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Chapter 26: Personality Is Created, Individuality Is Born

The third person said, “Master, I do not know.”

Bodhidharma said, “You have my very marrow. It is good, but not good enough; you still know something. Just go and sit down.”

He looked at the fourth man. The man just had tears in his eyes, no words. He fell at the feet of Bodhidharma. Bodhidharma said, “You have been chosen, you will represent me. You have my being. You have got it - what they cannot say with words, you have said by your silence. What they cannot say.although one of them came very close when he said, ‘I do not know,’ but deep inside himself he was full of the pride of not knowing, he was full of knowing that ‘I don’t know.’ What he could not say, you managed to say loudly with your tears.”

This man became the second patriarch of Zen Buddhism. Bodhidharma, before leaving, advised him, “Take care. I have created so many enemies who would like to kill you. Those five who were the most knowledgeable scholars will take revenge. These three that have been rejected will turn sour against you. Protect - because I’m giving you my very heart.”

Tthe more you come closer to me the less you will know. One day you will come closest, when you feel “I do not know.” But even to be closest is as far away as the farthest star, because closeness - even the closest point - is a distant phenomenon.

The day you have become one, only then.but then there are no words left. Just gratitude, tears, a song, a dance - things which are thought crazy in the world of the intellect, but which are the only possible ways to express the inexpressible.

When I come to your darshan, I feel a fear, as if of death. But with your presence, fear disappears and I feel life. Osho, what is happening?

The ancient seers have a very strange statement. I have asked shankaracharyas - because they are technically the representatives of those ancient seers - but none of them has been able to explain even a simple statement. The statement is, “The master is nothing but death.” But it is only a half statement; the remaining half is that the master is a resurrection too.

Coming to me, you feel the fear of death. That is absolutely as it should be. I am going to be a death to you. My whole function is to kill you, because whatever you are is not your reality. It has to be destroyed, dismantled, burned. So just like a phoenix bird - out of the fire which is burning your old personality - a new being is born.

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