Osho on Psychic & Spiritual Exploitation by Fake Gurus
Question - Is Psychic
Exploitation possible in the name of Shaktipat? How is it possible And
how is the Meditator to guard against it?
And he who
claims to give is bound to take more in return, or else there was no
need for him to shout in the marketplace. A fisherman puts a worm on the
hook of his rod because the fish does not eat the hook. Perhaps someday
the fish may be coaxed into swallowing the hook directly, but it is the
worm that attracts the fish to the rod and it swallows the hook with the
intention of eating the worm. It is only after swallowing it that it
comes to know that the hook was the main thing and the worm was only a
bait. But by then it is caught.
Jesus replied, ”Do not speak thus. Give thanks where
it is due. Who am I and where do I come in?”
He is raising your expectations; he is inciting your hopes and desires. And when you are possessed by desire and you say, ”Oh, beloved master, give...!” he will begin his demands. Very soon you will come to know that the worm was just on the top and the hook was inside. So watch your step wherever there are miraculous claims. It is dangerous territory. Avoid the path where someone waits to be your guru. There is fear of entanglement there.
So how is the seeker to guard
himself? He should guard himself from those who make big claims, and
thus he will save himself from all evil. He should not seek those
who claim wonderful results; otherwise he will be in difficulty, because
such men are also seeking. They are on the lookout for those who will
fall into their trap. There are persons such as these going about
everywhere. Do not ask for any spiritual gains and do not accept any
Any hook will work; the main question is of the coat. But we do not have the coat, while the hook calls out: ”Come here! I am the hook.” You will be caught if you go. You do not have the coat so what will you do by going to the hook? There is every danger of your hanging yourself on it. You have to seek your own worthiness, your own capability. You have to make yourself ready in order to be able to receive grace when it comes.
You do not have to worry about the guru at all; that is not your concern. That is why what Krishna says to Arjuna is correct. He says, ”Carry out your action and leave the fruits to the divine.” You have not to worry about the result of your action; that will become a hindrance. Then all kinds of complexities will arise: concern over what your action will yield, over what will be the result. And in your anxiety about the result your performance will go off. That is why the action itself should be our main concern.
We should be concerned about our own worthiness and receptivity. The moment our effort is complete – just as when a seed has reached its point of bursting – that very moment all is achieved. The moment the bud is ready to burst and blossom into a flower the sun is always ready, but we do not have the bud that breaks into a flower. Then even if the sun shines brightly in the sky it is of no use.
So don’t go seeking the sun; get involved in developing your bud. The sun is there for ever and is always available. No vessel remains unfilled for even a moment in this world. Any kind of receptacle becomes filled immediately. In fact, to be receptive and to be filled are not two happenings; they are the two sides of the same happening. If we were to remove all air from this room, fresh air from outside would at once fill the vacuum.
These are not two happenings, because as we remove the air in the room the outside air rushes in. Such are also the laws of the inner world. We are hardly even ready on our side when the fulfillment of our efforts begins to descend. Our difficulty is, however, that our demands start long before our preparedness. Then there are always false supplies for false demands. Some people really amaze me.
One man comes and says, ”My mind is very restless; I want peace.” He talks to me for half an hour, and in the course of his talk he confesses that the cause of his unrest is that his son is jobless. If the son gets a job his mind will be at rest. Now this man came with the excuse that he wanted peace of mind, but his actual requirement was absolutely different; it has nothing to do with peace of mind. He only wanted a job for his son. Thus, he had come to the wrong man.
Now, one who has gone into the business of religion
will say, ”You want a job? Come here. I will get you a job and I will
give you peace of mind too. Whoever comes here gets a job; whoever comes
here, his wealth increases and his business runs well.”
Those whose desires are fulfilled begin to frequent
the shop often; they come on each festival every year. The crowd
increases day by day, and a group forms around such a so-called guru.
Then what they tell becomes his indisputable testimony. If so many
people’s wishes were fulfilled, why not yours? Now this is the worm; the
hook which traps the man is within.
If the first shaktipat is successful, the matter ends there. It is like trying many doctors because the disease has not yet been cured. Naturally, the doctors have to be changed. But the patient who is cured never raises the question of changing doctors. The slightest experience of a glimpse due to shaktipat makes this question irrelevant. Besides, once this glimpse is attained from someone it makes no difference if it is attained again from another.
It is the same energy coming from the same source, only the medium is different – but this does not result in any difference. Whether it comes from the sun or an electric bulb or oil lamp, the light is the same. It makes no difference and there is no harm, if the happening has taken place. But we do not go seeking for the happening. If it comes to you along the way, accept it and go further – but do not seek it.
If you seek there are hazards, because then only the tricksters will come your way and not someone who can really give. He will appear only when you are not seeking, when you have prepared yourself. So to seek him is wrong, to ask is wrong. Let the happening take its own time and let the light come from a thousand paths. All paths will prove the authenticity of the same original source. It is the same; only it is appearing from all sides.
Someone was saying the other day that he went to a
sadhu, a religious man, and said that wisdom should be one’s own. The
sadhu retorted that it cannot be – that wisdom ”always pertains to
another, and that such and such a monk gave it to such and such, then he
passed it on to another.”
So Krishna says to Arjuna, ”This wisdom I am conveying
to you is the same that has come to me. But my telling of it will not
bring it about in you. When it happens to you, you will be able to tell
others that it is like this.”
Source: from Osho Book "In Search of the Miraculous Vol 2"
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