Osho World is One World,
Title in Chinese by Master Qiu Zhen-Ping,
I am just a storyteller. From my very childhood I have loved to tell stories, real, unreal. I was not at all aware that this telling of stories would give me an articulateness, and that it would be of tremendous help after enlightenment.
An insight into the wonderful world of Osho :
The Real man of the millennium
From Allah to Zen. And everything in between! That one man in his lifetime had such a felicitous understanding of almost everything under the sun, and beyond it, never ceases to amaze. What do you call such a man? Savant, seer, sage? No labels can be attached to him, he remains as elusive to pin down as a wave upon the sand. Like that wave however, he is enduring; every time you think it has ebbed it surges back to shore with renewed vigour and strength, a wash with the secrets of a different space and time.
Osho. The name is so apt. Derived from William James expression oceanic experience, it means dissolving into the ocean. Becoming one with the waves. "Oceanic describes the experience, says Osho, "but what about the experiencer? For that we use the word Osho. Life was something he wanted to experience for himself and this he did fearlessly and intensely. His reality was his own, never based on the beliefs or knowledge of others, and even as a child he was fiercely independent in his thinking. Known over the years as Acharya and then Bhagwan Rajneesh, it is the name Osho that is nearest to the essence of him.
Oshos is an oft told story but each time you hear it a new dimension is revealed, another layer is peeled from a tale that is still quite unbelievable to stubborn sceptics who find it safer to believe he was a charlatan. He was born in Kuchwada, Madhya Pradesh, India on December 11, 1931 to parents whom he says he chose "for their love, their intimacy, their almost one-ness. His childhood was one of tremendous love, freedom and respect, an ideal atmosphere for an intuitive and adventurous child.
The death of his maternal grand father when Osho was seven years old had a profound effect on the young boy. Cradling his beloved grand fathers head in his lap as they bounced along in a bullock cart to reach the nearest doctor, he watched as the older man slipped away. "I learned much in that moment of his silence..., Osho said later. "I started on a new search, a new pilgrimage. It was the start of an incredible inner journey.
Enlightenment came on March 21, 1953, at the age of 21. "For many lives I had been working on myself, struggling, doing whatsoever can be done and nothing was happening. The very effort was a barrier... Not that one can reach without seeking. Seeking is needed, but then comes a point when seeking has to be dropped... And that day the search stopped... it started happening. A new energy arose... It was coming from nowhere and everywhere. It was in the trees and in the rocks and the sky and the sun and the air and I was thinking it was very far away. And it was so near...
Graduating from the University of Sagar, with first class honours in philosophy, Osho went on to teach philosophy at the University of Jabalpur for nine years. An accomplished speaker even then, he read everything he could find, gaining not only in erudition but the ability to find simple solutions to the ills that plagued the country. It was a time of flux, the aftermath of years of British rule. Religion ruled a country made up of a thousand different sects and he revelled in challenging religious leaders in public debate. His way was different. Disdaining conventional vehicles of worship, he introduced his slowly growing number of followers to a life lived in totality, in love, and in a deep, fragrant meditativeness. "My message is not a doctrine, not a philosophy. My message is a certain alchemy, a science of transformation. He was looking to create the New Man.
Meditation was the cornerstone of Oshos way of life. Modern man, he said, was so burdened with the outmoded traditions of the past and the anxieties of modern-day living that he needed to experience a deep cleansing process before he could hope to discover the thought-less, relaxed state of meditation. Osho developed his unique dynamic meditation techniques and introduced his followers to them at camps across the country. "The way is in, he said as he helped people seek new levels of consciousness, and more and more people were drawn to him and his vision.
By 1974 a commune was established around him in Pune, India, and it soon attracted a multitude of visitors from the West, in time becoming the largest spiritual growth centre in the world. Later Osho was invited to America where thousands of his disciples transformed a barren piece of land in Oregon into a flourishing community. Antagonism from locals forced him to leave America after only four years however and he embarked on a World Tour. Described by Tom Robbins, one of Americas greatest living novelists, as "the most dangerous man since Jesus Christ, it is not surprising that Osho provoked a campaign of worldwide persecution. Refused entry into several countries, Osho responded with characteristic humor and uncompromising honesty, publicly challenging his persecutors. He continued to speak to his disciples, he continued to expose the hypocrisy of the establishment. They couldnt stop him.
Osho returned to Pune, India, and a new commune grew around him. He began to give talks twice a day till failing health forced him to gradually withdraw from public activities. Whenever his health permitted, he would appear in the evening to sit with his disciples and friends in a meditation of music and silence, after which he would retire to his room while the assembly watched one of his videotaped discourses.
When Osho left his body on January 19, 1990 the world was agog. What would happen to his followers without the physical presence of their charismatic Master? The answer had been given by Osho himself, just a few weeks earlier. "My trust in existence is absolute. If there is any truth in what I am saying, it will survive... The people who remain interested in my work will be simply carrying the torch, but not imposing anything on anyone...I will remain a source of inspiration to my people... I want them to grow on their own qualities like love, around which no church can be created, like awareness, which is nobodys monopoly; like celebration, rejoicing, and remaining fresh with childlike eyes...I want my people to know themselves, not to be according to someone else. And the way is in.
Things havent really changed. His epitaph reads "Never Born,Never Died, Only visited this Planet Earth between Dec 11 1931 Jan 19 1990. And for the more than 10,000 people who travel to the Osho Commune International every year, their Master is still with them. The Buddhafield at the Commune is as strong as ever, the energy, as vibrant and his teachings as relevant.
Over 35 eventful years Osho gave thousands of discourses on multitudinous and diverse topics. These have been published in more than 650 volumes, including translations into over thirty languages. A large number of people who know Osho only through his books have been introduced to a whole new world, a way of life that is so inspiring in its simplicity and originality. The man had an amazing way with words, able to translate profound insights into the simplest language. Provocative and challenging, anecdotal and humorous, his discourses are always a revelation.
He has spoken about Allah and Zen, and he has spoken about Taoism, Tibetan Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, ancient Greek philosophy. After 650 volumes one would imagine theres not much left unsaid, but Osho, like his name, remains fathomless. Theres always something more to be said about him by the vast number of people whose lives he has touched. "I am like a river, which goes on flowing, inviting every other river to join, he said once. "Life knows no full stops, no semicolons; it simply goes on and on, and it will continue to add spices of which we are not even aware. And it is good. It means that I am giving you something living, which will go on growing even beyond us it will have its own growth.
In this book, produced with the usual love and care that characterises the work of the Commune, are new insights by some of his sanyasins, making as always, delightful reading for those who knew him, and for those who didnt. The waves are still rushing to shore. Enjoy them.
|Love and Freedom
"I have found a better recorder than Ramakrishna has ever found in Vivekananda, or ever Socrates has found in Plato, says Osho about Maneesha. "When we are all gone, her collections will be remembered for centuries.
Q: What brought you to Osho?
A: It seems it was life! In retrospect I perceive existence as having gently prodded and pushed me as if I were a large and largely unconscious buffaloe towards Osho in spite of, rather than because of any effort on my part.
What I was conscious of in the years pre-sannyas was that whatever I explored, however interesting initially, always left else me with the feeling of "Yes, great, but.... A feeling that there must be something else though I had no idea what it might be. Everything finally was revealed as having its limitations from psychiatry, to the Humanistic Growth Movement, Sufism, Tibetan Buddhism, Gurdjieff Groups. I met lovely people through all these encounters, and yet, and yet.... Something kept me moving on... not even knowing why I was so restless.
Q: Why you stayed on with Him?
