Osho World Online Magazine :: October 2010 - Osho_Responsibility
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The blame game and slave mentality
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By Ma Prem Gitamo

Response Here and Now
By Lakshen Sucameli

The Four Letter Words: Duty, Work and Love
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In Focus

THE BLAME GAME AND SLAVE MENTALITY
By Ma Anand Bhagawati
 

Ma Anand BhagawatiMa Anand Bhagawati has been Osho’s disciple for more than 30 years and lived many of those years at the ashram in Pune, in Rajneeshpuram and European Osho communes.

She lives on the island of Bali, Indonesia as a columnist and author. Her favorite country to travel to is India.

 

THE BLAME GAME AND SLAVE MENTALITY
In Rajneeshpuram we called our coordinators ‘moms’ even when they were male. I always felt at odds with that term, which indicates a dependency to a higher power, as it would be for a child, yet the majority of residents were adult people, meditators. I could never shake off my dislike for this expression.

I came across a similar phenomenon when I heard people speak about Poonjaji, using the term ‘Papaji’. I know that it means ‘respected father’ in India and is traditionally used in reverence to a teacher or elderly parent, nevertheless I kept sensing a certain submissiveness in using this term, which Poonjaji seemed to compassionately consent to. One of his devotees coined the term in 1990 and this is how he was known from then on.  I have never heard this expression in connection with any other spiritual Master.

These are archetypical expressions, deeply rooted in the collective unconscious. By adhering to them even in a subtle way, responsibility is given to somebody else.  It is arduous to get to the root of such terms, understand them and ultimately change one’s perception.

I now know why Osho changed his name from being previously called Bhagwan. With the name Osho there is nothing to hang on to or be subservient about. The very meaning of oceanic is clear: limitless, formless, ever changing.

It is important to me to look with awareness at what words I use and what they really imply. Yet it is evident that the majority of people shirk responsibility. The Latin root of the word is ‘respondere’, to respond, meaning when I am responsible, I am not reacting to a situation, I am responding with awareness and work consciously on resolving the issue.

For eons mankind was taught to be compliant. It is easy if one does something ‘wrong’ according to whichever existing rules of the day, to throw the responsibility on someone else. “He made me do this,” or “She told me it would be alright.”

The Catholic Church is one of the big supporters of the blame game. Just go to confession and you will receive absolution by the highest authority! No need to take any responsibility, just recite a few Hail Mary’s and the slate is clean.

I recall a report about a woman who burned herself badly by spilling scalding hot coffee from a paper cup which she held between her thighs while driving. She did not take any responsibility for her unaware and quite mad action, rather she sued McDonalds!  

Many people who suffer from lung cancer do not take responsibility for their decision to smoke, they sue the tobacco company instead. Many love to blame their parents for everything bad that ever happened to them. It is so much easier to blame than take responsibility.

Only by being fully responsible for what I do, can I exist in a joyful and alive state. Only by accepting all consequences of my actions can I truly be free. Free of any dictates, and free of telling others what to do.

Only full responsibility and awareness make every action right.

Once one sees the proverbial shackles that have been bound to mankind’s feet since millennia, since the time man was created as an obedient servant, a gigantic transformation is possible. The transformation into a responsible and free human being, growing in awareness and consciousness.

- Ma Anand Bhagawati

 
RESPONSIBILITY By Swami Satya Vedant
 

Swami Satya VedantSwami Satya Vedant was initiated into Sannyas by Osho in 1975. He holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan, U.S.A., and M.A., Ph.D. from M.S. University of Baroda, India Vedant has given numerous talks, participated in seminars and conferences and has presented workshops in India, Canada, and the United States of America. His workshops have been mainly focused on Stress Management and Managerial Effectiveness, Leadership, Human Relationship, Women and Self Empowerment, Education, and Health Enhancement for the Police.                                                  [+]

 

All enlightened masters have made it clear: an individual has to take the responsibility for one’s evolution, health, and happiness – appa deepo bhava: be a light unto yourself, says Buddha. In our unconscious behaviour, we shift the responsibility to everyone but ourselves -- it may be fate, Nature, family, society, parents or a friend. The moment one gathers courage enough to bring the focus onto oneself and looks within, a new beginning takes place in life and with that, one is on the path of self-transformation.  It needs to be remembered that, looking within is neither blaming nor condemning oneself; the purpose mainly is to own up to oneself.

