In this very special series of questions and answers Osho talks on the death and enlightenment of his own father, which occurred at this time. He also shines his unique light on subjects as diverse as science and meditation, personality and essence, homosexuality, witnessing, and silence.
“He left the world in utter silence, in joy, in peace. He left the world like a lotus flower – it was worth celebrating. And these are the occasions for you to learn how to live and how to die. Each death should be a celebration, but it can be a celebration only if it leads you to higher planes of existence.”
Chapter 1: Always on the Rocks
Chapter 2: No Sin, No Virtue
Chapter 3: No Question, No Answer
Chapter 4: You Are Ancient Pilgrims
Chapter 5: Watch This! Stranger than Fiction
Chapter 6: Only Now Is
Chapter 7: Thanks for the Compliment
Chapter 8: Just for Your Sake
Chapter 9: He Died Enlightened
Chapter 10: Me, Enlightened?
Science has not been able to demystify existence. Now this is recognized not by ordinary technicians but by geniuses, because they are the pioneers; they can see the dawn very close by, they are the prophets. Albert Einstein says that science has failed in demystifying existence, that on the contrary it has mystified things even more.
For example, it was so easy in the old days, just a hundred years ago, for the scientist to say that all is matter. Now matter has disappeared; in neo-physics there is no entity called matter. The deeper the physicist went into the world of matter, the more matter was not to be found at all – it is pure energy. How to define energy now? Is it material? Energy cannot be material; energy is something totally different from matter. Matter is static, energy is dynamic; matter is a noun, energy is a verb. Matter is measurable. That is exactly the meaning of the word matter; it comes from measure, the root means measurable. Matter can be measured, that’s why it is called matter. Energy is immeasurable, it cannot be called matter. And as the physicist has entered into the world of energy, he has become more and more puzzled; never before has he been so puzzled.
Mystics have always been in awe before existence. The physicist is for the first time in awe, because he has for the first time touched something very vital; otherwise he was just looking from the outside. A stone is just a stone from the outside. The physicist now knows that the stone is not just a stone – it contains universes. A single small pebble that you can hold in your hand contains so much atomic energy that the whole universe can grow out of it, contains so much atomic energy that the whole universe can be destroyed by it. It is not just a pebble any more and it is not solid any more. You are holding it in your hand and you know it is solid, but your knowing is no longer scientific. It only appears solid; it is liquid. And it looks so available, manipulatable, you can do things with it. But you don’t know its mysteries which are not manipulatable, and the mysteries are really immense – almost as immense as the mystery of God itself.
The modern physicist is using the language of the mystics for the first time. Eddington said, “The universe no longer looks like a thing but like a thought.” This, from the mouth of a scientist, a Nobel prize-winner – the universe looks like a thought and not like a thing? That means the universe is more consciousness than matter. And matter has been analyzed, our penetration has become deeper; we have come across atoms, electrons, neutrons – and we are utterly mystified, at a loss even to express what we have come across. We don’t have the language, the right language for it, because we have never known it.
Now the right language has to be found in the words of the mystics. A buddha will be helpful, a Lao Tzu will be helpful. And scientists are looking into the words of the buddhas to find the right language, because these are the people who have been talking about paradox, mystery. And now science is coming across paradoxes.