Tuesday, June 22, 2010
WHY ARE YOU SO AFRAID OF BEING IN A WRONG SITUATION?
I came across this from Osho the other day. Frankly, I think it is inspirational. Kiran Schmidt, the creator of the CoRe system is always talking about DLE or'Dynamic Labile Equilibrium". I only really began to grasp this when he came to Bangkok and gave a workshop back in February. What is DLE? It's instability, or a state of constant change. Many people seem to crave stability, but stability isn't change! It's all about things remaining the same and to most people this spells out comfort zone, safety and security. But is it life? I believe Osho answers that question here.
"WHY ARE YOU SO AFRAID OF BEING IN A WRONG SITUATION? -- because the wrong situation is very ego-shattering, and the right situation is very ego-enhancing.
In fact, to think of the future is to think in terms of the ego. So remain with the moment. IF IT IS NEEDED FOR YOUR GROWTH -- that you should go in a wrong direction -- IT WILL HAPPEN. And you cannot avoid it, because avoiding it will be avoiding your own growth. You cannot avoid anything. So whatsoever is available, enjoy it to your total capacity; respond to it totally. Let this moment give all that it can give to you. And the next moment is going to be born out of this moment
IF THIS MOMENT HAS BEEN RIGHTLY LIVED, from where will the next moment come? IT WILL GROW OUT OF THIS MOMENT. It is going to take on the same quality. It is going to be a continuity with this moment; the next moment is not coming out of the blue. It grows out of you like a leaf grows out of the tree. It comes from your roots... it is nourished by your life juice. So if this moment is lived rightly... And when I use the word 'rightly', I don't mean in the sense puritans use it; I don't mean the meaning that moralists will like to enforce on it.
TO LIVE RIGHTLY MEANS TO LIVE TOTALLY. It is not being virtuous, it is just being whole. The right is not against wrong or against sin. The right is only against being partial. Don't be partial, don't be fragmentary. And the right has nothing to do with any goal, any perfectionist's ideal. The right has something to do with the feel of this moment. IF YOU FEEL GOOD, IT IS RIGHT. Easy is right, happiness is right.
SO CELEBRATE THIS MOMENT, enjoy this moment, delight in this moment -- and the tomorrow will take care of itself. Think not of the morrow. The moment you start thinking that you may go wrong, that you have to go right, the ego has entered. It is the ego that is worried about its decoration -- morality, good, virtue, respectability... some "shoulds". So just remain with the moment, as much as possible, and everything will go right. If this moment is right, everything is going to be right.
THIS IS THE DEFINITION OF BEING RIGHT: if you are happy in this moment, nothing is going to be wrong. Happiness is a sure indication that things are flowing with the total; you are one with the universal.
HAPPINESS ARISES ONLY WHEN THERE IS A HARMONY between you and the whole... when there is no conflict, when there is no pain. Then there is sheer joy -- and the joy is incredible because you cannot even find any cause to it. You cannot explain why it is there. It is there unexplained; and it is utterly there, for no reason at all -- it is simply there. It is there like a mystery. SO LIVE IN THE MOMENT, and by and by start dropping these tensions of the future. If you go wrong, you go wrong; nothing is wrong in it. DON'T BE A COWARD -- be courageous! In life, a few wrong things happen. In fact, they are part of life.
YOU CANNOT WEAVE A CLOTH unless the thread is put in such a way that each thread is crossed by another thread, the vertical is crossed by the horizontal; otherwise the cloth will not exist. A good man is simply good; he is a heap of thread, he is not a cloth. A bad man is simply bad; he is again a heap of thread, not a cloth. A WHOLE MAN IS BOTH. He accepts God and devil both, day and night both. And in that acceptance is transcendence. In the very acceptance, you are neither good nor bad. You have gone beyond both; you become a witness. And that's what real sanctity is.
SO DON'T TRY TO BE GOOD AND DON'T TRY TO BE RIGHT. Don't try to avoid the wrong, and don't try to avoid the bad -- because then your life will lose all salt; you will become tasteless. Saints are tasteless -- at least so-called saints. A real saint has tremendous contradictions in him; he is paradoxical. He is both sweet and bitter. He is as dark as the darkest night and as full of light as the noontime. He's simple like a child. You can almost call him a fool. That's what Saint Francis used to call himself -- and he is as wise as there is the possibility to be.
In the Old Testament there is a saying: THE WISEMAN, THE PERFECT MAN, IS AS CUNNING AS THE SNAKE AND AS INNOCENT AS THE DOVE. This is the contradiction -- as innocent as the dove and as cunning, sly, as the snake -- but both meet, and in that meeting both change their qualities; in that meeting both negate each other. WHEN BOTH THE PLUS AND MINUS COME TOGETHER, they negate each other. And out of that negation, a zero experience is born. When God and devil meet, they negate each other; they are equal forces. And when they are negative, you are empty. That emptiness is absolute; it knows no limit, it is immeasurable. And in that emptiness is what in the East we have called the witness, the witnessing consciousness.
My whole effort here is to help you to become that emptiness. So I am not worried about going wrong. SOMETIMES IT IS GOOD TO GO WRONG. It is very good to go astray sometimes. It is not always good to remain good, so don't be worried about that. It is as it should be. NATURE TAKES ITS OWN COURSE. Simply remain with the moment. Live the moment with your total being involved in it, committed to it, absorbed in it. Become drunk with the moment, and then whatsoever happens will be good. Even if it is not good, it will be good. At least eventually it will prove to be good. EVEN IF YOU GO WRONG SOMETIMES, finally you will find that that was also part of being right. It was needed. Life is really a mystery, and the mystery is because of this paradox....
THIS IS HOW IT GOES -- exploding, imploding, exhaling, inhaling. This is how it goes -- happiness, unhappiness; good and bad, right and wrong. So don't be worried about it. SIMPLY TRUST LIFE. I teach you trust -- trust in life! So if sometimes life leads you into some wrong ways, go. Don't resist that moment; just go totally. So whatsoever life wants you to learn from that experience is learned, and you can come out again."
God is not For Sale
Ch #21, a darshan diary
pm in Chuang Tzu Auditorium