Chapter 6: Session 6
Can you, Devageet, remind me of the number? - because even in the posthumous record, the postscript, I have to make it ten. What is the number you said?
“Number six, Osho.”
Good. It is so beautiful that I said posthumous. I am really dead, that’s why I allow you to call me Blessed One. If I am not dead then to call me the blessed one is not right.
The word posthumous came to me accidentally. I was going to say postscript, but sometimes truth comes out accidentally. It is not arranged, ordered, it just erupts like a volcano. I was not going to say it, but it came out on its own. Truth has its own ways. I am really a posthumous man; I died long ago.
Sixth, I saw Hermann Hesse. He was not an enlightened one, what to say about those who have gone beyond enlightenment. He was just an ordinary human being, but in a poetic flight he has written one of the greatest books in the world, Siddhartha.
Siddhartha is really the name of Gautama the Buddha, given to him by his parents. He became known as Gautam Buddha. Gautama was his family name; Buddha simply means “the awakened.” Siddhartha was the real name given by his parents in consultation with the astrologers. It is a beautiful name. Siddhartha also means “one who has attained to the meaning.” Siddha means “one who has attained”; artha means “the meaning.” Combined together Siddhartha means “one who has come to the meaning of life.” The astrologers, the parents, the people who gave him this name must have been wise people - if not enlightened, at least wise.worldly-wise at least.
Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha repeats the story of Buddha in a different way, but in the same dimension, with the same meaning. It is unbelievable that Hermann Hesse could write it but could not become a siddha himself. He remained a poor writer. Yes, a Nobel prize winner, but that does not matter that much. You cannot give a Nobel prize to a buddha; he will laugh and throw it away. But the book is immensely beautiful, and I include it.
Seventh: It is not known that even in the very traditional, orthodox Judaism there have been a few utterly enlightened masters - even some who have gone beyond enlightenment. One of them is Baal Shem Tov. I cannot forgive myself for not including him, and there is nobody to whom I can ask forgiveness.
Baal Shem Tov. Tov was the name of his town. His name simply means “Baal Shem from the town of Tov”; so let us call him simply Baal Shem. I have spoken about him because when I was speaking about Hassidism I have not left anything essential unspoken. I have spoken of Tao, of Zen, of Sufism, of Hassidism. I am not a man of any tradition so I am free to move in any direction I decide to. I don’t even need a map. Let me remind you again: