How to Group Humanity

How to Group Humanity — Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, Osho

Osho says there are three groups of people.  Which group do you fit in?
Generalizations about humanity are difficult.  However, this one seems to have some basis.  It deals with spiritual truth and the level of concern for people.  It’s important to remember that Osho often used analogies to get points across.
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh is better known as Osho.  He is a controversial spiritual leader from India.  As with many who tried to make their impact on the West, he and his group misunderstood the culture.  They read the important documents like the constitution and thought what it said was exactly what they should expect.  This is a great miscalculation.  Although it says that it is a country where people are free to practice the religion of their choice, it is not always the reality.
They underestimated the power of religious prejudice and bias.  And so their experiment in Oregon did not become the lasting positive community they sought to establish.

How to Group Humanity in Spiritual Terms

“Humanity is divided into three parts.

One part, the major part, almost ninety-nine percent, never bothers about truth.
Then there is the second part of humanity: a few who inquire. But they don’t know how to learn.
That third part is those who seek, who inquire; but the inquiry is not (just) intellectual, the inquiry is total. The inquiry is not like learning any other subject; the inquiry is so total that they are ready to die for it, they are ready to change their whole being for it. They are ready to fulfill all conditions. Even if death is a condition, they are ready to die. But they want to learn what truth is, they want to be in the world of truth; they don’t want to live in the world of lies and illusions and dreams and projections.

This third type can become a disciple. And only this third type, when they have attained, can become masters.” — Osho

Which Group Do You Identify With?

The question of how to group humanity makes us look at our values and judgments about people.   Which of these three groups of humanity do you belong to?

The first group applies to everyone.  Most people think what they believe must be true.  However, most people believe what they are told by the cultural narrative.  So, there’s that.  At least 3 billion people in the world meet once a week to worship of an imaginary friend.  Their concern is not with facts or the truth as much as it is following tradition.

The second group is those who seek but give up.  They get frustrated with the answers they find in the cultural narrative and don’t know where to turn.  They have the desire, but not the tools so they fail to learn.

If the third group resonates, then you are someone who actively engages in some spiritual activity like meditation.  You shun organized religion choosing to forge your own spiritual way.  These people use spiritual technologies. to create their own path.

Spiritual Technologies

Spiritual technologies are tools for exploring consciousness.  They result from generations of research by cultures around the world. These processes stand up to the test of science. They are repeatable and measurable. They do not require belief in religious doctrine.  So, everyone who can follow a process can use them. We call the practice of these processes spiritual exploration.

You can list these tools in several ways. Some fall into more than one group.   We like this simple method.

Final Thoughts

Our cultural narrative teaches us how to group humanity.  It’s hard not to listen to this programming.  Groupthink manipulation is a powerful brainwashing tool. However, there is a way out.  Start questioning the cultural narrative.  Practice spiritual technologies and awaken.  Become a freethinker and learn the value of a healthy skeptical mindset. Sure, sometimes awakening can be stressful.  It will reveal that your bias and prejudice are choices.  You don’t have to keep them. Eventually, learn how to group humanity so you can find out who to help.

Spend a few minutes to ask yourself some questions. How do I group humanity? Why do I do it?  Where do the judgments come from? Can I change people from one category to another? If so what information is necessary?   If you believe people can learn, then you also need to accept that it is possible for them to change?

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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s Book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, Osho, Wikipedia


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