|Unfortunately, Tibet has fallen into a darkness. Its monasteries have
been closed, its seekers of truth have been forced to work in labour
camps. The only country in the world which was working -- a one-pointed
genius, all its intelligence in the search of one's own interior and its
treasures has been stopped by the communist invasion of Tibet.
And it is such an ugly world that nobody has objected to it. On the
contrary, because China is big and powerful, even countries which are
more powerful than China can ever be, like America, have accepted that
Tibet belongs to China. That is sheer nonsense -- just because China is
powerful and everybody wants China to be on its side. Neither have the
Soviets denied the claim of China aside -- even India has not objected.
It was such a beautiful experiment, and Tibet had no weapons to fight,
they had no army to fight; they had never thought about it. Their whole
thing was an introvert pilgrimage.
Nowhere has such concentrated effort been made to discover man's being.
Every family in Tibet used to give their eldest son to some monastery
where he was to meditate and grow closer to awakening. It was a joy to
every family that at least one of them was wholeheartedly, twenty-four
hours a day, working on the inner being. They were also working but
they could not give all their time; they had to create food and clothes
and shelter, an in Tibet it is a difficult matter. The climate is not
very helpful; to live in Tibet is a tremendous trouble. But still every
family used to give their first-born child to the monastery.
If humanity were a little more aware, Tibet should be made free
because it is the only country which has devoted almost two thousand years
to doing nothing but going deeper into meditation. And it can teach the
whole world something which is immensely needed.
Tibet should be left as an experimental lab for man's inner search.
But not a single nation in the world has raised its voice against this
ugly attack on Tibet. And China has not only attacked it, they have
amalgamated it into their map. Now, on the modern Chinese map, Tibet is
And we think the world is civilised, where innocent people who are
not doing any harm to anybody are simply destroyed. And with them,
something of great importance to all humanity is also destroyed. If there
were something civilised in man, every nation would have stood against the
invasion of Tibet by China. It is the invasion of matter against
consciousness. It is invasion of materialism against spiritual heights.
Osho: Om Mani Padme Hum # 1
OshO on the Dalai Lama
.... Just a few days ago I had told you that soon he will be getting a Nobel Prize.
Today his name has been nominated. It has not been long, and my prediction has come true.
These names have been nominated: Gorbachev is first, Ronald Reagan is second, Rajiv Gandhi is third, Dalai Lama is fourth. And the head of the International Football Federation is the fifth!
Nobody has ever heard that the head of the International Football Federation is contributing something to human evolution -- football! And in what way is this football contributing to peace? -- because he has been nominated to be given a Nobel Prize for peace. Strange...?
And what has the Dalai Lama done? He escaped from Tibet when China attacked. If he was really in favor of the Tibetan people he should have remained with his people, even if he was to be murdered.
And when he escaped he did not bring the Buddhist scriptures with him, he brought seventeen camels loaded with gold, because he knew that it would be impossible to get back to Tibet. A man who has betrayed his own people... and they are being killed every day. He has taken the money of the people. It was not his private money. No lama can have private money -- a lama is a Buddhist bhikkshu, he cannot possess anything. The money belonged to the taxpayers, the poor Tibetans. All the gold that was in the possession of the Lhasa Palace of Dalai Lama -- he ran away with all the gold, leaving the Tibetan people in the hands of China. And they are being killed every day, butchered, tortured.
And you will not believe... Every child has to learn Chinese now, not Tibetan. So they are not only destroying people's political freedom, they are even destroying their literature, their whole heritage. The children will be Chinese, because they will be speaking Chinese. Soon, when the old people die, even the Tibetan language will die. And Tibetan scriptures will disappear.
This is an absolute crime against a culture -- they have brought not just a political slavery to Tibet, they are destroying Tibet's whole ancient culture, which has something beautiful in it. They have destroyed all the monasteries of Buddhist monks. They have been turned into hospitals, into schools. And they have brought a great number of Chinese to become residents of Tibet. The number of Chinese is now more than the Tibetans. So now they will bring democracy to Tibet, because now in any case Tibetans cannot win the elections; more Chinese have been infiltrated.
And what has Dalai Lama done?
His younger brother has died just a few days before, because his younger brother -- his name was Panchen Lama -- proved far more courageous than Dalai Lama. Dalai Lama was the head of state and Panchen Lama was number two; if Dalai Lama dies or something happens, then Panchen Lama would be the head. He was not the head, but he took over as Dalai Lama escaped. He did not escape with Dalai Lama, he remained with his people, and he tried in every possible way to prevent this invasion. But Tibet had no armies, Tibet had no arms. Tibet had nothing to fight with, no roads, no tanks, no bombs. Tibet had only twenty-one guns belonging to the guards of Dalai Lama's palace -- that was all. There were no courts, no police -- because the Tibetan people are such a silent people, such a meditative people.
That's why I feel for the Tibetan people.
If the Nobel Prize was given to the Tibetan people, it would have been absolutely right. They are suffering and their meditativeness is being laughed at. They are being forced not to meditate, but to go to the fields and work. Under loaded machine guns, meditators are being forced to work.
