1 August 1976 pm in Chuang Tzu Auditorium
[A sannyasin said he did not want to push himself as Osho had suggested: But I know I have to take risks, I know I have to try new things but... ] If it comes this urge to try new things, to venture into new styles of being, to go on a journey of the unknown then follow it! Nobody is forcing anything on anybody. Even when people force things on you, you allow them to. That too is your thing, finally otherwise how can anybody impose anything on you? You cooperate, and then you throw the responsibility on the other. Whatsoever has happened, you have done it. Even if others were saying for you to do it and you followed them, it was you who followed them. You could have disobeyed, there was always the alternative to go against them, but you decided not to go against them. Once you understand this that whatsoever you do is your responsibility then you will feel more at ease with life. Otherwise you feel that somebody is pulling, pushing parents, the society, this and that and that somebody is putting a 'should' on you. Nobody is putting a 'should' on you nobody can. Just do whatsoever you like. If you like to follow them, follow, but never say that they were forcing you. Nobody can force you. Take the risk of not following them then. There are both alternatives. Both are risky. In life everything is a risk even to breathe is a risk: you may be breathing in some virus. To be alive is risky, to drink water is risky, to eat is risky, to love is risky. Everything is a risk. Not to do anything is also a risk because then what is the point of being here? You are committing suicide. So one thing has to be understood: everything is a risk. Now it is a question of your choice, your liking. When somebody is saying to do this, both alternatives are open to do it or not to do it. If you don't do it, you will be losing something and you will be gaining something. If you do it, you will
be gaining something and you will be losing something. So decide but never say that anybody has forced anything on you. Nobody can. It is not in the nature of things. Do whatsoever you feel like doing. If you feel that you have to go on an adventure, then go. If you feel that you want to remain a sannyasi, remain. If you feel that you don't want to remain a sannyasi, drop out of it. It is your choice and it is your responsibility. Both the ways there are gains and losses. One has to decide. You cannot have both. You cannot be a sannyasi and not be a sannyasi at the same time, that is certain. You cannot eat the cake and have it too. I am not saying anything about pushing, but I feel that you cannot remain without pushing, that's why I sent you a message. You go on saying that you don't care nonsense! If you don't care then who is forcing you? Then there is no need to even ask me. You must be caring. [The sannyasin replies: I don't like where I'm at but... ] So, don't like it! What to do? If you don't like it and you don't want to do anything to change it, then remain in this ambiguous situation. Enjoy it... remain confused. If I say, 'Do something to get out of it,' you say you don't like it, you say you don't care. If I say, 'Relax into it; be whatsoever you are, and like it,' then you say you don't like it. So what to do with you? And it is not a problem for me. It is a problem for you to face. It is your life, and whether you decide or not, you have to live it. So if you go on shaking and wavering like this, you will simply waste it. Better to decide one thing. Either start liking yourself as you are and forget all about transformation and rebirth, a new being.... Forget all this. Just be whatsoever you are good, bad, whatsoever. Drop all judgement. Love yourself and enjoy your life. And I don't see that there is anything wrong in it, because many people have reached god through that way also. That is lao tzu s way, tao. Accept that this is the way you are, this is the way god wanted you to be, so why be unnecessarily creating troubles for yourself, anxieties and tensions? Just be. Drop all future. This moment is enough. If you cannot do this and I see that you cannot do it, that is not your way... I can see exactly in you that you cannot do it, hence you are here then decide to do something. There are other paths. Lao tzu is not the only way. There are buddha and jesus and a thousand others those that say that much can be done and you can be transformed. People have reached through that too. So I am not in favour of anything or against anything. Just feel for yourself and go. If you drop this, surrender to me and say, 'You decide,' then I can decide. But then don't say that you don't like it and don't care, and this and that. Then it is nonsense. I think for a few years you will have to remain in this misery. You have not tasted enough misery. You are not yet fed up with it. Your accounts are not yet closed with it. So be miserable for a few more years. Suffer suffering gives maturity. [The sannyasin replies: I feel I'm suffering more than I've ever suffered.] You have to suffer more, because only suffering gives an idea of getting out. If your house is on fire, you jump out of it. You don't ask 'Should I go outside or not?' or say, 'I cannot decide whether to go out or not.'
