My First Encounter with Osho Philosophy
Years ago, I had my first encounter with Osho’s Philosophy. In college days I use to read books on different subjects including literature, politics and philosophy. One day my younger brother brought me few books on Osho. Those were on different topics and I started reading first and that was related with Sikh philosophy. In fact it was commentary on ‘Japji Sahib’. I read it from page one to last and I was so impressed with the way of explaining things. I felt really close to Sikh Philosophy after reading that particular book.
But my experience thereafter was not same, when I started another book. I started, read few pages and left and thrown it. Started another book and felt same. Ultimately I got disturbed with all books and thoughts given in those books. I pushed aside all books considering them meaningless. I am not able to say why, but few months later, I again picked books one by one and read all of them. I tried to absorb the ideas given in them. I read all books thoroughly. My impressions got changed about the ‘great thinker’ and his thoughts.
As I am from Sikh family, my mind accepted the first book easily as it was on Sikh philosophy. Today I see nothing but ‘conditioning of mind’ behind my accepting one book while rejecting others. I started reading Osho’s thoughts regularly like fiction books. Today I have big collection on Osho in my personal library.
Point that I am putting here is that our thinking is mostly result of our ‘mind set’. What we conclude every moment is what we already had collected in our minds. In other words, our mind is the experience of our collective past. On the basis of our past experience we see things as good and bad. ‘Things familiar and known’ attract our mind whereas ‘new and unknown’ is not easily welcomed. When some new situation or some new idea is given, mind starts doubting, analyzing it, again on the basis of old mind set. Process of rationalizing is simply finding logical reasons from old experience.
Today Osho’s thoughts are available in big volumes of books, perhaps more than 600 books but here I am sharing a single point that to receive new in life, we have to drop the old one. To fill fresh raindrops, you need empty vessel in your hands. Mind is always in past as it lives with definitions, principles, beliefs, laws and disciplines. Existence is always fresh and we can touch it with pure hearts only. The reality and potential of here and now can only be experienced and appreciated if we dare to drop our tinted glasses. We need to see life as it is, without interpreting, without analyzing and without jumping to our normal conclusions.