A: 24 years ago when I first met Him, I was to discover very quickly that for the first time in my life there were no limitations, no boundaries. And that feelings has not changed in 24 years.
Being with Osho is like being contained within a huge womb the womb of Him and all He represents. Contained and yet never restrained or constrained, contracted. Just as a physical womb contains and supports the growing child within yet is flexible enough to accommodate its expansion, so being in Osho supports me, holds me, gives me the sense of definition that one needs in growing. Yet simultaneously, as I grow, so I perceive that any definition I might have imagined around me has broadened, expanded. In this way I discovered that of course there is in fact no definition; in a mysterious way, as I become more mature, ready to be bigger, so the womb accommodates me, nourishing my expansion and yet continuing to give me a sense of being supported. I have stayed with Osho because He has stayed with me. What He is to me has become an intrinsic part of me. I have passed the point of no-return; there is no way to not "stay with Him!
Q: What work are you doing now and what it means to you?
A: I am passing on what I have learnt about meditation. Constantly doing, talking about, researching about meditation keeps it a focal point in my life, my raison detre. As needed, I am continuing too to work as Oshos editor work that ignites me as much today as it did first I first began it, 23 years ago.
Q: What has been personally Oshos most profound lesson for you?
A: Not one single lesson. Some days, in some space, I will realise that one particular key is there; at another time, in another situation, it will be another. And at the time, each feels to be the "most profound.
It is not a particular lesson/teaching that has effected me most deeply but feeling totally loved by Him. This has been pivotal to my happiness, my connection with life.
Books by Maneesha
1. Bhagwan: The Buddha For The Future
2. Bhagwan: Twelve Days That Shook The World
3. Bhagwan: One Man Against The Whole Ugly Past of Humanity
|A Great Adventure
JENNY ROSS, aged 22, is a beautiful AMERICAN sannyasin, very attractive because of her vivacity.
SANNYAS NAME MA PREM SUPARNI
Q: How did you first come to know about Osho?
A: I was studying Art in Manhattan, but I was really not studying Art I was just raving around. Going to parties all the time and even taking drugs. I was really wild. After a time I left my art studies and went back to my home town to study English and Psychology. There I met an English Professor and I just saw his eyes and fell in love with him. The first time I saw him there were like doves flying around his head, I found him to be so peaceful. He was one of the few adults I could connect with easily. He gave me a lot of love and nourishment. So much that I stopped taking drugs and I just wanted to hug him with as much love as he hugged me. One day he mentioned to me that he had been to India and while he said that , the way his eyes shone! And I thought "Aha ! Thats where he learned to hug like that or whatever. Two or three weeks after that I left the English class too and told my parents that I want to go to India! And they thought, "Oh now well have to send her to India. Because my parents know that I cannot be falsely enthusiastic about anything and that I do what I want. So I came to India and was touring the place then I heard of Pune and as soon as I came here, I fell in love with this place. Ive travelled the world a lot but this place tops everything !
Q: How did your family take it ?
A: Oh they thought this too was one of those other things like Art and English class and so after a time they said "when are you coming home? And I said "home ? I dont want to come back home. But my sister was getting married and my mother also needed to see me and find out what actually was going on with my life so I went back to America but I knew that I had to come back to India soon. After I went back the most significant change that had come in me was that I could stop and listen to my parents and see things from their point of view instead of just taking off and saying "this just has to be this way. and my family found this really strange and not at all like the old me. Also, for the first time my feelings about the commune and about my future were really clear. I was happy for the first time and my family were very relieved to see that. My mother just said "O.K., Fly away.
Q: Are they going to come here?
A: Yes, they are scheduled to come in March.
Q: Then what?
A: I never want to leave the commune but I have an offer to work in the center in New York and I like to make money so I will go back but the Pune Commune is the base for me. This place tops any other in the world.
Q: Tell me about meditation.
A: For me Dynamic and Om are the best. After Dynamic I feel absolutely clean inside and I am quiet and at ease with myself. By and by I feel like a flower is opening inside the heart of me and I feel a groundedness and centeredness and Im not constantly looking for answers outside of me. Then at the end of the day we have White Robe Brotherhood and that is such a celebration! At the end of the day I always look forward to this meditation. I feel so cleansed and refreshed and clear and alive and so connected. Connected to the earth, to all the people , the trees, to myself! It is overwhelming. It is just beautiful! I wish with every ounce of my being that my family and friends could try mediation or just be here among all these beautiful people because the Love I was looking for , I found it here.
Q: Tell me about your routine.
A: I get up at 5:15 every morning and get ready to go for Dynamic. Then I grab something to eat and run to Merriam to check that everything runs smooth because I am the co-ordinator there. After that I go for discourse and if I do these two things then I feel this Light, this glow in my body and my heart. My whole day then feels like a great adventure and I feel like Wow. I feel great energy. My job is also for me a way to confront myself and learn and also for Osho to work on me. This place has given me so much it has given me my life. And the strange thing is that the more work I put in, the more I get from this place. I hope more and more people can get here for transformation.
|A Wholesome Way
MA DEVE ANUPA or Junko Usami is a very elegant lady. She is major in English Literature and publisher of OSHO TIMES, JAPANESE EDITION. She is also the owner of Hai Sai Divine Music Co. She continues to travel between Japan and India for business purposes but Pune is now the Base. In this interview she talks about her love for Osho and the publication of Japanese Osho Times.
Q: Would you please tell me how you first heard of Osho ?
A: It was 1978, I was married to a very handsome Japanese business man and I had a little girl. My husband and I, we were very interested in spirituality so one day one of my husbands friends gave us an article about Osho. Upto that time I had no idea about any spiritual Master or anything but when I saw Oshos photograph I was very overwhelmed and I thought "OOOOOh! All my life I have been looking for something without knowing what it is but now I know! In an instant I knew that he was my Master! Within two to three months I managed to come from Japan to Poona (as it was called then). My husband was also very deeply interested in spirituality but he did not come to see Osho because he was hurt that Osho had taken his wife and child away from him. Later my mother came and took my daughter back to Japan because she wanted her to have a proper education. My daughter is now a computer programmer.
Q: Did you stay here for long?
A: During Poona I was here for four years. Later I went to Rajneeshpuram and was there for almost two years. Then I wrote to Osho that I wanted to go back to my music business and I got a beautiful letter from him saying Yes.
Q: Then did you go back?
A: That was 1981 and I met Upanishad and I began to work with concert musicians to bring out soul music. I had a fair amount of experience in this field because during my college years I was an announcer with the radio station and I was bringing popular music for the listeners. The people like Indian classical and film music. Now I am producing Osho Meditation music.
Q: What else are you doing ?
A: I have also revived an Osho Meditation Centre in Japan, which had some trouble. It was the biggest center in Japan. My mother helped to overcome the problems. The same happened with the Japanese edition of Osho Times. It had closed down. Now the Japanese Osho Times has been running for more than twenty years in different forms like Rajneesh Times and Rajneesh Newsletter. Before, it was very expensive to publish Osho Times in Japan. But now, my friends and I got together and we lowered the budget to one third of what it was. There are about twenty sannyasins all working through internet. Whether it is getting the designs from Pune or translating the text everything is done by e-mail ! Such a boon computers are ! Sometimes someone will mail us a floppy. So the work has become very easy. What we are doing is introducing Osho to more and more Japanese people. These are people who are not necessarily interested in spirituality but who are looking for ways to lead their lives in a more wholesome way and they could get their answers in Oshos words.
Interview with Ma Garimo, coordinator of Osho 2000 Festival
Q: How did you come to Osho?
