Osho quotes on Individuality



Osho
quotes on Individuality
  • The greatest adventure that can happen to a human being
    is the movement from mind to no-mind, the movement from personality to
    individuality. The no-mind has an individuality: the mind is social.

  • All your personalities are absolute cover-ups, hiding
    your individuality.
  • I am here to destroy your personality, to give birth to
    your individuality.
  • Coming to the master is coming in search of your
    innocence, in search of your lost childhood, in search of your
    originality… in search of your individuality, in search of freedom.
  • Remember: no attachment should grow, no clinging should
    grow. They are all against your independence, your freedom, your
    individuality.
  • Respect man, love man. Respect his individuality,
    respect his differences. And that is possible only if you respect your
    individuality. That is possible only if you are grounded in your own being
    and you are unafraid.
  • Love with eyes knows when to say no, when to say yes.
    Love neither interferes in anybody`s life nor allows anybody else to
    interfere into one`s own life. Love gives individuality to others, but
    does not lose its own individuality.
  • Try to find your individuality, your integrity, and
    make the effort of not compromising. Because the more you compromise, the
    less you are an individual. You are only a cog in the wheel, just a part
    in the vast mechanism, just a small part of the mob — not an individual
    in your own beauty, in your own right. I am absolutely against compromise.
    Death is far more beautiful than a life of compromise.
  • One thing is certain: you can never become anything
    other than yourself, and unless you become yourself you cannot be happy.
    Happiness happens only when a rosebush grows roseflowers; when it flowers,
    when it has its own individuality. You may be a rosebush and trying to
    flower as lotus flower — that is creating insanity. Erase the mind. And
    the way to erase it is not by fight: the way to erase it is just to become
    aware.
  • The disappearance of your person is not your
    disappearance, remember; on the contrary, it is your appearance. As your
    person disappears, your personality falls away; your individuality, your
    individual arises. To have a personality is hypocrisy. To be an individual
    is your birthright.
  • Each man is born with a unique individuality, and each
    man has a destiny of his own. Imitation is crime, it is criminal. If you
    try to become a Buddha, you may become an imitation Buddha. You may look
    like Buddha, you may walk like Buddha, you may talk like Buddha, but you
    will miss. You will miss all that life was ready to deliver to you.
    Because Buddha happens only once. It is not in the nature of things to
    repeat. God is so creative that He never repeats anything. You cannot find
    another human being in the present, in the past, or in the future, who is
    going to resemble you exactly. It has never happened. Man is not a
    mechanism. He is not like Ford cars on an assembly line; you can produce
    millions alike, exactly alike. Man is a soul, is individual. Imitation is
    poisonous. Never imitate anybody
  • To be an individual is the hardest thing in the world,
    because nobody likes you to be an individual. Everybody wants to kill your
    individuality and to make a sheep out of you. Nobody wants you to be on
    your own.

  • Each individual is unique in ordinary life. The
    uniqueness becomes even more sharp and clear, crystal clear, when the
    person becomes enlightened — because only then his pure genius, his pure
    individuality, uncontaminated, unpolluted, is revealed.

  • The first step is: accept yourself as you are; drop all
    shoulds. Don`t carry any ought on your heart! You are not to be somebody
    else; you are not expected to do something which doesn`t belong to you —
    you are just to be yourself. Relax! and just be yourself. Be respectful to
    your individuality. and have the courage to sign your own signature. Don`t
    go on copying others signatures.
  • Don`t bother whether you become a world-famous artist
    or not; that is not the significant thing. But create something — a
    beautiful song, a little music, a dance, a painting, a garden. And when
    the roses blossom… you cannot say that life is a drag with so many roses
    blossoming. A beautiful painting… you cannot say life is a drag, because
    this painting has been created for the first time in the world and for the
    last time. Nobody has done it before, and nobody will do it again; only
    you were capable of doing it. Express your uniqueness in whatsoever you
    do. Express your individuality.
    Let existence be proud of you. Life will not be felt like a drag; it will
    become a fragrance.
  • Unless a person decides that `Whatever the cost, I want
    just to be myself. Condemned, unaccepted, losing respectability —
    everything is okay but I cannot pretend anymore to be somebody else`…
    This decision and this declaration — this declaration of freedom, freedom
    from the weight of the crowd — gives birth to your natural being, to your
    individuality. Then you don`t need any mask. Then you can be simply
    yourself, just as you are. And the moment you can be just as you are, there
    is tremendous peace that passeth understanding.
  • The ordinary, unconscious human being has no
    individuality; he has only a personality. Personality is that which is
    given by others to you — by the parents, by the teachers, by the priest,
    by the society — whatever they have said about you. And you have been
    desiring to be respectable, to be respected, so you have been doing things
    which are appreciated, and the society goes on rewarding you, respecting
    you more and more. This is their method of creating a personality. But
    personality is very thin, skin-deep. It is not your nature. The child is
    born without a personality, but he is born with a potential individuality.
    The potential individuality simply means his uniqueness from anybody else
    — he is different.
  • People are very much confused about personality and
    individuality. They think personality is individuality. It is not — in
    fact it is the barrier. You will never attain to individuality if you are
    not ready to drop your personality. Here the group therapies, meditations,
    work, this communion…all is devised in such a way that it destroys your
    personality, the plastic self, and throws you back to your real
    individuality. Individuality is born with you, it is your being.
    Personality is a social phenomenon, it is given to you. When you are
    sitting in a cave in the Himalayas you don`t have any personality, but you
    have individuality. Personality can exist only in reference to others. The
    more people know you, the more personality you have — hence the desire to
    have name and fame. The more people respect you, the more you enjoy the
    personality; it becomes strengthened.

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