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Chapter 28: If You Swim, You Miss

In the beginning, when I insisted that you should wear orange and the mala, it was for a particular reason. It was a statement to the world about your rebellion, that you don’t belong to the old and the dead traditions; that you have found a new way of life, a new way of being. And it is not only your conviction; you are devoted totally to it, whatever the consequence.

Against the whole world, standing alone, it helped your courage, it helped your intelligence. It helped you to unburden all the past knowledge, traditions, religions. That phase is over. Now there is no need. The second phase of the work has begun.

I don’t insist that you wear orange clothes or mala.

We have already made the whole world aware of the movement, of its philosophy, of its approach. There is no need to go on struggling with the dead forever.

Now, if you choose to wear orange and the mala, it is not my insistence; it is your insistence - then naturally its meaning and significance has changed. Now it is your gratitude, your love, your thankfulness for whatever has happened to you and is happening to you. Now it is not a statement to the world, but an indication to me. Now it is no longer a struggle with the world, but simply a love affair with me. First it was my insistence, now it is your insistence.

Osho,
Thoughts are many, questions are none. Can you answer what I cannot ask?

The mind is full of thoughts; it is impossible that you don’t have any questions.

When you ask a question, be sincere. When the mind is full of thoughts, it is bound to have many questions. Perhaps the questions are so many that you cannot find what is truly your question - but don’t say that you don’t have any question. This is one position.

So look again, and find out. In your so-many thoughts you will find dozens of questions, and don’t be shy in asking them.

There is another possibility, and that is, perhaps you don’t have any question. But then you cannot have any thoughts in the mind.

If you don’t have any questions, then I am the answer.

You can choose; if you really don’t have any questions, then I am the answer. So tomorrow you think again. You will have to take one position of the two: either you have to accept that you have thoughts - then you will have to accept that you have questions; or you will have to accept that you have no questions - but then it means you don’t have any thoughts. And a person who has no thoughts, for him, I am the answer. No words are needed. Then I come to him without any words.

Then just open your doors and let me in.