Osho Talks on the Three Fears
The Last Testament Vol. 2 Chapter 16
A question from Swami Anand Veeresh of Osho Humaniversity, Holland:
When I work with people in Depth Therapy, three fears continuously come up in them.
It is the fear of going crazy; it’s the fear of letting go in sexual orgasm and the fear of dying.
These three fears come up over and over again in my work.
Can you please comment on this?
It is really a very significant and existential question. In these three fears humanity has lived for thousands of years. They are
not personal, they are collective. They come from the collective unconscious. The fear of going crazy is in everyone, for the simple
reason, because their intelligence has not been allowed to develop. Intelligence is dangerous to the vested interests. So for
thousands of years they have been cutting the very roots of intelligence.
In Japan they have a certain tree which is thought to be a great art, but it is simply murder, the trees are four hundred, five
hundred years old and six inches high. Generations of gardeners have taken care of them. The technique is: the trees are put in a
pot without any bottom and they go on cutting their roots. They don’t allow their roots to go into the earth. And when you don’t
allow the roots to go deeper, the tree simply grows old, it never grows up. It is a strange phenomenon to see that tree. It looks so
ancient, but it has only grown old, old, old, it has never grown up. It has never blossomed; it has never given any fruits.
And that is exactly the situation of man. His roots are cut. Man lives almost uprooted. He has to be made uprooted, so that he can
become dependent on the society, on the culture, on the religion, on the state, on the parents, on everybody. He has to depend. He
himself has no roots. The moment he becomes aware that he has no roots; he feels he is going crazy, he is going insane. He is losing
every support, he is falling into a dark ditch… because the knowledge is borrowed, it is not his own. The respectability is borrowed.
He himself has no respect for his own being. His whole personality is borrowed from some source – the university, the church, the
state. He himself has nothing of his own.
Just think of a man who lives in a grand palace with everything conceivable for his luxuries. And one day suddenly you make him
aware that the palace does not belong to him, neither do the luxuries belong to him, they belong to someone else who is coming and
he will be thrown out. He will go crazy.
So in deep therapy you will come across this point and the person has to face it and allow it. Go crazy. Allow in the therapy the
situation that the person can go crazy. Once he goes crazy, he will drop the fear. Now he knows what craziness is. The fear is
always of the unknown. Let him go crazy and he will soon calm down, because there is no real base to his fear. It is a fear projected
by the society.
The parents say if you don’t follow us, if you disobey, you will be condemned. The Jewish God says in the Talmud, ‘I am a very
jealous god, very angry god. Remember that I am not nice, I am not your uncle.” And all the religions have been doing it.
So just go off the way which is followed by the mob and they will declare you crazy. So everybody goes on clinging to the crowd,
remaining part of a religion, a church, a party, a nation, a race. He is afraid to be alone, and that’s what you are doing when you bring
him to his own depths. All that crowd, all those connections, disappear. He’s left alone and there is nobody else on whom he has
He has not his own intelligence – that is the problem. Unless he starts growing his own intelligence, he will always remain afraid of
being crazy. Not only that, the society can make him crazy any moment. If the society wants to make him crazy, if that is in their
favour, they will make him crazy.
In Soviet Union it happens almost every day, I am taking the example of Soviet Union because they do it more scientifically,
methodologically, it happens everywhere, all over the world, but their methods are very primitive. For example, in India if a person
behaves in a way which is not approved, he is made an outcast. He cannot get any support from anyone in the town. People will not
even speak to him. His own family will close the doors upon his face, the man is bound to go crazy, you are driving him crazy.
But in Soviet Russia they do it more methodologically and they have done it to such people who were always Nobel Prize winners,
who had intelligence, but an intelligence which was always under control, under the obedience of the state. And just a single
disobedience… because they got the Nobel prize, and the Russian government did not want them to have it, because it comes from
the capitalist world, and to the government of Russia it seems like a bribery. This is how they purchase people, and these are the
people who have all the secrets of science, they don’t want them to be world-known, they don’t want them to accept Nobel Prize.
But if the person insists, then the result is he is put in hospital. He goes on saying that, “I am perfectly healthy, why I am being put
in the hospital?” They say,” Because the doctors feel you are going to be sick. The early symptoms are there, you may not be
aware.” And they go on injecting the person, he knows nothing, within fifteen days he is mad. They have made him mad through their
chemicals. And when he is perfectly mad, then they produce him in the court that this man is insane, that he should be removed
from his job, and that he should be sent into a mental asylum. And then nobody hears what happened to those people.
This is doing it scientifically. But every society has been doing it, and the fear has entered into the very deep realms of
unconsciousness. And the work of therapy is to make the person free from that fear. If he is free of that fear, he is free of
society, free of culture, free of religion, free of god, heaven, hell and all nonsense. All that nonsense is significant because of his
fear, and to make that nonsense significant, the fear has been created.
