From Personality to Individuality
One of the most remarkable things about this book is Osho’s capacity to look at popularly held concepts from a completely different perspective – turning them inside out, to reveal their true workings and show the effect that such “perceived wisdom” has on people and their lives.
For example, the Christian’s belief in God the Father simply because of having been brought up that way, or the Hindu’s conviction that God is playing with the universe yet man must worship in seriousness. Or, Osho takes the dictum “Power corrupts,” and reveals that in fact men who have corruptibility are drawn toward the power that enables them to live it out. The good man has no need for power because goodness can manifest without it, and so the energy is free to turn to creativity.
This book is a blueprint for a new, and happier, humanity; one in which each person celebrates living at one with his inner being, and through that, with all that surrounds him. Osho’s outstanding ability to convey a radically new vision to the reader makes it all seem very simple – you will find yourself recognizing what you have always felt inside, but never before heard expressed.
#1: Man Is Born with a Question Mark in His Heart
#2: To Define Is to Confine – Existence Has No Boundaries
#3: Beware! I Am Here to Destroy Your Dreams
#4: Jealousy: Society’s Device to Divide and Rule
#5: The Odyssey of Aloneness #6: Anxiety or Anguish?
#8: A Womb for Transformation
#9: A Conspiracy of the Priests to Manipulate Your Mind
#10: An Outsider, Just a Guest
#11: God: The Phantom Fuehrer
#12: Death: The Ultimate Orgasm
#13: The New Man: Intellect in Harmony with the Heart
#14: The Only Hope: The Enlightenment of Humanity
#15: Inexpressible Truth
#16: Superman: The Fantasy for the Inferior
#17: Holy Scriptures: Wholly Bullshit
#18: Religious War: A Contribution of Christianity
#20: Fear of Hell, Greed for Heaven
#21: Know Truth in Its Totality
#22: Withdraw the Fence between Heaven and Hell
#23: Is It Boredom, or Aloneness?
#24: The Sheer Nonsense of Infallibility
#25: The Juice, the Whole Juice and Nothing but the Juice
#27: Seek and You Shall Miss; Relax and You Shall Find
#28: Knowledge Is Information; Knowing Is Transformation
#29: I Don’t Want My Truth to Be Your Theory
#30: Life Is the Ultimate Yes
Excerpt from: From Personality to Individualityfrom Chapter 20
Compassion cannot allow you even to do good to the other person who is not ready for it. Compassion gives total freedom, respect and dignity to the other person; all these people who have been trying to save others are just a by-product of Christianity and its conditioning.
In Buddhism there is no place for saving anybody. Buddha says, “I can show you the way, but you will have to walk. I cannot walk for you. If you don’t want to walk, who am I to force you? At the most I can say I have walked the path, and I can describe the beauties of the path, but I cannot force you in any way. That will not be compassion, it will be cruelty. If it is your pleasure to go some other way, then all my blessings are with you. Even if you are going to hell, my blessings are with you.”
Mahavira has taken a very clear stand: “Nobody has ever been saved by anybody else. It is not possible by its very nature because if somebody can save you, then somebody can unsave you also. Then your being saved is not something in your possession, it is given by somebody. It is just as somebody can give you money and somebody else can steal it – you are not the master of it. And at least your self-realization, your enlightenment, must be something of which you are the master, which nobody can deprive you of.”
It is simple logic: if somebody can give it to you, then somebody can deprive you of it; there is no problem in it. If you can be forced to be enlightened, you can be forced to be unenlightened. Mahavira is very clear, and I agree with him, that at least one ultimate thing should be left to the individual. Enlightenment is the ultimate experience; it should not be borrowed, given, purchased, forced, otherwise it won’t be the real thing.
It is Christian stupidity that has spread the idea; no other religion before Christianity had ever thought of saving somebody. If you know the way, you know the joys of the way, you can sing the song, you can dance the dance. If somebody feels like moving with you, being a fellow traveler, not a follower, then he is welcome. But there is no enforcement and you are not obliging him.
These are the beautiful points which have arisen in the Eastern consciousness over thousands of years. Even if you show the way, you give the details of the path and you give the discipline; you don’t make the other person feel obliged to you. You are not doing it for him, it is just your own experience which wants to be shared. He is obliging you by hearing you, by giving you a chance to share your experience. He is helping you to be unburdened of the fragrance that you are carrying – and you want to be unburdened, you have to be thankful to the person – the question of saving does not arise.
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:
religion... nobody... trust... truth... believe... poetry... beautiful... gurdjieff... krishnamurti... mahavira...