how to group human nature bhagwan shree rajneesh osho

See How to Group Human Nature — Osho

Osho explains how to group human nature into just three groups or dimensions of curiosity.  What to find out which of these best describes you?

You can categorize people in several ways, but what about your level or dimension of curiosity?  These categories don’t seem to correlate with any personality or instinctual type.  Let’s look at two different ways to understand this topic.

Three Groups of Humanity by Osho

Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh is better known as Osho.  He is a controversial spiritual leader from India.  Like many who came to the United States, he misunderstood the culture.  Unfortunately, he is best known for his failed attempt to create a spiritual community in rural Oregon.  He underestimated the extent of religious prejudice and bias that still exists.  And so, his experiment in Oregon to build a community was unsuccessful.

Osho was an eclectic spiritual guru who was known for his storytelling.  One of his stories involved his observation of humanity.  Generalizations about anything always have exceptions.

How to Group Human Nature by Osho

This analogy of humanity is a three tier grouping which focuses on the level of “importance or curiosity” people have regarding “spiritual truth.” He divides people into three groups based on how they pursue their individual spiritual path.   It’s not about what you believe or think is true, but the extent to which one engages in seeking these deeper aspects of the psyche.

Osho’s comparison of humanity is an observation based on his personal experience.   And this analogy seems to have some merit.  You may disagree with the percentage he attributes to each, but most will agree with the characteristics of these three factions. We’ll go into more detail about how to identify the dimensions of curiosity after we 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 that Osho isn’t talking about the truth in general, but about investigating your “personal spiritual truth.”  Just because you have religious beliefs doesn’t mean you are seeking truth.

Many people who have religious beliefs inherit them from their family system.  So, it isn’t a choice, and it’s going along with 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

Here, it is not becoming a disciple of a teacher or organization, but of finding the truth.

The third part of humanity 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.

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 are unable to learn.

If the third group resonates, you are someone who actively engages in some spiritual activity.  You shun organized religion, choosing to forge your spiritual way.  These people use 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 would be 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 human nature?
  • 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


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

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