Osho on understanding a man of higher consciousness

Question – Beloved osho, it is said “if you meet a man on a higher level of being than your own, you will not understand him.” the distance between you and us seems so infinite. What are we doing here, osho?

Osho : It is true. If you meet a man of a higher development in consciousness, you will not be able to understand the man; communication will be almost impossible. But you are saying and seeing only one side of the phenomenon.

You will not be able to understand a man of higher consciousness but he will understand you — more than you understand yourself. He has passed through the same stages that you are passing. He’s well-acquainted with the whole territory and he is standing on a high place from where he can see far and wide.

On your part, if you can understand only this much — that understanding will be difficult because his consciousness is higher — then your question will be: “First raise my consciousness so that I am at a point from where communication is possible.” You will not ask other questions because his answers will not make sense to you. The only question you can ask is: “I am here, ready. Give me a lift!” And this can be done.

This is actually what is being done here. Your meditations, my sittings with you, your own individual efforts — all together are creating only a higher consciousness in you. And whether you understand me or not is immaterial — I understand you perfectly well.

You may be blind, I am not. And I am holding your hand tight — so you may not be able to find the door yourself, but just don’t try to escape! Allow me to hold your hand. I will take you out of the door into the open.

The greatest problem is not that you don’t understand what comes from a higher consciousness. The greater problem is, you think that if you cannot understand him that means he is talking nonsense. You have closed the doors. The sun has come even up to your door — you close the door in the very face of the sun. The sun will come again tomorrow morning. People like me don’t get tired because you have not been listening, you have been closing the door, you have been rejecting. The person with the higher consciousness understands it — that these are all childish ways of protecting one’s ego. He is not going to be angry with you.

In these thirty years, I must have passed millions of people — talked about their problems, given them every help they wanted for their further growth: instructions, disciplines. But while the person was listening, I was also aware to what category the person belongs: Is he listening or is he just being polite, and deep down he thinks he knows everything? He need not bother about meditation. He need not think about changing his lifestyle so that the new consciousness becomes easier to grow.

With the old lifestyle it is difficult, it is almost like a rose bush growing in stones and rocks. Once in a while it happens, but that is not the rule — that is the exception. And you should always remember the rule, not the exception.

I can see while I am talking to you whether you are closed. If I see that somehow your closed doors can be opened, that perhaps you can be persuaded — if not for spiritual growth then for something else; perhaps for a tantra group… just get caught in the net, then I will see — once you are caught things go on becoming easier.

There is a point of no return. And you all have to remember when that point comes in your life that you cannot go away from me, that it has become impossible. That even if I leave the body, it will not make any difference. You have found your master, and the master has found his disciple. And this is the greatest discovery there is.

Source – Osho Book “Sermons in Stones”

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