intention to deceive others. They have a real strong craving for respect that they try very hard to make themselves sit on high pedestal. Now we see so many of these gurus surrounded by large number of gullible people who adore them. The guru business is growing by leaps and bound. This business may be flourishing but it is very harmful--spiritually to the followers and gurus themselves, as both remain blind in their own way. Blind is leading the blind. As mystic saint Kabir says aptly: Andha andha theliya, dono koop padant. The blind lead the blind, and both fall into the well. The well of ignorance is really deep, fathomless.
Of course, there may be some exceptions too. But to find such exceptional people is not easy as they do not project themselves, or impose themselves on others. They are as natural as flowers with fragrance. The flowers do not advertise their fragrance as heavily as these pseudo gurus do.
Osho says: A real, authentic Master does not want to create pseudo replicas, carbon copies; he helps you to discover your original face. He will not impose any structure on you; on the contrary, he will help you to get rid of all imposed structures. He will not condition you; he will only uncondition you and then leave you to yourself He will not recondition you. When you move from one false guru, then it happens: the new false guru will uncondition you and then recondition you.
The false gurus give you certificates to make you happy and nourish your ego, as Osho points out: False gurus exist because of your need, because no authentic guru is going to say this to you, or give you any certificate -- because any certificate is a demand from the ego. No certificate is needed. If you are experiencing it, you are experiencing it. If the whole world denies it, let them deny. It makes no difference. If the real experience is there, what does it matter who says that you have achieved and who says you have not achieved? It is irrelevant. But it is not irrelevant, because your basic search is the ego. You want to believe that you have achieved all.
The gift to humanity
It was summer of 1973. After travelling around in Osho Kirtan group for a year, I wrote a letter to Osho: "From Punjab, I wish to publish a monthly magazine for you with your discourses." I was living in Panipat, a small city 90 km north of New Delhi . I received a prompt response from Ma Yoga Laxmi, Osho's secretary, and the names of the magazine suggested by Osho: Anand, Sadhana, Bhavna, Chetana. There were five names, and now I don't remember the 5th one. Osho was living in an apartment in Mumbai. With Osho's blessings and the help from friends in Ludhiana, Punjab, I started publishing the magazine, and its name was Anand. I showed the magazine personally to Osho during a meditation camp being led by him in Mount Abu. He showed his happiness and told his disciples from Punjab: Keerti is hardworking boy. Support him in every possible way for the publication of magazine. I did not have to sign any legal papers and declare any copyrights and there were no formalities. The only thing that was important that Osho's message spreads without any delay. And it did.
In 1974, after moving to Pune and establishing Shree Rajneesh Ashram there, Osho invited me to edit his Rajneesh Foundation Newsletter, fortnightly and gave his personal guidance for the paper. I moved to Pune and started publication of this newspaper on Osho's birthday, 11 December, 1974. And ever since I have been fully involved in editing publishing of Osho newsletters, magazines and books, such as Rajneesh Times, Rajneesh Darshan, Osho Times, and Osho Darshan etc. It has been my joy to spread Osho's vision in every possible way.
In 1987, after Osho returned to Pune, I started working in the Osho Press Office, besides editing Osho Times and Osho books. I would get excerpts from Osho discourses published in various newspapers, and the newspapers were always sent to Osho. He was always happy that media started opening to him more and more. He encouraged me to feed the media in every possible way, which I did. Osho told me to send his one-liners to daily newspapers also and send articles on current topics and let these articles have the quotes from His discourses. And this too happened. Media in India became open to Osho and as a result you see Osho in all the newspapers and magazine today.
While doing all this, there was never any concern about copyrights or trademarks on Osho's words, thoughts or meditation. It was in, probably, 1999, when I was told by 2-3 sannyasins who told me that now the publishing headquarter was in New York, and I could not give anything to media in India, without asking New York. Before 1999, I was giving Osho videos almost regularly to TV channels based in India, and that got stopped for almost 10 years. I could not give any small quotation from Osho discourse without permission from New York. This was going totally against Osho's wishes and this is hurting Osho's work also. You can just imagine how many millions of people may have tasted Osho's vision if we had shown Osho videos on TV channels for 10 years without any restrictive hindrance. How many more Osho meditation centers would have emerged and how many more meditation camps would have happened?
