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    Silent Period



    Silent Period



    CHAPTER 1

    May 1982 pm in Lao Tzu House, Rajneeshpuram, Oregon, USA

    [NOTE: This was published in THE RAJNEESH TIMES, 5th November 1982, while Osho was in
    silence.]


    ED BRADLEY OF THE 60 MINUTES TEAM VISITED RANCHO RAJNEESH IN MAY TO GET
    FOOTAGE FOR LAST SUNDAY’S PROGRAM. SINCE IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE FOR HIM TO
    INTERVIEW OSHO DIRECTLY, HE SENT OSHO A LETTER CONTAINING FOUR QUESTIONS.
    OSHO GAVE HIS REPLIES TO THE QUESTIONS THROUGH MA ANAND SHEELA AND THEY
    WERE FORWARDED TO BRADLEY.

    Q: ARE YOU GOD?

    Osho: There is not God, hence the question does not arise. ”Bhagwan” does not mean God, it
    simply means ”The Blessed One.” The very idea of God is non-democratic. Either everything is God
    or nothing is God.

    Q: IN A LETTER TO WILLIAM JAMES, OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES WROTE: ”THE GREAT ACT OF FAITH IS WHEN A MAN DECIDES THAT HE IS NOT GOD.” PLEASE COMMENT.

    Osho: Faith has nothing to do with religion. Faith is rooted in believing in something you know
    nothing of. It is a way of covering your ignorance. Religion is not belief or faith but knowing. The
    whole of human history has been ninety-nine-point-nine percent just stupid – because of faith. But
    all the so-called religions preach it, because that is the easiest way to exploit.
    Neither William James knows anything about religion, nor Wendell Holmes.

    Q: WHAT IS ENLIGHTENMENT? YOU ONCE SAID IT WAS LIKE CHOCOLATE. TRUE? WHAT
    WILL IT DO FOR THE WORLD?

    Osho: Enlightenment is coming to know that there is nothing to know. In other words, existence is a
    mystery and there is no way to demystify it. To know it and to live it is not intellectual; it is a taste –
    hence I have called it like chocolate. Either you have tasted it or you have not tasted it. There is no
    position in between

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