In Japan there is an ancient form of theater, which I studied for a short time, called Noh. In it, the actor moves slowly forwards, one step at a time; simultaneously he focuses inside, and with his energy creates a path behind him. If the audience is really in tune with him, they can also see both his physical movement forward and the path he is creating behind him.
Osho, you always say that you don’t know where you will be in the next moment, you don’t care where your feet will be next. My concern is that I be able to see clearly, every moment, the path that you are creating behind you.
What a wonderful journey to be with you, Osho! We go wherever existence leads us.
The moment you trust in let-go, the moment you stop struggling against existence, you need not worry about anything; existence takes care.
The whole trouble with the human mind is, it is constantly fighting, it is trying to go against the current. There is a reason why it does so: only by going against the current does it feel the ego. Just going with the flow of life – without any struggle, letting life lead you wherever it wants to – your ego will disappear. You will be, you will be more than you are now – more authentic, more true – but there will be no sense of I. And then you will be able to see where you are going.
Even the path that is created as you move can be seen by those who have no egos. You can even see the footprints of the birds flying in the sky. They don’t make any footprints but if the mind is clear of the ego, the whole being becomes such a clean mirror that even those footprints reflect in it.
The Japanese form of drama called Noh is a by-product of Zen experience. Zen has given birth to many things. No other religious movement in the world has been so creative, so productive. It has created art – which has a quality of its own – it has created poetry, it has created literature, it has created drama, it has created sculpture. Whatever it has created, it has left unmistakably the mark of meditativeness on it; it has turned things into meditation which nobody has ever imagined can even be associated with meditation.
For example, swordsmanship. Who can think that swordsmanship can be a discipline for meditation?
And drama. All other religions have condemned the whole world as drama. Zen has used even drama. And if the actor moves, focusing his whole energy just under the navel – two inches under the navel, where according to Zen is the point hara, our life source – if he concentrates inside on the hara and moves slowly step by step, those who are silent enough in the audience will see, behind him, a path is being created. His energy is moving forward leaving a certain imprint which can be read only by those who are capable of some silent awareness. It is tremendously beautiful, the whole drama. It is not like any other drama in the world, they have changed the whole character; they have made it sacred. The audience is not sitting in a theater but in a temple, and the actors are not just acting, they are meditating.
Zen painting or Zen poetry, they have the same quality; Zen has transformed the whole meaning of any art that it has touched. No religion has been able to do that; in fact, no religion has been creative. They have all been destructive.
Zen is the very essence of creativity. You can do anything and yet your action can be sacred.