Chapter 26: The Alchemy of Enlightenment
But if you see the same Ganges near Calcutta, in Gangasagar - Gangasagar means the “ocean of Ganges” - it has become so big, so vast, so immense that it is difficult to think of it as a river; it looks oceanic. To connect the two is very difficult. The Ganges in Gangotri could have been one of those millions of streams, which disappear in the forest, in the desert, and nobody would have remembered it. But because this stream became Gangasagar, retrospectively, looking backwards, even standing at the source where the stream is so small, you have the feeling of vastness, of potentiality, of all the possibilities that it is going to become. You cannot see it just like a small stream; it is the stream that is going to become Gangasagar. Each autobiography is fictitious; small incidents with no meaning in themselves suddenly start having meaning in the context of the person that has come to be.
Essentially it is true: everybody is a buddha, and naturally I am not an exception. Please don’t exclude me out. But this buddhahood is only a seed, and out of millions of seeds perhaps one seed comes to blossom. It indicates that every seed can come to blossom. It is a tremendous encouragement to every human being.
In this sense your seeing me as a born buddha is right, but don’t forget your responsibility. It means you have to prove it too - that you are also a born buddha. Maybe you started growing a little late. And in the eternity of time, what is late? There are only seven days. Choose any day, but start.
I am not interested at all in converting anybody to my ideology - I don’t have any. Secondly, I believe that the very effort to convert anybody is violence; it is interfering in his individuality, in his uniqueness, into his freedom. So my function is not that of a teacher, not that of a prophet, not that of a savior, not that of a messenger. My function simply is that of a reminder. I want to be just a mirror to you so that you can see your original face.
And if you can see a buddha in me, there is no difficulty in seeing the buddha in you too - maybe a little lazy, a little sleepy, a little gone off the track. But a buddha is a buddha. It does not matter whether his nuts and bolts are a little loose, we will fix them. One’s buddhahood is one’s essential nature.
I don’t want you to worship buddhas, I want you to become buddhas. That is the only right worship. If you love, become it.
Gautam Buddha, Mahavira, J. Krishnamurti were traveling from one place to another for their whole lives. It was reported about J. Krishnamurti that before he left India for California for the last time he told someone that if the doctor in California said, “No more travel, no more talk,” then all would be finished; he would be gone in four weeks - and that’s exactly what actually happened.
Osho, what is the insight of all the masters who were traveling all the time and didn’t stay in one place like Raman Maharshi?
Raman Maharshi is a mystic, but not a master. The mystics have never traveled because the mystics are not making any effort of any kind to transfer their experience to others. They have decided that what they have experienced is non-transferable, that it cannot be communicated. So the mystics all through the ages have remained in one place. What is the point of moving around, going from village to village or country to country - for what? The mystic’s experience is expressed in the ancient saying that “The well remains in its own place; it is the thirsty who should go to the well, the well cannot go to the thirsty.”