People can be awakened in different ways. You can tell them about the suffering of their ordinary life, trying to intensify in them the sense of hopelessness and the inevitability of constantly recurring torments provoked by unrealized desires. You can indicate the mechanicality of their actions and life in general in which they are only puppets, obeying the impulses of psychological reactions formulated in early childhood. Every awakened person choses his own means which he uses to achieve an established goal. And although the means may be different, all of them must create disturbance in people, depriving them of their customary “waking sleep.”

Even so, of course it should be remembered that there is a certain general “call” made to all those who can hear it, and there is individual work with a specific person – a student or a person who intends to become one. Words designed to attract the attention of many incorporate a common idea, a new view on life and a description of the methods to change the situation in which people find themselves. Work with a student is individual, and in it, the methods of awakening are somewhat different. Osho’s general call was such – become free, rid yourself of dogmas and conditionality! In itself, the message was positive, but getting rid of dogmas required criticizing them, and therefore Osho overturned religious notions, scolded politicians and ridiculed humankind’s way of life. All of this turned out beautifully for him, and as usual, it was his criticism of all and everything that earned him quite a few enemies.  Everyone came in for it – priests, believers, and the founders of religions as well. Characteristically, Osho himself demonstrated total freedom regarding his own judgements – in one place, he would speak of Jesus with great respect and understanding, and in another casually call him “a poor Jew, who got into his little head the big idea that he was the messiah.”

And that was how it was with everything – non-attachment to his own judgements engendered a mass of contradictions in his books, especially if you read them one after another, believing every word of the Master to be pure Truth.