Osho's Discourse on Hippies

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He spoke about how the hippie refuses to play the role of a yes-man. He believes in doing whatever he feels is right. It undoubtedly creates difficulties...

Osho understood the philosophy of hippies and expressed it in his own lectures.
 

He spoke about how the hippie refuses to play the role of a yes-man. He believes in doing whatever he feels is right. It undoubtedly creates difficulties, but in a way the hippie can be called a sannyasin. Truly speaking, the sannyasin must have been a sort of a hippie at some time.


The perspective of hippies was quite dear to me. They say, "We would like to live like natural men and women, as we really are, without deceiving. We will practise neither deception nor hypocrisy. We know that our path will be strewn with troubles, but we would put up with all these and try to live as we are." If a hippie feels that he should tell somebody that he is becoming angry with him and feels like abusing him, he would go to him and quite plainly speak out his mind without any hesitation or reservation.

He refuses to be a hypocrite and to don a smile on his lips while his heart feels like abusing. But as far as we are concerned our exterior is not the same as our inner feelings. We are harboring all sorts of hellish ideas within whereas our exterior betrays a completely different picture of us. Every man is, so to say, a personification of untruth.

The hippies say: "We are as we are. We do not wish to obstruct our natural behavior. We do not wish to conceal anything."
 

A principle of the hippies is "natural living" to be as one is. But it is a terrible thing to be as one is. It is a terrible thing indeed, and almost unimaginably tough.


Another stand point of the hippie is the expansion of consciousness. Hippies seek how to expand their consciousness, and for this purpose make all sorts of experiments consuming ganja, opium, bhang, LSD, and even taking refuge in yoga and meditation.

The law opposes it. As a matter of fact law takes up a cudgels against anything new the laws which were made back in the day are still enforced, not taking into account the changes that have taken place. The law condemns LSD as sin. Osho himself failed to understand how taking LSD is a sin. He believed it could take the mind to other higher planes of consciousness.

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