In his second article for Sannyas News, Prem Ritvik seeks to explain why one need not worry at all about the future of Sannyas and where it is heading.
“I see a great future for the materialist spiritualist” (Osho)
Sannyas is an automatic happening. Sannyas is wisdom, which needs sound intelligence, as Heraclitus cites in an utterance in ‘The Fragments’. To be a become a sannyasin, for Vairagya (detachment from the world) to take place, very rich intelligence is required. It must see through and beyond the intensity of the individual experience it is employed on.
When one is a child, one sees that toys are valuable. When one is beyond puberty, one sees that women are valuable. But it is also possible, either after enjoying several women or simply by witnessing one’s robotic attraction towards the opposite gender for the continuation of the species, that when one will encounter a pause in hormones, women, just like toys, will not be important anymore. Observing self-behaviour is the key!
And when one can witness another man or woman getting old, shedding teeth, suffering as eyes lose sight, how hard can it be to foresee one’s own surviving future? And thus, Sannyas descends, naturally, on one who has witnessed nothing special about oneself. The option of suicide is also present, for those who gain enough sound intelligence, but with a little more intelligence one may not hurry to achieve the inevitable. Such an automatic Sannyas happens beyond the psychological world of marketing or sex. It is the sharpness of intelligence which gives freedom to any conscious individual.
The Great Sannyas is total, removing boundaries between materialism and spiritualism. It is the daughter of Osho. It serves and will continue serve as a mother to anyone post the automatic Sannyas as a roof till the state beyond enlightenment happens. After that, the roof will disappear.
It has a great future as the East is now home to materialist western business houses, enjoying specialisation of details in all goods it never had before, while the West has overdone its materialist advances, creating extreme freedom so that frustration is often on display, eg with regular school shootings. The West has attained maximum misery. Therefore potential has spread its wings in both East and West.
Osho during his lifetime tried a series of experiments and developed useful and compassionate tools. He was fearless enough to declare unconditional Sannyas! This means that after the automatic Sannyas, for anyone who could understand him, Sannyas, the further internal transformation, was made available without any possibility of guilt.
Anyone can follow his vision.
Osho used four strategies during his lifetime to spread the message. Over the course of his life he spoke about 600 books on important people all over the world. Then in the next phase he reinvigorated, invented and polished effective meditation techniques for modern man. Yet he still placed his trust not on books but on his people, his living temples throughout the planet. And he stressed his vision. For any movie to be made on his life, he wanted his vision to be the centerpiece of it.
Sannyas will continue to happen, and the Great Sannyas where his temples harbour his vision will be sought, as Osho had a great insight into the future. The next generation must, however, find a living master in the previous one, otherwise they will miss something of Osho, where he clearly relied on those who surrendered to him rather than his 600 books.
The flavour of Sannyas is first a natural flavour, and then the flavour of the blessed one. Osho spoke “Those who have come to me directly are at risk to betray me while for those who had the thirst I am a discovery.” Some with thirst now seek those who gave quenched theirs.
The future of his religion is great as it is scientific and will be discovered again and again by those with thirst for truth.