A: I came to know about him in 1972. I was working with the Human Potential Movement and I was training to do Therapy Groups. I was in England at the time. Many people from there had already come to Pune and I learnt a lot about Osho from them. But I did not come to Pune at that time. I went away to Holland to set up my practice. After two years or so I had explored everything that the West had to offer in the field of psychology and I was not satisfied with it. I had worked with the best people in the field at that time and I came to the realization that none of them had the Inside. Beyond therapies and psychology I felt there was an unease inside me. Beyond therapies and change everything body gets excited but I couldnt attain the fundamental state of Ease. Thats when Osho found me or I found Him as you like to say. When I read Osho I found on every page and every sentence that this man really knows His subject. No one in the West had the understanding that Osho had and psychologist were running to him like bees are drawn to honey. And when the best of them came here they learnt through meditation that it is all about setting aside your mind instead of just fixing it. I then took sannyas by post in 1974 and after finishing my involvement with everything I was doing in Amsterdam I came here, open-ended to see what the Master had in store for me.
Q: And you have been here ever since?
A: Yes, Yes, here and in various communes all over the World.
Q: What is the difference between doing Oshos work and your practice in Amsterdam?
A: Oshos Enlightened Vision is not available to me anywhere other than His communes. Add that makes all the difference to me. The understanding that has come to me by staying with Osho is so vast, so enormous that I cant compare it with what it would have been had I not come to Him. I stayed on also because here, I feel I can grow in a way that is unique from anywhere else in the world. With meditation I see myself and work on myself continuously. The people here are like mirrors for me. Here I can live in the here now and not in the past or future because here Oshos words are not just in the book for reading, we help each other to put His teaching in practice. The life here is different because Im constantly growing here as a person. The life here is structured differently from anywhere else. In the outside world if you have a job, a career, you have to sacrifice a great deal to go forward. But here, one can do different things that suits ones temperament at a given time and see how the work one is doing contributes to ones growth as a person. Sometimes you want to be isolated, at other times you want to share yourself. At different times I have done PR, working with the publication department, leading meditation in different centers around the world. Here the people are very flowing, liquid. In this respect this place is unique on Earth.
Q: Tell me about Vision 2000, the work you are connected with now.
A: Osho has talked about the millennium change at least five hundred times in his various discourses. Osho has said that this is going to be a very pregnant time for the whole humanity. Now man has come to the realization that on one hand he is leading himself towards destruction and on the other that he can bring change, bring a new Dawn. We want to give Oshos vision a new platform. Osho says politics and seriousness will not help. He says awareness, joy and sincerity can do the work. For us its a great chance to bring Him to everyone in a big way.
|Meditation: The Central Message
After having worked in the theater arts for 37 years, and having gained some fame in New Zealand, one day I became aware of a need to be simply a nobody. I had heard of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and of his commune in Pune, India in 1974. I had also come to know one of his sannyasins who had been working with me on and off for 7 years, in the Central Theater and the Auckland Youth Theater. He had spoken to me about the enlightened mystic, and had given me one of his books to read. I didnt read it, and I hadnt been interested in what my friend had to say about his venture with an Indian master. Whatever changes I chose to take in my life I needed to do on my own account, rather than on the advice of a friend.
I had once been a Bible Class Leader and a Sunday School Teacher in the Methodist Church. However, by that time I had left the Church, finding my Drama Students more School. But there was something missing. A spiritual person by nature I soon knew that I had come to a dead end an insurmountable wall.
Then one evening in 1984 I had an experience that changed my whole life. Almost immediately I gave up my theater work and found myself on a journey to the master.
Osho showed me what love is. Out of that love I came to recognize that here was the greatest spiritual teacher of the century. My gratefulness for his boundless compassion filled my days.
Often what Osho said disturbed people. But through words he reached and touched us. He would tell us not to listen to his words but to the gaps between them. But still, through his books he embraces everything that is beneficial to us all.
Public negativity while he was alive turned many away, but for those of us who sat in his presence, listening to his discourses knew that here was the most relevant message for mankind today.
Oshos central message was meditation, and today his flourishing commune transforms peoples lives through its festival of meditation, peace, love and laughter.
I celebrate him. He stands alone, his profound message of truth ringing in the new century and the New Man.
There is no doubt in my mind that Osho is the most relevant man for the new millennium.
|Keeping Osho - 24 Karat Gold
Excerpts from an interview with Swami Satya Vedant
Chancellor, Osho Multiversity, Pune
Osho called me to meet with him. the day after I returned to Poona in June 1989. I was ushered into the room next to his bedroom where He used to eat breakfast and lunch. I still remember that his presence was very luminous; He was fragile and delicate and yet alive and strong.
He said to me: they have destroyed my dream. He was referring to the American government which had arrested Him and destroyed the ranch in 1985. He said: they have given me poison, and I had to ask sannyasins to drop wearing red and the mala because they were being harassed.
He had called me to help work in his university in Poona in 1979; I had also been with him on the ranch,where he had explained his whole vision of education to me. As dean, professor, and student I had worked in several American universities.
Now in Poona again he told me that my work would be to bring His message to people, to work with the press and the internet. He said: this is now your home; this is now your family; this is now your work.
He asked Anando to give me one of his beautiful watches. And the next day I was told that I was now a new member of the Inner Circle. I knew that the Inner Circle was basically there to carry on the international work. I was told that I should just come and see for myself how it functioned.
I remember that some time before he left the body Osho sent us a message that he was very happy with our work and our process in making decisions. After he left the body Amrito announced that he had instructed us to reach unanimous decisions about the continued functioning and expansion of the commune and his work.
As far as we are concerned we have remained true to his vision, to the understanding that he has given. He has said many times: keep me 24 karat gold; dont compromise with my vision; dont dilute it. And he has also said: I am not a commodity; I am not for sale, so dont try to sell me, dont make a business out of me. I am giving something which is very precious right now. People will take time to understand it. That is OK. But just because you want to make me available, dont dilute me.
Do I have the courage to see what hes trying to show rather than what my mind wants to see?
So for us the challenge is to encourage the creativity and enthusiasm of sannyasins without compromising Oshos vision. For example, someone in an Osho center may want to do different kinds of meditations. We have to make sure that we remain true to the meditations that Osho has designed. We try to look at every issue in a very objective way, without being judgmental, so that a shared understanding can be created. People get to see the issue in such a way that it becomes constructively and positively helpful to everyones growth.
Let me describe how this has worked for myself. I need to make sure that I should not bring my mind or my interpretation in just to justify my ways or my inability to see the picture that he is giving. I could be missing something. So instead of bringing my mind in I would rather make sure that my awareness remains with the vision. For example, if an issue is there, I have my way of seeing it as an individual, based on my conditioning, my background, whatever I am carrying. Obviously that may not necessarily go along with Oshos vision because His vision and his insight are totally different. At that point my awareness needs to pose the question: do I want to bring in what I see or do I want to see what Hes trying to show? Thats where the challenge is: to be able to have that kind of courage, that kind of readiness to see what Hes trying to show rather than to see what I want to see.
Each one of us approaches the challenge in the context of the work, in the context of the vision that he has given and in the context of our own personal conditionings or weaknesses or drawbacks or blind spots. So it is in a way a very evolutionary process for our growth. We are able to help each other to see the vision in its totality and its clarity. I feel I am blessed to be able to see this way. Otherwise I would have missed it. Oshos presence continues to give me support, care, insight, energy whatever you may care to call it. I feel that very intensely. And so I enjoy what I am doing. I am having really fun.
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This Precious Moment When an enlightened one dies
Osho has often talked about Zen masters and how consciously they leave the body. And He Himself left His body that way. Oshos leaving the body was the most blissful experience of my life.
