"You can be certain, however, that my personal message will always awaken people to the urgent need to move away from the restricting and erroneous tenets of all dogma and institutionalized religion. The message will open up channels of consciousness leading to the growth of spiritual awareness. It will be leading people into ever higher and higher dimensions of celestial thought, as opposed to earthly and materialistic concepts. It will impart a more vivid appreciation of the true nature of your Source of Being and the universe in which you presently live." [Christ Returns - Speaks His Truth - Letter 7]
Dangers of Dogma
You have said that YOU DON'T CARE IF THERE IS ANY SUCCESSOR WHEN YOU ARE GONE. What do you see happening to your sannyasins, to your religion, the moment you die?
Osho: I DON'T AT ALL THINK ABOUT IT. Never does the thought occur to me, for the simple reason that THE VERY IDEA GOES AGAINST MY APPROACH. The people who are living with me are enjoying the moment. Do you want me alone not to enjoy the moment?
I AM TEACHING EVERYBODY TO ENJOY THE MOMENT, and don't be bothered by tomorrow. Living in the moment intelligently, consciously, meditatively, will take care of the future. THERE IS NO NEED FOR ME TO GIVE YOU DIRECTIVES, guidelines for what you have to do when I am gone. That's what all the old religions have done.
MANU GAVE ALL THE GUIDELINES FOR HINDUS FIVE THOUSAND YEARS BEFORE, and they are still following them. EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED, NOTHING OF MANU IS ANY MORE APPLICABLE. In fact, it is a hindrance to the evolving of Hindus, to become contemporaries.
Now, MANU HAS COMMITTED A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY by giving these directives. He did not prove a blessing, he proved himself a curse. But the same is done by Moses, Mohammed, Mahavira, Jesus, Buddha. On one thing they are all certain: that WHEN THEY ARE GONE THEY HAVE STILL TO CONTROL THE PEOPLE who had come into contact with them, who had trusted them - but they don't trust their people.
I TRUST MY PEOPLE. I know that they are living fully, joyously. They know how to live joyously, how to live fully, and that's enough. I HAVE GIVEN THEM THE EXPERIENCE; NOW THAT EXPERIENCE WILL BE DECISIVE. And they will have a freedom - because THINGS WILL CHANGE, SITUATIONS WILL CHANGE. I can give directives that will become hindrances to their growth - I cannot do that. That is criminal, very criminal.
For example, MAHAVIRA GAVE THE DIRECTIVE TO HIS DISCIPLES NOT TO WEAR SHOES. In his time, it was perfectly right - because TO USE LEATHER MEANS YOU ARE in some way or other indirectly SUPPORTING THE KILLING OF THE ANIMALS. And the best leather comes out in a very torturous way. Young calves have to be boiled, and their skin has to be taken off. Then it is soft, very soft. The moment an animal dies his skin becomes hard, then you cannot make beautiful shoes out of it. You can make shoes, but they will not be so soft, so velvety. And the younger the kid, the better leather you get - the softer leather you get.
MAHAVIRA, SEEING this whole scene happening in every town, every city - YOUNG ANIMALS ARE BEING BOILED ALIVE! - STOPPED HIS PEOPLE. They were not eating meat, but at least they were using shoes, and that leather comes from torture. But Mahavira becomes decisive for the future too; HE MAKES IT A RULE THAT HIS SANNYASINS SHOULD NEVER WEAR SHOES.
THIS IS GOING TOO FAR. Now, I'm wearing shoes which are not made of leather. MAHAVIRA HAD NO IDEA OF rubber; he had no idea of SYNTHETIC LEATHER. He had no idea that shoes can be made of canvas, of cloth - of so many things. But we cannot condemn him for not having the idea; there was no possibility of that. All he knew was that he had forbidden his people to use leather, but HE SHOULD HAVE LEFT THEM OPEN FOR THE FUTURE.
The Last Testament
Vol 2, Ch #14: Awareness is my successor
pm in Jesus Grove
(part 1 of 4)