Editor’s Note — April 2017
Since sharing this talk by Osho, we wanted to share another viewpoint. Innocence is not something necessarily to be earned — it is the essential nature of our soul. We prefer to co-create a world in which children retain their innocence, as well as being nurtured and raised to be responsible, compassionate beings, assisting in the creation (and maintenance) of a budding egalitarian meritocracy.
Historically, in the Evolution/Saviorship model of existence, we hold the words of great Masters, Prophets and Teachers as eternal truths. Synthesizing this with the Transformation/Mastership model of existence, if the same Masters, Prophets and Teachers were to walk amongst us today, their teachings might change/expand.
All this is said with a nod to the Human Mind System created by the Anunnaki, with its designed system of beliefs intentionally created to suppress the Sovereign Integral.
Here is Osho’s Original Talk:
Osho – So there are two types of innocence: one because of ignorance, another because of awareness.
Question – You said that when the school-child looks out of the window, he is in meditation. I always thought I was daydreaming when I did that, and far from meditation. Have I been in meditation all this time without knowing?
Osho – Yes, a child is in meditation. But this meditation is because of ignorance; it will have to go. That which you have not earned cannot remain with you. Only that which you have earned becomes yours. The child is meditative because he is ignorant. He has not many thoughts to distract. The child is meditative because naturally, wherever the mind finds pleasure, he allows the mind to move.
In fact, the child is still not part of the society. The child is still primitive, animal-like. But the seed is growing. Sooner or later he will be in the society. And then, all meditation will be lost, the innocence of childhood will be lost. The child is in the garden of Eden just like Adam and Eve. They will have to fall. They will have to commit sin. They will have to be thrown into the world, because only out of the experience of the world a meditation arises which is seasoned, which cannot be lost.
So there are two types of innocence: one because of ignorance, another because of awareness. Buddha is childlike, and all children are Buddha-like, but a vast difference exists. All children will be lost into the world. They need experience, they need being thrown into the world. And through their experience if they attain to meditation, innocence and childhood again, then nobody can throw them. Now it is out of experience they have learned it. It is no more through ignorance, it is through their own experiencing. Now it is their own treasure.
If everything goes right, then you will become children again at the end of your life. And that is the goal of all religions. And that is the meaning of rebirth; that is the meaning of Christian resurrection. Resurrection is not of the body, it is of the soul. Again one becomes like a child; again one is innocent, but this innocence is based, rooted in experience. If you die without becoming a child again, you lived your life in a futile way; you lived uselessly. You simply wasted the opportunity.
You just think about it: a child is innocent but very shallow. He has no depth. All his emotions are shallow. This moment he loves, next moment he hates. This moment he is angry, next moment he is forgiving, completely has forgotten. He lives very shallow life, uprooted — he has no depth. Depth comes through experience. A Buddha has a depth, infinite depth. On the surface just like the child, but in the depth of his being not at all like a child. All the experience of many lives has seasoned him. Nothing can distract him, nothing can destroy his innocence — nothing, absolutely nothing. Now his innocence is so deep-rooted that storms may come — in fact, they are welcome-and the tree will not be uprooted. It will enjoy the coming of the storm. It will enjoy the very effort of the storm to uproot it, and when the storm has passed, it will be stronger for that, not weaker.
This is the difference: a childhood innocence is a gift of nature; the innocence that you attain through your own effort is not a gift of nature, you have earned it. And always remember that whatsoever you have earned is yours. No theft is possible in existence, no robbery, no stealing. And you cannot borrow it from anybody else.
Source: Osho book “The Alpha and the Omega, Vol 2″