I knew that he was not well and that he looked very fragile but I had no clue that he was about to leave. I didnt know that the night of January 17, 1990 would be his last appearance in Buddha Hall.
Now when I visualize that evening, it is very vivid and extremely remarkable. As you know He would come on the podium and namaste us all as we were sitting there in front of him. He came in front of me and looked at me. And obviously when I had contact with his eyes I bowed down to him. Normally it would happen that by the time I raised my head he would have moved away. But that evening he was still looking at me. I was delighted; I again bowed down to Him. and when I raised my head again. He was still looking at me. I was absolutely in ecstasy.
But now when I look back at those eyes with hindsight I can see that he was saying good-bye. He was giving his final blessing.
In the late afternoon of January 19, I was in my office when someone came running and called me to an urgent meeting of the Inner Circle. I had no clue what I was going to hear. When I heard the news I was so shocked I almost fell down.
From the morning he had been giving instructions: what to do, which of his things to give away. And you will not believe this, but He went into the bathroom, took a shower, came out and put on his robe by Himself. He said: you do only one thing, you just put my socks on and my cap; you take me to Buddha Hall for ten minutes and then take me to the Burning Ghat.
As Amrito, His doctor took His pulse, which was fading, he said: Osho, I think this is it. And Osho nodded and closed His eyes and was gone. So until the last breath He was conscious. This is what the death of a master is: to die consciously, with full awareness, aware at the last moment that death is coming.
For us in the Inner Circle the challenge was to bring the news to sannyasins. It was about 6:15 pm and what to do? Definitely we had to tell them but instead of creating any panic we had to make sure they understood what had happened.
I went into Buddha Hall and stood there, watching the sannyasins coming in for evening darshan. Most of them had no idea. Then Amrito came and made the announcement. And it was very interesting that people of course felt a deep pain of loss but at the same time there wasnt a show of undue sadness. The news was very beautifully taken.
We prepared His body in Indian style on a stretcher with flowers. Around 8:00 pm we brought him to Buddha Hall for 10 or 15 minutes, and then took Him to the cremation ghat. By this time the news had spread all over; it was on TV; people started coming in.
The police were very cooperative. The moment they were informed that we would need their support to bring the body to the cremation place without interruption, they started making arrangements to control the crowds. Even then it took us almost two hours to reach to the ghat. Usually its barely a ten-minute walk from the commune, but that night there were so many people there.
I was blessed to be one of those who carried Him on my shoulders. As you know there were six of us. And slowly, slowly we went. by 10:15 pm we reached there. Oshos brother lit the fire and the cremation happened. We were there until the early hours of the morning.
Osho always said that its a tremendous experience to be present when a master leaves body. I am a witness to that. It was as if we were automatically in a state of no mind. There was no thought at all. Things were happening; we were taking care of the details; everything was happening as it should. But there was no thought of any kind. It was an incredible experience of thoughtlessness!
I felt, and others have shared with me, that we were in a space that was very silent. There was no commotion: there was no scattering; there was very silent pool of energy.
Something else happened that was also amazing, which I never anticipated. At 6:00 am in the commune next morning Dynamic Meditation started. I was flabbergasted. I would have imagined that anyone running the meditation could have said; I was still at the ghat and I couldnt reach there and I was in my own space how could you expect me to be there? Nothing doing. At 6:00 am Dynamic started and at 7:00 am breakfast was ready as if nothing had happened. It was amazing. There were thousands of people there. They were crying and wanting to know this and do that and everyone was in a different state.
But the work did not change at all; it was not interfered with. That is how he had wanted it: that the work should go on no matter what. The man is not important, but the message is. That has been one of the most beautiful experiences of my life: to be able to continue with work even though such a big thing has happended in our lives. Because for sannyasins what can be bigger than the masters leaving the body? Even though we knew that the body had to leave, still it was an existential fact that he was no longer there with us.
And then of course on the third day we brought back His ashes and the samadhi was created. So that whole period of His leaving the body was for me an enormously enriching experience.
His mother also left the body that way. I was in America when it happened in 1995 but I heard the story. She was always humble and unassuming. She always said: why do people think I am such a big thing? Yes, I am very very blessed that Osho was born as my son but I am not such a big deal. She was always laughing and welcoming and feeding people.
She had not been well for a long time, so her sons wanted to put her into the hospital. And she said: why do you want to bother? This body is not going to stay long anyway. But they insisted so she said OK.
She was brought in and the doctor wanted to give her an injection. She said: why do you want to give an injection to this body now? What difference does it make if it lasts for one day or for ten days?
But her sons wanted her to. So she talked to her body. She said: OK, they want you to have an injection, why dont you have? You have done so much for them before; you can do this much also. She talked to her body; that was the detachment she had already created. And she said; why have you people gathered here? Dont speak: just sit down and meditate.
So everyone would sit in meditation in her hospital room. And she would say: I dont need anything; I just watch my breath: breath coming in, breath going out. Thats all I do.
Doctors would come in and they would be amazed, because the whole atmosphere was nothing but completely meditation. Nothing was happening there.
She stayed in the hospital for three or four days. Then she said: are you happy now? Can I go back to my room? And they said OK. So she was brought to her room and she said: I will be leaving the body at four in the morning.
And so that night everybody was sitting there. Around midnight she asked the people to leave her alone, so everyone left the room. But then they were all worried about what might be happening to her, so one by one they started coming back.
Around four she was sitting up in her bed in meditation posture and she asked for a drink of water. While she was drinking a few drops fell and somebody tried to wipe her face. She stopped that person; she picked up her napkin; she wiped her face; and while sitting she closed her eyes and was gone.
It was remarkable. This was a very simple woman, just an ordinary person. But through her meditative process she had developed that ability to remain awake and alert and conscious even until the last moment.
After Osho leaving the body, this is the second example that we have witnessed. These experiences and examples reinforce that it is not a fiction; it is really possible to leave the body consciously.
Courtesy: Osho Pulse, USA
New Vision For The New Millennium
He does not sing like Gulam Ali, nor dance like Nijinksy; he does not paint like Leonardo nor probe the laws of DNA. Oshos gift transcends both the arts and the sciences, enabling each to expand beyond the limits of mans intellect. Following a 150-year period which produced the Industrial Revolution, a computer and internet explosion and a worldwide quest for affluence through hustle, Osho has reintroduced in the latter part of this century the sacred gift of non-doing. His creativity in communicating this art to modern man may be the single most contribution vital to our survival in the next millenium, as only through non-doing, or meditation, will decisions be made with the level of awareness and unclouded vision to avoid global chaos.
His ability to translate and transmit the ancient art of meditation by harnessing promotional and technological tools of the 21st century is unequalled. And it has been done with a humour and eloquence which can captivate by seducing the mind, the heart and the body.
Laughter has been paramount in his bag of tricks, for he has seen that in spontaneous laughter the noise of the mind stops for a few precious moments, allowing us the addictive taste of mindlessness, or meditation. Osho could tell a bawdy joke with the instinctive timing of the best of stand-up comics, yet behind each joke was a dual lesson.
"One of my contributions to religion is a sense of humor which no other religion contains. And one of my basic statements about it is that laughter is the highest spiritual quality.
All religious people up to now have been serious. And it is because of their seriousness that humanity has not come to a transformation. If all the religious people could laugh rather than just talking about beliefs, arguing about things which cannot be proved.... If Gautam Buddha and Confucius and Lao Tzu and Moses and Zarathustra and Jesus and Mohammed all could have gathered together and laughed, human consciousness would have taken a quantum leap. Their seriousness has become a heaviness on the human heart. It creates guilt in people: when you laugh, you feel you are doing something wrong.
