Politics Is Collective — Transformation Is Individual

Politics Is Collective — Transformation Is Individual
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I am familiar with the master-disciple relationship after years of being around you. Could you please comment on the disciple-disciple relationship?

“There is no such thing. Disciples in the past have created organizations. That was their relationship, that ‘we are Christians,’ that ‘we are Mohammedans,’ that ‘we belong to one religion, to one faith and because we belong to one faith, we are brothers and sisters. We will live for the faith and we will die for the faith.’

“All organizations have arisen out of the relationships between disciples. In fact, two disciples are not connected with each other at all. Each disciple is connected with the master in his individual capacity.

A master can be connected with millions of disciples, but the connection is personal, not organizational.

“Disciples don’t have any relationship. Yes, they have a certain friendliness, a certain lovingness. I am avoiding the word relationship because that is binding. I am not even calling it “friendship” but “friendliness” – because they are all fellow travelers walking on the same path, in love with the same master, but they are related to each other through the master. They are not related to each other directly.

“This has been the most unfortunate thing in the past: that disciples became organized, related among themselves, and they were all ignorant. And ignorant people can only create more nuisance in the world than anything else. All the religions have done exactly that.

My people are related to me individually. And because they are on the same path, certainly they become acquainted with each other. A friendliness arises, a loving atmosphere, but I don’t want to call it any kind of relationship.

“We have suffered too much because of disciples getting directly related to each other, creating religions, sects, cults, and then fighting. They cannot do anything else. At least with me, remember it, you are not related to each other in any way at all. Just a liquid friendliness, not a solid friendship, is enough – and far more beautiful, and without any possibility of harming humanity in the future.”

Osho, Beyond Enlightenment, Talk #2
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If each disciple is connected with you individually, won’t that lead to the formation of a sect around you?

“You think it will lead to the formation of a sect. No, it will not. To form a sect certain things are essential. To form a sect one needs a master, a scripture, a doctrine and an adjective for the sect. Besides these, one also needs a blind, dogmatic belief that one’s doctrine alone is right and everything else is utterly wrong. None of these things are here.

“The sannyasin of my vision is not going to have any adjective like the rest of the sannyasins, who are either Hindus, Christians or Buddhists. And a sect cannot be formed without such an adjective; it is extremely difficult. I call a man a sannyasin who does not have a religion, who does not belong to any religion. And you cannot organize a sect without a religion.

I call a man a sannyasin who has no scripture like the Gita or the Bible, and who does not belong to a temple, church or gurudwara. And without them a sect becomes impossible.

“It should be our great endeavor to see that no sect is born, because nothing has harmed religion as much as these sects have. Sects have done more harm to religion than irreligion itself. In fact, a genuine coin is always harmed by its counterfeits; nothing else can harm it so much. Similarly, if ever true religion is harmed, it is harmed only by pseudo religions. And a tremendous awareness is needed to avoid this danger.”

Osho, Krishna: The Man and His Philosophy, Talk #22
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No master? You seem to be taking away everything away?

“I want you to drop all games – worldly games, spiritual games, games that the whole of humanity has played up to now. These games keep you retarded. These games hinder you from growing into consciousness, into your own ultimate flowering. I want to cut away all this rubbish that prevents you.

“I want to leave you alone, absolutely alone, so that you cannot take anybody’s help, so you cannot cling to any prophet, so that you cannot think that Gautam Buddha is going to save you. Left alone – utterly alone – you are bound to find your innermost center.

There is no way, nowhere to go, no advisor, no teacher, no master.

“It seems hard, it seems harsh, but I am doing it because I love you, and the people who have not done it have not loved you at all. They loved themselves and they loved to have a big crowd around themselves – the bigger the crowd, the more they feel nourished in their egos.

“That’s why I called even enlightenment the last game. The sooner you drop it, the better. Why not just simply be? Why unnecessarily hurry here and there? You are what existence wants you to be. Just relax.”

Osho, Om Mani Padme Om, Chapter 9
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Then what does it mean to be a sannyasin?

“From this date forward a sannyasin will simply mean that he is initiated into the meditation techniques here, and he makes a commitment to himself that he will follow the path.

“But it is going to be individual, alone. He will be responsible himself. It is not going to be a collectivity, a congregation.”

Osho, The Last Testament, Vol. 3, Talk #9
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This is very shocking because to start with we assumed that wearing a mala and a maroon robe and taking a Sanskrit name was an essential part of being a sannyasin?

“I have been working hard to abandon everything that is outer, so that only the inner remains for you to explore.

“Otherwise the man’s mind is a very immature mind. It starts clinging with outer symbols. That has happened to all the religions of the world.

“I want my people to understand it clearly. Neither your clothes, nor your outer disciplines nor anything that has been given to you by tradition and you have accepted it just on belief, is going to help.

The only thing that can create a revolution in you is going beyond the mind into the world of consciousness. Except that, nothing is religious.

“But to begin with and with a world which is too much obsessed with outer things, I had to start sannyas also with outer things. Change your clothes into orange, wear a mala, meditate, but the emphasis was only on meditation.