But the monopolisers were not interested.
I give you one more example of Osho World magazine that we started in the summer of 2001 from New Delhi. It has been spreading very fast around India and other countries. More and more people come to know about the activities and come to attend the meditation camps. Fortunately nobody has been able to prevent its publication, and the work has been growing enormously. So is the case with www.oshoworld.com. They tried hard to get it off the internet, but did not succeed. So for almost 9 years millions of people around the world have had free access to Osho discourses and books.
Osho International Foundation registered in Zurich and operating from New York has been wasting its time and money in stopping and preventing Osho disciples, Osho centres from doing Osho's work. Instead, it would have been far better if it had with the same money and time meditation events around the world. This would have been a positive work worth real appreciation. It did not do it and so many years got wasted, and what it did that whosoever was doing something for Osho, it started bullying them with legal threats to stop the work.
Let's hope that now Osho International Foundation learns a lesson from this defeat and moves in the right direction of now not monopolizing Osho but making his vision available in a healthy way without stupid restrictions and legal threats to sannyasins around the world.
The message of enlightened mystics is not meant for trademarks or copyrights but meant for the whole humanity to receive it as a gift to raise its consciousness.
Even talking on Scientific knowledge, Osho says: “You may not know that many inventions which are going to help humanity are prevented; their copyright is purchased by somebody whose vested interest will be interfered with. And the poor scientist, if he gets enough money, how can he refuse? There are hundreds of inventions which have been prevented. Money has been paid, and humanity goes on suffering.”
From the False to the Truth, Chapter #23
"When I am speaking to you, it is in fact the universe using me. My words are not my words; they belong to the universal truth. That is their power, that is their charisma, that is their magic." Says Osho in one of his discourses on Satyam Shivam Sundaram
And in another discourse, He adds: "If there is any truth in my words, that truth comes out of my emptiness. It does not belong to me, I am just a passage. I allow existence to connect with you -- and it is possible only if I am absolutely empty."
“Just now there is an exhibition going on in the Soviet Union. I have sannyasins in the Soviet Union; of course, they have to remain underground -- they cannot declare that they are sannyasins -- but there are a large number of sannyasins. Our stall of books is overcrowded; it is the most successful stall even in Russia. But the people don't have money, so they are stealing books. I have informed my people, "Don't pay any attention -- let them steal. At least those books will reach to millions of people, and if you catch somebody red-handed, just tell him, `I'm not against stealing; what can you do if you don't have any money? Just keep one thing in mind: when you have read it, pass it on. That is the price.”
The Great Pilgrimage: From Here to Here
(12 September 1987 am in Gautam the Buddha Auditorium)
The Great Challenge
So often does one come across gruesome incidents of terrorist violence that one feels utterly helpless about it. The politicians are quick to issue statements that culprits will be brought to book and nobody will be spared. The religionists and the moralists will give their sermons. And still more terrible incidents of terrorism keep happening and make a mockery of statements and claims.
People are becoming cynical about such statements and discourses--and progressively insensitive to respond. The explosions of violence are becoming bigger and bigger and human sensitivity is becoming weaker and weaker. It only shows that something is essentially wrong with human society today. It is unable to reach the roots of violence and eradicate it.
Each explosion of terrorism is linked with what we have been in the past. It is a chain reaction--the chain that is becoming bigger and stronger everyday. Politicians are unable to understand this, and others have no power to do anything about it.
Talking on this subject of terrorist violence Osho shared his insights decades ago. He said, "Everything is deeply related with everything else that happens. The event of terrorism is certainly related with what is happening in the society. The society is falling apart. Its old order, discipline, morality, religion, everything has been found to be wrongly based. It has lost its power over people’s conscience.”