"Laughter is good in a movie hall, but not in a church. In a church, you almost enter a graveyard where poor Jesus is still hung on the cross. Twenty centuries... you can take him down now. The Jews hung him for only six hours, and Christians have been hanging him for twenty centuries. And seeing the poor fellow hanging there it is difficult to laugh.
"All the religions have made it difficult to laugh. Sense of humor has not been recognized by any religion as a religious quality. I declare it to be the highest religious quality. And if we can decide that every year, for one hour, at a certain date, at a certain time, the whole world will laugh, I think it will help to dispel darkness, violence, stupiditiesbecause laughter is the only human characteristic which no animal possesses.
"All animals are incapable of laughter, and whenever these religions make somebody a saint, he becomes like an animal, he loses laughter. He falls down the evolutionary ladder, not rises higher.
"Laughter has a beauty, multidimensional. It can relax you, it can suddenly make you feel light, it can make your world not a burden, but a beautiful experience. It can change everything in your life. Just the touch of laughter can make life something worth living, something to be grateful for. [Osho: The Transmission of the Lamp# 12 (Copyright: Osho International Foundation)]
On the one hand he was debunking our conditioned idea of the behaviour of a religous man and on the other he might be exposing our attachment to our Jewishness or Germanness or even our gender identity or.... well, you get the idea. His surgery missed none of our dearly held attachments or sense of who we think we are.
Oshos revolutionary idea of a new man possessing the silent qualities of Gautama the Buddha combined with the earthy vitality of Nikos Kazanzakis Zorba the Greek resulted in his vision of Zorba the Buddha. Through this synthesis Osho has brought to the world a new kind of spirituality, one that is totally discontinuous with the past. Jesus broke forces with Judaism to introduce humility, love and service as religious ideals.The Buddha broke with the gods and rituals of Hinduism to introduce the purity of watching the breath as the route to freedom.
In his way Osho has invited the marketplace into the silence of his inner world and given a spiritual dimension to Zorba the Greek and a hedonism to Buddha. He has taken the narrowly defined loving aspect of Jesus God and stretched it to its full human spectrum, allowing love in all its forms from baseline sexuality to devotion, from romantic adoration to friendship. Thus, love is neither an ideal nor a state of perfection to strive for, but rather an experience grounded in the passions of the body and allowed to spontaneously flower into a state of compassion.
Osho includes the marketplace because, just as sexuality cannot be denied, the marketplace cannot be denied; it is part of nature, an integral part of everyday life. Set yourself apart from it and you create an internal split that divides your energy and inhibits the process of growth towards enlightenment.
And what of a concrete nature has Osho left behind. In addition to six hundred books He is the first enlightened being to have not only His words, but His gestures, movements and expressivness preserved in an archive of thousands of videos which can be accessed throughout the world via the magic of the internet. "To listen to a master is one thing, and to read just the same words is totally different, He has said, "because the living presence of the master is no longer behind the words. You cant see those eyes, you cant see those gestures, you cant see in those words the same authority.... you cant feel those same silent gaps. Osho envisioned the techo-explosion, and now our progeny will in fact see those gestures, will be able to lose themselves in the infinity of his eyes.
He has also created, in Pune, India, a beautiful oasis called Osho Commune International. Though it is called a commune, in fact it is more a fusion of Indian ashram, western new age growth center and country club. It is a place where people can explore their inner life in a way not normally accessible to them in the bustling world in which they live while still enjoying and participating in a daily work schedule not dissimilar to the one they might have outside. Visitors have an opportunity to encounter themselves in a new way by probing beneath their layers of personality. This liberates them, enabling relaxation into deeper levels of self-acceptance which in itself frees up energy for more creativity and more capacity for enjoyment. Oshos diverse dynamic meditations and meditative therapies are available to assist them in this process
Apart from a vast meditation hall where the entire community gathers nightly, there are restaurants serving excellent vegetarian food and a sports area with tennis courts, a massive swimming lagoon as well as a gym, jacuzzi and sauna. It is here that Oshos concept of Zorba-the-Buddha is manifest, a world where nothing is excluded. The body is as sacred as the soul and as much attention is given to nurturing on the physical plane as is given to healing the convolutions of the unconscious mind and discovering the rich inner world of the spirit.
Humanity will always be many steps behind a man with a consciousness as vast as Oshos. Nevertheless, he has helped open the door as we enter the new millennium to a new vision, a vision of grace and abundance, joy and serenity. We can only hope that mankind will open its mind and its heart to His magnificent message.
Swami Deva Jayapal & Ma Anand Savita
|The Most Enlightened Man of the Millennium
We are standing at the fag end of one millennium and at the doorstep of the next. It is time to review and reflect. We have filled history books, mostly with records of all the nonsense we have been doing to each other, with very few exceptions. It is the right time to look into the history of the last millennium and learn something to better our life here on this planet.
Exposed to the agitations of our age as we are, it is harder to keep a serene mind than ever before. Dissuading news is heard too often and distracting fears have become too insidious to allow us to keep serenity without earning it the hard way. Without outward security and inward peace, modern man, who for so long pitied his ancient and medieval forefathers, is now himself to be pitied. There are alarming features in the growth of his mental instability and emotional disequilibrium. There are neurotic excitements and pathological turmoils, vehement passions and dangerous indecisions in his life. While many have succumbed to the lures unleashed by short-lived sensualism, others find their satisfaction in enthusiastic adherence to politics or economic doctrines bearing the flag of altruistic slogans, but leading in the end to demonic violence.
If the crisis has clarified much for a few minds, it has confused everything for many. We do not know where to turn for truth, what to believe in the present, and what to expect in the future.
The answer seems to lie in heeding the advice of the adepts who have succeeded in finding the solution. The proof of the soundness of their teachings is evidenced by their ability to withstand the vicissitudes of life unruffled. Such wise men have appeared from time to time at different places to guide the masses Krishna, Buddha, Jesus, Mohammed, Zarathustra, Nanak and others.
However, what they preached was applicable to people of the particular time when they existed. Humanity has made tremendous scientific progress in the last century. For modern man, who is far more technically advanced, well-informed and logical in his thinking, it is difficult to understand what Buddha, Jesus or Mohammed said to a primitive humanity ages ago. Which is why we see todays youth losing interest in spirituality. They find the whole religious structure available to them utterly absurd, illogical, unscientific, and unacceptable. It definitely needed to be updated to make it understandable for the modern age. This could only be done by someone who himself has thoroughly studied, experimented and ultimately experienced the truth, and dares to say it without inhibitions as it is. When I look into the history of the last millennium, I find one and only one person who has done this work, OSHO. Osho actively took it upon himself to make religion contemporary for modern man. He modernized the whole outlook of spiritual teachings keeping their essential core intact and as pure as ever with language, which we can understand, examples from our day to day life and methods, which we will find applicable to our lifestyle.
Osho is someone who has discovered the door to live his life in the timeless dimensions of the present. He called himself a true existentialist and devoted his life to provoking others to seek this door, to step out of the world of the past and future and discover for themselves the world of eternity. To listen to the words of Osho is to search anew ones own self. This was his very purpose of speaking. Not to add to our already overloaded mental mine of information and knowledge, but to capture the attention of the spark in each of us that is not of the mind, but of our very essence. To become once again that spark is to wake out of our alienated dreamland; it is to experience truth and reality; and when there is a voice around us saying, "Yes, this is who you really are, and this is what is life all about. It is to find ourselves irrevocably changed.
