The New Man: Zorba the Buddha

Zorba the Buddha

“I teach a New Man, a new humanity, a new concept of being in the world. I proclaim Homo Novus.

“The old man is dying, and there is no need to help it survive any more. The old man is on the deathbed: don’t mourn for it – help it to die because only with the death of the old can the new be born. The cessation of the old is the beginning of the new.

My message to humanity is a new man. Less than that won’t do. Not something modified, not something continuous with the past, but utterly discontinuous.

“Man has lived up to now not truly, not authentically; man has lived a very pseudo life. Man has lived in great pathology, man has lived in great disease. There is no need to live in this pathology: we can come out of the prison, because the prison is made by our own hands. We are in the prison because we have decided to be in the prison – because we have believed that the prison is not a prison but our home.

“My message to humanity is: enough is enough. Awake! See what man has done to man himself. In three thousand years man has fought five thousand wars. You cannot call this humanity healthy – only once in a while has a Buddha bloomed. If in the garden only once in a while a plant brings a flower, and otherwise the whole garden remains without flowers, will you call it a garden? Something very basic has gone wrong. Each person is born to be a Buddha: less than that is not going to fulfill you.

I declare to you your buddhahood.

“What has gone wrong? Why has man lived for thousands of years in a kind of hell? For thousands of years we have lived with an either–or concept of man as a kind of battleground between the lower and the higher,the material and the spiritual,the worldly and the other-worldly, between good and evil, between God and the Devil. The consequences of such have severely limited human potential.

“To destroy man, to destroy his power, a great strategy has been used – and that is to divide man in two. Man has lived with the concept of either–or: either be a materialist or be a spiritualist. You have been told you cannot be both. Either be the body or be the soul – you have been taught you cannot be both. This has been the root cause of man’s misery. A man divided against himself is going to remain in hell. Heaven is born when man is no longer divided against himself. Man split means misery and man integrated means bliss.

Up until now, humanity has been schizophrenic – because you have been told to repress, to reject, to deny, many parts of your natural being.

“By rejecting them, by denying them, you cannot destroy them; they simply go underground. They go on functioning from your unconscious; they become really more dangerous.

“Man is an organic whole and all that existence has given to man has to be used; nothing is to be denied. Man can become an orchestra; all that is needed is
the art of creating a harmony within oneself.

“Your so-called religions have been teaching you ways of disharmony, ways of discord, ways of conflict, and when you are fighting with yourself you go on dissipating your energy. You remain dull, unintelligent, stupid, because without great energy nobody is ever intelligent. When energy overflows there is intelligence. Energy overflowing is what causes intelligence to grow, and man has lived in an inward poverty.

My message to humanity is: create a new man – unsplit, integrated, whole.

“Buddha is not whole, neither is Zorba the Greek; both are half and half. I love Zorba, I love Buddha – but when I look into the deepest core of Zorba something is missing: he has no soul. When I look into Buddha something again is missing: he has no body.

“I teach a great meeting: the meeting of Zorba and Buddha. I teach Zorba The Buddha – a new synthesis. The meeting of the earth and the sky, the meeting of the visible and the invisible, the meeting of all the polarities – of man and woman, of day and night, of summer and winter, of sex and samadhi. Only in that meeting will a new man arrive on the earth.

My sannyasins, my people, are the first rays of that new man, of that Homo Novus.

“The inner division has led humanity into a state of suicide. It has created only slaves – and slaves can’t really live, they have nothing to live for. They are living for others. They have been reduced to machines – skillful, efficient, but a machine is a machine and it cannot have the joy of living. It cannot celebrate, it can only suffer.

“The old religions believed in renunciation. Renunciation has been a curse. I bring a blessing to you: I teach rejoicing, not renunciation. The world has not to be renounced because existence has not renounced it – why should you? Existence is in it – why should you be out of it?

Live life in its totality – and living life in totality brings transcendence.

“Then the meeting of the earth and the sky is tremendously beautiful; there is nothing wrong. Then the polarities disappear into each other and the polar opposites become complementary.

