How to Group Humanity — By Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, Osho

How to Group Humanity — By Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, Osho

Osho says there are three groups of people.  Which group do you fit in?

How to Group Humanity

Generalizations about humanity are difficult.  But, 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 he often used stories analogies to get points across.  This is a common practice among many teachers.
 
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.

The Three Groups of Humanity by Osho

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 spiritual way.  These people use spiritual technologies. to create their 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.  Everyone who can follow a process can use these tools. 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 of grouping.

Critical Thinking

The first group is several analytical tools to enhance critical thinking. The Enneagram Personality Profile is the first tool of our blended learning process. This tool provides insight into the mechanisms of ego, personality, and instinct.

The second group is the tools of logical reasoning.  These tools help you to think logically and assess information using common sense. These tools are Logical reasoning, spotting logical fallacies, and logical axioms.

Next, a research tool we call Comparative Analysis.  This is a process to help us explore and compare belief systems.  This process is a scientific process form of comparative religious studies. Together these analytical tools give a solid foundation of common sense thinking. They sharpen your ability to discern facts from fiction.

Seated Meditation

Seated meditation is the heart of most spiritual practices. This includes a wide range of meditation techniques. It starts with Beginning Meditation and Mindfulness Meditation. It progresses to more advanced forms like Japa Meditation the Siddhis of Patanjali.

Moving Meditation

This is another foundational element that strengthens the mind-body connection. Moving meditation is another tool key to our health and wellness.  This progression includes several methods of energy collection. Here we teach Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi. It also includes more contemporary processes for Grounding, like Tree Grounding and Sun Gazing.

Awareness Expansion

Pathways for expanding awareness include a variety of tools. This group includes practical tools like a Spiritual Journal and Automatic Writing. Here we introduce Lucid Dreaming, the Shamanic Journey, or Guided Meditation. There are also techniques for Third-Eye Awakening and soul memory awareness.

Healing Practices

Healing practices are the last group.  This branch includes Pe Jeut, Reiki, and Shiatsu.  Self-care is an important element of this group. It is vital for normalizing our inner work and maintaining our health and wellness.

Final Thoughts on Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

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.

Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh teaches us important lessons about our culture.  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 they can change?

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References

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

 

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