Osho - All that you need is
just to be Watchful
Question: Beloved Osho,
What does it mean when you say, "Just be yourself"? How can I be
myself when I don't know who I am? I know many of my
preferences, likings, dislikings and tendencies, which seem to
be the outcome of a programmed biocomputer called the mind. Does
just being oneself mean that one totally lives out the whole
content of the mind as watchfully as possible?
Osho: Yes, it exactly means that -
to live as an awareness: awareness of all the programs the mind
has been conditioned for, awareness of all the impulses,
desires, memories, imaginations... all that the mind can do. One
has to be not part of it, but separate - seeing it but not being
it - watching it.
And this is one of the most essential things to remember, that
you cannot watch your watchfulness. If you watch your
watchfulness, then the watcher is you, not the watched. So you
cannot go beyond watchfulness. The point that you cannot
transcend is your being. The point that you cannot go beyond is
You can watch very easily any thought, any emotion, any
sentiment. Just one thing you cannot watch - and that is your
watchfulness. And if you manage to watch it, that means you have
shifted: the first watchfulness has become just a thought; now
you are the second watcher.
You can go on shifting back, but you cannot get out of
watchfulness because it is you: you cannot be otherwise.
So when I say, "Just be yourself," I am saying to you, "Just be
awareness." That's how you had come
into the world, and that's how the enlightened person leaves the
world. He lives in the world but remains totally separate.
One of the great mystics, Kabir, has a beautiful poem about it.
All his poems are just perfect - nothing can be better. One of
his poems says, "I will give back the soul that was given to me
at the time of my birth as pure, as clean, as it was given to
me. I will give it back that way when I die." He is talking
about awareness, that it has remained unpolluted. The whole
world was there to pollute it, but he has remained watchful.
All that you need is just to be watchful, and nothing will
affect you. This unaffectedness will keep your purity, and this
purity has certainly the freshness of life, the joy of existence
- all the treasures that you have been endowed with. But you
become attached to the small things surrounding you and forget
the one that you are.
It is the greatest discovery in life and the most ecstatic
pilgrimage to truth. And you need not be an ascetic, you need
not be anti-life - you need not renounce the world and go to the
mountains. You can be where you are, you can continue to do what
you are doing. Just a new thing has to be evolved: whatever you
do, you do with awareness - even the smallest act of the body or
the mind - and with each act of awareness you will become aware
of the beauty and the treasure and the glory and the eternity of
Source: " Beyond Psychology Chapter 22 " - Osho
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