“The people who have been holding power down the centuries have always been able to persuade people that whatever is being done, is done for their sake. And the people have believed it because they have been trained to believe.”
Think for your self and question all authority
Enlightenment and the ability to express it do not necessarily go hand in hand. It can happen that an enlightened [no sense of individual self, having merged with universal self) man or woman does not have any means to express the stateless state. It can also happen that a man or woman has an intuitive and intellectual capacity to describe enlightenment, while not experiencing the complete dissolution of separate self. Remember, Osho was a university lecturer, who might well of kissed the Blarney Stone, such a gift of the gab he did have.Taking that into consideration ask yourself, how can you know for sure that Osho was actually enlightened? If you are honest you will answer that you cannot know that. After all, it takes one to know one, and even if you/we are one you have not realized it quite yet, now have you? Saying that you could feel it does not cut the mustard either, because even our gut feelings can be way off track, or maybe that is just my experience. Do gut feelings recognize enlightenment? I have a gut feeling they might not.
Osho may well have been an enlightened man. Osho might have been a brilliant man who knew his subject, although perhaps not fully enlightened. It is therefore maybe not such a bad thing to question Osho. As the man himself said you have been trained to believe, and when it comes to belief he laid much emphasis on the fact that belief and doubt are two aspects of the same coin. From my own experience I would say that Osho actually encouraged his people to question him, a fact that might not appear obvious, but nonetheless it was there. In this instance I am not referring to questions posed to him in his discourses, but rather on a more personal level. Besides, unless you are a Catholic sannyasin, surely the need to enquire is a big part of the journey from here to here.
The other day, I read something from The Record of Tung-shan and it immediately resonated in my heart.
Like all good things in life, the beauty is to share and that is what I am doing now. Osho would have loved you to read the following, for within these words is couched something fundamental that anyone who is or has been involved with a spiritual master needs to hear…and hopefully understand.
‘What did he mean?’
At that time, I nearly misunderstood my former master’s intent.
‘I wonder if the former master was actually enlightened.’
If he was not enlightened, how could he have known to answer is such a way? If he was enlightened, why did he go to the trouble of answering in such a way?
‘What teaching did you receive when you were with him?’
Although I was there, I did not receive any teaching.
‘Since you didn’t receive any teaching from him, why are you remembering him in this way?’
Why should I turn my back on him?
‘Do you agree with him or not?’
I agree with half and don’t agree with half.
‘Why don’t you agree with him completely?’
If I agreed completely, then I would be ungrateful to my former master.