Below is a Church of the Churchless guest post by Osho Robbins.
My wife and I had some new neighbors (husband and wife) over for dinner last night. The man used to be a hypnotherapist. He had a lot of interesting things to say about hypnotism, a topic Robbins raised in his email message to me.
Hi Brian, I've been reading some of your recent postings. The following might be of interest to you to post as a new topic.
A lot of people who follow a certain belief (whether Radha Soami, Islam or any other) don't realize that they are simply brainwashed by that belief. Of course an outsider can see this clearly - but not the person 'in it.'
It's a bit like a live hypnosis show. The person hypnotized cannot see he is hypnotized - but the audience can.
Anyway - here's the posting. I just thought it would be interesting to see how people respond to it.
Regards, Osho Robbins
God Save Us From Religion
There are many religions and there are many who believe the tenets and beliefs of those religions.
Once they believe – they become brainwashed by the beliefs.
From that point onwards, they view everything through those beliefs and cannot see outside that religious box. They give away their ability to think freely because they create their own prison around themselves – unaware they are doing it by their own beliefs.
In effect they are wearing coloured glasses and those glasses colour their view of the world.
After a while they become 100% convinced that their version of the world IS the real world.
People who buy into a religious or spiritual system do not see themselves as brainwashed, but rather they feel they have found the truth and can even get quite evangelical about spreading the word.
They go on a mission to save the world – but they themselves are not saved (whatever ‘saved’ means!). If you take the example of Radha Soami followers: they will become ‘speakers, secretaries, authors, sevadars etc’ and gain prestige but they can’t really honestly say they have made any progress on a spiritual path, even though they might have become quite good at being a hypocrite.
The idea of an external GOD figure is a major part of the religious trap.
Someone asks Osho – “Do you consider yourself a God?” and he says “My God! There is no God! How can I be a God?”
Then he goes into how this deep seated belief arises.
This is a far cry from the Radha Soami belief that the guru is God in human form.
and also this one – there is no creator
All religions claim to KNOW and that is the trap. The follower believes and... game over.
The Buddha went in search of the truth. After decades of searching the conclusion he came to was that there is no external saviour (including himself), and certainly no external God.
So any religion that is based on a God figure is delusional, in the sense that fictional statements are made as if this fictional God is making a factual statement. Like commandments etc.
Islam, Radha Soami, Christianity, Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Scientology, are all just a few examples of these types of religions that claim to know the truth, but in reality just trap the believers into thinking they are privileged.
Here’s a video on Jehovah’s witnesses –
There is always something in the message of each religion that promises you something profound – like eternal life, Sach Khand, or being part of a privileged class.
Once you believe that promise – you are screwed, because all of the promises are false.
Then there is another type of ‘spiritual message’ which is profoundly different. However it can also become the same after a while.
The message I am referring to is one that frees the follower. This is what Osho was doing – his message was not to believe him – but to stand on your own feet.
Another similar movement was ‘est’ from the 70’s which later became Landmark.
Werner Erhard’s original ‘est’ was very different from what Landmark has now become.
The Buddha did not start Buddhism – and his purpose was not to create another trap.
Here’s a video of Werner Erhard creator of the original est training (trailer)
I have bought the whole video and it’s very interesting to watch how Werner created a training programme designed to free people of beliefs that took a lifetime to form. In two intense weekends he would free the participants from a lifetime of false beliefs.