An old Spanish mystic, San Juan de la Cruz, symbolically described the spiritual journey like a mountain, which he named Monte Carmelo. In his mystic representation, the trail before the summit suddenly disappears and he specifies: “Here there is no trail because for the right man there is no law.”
Osho, who is the “right man”? And what does it mean, “there is no law”?
In the first place a spiritual journey is only symbolic. You don’t go anywhere. You simply reveal yourself, wherever you are and whatever you are. It is not a journey from one point to another point, not horizontal. It is a journey…if you can be down within yourself right now, the journey will be complete without ever being begun. But the mystic has a problem: language is not made to express the inner truths of life. It is mundane and of the marketplace. And the problem of the mystic is that he has to use the same language. But don’t take it seriously.
A spiritual journey is no journey. There is no spiritual goal. In fact, you are already there but simply not aware. If you can become just a little alert, you will be surprised that you were seeking unnecessarily, searching here and there – and the seeker was the search.
I have told you that I don’t agree with Jesus Christ on the point when he says, “Seek and ye shall find.”
I say unto you, “Seek not – because you are already there. Seek, and you shall miss.”
Jesus says, “Ask and the answer will be given to you.”
You are the answer.
The asking has to be dropped – not asked.
When there is no question in you, that silence, that tranquility, that peace, that music of the eternal is the answer. Nobody gives it to you, it is your inheritance.
And Jesus finally says, “Knock and the doors shall be opened unto you.”
The doors are always open and there is no need for knocking. In fact, a person who is knocking is certainly blind because he cannot see that the door is open.
My approach is totally different. There is no need to postpone either in seeking or searching or questioning. All postponement is unspiritual. A man of integrity does not postpone the most important thing of his life: knowing himself. Hence I say unto you, “Enter, the doors are open.” If you are so much in love with knocking, you can knock later on.
A few people have strange kinds of fixations….
The great English linguist, Johnson, had a very strange and weird habit. He could not go for a walk without knocking on every lamp post.