You have spoken to us of the raising of Lazarus, and the miracle of Jesus walking on the water. But what of the miracle that is yourself? You have turned tigers into lambs, gorillas into buddhas, worriers and thinkers into mindlessness, and created an oasis out of a desert.
Please Osho, speak to us of the miracle of miracles that is yourself!
I do not believe in miracles, but still miracles happen. Because I do not believe in them, I cannot claim to be the doer. At the most I am also a watcher.
The miracles that Jesus did are trivia: walking on the water, or turning water into wine, or bringing Lazarus from death back to life. To me they are not miracles.
I am reminded of one of the greatest mystics this land has produced: Ramakrishna. He was one of the simplest men possible. One day a great saint who was well known for his miracles came to see him. Ramakrishna was sitting on the river bank in Dakshineshwar near Calcutta, where the Ganges becomes so huge and so beautiful. The saint was very proud of the miracles that he used to do. And he had come with the specific purpose of showing Ramakrishna that his religiousness is worthless.
He said with great pride and ego in his heart, “What are you doing sitting under a tree? Let us go for a walk on the Ganges, on the waters.”
Ramakrishna said, “You have come a long way. Just rest a little and then we can go for a walk on the Ganges.”
The man sat down and Ramakrishna said, “Can I ask one thing: how long it took you to learn the art of walking on water?”
The man said, “Almost thirty-six years.”
Ramakrishna laughed and he said, “When I want to go to the other shore – just two paise, and that too, the boat-man never takes from me, seeing that I am a poor man. Thirty-six years you have wasted on an art which is only worth two paise. You must be an idiot.”
Even if you can walk on water, it does not make you spiritual, it does not give you a glimpse of the divine. On the contrary it takes you further away from God. You become more egoistic, because you can do something which others cannot do.
Jesus brings Lazarus back to life. Naturally it appears to be a great miracle – but it is not, because Lazarus is not transformed, and living a few years more, repeating the old routine again, he has to die. His being brought back to life has not given him anything of the eternal. The same story is repeated in Gautam Buddha’s life, and there you can see the difference between a real miracle and a pseudo miracle.