मंगलवार, 18 फ़रवरी 2014

Dimensions Beyond the Known


CHAPTER 1

28 February 1970 pm

Question 1
OSHO, I HAVE READ YOUR LITERATURE; I HAVE HEARD YOU. YOUR LANGUAGE HAS
HYPNOTIC CHARM AND IS VERY CLEAR. SOMETIMES YOU SPEAK ON MAHAVIRA,
SOMETIMES ON KRISHNA OR BUDDHA AND SOMETIMES YOU TELL ABOUT JESUS AND
MOHAMMED AS WELL. YOU DIVULGE THE SECRETS OF THE GITA IN A MOST INSPIRING
MANNER, YOU GIVE DISCOURSES ON THE UPANISHADS AND THE VEDAS, AND YOU
WOULD NOT HESITATE TO GO TO TEMPLES OR CHURCHES TO GIVE DISCOURSES. ALL
THE SAME, YOU MAINTAIN THAT YOU ARE NOT INFLUENCED BY ANY OF THE PERSONAGES
MENTIONED ABOVE. YOU SAY THAT YOU HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THEM AND YOU DO
NOT AGREE WITH THEM. CONTINUOUSLY, YOU CRITICIZE AND SHATTER TO PIECES THE
ANCIENT RELIGIOUS BELIEFS AND SCRIPTURES. WHAT IS YOUR PURPOSE? DO YOUWANT
TO ESTABLISH YOUR OWN RELIGION? DO YOU WANT TO SHOW THAT YOU HAVE LIMITLESS
KNOWLEDGE? OR DO YOU WANT TO CONFUSE EVERYONE? YOU SPEAK AND EXPLAIN IN
WORDS, BUT AT THE SAME TIME YOU SAY THAT ”YOU WILL NOT REACH ANYWHERE BY
CLINGING TO WORDS.” YOU SAY, ”NEITHER BELIEVE ME NOR CLING TO ME; OTHERWISE
YOU WILL COMMIT THE SAME MISTAKE.” YOU ALSO SAY THAT THIS NEGATION ITSELF IS
AN INVITATION. KINDLY EXPLAIN WHO AND WHAT YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU WANT TO DO
AND SAY. WHAT IS YOUR INTENTION?
Firstly, I am not influenced by Mahavira, Buddha, Christ or Mohammed. It is the beauty of religion
that in one sense it is always old. It is in this sense that religious experiences are known to many
persons. No religious experience is such that one can say that ”It is mine only.”
There are two reasons for this. Firstly, on having a religious experience, the sense of ”my-ness”
dies. That is why, in this world, a claim of ”my-ness” can be made for everything, but not for religious experience. This is the only experience which falls beyond the orbit of ”my-ness”, because this
experience can be had only on the death of ”my-ness”. That is why the claim of ”my-ness” could be
there for everything, but not for a religious experience. Nor can anyone say that such an experience
is new, because truth is neither new nor old.

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