how to group human nature bhagwan shree rajneesh osho

See How to Group Human Nature — Osho

Osho explains how to group human nature based on their level of spiritual curiosity and willingness to act upon their curiosity.  Find out which of these best describes you.

We categorize people in several ways. Some of the most common ways are by age, race, or socioeconomic background. Here, Osho groups people by their level of curiosity.

Three Groups of Humanity by Osho

Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh is better known as Osho.  He is a controversial spiritual leader from India. He came to set up a spiritual community in rural Oregon.  Like many who came to the United States, he misunderstood the culture.

He did not understand the power of religious prejudice and bias in this part of the country.  And his experiment in Oregon to build a community was unsuccessful.

How to Group Human Nature by Osho

Osho said people fall into one of three groups based on their level of spiritual curiosity.  It’s not about what you believe or think is true, but about the extent to which one engages in seeking these deeper aspects of consciousness.

The observation by Osho is based on his personal experience as a teacher.   Many people think this analogy has some merit.  You may disagree with the percentages he assigns, but most would agree with the characteristics of the people in these three groups.  Before we get into the details about how to identify where you fit in this analogy, let’s look at Osho’s observations.

“Humanity is divided into three parts.  One part, the major part, almost ninety-nine percent, never bothers about truth.”

It’s important to understand what kind of truth he is talking about. He is referring to the investigation of your personal spiritual truth.

People think because they have religious beliefs, it means they are seeking truth. They have been told this lie all their lives. This is incorrect. If you have inflexible religious beliefs, you are not seeking truth; you are pretending mythology is real.

A lot of people get their beliefs from their family because they were indoctrinated into a religion as children.   So, it isn’t a choice, and it’s going along with family and cultural tradition.  It has nothing to do with seeking the truth and everything to do with affirming what you already believe.

“Then there is the second part of humanity: a few who inquire. But they don’t know how to learn.”

It’s a problem we have when there are so many “spiritual outlets” marketing their brand of religion.  Most of the time, it means joining a belief system.  Becoming a follower has nothing to do we learning how to develop your potential.

“This third type can become a disciple. And only this third type, when they have attained, can become masters. — Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, Osho

He uses the term disciple as someone who seeks their own truth.  It does not mean becoming a religious follower.   This third group approaches learning with a beginner’s mindset.  It’s an advantage that allows them to challenge boundaries and beliefs.  They are disciples of learning and growing, not followers of any leader or sect.

Learn the Lessons of How to Group Humanity

How to Group Humanity By Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, Osho

The question of how to group human nature makes us look at our values and judgments about people.   Which of these three ways resonates with your spiritual path?

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

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

If the third group resonates, then you are likely who do not belong to one of the three dominant religions.  You shun organized religion, choosing to forge your spiritual way.  These people often use one or more of the ancient spiritual technologies to create their path.  It all has to do with the type of curiosity which drives your thinking.

Five Dimensions of Curiosity

Studies at the Center for the Advancement of Wellbeing at George Mason University (2) corroborate similar findings.  Todd Kashdan is a Professor of Clinical Psychology.  Here’s the way they describe this mindset of human behavior.

1) Joyful Exploration

An unplanned shopping trip is an example of something you do to increase joy and perhaps fill a need.  The need may be unhealthy, but it is still different from the thrill seeker described below.  It’s a low-key adventure, not a way to explode or destroy physical, mental, and emotional boundaries.

We like the example of spiritual exploration.  Nothing can be more pleasant and joyful than opening the door to a new level of consciousness.  When you take the appropriate steps, you have a good idea of what you want and what to expect.

“Adults envy the open-hearted and open-minded explorations of children; seeing their joy and curiosity, we pine for our own capacity for wide-eyed wonder.” — Gabor Mate

2) Problem Solving

This category includes all levels of analytical and abstract thinking.  We associate this with Rational Thinking tools, Opening Your Intuition and Creating a Memory Palace.  It works hand-in-hand with joyful curiosity to solve the riddles of the subconscious mind, our personalities, and our instincts.

“Problem solving is hunting. It is savage pleasure, and we are born to it.” — Thomas Harris

3) Awareness Expansion

A typical example of this is learning a new language or musical instrument.  We have an article that outlines this area with several techniques for expanding the mind’s capabilities.

“Listen to your beliefs, think about how you learned them, and realize that they are not genetic, nor are they the only way. You are free to acquire new perspectives, to absorb new ideas, and to question everything you were taught to believe. As your mind opens to exploration and change, you’ll feel a new lightness and more joy.” — Charlotte Sophia Kasl

4) Social Curiosity

Meeting new people and spending time with friends is high on this list.   Travel and exposure to new ideas are traits of people with this kind of curiosity.  It is this trait that underlies the desire to seek the unknown.  It’s this natural force that Joseph Campbell calls the Hero’s Journey.  (3)

“Listen to your being. It is continuously giving you hints; it is a still, small voice. It does not shout at you, that is true. And if you are a little silent, you will start feeling your way. Be the person you are. Never try to be another, and you will become mature. Maturity is accepting the responsibility of being oneself, whatsoever the cost. Risking all to be oneself, that’s what maturity is all about.” — Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, Osho

“I have this extraordinary curiosity about all subjects of the natural and human world and the interaction between the physical sciences and the social sciences.” — Ian Hacking

5) The Thrill Seeker

Chances are you’ve met the person who is always looking for the next super exciting thing.  They sky dive, scuba dive, and sleep on the roller-coaster.   It’s also one of the main drivers of the inner quest.  You do it because your soul hungers to take the next step.

“A premature attempt to explain something that thrills you will destroy your perception rather than increase it because your tendency will be to explain away rather than seek out.” — Edwin Land

Final Thoughts on Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Our cultural narrative teaches us how to group human nature by socioeconomic, ethnicity, race, and a host of other characteristics.  It’s hard not to be affected by this constant programming.  The question is, what do you do with the information?  Do you use it to help right the inequities?  Or do you use it as an excuse to rationalize harmful prejudices?

Which of the dimensions of curiosity resonate with you?  Which of the three groups of humanity best fits your life?  If you aren’t happy with where you are, it is possible to change.

There is a way to minimize the effects of this programming.  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 people?
  • Do I have judgements about some group?  If so, where do these judgments originate?
  • Can I change people from one category to another?  If so, what information is necessary?

In Conclusion

How did you answer the questions at the end of the article?  Did you learn any lessons from looking at the question of how to group humanity?  What method of categorization do you use?  Another common way to group people today is by their political affiliation.

There are people who call themselves conservatives.  Actually, the people in this group conserve nothing.  They are more likely to assert their sectarian religious prejudices should apply to everyone. They are not interested in conserving the environment or the rights of personal autonomy.  These people often fall into the 90% group, which does not recognize the truth of facts and evidence.  Instead, they assert their belief in an imaginary friend as an excuse to exert violence.


(1) Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, Osho:
(2) Studies on Curiosity:
(3) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book:

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