"Terrorism simply symbolizes that to destroy human beings does not matter, that there is nothing in human beings which is indestructible, that it is all matter—and you cannot kill matter, you can only change its form. Once man is taken to be only a combination of matter, and no place is given for a spiritual being inside him, then to kill becomes just play."
Man lives in starvation of not just a piece of bread but love also. And on top of it he lives in unconsciousness. He is sitting on the volcano of unfulfilled desires and needs. He is desperate. And this desperation can be exploited by clever politicians and clergies. They use him--in fact, he is misused by them. These terrorists are poor people: Osho says : "And all those terrorists are coming from these poor countries, with the same weapons that have been sold to their countries. And they have a strange protection: you cannot use nuclear weapons against them, you cannot throw atom bombs at them. They can throw bombs at you and you are suddenly impotent.”
Making a point about their anger Osho says : "Man accumulates so much anger, so much rage, so much violence, that nothing short of a war will give him release. So, war after war, there is a gap of only ten to fifteen years. That gap is a kind of relaxation. But again you start accumulating, because the same psychology is working—the same jealousy, the same violence.”
"Every man is living in a disagreement with himself. So whenever he can find a chance—for a beautiful cause; freedom, democracy, socialism—any beautiful word can become an umbrella to hide his ugly unconscious, which simply wants to destroy and enjoys destruction. Now the world war has become almost impossible; otherwise there would have been no terrorism."
Never before was the search so acute, so intense, because never before was man in such an anguish as he is today. The search always comes out of anguish. Whenever there is great anguish, the anguish becomes a challenge, one has to search for something which is so meaningful that the anguish can be dissolved through it. When the darkness is very very deep, only then does one search for light.
And the darkness is really deep. This is one of the darkest of ages: never before has man been in such a disturbed, confused chaos. Because all the old values have disappeared. Man is no more rooted in the past, there are no more any goals in the future, all utopias have failed. Man is utterly desperate now to know what to do and where to go.
In the past it has happened many times that a certain value became valueless, another value took its place, it was substituted. One religion died, another took its place. When an idealism was found futile, another better vision, more golden, was immediately available. What has happened this time is that all the ideals have failed and there are no more substitutes. It is not that one value has failed and another has come into being; that is not much of a change. This time, value as such has failed and there is utter darkness, nowhere to go. This is the greatest challenge to human awakening.
Interdependence of the Inner and the Outer ecology
Sitting close to the Dhauladhar mountains in Dharmshala I am sad to watch the trees being replaced by concrete jungle. It is happening at a very fast speed. And so cruelly. I am sure the same is happening all over India and the rest of the world. Modern civilization has become totally uncivilized and insensitive. For it, the development and progress simply mean the absence of natural resources and presence of airconditioning and high-tech gadgets. Even in the mountains the man is becoming surrounded by more and more computers and less and less trees and birds.
Modern man is fast losing his connectivity with nature outside and as a consequence with his own nature within. As a matter of fact, it is the other way round. He has disturbed the outer ecology, because he has ruined his inner ecology. The outer is the manifestation of the inner. Sure, we do need to restore the balance in the outer ecology – but first the inner is more important than the outer. The outer is essentially the expression of the inner.
Anger, hatred and other forms of violence that erupt outside indicate that something has gone wrong inside – there’s chaos in the inner world, conflict between emotions and the intellect. This is the imbalance of inner ecology. How to restore this balance?
Meditation helps restore this balance. Osho offers a simple way of acceptance for the balance between inner and outer ecology. He says, "Relax into yourself, close your eyes, and listen to all that is happening around. Don’t deny. Don’t reject. Accept – because if you deny, you will become tense. All denials create tension. Accept. If you want to relax, acceptance is the way. Accept whatsoever is happening all around; let it become an organic whole. Everything is inter related – the birds, sky, sun, earth, you, me. It is an organic unity. If the sun disappears, so will the trees and the birds, if the birds and trees disappear, you will disappear. Everything is deeply related to each other. Don’t deny anything, because the moment you deny, you are denying something in you."
