When you come out of your conditioning, you are free

When you can come out of your conditioning you are a free man, you are a universal man.

You are neither Western nor Eastern, neither English nor Indian nor German nor Japanese — you are simply a human being. And that is a great freedom, that is real freedom!

Then you don’t carry a crust around you. You are not in a capsule, the capsule has broken. You don’t have an eggshell around you.

When the bird is in the egg he cannot fly — and that is the situation. When a man is Indian or German or English or American he is in an eggshell. He cannot fly, he cannot open his wings, he cannot use this tremendous freedom that existence makes available.

There are layers upon layers of conditioning.

One is conditioned as a German, one is conditioned as a Christian, one is conditioned as a catholic and then there are other sects, and so on and so forth.

One is conditioned as a man and another is conditioned as a woman. I am not talking about the biological difference — that’s okay, that has nothing to do with conditioning — but the man is conditioned as a man.

You continuously remember that you are a man, that you are not a woman, that you have to behave like a man — that you are not to cry, that you are not to weep, that tears are not to be allowed, that that is just feminine, it is not expected of you. This is conditioning, this is a crust around you.

A really free man is neither man nor woman — not that the biological difference disappears, but the psychological difference disappears.

A free man is neither black nor white  — not that the black becomes white and the white becomes black: the skin remains as it was before but the psychological colour is no more there.

When all these things drop you are unburdened. You walk one foot above the earth; gravitation doesn’t function any more for you. You can open your wings and fly any moment and there is no limitation.

So, many times you will be coming and many times you will be going — but coming and going, coming and going, you will become looser and looser. One day the boundaries will be blurred, you will not know who you are: eastern or western.

That’s what I am trying to do here.

OSHO

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