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Chapter 10: The Ostrich Argument

“You were enlightened, and nobody was taking note of it. Finally I have recognized it, and now you are part of the committee of enlightened people, so it is sealed. But you are wrong - because it was all a joke! The committee was a joke, the declaration was a joke. And it was a device.”

Somendra immediately sent a telegram to Teertha, saying, “I have got it - what about you?” He was continuously a competitor - that was his problem, that he should be higher than Teertha. And this was a good chance.

He has dropped sannyas, he has not been in any contact with us, but my declaration of his enlightenment - that he accepts. Sannyas he has dropped - he is no longer part of my family - but enlightenment.immediately a telegram: “I have got it - what about you?”

It was a device to see how people react. Your response to it was perfectly beautiful. Your response was, “If Osho says I am enlightened, I must be.” It simply shows trust, love. It has nothing to do with ego. Your throwing a party and rejoicing the moment with your friends was perfectly right.

And when I said it was a joke, you were not angry. You simply took it again the same way: “If Osho says I am not enlightened, and it was a joke, perhaps I am not enlightened and it was really a joke.” The six months that you lived as enlightened, the joy and the peace and the serenity that you felt was not of enlightenment - that was of trust and love. It was a good experience for you. But different experiences happen to different people.

There were only two Indians in the group who were declared enlightened, and they understand traditionally what enlightenment means. One was Vinod Bharti.

He became very nervous, was crying, came to Vivek to give me the message, “Osho, I am not enlightened. And you have created a trouble for me: I cannot say you are wrong, and I know perfectly well myself that I am not enlightened. So what am I supposed to do? I am just torn apart. You just tell me the truth!”

He knows about enlightenment. He knows that for centuries in India enlightenment has been the ultimate peak of spiritual search. In the West the very idea has never existed. So he cannot conceive of himself as Gautam Buddha, and he cannot deny me because he loves me and trusts me. So I can see his trouble. So I sent him the message, “Don’t be worried, it was just a joke. You are not enlightened, relax!”

Until he heard that he was not enlightened, he could not sleep for two days. Then he relaxed - he is not enlightened; there is no problem.

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