Decades ago Sir Vidiadhar S. Naipaul wrote a book about India and it was titled: India the Wounded Civilization. He may have been right about India, but it is not only India that is wounded, the whole world is a wounded civilization. The whole humanity is in emotional mess, and desperately needs deep cleansing to regain emotional wellness.
Osho gives a meditative solution: When we feel emotionally wounded, memories can pop up that most of us automatically want to throw in the basement of our unconscious. We think that time will take care of them, but they keep coming back. Here’s a much more effective way to heal your emotional wounds:
"If you are feeling miserable, let it become a meditation. Sit silently, close the doors. First feel the misery with as much intensity as possible. Feel the hurt. Somebody has insulted you: now, the best way to avoid the hurt is to go and insult him, so that you become occupied with him. That is not meditation.
If somebody has insulted you, feel thankful to him that he has given you an opportunity to feel a deep wound. He has opened a wound in you. The wound may be created by many many insults that you have suffered in your whole life; he may not be the cause of all the suffering, but he has triggered a process.
Just close your room, sit silently, with no anger for the person but with total awareness of the feeling that is arising in you -- the hurt feeling that you have been rejected, that you have been insulted. And then you will be surprised that not only is this man there: all the men and all the women and all the people that have ever insulted you will start moving in your memory.
You will start not only remembering them, you will start reliving them. You will be going into a kind of primal. Feel the hurt, feel the pain, don't avoid it. That's why in many therapies the patient is told not to take any drugs before the therapy begins, for the simple reason that drugs are a way to escape from your inner misery. They don't allow you to see your wounds, they repress them. They don't allow you to go into your suffering and unless you go into your suffering, you cannot be released from the imprisonment of it.
Modern man is drugged as never before, because Modern man is living in great suffering. Without drugs it will be impossible to live in so much suffering. Those drugs create a barrier; they keep you drugged they don't allow you enough sensitivity to know your pain. The first thing to do is close your doors and stop any kind of occupation -- looking at the TV, listening to the radio, reading a book.
Stop all occupation, because that too is a subtle drug. Just be silent, utterly alone. Don't even pray, because that again is a drug, you are becoming occupied, you start talking to God, you start praying, you escape from yourself. Atisha is saying: Just be yourself. Whatsoever the pain of it and whatsoever the suffering of it, let it be so. First experience it in its total intensity. It will be difficult, it will be heart-rending: you may start crying like a child, you may start rolling on the ground in deep pain, your body may go through contortions. You may suddenly become aware that the pain is not only in the heart, it is all over the body -- that it is aching all over, that it is painful all over, that your whole body is nothing but pain. If you can experience it -- this is of tremendous importance -- then start absorbing it.
This is a great secret to be remembered. Whenever something is total it changes into its opposite, because there is no way to go any further; the cul-de-sac has arrived. Watch an old clock with a pendulum. It goes on and on: the pendulum goes to the left, to the extreme left, and then there is a point beyond which it cannot go, then it starts moving towards the right. Opposites are complementaries. If you can suffer your suffering in totality, in great intensity, you will be surprised...you will not be able to believe it when it happens for the first time, that your own suffering absorbed willingly, welcomingly, becomes a great blessing. The same energy that becomes hate becomes love, the same energy that becomes pain becomes pleasure, the same energy that becomes suffering becomes bliss."
Ambition and Competition
In modern world, competition is thought to be the only way of progressing, but it is an illusion. As a matter of fact, competition is not healthy, rather it is a cancer to consciousness. It originates in ambition. It is poisonous to compete with others. The right approach is to realise your own potential. Do not create conflict within yourself. Accept yourself as you are and blossom in to your full potential.
Mulla Nasrudin's father was reprimanding his son for being a lazy good-for-nothing. "When I was your age," he said, "I worked sixteen hours a day to learn the business."
