Discourses — 07 October 2011

Buddham sharanam gachchhami: in India there was no room for the buddham.

Buddham sharanam gachchhami: in India there was no room for the buddham.
Sangham sharanam gachchhami: in America, the sangham was destroyed.
Dhammam sharanam gachchhami: Osho, will you fill in the blank?

The sutra is so important. Buddham sharanam gachchhami was always there, undeclared. It was happening, there was no need to say it.

To be with a master, there is no other way except buddham sharanam gachchhami: I go to the feet of the awakened one. Only in such humbleness do you become part of the master’s experience and his life.

Sangham sharanam gachchhami was not destroyed in the commune in America. The commune is destroyed, but the sutra cannot be destroyed.


If you love the master, you cannot avoid loving all those who love your master. How can you avoid it? You have chosen a master, somebody else has also chosen a master; suddenly you become aware that you are both on the same path, you are connected through the same master, through the same energy. The commune can be destroyed, the physical component, but not its spiritual content.

And those who think in America that they have destroyed the commune are just befooling themselves: the commune has spread all over the world. Now we can declare the whole world as our commune. It is in our generosity that we allow other people also to live there, in the hope that sooner or later they will become part of the commune! They are our feeding sources, because from where are we going to get new sannyasins? Our sannyasins are so understanding that they are not going to create children; they have no time. Sitting silently, doing nothing…children are not born by themselves! Something will have to be done, and our sannyasins are not interested in doing anything. So, no children – just grass growing.

But we will need new sannyasins. There are so many people who don’t know the secret of sitting silently, doing nothing, waiting for the spring and enjoying the grass growing. They never sit silently, they are always doing something or other – they will produce children for our sannyasins, so we allow them to remain on the earth. Otherwise, we have covered the whole planet.

Nothing is destroyed, and it is impossible for the concept to be destroyed. Even if just you few people are here, it becomes the sangham; it becomes a gathering of fellow travelers. Your love for the same master creates a strange kind of unity. You are not directly related to each other, but you are related through me to each other. Directly, you can sometimes come into conflict, but through me you cannot come into a conflict; I will be neutralizing your conflict.

Dhammam sharanam gachchhami – that is the last part of the sutra. That is our search; that is our seeking. Dhammam means truth, ultimate truth. The first two steps are just to help you for the third.

There is a group of Sufis who simply call themselves the Seekers. There is another group of Sufis who simply call themselves the Builders. They have beautiful names; you cannot imagine that there is anything to do with religion. But the Builders are building to reach to the ultimate star; the Seekers are searching. And they have chosen these names so the religious authorities don’t get offended.

If you go to the Middle East and you simply tell anybody, “I want to go to some Sufi school,” they will shrug their shoulders because nobody knows what you mean. To enter into a Sufi school is difficult, unless by chance you come across a person who is connected and who can take you to the master.

But you will be puzzled, because Sufi masters, just to avoid unnecessary persecution, unnecessary harassment, live in a very ordinary way. Somebody is a weaver, somebody is a potter, somebody sells perfumes, somebody does some other thing – and you cannot think that this man is a Sufi master. And in the night, in some friend’s house, you will see the same man sitting with his disciples. And you cannot believe it, because this man, although he is the same, but he is radiating something that was not there when you had seen him as a perfume seller or a potter or a weaver. The Sufis have methods of how to prevent people from seeing you as a master, so that your work can continue silently underground.

The work is the same, whoever is doing it.

It is dhammam sharanam gachchhami – a longing to know the truth, to be the truth.

A man is not really a man if this longing is not in his being.

Osho, The Path of the Mystic, Ch 30