credit: Come Follow to you, by Osho. Vol 1-4. Reflections on Jesus of Nazareth
When God blessed you human life, this in itself is a trust on you that you will prove his decision right. When you ultimately find your ‘self ness’ or soul or God or Consciousness or attain to Christ-conas IOU’s ness or Buddha consciousness or Krishna-Consciousness then you actually answer God in affirmative or Yes. I proved you right and realised my soul as per your wish.
Jesus stopped Jews at their temple from doing business and exploiting people.
The priest asked him: BY WHAT AUTHORITY DOEST THOU THESE THINGS? Who has given you the authority? — and Jesus remained silent again. Because there are things which cannot be answered.
He is his own authority. And this is his message, that everybody should be his own authority. Be your authority, be an authority unto yourself. You are not here to follow anybody; you are here to be yourself. Your life is yours; your love is yours; your innermost core of being is your authority for everything you do. And until you become an authority unto yourself you will be moving astray; you will be following this and that. You will be following shadows, and you will never be fulfilled. Jesus didn’t say anything. Rather, he told them a parable. He is one of the greatest story-tellers.
AND JESUS ANSWERED AND SAID UNTO THEM.
… A CERTAIN MAN HAD TWO SONS; AND HE CAME TO THE FIRST, AND SAID, SON, GO WORK TODAY IN MY VINEYARD.
HE ANSWERED AND SAID, I WILL NOT:
BUT AFTERWARD HE REPENTED, AND WENT.
He said, “No,” but afterward he repented and went, and in reality said, “Yes.” He said no through his mind, but he said yes from his totality.
AND HE CAME TO THE SECOND, AND SAID LIKEWISE, AND HE ANSWERED AND SAID, I GO, SIR: AND WENT NOT.
He said yes through his mind, and said no from his totality.
WHETHER OF THEM TWAIN DID THE WILL OF HIS FATHER?
asked Jesus. Who did the will of his father? — the one who said, “No,” but transformed his no into a yes, or the one who said, “Yes,” but whose yes was impotent, and whose yes was just a way, a polite way of saying no? Who followed? Who obeyed? WHETHER OF THEM TWAIN DID THE WILL OF HIS FATHER? asked Jesus.
The priests SAY UNTO HIM, THE FIRST.
JESUS SAITH UNTO THEM, VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THAT THE PUBLICANS AND THE HARLOTS GO INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD BEFORE YOU
— because you have been saying yes but doing no. Your yes is just verbal, just skin-deep — it doesn’t come from your heart.
Why is this the way Jesus is answering them? He has not said anything where his authority comes from, but in a way he has said everything. He says, “Because I have said yes to my God totally, from there comes my authority: because I have obeyed him, because I have surrendered myself to him.”
He’s not saying that on the surface, but deep down he has asserted his authority. Who has done the will of his father — the one who says yes and never goes to do anything about it? This is what has been done by priests and scholars, by men of learning and knowledge, and by pundits.
The so-called religious people of the world are just like the second son who said, “I go, sir” — and went not. Even an atheist is better because he says no. At least he is true, at least he says whatsoever he feels. He’s authentic; he says, “No, I’m not
going.” A man who is authentic will sooner or later become aware. He will become remorseful about the no; he will repent.
Remember this: the world is irreligious because of so-called religious people. It would be better if you were never taught to be religious. It would have been better if you were not conditioned to be religious, because all conditioning can create only a polite yes, but not a transformation, not a mutation. Better to say no — because if you say no, and your no is true and authentic and honest, sooner or later you will have to say yes.
Why? Because nobody can live in a no. This has to be understood — one of the most fundamental things. Nobody can live in a no. No is negative. You cannot live in negativity; you can live only in the positive. To live in no is to live as if in death. No is absolutely poor; it has nothing in it; it is impotence. It is absence; it is like darkness. It is empty, hollow. To say no is to remain a beggar; to say yes is to become an emperor.
Nobody can live in a no, but if you have said a false yes, you can think you are living, because you say that you have said yes. That false yes can deceive you. A real no is better than a false yes because a false yes becomes a mask.
For example if you don’t love someone, don’t say that you love. It is better to say that you don’t love; better to accept in deep humbleness that you are unable to love; then there is a possibility some day or other that love will arise, because nobody can live in a state of no-love.