I happened to come across Oshos literature accidentally around eight years ago. Quite reluctantly, I started going through his book, The Revolution on Saint Kabir, Kabir being my favorite subject. It did not take too long for me to realize that he is one of the most revolutionary thinkers around. I went on getting pleasant surprises on exploring more and more of his books and discourses. The contents were indeed mind-blowing, many times unconventional but almost everytime deeply touching and convincing. I studied many of his books in detail on most of the eastern and western mystics like Krishna, Buddha, Jesus, Mahaveer, Nanak, Zarathustra, Nietzsche, Aristotle, Lao Tzu, and about dozen Zen masters. He has spoken on virtually every aspect of the development of human consciousness... from Patanjali to Sigmound Freud, from Pythagoras to George Gurdjieff, from Kahlil Gibran to Ravindranath Tagore, from Blavatsky to Jiddu Krishnamurthi. He seems to have extracted from each, the essence of what is significant to the spiritual quest of modern man. Even the works of saints as rarely known as Rajjab, Tilopa, Sahajo, Wajid, Palatu, Sunderdas, Dariya, Raidas, Hakim Sanai have received commodious justice in the volumes of Oshos commentaries on these forgotten messengers of truth. His whole effort was to reframe the same message that these mystics have given, so that it is understood correctly in all its purity, by todays humanity. He repeats it so often in his talks, that he is not saying anything new. All that he is doing is cleaning-up the old scriptures of the unwanted contaminants added into it by those with vested interest.
After going through the enormous work of Osho, I very easily came to conclusion that this man indeed was the most enlightened man of the millennium, and was an authority on almost every religious scriptures.
Most of the scriptures Osho has spoken on are so profound themselves that ordinarily it takes a lifetime to study and experience even any one of them. There are genius scholars who have spent their entire life studying just one scripture; such as Geeta, Bible, Patanjalis Yogasutras, etc.; and are known as authorities on their respective subjects. It is humanly impossible to study so many scriptures in one lifetime and that too with so much depth and profundity. Osho stands alone, as a wonder, to have studied, experimented, lived, and spoken in detail on so many scriptures in one lifetime. It is unbelievable, but true, and many of the learned thinkers, writers, poets, and critics from India as well as abroad have accepted and acclaimed his enterprise. People like Harivanshrai Bachchan, Amrita Pritam, Khushwant Singh, M.V. Kamath, Mulkraj Anand, Shobha De, Pritish Nandy, Mangesh Padgaonkar, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr.Robert Erwin Gussner, Paul Reps, Lauren Malloy, Marilyn Monk, etc. have openly expressed their appreciation for his work.
It is a well-known fact that Osho has a large following from all over the world. Even today the Osho commune can truly be called international in keeping with Oshos vision of a world without divisions of nation, colour or caste. Within the commune East and West, North and South all meet to create a climate which nourishes the growth of a New Man, capable of living in harmony with himself, with others, and with nature.
I was impressed on discovering that the majority of his followers from the West are highly qualified like psychologists, doctors, professors, engineers, lawyers, writers, etc. In their words, "Oshos great contribution is that he is the only one who can work with a total understanding of the complexity of the 20th century man. He has no dogmatic framework into which everything must fit. His understanding and insights into mans essential nature provide a perfect synthesis between the Eastern meditative approach and Western psychological techniques. His ultimate prescription for todays man was meditation. He designed hundreds of techniques of meditation giving total freedom to seekers to choose from. He chose and modified these techniques from practically all the religious scriptures of the world and restructured them to suit the lifestyle of modern man.
According to Osho, whatever increases our awareness can be used for meditation whether it be ancient yogic exercise or the latest therapy from America. Some of the techniques Vipassana, Kundalini, Whirling, Zazen have been familiar to meditators of many traditions for centuries. Others Dynamic, Mystic Rose, Art of Dying, No-Mind reflect both the wisdom of these traditions and the findings of contemporary psychology.
Today, luckily, Oshos entire literature is available as it is for the man of next millenium to read, listen and even see. Osho is the only mystic in the history of humankind to have the privilege of his entire literature and spoken words preserved and made available for everyone to refer. This unique presence of his live teachings will last humanity for the longest period thanks to science & technology. All it awaits now is our open-ness, courage and will to actualize our potential.
"A great revolution is awaiting ahead. If we make errors, we will be committing suicide. But if we take care... if we take advantage of science and save ourselves from the deeds of foolish politicians, ... if we grow rich in the outer as well as the inner world, we can create an unimaginably beautiful heaven on this very earth. All our fantasies of paradise will appear childish in front of the reality that we can create on this planet itself. And it is possible. The next millenium is going to produce many Buddhas...more than all the Buddhas that have existed on this earth till today. The next millenium will see the explosion of human consciousness. I am engaged in the same mission. I have created this Buddhafield and neo-sannyas movement to prepare humanity for this happening. You cant evaluate the work I am doing. Dont compare me with anyone. What I am doing is happening for the very first time! These are the words (translated from a Hindi discourse) of Osho for the next millennium. He is so full of optimism. If we as earthlings can truly make this dream come true, with the help of guidelines that He has left for us, it will be obvious to the world, who deserves to be called as the real "Man of the millennium.
Dr. Rajan B. Bhonsle, M.D.(Bom)
|Interview with SWAMI DEVAGEET,
Oshos personal dentist
Q: How did you come to Osho?
A: Cornwall, England; 1975. My age was 38 and I was practicing as a dentist... For about ten years I had been searching along many religious paths trying to find some connection between what I felt to be an inner Truth and my outer life. I had this feeling that there was a gap between the two. After a time, I began to understand that reading and learning did not touch me and that I needed a living Master. So I went from one Spiritual Guru to another realising that they were all nice people but that they couldnt touch the center of me. In the course of all this I met one of Oshos sanyassins and he told me about this strange meditation in which you jump and scream and dance. "You call that meditation? I asked. In those days I was meditating for many hours every day; running, swimming. So I thought "no harm trying this funny meditation. And I did what he called Dynamic Meditation. Wonder of wonders! I found that it touched me inside as nothing else had done. I was screaming and dancing and shouting and laughing and I thought "wonderful ! I cant remember having done this in a long time! I enjoyed it immensely! It was such freedom. So I did it everyday for about two months and in the course of that time I read two of His books The Flowers Showered, and My Way the Way of The White Cloud. As I read those books, I was crying! Not out of sadness or anything just crying. And the tears felt good! Then I sent for His tapes and His voice was so beautiful! After three weeks I had the opportunity in the form of a crisis in my marriage, to go for a holiday. I hadnt decided where I wanted to go and the sanyassin friend suggested that I go to Poona. Then things really started happening. As soon as I sat in the plane I felt that my life was changing. I didnt know how, I could just feel that it was changing. As soon as I reached the commune I felt at home. And when I saw Bhagwan in discourse I went in shock! Because looking for a Master is one thing and finding him is another. Everything about Him was so beautiful the way He moved, the way He looked, the way He talked and I knew that He was the Master I was searching for and yet my mind refused to accept. It kept saying "how do you know for sure that this is your Master? You already have a Guru. So I made an appointment to see Him. Next day in discourse I saw Him. I didnt hear a thing because my mind kept screaming "I need a sign! I need a sign! Now, who gets a sign? And what kind of sign? Well, seven years earlier I had done a painting . It was the painting of a naked Yogi, sitting in an orange void, with his back to me. A beam of sunlight was touching him on the head and splitting into all the colours of the rainbow. This painting I kept in my office in England. The moment Osho turned His back to leave Darshan I saw it! A beam of light touched Him on the head and I thought"Christ! He looks just like my painting! This is my sign! At that point Sannyas happened. That night when I was sitting at His feet for Darshan He asked "Hello Charles! Do you want to take sannyas? I said yes and He gave me the name Devageet which means Divine Harmony or Song of the Universe or The Unstruck Melody of the Cosmos. At that point all the doubting stopped. I told Osho that I was in the process of a divorce and that even though my wife and I were always fighting I wanted to share the beauty of my experiences here, with her. Osho then told me that the best way to make her understand that was to give her everything I had the house, the children, the money, the cars and she would know. So, I went back to settle my life in England and came back after eighteen months. Earlier when I was in Poona, Laxmi, Oshos secretary had asked what I do and I told her that I was a dentist and she asked, "will you be a dentist for the commune? and I had laughed. Now, when I was back for a time, I was asked to be a guard. I asked for more work, I didnt want to be a dentist I just wanted to be a disciple! But they said theres a new dental room built by an American and that I should be a dentist. when I went there and told the American guy that I was asked to be a dentist he said Fine. Two days later he left for America and I was the dentist to the commune. It was the end of 1979, when one day Oshos caretaker, Vivek came and asked me if I would examine Oshos teeth. It had never occured to me that I would ever be asked to examine His teeth! I said "Ya! Sure! I suppose he has teeth like anybody else but when Im near Him my legs go funny, my eyes go cross and I dont know if I could do it!
