Yes, everybody is missing every moment until they are enlightened. Whatever you are doing can either bring you close to the point of explosion, or can take you away from the point and make you more closed. These are the two possibilities within you: exploding into a lightning experience, or being closed in a dark night of the soul. So which way are you moving? If you are moving towards the dark night of the soul you are missing -- and missing more every moment because you are going farther and farther away. And there is no end of going farther away.
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Yes, everybody is missing every moment until they are enlightened. Whatever you are doing can either bring you close to the point of explosion, or can take you away from the point and make you more closed. These are the two possibilities within you: exploding into a lightning experience, or being closed in a dark night of the soul.
So which way are you moving? If you are moving towards the dark night of the soul you are missing -- and missing more every moment because you are going farther and farther away.
And there is no end of going farther away. You can go away eternally; there is no time limit. And one can become enlightened this very moment. The question is, towards what are you moving? If you are coming closer to your center of explosion, then every moment you are nearer and nearer to enlightenment. It depends on your speed.
If your understanding is intense enough, it can happen this very moment; you have not to wait even for a single moment more. So you see these are the two possibilities: either now or never. It is a dilemma. Those who know cannot do their own thing, because they know there is nobody inside as a self, as a separate entity from existence.
So either you are accidental I am not doing my own thing -- there is nobody to do such a thing. I am simply available to existence. So whatever and wherever it wants to lead me, I am available, because I am not. Remember, these are the difficulties with language. I say I am available because I am not. Only when I am not, there is availability.
If I am, then there is always choice, not availability. Then I will judge whether to go that way or not, whether to go this way or not, whether to do this or not. So whenever you are doing your own thing, one thing is certain: you are not in tune with existence. So what can it be? It can only be accidental. I know people who had come accidentally to me. They had come to meet one of their friends who was a sannyasin; they had not come to meet me or to see me.
They were not even remotely interested in me, but then listening to me they became interested, they became curious, they became involved. This is accidental. If I send them away to do something I can be certain some accident is going to happen. I have tried -- seeing some accidental people I have told them, "Go and open a center in your place," and they were very happy and they went there and fell in love with a woman, and forgot all about the center -- got married and got into the whole mess of marriage.
You cannot depend on these people; they are not reliable. It is not their fault. They are just driftwood -- any accident and they start doing things they have never thought about, doing things without ever thinking whether they really want to do them.
Perhaps others are doing, so they start doing. And to be accidental is to remain in darkness -- being thrown by winds here and there like a dead leaf Doing your own thing, you were wrong -- not that the things that you were doing were wrong, but that you were thinking that they were your own.
They were only accidental. The people, the therapists, who criticized you were thinking they were doing my things, not their own. And that was creating deep resentment in them, that they have to do my thing. They really wanted to do their thing. They criticized you just to strengthen in themselves that the very idea of "doing your own thing" is wrong.
To repress their own idea they judged you wrong; they were really judging themselves. And once they got the opportunity They are telling people, "Osho has given freedom to us.
Nobody can give you freedom, and if somebody can give you freedom, he can take it back any moment. Freedom cannot be a gift. You have to grow and be free; freedom has to be something that happens to you -- it is not given. Now they are saying, "Osho has given freedom to us, and now we are doing our own thing. I used to choose people for their groups; seeing the need of the person, I used to choose which group he should go to. There is every possibility that the people, through their therapies, will be harmed -- because therapy is not anything spiritual.
Therapy is only preparing the ground. It cannot grow roses. Here I was using their therapy to clean the ground so that seeds of meditation can be sown, and people can blossom.
But soon they will understand. Seeing the results, people will start disappearing from their therapy groups. I know perfectly well that people never wanted to do therapy groups; I had to persuade them to go to do therapy groups. They had come to listen to me and to meditate.
Therapy groups are already out of fashion. Esalen -- the original pioneer institution for therapy groups -- is dying. Nobody comes anymore. Only on weekends a few old people turn up. And when they saw that thousands of people are coming to me and going through me to the therapies, they could not believe it, because they were the original people who had started the movement of therapies. It was unbelievable for them why people were not coming there. The reason was that people had been there and had seen their therapies and found that they were only games you can play with.
It feels good while you are playing them, but after two days all is gone; you are the same person, nothing has changed. And what is the point of going again and again, giving money and playing the same kind of games? These therapists who had been working here in the world of the sannyasins will soon feel frustrated, tremendously frustrated. One thing, sannyasins will stop going to them, knowing that it is no longer part of a spiritual movement. Secondly, those who go will see that it is pointless.
Just again and again clearing the ground and letting the weeds grow makes no sense. I was using therapy simply as a preparation -- it was not the end. And these therapists know nothing of meditation, because they felt that it was below them to go and meditate with the same people who are doing therapies with them; they are great therapists.
So they never meditated; they missed meditation. They were so knowledgeable that they thought they knew everything. But they will have to come back; they cannot go on existing for long. Soon you will see those faces again, and this time they are not going to be therapists. This time I am going to work in a totally different way.
Therapy will not be part of it; perhaps personal counseling may be there, but not therapy. There is nothing wrong in doing your own thing -- just remember that it is accidental.
First know thyself, and then do anything that happens, that comes up out of your nothingness. And out of nothingness always comes the lotus of nirvana.
Hinduism is very old; hence it has some unique characteristics. Because it is the oldest religion in the world, a few things are in it which you will not find in other religions.
For example, you are asking that Hindu incarnations of God are always with a woman consort: Shiva is with Parvati, Krishna is with Radha. In India, Jainism and Buddhism flowered twenty-five centuries ago.
They had to fight against Hinduism. Hinduism was the only religion. You will be surprised: it was so alone that it had no name. A name is needed when there is more than one thing; if there is only one thing, what is the use of a name?
Hinduism was the only religion, so it was simply called dharma -- religion. There was no need to put an adjective to it. Jainism and Buddhism were born out of Hinduism, offshoots of the old religion, but then they had to make some specialities to stand aloof; otherwise the oceanic Hinduism would have drowned them. The idea of celibacy had not entered in the mind of the Hindus because it is unnatural, so even their incarnations of God have their wives.
They are just as natural as you are. Jainism and Buddhism both made it a point that man has to go above nature, beyond nature, only then he is religious -- Hinduism is not religion. What kind of a religion is it if just to be natural is to be religious?
So which way are you moving
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