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Chapter 68: Energy Enjoys Itself Playing

The Gita became more important than Bhagavad. Krishna’s life is not so important for Hindus, but his message delivered on the war field is very important. Why? Because it is a serious thing. A war field is nearer to death than to life. Krishna’s life is very much alive, but that has become a myth and nobody bothers about it. His few words uttered on the war field have become more important than his whole life. And then there are pundits who go on explaining that his life is just symbolic, it is not real. His playing with the gopis is not real - gopis are just symbols of senses, not real. They are not real women of bone and flesh, no. Gopis are not women, they are symbolic. And pundits are very efficient in doing such tricks. They say that Krishna is the soul and the gopis are the senses of the body - the senses are dancing around the soul. This is a sophisticated country. They kill Krishna, they crucify Krishna, but in a very sophisticated way. His festivity is killed; it becomes symbolic, meaningless. And his whole real life is pushed aside.

He was dancing with real women, but that is shocking because we cannot conceive of Krishna dancing with real women. We can allow him to dance with symbolic women but not with real women. We will be shocked. Life shocks us. We have become so dead that anything alive shocks us.

Every religion is born in festivity - and when the festivity dies know well that the religion is dead. Whenever a new religion is born, all the old religions will be against it because again the festivity will be there. Just as when a child is born - every child is born as a player, festive, alive, celebrating, irresponsibly celebrating, not believing in the future, believing in the here and now - the whole society will be against him; the whole society will try to put him right before he goes astray. He must be put on the right track.

The same happens with every new religion. So when I talk of meditation as a dance, or when I talk about sannyas as an inner celebration and happiness, an affirmation of life, of course all those who belong to old traditions will say, “You call this sannyas?” And in a way they are right because whatsoever they have been believing that sannyas is, is not this. They have been believing in dead men - the more dead, the more they say, “Now this is real renunciation.” When life has been renounced, they call it sannyas - but I call it sannyas when life is being lived in its totality.

But this is how it will be always. When I am no more, you will turn it into a serious thing. You will give explanations of what the real meaning is. But the real meaning is always obvious, there is no need to give any explanation. All explanations are to explain away - to bring in something which was not there.

Gurus, disciples, awakened ones and ignorant ones.this is a great play, a cosmic play. Ignorant ones need awakened ones; awakened ones cannot play solo, alone - they need ignorant ones. But the master knows that this is a play and is not serious about it.

The third question:

Osho,
You said last night that a change in the outer or inner and physical or mental aspects can bring a change in consciousness. That means that changes on the periphery also affect the consciousness, the center. But then why do you emphasize changing the center, instead of changing the outer, the periphery?

This is the trouble: you go on catching the words and missing the meaning.

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