Discourses — 12 December 2013

Yes, I did say that the path of meditation was for spiritually masculine people.

In India, the Buddhists and the Jainas have followed the path of meditation. All the twenty-four tirthankaras, the great masters of the Jainas, were warriors. They belonged to the kshatriya caste, the caste of the warriors; they were not brahmins. Buddha himself was not a brahmin; he was a kshatriya, a warrior. These warriors followed the path of meditation; they were as masculine as possible. Their whole training was that of the warrior. But at the ultimate peak they certainly were transformed: they became feminine. You can’t find a more feminine man than Buddha. They became so feminine, they became so soft, so vulnerable, so beautiful, so graceful, so rounded – they lost all the corners, all roughness. They became like lotus flowers – the East has painted them without moustaches, without beards.


Have you ever seen a statue or a painting of Buddha with a beard and moustache? Not that some hormones were lacking in him, not that he could not grow a beard. I know him perfectly well – he had a beautiful beard! But we have left it out because it does not represent his inner reality. His inner reality has become so feminine that we had to make his face according to the inner. The inner cannot be painted; it can only be painted symbolically. That’s why Rama, Krishna, Mahavira, Buddha, none of them is painted with a beard, a moustache, no.

And one thing more: nobody is painted as bald. And I know perfectly well, they were all bald! But women don’t go bald, hence the moustache and the beard have been taken away, and instead hair has been added to their baldness – the same hair maybe, take it away from the beard and put it on the head.
Osho, The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha Vol 5, Ch 10, Q 5 (excerpt)