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Chapter 16: Making the Circle Complete

The first question:

Osho,
Why do we forget our divinity? What is the meaning of this?

You have not forgotten it, you have never known it - so how can you forget it? Forgetfulness is possible only once you have known it - and once known, it is never forgotten.

You are divine, but you have not known it yet. In fact, it is because you are divine that it is so difficult to know it. It is at the very heart of your being. If it were something outside of you, you would have encountered it by now. If it were something objective, you could have seen it. But it is not outside and it is not an object - it is your subjectivity. It is not something to be seen, it is hidden in the seer. It is a witnessing. Unless you go behind yourself you will not be able to know it.

There are three things in the world. One is the world of the object - the things that surround you. Closer to it, when you come towards yourself, is the world of thoughts, dreams and desires. That too surrounds you. That’s what you ordinarily call the inner world. It is not inner, it is still outer.

There are two kinds of outsides; one that you see with open eyes and one that you see with closed eyes. But both are outside because whatsoever can be seen must be outside. To be seen, it has to be outside, it has to be different from you. The object has to be different from the subject.

And then there is the third, the world of your innermost core, your subjectivity - from where you go on seeing. To come to that is to realize one’s divinity. One has to become a witness to objects and to thoughts, and by witnessing, by and by a moment comes when the turning happens. When there is no object and no thought left in your consciousness, when your consciousness is pure, it takes a turn - a hundred-and-eighty-degree turn. When there is nothing to be seen, the seer starts seeing itself.

Remember, I am only using words, and they are not adequate any more.

“The seer starts seeing himself” are not the right words because, again, the words indicate a division - the seer and the seen - and now there is no division, there is only you and you and you; there is not something that is seeing and something that is being seen. It is pure consciousness.

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