Meaning of Life 1- Osho reading

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‘Not a rose’ by neo-conceptual artist Heide Hatry. To her this is actually arrangements of the offal, sex organs, and other residues of deceased animals. Photo from site http://artnet.tumblr.com/post/51556121856/not-a-rose-in-her-new-show-neo-conceptual

If you think religious stuff are mumbo jumbos and think they are not for everyone, seems Osho is agreeing with you. What is the meaning of life?

Osho said life has no purpose, it’s us who create meanings. A flower blossoms and dies, what is the meaning for it? Maybe It’s just a waste of energy. Life is just a process of using up energy, burning the energy within us.

I remember reading that last time a boy asked me the same question. I was shocked, a little bit upset and disappointed. If life has no meanings, what are we doing?

But then, once in a while I came across a flower-bed and thought of the same question and the blossoming flower just reminded me the words of Osho. Life has no meaning. This answer is much better than someone telling me to follow Jesus’s footstep and discover the meaning of life in God, because fundamentally I don’t truly believe in God. I am not convinced.

This answer is also better by the biological answer that we are here to reproduce and make better humans. How about people who can’t? I am not convinced. A flower may not attract any insects to help it spread its own seeds or do whatever it ‘should’ be doing biologically. A flower is a flower, it’s doing great being a flower. I do not buy it.

The answer actually makes me smile, because it’s so true. I found it.

This time I googled the same passage and found another one.

hmmm… probably I have skimmed it last time as well but forgot about it as soon as I finished.

This time I read it out loud.

http://www.phys.uni-sofia.bg/~viktor/wisdom/osho/meaning_of_life.html

What is the meaning of life?

  •  Life has no meanings. Meanings are created by people. He clarified the question afterwards by saying if meanings of life can be solidly found we need not discover it again and again by different people. As everyone can have a different discovery that is actually a creative process.
  • ‘Question the question.’ If you are looking for a meaning of life you are restraining yourself and defining your way of living. The meaning of life you defined may not be there. The answer may not be found. Keep your mind open and keep the question pure. A pure question is a question stays as a question, answer comes and goes when there are different considerations and perspectives.
  •  ‘Be a little bit crazy’ The meaning of life is a creative process, so experience life by participating in it. Don’t restrain yourself by any meaning of life, then you will discover as many meanings as you want by trying different things.

Osho gives very clear answer that meaning of life has no definite answer and will never have. But this is not a upsetting truth. This can set you free. :)

Expose yourself to your deepest fear.

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Your deepest fear is not facing crock coaches or taking a roller-coaster ride.

Those deepest fears are things we seldom think about but we know they exist, close to every beings on this earth.

They are loneliness, death, meaningless of life and the lack of freedom.

Expose yourself to your deepest fears.

You do not need to go to a dangerous place to feel the death.

When you are doing intensive exercise and catching your breath; when you are having a cold and lying in bed; when you are alone in a foreign country. As long as you feel your body or your soul is at some kind of extreme, look inside.

Look carefully, you will find the dark side of yourself, the weak side of yourself.

The ugly side you always want to hide away from, that’s it. Look carefully, you will discover your are not perfect, and the ugly side is the part of you desperately need your acceptance, hiding and waiting, hovering to have a face to face conversation with your soul.

I do not guarantee you will be free, but there will be a relief.Your ugly side no longer scares you, because you remember its existence.
Maybe your weak side no longer looks ugly, because its just as beautiful as the bright side of yourself.
You start to smile at your own mistakes, because you know where they are from.

You know you can have better control of it next time.
You are getting stronger.

After all, nothing can be as scary as not knowing yourself.

For Those Striving, do you think you are good enough?

Am I good enough?
Am I good enough?

Dear Miss or Mr or Mrs or Ms Hardworking,

Do you think you are good enough? I never did. Once in a while I might think I am better than other people, but very soon those thoughts will be replaced by doubts, am I just bragging and over-estimating myself ? Am I a loser? If I am so good, why am I still getting such a poor grade? If I can be what I can be, why am I not the best of the class? Why am I not the one I want to be?

Why?

Why am I never confident about the things I can do? Why am I pretending everything is Okay and put on the best mask on when deep inside I am such a mess?

Look back to my childhood these kinds of thoughts are already there. Why my parents never have high hopes on me but keep blessing my relatives that one day they will be better than me? Are they just being polite to each other, or is that true I am so bad that I can’t compare to them? Ask yourself honestly, do you have similar thoughts in your mind at the back of your head?

I tried to comfort myself that I am already good enough, what I need to do right now is continue to word hard. There is another voice telling me if you are content with the status quo, you will never be the best. Quick enough I just swing back to the self where I am cruel and harsh to myself, picking up every single mistake I have made. Because I want to be the best, I want to have self- improvements! Ironically, the starting of all those unnecessary self criticism was so POSITIVE!

We don’t love ourselves because we want to be better.

If we love ourselves and accept every fault we have made, we will not improve and certainly fall behind from others.

That is the nightmare, that’s the reason why we never love ourselves truly.

Can you see through this? Do you understand this now?

Acceptance of our own fears does not make us weaker. Acceptance of our own fears does not force us to stay at the status quo.

That’s just a myth.

If we love ourselves and accept every fault we have made, we will not improve and certainly fall behind from others.  This is wrong!

The sentence might seem to imply accepting our faults and then we will be staying at one point and never proceed, but it’s not like this.  Of course you can choose to believe you are bad and stay there, but you can also choose to proceed after accepting our own faults. The present moment is a moving point and we have to keep adjusting ourselves to stay at that point. It is not falling behind, it’s keep understanding ourselves.

Only when we accept our own selves we truly understand ourselves, then we can find the most suitable way to grow. All these are acts showing love to our own selves.

You may hesitate to do all these, because when you reach acceptance at some point, you may discover you cannot be what you want, because that perfect you is not you, and humans are not perfect.

That’s a daunting fact.

But after all, what are you striving for?