Osho Quotes on
Sannyas simply means a quantum leap into the unknown. The mind
lives in the known; it moves within the known. It
goes in circles, round and round; it is repetitive. It cannot
enter into any communion with the new, with the unknown, with
the unknowable. Sannyas is a jump. It is like a snake slipping
out of its old skin. You must be getting tired of your old
skin, you must be dragging it. And you must be seeing people
here rejoicing in their new birth. And the longing must be
arising in you too:
why not take the jump?
Tao: The Golden Gate,
Initiation into sannyas means that you are breaking away from
your past: whatsoever it was -- communist, Catholic, Hindu,
Mohammedan -- you are breaking away from your past. You are
closing your past completely and starting afresh. This is a
resurrection -- a death and a resurrection: the death of the
past and the resurrection of something absolutely new, so
absolutely new that it has nothing to do with the past; it is
discontinuous with the past.
Zip, Zap and Zing
Sannyas means entering into a new world, the world of the
no-ego. The ordinary world is the world of egos. The ordinary
world is nothing but an ego trip. Sannyas is falling out of
those trips, dropping out of those trips and, rather than
looking outwards, turning in. That is the only way to know who
you really are.
Don't Let Yourself Be
Upset by the Sutra, rather Upset the Sutra Yourself
We have to start a new human being. A totally new vision of
life has to begin: the life of surrender, the life of let-go.
Be in tune with nature; there is no need to fight. Be in tune
with other people; there is no need to be ambitious. And be in
absolute tune with yourself. Don't divide yourself, don't'
become schizophrenic; remain one, integrated, individual. And
that's what sannyas is all about: a different lifestyle the
lifestyle of let-go.
Don't Let Yourself Be
Upset by the Sutra, rather Upset the Sutra Yourself
Sannyas is basically a rebellion about all structures, hence the difficulty
to define. Sannyas is a way of living life unstructuredly. Sannyas is to
have a character which is characterless. By 'characterless' I mean you don't
depend anymore on the past. Character means the past, the way you have lived
in the past, the way you have become habituated to living -- all your habits
and conditionings and beliefs and your experiences -- that's what your
character is. A sannyasin is one who no longer lives in the past or through
the past; who lives in the moment, hence, is unpredictable.
A man of character is predictable; a sannyasin is unpredictable because a
sannyasin is freedom. A sannyasin is not only free, he is freedom. It is
living rebellion. But still, I will try: a few hints can be given, not exact
definitions, a few indications, fingers pointing to the moon. Don't get
caught with the fingers. The fingers don't define the moon, they only
indicate. The fingers have nothing to do with the moon. They may be long,
they may be short, they may be artistic, they may be ugly, they may be
white, they may be black, they may be healthy, they may be ill -- that
doesn't matter. They simply indicate. Forget the finger and look at the
What I am going to give is not a definition; that is not possible in this
case. And, in fact, definition is never possible about anything that is
alive. Definition is possible only about something which is dead, which
grows no more, which blooms no more, which has no more possibility,
potentiality, which is exhausted and spent. Then definition is possible. You
can define a dead man, you cannot define an alive man.
Life basically means that the new is still possible.
So these are not definitions. The old sannyasin has a definition, very
clearcut; that's why he is dead. I call my sannyas 'neo-sannyas' for this
particular reason: my sannyas is an opening, a journey, a dance, a love
affair with the unknown, a romance with existence itself, in search of an
orgasmic relationship with the whole. And everything else has failed in the
world. Everything that was defined, that was clearcut, that was logical, has
failed. Religions have failed, politics have failed, ideologies have
failed -- and they were very clearcut. They were blueprints for the future
of man. They have all failed. All programs have failed.
Sannyas is not a program anymore. It is exploration, not a program. When you
become a sannyasin I initiate you into freedom, and into nothing else. It is
great responsibility to be free, because then you have nothing to lean upon.
Except your own inner being, your own consciousness, you have nothing as a
prop, as a support. I take all your props and supports away; I leave you
alone, I leave you utterly alone. In that aloneness... the flower of
sannyas. That aloneness blooms on its own accord into the flower of sannyas.
Sannyas is characterlessness. It has no morality; it is not immoral, it is
amoral. Or, it has a higher morality that never comes from the outside but
comes from within. It does not allow any imposition from the outside,
because all impositions from the outside convert you into serfs, into
slaves. And my effort is to give you dignity, glory. My effort here is to
give you splendor.
All other efforts have failed. It was inevitable, because the failure was
built-in. They were all structure-oriented, and every kind of structure
becomes heavy on the heart of man, sooner or later. Every structure becomes
a prison, and one day or other you have to rebel against it. Have you not
observed it down through history? -- each revolution in its own turn becomes
repressive. In Russia it happened, in China it happened. After every
revolution, the revolutionary becomes antirevolutionary. Once he comes into
power he has his own structure to impose upon the society. And once he
starts imposing his structure, slavery changes into a new kind of slavery,
but never into freedom. All revolutions have failed.
This is not revolution, this is rebellion. Revolution is social, collective;
rebellion is individual. We are not interested in giving any structure to
the society. Enough of the structures! Let all structures go. We want
individuals in the world -- moving freely, moving consciously, of course.
And their responsibility comes through their own consciousness. They behave
rightly not because they are trying to follow certain commandments; they
behave rightly, they behave accurately, because they care.
Do you know, this word accurate comes from care. The word accurate in its
root means to care about. When you care about something you are accurate. If
you care about somebody, you are accurate in your relationhip.
A sannyasin is one who cares about himself, and naturally cares about
everybody else -- because you cannot be happy alone. You can only be happy
in a happy world, in a happy climate. If everybody is crying and weeping and
is in misery, it is very, very difficult for you to be happy. So one who
cares about happiness -- about his own happiness -- becomes careful about
everybody else's happiness, because happiness happens only in a happy
climate. But this care is not because of any dogma. It is there because you
love, and the first love, naturally, is the love for yourself. Then other
Other efforts have failed because they were mind-oriented. They were based
in the thinking process, they were conclusions of the mind. Sannyas is not a
conclusion of the mind. Sannyas is not thought-oriented; it has no roots in
thinking. Sannyas is insightfulness; it is meditation, not mind. It is
rooted in joy, not in thought. It is rooted in celebration, not in thinking.
It is rooted in that awareness where thoughts are not found. It is not a
choice: it is not a choice between two thoughts, it is the dropping of all
thoughts. It is living out of nothingness.
The Heart Sutra
#10, Sannyas: Entering the Stream