This is the Answer
Osho on Silence
ARE WE REALLY LOOKING FOR THE ANSWER TO OUR NUMEROUS QUESTIONS? IT OCCURS TO ME THERE MUST BE, FOR EACH OF US PRESENT HERE, ONE QUESTION THAT CHARACTERIZES US, AND WHICH, IF WE COULD JUST PINPOINT IT, WOULD ACT LIKE A BEACON. THEN THAT QUESTION WOULD BE ENOUGH IN ITSELF AND WITHOUT THE NEED FOR AN ANSWER.
In fact there is no question which will be an answer to you. The reality is unquestionably here. All your questions are not really in search of answers — but they can put you in great trouble.
If the man you are asking the question to is a scholar, a pedagogue, then he can give you an answer which will create thousands of questions. You had come only with one question; he has given one answer. Now that answer creates thousands of questions — and that’s how it has been going on in philosophy, in theology. Each question leads to an answer, and that answer leads to many questions. And this goes on growing.
In fact, if the man you are asking knows, then he is not answering your question; he is destroying it. He is trying that you get rid of it. He is not putting an answer in its place, because then that will torture you.
This is the real work of a master, a mystic, that sooner or later the people who are with him start feeling questionless. To be questionless is the answer. There is no answer… it is not that when you are questionless all your questions have been demolished. It is not that you come upon a hidden answer. No, there is nothing hidden. All the rubbish has been removed. You feel just a clean and clear consciousness. This is the answer… Not the answer to any question, but the state of no question is the answer that we are seeking and searching. Every question is a burden, every question is a wound, every question is a tension. And to be questionless, to be completely free of all questions…
There is a story in the life of Mevlana Jalaladdin Rumi. He was working with his disciples in the desert, in a small monastery. A few travellers passing by, just out of curiosity stopped and went in. They saw that in the courtyard the students were sitting, the disciples were sitting, and Mevlana — Mevlana means the beloved master — Mevlana Rumi was answering them. They got fed up, because strange questions and strange answers… they went on their way. After years of traveling, they came back, and stopped again to see what was happening. Only Mevlana Rumi was sitting there, and there were no disciples. They were really shocked — what had happened? They went to Mevlana and they said, “What happened?” Mevlana laughed. He said, “This is my whole work. I crushed all their questions, and now they have no questions so I have told them, `Go and do the same to others: crush their questions. And if you find somebody you cannot manage, send him here!'”
When all questions are removed, you are again a child, utterly innocent. Then your mind is bound to be silent, and there is no possibility of it getting disturbed. And a great serenity…
This is the answer. There are no words in it, and it is not relevant to any question in particular; it is only a state of silence.
Listen to complete discourse at mentioned below link.
Discourse series: Beyond Psychology Chapter #12
Chapter title: Obedience needs no art
18 April 1986 am in
Osho has spoken on ‘Meditation, Prayer, Innocence, Silence, Serenity’ in many of His discourses. More on the subject can be referred to in the following books/discourses:
- Be Still and Know
- Come Come Yet Again Come
- The Hidden Splendour
- Beyond Enlightenment
- The New Dawn
- The Sword and The Lotus
- And the Flowers Showered
- Unio Mystica
- The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha
- The Great Pilgrimage: From Here to Here