The Dalai Lama is the pope, in fact higher than the pope, for the Buddhists, because he is not a representative of Jesus, he is a reincarnation of Buddha himself -- not a representative, but a reincarnation of Buddha himself. The Dalai Lama escaped from Tibet because China became communist and claimed that Tibet is part of China. Once it was -- two hundred, three hundred years ago. There was a time when a Chinese emperor conquered Tibet, and Tibet was part of China. And of course Tibetans and Chinese belong to the same race.
The Dalai Lama had to escape from there, because he was both the religious head and the political head. And he had never thought that anybody is going to attack Tibet. It is so secluded a country, on top of the world, and so far away from every other place; no railway trains are there, no cars are there, no roads are there: no technology has reached there. People are still living at least five thousand years back.
He had to escape because he did not have a big army. He had never thought, his predecessors had never thought, that anybody is going to attack -- to attack is so difficult, to reach Tibet is so difficult. But Mao was determined to take it over. It was a very significant place for him not to leave alone, because Russia could take it, and then it would become a tremendously dangerous thing for China. India could take it; then too it would become tremendously difficult for China. So before anybody else started thinking, China jumped in. Tibet is a small country, and the Dalai Lama had just a small police force, perhaps one hundred policemen, to guard the palace.
That was all, there was no need for anything else. Army? -- they had never thought about the army.
But the incarnation of Buddha escapes from Tibet, forgets about the people whom he has been exploiting, his predecessors have been exploiting, for thousands of years. Tibet is a poor country, but the Dalai Lama is one of the richest men in the world. The whole palace of Lhasa was filled with gold and nothing else. Strange even to think that the Dalai Lama escaped with all the gold from the Lhasa palace, not all the ancient scriptures -- because there was a clear choice: you can take this or you can take.... There were so many scriptures that you would need thousands of cars to take them to India. And he had so much gold -- and the gold had to reach first, because without gold what was he going to do in India? And the refugees that were following him from Tibet, what were they going to do? So scriptures were left; gold was carried -- this is the incarnation of Buddha!
China immediately crowned his younger brother, Panchen Lama, as the head of the country. Politicians can't do without it because the masses won't listen. Now the masses are perfectly happy. What difference does it make -- the Dalai Lama or Panchen Lama? He was going to be his successor, he is the second in line. If the Dalai Lama dies, or anything happens, Panchen Lama will become the head. The Dalai Lama has escaped, and China made him a laughingstock: "You believed in him and he deceived you; not only that but he has stolen all your gold."
OshO : Communism and Zen Fire, Zen Wind
Chapter title: Wolves in a sheep's skin 1989
I would like to say to Dalai Lama: "Don't think of going anywhere; you will not get residence anywhere in the world, because nobody wants to be antagonistic to the biggest country, China."
Just two years ago, even America refused just a three-week tourist visa for Dalai Lama on the grounds that they did not want to annoy China.
I have loved Buddha, and I have loved those who have loved Buddha. I have deep love and respect for Dalai Lama.
My suggestion to him is: don't leave this country; just drop the desire to be the sovereign head, the political head of Tibet. In fact, it is not right for a religious man to have such aspirations for being a political head. Just drop that idea. Be an ordinary meditator, a lover of Buddha -- then China will not ask for you. You are being asked for because of your continuous desire to be the head of Tibet again.
Too much water has gone down the Ganges; it cannot happen, at least in your lifetime.
But my insistence is that fundamentally your desire is wrong. Tibet is gone, out of your hands. You should have renounced it. Your desire for power is a political desire -- it is shameful in a man who is thought to be a meditator. Just remain in the Himalayas, and nobody is going to trouble you.
The trouble is arising within you because of the desire that you want Tibet to be again under your rule.
Forget all about it. It is ugly, absolutely condemnable, to have such a desire. That was the singular message of Gautam the Buddha: don't have any desire in this world; when the other world, the mysterious world, is ready to open its doors you are asking for some illusory power.
This shows that Dalai Lama himself is not a meditator.
I would like him not to go anywhere. You have a beautiful place in Dharamsala -- go inwards. It is time that you prove that there is an inner world far more precious than anything the outer world can give to you. And if you cannot prove this, who do you think is going to prove it?
OshO: No Mind: The Flowers of Eternity
Chapter title: Truth has no history
The Dalai Lama is not enlightened.
He still has the great desire to be the political head of Tibet. That desire is preventing his enlightenment. I feel sorry for him -- a nice man -- but any desire is going to become a tremendous obstacle.
I had sent him the message that, "It is time you dropped the very idea of being the political head of Tibet."* He is in tremendous anguish.
In this state he cannot become enlightened.
If he drops the desire, the longing to be the political head of a country, perhaps as the desire disappears like smoke, he may see the light for the first time. He has not seen it yet.
And moreover, even if he becomes enlightened, his language, his way of answering you will be out of date. He is too learned in the Buddhist scriptures: he will repeat those scriptures, and they are very ancient, they are no longer contemporary
OshO :: Yakusan: Straight to the Point of Enlightenment
Chapter title: The sutra is long, the night is short
modern mystic: Osho
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