Das Anudas’s sannyas darshan on 27 June 1978, “I am giving you one of the most significant names: a slave of slaves. This is a Sufi approach. Wherever you find anybody – a tree, a man, a woman, a rock – feel worshipful.”
Wasn’t it a film-show
Those thirty years
Before I leapt into you?
Even a name like David Ben David
Das means servant or slave, anudas means a slave of slaves, a servant of servants. And this has to become your approach towards life. God is not visible – only his servants are visible. Serve them and through them you will find him. There is no way to connect with god directly because the very phenomenon of god is such that we would be burned. But through something – through a medium, through a curtain – the contact is possible.
The question is: Why is this century missing god? The problem is that people are looking and trying and searching to have a direct glimpse of god. That is not possible, that has never been possible. In the past people were searching through people or through nature or through sun and moon, but not directly. Hence the sun became a god, the moon became a god; rivers became goddesses, mountains became gods, trees became gods. People searched via these and slowly slowly they started getting glimpses of the divine. And the divine is everywhere but not available to a direct approach. One has to be very indirect, delicate. The phenomenon is such that you cannot shout at god, you can only whisper.
I am giving you one of the most significant names: a slave of slaves. This is a Sufi approach. Wherever you find anybody – a tree, a man, a woman, a rock – feel worshipful. Be of some use, of some service; whatsoever you can do, do. At least you can touch the rock lovingly. And you will be surprised that when you touch the rock lovingly, prayerfully, the rock disappears and there is god in the form of a rock. Hug a tree and see! And it is not one-sided – the tree is hugging you! The day you feel that the tree is hugging you and that the tree waits for you, and if you don’t come the tree feels sad, and if you come the tree is joyous, you are coming closer to god – because these are his manifestations. If you want to show your appreciation of a musician, you hear his music, you appreciate his music, you are thrilled through his music. You go into an ecstasy through his music. And going through that ecstasy, passing through that ecstasy, you are coming closer to the heart of the musician.
Osho, The Madman’s Guide to Enlightenment, Ch 27