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What has Love Got To Do With It?

The Times of India, New Delhi, 28 October, 2012

OSHO explains why jealousy always follows love

Jealousy has nothing to do with love. In fact, your so-called love also has nothing to do with love. These are beautiful words which you use without knowing what they mean, without experiencing what they mean. You go on using the word ‘love’. You use it so much that you forget the fact that you have not experienced it yet.

That is one of the dangers of using such beautiful words: ‘God’, ‘love’, ‘nirvana’, ‘prayer’. You go on repeating them, and by and by, the very repetition makes you feel as if you know.

No Place For Jealousy

What do you know about love? If you know anything about love, you cannot ask this question because jealousy is never present in love. And wherever jealousy is present, love is not present.

Jealousy is not part of love, jealousy is part of possessiveness. Possessiveness has nothing to do with love. You want to possess. Through possession, you feel strong: your territory is bigger. And if somebody else tries to trespass on your territory, you are angry. If somebody has a bigger house than your house, you are jealous, or if somebody tries to dispossess you of your property, you are jealous and angry.

If you love, jealousy is impossible; it is not possible at all.

If you love your woman, how can you be jealous? If you love your man, how can you be jealous? If your woman is laughing with somebody else, how can you be jealous? You will be happy: it is your woman who is happy; her happiness is your happiness. How can you think against her happiness?

The wife even becomes jealous of the newspaper if the husband goes on reading it too much. She comes and snatches it away: she becomes jealous. The newspaper is substituting for her. While she is present, how dare you read your newspaper? That is an insult! When she is there, you have to be possessed by her, not the newspaper.... The newspaper becomes a competitor.

If the wife is present, and the husband starts talking to another woman and looks a little happy - which is natural because people do get tired of each other sometimes, and anything new gives a little thrill - the wife will get angry. You can tell that if a couple is going by and the man looks sad, he is the husband married to that woman. If he looks happy, he is not married to the woman. She is not his wife.

It Must Be Your Ego

You are not really in love with your woman, or with your man, or with your friend. If you are in love, then your lover’s happiness is your happiness. If you are in love, then you will not create any possessiveness.

Love is capable of giving total freedom. Only love is capable of giving total freedom. And if freedom is not given, then it is something else, not love. It is a certain type of egoistic trip.

You have a beautiful woman in your life. You want to show her off to everybody in town - just like a possession, just as you would do with your new car. The same is the case with your woman. You bring diamonds for her, but not out of love. She is a decoration for your ego. You take her from one club to another, clinging to you to show that she belongs to you. Any infringement of your right and you are angry you can kill the woman... whom you think you love.

There is great ego working everywhere. We want people to be like things. We possess them like things, we reduce persons to things. Our attitude towards things too is the same.

The Only Truth Is Love

The ego knows no love, friendship, or compassion. The ego is aggression, violence.

And you ask: why does jealousy always follow love as a shadow?

It never does.

Love is so transparent that it makes no shadow. Love is not a solid thing, it is transparency. Love is the only phenomenon on earth which creates no shadow.

The Tantra Vision, courtesy: Osho International Foundation, www.osho.com

Are Politicians Serving People?

The Times of India, New Delhi, 21 October, 2012

No, because they are spiritually sick, says OSHO

Politics is mundane; politicians are servants of the people. Religion is sacred; it guides people’s spiritual growth. Politics is the lowest as far as values are concerned, and religion is the highest as far as values are concerned. They are separate. I want politics not to interfere with religion. The higher has every right to interfere, but the lower has no right to do so.

Religion has been raising human consciousness for centuries. Whatever man is now, whatever little consciousness he has, the whole credit goes to religion. Politics has been a curse, a calamity; and politics is responsible for whatever is ugly in humanity. But the problem is that politics has power; religion has only love, peace and experience of the Divine. Politics has been interfering with religion all along, and it has destroyed many religious values which are absolutely necessary for the survival of humanity and life on this earth.

