Osho: Changing the World
Please leave the world to itself.
can do only one thing, and that is,
can achieve inner silence, inner bliss, inner light.
you achieve this, you have helped the world very much.
The last question:
Question 5 : I certainly want to become enlightened. But if I do,
what difference does it make for the rest of the world?
But why are you worried about the
rest of the world? Let the world worry about itself. And you are not
worried about what will happen to the rest of the world if you
remain ignorant.... If you are ignorant, what happens to the rest of
the world? You create misery. Not that you knowingly do it, you are
misery -- so whatsoever you do, you sow seeds of misery all around.
Your hopes are meaningless; your
being is significant. You may think you are helping others -- you
hinder them. You may think you love others -- you may be simply
killing them and murdering them. You may think you are teaching
others, but you may be simply helping them to remain ignorant
forever -- because what you hope, what you think, what you wish, is
not significant. What you are is significant. Every day I see people
around who are loving to each other -- but they are killing each
other. They think they are loving, and they think they are living
for the other, and without them the life of their family, their
beloveds, their children, their wives, their husbands, will be
miserable -- but it is miserable with them. And they try in every
way but whatsoever they do, it goes wrong. It is bound to be so,
because they are wrong. Doing is not of much importance, the being
from where it comes, originates, is. If you are ignorant, you are
helping the world to become a hell. It is already. This is what has
happened through you. Wherever you touch, you will create hell. If
you become enlightened, whatsoever you do -- or you need not do
anything -- just your being, your presence will help others to
flower, to be happy, to be blissful. But that should not be your
concern. The first thing is how to be enlightened. You ask me, "I
want to be enlightened." But that wanting seems to be very impotent
because immediately you say "but".
Whenever "but" comes in, it shows the
desire is impotent. "But what will happen to the world?" Who are
you? What do you think about yourself? Does the world depend on you?
Are you running it? Managing it? Are you responsible? Why give so
much importance to yourself? Why feel so important? This feeling is
part of the ego and this worrying about others will never allow you
to move to a peak of realization, because that peak is achieved only
when you drop all worries. And you are so efficient in accumulating
worries that you are simply wonderful. Not only your own, you go on
accumulating others' worries -- as if yours are not enough. You go
on thinking about others, and what can you do? You can only get more
and more worried and mad.
Everyone thinks as if he is the
center and he has to worry about the whole world, and change the
whole world, transform the whole world, create a utopia. All that
you can do is just change yourself. You cannot change the world. You
can create more mischief trying to change it; you can create more
chaos; you can harm; and you can puzzle. Already the world is too
puzzled. You can puzzle it more and confuse it more.
leave the world to itself. You can do only one thing, and that is,
you can achieve inner silence, inner bliss, inner light. If you
achieve this, you have helped the world very much. Just by changing
one ignorant spot into an enlightened flame, just by changing one
person from darkness into light, you have changed a part of the
world. And this changed part will have its own chain reactions.
Buddha is not dead. Jesus is not dead. They cannot be dead because
there is a chain reaction -- from one lamp, from one flame, another
flame takes over. And a successor is created, and they go on living.
But if your light is not there, if your lamp is without a flame, you
cannot help anyone. The first basic thing is that you must attain
your inner flame. Then others can share. Then you can kindle others'
light also. Then it becomes a succession.
Then you may disappear from the body
but your flame goes on passing from hand to hand. Up to eternity it
goes on and on. Buddhas never die, enlightened persons never die,
because their light becomes a chain reaction. And unenlightened
persons never live, because they cannot create any chain, they don't
have any light to share, no flame to kindle someone else's flame.
Please be concerned with yourself only. Be selfish, I say, because
that is the only way you will become selfless, that is the only way
you can become a help and a blessing to the world. Don't be worried
about it; that is not your concern. The greater your worries are,
the greater you think your responsibilities are. And the greater
your responsibilities, the more you feel yourself as being great.
You are not. You are simply mad. Get out of this madness of helping
others. Just help yourself. That's all that can be done. And then
many things happen... but they happen as a consequence. Once you
become a source of light, things start happening. Many will share
it, man will be enlightened through it, many will attain life, more
life, abundant life through it. But don't think about it. You cannot
do anything about it consciously. Only one thing can be done and
that is: you can become conscious. Then everything follows.
Osho Books Of Secrets. Chapter 80: All and nothing mean the same
Osho Vigyan Bhairav Tantra 2 - 40
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