I mention this point to show you that it is all imagination. How did ten become twenty-four? It was just because it looked inferior in the marketplace. Everybody has twenty-four and you have only ten. Such a poor god! And because it is all imagination, it is very easy to make it twenty-four. Now all the three religions have twenty-four. Buddha closed his door. He is the last buddha in the line of twenty-four buddhas. Mahavira closed the door. He is the last tirthankara in the line of twenty-four tirthankaras. Hindus had to keep at least one reincarnation still in the future because of their mythology.
Their mythology is that God has three heads. The first head is Brahma, who creates the world; the second head is Vishnu, who maintains the world; the third head is Shiva who destroys the world. It is perfect mathematics. And because the world is still there, there has to be one incarnation left to end it. And perhaps in the coming twenty years of this century, whether Kalki comes or not, the world is going down. Between the fish and Kalki lies our whole history.
I would like Avirbhava to bring her fish god….
(From the right entrance of the podium, two very ornate fish come swimming in. Meanwhile, a huge gray dolphin glides down from the pagoda roof of the podium and wriggles in a very fishy dance in front of Osho. Fish, dolphin, music, laughter… All dive, soar and leap in one explosion of pure joy.)
An introductory note for the sutras:
Hyakujo was known for his simple words, but he had a thorough knowledge of Buddhism. He was clever and gentle at the same time; there was nothing ostentatious about him.
Many disciples began to gather around him, and endless discussions took place with questions and answers following one upon another. Among the most famous of his disciples were Isan and Obaku.
One day when Hyakujo was to give his daily discourses to his disciples, he began by saying, “I am no Zen adept. I have not a single thing to offer anyone, so I must not keep you standing here. Go and take a rest.”
A very strange statement to the disciples who were waiting for his morning sermon, but it has tremendous meaning. First he says, I am no Zen adept…I am no Zen master – meaning that I am no more, so how I can be a Zen master. I am lost into the oceanic consciousness, so how can I claim to be still separate from existence?