Osho discusses the profound personal issues that work brings up for everyone around hierarchy, power, responsibility, and the art of relating, demonstrating at the same time a supreme respect for each person’s individuality, dignity and freedom. He covers every practical area of his work, from the perils and practicalities of financial accounting to the importance of using the most up-to-date media available. Underpinning all of this is his understanding that unless humanity is prepared to walk through the fire of awareness and allow work itself to become a moment-by-moment tool for self-transformation, no one will ever derive any real benefit from working and no work will ultimately succeed.
Osho outlines his blueprint for a new “anarchic institution” and says: “I do not intend to bind people by laws, rules or principles, because I am fighting against these very things.” Instead, his proposal is rooted in “a gathering of friends,” as it prepares the ground for a spiritual revolution – a total transformation for the individual and for the whole of society.
Chapter 1: A Gathering of Friends
Chapter 2: A New Vision of Sannyas
Chapter 3: Work Will Bring Its Own Wealth
Chapter 4: Collecting Friends, Not Funds
Chapter 5: Four Things to Remember
Chapter 6: An Organism Built on Foundations of Love
Chapter 7: A World Center
Chapter 8: The Art of Living in a Juicy and Blissful Way
Chapter 9: A Collective Vision of Religion
Chapter 10: The Art of Work as Meditation
Chapter 11: Making Meditation Centers
Chapter 12: Facing the Ego
Chapter 13: Beyond Office Politics
Chapter 14: Liquid Organization
Excerpt from Work Is Love Made Visible
I would like to say two or three things.
One thing we need to keep in mind and understand is that if some work is big, significant, and someone is interested in doing it, then that person should already have some inner qualities. Only then can he move the work forward; otherwise not. If we were some ordinary organization providing services – or some other kind of social organization – then it would be a different matter. With the kind of message we want to bring to people, our workers should possess some qualities which reflect that work. Only then can the work reach others properly; otherwise it cannot.
For example, when we are running a meditation camp with twenty people working there, those twenty people should have some depth of meditation; their transformation should be obvious from the way they behave. They should stand out; otherwise it will be very difficult to accomplish the work through them. So a special kind of worker should be there. I also have the idea that in the future there should be a separate meditation camp for workers, because they miss out, they cannot get the full benefit of the camp – they are so busy with their work.
If they are just like other people, then although the work may get done through them, we will not get the results we could have expected from that work. So far we haven’t looked at this, but something has to be done so that we are able to prepare an entirely different type of worker. And I am ready to do whatever work is needed for this to happen. Some preparation has to be made for the work you are to do, because if a very new idea has to be brought to people, we will also have to prepare a new kind of person. And we cannot expect this from others; much more should be expected from the people who are interested in doing and spreading this work. The way we behave, our demeanor, should be different.
For instance, there is deep respect in my heart for everyone, however unimportant they may be. If a similar respect is not there in the hearts of the people doing this work, it will become a very contradictory affair. The work has to be done of course, but that work in itself is not going to bring much value; it is not going to be in tune with the vision I have. In my heart there is the same respect for the most ordinary of people as there is for a tirthankara or a bhagwan – a blessed one. If there is not a similar respect for ordinary people in the hearts of those who are going to take my work forward, then they cannot take my work very far.
What I mean is that one part of the work is mechanical and anyone can do it: a book has to be printed, a book has to be sold – that is the mechanical part of the work. The other part is very alive, very revolutionary. Only if it has reached deep into your own life can it reach others, otherwise it cannot.
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