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Chapter 4: Dying into the Master

I thought you knew everything. I thought that’s what being enlightened is about: knowing. But you don’t know about women, and that they trust precisely because they know each other’s heart. Women’s hate for women is a male myth invented to keep women separate and powerless. Who wants to be a man? Osho, I am totally upset. How can you talk nonsense? My mind is having a fit and so is my heart. What to do?


You must be carrying too much of the crap that the Women’s Liberation Movement is creating. You are too full of it. Next time you come to me I will have to look into your eyes, because when people are too full of crap, up to their heads, their eyes are brown! And you must have some lesbian tendencies.

You say, “I thought you knew everything.”

You are absolutely wrong - I know nothing. Not knowing is the most intimate.

If you have come here with this idea, you have come to a wrong person and to a wrong place. We celebrate ignorance! We destroy all kinds of knowledge. Our whole effort is to bring innocence back to you, the innocence that you had before you were born. The Zen people call it the original face. The innocence is intrinsic. Knowledge is given to you by the society, by the people around you, by the family. Innocence is yours: knowledge is always of others. The more knowledgeable you are, the less you are yourself.

Enlightenment has nothing to do with knowledge. It is freedom from knowledge, it is absolute transcendence of knowledge. It is going beyond knowing. That’s why we started this series of talks with the great sutra: Not knowing is the most intimate.

An enlightened person is one who has no barrier between him and existence. And knowledge is a barrier. Knowledge divides you from existence; it keeps you separate. Not knowing unites you. Love is a way of innocence. Innocence is a bridge: knowledge is a wall. Who has ever heard of knowledgeable people becoming enlightened? They are the farthest away from enlightenment. Enlightenment grows only in the soil of innocence.

Innocence means childlike wonder, awe. The enlightened person is one who is continuously wondering - because he knows nothing, so everything becomes again a mystery. When you know, things are de-mystified; when you don’t know, they are re-mystified. The more you know, the less wonder is in your heart. The more you know, the less you feel the great experience of awe. You cannot say “AH, THIS!” You cannot be ecstatic. The knowledgeable person is so burdened that he cannot dance, he cannot sing, he cannot love. For the knowledgeable there is no God, because God only means wonder, awe, mystery. That’s why, as knowledge has grown in the world, God has become further and further away.

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