||Osho on Buddha Sutra -
Even if he be born in the time of a Buddha it is his rare fortune to see
Osho - But difficulties are there: you may be born in the time of Buddha but you may never go to see him -- because just the very idea that somebody is enlightened is against your ego. You cannot believe that somebody is enlightened and you are not. It is impossible that somebody has gone ahead of you. You cannot believe it because of your ego, and you will find a thousand and one reasons not to go to a Buddha. You will find arguments that he is wrong, that he is a megalomaniac, that he is claiming, that he is not really a Buddha -- "What is the proof?" People used to go to Buddha and ask, "What is your proof? Who is your witness?"
Now these are foolish questions. Who can be a witness?
Buddhahood happens in such deep aloneness that nobody can be a witness.
It is not an act in the world, it is an act out of the world. Who can be
a witness? It happens in tremendous aloneness. It happens at the
innermost core; nobody can see it. A Buddha has to be self-proclaimed;
there is no other way. And who will certify that he is a Buddha? People
used to go to him and they would find a thousand and one ways to prove
that whatsoever he was saying did or did not coincide with the old
scriptures. It never coincides; it cannot, in the very nature of things.
Because whenever somebody becomes enlightened he brings a different
vision into the world which had never existed before.
When Christ came Jews started looking in their old
scriptures, and they never became convinced that this man was the
Messiah for whom they were waiting. They crucified him. Why? -- because
they could not figure it out. People believe in scriptures. Scriptures
are dead things, and scriptures are made by you, collected by you,
interpreted by you. Nobody knows what the scriptures really mean. Nobody
can know -- because words are there, but the content has to be given by
If somebody comes and says that another man, your neighbor, is a murderer, you immediately believe. You don't bother about any proofs. You say, "I have known him long. I have always thought that he is." If somebody comes and says, "That man is a thief, immoral," this and that, you never bother about any proofs. If people bothered about proofs there would not be so much gossiping in the world. Who bothers about proofs? When somebody is being condemned you immediately believe it because that gives you a feeling that you are better than the other person.
But if somebody comes and says, "One man has become a meditator, a great meditator," immediately there is suspicion. You listen to it but you don't want to listen. You say, "It is not possible. I know that man; he is a cheat. How can he meditate? I know him from his very childhood; we were colleagues in school. No, he cannot. What is the proof?" you ask. Whenever somebody talks about somebody else being good, you ask for the proof because it hurts your ego: "So, somebody else has become good before me?"
When a Buddha walks on the earth he's claiming the impossible, that which only rarely happens. He's saying he has become a Buddha, and of course only he can say that. There is no other way to prove it or disprove it. His statement is not provable or disprovable -- and your ego feels offended.
Buddha says: It is a rare fortune to be born in the time of a Buddha, and still more rare a fortune to see the enlightened -- to go, to bow. Because only if you bow, if you surrender, will you be able to see. It is not a question of physical eyes. Many people saw the Buddha walking, passing from one town to another, but they were not the people who had seen him. Only those few rare individuals who became his disciples had seen. Because it is impossible to see a Buddha and not to become a disciple. If you have seen, then you have seen; and then you cannot be the same again. Then your whole life is upside down. Then you are in a chaos, then you are reborn. Then there is going to be a complete collapse of your past, a new birth, and of course, all the pain that is always involved in a new birth.
Source - Osho Book "The Discipline of Transcendence, Vol4"
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