Naina writes in the Assam Times on January 2, 2016
Terrorism is not new, though it has come in a new incarnation. Throughout our history, invaders like the Huns, Tamerlane, Nadir Shah, Mahmood Ghaznavi to Hitler, Stalin, Mao, all are part of a chain of terrorists. The major difference is now that terrorism is no longer limited to a particular area or a geographical territory. It has become globalized. Now everyone in the world feels threatened and terrorized.
Terrorism is an ideological violence essentially rooted in unconscious human behavior. It shows its heinous form when governed by hypnotic conditioning. Osho points out, “Terrorism is not in the bombs, in your hand; terrorism is in your unconscious.” Religion, in most cases, has proven Marx right for functioning as an ‘opium’ and has consequently reigned terror on men, women and children. Ironically, more often than not religion has taken God for a ride and has sold ideology around it with force, often brutal.
Existing nuclear and biological weapons have placed humanity at grave risk. Hence, in the context of our present day-to-day reality, how do we keep the human life free from terrorism? How do we transform the energy used for terrorism into tranquility? The first need obviously is to get out of the trap of dogmatic, blind following of religion. We will need to bring more celebration in our life – more joy, more laughter. A happy person can never become a terrorist. We will have to move from Gun Culture to Fun Culture. Life is not a problem to be solved by violent means; it is indeed a gift to be shared by living joyously.
What we need in essence is a pledge to making this world for our future generation a better place to live and enjoy. First, we need to make a conscious commitment to be free of all conditionings, patterns of belief and behavior, trappings of de-humanizing ideologies. Further, we need to help our children remain free from all that breeds hatred, violence, prejudice, aggression.
You live in fear, not in joy. If we can clean the basement of the human mind’s unconscious… and that’s what my work is. It can be cleaned away. Terrorism is not in the bombs, in your hands; the terrorism is in your unconscious. […] The new situation is that every human being needs to go through therapies, needs to understand his unconscious intentions, needs to go through meditations so that he can calm down, become cool – and look towards the world with a new perspective, of silence.”
Osho’s quotes from Beyond Psychology, Ch 18, Q 1 and Q 2
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