In yesterday's post, Osho was described as a controversial mystic. Ahh...indeed he was. From his 93 Rolls Royces, to his arrest and deportation...assasination plot...to his teachings on sex and aids and all manner of eccentricities. He was also agnostic...
Very strange guy. And while I would not spend the time talking about him that I spent posting about Frank Laubach, I think he is interesting enough for one post. Most of his teachings do not really speak to me because, being an agnostic, he does not come from the same paradigm I live in. I believe in a living, personal God. He believes, I think, in some kind of energy...and the word love is thrown about quite a bit in his teachings.
There is a plethora of info available on line about him. For a quick synopsis, as always, wikipedia gives a concise overview (and the writing on Osho has citations galore. This guy certainly got a lot of attention) And then at his home page there are literally hundreds of e-books containing his teachings. Amazing considering that I read somewhere he never wrote a single book. His books are his spoken messages, transcribed by his followers. So, all in all, he might be worth a quick look...but there are a lot of sticks to sort through before you get to any hay.
One little snippet of his that caught my eye was the following quote about sympathy. Very true, don't you think?
Sympathy is not compassion; it is just the opposite. Sympathy is a kind of exploitation of the other person. When you sympathize with somebody, you are higher, better, and the other is lower, falling, degraded. Your ego gets immense satisfaction out of sympathy. But this is how the unconscious mind functions. You don't know exactly what you are doing.
And it is an enjoyable moment for you, because the other is in need of your sympathy. You are the giver, the other is the beggar.
It occurs to me that pity is an even more stronger demarcation of status. Pitying another really puts us on an even higher rung of the ladder....at least in our own mind.
Nothing particularly profound in this post...perhaps verging on news you can't use...although I kind of like the sympathy vs. compassion thought. It makes me realize that sometimes, even though we might think we are doing/feeling a good thing, the motives (which may be unbeknownst to us) are ultimately selfish and self serving.