Osho’s 10 Commandments
Osho, also known as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, was an Indian mystic, guru, and spiritual teacher who had an international following during the 60s all the way up until his death in 1990.
He is responsible for the controversial “Rajneesh” movement of the 70s and 80s, due to its radical ideas which challenged traditional values at the time. He was a teacher of philosophy as well, and was not afraid to openly criticize socialism and institutionalized religions.
His combined teachings emphasize the importance of meditation, awareness, love, celebration, courage, creativity and humor – all qualities which he believed were being suppressed by adherence to static belief systems, religious tradition, and socialization.
Many feel that his teachings helped to jump-start the Western New Age movement. Although unorthodox during his time, his teachings have become more widespread and popular since his death.
Someone once asked him for his “Ten Commandments,” and he replied that he was against commandments of any kind. However, he put together this list “just for fun.” He underlined numbers 3, 7, 9, and 10. The comments in between are my thoughts on each commandment.
1. Never obey anyone’s command unless it is coming from within you also.
You can hear out what anyone has to say, but in the end it is up to you to decide whether or not you should actually listen to and obey them. The only person in this world that can make decisions for you is yourself. What you think is the only thing that matters, everyone else’s thoughts are just opinions.
2. There is no God other than life itself.
Life is so wonderful BECAUSE we know that we are going to die someday. Remember what Achilles said in Troy: “The gods envy us. They envy us because we’re mortal, because any moment might be our last. Everything is more beautiful because we’re doomed. You will never be lovelier than you are now, and we will never be here again.”
3. Truth is within you, do not search for it elsewhere.
Life never gets any better, only your perspective of it does. If you look to the external for answers, you have already taken the wrong step. Life is so simple, yet we as humans still manage find ways to fuck it up.
4. Love is prayer.
As mentioned in my other article about the power of visualization, our thoughts actually have an impact on the reality around us. Your thoughts manipulate your DNA, which then manipulate vibrating light particles in your surroundings. Thoughts such as love and compassion cause your DNA strands to expand and be free to affect others in a positive manner, while thoughts such as hatred and envy cause the strands to scrunch up and contract into each other.
5. To become nothingness is the door to truth. Nothingness itself is the means, the goal and attainment.
“I think, therefore I am not. It is only when the mind is silent that I am.” Clearing your mind is the basis of all meditation. You are not your thoughts, and it is not healthy to be constantly thinking 24/7. How can you truly listen to your inner voice if you never give it the chance to speak because your mind is always drowning it out?
6. Life is now and here.
There is no past, and there is no future. These two things simply do not exist. Have you ever experienced a moment that was not NOW? I didn’t think so. NOW is where you live every moment of your life, and leaving the now to dwell on past hurts or future worries is not good for your mental health. Thinking about past mistakes so that you can correct them, and setting goals for the future are exceptions, but you should always be aware that life happens NOW.
7. Live wakefully.
I think that this one can be interpreted in many different ways. I personally believe Osho is simply saying that we should find joy in every moment of our lives.
8. Do not swim—float.
If you were dumped out in the middle of the ocean and tried to swim to shore, you would get exhausted and drown. However, if you floated, you would expend a lot less energy and probably last a lot longer. It would be more likely that a boat or airplane would pass by to save you. Life works in the same manner; don’t resist the current of life, simply float and let everything be. Trust that life will carry you in the right direction and it will.
9. Die each moment so that you can be new each moment.
This goes along with commandment number 6 which states that life is here and now. Moments from the past do not exist; I am not the same person I was a mere second ago. The only moment that does exist is NOW, which is why you should ‘die’ to each moment, so that you are not held to your past or worried about the future.
10. Do not search. That which is, is. Stop and see.
The truth lies within you. This is a perfect summarization of all the previous commandments. Do not search for external answers, and do not resist the flow of life. Take a moment to watch an animal in the wild. Do they seem to care about anything or have any problems outside of survival and enjoying their lives? We should take note of this and mimic their attitude towards life. In this day and age, survival is already taken care of for most of us and we do not have to worry about it. This is why we create ‘problems’ to keep our minds occupied. Sometimes it is best to just ‘stop and smell the flowers.’