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 and 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 proven methods for exploring consciousness.  They are processes that can change or expand our awareness.  Some of them are also doorways to higher states of consciousness.  In short, spiritual technologies are methods of change.  These processes result from eons of research by cultures around the world. Using these tools is what we call spiritual exploration.

These tools stand up to the test of science.  That’s because they are repeatable.  Several produce measurable changes in our physiology.  It’s important to realize what spiritual exploration is not.

Spiritual exploration does not involve belief in a religion.  This means they are available to anyone that can follow a process.  It’s like baking a cake. If you use the right ingredients and follow the directions, you get something delicious.  The processes are formulas or ingredients for exploring consciousness.

There are many ways to list these methods. One simple way is to divide them into four primary groups.  You could list some of these tools in more than one group.

    • Analytical Tools
    • Meditation
    • Awareness Expansion Tools
    • Healing Practices

Analytical Tools

The study of spiritual things seems like an odd place to find analytical tools. However, analytical processes are vital to the spiritual quest.  This is because their use enhances our reasoning ability. This helps us to think more clearly.  In turn, this helps us avoid many of the common obstacles. The two tools in this group are Logical Reasoning and The Enneagram of Personality.

Logical Reasoning

The study of logic is the first tool we use in our group practice. It’s especially helpful for those new to the spiritual path. And, we also come back to review them regularly.  This keeps them fresh in our minds.

We use a set of three related tools.  The first tool is Logical reasoning.  This article summarizes logic.  It shows how people misuse logic to sell us ideas and beliefs. Next, is spotting logical fallacies.  This module provides practical examples of the most common logical fallacies.   The last module, the logical axioms, ties everything together.

Comparative Analysis

Comparative Analysis is another valuable analytical tool. This is a systematic approach to research based on the scientific model.  It is a method that compares ideas and beliefs from different worldviews.

This process introduces the challenge of comparing their beliefs to other worldviews.  Here we also learn why it is so important to use emotional checks.  It helps us research with the least amount of bias and prejudice.

Above all, the use of logical reasoning and comparative analysis will sharpen your ability to discern fact from fiction.  So, these aren’t just for research.  You’ll find a use for these tools every day.  Besides their use with religion, politics the are also helpful with TV and Radio newscasts.

The Enneagram of Personality

The Enneagram of Personality is a tool that helps us understand the mechanisms of Ego, personality, and instinct.  Modern psychology and the Enneagram share many of the same concepts and authors. Borrowing and then building on the work of others was and remains a common practice. For instance, Jungian psychology parallels the structure of the Enneagram with its nine processes of consciousness.

The core of the Enneagram Personality Profile is a series of questionnaires.  If you provide honest answers, you will get an accurate profile of our personality. The scientific method of testing verifies the accuracy of this tool.  The system goes beyond identification into deeper thought processes and beliefs.  It integrates spiritual and psychological understanding.  It will lead you to an understanding of the source of your personal power.

Meditation

When you say spiritual practice, many people think of meditation.  Seated and moving forms of meditation are the centerpiece of spiritual exploration.  The practice of meditation is now common knowledge.  Both seated and moving meditation bring many health and wellness benefits.

Seated Meditation

Seated meditation is the heart of many spiritual practices.  This includes a range of tools from basic Mindfulness Meditation through Japa or Transcendental Meditation (TM).  And, also includes more advanced practices like the Siddhis of Patanjali.  It also includes more contemporary processes for grounding, like Tree Grounding and Sun Gazing.

Moving Meditation

Moving meditation is action together with a heightened level of awareness. So, this includes a range of activities involving the mind-body connection.  Using these modalities helps improve our health and wellness.  This progression includes energy collection modalities like Qigong and Tai Chi.  It also includes Forest Bathing.

Awareness Expansion Tools

This group is a mix of tools dealing with awareness and perception.  This group of processes starts with the Shamanic Journey or Guided Meditation. It also includes lucid dreaming, third-eye awakening exercises, and techniques to improve memory.  Another important tool is the spiritual journal or book of shadows.  This is your best coach.  It also includes exercises like automatic writing.  You could list these tools among some groups. However, we like to list separately because of their importance to awareness.

Shamanic Journey

The Shamanic Journey is probably man’s first spiritual technology.  This traditional method is at the core of many indigenous cultures.  And, so, it serves as evidence to the historical importance of the inner quest.

There are many variations on this theme, but all use essentially the same formula.  Rhythm is a key element that regulates heart rate and breathing.  Then the mind projects an inner world providing the lucid journey. A Shaman is a person who guides people through this journey in the spirit world.   However, you can take this inward journey by yourself. This tool for changing awareness uses a range of seated and moving forms.

This is one of the ancient technologies that people have tried to rename or rebrand.  They do this to make the Shamanic Journey more marketable.  So, some people know it as guided meditation or creative visualization.

Healing practices

The last group is healing practices.  This group includes a diverse set of tools such as Pe Jet from Indonesia, or Reiki, and Shiatsu from Japan.  Vedic medicine is also available along with other traditional healing forms. Self-care is a vital part of this group.  Our overall health and wellness affect every aspect of life.

Using any healing method is a natural outlet for our positive energy. Many people come to the healing arts as a secondary interest.  Then they find it is an enjoyable way of giving back and helping others.

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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