But she persisted and I finally examined Him that day. He asked me if I could solve the problem and I said Yah!. From the beginning, all the way, I seemed to come very close to Osho, very quickly. After we went to America, I also became His note-taker. I typed what He spoke and edited it. that was when I transcribed Glimpses of a golden childhood, Books I have loved and Notes of a madman. It was also after Oregon that He told me to write a book about His Life . He also gave me the name Bhagwan, Messiah of Life, Love and Laughter. At that time He had not yet thought of the name Osho.
Q: Hows the work now, after Osho is not in the body?
A: Now my work has changed dramatically. You see, in 1989, one day, He called me to His room and said that because of all the pain in His teeth, He had discovered something of great importance for humanity.He told me that the pain in His teeth is connected to a place in His chest like a light which is connected to the light of the collective consciousness of all human beings everywhere. He told me that everybodys teeth are their akashik record linking them to their consciousness. Then He went on to say that meditation is taking one to the stars and difficulties arise because four million years of DNA evolution keep pulling one to the earth. It takes a very special human being to meditate. He said that by working with the teeth you can find a way to cut the roots of mens biological bondange so that meditation would become easy. Secondly, it would strengthen the body in a systematic way so that when they do get enlightened they wont die. Because, He said, that out of every thousand who meditate, only one gets enlightened. Out of every thousand who succeed, one may live. Out of every thousand who live one speaks and goes on to become a Master. Because what to say and to whom? So He told me that this poor humanity needs a quicker way and you can do it! He put a very powerful seed in my brain. Then He said you put it out to the world press. So we took out a press release "Osho discovers Humanitys unconscious is linked with their teeth. As for me, after He left His body, I didnt know what to do I didnt know how I would go about doing what He had said to me. Well, after a few months of His death I met someone who told me how they were working with coloured light and how applying it to the head made people remember their early childhood experiences. It then struck me that you could probably use coloured light on the teeth to remember pre-human lifetimes. So I researched and developed a method to use light on the teeth. It took me two and a half years, after which I did it on about twenty people. Then, I had it done on me and that is how I refined the process. I call it the Illumination Therapy because illumination means Light and Enlightenment. This process provides a dis-identification so that people can meditate to depths theyve never known before. And this I take to be the essence of Oshos message to Devageet on that day.
Q: Tell us more about this process. Have you spoken about it to the rest of the world?
A: This process has three stages. In the first phase we connect with the personal unconscious and this opens the door to the Personal Superconscious. The second phase we work with the collective unconscious which opens the door to the Collective Superconscious.The third phase which is totally amazing works with the Universal unconscious which opens the door to the universal superconscious. It is a simple step-wise progression and it can be done over a period of three years. In these therapies your body releases its memories because each cell remembers its past. In the various stages you clean up your early life issues your mother, your father, your childhood, your sex-life your inherited evolutionary lives. And the body has all the memories and its not so unusual because in the womb first youre a fish then youre a frog and then you become a human being. Meditation happens when you go right back- beyond all the evolutionary lifetimes beyond the time you were a single cell right back! It takes a very particular training because it is not a technique at all its an approach. The essence of this work is transformation. Right to the end Ive done it to three people. I want to do it on more people. One day someone might come wholl take the work to the future. It needs a particular quality somebody whos totally into Osho. It needs somebody who understands the value of this incredible work, who are very deep in their meditation and transformation. Its like the inner work of a Mystery school. Its not hidden, its not secret, but its not for everybody. The other thing I am doing is creating a Buddha-field in England. Its for people who want 100% Osho, who want the feel and the presence of the Master not of the leader or interpreter. A lot of people talk about Oshos vision, about His meditation but this Buddha-field will be for people who want to LIVE it ! The idea about the Illumination Therapy is a great gift to me from Osho and in England this work will be the centre-piece of what were calling the Osho Life Academy. This work makes me use my scientific training for esoteric purposes and gives it roots. I test it by the feed-back I get. The progress comes to me in the form of intuition.
Q: What does Osho mean for you?
A:This place is about religiousness, about godliness. We dont use the word God and religion in the conventional sense. In the outside world words are sloppy with grey areas of meaning but here we use words like even belief very carefully. For us Osho is not a belief or ideology it is the essence of things. Osho points the way to the future. Its your future possibilities. But the strange thing about that is that its here, now. But youre separate from it by all kinds of wrong beliefs, idea, culture. Reality doesnt have to become its here. When Osho says "youre Buddhas its not in the future. It is an unlearning process unlearning everything that your mother, father friends society taught you. Has your living been your own experience? When you begin to live authentically, when you are aware of everything you do and meditation brings that quality of awareness you realise that the path youre travelling really leads to an original self no pretence, no facade, and that is the state of Bliss!
|The Real Man of the Millennium
Each century produces figures whose achievements have such impact that they enter into the collective consciousness of civilisation thereby influencing the lives of the rest of humanity. Some figures influence but briefly, becoming a fashion, a flavour of the times. Other figures have a more durable and multi-dimensional impact; Bertrand Russell, Einstein, Stalin, Hitler, Diaghilev, Nils Bohr, Picasso, Marx, Freud, Winston Churchill, Mandela... the choice would depend on the choosers predilections.
This century has produced many human beings of outstanding stature, and yet how many of them will survive the fire test of posterity? In the maelstrom of events comprising the cyclone of human activity known as, the new millennium, who will survive?
Looking back, how many of the pasts great warriors and thinkers, artists and creators, can be said to have influenced the broad flow of civilisation to any significant degree?
In major cities anywhere in the world we see ancient warriors publicly entombed in bronze or stone, ossified effigies dumbly demanding that we remember their past glories by brandishing an impotent sword against a sky that knows nothing of their deeds. Are these determined efforts of the once-great and their followers to immortalise themselves simply futile efforts to conquer the oblivion of death.
Birds deliver their daily comment to our stone heroes.
Our educational institutions seek, in their own way, to mould our future by careful selection from the past, in much the same way a skilled gardener will take cuttings from the best plants in his garden, splicing them on to newly growing shoots. In this way educations scholarly selection seeks to enable mankinds past to mould its future. The opinions of the scholars form a template for the future.
This is a time-proven way for humanity to move forward... by looking backward. Little wonder that humanity lurches drunkenly on its way, staggering from crisis to crisis, muttering, "civilisation just goes on repeating itself.