"I am very proud of you, Dad," replied Mulla Nasrudin. "IF IT HAD NOT BEEN FOR YOUR AMBITION AND PERSEVERANCE, I MIGHT HAVE HAD TO DO THE SAME."
Every child in this world enters as an innocent being, a tabula rasa, but very soon he is corrupted by the world to become ambitious, as this is the way our world functions. as he grows, he starts taking the ruinous path of competing and fighting with others. The child does not do this himself, he is actually taught and conditioned by the teachers and preachers. His mind is poisoned by the education that he receives.
The root cause of all violence in the world is the education of ambition that every child receives from the previous generation. Our education is not based on meditation or love, but it is based on ambition and competition.
This poisonous system of education needs a metamorphosis, a total transformation.
On 13-14 June, 2008 there will be a meditation camp dedicated to right education at Osho Nisarga Meditation center at Dharmshala. It will be facilitated by Swami Satya Vedant, who has had a deep experience of being in the field of education both in India and USA. Swamiji has also been the chancellor of Osho Multiversity for several years. In this meditation camp the teachers from different fields will be discussing all aspects of education and Osho’s vision.
Here I present an excerpt from Osho’s discourse:
Every human being is unique. There is no question of anybody superior or anybody inferior. Yes, people are different.
Let me remind you of one thing; otherwise you will misunderstand me. I am not saying that everybody is equal. Nobody is superior, nobody is inferior, but nobody is equal either. People are simply unique, incomparable. You are you, I am I. I have to contribute my potential to life, you have to contribute your potential to life. I have to discover my own being, you have to discover your own being.
When inferiority disappears, all feeling of superiority also disappears. They live together, they cannot be separated. The man who feels superior is still feeling inferior somewhere. The man who feels inferior wants to feel superior somewhere. They come in a pair; they are always there together; they cannot be separated.
Osho tells a parable: A very proud man, a warrior, a samurai, came to see a Zen master. The samurai was very famous, well known all over the country, But looking at the master, looking at the beauty of the master and the grace of the moment, he suddenly felt inferior. Maybe he had come with an unconscious desire to prove his superiority. He said to the master "Why am I feeling inferior? Just a moment ago, everything was okay. As I entered into your court suddenly I felt inferior. I have never felt like that. My hands are shaking. I am a warrior, I have faced death many times, and I have never felt any fear--why am I feeling frightened?"
The master said, "You wait. When everybody has gone, I will answer." People continued coming to visit the master, and the man was getting tired, more and more tired. By the evening the room was empty, there was nobody, and the samurai said, "Now, can you answer it?" And the master said, "Now, come outside."
The samurai said, "Because they can't compare."
The master said, "Then you need not ask me; you know the answer."
Comparison brings inferiority, superiority. When you don't compare, all inferiority, all superiority, disappear. Then you are, you are simply there. A small bush or a big high tree--it doesn't matter; you are yourself. You are needed. A grass leaf is needed as much as the biggest star. Without the grass leaf God will be less than he is. The sound of the cuckoo is needed as much as any Buddha; the world will be less, will be less rich if the cuckoo disappears.
Just look around. All is needed, and everything fits together. It is an organic unity: nobody is higher and nobody is lower, nobody superior, nobody inferior. Everybody is incomparably unique.
Forgetfulness: The Mother Of All Sins
Just the other day, Vatican came up with seven new sins being committed in the modern times and the believers have been warned not to commit these sins. According to the Christian Church, there were only seven sins earlier. And now the world seems to have progressed so much that seven more have been added.
I don’t know whether the other religions have paid so much attention to these sins of the past and future. The spiritualists, the moralists and the philosophers, all have been discussing their concepts of sin and they do not agree on many points or they come up with their own definitions of sin.
There’s a beautiful statement by Emerson: "Sin is not just breaking the law, but failing to discover the adventure at the very heart of living."