Osho explains, one creates one’s essence every moment – how one lives, how one speaks, how one moves. Only an individual is responsible for creating essence, no one else. Giving essence, giving true meaning to life, is the greatest challenge and the uppermost responsibility. Not just what we know matters, how we use what we know, how we incorporate it in enhancing the quality and meaning of life, matters even more. What this implies is that, ‘I am not only part of the problem; I am part of the solution too’. This is what Osho points out as the evolutionary process – responsibility and awareness, vision and action. 

Osho points out that, Sartre has said responsibility is the only human burden. No animal is responsible. Evolution is responsible for all that the animal is. The animal, however, is not responsible for anything but man is responsible. So whatever man does, he or she will now be responsible for it. If you want to create a hell and go down, it is up to you; if you want to evolve, if you want to grow and create a blissful state, it is up to you, explains Osho.

So it is imperative that we make ourselves more alert in practically all aspects and in all dimensions of life. This will require what Jones Salk calls, “a meta-biological evolution”, which will not involve survival of the fittest, but as he says, “survival of the wisest”. He very succinctly points out, “We should begin by trying to understand the forces at work to recognize, first, that we can do something about the situation; and second, that we must do something about the situation.”

Osho puts it all so clearly in the following insightful perspective:

“MAN is evolution. Not only that man is evolving, he is the very vehicle of evolution itself: he is evolution. A tremendous responsibility, and something to be delighted about also, because that's the glory of man. Matter is the beginning, God the end -- matter is the alpha point, God the omega point. Man is the bridge -- matter passes through man and is transformed into God. God is not a thing and God is not waiting somewhere. God is evolving through you; God is becoming through you. You are transforming matter into God. You are the greatest experiment that reality has made. Think of the glory of it, and think of the responsibility also.”
OSHO
Yoga: The Alpha and the Omega, Vol.8, Ch.5

- Swami Satya Vedant

 
The Ability to Respond By Ma Prem Gitamo
 

Ma Prem Gitamo Before attending any of Osho’s meditation camps, Ma Prem Gitamo read three of His books, ‘Notes of a madman, Glimpses of a golden childhood, Books I have loved’ and was gripped by Him. Immediately after, she went to attend a 3-day meditation camp near Surat in 2001 along with her husband and 10 month old daughter. She could not attend any of the meditation sessions because of her daughter’s fever but on last day, she attended one, felt overwhelmed by Osho and took sannyas the very next day. For Gitamo, Osho has become the song in her life ever after.

 

The greatest gift Osho has given to me is that of freedom. Freedom to be what I want, not bounded by people's perceptions. Freedom to follow my heart and to do my own stuff not dictated by what society's norms and definitions.

The society is a honey trap using as bait imaginary pats on the back when you conform to its rules and brick bats when you cold shoulder its rules. Even the pats on the back are imaginary as you know that people will start bitching about you the moment your back is turned. So all you actually end up with is a pseudo beautiful image of yourself and a feeling of misery and martyrdom inside.

Its this very sense of duty that creates martyrs, feeling of self-pity that you have sacrificed your own happiness for sake of others.

We are indeed fortunate to have had a master who has repeatedly knocked our heads and shaken us to open our eyes and see the difference between duty and responsibility.

Duty is pre- laid. You already know what you are expected to do, not for anything has the society being working on your sub-conscious since you were born. Responsibility is in Osho's vision - the ability to respond. You see a particular situation, open the gates of awareness and respond. While the duty remains consistent, responses can vary from moment to moment.

Duty is always for the society while responsibility may or may not be according, to the that very instant. Had there always been dutiful people, there would have been no revolutions, in society or in an individual. Buddhas and Vardhamans would have stayed on in their palaces, toeing the line but luckily for us, they dared to defy the society, be a rebel, not caring weather it understood them or not and just do what they felt they were meant to do.
My take on duty is that its just outright demeaning. I have a heart, a brain and a liver, thank you, the same as anyone else and I will not be dictated or shepherded to do something I don't want to do. If what I do conforms to your idea of duty, good, if not then sorry.

