Question: Beloved Osho, Is
it true that to be in Communion with the master is the
Osho: The word `initiation' is very significant and profound. There are three initiations: first, when a student becomes a disciple; second, when a disciple becomes a devotee; and third, when the devotee disappears in the master. To understand the whole process, all three steps have to be understood.
Everyone begins as a student, as an inquirer into what
this life is all about, with a curiosity to know the
mysteries that surround us. But the desire is for
knowledge; hence, superficial. Because the desire is for
knowledge, it is of the mind. And mind is the periphery
of our being, the most superficial part of our
individuality. The student has questions, but he has no
quest. His questions are easily answerable, he is easily
satisfied -- just borrowed knowledge is enough for him.
He does not yet need a master; he only needs a teacher.
Curzon had heard
that there was a man in Rajputana whose memory was just
unbelievable. The man knew only his local dialect,
Rajasthani, a dialect of Hindi; he did not know any
other language. But that did not prevent him from
memorizing any statement in any language, and in such a
way that it seemed almost superhuman. He was called to
the court of the Viceroy Curzon; a special meeting was
arranged. Thirty scholars, knowing thirty languages,
were to examine the man and his memory.
It is a well-known
fact that a student is interested in collecting
knowledge. His questions are easily satisfied. His mind
functions like a computer. But once in a while, a
student falls into the trap of a master. He is not in
search of a master, he does not know any difference in
the words `master' and `teacher'. In the dictionaries
both words mean the same. But in actual life, a teacher
simply transfers knowledge from one generation to
another generation -- it is not his own experience.
You can go on
repeating that scientifically, H2O means water, but that
is not going to quench the thirst. It is an answer, and
a perfectly right answer. If somebody is asking what
water is, as a question, it is very simple to answer it.
But if somebody is asking about water because he is
thirsty, then H2O is not going to help. Then, only real
water will do. Quest means thirst, hunger. No borrowed
knowledge can satisfy it. And the master slowly makes
the student aware that if you are really a man, then
just to be curious is childish.
A genuine seeker has
no questions, but a tremendous thirst.
This is the first initiation --
when the master changes the student's focus from
knowledge towards knowing, from memory towards
intelligence. And it is not an ordinary phenomenon, it
happens to only a very few fortunate ones. Millions of
people simply remain curious, childish, immature for
their whole life. Once the emphasis has moved from
knowledge to knowing, your concern is no more with the
past, your concern is with the present.
Only in loving light does the darkness within you disappear. Love is light, and the flame of love has to be taught. The master loves, his presence is love. His very presence is magnetic. Without saying a word... just to be close to him, you will feel a certain pull, a certain love, a trust. And you don't know the man, you don't know whether he is trustworthy or not. But you are ready to risk. The presence of the master is so convincing that there is no need of any argument to prove it.
I have been a
teacher in the university, and each year on Teacher's
Day the university professors used to have an intimate
meeting to discuss problems that they were facing. And
every year the basic and the most troublesome problem
was that the students don't respect them. When I joined
their meeting for the first time, it was my first year
in the university. They were all condemning the
students, they were condemning modern society, the
Western world, because they have taken away all respect.
Dronacharya had an
ambition, and that ambition was that one prince who was
his disciple, Arjuna -- and he was a great archer --
should become the greatest archer in the history of man.
But this Ekalavya was disturbing everything, he was
becoming more famous. Dronacharya went into the
forest.... And this is the point to be noted -- that's
why the dean of the faculty of arts had quoted the name
of Ekalavya. He had been rejected by Dronacharya. Any
ordinary human being would have felt insulted,
Poor Ekalavya said,
"Whatever you ask, if I have it I will give it to you. I
can give my life. You are my master, you just say it.
But I am a poor man, so just ask for that which I have."
This is an ugly story. The strategy is that once his right-hand thumb is cut, his archery would be finished, he would no longer be a competitor to Arjuna. Dronacharya accepted him as his disciple just to get his thumb. And Ekalavya, without saying a word, simply took his sword and cut his thumb. He gave it to the master and said, "If you want anything more, you just tell me."
