Osho says he is not desiring that the world should be saved.
The third world war is coming closer, but I am not interested in avoiding it or bringing it. Who cares? My whole interest is in you, and I want you to become aware that this earth is not going to live for long. If this becomes an awareness in you it will be a transforming force. And if millions of people are transformed in this way, this earth may be saved – but that will be just a payoff, a consequence.
So it is a very very real danger.
Why not use it as a device?
It can shake you up,
it can wake you up.
I am not desiring that the world should be saved. It is such a stupid world, it is such a stupid humanity – if it is gone it is good! I am not very much interested in saving this stupid lot – they have lived here for millions of years and they have proved only a burden and a corruption, they have polluted everything.
But I am certainly interested in using this as a device, which is far more potential than Jesus’ statement that the Day of Judgment is close, because that is an abstraction. But the third world war is coming closer every day, because Russia is preparing, America is preparing; they go on piling up atomic bombs, hydrogen bombs, death bombs, and they go on inventing new ways for killing humanity instantly. So it is a very very real danger. Why not use it as a device? It can shake you up, it can wake you up. And if millions of people become meditators, there is a possibility the world war may not happen. But that is not my interest. My interest is to save people – people who are worth saving…
[…] I can talk about the future because I live in the present – it is allowed! And I can talk about saving the world from the third world war because I have no desires left – it is allowed. I can go on teaching you day in, day out, year in, year out, saying continuously, hammering continuously: “There is no goal, no purpose, nothing to achieve.” Still it is allowed to me to teach you.
Why is it allowed to me to teach you? – because I am not a teacher any more. And I am not giving you a doctrine, and I am not giving you a character, and I am not giving you a discipline. I am simply imparting my joy that has happened to me. With me all is okay – third world war or no world war. If the third world war happens I will be the same, if it doesn’t happen I am the same.
If the third world war happens, if you are alive and I am alive, I will continue the morning discourse, the evening darshan… everything will continue. The third world war will go on destroying the earth and I will go on doing my own thing, not being bothered by it at all. It does not matter.
Osho, Be Still and Know, Ch 7, Q 1