I want my people to go into the world and destroy the world’s noisiness, the world’s ugliness, greediness. It is a challenge, and it is very exciting. Always remember: the best defense is attack! Attack people with your peace, with your love, with your silence, with your joy – that’s the best defense, and that is a great service to humanity too.
Sid Levensky, aged eighty-three, goes into the confessional at Saint John’s Cathedral. The priest asks him, “Have you anything to confess?”
“Yes,” says the old man, “my wife died two months ago. Two days after she passed on I met another woman. She is twenty-two years old. I have been sleeping with her since the day I met her. Sometimes we do it two or three times a day.”
“And how old are you?” asks the priest.
“Eighty-three,” Sid replies.
“Oh dear!” says the priest, “Go home and say ten Hail Marys.”
“I can’t do that,” says the old man, “I’m Jewish.”
“Then for God’s sake, why are you telling me all this?” asks the priest.
“Oh, it’s not just you,” replies Sid, “I’m telling everybody!”
So just go and tell everybody!
I have been around you for eight months now, yet I feel I rarely really let you in.
What can I do, Osho?
As far as I am concerned, I would suggest that you don’t do anything. It is your effort, your desire that is preventing me being within you because all desire, longing, closes the doors.
And you are asking, “What can I do?” If you can do nothing, that will be the best – you just leave this idea. What are you going to do with me inside you? I am perfectly happy wherever I am! And I can help you from the outside more easily.
And this eight months, you say, “I feel I rarely really let you in.” It means sometimes, not “really,” but you let me in. Why are you engaged in this unnecessary mind game? There is no need. It happens, but it happens only when you are not waiting for it; it happens only when you are not making any effort for it.
It is one of the most difficult things to understand, that there are things which happen not by your doing, but by your not doing, your sleep – if you make an effort, then it is impossible. People have been doing all kinds of things: chanting mantras, repeating numbers from one to a hundred and back, from one hundred…ninety-nine, ninety-eight, ninety-seven…to one. And again, going up, coming down, going up, coming down.