Be free from guilt
There was a young English boy by the name of Orrie. He was from a home of very meagre circumstances. On nights when they didn’t have enough food for supper, they resorted to a dish known as Sparrow Pie. He was met at the back door by his mother one day, and she told him to go for some sparrows for sparrow pie.
The best way to hunt them was to go to a group of trees in a cemetery, late in the evening. He crept carefully up — and was ready to make a mighty sweep with a big stick, when suddenly he fell into a freshly dug grave, as yet unoccupied. He tried to get out, but it had rained and the sides were as slick as glass.
He knew his mother would send someone for him, and she did — his big brother. But just as he got near the grave another terrible thing happened — his brother also fell into the grave. It was dark and he didn’t know he was not alone so he pushed and shoved, but it had rained in his end of the grave as much as in the other end, and the harder he pushed and shoved, the harder he fell to the bottom. Young Orrie had enjoyed the show but knew that all good things must come to an end, so he decided to make as much of the dramatic situation as possible. He sat up very straight in his end of the grave, gathered all his diaphragmatic tones well underneath him, and with all the eerie, ghastly tones he could muster he said, ‘Friend, can’t you let a man rest in peace?’
There was a deadening silence in his end of the grave, then something that resembled a rocket zoomed by young Orrie’s head, and his brother, who hadn’t been able to make six feet to the top of the grave, made twenty feet past it on his first jump.
Fear works! Priests came to know it very early — fear works. Create fear and then you can make people do anything you want them to do. Fear creates such an intensity that one puts one’s whole life at the stake.
You go to the monasteries… it is because of fear that people are in the monasteries, struggling hard with sex, with food, with sleep. It is just fear, fear of hell. Or greed — which is another aspect of the same thing. Greed and fear are two aspects of the same coin. A greedy person is an afraid person and a fearful person is a greedy person. A really courageous man has no greed and no fear. He lives his nature in a natural way.
A prominent politician, when he was a candidate for an important municipal office, said to three negroes that he would give a fat turkey to the one who would give the best reason for being a Republican.
The first one said, ‘I’se a ‘Publican cause de ‘Publican set us darkies free.’
‘Very good, Peter,’ said the politician. ‘Now, Bill, let me hear from you. ‘
‘Well, I’se a ‘Publican ’cause dey done give us de protective teriff.’
‘Fine,’ exclaimed the politician. ‘Now, Sam, what do you have to say?’
‘Boss,’ said Sam scratching his head and shifting from one foot to the other. ‘Boss, I’se a ‘Publican ’cause I wants dat turkey.’
People are religious either out of fear or out of greed, they are not religious out of awareness or out of love. And all these religions which have created guilt in man have created an irreligious world.
Beware — because in you also the same mechanism has been put. Everybody carries guilt inside himself — as if you are naturally wrong, that to be natural is to be wrong. Anger is wrong, sex is wrong, joy in food is wrong, laughter is wrong… all good things seem to be wrong.
And then one goes on repressing. And howsoever you repress, nature goes on asserting. You repress it and it asserts. When-it asserts and you have to do something against your mind, then there is guilt — then you know that you have fallen again, you have committed the sin again.
Be free from guilt. If you really want to go closer to God, be free from guilt. Accept nature, welcome it. It is perfectly good.
-Sufis: The People of the Path, Osho