“And Osho is neither a politician, nor an actor, nor a showman. He is not at all interested in getting your admiration. He is a non-compromising man. He will only say what he feels to be true. Even if the whole world condemns him, crucifies him, it won’t make any difference; he will go on saying what he feels is right and true.”
A crowd of admirers cannot make a lie into truth, neither does being alone against the world mean that your truth has become a lie. Truth has always been spoken by single individuals, and they were always condemned by the masses, by the crowds – for the simple reason that every truth destroys your prejudices, destroys your so-called knowledge, makes you realize that you are utterly ignorant and you don’t know anything.
But he has not answered anything, although he has written a letter. On the contrary, in the letter he writes, “I will not come to listen to or to see Osho. I would not have gone to listen to and see Gautam Buddha, or Socrates, or Jesus Christ.” And he himself sees the point: “Perhaps you may think that I am an egoist. Certainly I am.” This is the answer, the whole answer.
But it seems he feels that to be an egoist is nothing to feel ashamed of. This is the modern education, which has given one of the most idiotic ideas to the whole educated world. The whole structure of education is based on the childish psychology of the West, which says that every person should have a strong ego, otherwise he cannot survive in the struggle of life. And the function of education is to strengthen your ego. That’s why, without feeling any shame or embarrassment, M.V. Kamath says, “Perhaps you will think that I am an egoist. I am.”
But I cannot conceive of a man saying that he would not have gone to listen to Gautam Buddha, or to Jesus Christ, or to Socrates. Just an ordinary journalist, with such an ego…. People are so much accustomed to the ego that they don’t see it. It is so close to their eyes that it keeps them blind.
You are moving in a different direction from the ego. You are moving towards love, trust; you are moving towards truth, being. The ego has to be left. It has to be completely left, and you can leave it only if you are conscious of it.
The second thing: you say, “…the other is just plain afraid of you.” Everybody is afraid of love; that’s why even lovers keep a little distance, and even lovers go on fighting so that the distance remains. They never come too close, where they can become one, because becoming one means you have lost yourself, and that is your ego influencing you. Unless love is big enough so that you can become one with the beloved, your love will remain absolutely incomplete, and you will remain in this split between love and fear.
What have you got to lose? Why should you be afraid? Sometimes it puzzles me: you don’t have anything to lose. What have you gained through your ego? What has been the benefit of it? Perhaps fights, struggles, conflict…. Being very touchy, just a small thing will insult you. If somebody who used to say hello to you just passes you by one day without saying hello, that’s enough to keep you awake the whole night! “I am going to show that son-of-a-bitch! He did not say hello to me.”