Thanks to Mr. Rajinder Puri, I came to know one of the most interesting quotes I have ever read. The first person whose face flashed in front of my eyes when I read this quote for the first time was Osho. He is beyond that quote. The quote reads like this-
‘People who can see 10 years ahead of the present are called as leaders. Those who can see 20 years ahead, are visionaries. Those who can see 30 years ahead of the time, are called as crackpots.’
This comment was made keeping in mind the politicians around. I was just wondering, where does Osho fit in this scale? I think this scale is not long enough to map him. The reason is, Osho had an eternal vision, which is not just 30, 40 or even 100 years ahead of his time. He goes beyond that.
In general, as it can be seen, human race is very short sighted. Just look around and try to feel- what the most prominent worries of people around us are? Are they bothered about the status of humanity and this earth after ten, fifteen years? Or are they bothered about the value system in our society after 50 years? It is too much to expect them thinking about biodiversity and the humans inside the humans. Though it sounds very harsh, most of the human beings are bothered about availability of food the next day. As we know, many of us are bothered about clothes, perfumes, shoes, goggles and bikes and cell phones. Not all of us are so short sighted, as many of us keep on thinking about their second home or holiday home at Lonavala or somewhere else. The question which still remains is, how many of us think about future of not himself or herself, but of everyone together? I don’t think I need to tell the numbers.
The quote talks about politicians. We might have some politicians around who contemplate may be even 100 years ahead of the present times. How many of them think about a combined future of all the universal representatives? In the present times, we cannot manage with politicians who think of even all of the human race. We need to have leaders, visionaries and the crackpots who think about everyone present here- humans, animals, birds, rivers and many indirect parameters which influence our lives.
In this context, Osho had a complete vision. He thought not only about humans, but also about all the other factors mentioned above. What separates him from others is, he did not keep his wisdom only to himself. He tried that everyone becomes capable of having this vision. He never preached or lectured, he always gave us an opportunity to give birth to this vision inside all of us. Osho is ahead of all the crackpots. Where do our politicians stand?
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Author- Mandar Karanjkar