Not a good idea to write a post with that title on a day of when Lord Krishna born. But this is the title of book that I am reading these days, it is written by OSHO, actually its a sort of transcript of his English discourse. The complete name of this ebook is “God is Dead, Now Zen is the only living truth”. This book first ask us to believe that there is NO such thing as GOD and then talks about the meditation ZEN.
Zen is a school of Buddhism and originated in China during the 6th century. From China, Zen spread south to Vietnam, to Korea and east to Japan. Zen emphasizes the attainment of enlightenment and the personal expression of direct insight in the Buddhist teachings. As such, it de-emphasizes mere knowledge of sutras and doctrine and favors direct understanding through zazen and interaction with an accomplished teacher.
Osho emphasise that you can’t have a chance to en-light yourself and look into your soul unless you make yourself free from slavery of GOD. The moment you empty your heart from GOD thought you can immediately replace it with your inner existence, then you too can create and become an enlighted Buddha.
He try and make you believe through various chapters that;
- God is a puppeteer
- God is an insult to man
- God is just like tomorrow
- God is a like
- God is your insecurity
- God is the Original Sinner
- God is the business of the priest
All the religions believe that God created the world and also mankind. But if you are created by someone, you are only a puppet, you don’t have your own soul. And if you are created by somebody, he can uncreate you any moment. He neither asked you whether you wanted to be created, nor is he going to ask you, ”Do you want to be uncreated?”
God is the greatest dictator, if you accept the fiction that he created the world and also created mankind. If God is a reality, then man is a slave, a puppet. All the strings are in his hands, even your life. Then there is no question of any enlightenment. Then there is no question of there being any Gautam the Buddha, because there is no freedom at all. He pulls the strings, you dance; he pulls the strings, you cry; he pulls the strings, you start murders, suicide, war. You are just a puppet and he is the puppeteer.
Then there is no question of sin or virtue, no question of sinners and saints. Nothing is good and nothing is bad, because you are only a puppet. A puppet cannot be responsible for its actions. Responsibility belongs to someone who has the freedom to act. Either God can exist or freedom, both cannot exist together. That is the basic implication of Friedrich Nietzsche’s statement: God is dead, therefore man is free.