From Misery to Enlightenment

Dit boek ‘From Misery to Enlightenment’ drukt de volkomen helderheid uit waarmee Osho zijn visie omtrent de mensheid geeft, met voorbeelden, humor en anecdotes. Hiermee zet hij de zogenaamde religie voor schut From Misery to Enlightenmenten poneert hij dat er maar een manier is: de mensheid opnieuw scheppen. From Misery to Enlightenment daagt energie, optimisme en enthousiasme uit voor alles wat het leven te bieden heeft. Het is geen ‘heilig’ boek en het bevat ook geen geloofsovertuiging.
Het is een levendig, goed leesbaar verslag dat ook het nodige inzicht verschaft in de reikwijdte van Osho’s werk dat erop gericht is om ons te helpen om onszelf te begrijpen en dat geworteld is in het praktische leven van elke dag dat we allemaal kennen en herkennen.

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Excerpt from: From Misery to Enlightenment, Chapter 1

The child is the father of the man, and down the centuries we have been destroying the child. And once the child is destroyed, the whole life becomes unnatural, miserable, meaningless.

The question is, Why has every society, every civilization tried to spoil the child? It is something very important to understand, that all that we have created up to now – social structures, religious philosophies, teaching systems – knowingly or unknowingly all need a miserable man for their existence. They are parasites.

If man is not miserable then all your so-called great institutions will disappear from the earth. Just think: no animal needs any religion, no animal needs any philosophy, no animal needs any culture, civilization. Still, the animals have been living happily, far more happily than your man has managed to live. You will not find animals in misery, in anguish.

All these institutions which exist upon your misery are bound to create more and more misery; that is their feeding ground, that is their food. A miserable man is bound, sooner or later, to end up in a religion because he will need consolations. He does not have reality to support him; he will need fictions to substitute for reality.

He knows nothing about love. He has been prevented from the very beginning from knowing what love is. He has been diverted into something else which is not love, which is only a game – artificial, a hypocrisy. You can pretend, but it is not going to nourish you. It is, on the contrary, going to exhaust you. It is going to take so much out of you because it is not a simple phenomenon.

To pretend continuously is a heavy job, perhaps the heaviest in the world. You can carry a mountain on your head – that will not be so heavy as carrying for your whole life, all kinds of lies, pretensions, false faces.

You become a mess just trying to keep all those faces, pretensions, lies, together. They are all falling apart; all are against each other, and they have no roots in reality. You have to feed them your own blood, your own heart, your own marrow. Naturally it creates a miserable world.
“But the priests are happy with the miserable world. They were very unhappy with pagans, so unhappy with pagans that the very word pagan became condemnatory.

One day I was talking to Vivek, just taking my tea. I said, ‘I am a pagan.’
She said, ‘Never use that word in the West.rsquo; I said, ‘Why? It is such a beautiful word.’ She said, ‘It may be beautiful for you, but Christianity, Judaism, the whole West, uses the word in a very derogatory sense.’ I said, ‘I was not aware of it. That means now I have to use it for myself. The word has to be freed from these criminals and their hands. They have destroyed a beautiful word.’

Once the pagan existed on the earth and he was as happy as any other animal; he knew nothing of misery. He loved, he lived, never bothering about ultimate questions and problems. He enjoyed eating, drinking – the simple things of life, not making everything a problem. The pagans have disappeared from the world. Religions destroyed them everywhere, all over the world.

All the religions have been against the pagans because if pagans exist then there is no possibility for religions. They cannot coexist because the pagan is not interested in what happens after death. He is not interested in what happened before birth.

He says, ‘Between birth and death, it is so much just to live. First let me finish this – don’t bring in unnecessary things to waste my time. Right now I am in the middle of life, let me live it. When I am in death I will try to live it too, but why should I bother about death now? – because I don’t remember ever bothering about life before. Right now life is in my hands, and I want to squeeze the whole juice out of it.’

I am reminded of a beautiful story; it is so beautiful that one wants.… It would have been good if it was true too; but it is very close to truth.” Osho