I am a huge fan of Osho and his books. Though he has been dead for some time now his wisdom lives on and impacts my life.
If I had to list one book that truly touched me and impacted me in a significant way it would be his book The Mustard Seed: The Revolutionary Teachings of Jesus. In which Osho explains the meaning of the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas, from an eastern philosophical perspective. It is eye opening.
One of Jesus’ saying is “It is impossible for a man to mount two horses and to stretch two bows; and it is impossible for a servant to serve two masters, otherwise he will honor the one and offend the other”. For this saying I relate it to The Chariot in the Major Arcana. I am using The Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery for demonstrative purposes. Many of the things which Osho talks about I see correlations with the tarot.
The insights that Osho provides for this saying are insights into The Chariot. Osho says
“Everybody is already mounted on two horses, everybody is stretching two bows. That’s how anguish is created, that’s why you are constantly in anxiety…because the two horses are moving in two directions, and you cannot move anywhere”
“Look at people who doubt. Have you seen a man who has doubts and who does not have faith? If you see a man who has only doubt you will see how cannot live, it is impossible to live.
“The only possible way to grow; to live without doubt and without faith; just to live simply, spontaneously, with awareness. This is what trust is; not trusting somebody else. This is trusting life.
“The conscious is that part, the horse that you like, and the unconscious is that horse, that part you do not life. The conscious is that which you have chosen, the unconscious is the against which you have chosen. Doubt and trust are two aspects of the same coin… They look like opposites, but they are polarities of one phenomenon.”
Osho writes so much more, but I cannot go into too much depth. What I sum up from what he says is that being human we are naturally divided because we ride two horses (or many horses) which pull us in different directions. We live a life full of contradictions. We want the freedom of a poor man (poor men have nothing to protect to be taken away) and we want the safety of a king (“the securities from death”). We live in doubt and are to have trust. Our conscious and unconscious are part of the same thing. Whatever we accept becomes the conscious and what we reject and repress becomes the unconscious. We are divided.
The Chariot shows Reason controlling Will and Appetite, this is the structure of the Platonic Soul. Osho sayings our reasoning can be suicidal. We think it is a reason, but we are just deceiving ourselves. The mind can only provide you with false things, it cannot provide you confidence (the reason we hold on to our reason).
Maybe the Charioteer is better off letting go of the horses. Stop riding them both, stop trying to control these two aspects as if they are opposites instead a part of one phenomenon. Understand the contradictions and compromising you make in your mind, find out how you divide yourself.
The Mustard Seed: The Revolutionary Teachings of Jesus : Commentaries on the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas. New York: Osho Media International ;, 2009. Print.