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Celebrate the New Man

Osho's Message for Humanity on New Year's Eve

 When it comes to new year resolutions, it seems like it is a game we play with ourselves every year. We make resolutions to change for the better, make our lives different and not repeat the same mistakes again, etc. Are resolutions beneficial for us or is it just that our mind is playing its gamesall over again?

When someone asked Oshoif one was to make only one New Year's resolution, what would He suggest? Osho said: "This and only this can be the New Year's resolution: I resolve never to make any resolutions because all resolutions are restrictions for the future. All resolutions are imprisonments. When you decide today for tomorrow,you have destroyed tomorrow. Allow the tomorrow to have its own being. Let it come in its own way! Let it bring its own gifts."
Resolution means we will allow only this and not that. Resolution is struggle. Resolution is ego. Resolution is like saying we cannot live spontaneouslyand if we cannot live spontaneously, we don't live at all -we only pretend. Osho says, "Drop all resolutions! Let life be a natural spontaneity. The only golden rule is that there are no golden rules."
Yet,Osho has a beautiful message for humanity on New Year's day. His message is simple. His message is for a new man, the homo novus. The old concept of man was of either/or; materialist or spiritualist, moral or immoral, sinner or saint. It was based on division, it was split. It created a schizophrenic humanity. Osho points out that the whole past of humanity has been sick, unhealthy, insane. In three thousand years, five thousand wars have been fought. "This is just utterly mad, unintelligent, inhuman", he says.
Once we divide man into two, we create misery and hell. He can never be healthy and whole because the other half that has been denied will go on taking revenge. It will go on finding ways and means to overcome the part that he has imposed upon himself. He will become a battle-ground, give rise to a civil war. 
In the past, we were not able to create real human beings, but humanoids. A humanoid is one who looks like a human being but is utterly crippled, paralysed. He has not been allowed to bloom in his totality. He is half, and because he is half, he is always in anguish and tension; he cannot celebrate. Only a whole man can celebrate. Celebration is the fragrance of being whole. Only a tree that has lived wholly will flower. Man has not flowered yet.
The past has been very dark and dismal. It has been a dark night of the soul. Because it was repressive, it was bound to become aggressive. If something is repressed, man becomes aggressive, he loses all soft qualities. It was always so up to now. We have come to a point where the old has to be dropped and the new has to be heralded.
Osho's vision of the new man is Zorba the Buddha. The new man will not be either/or; he will be both/and. The new man will be earthy and divine, worldly and other-worldly. The new man will accept his totality and he will live it without any inner division, he will not be split. His god will not be opposed to the devil; his morality will not be opposed to immorality; he will know no opposition. He will transcend duality; he will not be schizophrenic. With the new man, there will come a new world, because the new man will perceive in a qualitatively different way and he will live a totally different life which has not been lived yet. He will be a mystic, a poet, a scientist, all together. He will not choose: he will be choice less himself.
Sharing His vision,Osho says, "My concept of the new man is that he will be Zorba the Greek and he will also be Gautam the Buddha: the new man will be Zorba the Buddha. He will be sensuous and spiritual, physical, utterly physical, in the body, in the senses, enjoying the body and all that the body makes possible, and still a great consciousness, a great witnessing will be there. He will be Christ and Epicurus together".
"The old man's ideal was renunciation; the new man's ideal will be rejoicing. And this new man is coming every day, he is arriving every day. People have not yet become aware of him. In fact, he has already dawned. The old is dying, the old is on its death-bed. I don't mourn for it and I say please don't mourn for it. It is good that it dies, because out of its death, the new will assert. The death of the old will be the beginning of the new. The new can come only when the old has died utterly."
"Help the old to die and help the new to be born! And remember, the old has all the respectability, the whole past will be in his support; and the new will be a very strange phenomenon. The new will be so new that he will not be respected. Every effort will be made to destroy the new. The new cannot be respectable, but with the new is the future of the whole of humanity. The new has to be brought in."
Religion and science, both have failed. The time is right because the East has failed, the West has failed. Something of a higher synthesis is needed in which the East and West can have a meeting, in which religion and science can have a meeting.
Man is a tree. Religion has failed because it is talking only of the flowers. Those flowers remain philosophical, abstract; they never materialise. They could not materialise because they were not supported by the earth. Science has failed because it cares only about the roots. The roots are ugly and there seems to be no flowering.
Osho points out, "The West is suffering from too much science; the East has suffered from too much religion. Now we need a new humanity in which religion and science become two aspects of one man. And the bridge is going to be art. That's why I say that the new man will be a mystic, a poet and a scientist.Between science and religion only art can be the bridge - poetry, music, sculpture. Once we have brought this new man into existence, the earth can become for the first time what it is meant to become. It can become a paradise: this very body of the Buddha, this very earth, the paradise!"