Chapter 17: The Point of No Return
Sri Aurobindo declared that there is something beyond that which Buddha calls enlightenment. His whole aspiration was dedicated towards opening a door for this new step in human evolution.
Osho, what could not happen with Aurobindo, is it happening with you?
Sri Aurobindo is a strange case. He knows everything about enlightenment, but he is not enlightened. He is one of the greatest scholars of this age, a genius; vast is his knowledge, but his knowing is nil. He knows about the scriptures, and he knows better than anybody else. His interpretation is profound, very logical, but heartless. It is dead; it is not coming out of his own realization.
This is one of the great problems for all seekers of truth: one can get lost in knowledge without knowing anything about the reality. He knows all the theories, all the philosophies, but he is just a blind man who knows everything about light but has not seen the light himself. And it is possible to remain in a deception for your whole life because you know so much, and people start worshipping you, people start believing you. And belief has its own psychology, if many people believe in you, you are bound to believe in yourself.
I have often told a small story about a great journalist who died and reached the doors of heaven.
The doors of heaven and hell are not far apart; they are just opposite each other. The distance is not much, and naturally one would like to enter heaven. So he knocked on the door. The doorkeeper opened a small window in the door and asked, “What do you want?”
He said, “I am a great journalist. I have just died, and I want to enter.”
The doorkeeper said, “I am sorry but I have to refuse you because we have a quota; we can have only twelve journalists in heaven. That quota has been filled for centuries, for centuries no new journalist has entered. And anyway, even those twelve are utterly useless because nothing happens in heaven. They tried to publish a newspaper, but only one issue appeared because there are only saints here - no murder, no suicide, no crime, no politics, no struggle for power. No change ever happens; everything is eternally the same - from where can you get news?”
“And,” the doorkeeper said, “you must have heard the definition of news: when a dog bites a man it is not news, but when a man bites a dog it is news. So nothing sensational happens here, no love affair. When people get bored, they read the first issue that was published centuries ago.
“You should go to hell. Every moment tremendous things happen there. All the active people of the world, all the creative people of the world are there: painters, musicians, poets, actors, dancers, thieves, murderers, rapists, psychoanalysts, philosophers; you will find every variety.