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    Early Talks



    Early Talks


    CHAPTER 2


    No Mission, No Message
    1 October 1969 pm in Pahalgam, Kashmir, India


    FIRST QUESTIONER: WHAT IS YOUR MISSION IN LIFE? AND WHAT METHOD SHOULD WE USE TO FULFILL THIS MISSION?

    OSHO: As far as my mission in life is concerned, there is no such thing as my mission. Neither
    is there any my, nor is there any mission. I am not teaching something to others – there is no
    message to be given to the world. Messages are many, missions are enough – and there is no
    lack of missionaries, nor is there any lack of thoughts, ideologies, isms. On the contrary, the mind
    of the world is much too burdened with these things. To me it seems that if the mind of man can
    be unburdened, only then is there any possibility of living the truth, or of feeling life in its totality.
    Ideologies, thoughts, isms, missions, they all add to the burden of the mind.

    The more the mind knows, the less it becomes capable of knowing; knowledge is the only hindrance
    towards knowing. Knowing is something quite different from knowledge. Knowledge means
    thoughts, and knowledge means borrowed learning. Knowing means a mind which is unburdened of
    everything that is known; a mind in the state of knowing is simply ignorant – it doesn’t know anything,
    it is humble. And to be humble, one has to unlearn what has become a burden.

    The known must cease for the unknown to be. And life is unknown, and truth is unknown, yet we
    are all burdened with knowledge. This attitude of knowledge becomes a hindrance towards the void,
    which goes into the unchartered, into the unknown, the unacquainted, the unlearnt.

    So to me there is nothing to be preached or to be taught – I am not a teacher in that sense. Rather,
    I am awakened – not a teacher. And the first awakening that is required today is the awakening of
    the humble attitude of an unlearnt, unknowledgeable mind, a mind that is open and not closed

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