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Uncivilizing Yourself


     The moment you sit for a few moments' silence, all kinds of nonsense things start floating in your head, as if they were just waiting; when you sit for meditation they will come.
     It was not so in the past – the primitive man was simple. The primitive man never needed anything like a Primal Therapy group. He was already primitive!
You have become so civilized that first your civilization has to be taken out of you. That is the function of Primal Therapy: it makes you again primitive, it brings you to the point of innocence. No primitive man ever needed anything like Encounter; his whole life was an encounter.
     But now, when you want to hit, you say hello and when you want to kill, you smile. Not only is the other deceived, you also believe that your smile is true. People are so polite that they tolerate you, they accept you; they don't look at what you are doing. If you don't interfere with them they leave you alone.
     Everybody is living a double life: the social life, which is formal, and the private life, which is just the opposite.

     You will need some processes in which you are brought to your authentic self so your duality is dropped, so that you can for the first time see who you are.

     Your morality, your so-called religions – they all teach you a kind of duality; they all make you pseudo. They talk about truth, but that is mere talk. They don't make you true; they make you polished, polite, civilized. They teach you how to be formally good. They give you a beautiful surface and they don't take any care of your inner being, which is your real you, and you tend to forget your real you.
     Enlightenment is seeing your real being.
You have become so accustomed and attached to the unreal. You have to be hammered back into your reality.
     I have devised dynamic, chaotic methods just to give you again a glimpse of your pure childhood when you were, as yet, uncontaminated, unpolluted, unpoisoned, unconditioned by the society...when you were as you were born, when you were natural.
     The society molds you into certain patterns. It destroys your freedom. It takes all other alternatives from you; it forces a certain alternative to you. It forces and pressures you in so many subtle ways that you have to choose it. Of course, it also gives you the idea that you are choosing it.
     I have heard:
     When Ford started manufacturing cars he had only one color, black. He would show his cars to the customers and he would say, "You can choose any color...provided it is black! "

     That's what people are doing to their children. You can be anybody you like, provided you are a Hindu or a Mohammedan or a Christian. Provided you behave like this, you are free, you are absolutely free. They go on creating a facade of freedom and go on creating simultaneously a deep slavery.
     You need to be thrown back to your reality. And sometimes even cruel methods are needed. Zen masters beating their disciples: you can't say this is a very compassionate method. It is a cruel method, but it is arising out of great compassion. And sometimes what cannot be taught can be provoked by the master by slapping your face.
     ... A chaotic, a dynamic meditation, is a very cruel method.
     It is not like sweet prayer; it is bitter, but it can cleanse much dust off your being. It can bring great awakening to you. It can become your first satori. Just a hundred–percent commitment is needed.

Osho The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha

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