Remain in it. If you are not suffering, you don't see the flames. If you see the flames and they are torturing you, you simply jump out of it. So just go back. If you want to drop sannyas, you had better drop it here rather than dropping it there. Drop it consciously, but don't be in a vague state. ... Do whatsoever you want. One thing is certain, you cannot throw your responsibility on me. That's why I am saying to drop it, otherwise you will tell people that I have forced sannyas on you, so you are carrying it as a 'should'. I am saying to drop it so that at least I am freed of the responsibility and you cannot throw the responsibility on anybody else. Then it is your choice. If you don't want to drop it, then be a sannyasin, but decide. Whatsoever you decide is good. If you want to take sannyas again, you can, but be clear. If you decide to carry it, then carry it with blissfulness. Don't just carry it like a burden. Think about it. Sit there and decide. ... I am making it clear. You are very vague about it, you are not clear about anything. You are not even clear about whether you have taken sannyas or not; you are simply unaware. I am trying to make it clear to you so that clear-cut distinctions are there. I am making it easier for you so that you can decide, because if you are a sannyasin you have to listen to me. It is a commitment to me. If I say that you have to do a certain thing, then you have to do it. If I say, 'Push a little harder,' you have to push, because I can see that the barrier is not very big; just a little push and you will go beyond it. You are standing at the door and I say, 'Push,' and you say, 'I don't want to.' Being a sannyasin means that you are trusting me, and that whatsoever I am saying is going to be beneficial to you. If you don't want to listen to me, then it is better not to be a sannyasin. And my doors are not closed. Even if you are not a sannyasin, I am available to you. And you can again become a sannyasin. But I want it to be like love, not like a marriage. It is not a legal binding between me and you. It should be a trust. If you feel that that trust is not there, then don't carry the paraphernalia. It is pointless, it is ugly; it will be destructive to your being. ,T2,e free of it. Unless you can dance by being a sannyasin, it is pointless. I am just trying to make it clear. and making it clear means making it... ... to make a decision. So that's why I'm emphasising the two extremes. Otherwise you can go on wavering in between and that will be very destructive. [A visitor says: I don't know if taking sannyas means something extra that doesn't permit an equilibrium between work and a spiritual association.] No, nothing. It is a simple gesture of your trust in me. It is not in any way anti-life or anti-world. I am absolutely life-affirmative. I am as epicurean a person as you can find. So sannyas is not life-negative my sannyas is not. The old concept of sannyas was against sansar, against the world. You could not do this and you could not eat that, and you could not be like this a thousand and one rules and regulations. No, it is a simple inner trust. It is a gesture of surrender
that you love me and you will allow me to love you... that If I shower my love on you, you will receive it in gratefulness... that in your meditative work you will seek my help. And if I give you my help, you will receive it. Just two very small things I insist on the orange and the mala, nothing else. And the third thing is interior to meditate. Everything else you continue as you are doing. As your understanding grows and a few things drop, that's another thing. I am not saying to drop them. For example if you are smoking, I am not saying drop it. Continue. But if your meditation grows a little deeper, smoking may disappear. You may not find the same addiction as before. It may become pointless, irrelevant. It may wither away by itself. Then it is one thing. Otherwise I am not saying stop it. If you drink, continue drinking, because my understanding is that unless you change, your habits cannot change. So my emphasis is on you your awareness, your meditativeness. If your meditation grows a little higher, suddenly you see that it is a wastage of life and energy; you cannot drink. Then it disappears but it is not a discipline imposed; it is an inner understanding. Otherwise I make no condition for it. [The visitor explains: But my problem is that I cannot be here for long. I think it's a very personal communication between a teacher and a disciple that grows, but maybe this communication can happen also, if I am in bombay (where he is working).] Yes, wherever you are. If you are in rome, it will not make any difference; it can happen. And once you are a sannyasin you have a personal line from me... a direct telephone. And it can happen. Space and time is not of much importance. And you can come sometimes whenever it is possible. [Osho gives him sannyas.] Deva means divine and mangalam means a benediction, a divine benediction, a divine blessing. And that's how one should think about life. It is a benediction. We have not earned it. God has simply given it to us a gift. We are not worthy of it. It has been given out of his compassion. It is through his overflowing love that we are alive. And each moment one should remember this, then each moment becomes a prayer. So whenever somebody calls you mangalam or you tell somebody that your name is mangalam, let it be a continuous reminder that life is a blessing. We are not worthy of it, yet it has been given to us. We have to become worthy of it. And all that has been given is so tremendously valuable that there is no way to express our gratitude. There is no way of giving thanks to god. A prayer is nothing but a thankfulness, a thanksgiving. Each breath should become prayerful. So just sitting alone, feel what a benediction this is, just to be. One is able to breathe, one is able to see all the colours, and one is able to hear all the music that surrounds one. One is, that's enough. Even for one moment, one is; there is no way to express one's gratitude. Mangalam means a tremendous feeling of being blessed. .... Good. Make it a point every night before you go to sleep to have a picture of me and to look into my eyes in the picture for two minutes. Just feel me so that I can continue working in your sleep. Then don't do anything else, otherwise it will be a disturbance.
When you have done everything, the day is gone and you are ready to sleep, sit on the bed and look into the picture. Just feel my presence as if you are just sitting in front of me, and within three weeks you will be able to almost realise that I am there, surrounding you. Then go to sleep, so I will start working on you in your sleep and things will start happening.