I see your enlightenment as a speaking medium between existence and all sannyasins – based on love as the only true way to go.
Osho, I’ve heard you say that you are beyond enlightenment. What, theoretically speaking, is the difference between enlightenment and beyond enlightenment?
Life is a continuous change. It knows no stop – not even a semicolon. Enlightenment is not to get stuck somewhere. Nobody has talked about beyond enlightenment, because what is the point? People are not even enlightened. But I’m certain my people are going to be enlightened, and I have to make them aware not to get stuck.
Even enlightenment has to be transcended.
Even transcendence has to be transcended.
One has just to go on and on.
Existence is infinite, in multidimensions – and there is no end anywhere. You can never say I have come. You are always coming closer and closer and closer, but you never come, because once you have come what will you do? Then the only way is to go back home.
One has to go beyond enlightenment; otherwise you will find yourself in a very difficult situation – stuck in a waiting room of a railway station. No train goes back, all trains go ahead, and all that is left behind you have experienced. You are tired of it; you don’t want to go back. Even if you want to go back nature prohibits it.
Can a young man again become a child? Can a child again be in the womb of the mother? There is no possibility of going back. The young man will become middle aged; the middle aged will become old. There is an open future, but there is no reverse gear in your life-style. Simply nothing can be done about it.
I have heard…
When Henry Ford died he met God, and God asked him, “Are you satisfied with my creation?”
He said, “No, if I had created life, I would have corrected many mistakes. For example, when I created the car there was no reverse gear: you have gone two blocks ahead of your house – you cannot come back. Now you have to go around the whole town to come home!”
The reverse gear was Henry Ford’s invention; you can go back. And he said to God, “In life you have missed many things, but especially a reverse gear.”
An old man wants to become young but cannot. If God had placed a reverse gear you could have just moved back into your youth again – you have to go on.