Comment: Osho/Bhagwan is a Living Zen Koan

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Osho/Bhagwan is a Living Zen Koan

I wasn't at all satisfied with my previous reply to you on Bhagwan.

In the first place I would say that Bhagwan/Osho is a pure breathing paradox, a living Zen Koan which cannot be solved or understood. The only way to understand it is to become oneself bhagwan or osho as bhagwan, or osho, is a state of experience. "Bhagwan", according to Osho, means "the fortunate one, the blessed one" and it's deeply connected to the experience of bhagwatta, of godliness. Osho is term that in Zen is used as title for a Zen priest, but Osho/Bhagwan connects it with feeling oceanic and it is not his name but a certain kind of healing sound and a welcoming word for everybody to become themselves 'Osho'.

If Ron Paul (who lives a very conservative life) is a freak to the majority of people, then Osho, the living paradox, is a total freak-show, a demon, a con man, an anti-christ, a spiritual terrorist. What happened in Oregon is one big part of that freak-show. Osho was to spirituality, religion, psychology and philosophy what Andy Kaufman was to comedy and show business. Kaufman was the lovably pathetic Foreign Man, Taxi-star Latka Gravas, bad behaving Vegas singer Tony Clifton, evil Wrestler, etc. But for Kaufman the key to all these different levels was his Meditation practices. The same goes with Osho as for whom behind all things of controversy and confusion which he wanted and which he enjoyed the only important thing is meditation and mystical experience. He was at the same time in his own words a materialist and a spiritualist, a capitalist and a communist, a sinner and a saint. In one book he says something and in another book he repeals everything he said before and thesis and anti-thesis are both very intelligently argued. First he speaks like a professor of philosophy (which he was by his original profession), then in a next sentence he says that all philosophy is BS. First he is very civilized and then straight away he tells the most profane joke ever. He wanted to confuse people as much as possible.

For me, Osho is the most incredible spiritual journey there is. As I said before Nothing Compares to Him.
One good way to start this spiritual joy ride is to read his book "Autobiography of a Spiritually Incorrect Mystic":

Here's few quotes from the Spiritual Terrorist himself:

"I am not a philosopher, I am not a systematizer; I am absolutely anarchistic, as anarchistic as life itself. I dont believe in systems. I am a nonsystematic, anarchistic flow; I am not even a person, just a process. I dont know what I said to you yesterday, and the person who said it is not here to answer; he is gone. I am here, and I am answerable only for this moment. So don't wait for tomorrow because I will not be here. And who is going to make consistency, who is going to find a thread that is not contradictory? There is nobody. And I would like you to be the same."

"Religion is rebellious, and the man of religion is a rebel. He is rebellious against all orthodoxy, against all traditions, against all organizations, against all ideologies. His only love is for truth, and his whole love is for truth. Only such a man finds it."

"I am not a psychoanalyst. I am not here to treat your minds and cure them. I am here to bring you out of your minds - healthy, unhealthy, neurotic, non-neurotic, it doesn't matter. I don't take any note of your mind, what kind of mind you have. Any kind of have to be taken out of it! So I don't go into the details, I simply start hammering!"

"There are only two types of people in the world: those who try to stuff their inner emptiness, and those very rare precious beings who try to see the inner emptiness. Those who try to stuff it remain empty, frustrated. They go on collecting garbage, their whole life is futile and fruitless. Only the other kind, the very precious people who try to look into their inner emptiness without any desire to stuff it, become meditators."

"Meditation is looking into your emptiness, welcoming it, enjoying it, being one with it, with no desire to fill it ? there is no need,
because it is already full. It looks empty because you don´t have the right way of seeing it. You see it through the mind; that is the wrong way. If you put the mind aside and look into your emptiness, it has tremendous beauty, it is divine, it is overflowing with joy. Nothing else is needed."

"My effort in answering you is not to demystify existence but to mystify it more. Hence my contradictions. I cannot be consistent, I am not answering you. I cannot be consistent, because I am not here to make you more knowledgeable. If I am consistent, you will have a body of knowledge – very satisfying to the mind, nourishing, strengthening, gratifying.
I am deliberately inconsistent, contradictory, so that you cannot make any body of knowledge out of me. So if one day you start gathering something, another day I take it away. I don’t allow you to gather anything. Sooner or later, you are bound to be awakened to the fact that something totally different is transpiring here. It is not that I am giving you some dogma to be believed in, some philosophy to be lived by, no, not at all. I am utterly destructive, I am taking everything away from you."

"When I am gone I hope there may still be courageous people in the world to criticize me, so that I don't become a hindrance on anybody's path. And those who will criticize me will not be my enemies; neither am I the enemy of those whom I have criticized. The working of the enlightened masters just has to be understood.
You should remember only one word, and that is compassion—compassion for you, compassion for all those who are still not centered in their being, who are still far away from themselves, who have to be called back home."

"I am nobody. I don't belong to any nation, I don't belong to any religion, I don't belong to any political party. I am simply an individual, the way existence created me. I have kept myself absolutely uninfluenced by any idiotic ideology - religious, political, social, financial. And the miracle is that because I am not burdened with all these glasses on my eyes, and curtains before me, I can see clearly."

"Air is the very substance of our freedom, the substance of superhuman joy....aerial joy is freedom."--Gaston Bachelard--