Be Nobody, Be One with Existence

Osho on Nobodiness



Shunyam Anukant,

everybody is afraid of being nobody. Only very rare and extraordinary people are not afraid of being nobody. A Gautam Buddha is needed to be a nobody. A Nobody is not an ordinary phenomenon; it is one of the greatest experiences in life — that you are and still you are not, that you are just pure existence with no name, with no address, with no boundaries… neither a sinner nor a saint, neither inferior nor superior, just a silence.

People are afraid because their whole personality will be gone; their name, their fame, their respectability, all will be gone; hence, the fear. But death is going to take them away from you anyway. Those who are wise allow these things to drop by themselves. Then nothing is left for death to take away. Then all fear disappears, because death cannot come to you; you don’t have anything for death.

Death cannot kill a nobody. Once you feel your nobodiness you have become immortal. The experience of nobodiness is exactly the meaning of nirvana, of nothingness, of absolute undisturbed silence, with no ego, with no personality, with no hypocrisy — just this silence… and these insects singing in the night. You are here in a way, and still you are not.

You are here because the old association with the body. But look within, and you are not. And this insight, where there is pure silence and pure isness, is your reality which death cannot destroy. This is your eternity, this is your immortality. Shunyam Anukant, enjoy as much as you can moments of nobodiness. And it is such a simple, uncomplicated experience — because you are nobody; you have just to sink within yourself a little deeper. Your personality is only on the surface.

Inside is only a vast sky — infinite. Once you taste it without fear, you would love to go back again and again into the experience. Whenever you will have time, you would like to dive deep into your nobodiness.

When you are nobody you are a Gautam Buddha. When you are nobody you are the whole existence.

There is nothing to fear. There is nothing to lose. And if you think anything is lost — your name, your respectability, your fame — they are worthless. They are playthings for children, not for mature people. It is time for you to be mature, it is time for you to be ripe, time for you, just to be.

Two drunks are walking down the streets of London with nothing to do, as all the pubs have closed long ago. They come by a street light and both stop to stare at it. After a few moments, one of them mumbles, “Is not the moon beautiful tonight?” The other one turns to him in surprise, and says, “The moon? That is the sun you are looking at.”

They argue for a while, and just as they have decided to get an opinion, another drunk come stumbling around the corner. One of the first drunks asks him, “Excuse me, is that the sun or the moon?” The drunk shrugs his shoulders, and says, “Sorry, I don’t know. I don’t live around here.”

All your name, and all your fame, and all your degrees and qualifications, and your richness, and your respectability and prestige, are nothing but different kinds of alcoholic beverages.

Only one who is nobody is not drunk. Only one who is nobody is fully awake, fully alert. And in his alertness he gains the whole world; in his nobodiness the whole universe can disappear. It is so vast. Your somebodiness is so small. The more you are somebody, the more small you are. The more you are nobody, the bigger…. Be absolutely nobody, and you are one with the existence itself.


Listen to complete discourse at mentioned below link.

Discourse Series: The Razor’s Edge, Chapter #19

Chapter title: Awareness will not go to war

6 March 1987 pm in Chuang Tzu Auditorium


Osho has spoken on ‘nobody, nirvana, silence’ in many of His discourses. More on the subject can be referred to in the following books/discourses:

  1. Beyond Enlightenment
  2. A Bird on the Wing
  3. The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha
  4. From Bondage to Freedom
  5. From the False to the Truth
  6. The Invitation
  7. The Osho Upanishad
  8. Socrates Poisoned Again After 25 Centuries
  9. Tao: The Pathless Path
  10. YAA-HOO! The Mystic Rose
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