Perhaps the greatest example of “fake news” in your lifetime has been the efforts by the real “influencers” of the contemporary world – the religions, the politicians, the media… and so on – to persuade you that Osho is a bad guy. Not that they care about Osho, but they want to make sure that you don’t pay any attention to what he is saying.
If we had listened, the world would be a totally different place today.
The population of planet Earth would be much smaller, the climate crisis would be a manageable threat of the distant future. Food and water would not be running out, and the air would be fit to breathe, and the water would be fit to drink. Poverty and obscene levels of inequality would not exist. Politicians and their political parties, like the priests and their religions, would be seen as just another form of competition between different ideologically-based groups, resulting in a fractured humanity constantly involved aggression, ranging from violence between individuals to warfare between the groups, like gang wars.
Instead of the current gross mismanagement of the planet, the world would be able to choose the most competent people to deal with the incredibly complex and interrelated issues humanity has to deal with today.
The vast resources currently devoted to destruction, whether for weapons or for subsidizing fossil fuels and such like, would be available for creating a beautiful world fit for humans. A world where people can celebrate their lives rather than having to endure the alienation that is so universal today – with its inevitable multitudes who are suffering from loneliness, mental illness, suicide….
Of course, we have all been heavily conditioned to “believe” that none of this possible
– by those same influencers who benefit from things staying as they are.
Up until this moment we could, with some justification, blame those influencers. But now we know that alternatives are available it is now our responsibility. We have the possibility of becoming increasingly part of the solution and decreasingly part of the problem. The choice is ours.
The OSHO Times explores what is happening in the world today and demonstrates how Osho’s insights can help us to better understand the basis of these events. This enables us to see what our options are for building a more intelligent, creative world rather than the destructive one we are currently living in.
As Osho explains about our current crisis:
“Times of crisis are both dangerous and immensely important. They are dangerous for those who have no courage to explore new dimensions of life.
“They are bound to disintegrate into different kinds of madness because their minds were made by the society. Now the society is disintegrating, the mind cannot remain; its roots are in the society. It is constantly nourished by the society. Now that nourishment is disappearing.”1 Osho
“When everything is in chaos, nothing is static, nothing is secure – nobody knows what is going to happen the next moment – in such a chaotic moment you are free, you can change. You can attain the innermost core of your being.”2 Osho
In a nutshell, the human-created world is in a mess because the humans who create it – that is you and me – are messed up! And only when each one of us, individually, starts to deal with our own messed-up selves, can anything change. Osho’s fundamental contribution is to explain exactly how this can happen.
Most importantly, while reading Osho’s words it is essential to understand the following:
“Always remember, whatsoever I say to you, you can take it in two ways. You can simply take it on my authority, ‘Because I say so, it must be true’ — then you will suffer, then you will not grow.
“Whatsoever I say, listen to it, try to understand it, implement it in your life, see how it works, and then come to your own conclusions. They may be the same, they may not be. They can never be exactly the same because you have a different personality, a unique being.
“Whatsoever I am saying is my own. It is bound to be in deep ways rooted in me. You may come to similar conclusions, but they cannot be exactly the same. So my conclusions should not be made your conclusions. You should try to understand me, you should try to learn, but you should not collect knowledge from me, you should not collect conclusions from me. Then your mind-body will grow.”3 Osho
To read these complete talks and see what media formats they are available in:
1 Osho, Beyond Psychology, Talk #41 – Times of Crisis Are Just Golden
2 Osho, Yoga: A New Direction, Talk #10 – When Conditioning Drops You Are Free
3 Osho, Yoga: The Path to Liberation, Talk #1 – Mastery over the Five Elements