Chapter 18: It Is Possible
KBND Radio, Bend, Oregon, United States
I’ve been in the radio and television business in Washington D.C., Denver, Colorado so I’ve traveled a bit and got tired of the big cities and came to central Oregon. One of the things that will always make me remember you, is that I have a six-year-old son born on December 11th, so I will always remember Osho’s birthday.
The hospitality that we have received here. For those who are listening, there is of course, controversy - maybe misrepresented controversy - that Rajneeshpuram is an armed camp, I have not seen that - that the people are cold and disinterested in those of us who live outside, I have not seen that. And I have not felt in many rooms in my life as much love as there is in this room right now, and I don’t think people realize that.
I want to talk first about the City of Rajneeshpuram which I had the opportunity to view and visit in a quick way today. Could this developmental process - that maybe the outside world is not as familiar with as I now believe they should be - in your mind, develop into a prototype of what cities possibly could and should be?
Yes, that’s exactly my idea. This loving commune should become a prototype, because in the vast world even though you are in the crowd, you are alone. Here, even if you are alone, you know and you feel the warmth of people all around you.
Love is something which is nobody’s monopoly. A loving person is simply a love-radiating energy. And when there are thousands of people radiating love, there is a certain energy field. I called it the buddhafield. Anybody who comes will receive the love, the friendship, the hospitality. But people are afraid to come.
For the simple reason that we are strangers. This is animal instinct: animals are afraid of strangers, every animal has its own territorial prerogative. If you keep out of the territory he will not get disturbed or upset, but if you enter into his territory then immediately he is hostile. That instinct is still alive in man.