This story, you have
to remember in the background. The dean was saying:
"This country, which has produced students like Ekalavya
-- who respected a master like Dronacharya who rejected
him, insulted him -- has fallen so low that students are
not respecting teachers at all. Something has to be
done." I was very new. It was my first meeting
with all the professors from all the departments.
"First, you are rejecting a poor young man because he is condemned by you as an untouchable. Secondly, when he achieves on his own, you are willing to accept him as your disciple -- in the forest, where nobody knows what is happening. And that too for a certain reason, so that you can cripple his right hand to destroy his archery, so that your ambition of making Arjuna the greatest archer in the world can be fulfilled."
I said, "You should not forget that it is because of teachers like Dronacharya that teachers in India have lost their respect. You represent Dronacharya -- on what grounds do you want students to respect you? And you are not even conscious of the fact you are mentioning Ekalavya. As far as I am concerned, I don't see... I also have students, and I am a new professor. I have not seen a single student being disrespectful towards me. I love them, I respect them. Love resonates love in the other, respect creates respect in the other -- these are resonances. If I had been in the place of Ekalavya, I would have cut off the head of Dronacharya! That's exactly what he deserved."
The old man was in such a shock and so shattered, he was almost trembling. I said, "You sit down because you are trembling, and if some heart attack or something happens I will be responsible for it. Please sit down. I am not going to cut your head -- although you also need to be treated in the same way. You want students to be Ekalavya's -- what about the teachers?"
The master is not a teacher. He loves; it will be better to say he is love. He respects; it will be better to say he is respectfulness. Naturally he creates a gravitational field of love, respect, gratitude. In this gravitational field, the second initiation happens. The disciple is no longer interested in knowing about himself. His only interest is in how to be dissolved into the master, how to be in harmony with the master. And the day the harmony comes to its peak, the disciple disappears; the devotee is born.
The devotee is miles away from the student. The whole journey has taken such revolutionary changes. The devotee is on the verge... the life of the devotee is not long. The longest life is that of the student. In the middle is the disciple. And the life span of the devotee is very small. It is something like a dewdrop on a lotus petal in the early morning sun, slipping slowly, slowly towards the sun into the ocean. The dewdrop is just that small fragment of time that it takes to slip from the lotus leaf into the ocean.
The devotee's life is not long, it is very short -- because once you have tasted the harmony, you cannot wait to taste oneness. It is impossible to wait. The dewdrop runs fast, drops into the ocean, becomes one with the ocean. There are two ways to say it. Kabir, one of the great mystics of India, is the only one who has used both ways. When for the first time he slipped into the ocean, he wrote a small statement in which he said, "I had been searching for myself, but, my friend, instead of finding myself, I have disappeared into the ocean. The dewdrop has disappeared into the ocean."
After almost twenty years, when he was on his deathbed, he asked his son, Kamal, "Bring the notes you have been taking of my statements. Before I die, I have to correct one thing." He said, "I have said at one place that the dewdrop has disappeared into the ocean. Change it. Write down, `The ocean has disappeared into the dewdrop.'"
His own words are tremendously beautiful. The first words are, HERAT HERAT HEY SAKHI RAHYA KABIR HERAYI; BUNDA SAMANI SAMUNDA MEN SO KAT HERI JAYI. And the second: HERAT HERAT HEY SAKHI RAHYA KABIR HERAYI; SAMUNDA SAMANA BUNDA MEN SO KAT HERI JAYI. In the first, the dewdrop has disappeared in the ocean. In the second, the ocean has disappeared into the dewdrop. Perhaps two sides of the same coin....
This is the third initiation, and only after the third initiation is there communion -- because there is union, there is no more separation, there is at-oneness. The path of a mystic begins as a student, ends as a master... begins as a dewdrop, ends as an ocean.
Source: from book "Beyond enlightenment" by Osho