It is the ugliest crime one can think of. It is being done to every child around the world every moment, and the people who are
doing it have no bad intentions. They think that they are doing something for the best of the child. They have been conditioned by
their parents. They are transferring the same conditioning to their children.
But basically the whole humanity stands on the verge of madness. In deep therapy the fear grips suddenly, because the person is
losing all the props, supports; the crowd is disappearing farther and farther away; he is being left alone. And suddenly there is
darkness and there is fear. He has never been trained, disciplined for being alone and that is the function of meditation. No
therapy is complete without meditation, because only meditation can give him his lost roots, his strength of being an individual.
There is nothing to fear. But the conditioning is that you have to be afraid each moment, on each step.
The whole humanity lives in a paranoia. This humanity could have lived in paradise; it is living in hell. So help the person to
understand that this is nothing to be afraid. It is a created fear. Every child is born fearless. He can play with the snakes with no
fear, he has no idea of fear or death or anything. Meditation helps bring the person back to his childhood. He is reborn.
So help the person to understand why the fear is there. Make it clear it is a phoney phenomenon, imposed upon him. “So there is no
need to be worried: in this situation you can go crazy. Don’t be afraid. Enjoy for the first time you have got a situation in which you
can be crazy and yet not condemned, loved, respected.” And the group has to respect the person, love the person – he needs it, and
he will cool down. And he will come out of the fear with a great freedom, with great stamina, strength, integrity.
The second fear is of sexual orgasm. That too is created by religions. All religions are existing because they have turned man
against his own energies. Sex is man’s whole energy, his life energy, and religious prophets and messiahs, messengers of god, they
are all dong the same work in different words, different languages, but their work is the same… to make man an enemy of himself.
And the basic strategy is – because sex is the most powerful energy in you – sex should be condemned, a guilt should be created.
Then a problem arises for the individual. His nature is sensuous, sexual and his mind is full of garbage against it. He is in a split.
Neither can he drop the mind, because dropping the mind means dropping the society, the religion, the prophet, Jesus Christ and
God, everything. He’s not capable to do that unless he has become an individual and he is able to be alone without any fear.
So man is afraid of sex as far as his mind is concerned, but this biology has nothing to do with the mind. The biology has not
received any information from the mind. There is no communication. The biology has its own way of functioning, so the biology will
draw him towards sex and his mind will be standing there continuously condemning him.
So he makes love, but in a hurry. That hurry has a very psychological reason. The hurry is he is doing something wrong. He is doing
something against God against religion. He is feeling guilty and he cannot manage not to do it, so the only compromise is to do it, but
be quick. That avoids orgasm.
Now there are implications upon implications. A man who has not known orgasm feels unfulfilled, frustrated, angry, because he had
never been in a state which nature provides freely where he could have relaxed totally and become one with the existence, at
least for a few moments. Because of his hurry he cannot manage the orgasm. Sex has become equivalent to ejaculation, that is not
true as far as nature is concerned. Ejaculation is only a part, which you can manage without orgasm. Your biology is satisfied if you
reproduce children and they can be reproduced only by ejaculation; there is no need for orgasm.
Orgasm is a tremendous gift of nature. Man is deprived and because he is so quick in making love that the woman is deprived. The
woman needs time to warm up. Her whole body is erotic, and unless her whole body is throbbing with joy, she will not be able to
experience orgasm; for that there is no time.
So for millions of years women have been completely denied their birthright. That’s why they have become so bitchy, so
continuously nagging, always ready to fight. There is no possibility of having a conversation with a woman. You are living with a
woman for years, but there is not a single conversation that you can recall when you were both sitting together talking about the
great things of life. No! All that you will remember will be fighting, throwing things, being nasty, but the woman is not responsible
for it. She’s being deprived of her whole possibility of blissfulness. Then she becomes negative.
And this has given chance to the priests. All the churches and the temples are filled up with women because they are the losers,
more than men. Because man’s orgasm is local; his whole body is not erotic, so his whole body does not suffer any damage if there is
no orgasmic experience, but the woman’s body suffers.
But it is good business for religions. Unless people are psychologically suffering, they will not come to the churches, they will not
listen to all kinds of idiotic theologies. And because they are suffering, they want some consolation; they want some hope, at least
after death. In life they know there is no hope, it is finished, and this gives a chance to religions to show to both men and women
that sex is absolutely futile, it has no meaning, no significance, you are unnecessarily losing your energy, wasting your energy and
their argument seems to be correct because you have never experienced anything.
So by preventing the orgasmic experience religions have made men and women slaves. Now the same slavery functions for other
vested interests. The latest priest is the psychoanalyst. Now he is exploiting the same thing. And I was amazed to know that
almost all new priests, particularly Christians, study psychology in their theological colleges. Psychology, psychoanalysis have become
a necessary part of their education. Now what has psychology to do with the Bible? What has psychoanalysis to do with Jesus
Christ? They are being trained in psychology and psychoanalysis; because it is clear that the old priest is disappearing, losing his
grip over people. The priest has to be made up-to-date so he can function not only as a religious priest, but also as a psychoanalyst,
psychologist. Naturally the psychologist cannot compete with him. He has something more: religion.
