(18 July 1955 – 21 September 2021)
Gyan Rasiko took sannyas on 22 October 1978 and stayed in Poona for several months. Apart from various professional activities, every year he spent some time in Poona, India, as well as in Oregon, USA, till Osho passed away in 1990.
In the late 80s Rasiko opened a “Superlearning Studio” in Munich which ran very successfully for 7 years. On his holidays he loved visiting Thailand and other Asian countries.
After selling his studio, he finally settled down in Koh Samui, Thailand, where he lived with Amm, his girlfriend and faithful life partner, till his premature passing.
Text and photos thanks to his sister, Doris Hamann
Peter sits now in their place [in front of Osho]. He is from Germany.
Gyan means wisdom, Rasiko means a lover – a lover of wisdom. That is exactly the meaning of the word ‘philosophy’. The original meaning of philosophy is ‘love for wisdom’. It lost the track; it become more and more ‘love of knowledge’ rather than ‘love of wisdom.’ In the West it has taken a totally different route. The concern became how to know more; the concern became more and more extrovert. The basic enquiry of knowing oneself was lost, and ‘know thyself’ is the beginning of all wisdom.
The first thing necessary is to know oneself, because that is to be the first step. If I don’t know myself what else can I know? If one cannot know even oneself then all else is impossible. In knowing yourself you have put down the right foundation; now the temple can be built. Now you can know others and you can go on growing in your knowing.
And this knowing that is based on self-knowledge will have a totally different quality; it will be wisdom. The person who does not know himself and knows many things is knowledgeable but not wise. He is functioning only like a computer. He only stores information, he is a storage system; he has a good memory. And the human brain is infinitely capable. The possibilities are the one single human brain can contain all the libraries of the world. That much potential is there in the human memory. But memorising means that others have known; you have simply collected the data, information. But this is not authentic because this is not yours. It has not grown in you, you have not produced it on your own; you have not been creative.
It is like adopting a child. You can adopt a child and become a parent but in reality you are not the parent. To carry a child in the womb, to live with the child in a togetherness for nine months and then to suffer the pain of the birth of the child, the whole arduous journey of bringing up the child… that makes one a mother. You can simply go to an orphanage and adopt a child, but you have not suffered for it, you have not earned it. You will only be a mother for the name’s sake. But motherhood is not possible this way. Motherhood cannot be borrowed – it has to be attained.
So is the case with wisdom: wisdom has to be attained. It is a pilgrimage into one’s own being. Knowledge is adopted – it is cheap. Wisdom is costly, and unless one is in deep love with truth, one cannot sacrifice so much. Only love knows how to sacrifice, and sacrifice blissfully. Only love knows how to sacrifice and yet feel grateful that one was allowed to sacrifice.
Anything to say? Osho invites and Rasiko pauses, then says in his formal English and heartfelt, I thank you.
Osho, The Tongue-Tip Taste of Tao, Ch 22
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