In fact to come to think of it, I also feel that duty originally originated from people seeing actions performed spontaneously by saints and then instead of respecting the spirit, they showed their respect by iron-cladding the actions , making anyone not doing them feel guilty.

As Osho puts it so lucidly 'You should never do anything because of duty. Either you do something because of love or you do not do it. Make it a point that your life has to be a life of love, and if out of love you respond, that I call responsibility. Break the word into two: response-ability, don't make it one. Joining these two words has created so much confusion in the world. It is not responsibility, it is response-ability. And love is able to respond. There is no other force in the world which is so able to respond. If you love, you are bound to respond; there is no burden. Duty is a burden.'

- Ma Prem Gitamo

 
Response Here and Now By Lakshen Sucameli
 

Lakshen SucameliLakshen Sucameli is an Italian writer, filmaker and independent producer. At the moment is working on a big feature film on Osho.

Details of the project can be found at : www.oshothemovie.com

 

The very question: ” What´s Responsibility?” is arising in this very moment while approaching my laptop to write this article!

What´s the reason to let something coming out on these pages? For what and for whom I am writing?

For duty? I double-checked this possibility because writing out of duty about ´responsibility´ in an Osho´s magazine… will be like peeing against the wind I guess!!!

For money?! Not at all. You all beloved readers must know that these columnists of yours are doing their articles without any payment at all. For prestige?

Frankly speaking I don´t think there will be much space for that either especially if, the audience we are addressing to, is more interested in going beyond the ego... than fulfilling it.

So please allow me to ask help from our Master in order to respond to the question and recall one of His precious statements about cutting in two parts the word ´responsibility´ and having ´response-ability´: the ability to respond.

TO RESPOND HERE AND NOW.

I enjoy to write, I enjoy to let creativity take over and flowing.

I enjoy to think and feel that some of you, reading these lines, will be transported for a while into a journey that will hopefully give something nice to your heart.

Once one has experienced a bit of beauty, a bit of love, a bit of centeredness… the very word ´responsibility´ means nothing else than sharing these insights.

You can do it whatever way you want, but you ´have´ to! Please don´t misinterpret and, again, let me quote Osho when He was saying that He was feeling like a cloud that needs to shower His bliss and His love!

But, as I don´t want to become too serious, let´s give time for Sardar Gurudayal and check in ourselves the times when we have avoided our responsibilities in the name of ´following our feelings´!

I ask sorry for those who don´t know the sannyas slang: the time for Sardar Gurudayal means the time to laugh since Osho was introducing His jokes at the end of His discourses mentioning the name of a beloved disciple with an up roaring laughter.

´Following your feeling´ is another very common way for sannyasins to mean:

”I don´t give a shit!”

I remember one time I was in a shop with a sannyasin friend and I realized I left my purse at home. So I asked if he could borrow some money. He closed his eyes, put his hand on his chest and, after a timeless moment of deep meditation, he says:” I heard a ´No´ and I am going to follow my feelings…”

Anyway, who am I to judge?

Maybe this sannyasin was really in the present and very much ´able to respond´!

Sometimes the border between responsibility, duty and… denial, it´s a very thin line. What I can say is that deep down each of us knows exactly when has acted out of one or another of these three reasons.

Deep down there is a voice that, beyond any ´No´, is calling and asking:”Are u happy? Are u really fulfilled?”

Listening to this call is the other face of responsibility.

Sharing what we have learned and digging inside if our longing is still hunting …are for me the two sides of responsibility.

May these two aspects lead us where all the longings are fulfilled and all the questions disappear… and then ´responsibility´ will be one of the dearest and most sacred words we have ever known!

- Lakshen Sucameli

 
The Four Letter Words: Duty, Work and Love
By Swami Chaitanya Keerti
 

Swami Chaitanya Keerti Swami Chaitanya Keerti was initiated into Osho's Neo sannyas movement in 1971 and ever since has been dedicatedly associated with the world of meditation. He has been the spokesperson for Osho Commune International and also the founding editor of Osho Times International being published from Pune since 1975. He is presently the spokesperson of Osho World Foundation and the editor of Osho World monthly hindi magazine published from New Delhi.                                            [+]

 

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."

 
 
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