But this whole thing has happened through the simple device of condemning sex. So when in your groups you find people fearing
orgasm, help them understand that orgasm is going to make you more sane, more intelligent, less angry, less violent, more loving.
Orgasm is going to give you your roots which have been taken away from you. So don’t be worried. And mixed in the fear of orgasm
will be the fear that one may go crazy. If in orgasm one goes crazy - help him to go crazy - only then he will be able to have it in its
totality and the orgasm relaxes every fibre of your mind, your heart, your body.
It is immensely important for meditation that a person has the experience of orgasm. Then you can make him understand what
meditation is. It is an orgasmic experience with the whole existence. If the orgasm can be so beautiful and so beneficial, so
healthy with a single human being, meditation is getting into oneness with the whole that surrounds you, from the smallest blade of
grass to the biggest star, millions of years away.
Once he experiences this…. The question is always the first experience. Once he knows it, that that craziness was not craziness,
but a kind of explosion of joy, and that cools down and leaves him behind, healthier more whole, more intelligent, then the fear of
orgasm will disappear. And with it he is finished with the religion, with the psychoanalysis and all kinds of nonsense for which he is
paying so tremendously.
And the third fear you say is of death. The first is of being alone. Much of the fear of death will be destroyed by the first
experience of being alone and having no fear. The remaining part of the fear of death will be immediately destroyed by the
experience of orgasm, because in orgasm the person disappears. The ego is no more. There is an experiencing, but the experiencer
is no more.
These first two steps will help solve the third step very easily. And with each step you have to go on deepening his meditativeness.
Any therapy without meditation cannot help much. It is just superficial, touching here and there, and soon the man will be the same
again. A real transformation has never happened without meditation and these are just beautiful situations as far as meditation is
So use the first to make him alone. Use the second to give him courage and tell him to drop all thoughts, just to go crazily orgasmic.
Don’t bother what happens. We are here to take care of you. With these two steps the third will be very easy. That is the easiest.
It looks like the biggest fear of man. It is not true. You don’t know death; how can you be afraid of it? You have always seen other
people dying. You have never seen yourself dying. Who knows, you are maybe the exception, because there is no proof that you are
going to die. Those who have died have given proof that they were mortals.
When I was in the university and learning logic from my professor, in every logic book, in every university around the world, the
same Aristotelian syllogism is being taught. ‘Man is mortal, Socrates is a man, therefore Socrates is mortal.’ And when I was
taught that syllogism for the first time, I stood up and I said, “Wait. I may be the exception. Up to now I have been the exception,
why not tomorrow? About Socrates I accept the syllogism is true because he is dead, but what about me? What about you? What
about all these people who are living? They have not died yet.”
Experiencing death – people dying in disgust, in misery, in suffering, in all kinds of pain, old age – that gives you the fear of death.
Because nobody has known the death of an enlightened man, how beautifully he dies, how joyously he dies. The moment of his death
is of tremendous luminosity, silence, as if joy is radiating from every pore of his being. Those who are near him, those who have
been fortunate to be near him, will be simply surprised that death is far more glorious than life has ever been.
But this kind of death happens only to people who have lived totally, without fear, who have lived orgasmically, without bothering
about idiots what they are saying. They know nothing about it, and they go on saying about it.
The fear of death will be the simplest out of the three. You have to solve the first two and then you tell the person that death is
not the end of life. If you meditate deeply and reach to your innermost centre, you will suddenly find an eternal life current. The
body - there have been many. There have been many forms to your being, but you are just the same. But it has to be not just a
belief – it has to be made their experience.
So remember one thing: your therapy groups should not be ordinary therapy – just somehow whitewashing and giving a man a feeling
that he has learned something, he has experienced something and after a week or two he is the same. There is not a single person
in the whole world who is totally psychoanalysed. And there are thousands of psychoanalysts doing psychoanalysis, and not a single
case they have been able to complete yet, for the simple reason because they have nothing to do with meditation. And without
meditation you can go on painting on the surface, but the inner reality remains the same.
My therapists have to introduce meditation as the very centre of therapy and everything else should revolve around it. Then we
have made therapy something really valuable. Then it is not only the need of those who are sick or of those who are somehow
mentally unbalanced or of those who feel fears, jealousies, violence. This is a negative part of therapy.
Our therapies should be that we give the person his individuality back. We give him his childhood and innocence back. That we give
him his integrity, crystallization, so that he never fears death. And once the fear of death disappears all other fears are very
small, they will follow it, they will simply disappear.
And we have to teach people how to live totally and wholly, against the teachings of all the religions. They teach renounce, I teach