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Chapter 15: Truth as It Is - Naked

Osho,
Dolly Diddee showed me a passage from one of your earlier books where you say that no saint is against any other saint, and that they deliberately speak against each other to drive away people who are not suited to them and to push their buttons.
Does this mean that you don’t really mean your criticism of possible saints like Muktananda, Nityananda, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Swami Prabhupada of Hare Rama, Hare Krishna, and Nobel prizewinner Mother Teresa of Calcutta? Are you non-serious when you criticize them or are you earnest in your criticism?
It does somewhat upset me when you talk against Mother Teresa every other day.

Ajai Krishn Lakhanpal

It is a long story. The moment I became capable of seeing I started talking about truth as it is - naked. But nobody was ready even to listen to it. I was puzzled: I had found the original face, I had seen it, I wanted to share with those who were searching for it, but they were not ready to listen to it.

For a few years I struggled hard, but then I saw that they were not wrong, I was wrong. They could not digest truth raw and naked; when you have been eating cooked food for many, many lives you cannot digest raw food. I was wrong, they were not wrong.

Then I started cooking things! Then I started saying things which they could digest. I became less and less concerned about truth and more and more concerned about the people who were to digest it; I had to see how much they could digest. And I had to prepare the food in such a way that it was sweet, not bitter, that it tasted good, it looked good. Whether it was nutritious or not, that was secondary. Who bothers whether Deeksha’s cakes are nutritious or not? whether the ice cream is going to make you healthy or ill? Who bothers about these things? It tastes good. It may destroy you finally.

And I was amazed - when I started serving cooked food people became very much interested and excited. That was a device: that’s how I have been able to hook you all! Otherwise I was sitting on the riverbank day in, day out - not a single fish! Once I started serving cooked food - cooked according to your desires, not according to your needs.. I didn’t need to think at all about the truth in the beginning days, I forgot all about it. I stopped going to the river - the fish started coming to me on their own, walking long distances.

So don’t be too bothered about what I have said in my earlier works. I have said many things which I don’t mean! What I am saying today is closer to truth than what I said yesterday, and every day it will become closer and closer to the truth. Before I am gone I will again have told you the naked truth.

I had to take such a long route because there was no other way; I had to be very indirect. The moment I became enlightened I started telling people that there is no God - and they were shocked! Then I cooked it. I said, “There is God, but God is not a person, only a presence.” This is cooked food. I am simply saying there is no God. But now it tastes sweet - no person, only a presence.

But what else can you do? If people are foolish you have to be careful with them. So I have certainly said, Ajai Krishn Lakhanpal, that no saint is against any other saint - but that is absolutely wrong.

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