Published by The Asian Age, India, on November 10, 2014
It is the job of the scientist to use his intelligence to enrich life in the outer world, provide all the technological comforts for the physical existence of human beings on earth. Then there’s an inner world with infinite dimensions, only known to the yogi or the mystic, who attains to ultimate bliss through self-realisation.
The time has come when the scientist and the mystic can come together and contribute to the creation of a new man. Such a man is a whole man, an undivided man, who lives a rich life on earth and is also richer within.
Osho wants a Buddha to be a scientist and scientist to be a Buddha: “I would like you to be enriched by Newton, Edison, Eddington, Rutherford, Einstein; and I would also like you to be enriched by Buddha, Krishna, Christ, Mohammed, so that you can become rich in both the dimensions — the outer and the inner. Science is good as far as it goes, but it does not go far enough and it cannot go. The very methodology of science prevents it from going in. It can go only outwards, it can study only objectively; it cannot go into the subjectivity itself. That is the function of religion.
“The society needs science, the society needs religion. And if you ask me what should be the first priority, science should be the first priority. First the outer, the circumference, then the inner because the inner is more subtle, more delicate. Science can create the space for real religion to exist on the earth.” (1)
Osho concludes: “Just meditate on that possibility. In fact, if Einstein had lived a little longer, he would have turned into a mystic. He had started thinking about the inner self. How long can you remain interested in the outer mystery? If you are really interested in mystery then sooner or later you will stumble upon the inner too.
“My concept is of a world which is neither Eastern nor Western, neither inner nor outer, neither extrovert nor introvert which is balanced, which is whole.” (2)
Swami Chaitanya Keerti, editor of Osho World, is the author of Osho Fragrance
Excerpts from discourses by Osho
(1) The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha Vol. 4, Q 1
(2) The Diamond Sutra, Ch 8, Q 1
Illustrations by Osho News