THE FORBIDDEN PATH IS THE PATH. There is no other path….OSHO
I AM YEARNING FOR THE SNAKE TO BECOME ALIVE IN ME, SETTING ME AFLAME….
AM I ON A FORBIDDEN PATH? I AM SCARED.
THE FORBIDDEN PATH IS THE PATH. There is no other path. There is a certain rule to evolution, a certain principle to it. And the principle is: before you can become really innocent you have to lose all innocence. Before you can really become pure you have to move in all sorts of impurities. Before you can come home, you have to wander, go astray.
That's the whole meaning of the Christian parable of Adam being expelled from God's paradise. He HAD to be expelled. It is not that Adam is responsible for his expulsions — it is a certain basic rule of life.
God told Adam that "The tree of knowledge is the forbidden tree, you are not supposed to eat from it." Only one commandment was given to him, that he was not to eat from the tree of knowledge. But this functioned as a provocation.
If God really wanted him not to eat from the tree of knowledge, the better course would have been that Adam was never told about it. Paradise is infinite… millions and millions of trees. Even by now, Adam would not have been able to discover it — one tree of knowledge. But the moment God said: "Don't touch that tree, don't go near it, don't eat it," that tree became the most important tree. Certainly. Obviously.
Adam must have started dreaming about it. A temptation — going into the forest, into the garden, again and again the tree would call him. He must have gone close to it, looked, waited, brooded; many times he must have been just close to it, at the very brink of committing the sin, of disobeying, of being rebellious.
There is a fundamental law to it. Adam has to be expelled. Unless Adam is expelled, Adam will never become a Christ. He has to go astray to come home. Very contradictory! But unless you move into sin, you don't know what sainthood is.
Every child is a saint, but that sainthood is very cheap. You have not earned it; it is just a natural gift — and who bothers about a natural gift? You have to lose it. When you lose it you become aware of what you have lost. When you lose it then you start suffering, then you feel a great hunger for it. When you lose it, then by contrast it becomes clear what it was.
If you want to see the beautiful dawn, you have to wander into the dark night. Only after the dark night is the morning beautiful. If you really want to be rich, you have to become poor. Only after poverty do you start feeling the beauty of riches.
The contradiction is only apparent — they are complementary.
Christians have a theory; they call it FELIX CULPA — a happy fault. Adam's sin has been known to Christian theology as FELIX CULPA — a happy fault — since it brings about the need of Christ the Redeemer. If there had been no disobedience on the part of Adam then there would have been no Christ.
Adam is human consciousness going away from God. Christ is the same human consciousness returning back home. Adam and Christ are not two persons. Adam is the going away, Christ is the coming back. It is the same energy.
Disobedience is needed to become obedient. Rebellion is needed to know what surrender is. Ego is needed to become egoless. Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future. Remember it, and never be afraid of the forbidden.
The forbidden is the path. Go into it! Go courageously. Go totally — so that you can finish the attraction. And you are not going to find anything in it. You will come empty out of it — that will be a great experience, a great maturity. Sin can never be fulfilling, so why be afraid?
If there were any possibility that sin might fulfil somebody, then there would have been danger. But sin has never fulfilled anybody. The more you go in it, the more frustrated you are. The more you go in it, the more you know it is just stupid, it is just unintelligent, it is just an old, routine rut, a vicious circle. You are not moving anywhere. You are not going anywhere, you are not growing.
The more deeply you understand it, the greater the possibility that you will start on the backward journey — you will start coming to the original source. Of course, when I say coming back to the original source I don't mean that you will really regress backwards. You will still go onwards, but the journey will turn towards the source. There is no going back. A second childhood comes. In India, when a person moves through that second childhood we call him twice-born — DWIJ — again born. He has attained to a new birth. He has again become a child, again innocent.
So don't be afraid. The world is a temptation — a temptation you have to go through, a temptation that has to be suffered. And the Devil is a partner with God — he is not the enemy, he is the partner. He tempts you, he takes you into the forbidden, he helps you to disobey. He provokes you, he allures you, he seduces you. If you go wholeheartedly with him, sooner or later you will understand that he is the deceiver. Immediately he disappears.
The moment you realise that the Devil is a deceiver, the Devil disappears. In that realisation is death for him. Suddenly you start laughing. A great laughter arises in you. You start roaring like a lion, a great uproar. Now you have seen the truth, why God had told you not to eat the fruit of a certain tree — He wanted you to eat it.
Of course, God cannot be so foolish. If He did not want then He would have kept quiet. He could have removed the tree! — any ordinary gardener can do that. He did not remove the tree, He simply gave the commandment. And this is very psychological. The parable is really one of the most beautiful psychological parables.
Wherever you are not allowed to go, you want to go. If some film is running in the town and there is an advertisement 'only for adults' all the children will rush — then there must be something for them. If it is only for adults, then it has a provocation.
Say to people: "Don't do this," and they will do it. You can be certain about it. And God made it absolutely certain. He must have been a little suspicious about Adam, so He created Eve. Man is a coward — unless a woman tempts him. He may hesitate, but when a woman is there to tempt, man becomes very brave.
When the wife is there, the husband becomes very brave. Never fight with a husband when the wife is present — he will kill you. He has to prove himself because the wife is there. When he is alone you can fight; he will not bother — he will say it is okay.
When you have a woman with you, you become a daredevil. You have to prove to the woman that you are a hero, a great, courageous man, brave. Then you can be mad, you can do anything.
