- In India there is a religion, Radhaswami. They have a list; they think there are fifteen stages of the evolution of the soul. Mohammed is on the third stage — I am just telling you as an example — Jesus is on the fourth stage, one stage higher; Krishna is on the fifth, one stage higher; Buddha on the tenth. They have put all the names in categories. Their guru, who is not known outside India, not known outside the city of Agra — it is a very small sect — he has reached to the fifteenth, the last. There is no other stage above it.
I was visiting their temple — they are making a temple just according to the same power trip. Agra has the Taj Mahal, one of the most beautiful creations of man; they are making a better temple, just to defeat the Taj Mahal! They have been working for almost sixty years on it; only one floor, the ground floor, is ready.
It will take at least two hundred years more. But the way they are doing it… even from the incomplete structure you can see that, if they succeed — which seems to be difficult — if they succeed in making it they will defeat the Taj Mahal. You can see, just whatsoever they have done is superb. That was their guru’s wish: that his samadhi, his memorial, should be better than the Taj Mahal, “Otherwise don’t make it. If you make it, then it has to be better than the Taj Mahal. If you cannot manage….”
One man came to see me, a follower of Radhaswami and he said, “Osho, what do you say? Our guru has said that there are fourteen heavens, and our guru has reached the fourteenth. And he has also said…” He had brought the whole list: Rama has reached only up to the fifth, Buddha and Mahavira have reached up to the seventh, Christ is only up to the fourth, Mohammed up to the third, Kabir, Nanak, they have reached up to the twelfth — and their own guru has reached up to the fourteenth. The fourteenth is called SACHKHAND — the true heaven.He asked me, “What do you say about it?”I said, “Your guru is right — I know him!”He said, “What do you mean?”I said, “Because there are FIFTEEN heavens and I am in the fifteenth! And he is always asking me,’Osho, somehow carry me to the fifteenth!’ Your guru is in the fourteenth — I know him!”He became very angry. He said, “What are you saying? You have reached beyond my guru?”I said, “If he can reach beyond Buddha and Mahavira and Krishna and Christ, what is wrong in my reaching beyond him? And when there are fifteen, what can I do?”I told him, “The name of the fifteenth IS MAHASACHKHAND — the GREAT land of truth. Your guru has reached only to the true land, I have reached to the GREAT truth!”These fools go on talking about all kinds of nonsense Esotericism is just an escape from reality; it is a kind of madness.
Osho on Radhaswami Sect