“But I found that people can change their clothes very easily but they cannot change their minds. They can wear the mala, but they cannot move into their consciousness. And because they are in orange clothes, wearing a mala, having a new name, they start believing that they have become a sannyasin.

“Sannyas is not so cheap. Hence it is time and you are mature enough that beginning phase is over.

I don’t want my people to be lost into non – essentials. In the beginning it was necessary. Now years of listening to me, understanding me, you are in a position to be freed from all outer bondage. And you can for the first time be really a sannyasin only if you are moving inwards.”

Osho, The Last Testament, Vol. 6, Talk #12
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So when someone becomes a sannyasin they are not joining something?

Sannyas means courage more than anything else, because it is a declaration of your individuality, a declaration of freedom, a declaration that you will not be any more part of the mob madness, the mob psychology. It is a declaration that you are becoming universal; you will not belong to any country, to any church, to any race, to any religion.”

Osho, Finger Pointing to the Moon, Talk #7
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Then what is the significance of becoming a sannyasin?

“It does not matter that you have become a sannyasin; it won’t change anything unless your sannyas triggers a meditativeness in you.…
“Without meditation there is no sannyas.
“It is only your pure consciousness rising upwards – slowly, slowly moving beyond the gravitation of lower things – that will make you a sannyasin.”

Osho, The Great Pilgrimage, Talk #11
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So, sannyas is an eternal journey?

“Sannyas movement is not mine. It is not yours.
“It was here when I was not here. It will be here when I will not be here.
“Sannyas movement simply means the movement of the seekers of truth.
“They have always been here.
“There have always been a line of seekers of truth. I call it sannyas. It is eternal. It is sanatan. It has nothing to do with me. Millions of people have contributed to it. I have also contributed my own share.
“It will go on becoming richer and richer.
“When I am gone there will be more and more people coming and making it richer.

I will be gone. That does not mean that the sannyas movement will be gone. It does not belong to anybody.

“Just as science does not belong to Albert Einstein. Why the search for truth should belong to somebody? To Gautam Buddha? To J Krishnamurti? Or to me? Or to you?

“Just as science goes on growing and every scientific genius goes on contributing to it and the Ganges goes on becoming bigger and wider – oceanic; in the same way the inner world needs a science. The objective world has a science. The inner world needs a science and I call sannyas the science of the inner world…..

“It is not a religion. It is pure religiousness. The very essence. Not a flower, but only a fragrance. You cannot catch hold of it. You can have the experience of it, you can be surrounded by the perfume, but you cannot catch hold of it.

I cannot give you the truth, but I can show you the moon… please don’t get attached to my finger which is indicating the moon.

“This finger will disappear. The moon will remain and the search will continue. As long as there is a single human being on the earth the flowers of sannyas will go on blossoming.…

“First, I am the only man in the whole history who gives you individuality. The so-called gurus were doing just the opposite: they were taking away your individuality. Their whole effort was that you should surrender to them. That your function was just to touch their feet and receive their blessings.

My effort is totally different. You cannot receive any blessing by touching anybody’s feet. On the contrary, you are making that man more egoistic and sick.

“Ego is the cancer of his soul. Don’t make anybody sick. Be compassionate. Never touch anybody’s feet.

“I give you self-respect, which nobody has given before. I make every effort to make you an individual standing on your own feet, not dependent on me.

“It is a strange phenomenon: because I give you freedom, you love me. Because I make you yourself, you love me.

My effort is to take away all traditions, orthodoxies, superstitions, beliefs, from your mind so that you can attain a state of no-mind… the ultimate state of silence, where not even a thought moves. Not even a ripple in the lake of your consciousness.

“And the whole thing has to be done by you. I am not saying that ‘Just follow me. I am the savior. I will save you.’ All that is crap. Nobody can save you, except yourself. And the spiritual independence is the only independence worth calling independence.”

Osho, The Last Testament, Vol. 6, Talk #13
(Will be published in the library very soon)

It seems the journey is really about discovering our aloneness? 

Aloneness should be your only search.

“And it does not mean that you have to go to the mountains, you can be alone in the marketplace. It is simply a question of being aware, alert, watchful, remembering that you are only your watchfulness. Then you are alone wherever you are. You may be in the crowd, you may be in the mountains; it makes no difference, you are just the same watchfulness. In the crowd you watch the crowd; in the mountains you watch the mountains. With open eyes you watch existence; with closed eyes you watch yourself.

You are only one thing: the watcher.

“And this watcher is the greatest realization. This is your buddha nature; this is your nature of enlightenment, of your awakening. This should be your only discipline. Only this makes you a disciple: this discipline of knowing your aloneness. Otherwise, what makes you a disciple? You have been deceived on every point in life.

You have been told that to believe in a master makes you a disciple. That is absolutely wrong; otherwise, everybody in the world is a disciple.

“Somebody believes in Jesus, somebody believes in Buddha, somebody believes in Krishna, somebody believes in Mahavira; everybody believes in somebody but nobody is a disciple, because to be a disciple does not mean to believe in a master.

To be a disciple means to learn the discipline of being your self, of being your true self.”

Osho, The Invitation, Talk #23
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