Just to think of yourself as totally free and totally responsible for each act – there is no judgment, no court, no God, no boss over you – makes such an immense space available in which to grow.
And then sooner or later you will realize that you are becoming part of a non-hierarchical existence, because existence understands freedom, it understands responsibility, but it has no way to understand hierarchy.
A loose network is perfectly good, just to inform each other: if some help is needed somewhere, it can be given – but the network should be very loose.
It will not make you a crowd. Individuals will have space enough. And there is nobody who is a pope or an Ayatollah Khomeini or a Shankaracharya. Each point in the network is independent. If he is in the network, it is his choice, his responsibility. If he wants to get out of the network, there is no barrier and there is no guilt.
Capra’s understanding is perfectly right.
Gurdjieff said that a master has three kinds of disciples: those who are helpful to themselves, those who are helpful to him as the master, and those who are helpful to the group. Ideally, the disciple would flower in all three directions.
Osho, what kind of disciples do you have?
I don’t have any kind of disciples.
It is perfectly good for Gurdjieff because his method requires a dictatorial master who knows – and the disciples, who know not. And then he divides disciples in three groups: one who help themselves; one who help themselves and help the master; and the third who help the group.
In a school method that division is necessary; all those kinds of disciples are necessary. The master is alone, the group is big, so all developed group members in a certain way become part of the master. So those who are developed start helping the master in his work; he cannot work alone. But still there are disciples who cannot see beyond themselves; they help only themselves. And the third is the group who helps the group because the master needs the group to be together in a solid unity, with no factions.
In a way it is some kind of spiritual fascism.
But I don’t have any disciples. I have only friends. I don’t need anybody’s help. If they give, it is their joy. It is not my need; it is their gratitude. I want simply to give indications of the path, and each one has to follow the path.
And the path is not something ready-made and available. That is the most important thing to be understood. The path is created as you walk: just by your walking a footpath is created, but there is no footpath ahead of you.