The Wheel has to be moved again
“When a Buddha moves the wheel of dharma, it takes two thousand five hundred years for it to stop completely. The wheel that Buddha moved has stopped. The wheel has to be moved again. And that is going to be my and your life’s work – that wheel has to be moved again. Once it starts revolving it will again have twenty-five centuries’ life.” OSHO
‘Everything started from pure consciousness and will ultimately end in pure consciousness. Awakening to this reality brings the ultimate freedom. As I’ve told you time and again, it’s just like when an earthen pot is shattered and it is realized that the space within is one with the space without. It will happen for everyone when the appointed moment rolls around, because all of my creation is cyclical and all beings will one day close their individual circle and return to me, having gone beyond the ridiculous notion that the ego can seek spiritual enlightenment.’ LORD BRAHMA ‘BORDERLINE DREAMTIME’
I’ve used these quotes to illustrate that life moves in circles, and seeing as how we are life it is inevitable that we will also be moving in a circle in one way or another. Osho put it like this: ‘Life is only a school and unless you learn enlightenment, you will go on moving into the circle of life and death.’
To return to the opening quote: ‘The wheel has to be moved again. And that is going to be my and your life’s work – that wheel has to be moved again.’ I believe this is a core element of Osho’s teaching. He is saying this is his life’s work and, somewhat optimistically, yours also.
If you are reading this it is more than likely that you are a sannyasin and therefore one of the people he was addressing. I’ve been commenting on Sannyasnews for a few months now and one thing I’ve noticed is how everyone is running in circles and getting nowhere with what they say, yet everyone continues the repetition because they are comfortable with it. For me, sannyas was never about being comfortable. People who are too comfortable soon fall asleep. Sannyas is about awakening.
One of the predominant issues on Sannyasnews blog is how the inner circle are running things and how the outer circle thinks what a bad job the inner circle is doing. Somehow it seems to me highly ironic that a spiritual movement based upon being freed from a vicious circle has so many of its members running in circles. Meanwhile the greatest treasure that is our very birthright seems to be of no value whatsoever, in the sense that nobody seems interested in speaking about it. What treasure is that? You may well ask. I’ll let Osho answer that one for you. ‘It does not matter to a man of awareness whether he is successful or unsuccessful, whether he is well known or absolutely unknown, whether he is somebody powerful or just a nobody, a nonentity. To a man of awareness, all these dualities don’t matter at all, because awareness is the greatest treasure. When you have it, you don’t want anything else. You don’t want to become a president of a country, or a prime minister of a country. Those are for children, retarded people, to play the game.’
So, my fellow sannyasins, wouldn’t you say that it is high time to stop focusing on the circles, be they inner or outer, and, like the fictional Lord Brahma says, awaken to the reality that brings the ultimate freedom. Or as Osho put it: ‘Become aware, awake. Then you will see that everything comes and goes, all things come and pass. Life is a flux. Your consciousness is the only thing that is immovable, that is eternal. To attain it is freedom. To attain it is the goal of life. If you miss it you have missed your life and you have missed a tremendously great gift, a great opportunity.’