what is the function of a mystery school?
a mystery school is a space where one learns and unlearns, lives, experiences and realizes the mystery of his own existence and what exists all around.
the function of a mystery school is to connect you with your inner self, surrounding nature and its mystery ... because you are a product of nature.
a mystery school cannot exist without a mystic in its center.
a mystic is one who is realized, yet simple and ordinary being, connected to the very ocean of mystery ... plugged into the source of mystery. he is like an extension board with multiple sockets. when you plug yourself properly in this extension board, you are also connected to the very source of mystery.
a mystic is one who has no borrowed knowledge,
who lives spontaneously, responds moment to moment; who is free from all kinds of inputs, impositions and influences of cultures, traditions and scriptures.
a mystic is not a person but a presence – self-effulgent, spontaneous, non-serious, fearless, ever fresh and ready to respond ...whenever & whatever comes before him.
a mystic and a mystery school helps you to be free from the load of your acquired and accumulated knowledge, which hinders the mysterious to penetrate; helps you to transcend the mind, the intellect, psyche and ego; helps you simply to be, to live ...and connects you to your true nature ...to what you really are.
all knowledge, whatsoever it may be – worldly or spiritual – is ignorance. knowledge is a veil of ignorance on the mystery. knowledge covers the knowingness.
knowingness is a state of no-mind. knowingness is a mystery. the very state of being and knowing is mysterious.
everything is a mystery. whatsoever is manifested is a mystery. the whole of existence is a mystery. i am, you are, the world is... this is all a mystery.
better to ask : what is not a mystery? but one is so insensitive, so unconscious that one doesn't experience the mystery, which surrounds him all the time.
sleep, dream, waking... all is a mystery. breathing, seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, tasting... all is a mystery. laughing, weeping, feeling, being angry, jealous, envious, loving, hating... all is a mystery. but one is so mechanical and conditioned that one never becomes aware of all these mysterious happenings.
there are uncountable cells, nerves and veins in the body, functioning by themselves... is it not a mystery?
but one never pays attention to all these. all the time, one is loaded with useless knowledge; one is heady all the time... which makes him sleepy, zombie, self-hypnotized, choosy, carried away by likes-dislikes, thoughts, feelings... and what not!
just like a fish, which is unaware of water ...though the water surrounds it all the time... one is so occupied in this entire phenomenon, that he is cut off from the mysterious which surrounds him within and without.
when your parents were enjoying the act of love , you were conceived. you were so tiny at that time that you could not be seen with naked eyes. such a small thing, called sperm, started taking a form and after 9 months appeared a small baby who even could not speak or know anything. but today you are so knowledgeable – a great pandit, a proud scholar – as if knowing each and everything... is that not mysterious? out of that tiny material, today you have a huge body with such a heavy head – formed with eyes, ears, nose, mouth – resting on the body. also, having a big belly, hands, feet, nails, hair and so on... growing & functioning on their own. because of your acquired knowledge, you are so much drowned in ignorance that you remain cut off from the mystery which surrounds you all the time.
to me, it is a great surprise that sun and moon, mountains and rivers, trees and plants, flowers and foliage, animals and birds – oceans, stars, planets, galaxies – billions and billions of uncountable living beings, uncountable species... all these do not surprise you; all this is taken for granted. one remains unaware of all these. such an infinite mystery, but one is simply insensitive and unconscious!
unless you discover what you are, how you happen to be; unless you explore the mystery of being and knowing, you cannot attain peace.
and my friend, mystery is such a phenomenon that one gets the feeling that one has not understood ...still something is understood.
mystery is such a phenomenon which gives the feeling as if one has understood ...and yet it remains un-understood.
OSHO ON MYSTERY SCHOOL
the whole work of the mystery school is to somehow introduce you to yourself; how to bring consciousness to the disciple; how to wake him up; how to allow him to be himself; because the whole world is trying to make him somebody else.
long forgotten, one of the most beautiful words in any language ...a living word upanishad means ...sitting at the feet of the master. it says nothing more ...just to be in the presence of the master; just to allow him to take you in ...in his own light... in his own blissfulness ...in his own world.
and that's exactly the work of a mystery school.
the function of a mystery school is: the master speaking ...or in silence looking at you ...or making a gesture ...or just sitting with closed eyes, manages to create a certain field of energy. and if you are receptive, if you are available, if you are ready to go on the journey of the unknown, something clicks and you are no more the old person.
a mystery school teaches how to live. its whole science is the art of living. naturally, it includes many things ...because life is multi-dimensional.
but you must understand the first step – being totally receptive... open.
a mystery school is a very systematic encounter with the miraculous. and the miraculous is all around you – within and without... both.
just a system is needed. the master simply provides a system to enter slowly into the deep waters ...and ultimately to enter a stage,
where you disappear into the ocean; you become the ocean itself.
becoming part of a mystery school is a great benediction. it is very difficult to find a mystery school ...to find people who are searching and not imposing themselves on each other, but only helping each other... if the need is there.
there's no place where love is being taught. there is no place where love is being nourished. that is one of the functions of the mystery school, to make your love pure – without ego, power and domination – just a sheer gift of joy ...a delight in the being of the other person ...just a sharing of all that you have – holding nothing back.
in front of the mystery school of mevlana jalaludin rumi, it was written in bold letters: this place is not for those, who are only curious.
this is the whole work of the mystery school to let your ego dissolve and to help you into a deep let-go with existence.
being initiated into mystery school simply means that now you are taking the first step towards actualizing your potential for freedom.
when man becomes really free, free from the cause-and-effect chain, he is buddha... he is a christ; then he lives in freedom.