Chapter 1: You Simply Are
Imagine a child sleeping next to its parents and dreaming it is being beaten or is painfully sick. The parents cannot help the child, no matter how much it suffers, for no one can enter the dreaming mind of another. If the child could awaken itself, it could be freed of this suffering automatically.
In the same way, one who realizes that his own mind is buddha frees himself instantly from the sufferings arising from ignorance of the law of ceaseless change within the six realms. If a buddha could prevent it, do you think he would allow even one sentient being to fall into hell? Without self-realization one cannot understand such things as these..
In a dream, you may stray and lose your way home. You ask someone to show you how to return or you pray to God or buddhas to help you, but still you can’t get home. Once you rouse yourself from your dream state, however, you find that you are in your own bed and realize that the only way you could have got home was to awaken yourself.
This kind of spiritual awakening is called “return to the origin” or “rebirth in paradise.” It is the kind of inner realization that can be achieved with some training. Virtually all who like Zazen and make an effort in practice, be they laymen or monks, can experience to this degree. But even such partial awakening cannot be attained except through the practice of Zazen. You would be making a serious error, however, were you to assume that this was true enlightenment in which there is no doubt about the nature of reality. You would be like a man who, having found copper, gives up the search for gold.
Anando, Basui is apparently right, but there are possibilities that the enlightened man can create devices for the unenlightened. It is certainly one of the most impossible jobs, to talk to a sleeping man or to enter in somebody’s dreams. But I say that Basui is only relatively true, because I constantly enter into your dreams. There will be many witnesses for it.
He is saying:
Imagine a child sleeping next to its parents and dreaming it is being beaten or is painfully sick. The parents cannot help the child, no matter how much it suffers, for no one can enter the dreaming mind of another.
There is no need to enter into anybody’s dreaming mind.
By chance Anando is here to read the sutras instead of serious Maneesha.
(Osho reaches towards Anando, his hands furiously quivering in a “remote-control” tickle. Anando, totally taken by surprise, collapses into uncontrollable laughter. Much taken by the infectious giggling, Osho then decides to tickle everyone, and for a few golden moments, ripples of tickling and laughter fill the auditorium.)