“The old man has not been really human. He was a humanoid, a homo mechanicus – a man who is not really whole and the man who is not whole can never be holy.

“The new man is coming, arriving, every day. He is in a minority, it is natural – but the new mutants have arrived, the new seeds have arrived. This century, the end of this century, is going to see either the death of all humanity or the birth of a new human being.

It all depends on you – if you remain clinging to the old, then the old man has prepared in every way to commit a great suicide, a universal suicide. The old man is ready to die;the old man has lost the zest to live.

“That’s why all the countries are preparing for war. The Third World War will be a total war; nobody is going to be a winner because nobody is going to survive it. Not only is man going to be destroyed but also all life on earth.

“Beware! Beware of your politicians – they are all suicidal. Beware of the old conditioning which divides you as Indians, as Germans, as Japanese, as Americans. The new man has to be universal. He will transcend all barriers of race, religion, sex, color. The new man will not be of the East or of the West; the new man will claim the whole earth as his home.

“Only with the coming of a new concept of man can humanity survive – and not only survive. The old is the concept of either–or, the new will be both–and. Man has to live a rich life outward and a rich life inward; there is no need to choose. The inner life is not against the outer life; they are part of one rhythm.

You need not be poor on the outside just to be rich inside. And you need not be rich on the outside and drop being rich in the inside.

“That’s how it has been up to now – the West has chosen one way: be rich on the outside! The East has chosen another: be rich on the inside! Both are lopsided. Both have suffered, both are suffering.

“I teach you total richness. Be rich on the outside through science, and be rich in your innermost core through religion. That’s what will make you one, will make you organic, individuals.

“The new man is no battleground, no split personality, but an image of man unified, unique, fully synergy with life in its totality. The new man embodies a more viable, mutant, image of man, a new way of being in the cosmos, a qualitatively different way of perceiving and experiencing reality. So please don’t mourn the passing of the old. Rejoice that the old is dying,the night is dying, and the dawn is on the horizon.

“I am glad, utterly glad, that the traditional man is disappearing, that the old churches are becoming ruins, that the old temples are deserted. I am immensely glad that the old morality is falling flat on the ground.

This is a very great crisis. If we take the challenge, this is an opportunity to create the new. It has never been so ripe at any time in the past.

“You are living in one of the most beautiful ages because the old is disappearing, or has disappeared, and a chaos is created. It is only out of chaos that great stars are born.

“You have the opportunity to create a cosmos again. This is an opportunity that comes only once in a while – very rarely. You are fortunate to be alive in these critical times. Use the opportunity to create the new man; and to create the new man you have to begin with yourself.

“The new man will be a mystic, a poet, a scientist, all together. He will not look at life through old rotten divisions. He will be a mystic because he will feel the presence of godliness. He will be a poet because he will celebrate the presence of godliness, and he will be a scientist because he will search into this presence through scientific methodology. When a man is all these three together,the man is whole.

That is my concept of a holy man.

“The old man was repressive, aggressive. The old man was bound to be aggressive because repression always brings aggression. The new man will be spontaneous, creative. The old man lived through ideologies. The new man will live not through ideologies, not through moralities, but through consciousness.

The new man will live through awareness. The new man will be responsible – responsible to himself and to existence. The new man will not be moral in the old sense; he will be amoral.

“The new man brings a new world with him. Right now the new man is bound to be a mutant minority – but he is the carrier of a new culture, the seed. Help
him. Announce his arrival from the housetops: that is my message to you.

“The new man is open and honest. He is transparently real, authentic and self disclosing. He will not be a hypocrite. He will not live through goals: he will live herenow. He will know only one time, now, and only one space, here, and through that presence he will know what existence is.

Rejoice! The new man is coming, the old is going. The old is already on the cross, and the new is already on the horizon. Rejoice! I say again and again, rejoice!

To continue reading and see all available formats of this talk:
Osho, Philosophia Perennis, Series 2, Talk #2 – Zorba the Buddha

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