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Chapter 12: Stand in Your Son’s Shoes

You must have asked somebody who has the mind of this wife who says, “Why, Herbert, I am ashamed of you. It is simple. You press a switch. That’s all.” I also know that Krishna is a kshatriya but that is not what I am saying to you. I am not interested in the accident of his birth, in which womb he was carried for nine months. I am talking about his innermost experience - that experience makes him a brahmin because he has known the brahma. One who knows is a brahmin. One who does not know is not a brahmin.

The second question:

Osho,
“Don’t do unto others what you don’t want others to do unto you.” Osho, I was meditating about it, but I feel stuck, I can’t reach the bottom. Please can you tell me something about it?

The first thing: never meditate on anything negative. “Don’t do unto others what you don’t want others to do unto you.” This is a negative message “Don’t do.”

If you don’t want to get stuck then meditate on something positive. The same thing can be made positive: Do unto others what you would like others to do unto you. Then you will not get stuck.

When you move in a negative commandment you cannot move much. How can you move in a negative commandment? A negative commandment is like death. How can you meditate about death? You can start but you will be stuck at the very start. You can meditate about life, certainly. Life has so many things to meditate about - the flowers, the birds, the rivers, the stars, love, people, the beauty of it, the song of it. You can meditate about life infinitely and you will never get stuck - because vast is life, infinite is life, the whole universe is life.

In fact, when you meditate on life - meditating, meditating - one day you will come across death too because death is just a part of life. As other things are part of life - love, birth, joy, sadness, happiness - so is death. Death is not something against life, death is not something beyond life - death happens in life, death is an intrinsic part of life.

So if you meditate on life you will come to know death too, but if you meditate on death nothing will happen. What will you meditate on? You will simply feel darkness, and get stuck. How can you move in non-being? How can you think about nothing? You will go round and round and sooner or later you will wonder what you are doing. Chasing your own tail? Where are you going? There is nothing much to meditate on.

Meditation has to be about the positive. You can ride on the positive, you can go to the very source of existence - but on the positive, with the positive, in the positive. And of course, if you go with the positive, one day you will come across the negative too - but as part of the positive. And then you will know the negative too.

Listen.I would like it this way: Do unto others what you would like others to do unto you. Make it that way. Then you have a thousand and one things to think about.

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