Chapter 11: Something Greater Is Possible
The Arica group, consisting of about thirty members, is present tonight. Osho first addresses one of the leaders.
How did you experience the group?
I felt there was a lot more love in the group here compared to Arica groups I’ve been to in the States. Also(I found that I am on a power trip.
Techniques work only when there is deep love. Left alone, techniques never work, because in fact it is love that works, not the technique.
Techniques are just excuses, and once love is there then there is no difference between the leader and the led, the teacher and the taught. They both become one and work together; it is an experience that is shared. It is not that the leader is higher than the led - maybe he knows a little more, but he is also learning.
Love never comes to a state where you can say that now you know it. Love never becomes wise - and that is its wisdom. It is always learning and learning and learning to the very end. It continues to be a learner.
And when the leader himself is learning then there is no power trip. The power trip, the ego trip, arises when the leader starts thinking that he has arrived - that he is to guide, not help, but guide and lead others. Then the whole thing becomes wrong. Once techniques are in the hands of the ego they become destructive. The same techniques in the hands of love become creative. It depends. With love, even poison can be used and it will be medicine; with ego, even elixir will become poisonous. So it is a very delicate job to be a leader.
The leader is taking a greater responsibility than the led. He is not only responsible for the group but for himself also. And his responsibility is greater because there is every possibility to make it a power trip.
So many gurus all over the world are living in a power trip. And they enjoy it, but one day or other they will come to realize that the whole life has been a wastage. Whether it is through money that you attain the power, or through knowledge, or renunciation, or through meditation, it doesn’t matter. Power is poverty, and some day or other the illusion disappears; one is disillusioned - one finds oneself simply empty.
So remember this from the very beginning: if you really want to help, drop the ego completely. In the very dropping you become a tremendously valuable leader. The leader is no longer there, but now you can be of help. And whenever you help there will be no resistance against you; the other will find an opening. Whenever you see that someone is resisting you, don’t just say to him that he is resisting; rather, find out where in yourself you are creating the resistance he feels. Your subtle ego must be creating a shadow between you and him.