A very impressive anecdote I have read:
A king heard that one part of his kingdom was almost in a chaos. People were fighting with each other. They were hurting each other in every way possible. He was worried.
He sent a special messenger to this part with a magic glass. The magic glass had the quality that if you looked through it, you would see things as they are ― not as you imagine, not as you think, not as you interpret. The magic glass would negate your mind and you would see things directly, immediately. Once you looked at things as they are, the experience became transforming. Then you could not be the old one.
Do you like seeing this glass ? I do. But remember, we should "look through" the glass.
.....The magic glass was placed on a crossroad, so that everyone could look through it and be transformed, so that it was available to everybody.
But this is how people reacted: A great majority gave a name to the glass and worshipped it as if it was a superhuman being. But they never looked through it. They worshipped, but they never looked through it. In fact, their worship was a way of avoiding the magic glass.
Another part of the people were sceptical from the very beginning. They said: 'This is simply foolish. How can a glass help to see things as they are ? It is superstitious.' They never experimented; they never even gave the glass a try. They were the sceptical people ― and the sceptical are superstitious.
Deep down, both groups were the same because they both avoided ― one by worshipping; one by saying that this was superstitious and useless. That's what has happened to the whole world.
Theists and atheists ― both have been avoiding meditation. One by saying that there is no God; one by saying that there is God and only worship is needed. Deep down they are not different.
Am I a theist or an atheist ? Every morning I pray and worship a certain deity of Buddhism, but do I try to look through the glass ? Meditation is the key.
Then there was a third part of the people ― practical, pragmatic, empirical. They said: 'The magic glass is interesting, but we cannot imagine how it is going to help us in the practical things of the world. It is impractical.' They also never looked through it. They were the scientists, the empirical minds.
Then there was a fourth part of the people. They said: 'Not only is the glass useless, it is dangerous ― because whosoever looks through it becomes distorted.' They were against it, and they were planning to destroy it whenever the opportunity arose. They also had not looked through it.
Then there was another group who avoided it. They stopped walking through those crossroads. They said; 'We are happy as we are.' They were not happy. But they thought: 'It may disturb our usual pattern of life.'
But a few people were there who were simple, innocent. They looked through it and they were transformed. They became totally new beings.
But then the rumour spread all around that they had been hypnotized by that stupid glass, that they were fools. Otherwise how could a glass transform a human being ? They were thought to be mad.
.....Religion is a magic glass.
The secret quality of it is to transorm you.
.....Worship won't help. That is very cunning and tricky.
Logic won't help because it is a question of experience,
not of logical syllogism.
Scepticism is not of much use,
because just by doubting you cannot come to know anything.
One has to pass through the experience.
.....Only those who are innocent, childlike,
who are ready to look through it,
who are ready to be transformed, changed, mutated ―
only they will be helped by religion.
So only very few people have been helped by religion.
Christians are millions; Hindus, millions;
Buddhists, millions; Mohammedans, millions;
but religious people ― very few.
You can count them on your fingers.
To belong to an organization is not to be religious.
To take the jump in deep trust and innocence
is to be religious.
I have studied Tibetan Buddhism since fall and have learned many prayers and mantras. I know many ways of meditation both of Osho Rajneesh and of the orthodox Buddhism. However, religious organizations are of little help. To look through the glass, to experience, jump in, and go deep into myself and meditate is immensely meaningful.
Buddhists say we should learn both compassion and wisdom. I think I should become wise, so I have been preoccupied with the logic and the methods. I did not underestimate the importance of meditation, but has been rather skeptical, wondering how to do it. Osho always affirms on what is most important to me now. He shows me the way:The purpose is transformation and the only way is to meditate.