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The word personality comes from the Greek word ”persona”. In the Greek drama, the actors had to use masks. Those masks were called persona. From that persona comes the word personality. The face that you wear when you look at your wife and smile, that is personality – persona. You don’t feel like smiling, but you have to smile. A guest comes and you welcome him, and deep down you never wanted him to come to you and deep down you are disturbed –
”Now what to do with this man?” –
but you are smiling and welcoming and you are saying that ”So glad”.
Personality is that which you pose, a face, a mask. But if there is nobody in your bathroom, you don’t have any personality unless you look in the mirror. Then immediately the personality comes because you yourself start doing the work of the other opinion. You look in the face and say, ”Beautiful”. Now you are divided, now you are two, giving opinion about yourself. But in the bathroom when nobody is there and you are completely unafraid, that nobody is looking from the keyhole… Because if somebody looks from the keyhole, personality comes in, you start behaving.
In the bathroom only you drop the personality. That’s why bathroom is so refreshing. Out of the bath you come so beautiful, fresh, no personality; you become an individual. Individuality is that which you are; personality is that which you show that you are. Personality is your face; individuality is your being.
God, in Patanjali’s conception, has no personality. He is an individual unit.
If you grow, by and by, opinion of others becomes childish. You don’t bother about them; what they say is meaningless. It is not what they say that carries meaning. It is you, what you are, that carries the meaning, not that they say, ”Beautiful”. This is useless. If you are beautiful, that is the point.
What they say is irrelevant. What you are – the real, the authentic you – that is your individual.
When you drop personalities, you become a sannyasin. When you renounce personalities, you
become a sannyasin: you become an individual unit. Now you live through your authentic center.
You don’t pose. When you don’t pose, you are not worried. When you don’t pose, you are
unaffected by what others say. When you don’t pose, you remain detached. Personality cannot
remain detached. It is a very fragile thing. It exists between you and the other, and it depends on the other. He can change his mind; he can destroy you completely.
You look at a woman and she smiles, and you feel so beautiful because of her smile. And if she simply turns with hatred in her eyes, you are simply crushed. In fact, you are crushed because your personality has been thrown under the shoes. She walked over you; she didn’t look even.
Every moment you are afraid somebody may crush your personality. Then the whole world becomes an anxiety. A god has an individuality, but no personality. Whatsoever he is, that’s what he shows.
Whatsoever he is in, he is out. In fact, in and out have disappeared for him.
—Osho (via seedsofwisdom)