Shahriar reflects on ‘Sannyas’ in 2009
Hello Dear Sannyasins
Osho has left his body. He has left behind enlightened sannyasins and sannyasins who are still on the path. He has left an immense body of words for those still on the path as fingers pointing to the moon. He has left an esoteric group of sannyasins who are living in the world as ordinary individuals and guiding those who need to be guided. He has left an exoteric group which is unconscious and can only decide out of unconsciousness.
Christianity, to preserve the unity of the Christian religion, gave power to a temporal and spiritual head, in the hope that through this Christians could be united and the truth could be preserved. They forgot that organizations exist for their own purpose and have no concern for the truth. They forgot that organizations are inhuman forces and when there are unconscious people within organizations, these organizations along with the ego inside of the unconscious people work to destroy the truth. They forgot that individuals are attracted to organizations not for the purpose of truth but for the purpose of ambition and ego.
Islam, divided into two groups, Sunni and Shia. A rigid central organization was not created although Islam fell into the hands of those who were ambitious and had political aims (rather than being preserved in the hands of non-ambitious, non-political individuals) and was thus perverted. The Islamic sects of Sunni and Shia had their own inflexible dogma and through the tyranny of those who had power and who thought that their understanding of Islam was the “only right one”, freedom of thought was opposed and fanaticism was created. Sufis, rebellious mystics, were opposed, although their truth could not be killed.
There are many other religions which I will not enter into, but it does not take much looking around to see the results of their works.
We sannyasins are in the same position and I want to share some insights with you.
Sannyas, cannot be contained in any dogma or any organization, it can only be contained in the conscious human heart. Osho cannot be contained in organizations, because organizations do not have a soul. Only the individual has a soul and has the potential to become awake and receive enlightenment. No organization has a soul, neither does it have the potential to receive enlightenment. Organizations cannot even love, they cannot even feel. Organizations are inhuman forces, and they are unconscious forces.
Osho’s work is multidimensional. There is the work of preserving his words. There is the work of sending invitations to others so that they can also participate in meditation and partake of consciousness and joy. There is the exoteric group, and there is the esoteric group.
As long as we live in the mind, our whole vision will be divided and confused. Enlightened sannyasins have no argument among themselves, but only a silent understanding of each other’s being. Those sannyasins who are still on the path to consciousness are a different matter entirely.
Each individual sannyasin will have his or her own understanding of Osho and his work. Opinions will differ, ideas will differ, and that is natural, but, there is one essential in which we are all in agreement, and that is meditation, attaining to our own ultimate potential and releasing the fragrance of the flower.
The essence of Osho’s work can be reduced to meditation, although there are many more dimensions inside of Osho’s work.
Since all sannyasins have not received enlightenment, and are still on the path, differences will exist, ideas, thoughts and opinions will differ from one another and sometimes will come into conflict. This is to be expected. As long as sannyasins are unconscious, we must allow each Individual (as opposed to organization) come to his or her own understanding of Osho’s work. Organizations do not have a heart, much less a human heart.. They do not have feelings, and you cannot love an organization. You can only love human beings, (and animals, plants, trees, the universe etc) therefore we must always remember that Osho can only be contained in our love and in our being and not in any sect. When strangers come to Osho, they are touched by the transformation that has happened in the lives of individual sannyasins and not by the organizations existing around Osho’s work. Remember that organizations do not care about the truth, and that they have no soul. The individual has a soul, but how can the collective have a soul? They collective can only have unconsciousness and ego.
Osho’s work will spread through the transformation that happens within the lives of individual sannyasins, and not through any collective effort. Collective effort can only be unconscious, and the leaders of collective efforts are in the majority of cases, individuals with all the poisons of ambition, jealousy, greed, prejudice and unconsciousness still inside of them and their work can only lead to disaster and not to any truth.
Sannyas must remain a loose community of individuals, united by the common bond of meditation. Our gatherings must be gatherings of love and joy, of celebration, sharing and of awareness. That is the meaning of sannyas. Sannyas is not a social revolution, but an individual rebellion and this is the only way that the world can be changed. The world is built on the foundation of individuals, and the meaning of sannyas is to change the human heart within oneself so that it is filled with love, and to transform the being so that it is aware, joyous and celebrating. Our concern is meditation and releasing the fragrance of meditation into the world. This does not need any hierarchical organization but rather it needs individuals with the love for mediation and loose communities wherein individuals can gather and participate in meditation and in love, joy, celebration and sharing.