Osho Discourse on New Man
Osho - A new man is emerging. The image of the new man
is not yet clear, but the horizon is becoming red and the sun will soon
be there. The morning mist is there and the image of the new man is
vague, but still a few things are very crystal clear about the new man.
And this is of tremendous importance because since the monkey became
man, man has remained the same. A great revolution is on the way. It
will be far more deep-going than the revolution that happened when
monkeys started walking on the earth and became human beings. That
change created mind, that change brought psychology in.
Now another far more significant change is going to happen that will
bring the soul in, and man will not only be a psychological being but a
spiritual being too. You are living in one of the most alive times ever.
The new man has already arrived in fragments, but only in fragments. And
the new man has been arriving for centuries, but only here and there.
That’s how things happen. When the spring comes it starts with one
flower. But when the one flower is there, then one can be certain: that
spring is not faraway – it has come. The first flower has heralded its
coming: Zarathustra, Krishna, Lao Tzu, Buddha, Jesus – these were the
first flowers. Now the new man is going to be born on a greater scale.
According to me, this new consciousness is the most important thing that
is happening today. I would like to tell you something about this new
consciousness, its orientations, and its characteristics, because you
are to help it come out of the womb – because you HAVE TO BE IT. The new
man cannot come from nowhere, he has to come through you.
The new man can only be born through your womb. You have to become the
womb. Sannyas is an experiment to clean the ground so that new seeds can
fall in. If you understand the meaning of the new man, you will be able
to understand the significance of sannyas too.
And it is because sannyas is concerned with the new man that the old
orthodoxies of all kinds are going to be against me and against sannyas,
because this will be their end. If sannyas succeeds, if the new man
succeeds, the old will have to go. The old can live only if the new man
is prevented from coming.
It cannot be prevented now, because it is not only a question of the new
man’s coming into existence, it is a question of the survival of the
whole earth, of consciousness itself, of life itself. It is a question
of life and death. The old man has come to utter destructiveness. The
old man has reached the end of his tether.
Now there is no life possible with the old concept of man but only
death. The old man is preparing for a global suicide. The old man is
piling up atom bombs, hydrogen bombs, in order to commit a collective
suicide. This is a very unconscious desire. Rather than allowing the new
man to be, the old man would like to destroy the whole thing.
You have to understand, you have to protect the new, because the new
carries the whole future with it. And man has come to a stage where a
great quantum leap is possible. The old man was other-worldly, the old
man was against this world. The old man was always looking
to the heavens. The old man was more concerned with life after death
than life before death.
The new man’s concern will be life before death. The new man’s concern
will be THIS life, because if this life is taken care of, the other will
follow of its own accord. One need not worry about it, one need not
think about it. The old man was too concerned with God. That concern was
out of fear. The new man will not be concerned with God, but will live
and love this world, and out of that love he will experience the
existence of God.
The old man was speculative, the new man is going to be existential. The
old man can be defined in the Upanishadic statement: NETI-NETI, not
this, not this. The old man was negative – life-negative, life-denying.
The new man will be life-affirming: ITI-ITI, this and
this. The old man’s concern was THAT, the new man’s concern will be
this, because out of this that is born, and if you become too concerned
with that, you miss both.
Tomorrow is in the womb of today. Take care of today and you have taken
care of tomorrow. There is no need to be in any way worried about
tomorrow. If you become too worried about tomorrow you have missed
today. And tomorrow will come as today – it always comes as today. If
you have learned this suicidal habit of missing today, you will miss
You will go on missing. The old man was continuously missing, was
miserable, sad. And because he was sad he was against the world, he
blamed the world, he blamed SAMSARA. He said, ’It is because of the
world that I am in misery.’ It is not so. The world is immensely
beautiful, it is all beauty, bliss and benediction.
There is nothing wrong with the world. Something was wrong with the old
mind. The old mind was either past-oriented or future-oriented, which
are not really different orientations.
The old mind was concerned with that which is not. The new man will be
utterly in tune with that which is, because it is God, it is reality:
iti-iti, this is it.
This moment has to be lived in its totality. This moment has to be lived
in its spontaneity, with no A PRIORI ideas. The old man was carrying
ready-made answers. He was stuffed with philosophy, religion and all
kinds of nonsense. The new man is going to live life without any A
PRIORI conclusion about it. Without any conclusion one has to face
existence, and then one knows what it is. If you have already concluded,
your conclusion will become a barrier.
It will not allow you inquiry – your conclusion will become a blindfold.
It will not allow you to see the truth – your investment will be in the
conclusion. You will distort reality to fit your conclusion. That’s what
has been done up to now. The new man will not be Hindu, will not be
Mohammedan, will not be Christian, will not be communist.
The new man will not know all these ’isms’. The new man will simply be
an opening, a window to reality. He will allow reality as it is. He will
not project his own mind upon it. He will not use reality as a screen.
His eyes will be available; they will not be full of ideas.
The new man will not live out of belief, he will simply live. And
remember, only those who can simply live, without belief, come to know
what truth is.
The believer or the disbeliever never come to know what truth is. Their
beliefs are too heavy on their minds. They are surrounded too much by
their belief systems. The new man will not know any belief system. He
will watch, he will observe, he will see, he will live, and he will
allow all kinds of experiences. He will be available, he will be multi
The old man lived out of fear – even his GoHe will not carry scriptures
in his head, he will carry only alertness awareness. He will be
meditative.d was nothing but a creation out of fear. His temples,
mosques, GURUDWARAS, churches – they were all out of fear. He was
trembling, he was afraid. The new man will live out of love, not out of
fear, because fear serves death, love serves life.
And if you live out of fear you will never know what life is, you will
only know death again and again. And remember, the person who lives out
of fear creates all kinds of situations in which he has to feel more and
more fear. Yom fear creates situations, just as your love creates
situations. If you love, you will find so many occasions to be loving.
If you are afraid, you will find so many occasions to be afraid. Love is
going to be the taste of the new consciousness. Because fear was the
taste of the old consciousness it created wars. In three thousand years
man has fought five thousand wars – as if we have not been doing nything
else – continuous fighting somewhere or other. This is a very mad state
of affairs. Humanity’s past is insane.
The new man will become discontinuous with this insane past. He will
believe in love, not in war. He will believe in life, not in death. He
will be creative, not destructive. His science, his art – all will serve
creativity. He will not create bombs. He will not be political, because
politics is out of hatred.
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