Who are the really great figures from the past, those towering peaks of human destiny who have clearly, and often painfully, dragged mankind out of the dark swampland of our collective unconsciousness? Who are those pinnacles of human potential who have breathed the clear breath of reality and its wisdom into the nostrils of a humanity clogged with efforts to deny its collective sense of overwhelming insignificance?
How much time, money, and effort is wasted, in the name of progress and culture, by our so-called leaders, who try vainly to compensate for their unconscious feelings of profound inferiority when faced by the simple majesty and eternality of existence?
Our search would inevitably lead to individuals who have swum against the tide of collective human unconsciousness and reached the other shore; a further shore known variously as, enlightenment, liberation, moksha or nirvana.
The rare individuals who immediately spring to mind are Gautama the Buddha, Moses, Zarathustra, Mahavira, Lao-Tsu, Socrates, Jesus, Ramakrishna, George Gurdjieff, Krishnamurti, Shri Raman, Osho.
Our unique human inheritance is much more than the historic pageant of dominion and servitude that our educators, scholars, politicians and priests seek to emphasise. The flame of human excellence, our highest aspiration, burns with fuel distilled by four million years of biological evolution.
Our evolutionary past forms our roots into the earth, roots that provide a launching platform for us to reach the cosmos. As the impeccable lotus flower is rooted in the mud, so is mankind rooted in the genetic ooze derived from its origins. The way to grow beyond the mud is to develop the capacity to select and discriminate the nourishing elements from the detritus; using our highest consciousness enables the primal mud to become the fuel for our journey to the stars.
Yet, without exception, our religions tell us, that biology is something lower than human, something to be denied rather than transcended. We are taught that as human beings we are, mysteriously, not part of nature. Science however proceeds to demonstrate that our biological reality, our cellular cytoplasmic interior, carries the deepest human traits encoded in our genes. Science is proving that human biological programming has been imprinted into the fabric of our cells by the titanic pressures of evolution. Religions and philosophy are however, almost uniform in affirming that mankinds highest consciousness is an unconscious victim, a prisoner of the human genome.
This is the split, the root of a profound schizophrenia in the collective human psyche. The duality of good and evil expresses genetically.
Despite the hypnotic attraction of our human collective mind there are a handful of exceptional human beings who have used their intelligence and clarity to tip the karmic scales, to emerge from the collective biological bondage and ascend the peaks of consciousness available to the free human spirit. Mankinds ultimate fulfillment, real transcendence, is the liberation of consciousness from the prison of genetic inevitability. Transcendence is not renunciation and repression, but wisdom and maturity.
This tiny percentage of human beings who have opened their wings and dared to fly in the sky of transcendence are the enlightened ones.
Most enlightened ones die without being able to pass on their gift. The greatest jewels in the crown of humanity are those enlightened beings who, in the glorious blaze of their enlightenment, and before biological death claims their body, have the capacity to become a beacon lighting the way for other seekers. These are the enlightened masters.
Mankinds gift beyond price is given by the enlightened masters. By virtue of their own inner light, they can pass on the eternal flame of human transcendence to those who have the eyes to hear, and the eyes to see, and hearts open enough to receive. The bearer(s) of such gifts must surely be the shortlist for the man of the millennium.
What is the enigma of enlightenment? How is conscious awareness brought to the escape velocity needed to escape from the biological currents that drown millions of us daily? How is it possible to overcome four million years of biological genetic influence that silently and relentlessly forces us to walk the walk of biological serfdom?
Enlightenment seems impossible; but, the very fact of enlightened masters show this to not be the case.
Religions strengthen the case for impossibility, thereby increasing our sense of powerlessness and insignificance, by creating myths around the spiritual hero of their choice. Religions are clubs of believers mutually supporting stories that fly in the face of human reason.
Enlightened masters such as Buddha, Mahavira, Lao Tsu, Ramakrishna, Gurdjieff, Krishnamurti, and Osho, have sharpened the sword of the intrinsic human awareness until they were able to cut themselves free from the collective bondage of belief.
Osho is the only enlightened master of this age who never followed any religious tradition. He walked the walk that is unique in the history of mankind, that of spiritual liberation by his own efforts. It is perhaps for this reason his eclectic message appeals to people the world over.
Organised religions attempt to create superhighways to the heaven of their choice; strangely though, no pope, no imam, no rabbi, no shankaracharya, no leader of organised religion, is ever recognised beyond the confines of their own faithful flock. Leaders and other power-seekers, religious or political, by the very nature of their affliction, are totally in the grip of biology.
Enlightenment seems to be the most singular path of all; only real individuals make it beyond the biological boundaries. The rest are pretenders enforcing their false declaration with the sword.
Ah! Theres the clue.
The truly enlightened masters emphasise the way of liberation is through the attainment of awareness, and meditation is the golden key. Biology knows nothing of awareness. Biologically, we are programmed solely for the survival of the fittest.
Oshos message in a single word is, meditation.
He stresses that meditation opens the door to awareness, witnessing. The watcher in us is immediately aware, if only briefly, that the body-mind illusion is not the authentic truth of our being. That first glimpse behind the mask, the first sight of our authentic face, is the beginning of the end of blind obedience to the dominion of biology, and signals the ultimate transcendence of awareness.
The first experience of witnessing is the crucial step, a one hundred and eighty degree turn, bringing the understanding that biology is not, nor ever was, a barrier to self-realisation, but a bridge to authentic trascendence....
The birth of our witnessing consciousness is the way to experience that our being is neither the body, the mind or the emotions: biology need not be renounced, no part of human life need be denied, no aspect of life need to be feared. The witnessing self is already transcendent. We only need to wake up to the reality now.
This is the essence of Oshos message.
Organised religions offer us fascinating alternatives to meditation: prayer, supplication, renunciation, surrender, devotion, suffering and denial, faith and belief. Each of these time-honoured paths are simple devices eroding our intrinsic intelligence, corroding our reason with ancient superstitions which most people today find foolish. To the blind, these signposts seem to offer a way out of the human dilemma but they lead over the cliff. Millions of sheep-like followers daily trudge well-worn paths over the cliff of belief into the abyss of rebirth.
In the past great enlightened masters such as Gautama the Buddha, LaoTsu, Bodhidharma, used their transcendent awareness to overthrow outdated past traditions. Their incomparable efforts overthrew the psychological mindset of the past millennia, but that was twenty-five centuries ago.
Are there such giants in this millennium?
Certainly there are enlightened people, but enlightened masters? Shri Raman, Meher Baba, Georges Gurdjieff, are from that unique mould. But their methods limited their capacity to change the collective human consciousness: Meher Baba stayed silent; Shri Raman was a sublime but essentially a traditional, simple villager; Georges Gudjieff used methods which proved too arduous for all but a few.
Is there an enlightened master who is not part of any tradition, who has the breadth of vision and power of intellect, to appeal to humanity at large? Is there a liberated individual with the courage and clarity to be heard globally, who can cut through the formidable barriers of national boundaries, colour, religion, belief system, philosophy, politics, and ideology? An enlightened individual who is as enthusiastic about technology as for the sublime heights of the spirit?
Is there an individual whose love for freedom and individuality knows no prejudice? Whose breadth of vision encompasses the whole range of human attributes, no matter its origins Who appeals to men, women, and children, old and young, for whom the credo of freedom is paramount? Who is at-once humorous and playful, utterly non-serious while stating the deepest truths known to mankind? Is there a uniquely endowed person who has the compassion and love of humanity to attempt to change a human race intent on committing global suicide?
There is such a man, and his name is Osho. This is why I hail him as the real man of the millennium.
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