We will have a few questions from Yoga Sutra 43.
Question to Osho – THE BODY IS BECOMING MORE AND MORE SENSITIVE; IT SEEMS TO VIBRATE AT A FASTER RATE.
THE MORE WORK ON CONSCIOUSNESS AND AWARENESS, THE LESS CONSCIOUS AWARENESS IS THERE.
MEDITATION SEEMS TO BE TAKING A NEW FORM UNRECOGNIZABLE AND INCOMPARABLE TO THE PREVIOUS MEDITATION STATES OR EXPERIENCES.
THERE IS LESS TIME AND SPACE AND TRANQUIL CONDITIONS FOR PASSIVE, RECEPTIVE MEDITATION IN THE MIDST OF NOISE AND PHYSICAL CHAOS, YET SOMETHING IS HAPPENING.
IMMENSE TRUST IN YOU IS THERE IN THE FACE OF THIS LOSS OF RATIONAL UNDERSTANDING.
PLEASE EXPLAIN, IF YOU WILL, WHAT INDEED IS HAPPENING AND HOW IT IS POSSIBLE TO GO DEEPER AND DEEPER IN THE MIDST OF APPARENTLY CHAOTIC CONDITIONS.
The first thing, and one of the most basic, to be remembered always is that only out of chaos is one reborn.There is no other way. If you want to be reborn, you will have to move in complete disorder because your old personality will have to be destructured. You will fall apart. All that you have believed yourself to be will start disappearing by and by.
All that you have always identified yourself with will become dim, cloudy. The structure that the society has given to you, the character that the society has forced upon you, will fall into pieces. Again you will be standing without a character, as you were when you were born, on the first day.
Everything will be a chaos, and out of that chaos, out of that nothingness, you will be reborn.
That’s why I say again and again that religion is a – great daring. It is a death, a great death, almost a suicide. Voluntarily you die, and not knowing what is going to happen, because how can you know what is going to happen? You will be dead. Hence trust is needed.
So if by the side, continuously, side by side with the chaos, a trust is growing in me, then there is no need to be afraid. That trust will take care. If the trust is not growing by the side, side by side, then there can be danger, then one can become mad. So people who don’t have trust, in fact, should not move into meditation. If they move into meditation, they will start dying, and they will not find any ground to stand upon, any supportive environment.
Many people come and ask me, “If we don’t take sannyas, are you not going to help us?”
I will be ready to help you, but you will not be ready to take it. Because it is not only a question of my giving. It is a question of your taking also. I will be pouring, but if there is no trust, you will not receive it. And then there is no point in pouring in you if there is no trust. You will receive in the same amount as you are receptive. Sannyas is simply symbolic of your deep trust, symbolic that now you are going to be with me – even when all reason says don’t go, even when your mind resists and says, “This is dangerous. You are moving into a world of insecurity.” When your mind tries to protect you and your character and your structure, even then, if you are ready to go with me, you have trust.
Trust is not just an emotion; it is not sentimental. People think it is only for sentimental people. You are wrong. In a deep sentiment you can say, “I trust,” but this is not going to be of much help because when everything will be disappearing; the first thing to disappear will be your sentiment. It is a very weak thing, impotent. Trust has to be so deep and solid that it is not like a sentiment, it is not a mood; it is something permanent in you, that whatsoever happens, at least you will not lose trust.
That’s why I tell you to do small things. They don’t look meaningful. I insist; for ochre robes. Sometimes you think, “Why? What is the point? Can’t I meditate without ochre robes?” You can meditate; that is not the point at all. I am putting a few things to you which are not rational. There is no reason for ochre robes, there is no scientific reason for it. One can meditate and become enlightened in any color. I am giving you something irrational just as a test whether you are ready to go with me. I put a mala around your neck just to make a fool of you, so you go into the world like a fool. People will laugh at you. They will think you have gone crazy. That’s what I want, because if you can go with me even while I am making you almost mad, then I know when the real crisis will come you will have trust.
These are crises artificially created around you. They are tremendously significant – with no reason. Their significance is deeper than reason. All the Masters have done that.
When Ibrahim, a Sufi Master, came to his Master to be initiated, Ibrahim was a king; and the Master looked at him and he said, “Drop your clothes. Take my shoe, go into the marketplace, naked, and beat your head with my shoe.” People who were sitting around, his old disciples, said, “This is too hard. Why? You never asked this from us. You never told us to be nude and go into the marketplace and beat your head with your shoe. Why are you so hard on King Ibrahim?”
The Master said, “Because his ego is bigger than yours. He is a king, and I have to drop it; otherwise further work will not be possible.”
But Ibrahim didn’t ask a question; he simply dropped his clothes. It must have been very, very difficult for him – in the same capital where he has always been a king, almost always been thought of as a superhuman being, moving on the street, where he has never moved, naked, and with a shoe beating his head. But he moved, went into the town. He was laughed at, children started throwing stones at him – a crowd, a big crowd, laughing and ridiculing him, that he has gone mad. But he went around the town, came back.
The Master said, “You are accepted. Now everything is possible; you are open.”
Now what is the reason for it? If you understand, you will understand that this was a way to break down his ego. When ego is gone, trust arises.
Sannyas is just a method, a means, to see whether you can Come with me. I have made it almost difficult for you – rumors about me all around. I go on helping them. And I will tell you also to create as many rumors as you can. Don’t be bothered about the truth; create rumors. People who will be able to make contact with me in spite of the rumors will be the right people, daring, courageous. Much is possible for them.
So the first thing, chaos is created here very knowingly. So don’t think that it is some sort of a problem. No, it is a device.
And don’t go and ask anybody about the chaos; otherwise he will think that you are going mad. Don’t go to a psychiatrist and ask him, because the whole of psychiatry, psychoanalysis, has been trying to help people in a very, very wrong way. They try to make you an adjusted being. Here my whole effort is to break all your adjustments. What I call “creative chaos” they will call “maladjustment,” And they want everybody to become normal, without ever thinking who is normal.
Society, the majority, the mob is normal? Where is the criterion? Who should be thought of as the norm? There is no criterion. In India something will be thought normal.
The same thing will not be thought of as normal in China. Something which is thought normal in Sweden will not be thought normal in India. Each society believes that the majority of the people are normal. It is not so. And to force a person to adjust with the crowd is not creative; it is very deadening.
Adjustment may be good for those who are dominating the society, but it is not good for you. Every society has been using priests, teachers, psychoanalysts to put rebellious people back, force them back into the so-called normality and adjustment. They all serve the establishment, the status quo. They all serve the class which is dominant.
Now they are doing the same in Soviet Russia. If somebody is not a communist, he is maladjusted. They put him into the mental hospital; they hospitalized him. They treat him.
Now not to be a communist in Soviet Russia is a sort of illness. What nonsense. But they have power. They will give you electric shocks, they will brainwash you, they will give you tranquilizers so you become dull. And when you have lost your radiance, your radicalness, when you have lost your individuality and you have become faceless, they say of you, “Now; you are normal.”
Remember, I am not here to make you normal or adjusted. I am here to make you individuals. And you are not to fulfill any criterion other than your own destiny. I am looking at you directly. I am not saying that you have to be like “this,” because that’s how you have been destroyed, that’s how your so-called character has been created. The character is disease, it is illness, it is how you are suffering, imprisoned. I have to de-structure it, destroy it, so that you can become free, so that again you can start soaring high, again you start thinking in terms of your own being, again you can become an individual.
The society has polluted it too much, corrupted you too much, so whenever the chaos starts you become afraid – “What is going on? Am I going crazy?”Tags: Patanjali Tremendously Significant