Is this a question, a realization, or a declaration? Something beyond forces me to put this on paper; though I am writing this, the words are not mine.
It is past midnight, about five o’clock on the full moonlight night of the Indian month known as “bhadra the Thursday,” the Guruvar master’s day in Indian language. I am in Vipassana meditation. As my eyes open, a dazzling light brightens the room. I cannot keep my eyes open, as the light is too dazzling.
After a few minutes, I can open my eyes and I become quite aware. Two figures are standing before me: one is beloved Osho with folded hands and that gentle, beautiful smile; and the other is Gautam Buddha in gyan mudra. It is Buddha’s third body. He looks at beloved Osho, and after a few moments he touches the feet of Osho and merges with his body, smilingly. I hear him saying: “I have fulfilled my promise. I was to come as Maitreya after two thousand five hundred years, and I have come. If you have eyes, you will see me; if you have ears you will hear me; if you have a heart you will feel and recognize me. My third body I had kept in existence to rebirth, to help whoever wanted my help. With due respect and adoration, I have to state that I could have merged with Krishnamurtiji, but due to his insistence on being original I could not merge and help individuals through him. I was hopeful, as he was especially prepared for my appearance – but he was adamant. His body suffered a lot due to his resistance to accepting me. He preferred and chose ceaseless pain and suffering for this.
My third body now cannot remain in existence if it is not accepted for rebirth or merging. The time I had decided for it is coming close to an end so I cannot wait any longer, and hence I am merging my third body with Osho’s energy without disturbing his individuality. He is like an ocean; many small and big rivers merge with it, but still the ocean remains, unperturbed. Its identity remains as an ocean without any change. In him, all enlightenments – past, present and future – have become alive and active; a unique event that has not happened before, nor will it happen again. Osho is total acceptance, total emptiness, total nothingness, and unbounded compassion. He is both purna and shunya incarnated. From my third body, I address him as ‘Osho,’ but from now onwards he will not be only ‘Osho,’ he will be ‘Osho, the Buddha Lord Maitreya’ – a buddha, a true friend to all. Thus saying, Buddha’s third body merged with our beloved, beautiful Osho. Osho’s radiance was increasing and filled the whole universe.
I remember the prophecy of Lama Karmapa, who had predicted this event, but had asked me not to talk about the event till it happened. Now it has happened and flowers have showered. So let it be known to all, let it be shouted from the rooftops that Osho, the Buddha Lord Maitreya, is here; Buddha has fulfilled his promise.