Osho adds: It is not just a question of breaking the law that makes you become a sinner. You become a sinner if you are not adventurous, if you are not continuously in search of your innermost being. If you are not continuously in search of a higher and higher bliss, if your life is not an adventure in living, if you have become a dead fossil -- you drag on -- then it becomes a sin.
Another great Christian thinker, Fosdick, was asked once, "What is sin?"
He replied in a very humorous way, "Sin is three things: the three letters of the word sin. 'S' stands for stinking stupidity, stubbornness, skepticism; 'N' for nagging negativity, nervousness, neurosis, narcissism, nihilism; and between the stinking 'S' and the nagging 'N' is 'I' -- the ego." Once you drop that 'I', sin disappears. Then there is no sin. But that 'I' is very stubborn. It is stupid... but very reluctant to go
What are the new sins declared by the Vatican? We have been informed that the the new deadly sins include polluting, genetic engineering, being obscenely rich, drug dealing, abortion, pedophilia and causing social injustice. The Catholic Church divides sins into venial, or less serious, sins and mortal sins, which threaten the soul with eternal damnation unless absolved before death through confession and penitence. It holds mortal sins to be “grave violations of the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes,” including murder, contraception, abortion, perjury, adultery and lust.
Osho has a totally different view on this subject. He says: "The original Hebrew word for sin is very beautiful. By translating it as "sin," Christians have missed the very message of Jesus. The original Hebrew word for sin is so totally different from your idea of sin that it will be a surprise to you. The root word means forgetfulness; it has nothing to do with what you are doing. The whole thing is whether you are doing it with conscious being or out of unconsciousness. Are you doing it with a self-remembering or have you completely forgotten yourself?
"Any action coming out of unconsciousness is sin. The action may look virtuous, but it cannot be. You may create a beautiful facade, a character, a certain virtuousness; you may speak the truth, you may avoid lies; you may try to be moral, and so on and so forth. But if all this is coming from unconsciousness, it is all sin.
"It is because of this that Jesus has a tremendously significant saying. He says, "If your right eye causes you to sin, take it out and throw it away. It is much better for you to lose a part of your body than to have your whole body thrown into hell."
Now, if you don't understand the real meaning of sin, you are bound to misinterpret the whole statement and Jesus will look too harsh, too hard, too violent. Saying, "If your right eye causes you to sin, take it out and throw it away," does not look like a statement of Jesus. A man of profound love and compassion -- he cannot say it, he cannot be so violent. But this is how Christians have interpreted him.
"What he means is: whatsoever causes you to forget yourself, even if it is your right eye.... That is just to emphasize the fact. It is simply a way of talking, an emphasis: "If your right eye causes you to forget yourself, then take it out and throw it away." He is not saying anything which has to be taken literally; it is a metaphor. He is saying that it is better to be blind than to be forgetful of yourself, because the blind man who remembers himself is not blind, he has the real eye. And the man who has eyes, if he has forgotten himself, what is the use of having eyes? He cannot see himself -- what else can he see?"
What have we really forgotten? We have forgotten our true self, our divinity, our godliness--and this forgetfulness is the only sin, all other sins are its off-springs. Forgetfulness is the mother of all sins. Gautama the Buddha coined a beautiful word Sammasati (right remembrance) to remind us of our divinity. When we remember our divinity, it becomes impossible to commit any sin or to be sinful.
Christianity has been telling us that we are born in sin, while the Buddha declares: Remember that you are Buddha yourself. Be a light unto yourself. When we think that we are born in sin, we feel guilty and feel heavy with burden of this sin. The Buddha liberates us when he reminds us of the buddhahood of all beings. His one word Sammasati is much more meaningful than all the teachings of the priests who make the humanity burdened with all kinds of guilt. It is time to raise our consciousness to get rid of guilt of all kinds of sin and be filled with right remembrance.
To conclude I would like to answer this question: What is a real sin? The real sin is denying your own divinity. And there is no virtue greater than constant awareness of your own godliness.