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Chapter 10: The Ostrich Argument

The other man was Swami Anand Maitreya, who was the only one who understood the joke immediately, because as he left the room he said, “Osho is really a rascal! Saying to me that I am enlightened, proves it!” But he was also an Indian and particularly comes from Bihar where most of the enlightened people happened in India - Gautam Buddha, Mahavira, Parsunatha, Naminatha, Adinatha.a long series of enlightened people. All twenty-four enlightened masters of the Jainas, Gautam Buddha - they all happened in Bihar. Bihar has the deepest understanding and experience of enlightenment. So naturally he said, “Osho is a rascal.” But it was also his love.

He was not disturbed, because once you know that it is a joke, there is no question of any difficulty about it.

A few people simply remained silent: they neither reacted this way nor that. That too is good. They were not affected by it; they simply remained themselves, as they were. “If Osho says it is enlightenment, it may be; if he says it is not, it may not be.” It did not make any difference to them; they remained aloof and detached.

It was a good experience to see how people react to a single idea, with their different minds. Those who were not included in the committee were angry. I received a few letters saying, “If these people have become enlightened, then why have I not become enlightened?” As if it were something.”You have given it to these people. Why have you not given it to me?”

Somebody wrote, “I have been with you longer than these people, and I am not enlightened yet. Have you forgotten me or what?” But it was good to know how people react.

Your reaction was perfectly beautiful on both ends. “If Osho says it is enlightenment, it must be” - that is a simple trust. “And if he says it is not..” Then you don’t feel any contradiction or inconsistency, you simply accept it: “If he says it is not, then it must not be.” You have transcended the world of consistencies, inconsistencies.

Love knows no contradiction. It knows no comparison. Each moment it is available.