Religion has no mundane power like nuclear weapons, atom bombs and guns; its dimension is totally different. Religion is not a will to power; religion is a search for truth, for godliness. And the very search makes the religious man humble, simple and innocent. Politics is aggressive; it has, for centuries, just been destroying people: The whole history of politics is the history of criminals and murderers. In 3,000 years, politicians have created 5,000 wars. It seems that inside the politician, the barbarous instinct is very powerful; its only joy is to destroy, to dominate.

Politicians are spiritually sick people. The will to power and to dominate arises only in a sick mind. It arises out of an inferiority complex. People who are not suffering from an inferiority complex do not care about power; their whole endeavour is for peace, because the meaning of life can be known only in peace - power is not the way. Peace, silence, gratitude and meditation - these are the basic constituents of religion.

Religion Is The Physician

Religion cannot be allowed to be dominated by stupid politicians. The situation is as if sick people are trying to dominate physicians, directing what they should or should not do. Accept it - sick people are in the majority, but does that mean that the physician should be dominated by the majority? The physician can heal wounds, cure sicknesses... religion is the physician.

Politicians live on lies and promises - but those promises are never fulfilled. Their only quality is that they can manage to befool people - or, in poor countries, they can purchase their votes. Once they are in power, they forget completely that they are servants of the people; they start behaving as masters of people.

As far as I can see, all politicians should be meditators, should know something of the inner world. They should be more conscious, more compassionate, should know the taste of love. They should know the experience of the silence of existence, and the beauty of this planet, and the gifts of existence. And they should learn to be humble and grateful.

I Am Not A Politician

Religion should be the teacher of all politicians. Unless politicians have some religiousness, there is no future for humanity. Problems go on increasing; politicians have proved impotent to solve them. But they will not go to the people who have clarity and can give them direction and advice.

I am not a politician. I have never voted in my life and I am not going to vote - ever - because what is the point of choosing between two chimpanzees, just because they are holding different flags; just because they have different symbols? Chimpanzees are chimpanzees.

They need a deep respect for religion, for religious people, because one thing is certain: religious people are not going to fight the elections - no religious person is going to beg for votes. Basically, he has no desire to fulfil his ego and to cover up his inferiority complex. In his silence, in his peace, in his blissfulness, he has known the ultimate superiority. Now there is nothing more than that, nothing higher than that. He has become a temple; his god is within his being.

The Hidden Splendour, courtesy: Osho International Foundation, www.osho.com

See Children As Free Spirits

The Times of India, New Delhi, 14 October, 2012

Children don’t belong to anyone, says OSHO

The day we accord love its highest value, the idea that children belong to individuals, to parents, will become meaningless. Really, children don’t belong to individuals; they really never belong to them. There was a time when the father was unknown, only the mother was known. That was the age of matriarchy, when the mother was head of the family and descent was reckoned through the female line.

The word ‘father’ is not that old; the word ‘uncle’ is much older. ‘Mother’ is an ancient word, while ‘father’ is very new. The father really appeared on the scene when we institutionalised marriage. The whole male population of a tribe was father-like; only the mother of a child was known. The whole tribe was loving to its children, and since they belonged to none they belonged to all.

In view of the new vision of future possibilities, old foundations of our society are not going to last any longer. For instance, in the old world, a father was a must for a child to be born, it will not be so in the future. In fact, he has already become redundant. Now my sperm can be preserved for  years after my death and it can give birth to a child, again, years after me.

Collective Care

Then in the future, even the mother, who has so far been so indispensable, will not be needed for the birth of a child. Soon science is going to find ways and means when a mother will not need to carry the burden of a baby in her womb for nine months.

A machine, a test tube, will do the job better. And then it will be difficult to know the parentage of a child. Then the whole social structure will have to be changed. Then all women will play mothers and all men will play fathers to children who will grow up under the collective care of the community. For sure, everything is going to change.

Role Of Parents

What I am saying has become necessary because of the way science is currently developing throughout the world. Now when a child is born to you, you consult the best possible physician about his health and upkeep; you don’t think that, being his parent, you can treat your child medically, too. In the same way, you go to a good tailor to have clothes made for him; you may not sew them yourself because you are his parent. Likewise, with the deepening of your understanding, you will want your child to be born through much healthier sperm than your own, so that he is endowed with a healthy body and an intelligent mind.

