My Dear Soul Mates,
We have tremendously enjoyed today's celebration being a part of yet another ‘Utsav Pragya’ program of Oshodhara. Very often we only remember the performers and performances, forgetting the director who works behind the scenes. Today’s performers and performances were indeed very impressive. Our artists indeed worked very hard to put up this splendid show and deserve our wholehearted appreciation. But, the directors who created and synthesized such diverse performances, must get the real credit. Today, as I complete 12 years of my sainthood, I look back upon my years before my enlightenment and find that Osho guided every moment of my life and played asin visible director for me. In sadhana, he did not just give me a mantra or two to follow but handed over the entire science of spirituality. The same I am now unfolding before you through Oshodhara. The beauty of Osho’s discourses was that whichever saint or enlightened master he spoke about, explaining his/her teachings to the audience, Osho himself appeared personifying that saint or enlightened master. The audience would get very much impressed and would consider imbibing the teachings of that saint or enlightened master in their personal lives. But the matter did not end there. For, every time Osho chose a different saint or spiritual master to speak about, the audience would get influenced with that very saint or spiritual master and then it became a difficult question for them to decide which saint or spiritual master to choose and which sadhana path to follow. Osho was once specifically asked, “When you speak on Buddha, we like Buddha and wish to follow him; when you speak on Meera we like Meera and wish to follow her path; when you speak on Mahaveera, we like Mahaveera; when you speak on Patanjali, we like Patanjali; when you speak on Kabir, we like Kabir and so on. But each one of them has a different technique and a body of knowledge or Gyan to offer. We are therefore finding it very difficult as to whom to choose as our ideal and which sadhna path to follow?” The reply that Osho gave made things even more difficult. He said, “Now that you have understood that whichever saint or spiritual master I speak about comes alive to you, you should also understand that your guide or spiritual master could not be Buddha, or Mahaveera, or Meera or Gorakhnath or Kabir, but me”. The question then arose, what is Osho’s original sadhna path? This question has never been answered to date. When Osho spoke on Guru Gorakhnath and explained his famous quote: ‘Gorakh, shabd bhayo ujiyara’, meaning ‘feel the divine light, feel the divine sound of Omkar’, he (Osho) quickly added that ‘this is also my teaching’. Again, when he (Osho) spoke on Buddha, he said ‘Buddha's path is also my path’. When he spoke on Meera, he said ‘this is my path too’. By reading his various books it becomes very difficult to decide which sadhana path is true sadhna path of Osho. I suppose today I feel quite inclined to answer this question once and for all. To answer this, I will briefly put that traditionally there had been four sadhana paths – the path of ‘Dhyana’ (meditation) propounded by Lord Buddha and Lord Mahaveera; the path of ‘Sakshi’ (raising consciousness) propounded by Lord Krishna; the path of ‘Samadhi’ (experiencing deathlessness) propounded by the great sage Patanjali; and the path of ‘Sumiran’ (Divine remembrance) propounded by Guru Gorakhnath. Each one of these paths had a well defined objective. Thus if you followed the path of Dhyana, you arrive in ‘eternal truth’ of existence. If you followed the path of Sakshi, you arrive in ‘Chaitanya’, the ‘Divine Consciousness’ that propels everything. If you followed the path of ‘Samadhi’, you arrive in ‘bliss’, the eternal joy. And if you followed the path of Sumiran, you arrive in ‘eternal love’, the source of all compassion and humility. Every saint or spiritual master had been choosing one of these four paths to guide his/her people. But which path Osho chose for his people? When I researched, I found that Osho had actually chosen all four paths and tried to synthesize all into one – the way a master craftsman assimilates inassimilable blocks to create a beautiful temple. Osho amalgamated the paths of Dhyana, Sakshi, Samadhi, and Sumiran to create a single, universal path, the Royal Path of sadhna. If I were to name this Path, I would unhesitatingly name it – Oshodhara. Oshodhara has enlivened the great effort of Osho in synthesizing different sadhana paths. It has presented his sadhna path as a bouquet or a rosary in which all sadhana paths stand assimilated. And it is not only for us. Millions of people are going to traverse this sadhana path in the years and decades to come. Oshodhara has 21 program levels; the first 14 consisting of Samadhi programs and the last seven, Sumiran programs. By the way this number 21 was very dear to Osho (for its spiritual significance) and is seen as carrying his signature mark. Did you notice in today’s celebration program, 21 artists participated? As you travel along Oshodhara and pass through successive levels of its programs, on completing each program level you will feel as if you have already arrived in the ultimate spiritual experience. But before that feeling settles completely, you will discover another wonderful journey awaiting you. On completing all 21 program levels, you will find yourself existentially standing in sat-chit-ananda-prem.
Before I close I want to add one more thing, please do not think that it is only you people who are traveling along the path of Oshodhara. Osho Trivir are also traveling with you. As you people are developing, Osho Trivir are also developing. In that sense Osho Trivir are not only your leader but fellow travelers too. Hari-Om-Tat-Sat.