But even then God was suspicious: maybe the woman is not enough. He created a snake: the snake seduced the woman, the woman seduced Adam. And of course it was very well planned — mm? — it was a beautiful drama, well planned. All the characters are there. Adam can always say, "I am not responsible. Eve, she is responsible." She can always say, "I am not responsible — the snake." And of course the snake cannot speak, so the story ends there. If the snake could speak he would have said, "God is responsible."
Nobody has asked the snake — who is responsible? The snake is completely silent.
Look: whenever you say somebody else is responsible, what are you doing? You are simply shifting the responsibility. The husband says the wife is responsible; the wife says the children are responsible — and children, of course, are dumb; they cannot say anything. So there it stops. We go on throwing responsibility on each other.
You become religious the day you recognize "I am responsible." Be courageous. Feel your responsibility — and go into all that tempts you, and go fully aware, go conscious. Go deliberately into it.
I would like to tell you another law of life: if you go deliberately into something, it can never become a bondage to you. Don't go as if you are being pulled. Don't go like a slave: go like a master. Even if you are going into something which is forbidden, which is a declared sin by all the religions, go courageously and go with responsibility. Say: "I want to go and I want to explore this dimension. And I am going.
" Don't feel guilty! because if you feel guilty you will go halfheartedly — and when you go halfheartedly you are stuck. Then you will never be able to come back. If you go wholeheartedly you will immediately see the falsity of it, the foolishness of it.
Go wholeheartedly! And explore it completely, utterly completely. Explore all the corners of it so it is finished. Once you have seen the whole game, you are out of it.
YOU ASK: "I am yearning for the snake to become alive in me…" The snake is there. God never creates a man without the snake already there: it is built in, it is there. Call it sex or call it kundalini — it is the snake. Sex is the snake moving downward. Kundalini is the same snake, the same serpent-power, moving upwards.
Ordinarily, when a child is born, the snake is there coiled near the sex centre — what yogis call MULADHAR — the basic, root centre: it is coiled there, sleeping energy. At the time when the child becomes mature, sexually mature, at the age of fourteen or near about then, the snake uncoils and starts going downward, towards the valley. That's what sexuality is.
One day, when you have explored sexuality and have found nothing — nothing of worth, except trouble, anxiety, anguish, suffering — the snake starts moving upward. It is the same snake! Now it starts moving towards the peak, towards the mountain.
When it starts moving upwards, a great transformation is happening. From Adam you are becoming a Christ. And when the snake has hit the ultimate in you, SAHASRAR, the seventh chakra of your being, the highest peak, the Everest, the Gourishankar, when it has hit that chakra, suddenly you are neither Adam nor Christ — you are God Himself.
To feel oneself as an Adam is a dream, nightmarish. To feel one-self as the Christ is still a dream — better than the first, not nightmarish at all, very sweet and beautiful, tremendously beautiful, but still a dream. To come to know oneself as God is to come to reality, is to come home.
The snake is there, and it is very much alive! You may have become afraid about the snake. The society is working just AGAINST — against you. The society does not want you to be an individual aflame with energy; the society wants you to remain in control. The society is afraid. Even a single individual can become very explosive.
That's what happened when a Christ moved on the earth, or a Buddha — just as a small atom can explode and can destroy a whole big city like Hiroshima. Just a tiny atom, invisible to the eyes, nobody has ever seen it, not even visible to instruments — an invisible particle can explode and can generate so much energy. What to say about a human consciousness?
If a human consciousness explodes, the society does not know how to control it. So society keeps you plugged to the lowest rung. It does not allow you to move. It keeps you just on the earth; it never gives you wings. You HAVE the wings, but it does not even make you aware that you have the wings. It teaches you everything, but the most basic is not taught.
In the university your head is stuffed with rubbish. In schools, colleges, in universities, your head is used as a dustbin: people go on throwing things in it. They are taking revenge on their own teachers. They have filled their heads with straw, now they are doing the same with others — and religiously, very seriously. Have you seen professors, chancellors, vice-chancellors? — so serious, as if they are doing a great service to humanity. They are simply destroying.
When the head becomes too heavy, you lose contact with your heart. When the head becomes too much important, you tend to forget about the heart. And the heart is the source of your life-energies. From the heart you are connected to the sex centre, and from the heart you are connected to SAHASRAR.
The heart is the bridge between the sex and SAHASRAR — the heart is the bridge between the valley and the peak. And they go on stuffing your head. They train your head so much, you become so clever, you become so efficient with the head, that you simply bypass the route that goes through the heart.
Life moves through the heart. The snake is alive, but your heart is closed. The snake is alive and ready to jump on its journey, you will just have to open the doors of your heart. That's what I mean when I say dance, sing, be ecstatic, celebrate, love, feel.
The real university of the future will be a training centre for the heart, not for the head. These universities that exist today are just out of date; they are just ruins of the past. They can exist in the museums, but they should not be allowed to exist any more in reality.
The real university has to be a great training for the heart, for the feeling.
Your snake is alive. Just open your heart — your snake is groping. When I see into you when you come to me and I personally encounter you, I see the snake groping for the heart. Towards the head it cannot go without moving from the heart. There is no way.
It can only go to the head through the heart. When it goes through the heart it does not reach to your reason, it reaches to your intuition. When it goes through the heart it hits the SAHASRAR. The SAHASRAR is also in the head, but it is not the head that you are aware of.
Even biologists, physiologists say that half of the head simply seems to be useless — what is the function of it? Only half seems to work. The other half which seems useless and non-functioning is the seed of the SAHASRAR. When your energy moves through the heart, it reaches to the other half of the head which is ordinarily not functioning. It functions only when a man becomes a Buddha.
And I will repeat again: the forbidden path is the only path. Be courageous! Remember: sin is a FELIX CULPA — a happy fault — because that is the only way one comes to become a saint.