On her part, a would-be mother would not like to drag on for nine months with a baby in her womb when facilities will be made available to grow a child externally in a better and healthier manner. The function of parents, as it is today, will then cease to be necessary. And with the cessation of the function of parents, how will marriage itself exist? Then the very basis of marriage will disappear. Technology on one hand, and the science of man’s mind on the other, are heading towards a point when individual claim on children will come to an end.

We Need Problems

It is not that with the abolition of marriage every conflict will disappear for good. But, for sure, the conflicts that arise from marriage will go. However, newer conflicts and newer problems will arise and it will be a joy to deal with them. To live on this planet, problems will always be needed, because it is through our struggle with problems that we grow and mature.

I hold that so long as love does not bloom fully in a man’s life, he will not attain the glory and grandeur of life, he will remain lacklustre. A life devoid of love is dull and dreary; it is a veritable desert. And I think that a life full of problems, full of energy and glow, is far more preferable to a life that is dull, dreary and dead.

Krishna: The Man and His Philosophy, courtest: Osho International Foundation, www.osho.com

Whatever you see around is a fact

Afternoon Despatch & Courier, Mumbai, 9 October, 2012

History can take no note of truth history consists of facts. In India we have two different systems. One we call history; history takes note of the facts. Another we call purana, mythology; it takes note of the truth. We have not written histories about Buddha, Mahavira or Krishna, no. That would have been dragging something immensely beautiful into the muddy unconsciousness of humanity.

We have not written histories about these people, we have written myths. What is a myth? A myth is a parable; a parable that only points to the moon but says nothing about it- a finger pointing to the moon, an indication, an arrow, saying nothing. Go to a Jaina temple and you will be surprised. You will find twenty- four statues of twenty-four great enlightened masters, the twenty-four TIRTHANKARS.

And the most striking thing will be this, that they all look absolutely alike. This is impossible-there are not even two persons absolutely alike in the world, not even twins are absolutely alike. So how was it possible- and the time span is big, thousands of years-for twenty –four thirthankaras to be exactly alike?

This is not history. These statues don’t depict the real persons, no, not at all. They are not pictorial representations. Then what are they? They represent something of the inner, they represent something meditativeness, they represent something of the inner stillness, they represent of the being. Those twenty-four statues are just representation, visible representations, of something which is invisible.

Sitting before these statues, if you silently go on watching, you will be surprised. Something start happening inside you. The statue is a form of objective art; it synchronizes with the inner form of your being . The posture of the statue synchronizes with your posture.

If you sit in the same posture- with erect spine, half-opened eyes, just looking at the tip of your nose, doing nothing, as if you are also a marble statue, all white, within and without-then you will know that you are not facing ordinary statues, you are confronting great symbols. This is mythology.

Mythology is bound to be poetic, because only poetry can give a few glimpses of the unknown. It is said that wherever Buddha moved, trees would start blooming out of season. Now, this is poetry, pure poetry; it did not happen as a fact. But this shows something; there is no other way to say it. It says whenever Buddha is contacted, even trees start blooming out of season — so what to say about man?

It is said that wherever Mohammed would move in the desert’s hot sun, and there was fire everywhere, a small cloud, a white cloud, would go on moving above him just to give him shade like an umbrella. This is poetry, beautiful, but it is not a historical fact. A man like Mohammed is protected by existence, a man like Mohammed is in every way cared for by existence.

One who has surrendered to existence is bound to be cared for by existence. One who has trusted totally, how can existence be uncaring about him? To say this, there is this metaphor of the cloud just hanging over his head wherever he would go.

Jesus dies on the cross, and then after three days is resurrected.

This is poetry, not history. This is not fact, this is truth. It simply says that those who die in God and for God attain to eternal life. Those who are ready to die for God are resurrected on another plane of being; they lose the physical body but they gain the luminous body. They are no more part of the earth but they become part of the sky; they disappear from time but they appear in eternity.

