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Feeling Desperate, Terrified? – Insights on Helplessness for a World in Crisis

Feeling Desperate, Terrified? - Insights on Helplessness for a World in Crisis
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Osho,
I feel terrified and desperate: desperate to save this incredible, beautiful planet, and terrified because the odds against us seem so high. I feel so insignificant, and helpless to do anything!

“I can understand your desperation, your helplessness. This is how perhaps every human being who is aware of the crisis feels. But you are not aware of a greater power:

Destruction is a low category power, creation is a high category power. Destruction is out of hate, creation is out of love.

“You have seen where hate can lead humanity, to its ultimate suicide, but you have not seen the possibility that love, growing to its height, may simply prevent this crisis from happening. No one is insignificant, because everyone has a heart and everyone has love and everyone has sensitivity, consciousness and he can reach to the very ultimate peak of existence. A single individual can prevent this great crisis, what to say of millions of people full of love and joy and silence?”

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What is it that makes us give into this feeling of helplessness so easily?

“It is a very simple question. Man, as a child, is the most helpless amongst the children of all the animals. Without the father and mother the child cannot survive. He needs absolute protection, nourishment, warmth; otherwise he will shrink and die.

The human child is the weakest child in the whole of existence, but his weakness is a blessing in disguise.

“But it can also be exploited – and that’s what has been done down the centuries. The parents never allowed the weakness, helplessness and dependence of the child to turn into independence, strength, integrity, individuality; they were happy that the child remained obedient. Naturally, an obedient child is not a trouble.

A disobedient child is a continuous trouble, but a disobedient child is a real human being.

“The obedient child is just simple cow dung.”

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By creating obedient, dependent children are we just making the world more miserable?

“Children are born with pure intelligence, and we have not yet been able to respect it. Children are the most exploited class in the world, even more than women. After women’s lib sooner or later there is going to be children’s lib; it is far more necessary. Man has enslaved woman, and man and woman both have enslaved the children. And because the child is very helpless, naturally he has to depend on them. It is very mean of them to exploit the child’s helplessness. And hitherto parents have been mean; although I am not saying that deliberately or consciously they have been so, but almost unconsciously, not knowing what they are doing. That’s why the world is in such a misery, the world is in such a mess.

Unconsciously, unknowingly, every generation goes on destroying the next generation.”

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It seems that our unconsciousness lies at the root of our destructiveness.

“Man goes on living like a robot. All his behavior comes out of a dark space within him. Hence the misery of the world. Unless that inner space is lit, becomes full of light, there is no hope for humanity.

“In the past we would survive because the weapons to kill man were not yet perfect. Now they are. Now we have perfect atom bombs, hydrogen bombs, laser rays, death rays and what-not. Now we have become so efficient in destroying humanity and the earth that if within this last part of the century we don’t bring a light within millions of people’s hearts, humanity is doomed. Then there is no future. We may be living the last years of human existence on the earth.

But this critical state can become also a great blessing in disguise. It may make us more aware, more responsible. It may provoke us to do something so that humanity takes a surge towards the higher plane of consciousness.”

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“Never in the history of man, has man been as helpless before death as he is now – and with such tremendous advances in medical science! Never before has man been so helpless before death. Never has man worried about death as much as he worries now.

“Why such a helplessness? Because you are not in contact with the eternal; your roots are not in the eternal. You have lived a temporal life, and death is the end of time. Not you. Remember, death ends time, not you. And if you have lived in time, with time, only with temporal goals, then death is a problem. But if you have lived deeper within yourself, in the remoter mountains where Kakua moved, inside where nobody can visit you, totally alone – then death is not a problem. Because, you know the deathless – it is hidden there.”

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The only thing I can see to do is to nourish my consciousness. Is there any more that can be done?

“It is enough. More is not needed; more will keep you unnecessarily worried. And worry is like a rocking-chair – it keeps you going but gets you nowhere! There is no need to worry and there is no need to feel desperate, helpless.

A few idiots have prepared death for the planet; there are millions of intelligent people who can prevent it just by their love, by their joy, by their beauty, by their ecstasy.

“These are far more powerful experiences, because atomic energy, or nuclear energy, is part of the material world. It is the explosion of the atom, the lowest, smallest particle of matter.

“We have not understood yet that nature has an absolute balance. If a small atom exploding can destroy…. Have you ever thought about a living atom of your being and its explosion? In other words, we have been calling it enlightenment. It is nothing but an explosion of your being into light. And then suddenly you have a far higher and superior power. It need not fight with the lower, its very presence will make the lower impotent.”

To continue reading this OSHO Talk, visit: Love Is Going to Save the World

“And don’t be worried that you are helpless to do anything.

The idea of helplessness has arisen because you have never been told what your resources are. You have never looked into your resources – your love, your silence, your peace, your compassion, your joy.

“You have never looked into all this inexhaustible potentiality of your being. And if thousands of people blossom in love, music and dance, and the whole earth becomes a celebration, then any Ronald Reagan is not going to destroy this world. He will feel helpless; he will feel guilty to destroy such beautiful people and such a beautiful planet.”

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How should we respond to a world full of helplessness?

“If millions of people are full of love and meditation there is no need to feel desperate or helpless. You are given by nature tremendous power which can nullify any nuclear weapons.

“And that’s what I’m trying to do: to prepare you to love, unconditionally; to prepare you for friendliness even with strangers; to prepare you to drop your organized religions, because they create conflict; to drop even belonging to your nations. Formally you will have to carry their passport, but this is just a formality. Deep in your being you should not be a Hindu and you should not be an Indian, you should not be a German and you should not be a Christian.

If this wave spreads – and I have every hope that it is going to spread – then you can forget all about the third world war; the second was the last. The third is possible only if there is not enough love and meditative energy to prevent it.”

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“But that does not mean that you have to remain just silent. You have to create a great atmosphere of love around yourself which will be a protection; you have to learn to dance and to sing. Let these politicians know that this earth is still full of beautiful people – so many songs and so much music and so much creativity and so many people meditating. They are bound to have a second thought.

“On our part, we don’t need bigger nuclear weapons to stop the war – that’s the problem. We need something totally different. Love will provide the energy, meditation will provide you with tremendous strength. And you will not feel so insignificant, you will feel dignified and significant, because your love, your meditation, your blissfulness is going to save the world.”

To continue reading this OSHO Talk, visit: Love Is Going to Save the World

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