"You are giving so much power to power-hungry people; with your own hands, you are telling them to hang you! This is not democracy. In the name of democracy, these people have been exploiting the masses."
“This paper is not a mere newspaper; it is a messenger. So you have to keep alert that it beats with my heart, that it keeps in tune with me, that it does not lose contact with my vision. If you simply want it to be a newspaper, then my name should be removed from it. Then you can collect all kinds of stupid things that are happening around the world – murders, suicides, wars, and certainly you will be selling better…. Our concern is not sensational, but to spread the message. And anything that you can find in the world happening which supports the message, choose it, but the message remains your criterion…. Now, you have to use your ability of expression to make that vision available to as many people as possible. That will be your creativity.”
Osho, The Last Testament, Vol. 3, Chapter #24
It is so clear that if we have been conditioned to fight against ourselves, to be at war with our own nature, how can we not also be against the nature of our neighbors, or against nature in general? Unless this changes, we are bound to live in conflict with ourselves, with others, and with the natural world around us.
“A person who needs to be superior to feel good is a person who is carrying a volcano within him. A person who has to be superior to feel happy is suffering deep down from an inferiority complex. Only an inferior person thinks in terms of superiority. A real person, an authentic person, is neither superior nor inferior. He simply is – unique; nobody is lower than him and nobody is higher than him.”
“So, in the lifetime of each of you, the decisive moment is going to come. Either man commits suicide or seeing that this is an absolute absurdity, man changes his consciousness. It often happens that under pressure people change, and there will never again be a greater pressure than is present today." Osho
Anyone familiar with Osho’s views on what is crippling the contemporary world of humans, and the beliefs they share, will see his early warnings everywhere in this coronavirus pandemic. As Osho explains: “All the scriptures of all the religions have given man a strange licentiousness over nature, over animals and birds. That has culminated in destroying many species of animals, birds. It has destroyed millions of trees for no reason."
It is clear that if the world were managed by intelligent people with expertise, instead of the current domination of society by priests and politicians, the outcome of today's COVID 19 pandemic would be very different.
A radical proposal to manage the pandemic more consciously.
The reason we are even talking about this new virus, Covid-19, is because none of us wants to die. Or to put it more bluntly, we fear death. Any reminder of our inevitable mortality scares the crap out of us. With the fear comes a kind of blind insanity.
"So I never tell people to begin with just sitting.
"Begin from where beginning is easy, otherwise you will begin to feel many things unnecessarily – things that are not there.
"If you begin with sitting, you will feel much disturbance inside. The more you try to just sit, the more disturbance will be felt; you will become aware only of your insane mind and nothing else. It will create depression, you will feel frustrated. You will not feel blissful; rather, you will begin to feel that you are insane. And sometimes you may really go insane."
Understanding the phenomenon called “Osho” has proved strangely elusive. Perhaps that is inevitable because at root Osho represents the greatest potential paradigm shift in the history of humanity. "Seeing" this is the first step.
What is driving this insane obsession to keep moving round and round in circles, like a complete ring of ants on a plate, just following the ant in front till they drop? Unless we can understand what keeps us moving towards oblivion, we will never discover how to stop. It is pretty clear that our...