But all the religions have been trying to prove that these are facts. And in trying to prove that these are facts they have simply proved that they are fools. These are not facts, these are symbolic truths. Whatsoever you see around you is a fact.

You see a tree, a green tree, full of sap and flowers — it is a fact. But if you meditate and one day suddenly your eyes open, open to the real, and the tree is no more just a tree — the green of it is nothing but God green in it, and the sap running through it is no more a physical phenomenon but something spiritual — if one day you can see the being of the tree, the God of the tree, that the tree is only a manifestation of the divine, you have seen the truth.

Truth needs meditative eyes. If you don’t have meditative eyes, then the whole of life is just dull dead facts, unrelated to each other, accidental, meaningless, a jumble, just a chance phenomenon. If you see the truth, everything falls into line, everything falls together in a harmony, everything starts having significance.

Remember always, significance is the shadow of truth. And those who live only in facts live an utterly meaningless life.


Every Desire Ends In Tears

The Times of India, New Delhi, 7 October, 2012

OSHO tells us how to avoid this trap

Because desire means desire for more; how can you quench it? By the time you have arrived, it asks for more. You wanted ten thousand rupees; by the time you have ten thousand, the desire has moved ahead of you - it is asking for one hundred thousand. By the time you achieve that, the desire has moved. It always moves ahead of you; the distance between you and your desire always remains the same.

The distance between a beggar and his desire, and the distance between Alexander the Great and his desire is the same. Both are poor in the same way. Alexander may have much that does not make much difference — he is not satisfied with what he has.

It is said that Diogenes once said to Alexander the Great, “Have you ever thought about one thing? — meditate over it: you want to conquer the whole world, but are you aware that once you have conquered the whole world, then what? There is no other world. Then what will you do?”

Diogenes And Alexander

And it is said, just by Diogenes saying it, Alexander became very sad, and he said, “Please don’t mention such sad things — let me first conquer the whole world, then we will see. But don’t talk about such sad things to me; it makes me feel very sad.”

He had not conquered the whole world yet, but the very idea that if you conquer the whole world, then what are you going to do? There is no other world, and you will feel stuck. The mind will ask for more.

The mind lives through more, and the more cannot be fulfilled; that is impossible. Every desire ends in frustration, because every expectation is the beginning of frustration. Why does every desire end in frustration? There are only two alternatives: either you achieve your object of desire or you don’t achieve it, but in both cases, it will end in tears. If you achieve it, you will see the utter futility of it all.

The rich man sees the futility of his riches - how much he has laboured, and how much he has worked for it! And now, whatsoever he has attained is absolutely useless, it fulfils nothing. You can have several houses, but you are the same person, as empty as before. You can live in a palace, but how can you change your inner meaninglessness?

Make Life Meaningful

In fact, you will be more meaningless in a palace, because while you are in a hut you can still hope that one day when you have managed to get into a palace, everything will be okay. You can hope, but the man who is in the palace, has no hope, he feels utterly hopeless. And he cannot say it to others either, because that will be stupid of him.  

Just think of Alexander the Great; he devoted his whole life to conquering the world. And when he had conquered it, if he had said to the world, ‘It was useless. I wasted my time and my life’, people would have laughed at him. Could he not see it before?

You go on following others, although you see them living in misery. You go on following the powerful, the rich, the wealthy, although you see their faces are sad, their eyes are dull. They don’t seem to be intelligent either; they don’t have any grace, any joy, any beauty.

If you succeed, you will be in pain, because your success will bring the truth home: that your whole life has been sacrificed for nothing. If you fail, you will be frustrated, because you will see that you have failed, you are not worthy. You will become self-condemnatory.

And no desire simply ends; before it ends, it gives birth to other desires. So it remains a continuum: one goes on from one desire to another desire, life after life.

Witness And Watch

Either you will be consumed by your desires or you have to consume your desires. And consuming means: witness, watch... The intelligent person lives joyfully, contentedly, whatsoever situation he is in, whatsoever he has got.

Dhammapada: The Way Of The Buddha, courtesy: Osho International Foundation, www.osho.com