Osho on Living Life
Question: Is the quality and expression of one’s
enlightenment richer, deeper and More creative if one
allows oneself to complete one’s worldly trips, Rather
than dropping them in the name of spirituality?
Certainly! How can
you drop if you have not lived your life totally? If you
have not known sex, how can you drop it? It will linger,
it will surround you in subtle ways; it will become an
undercurrent in your unconscious. How can you drop anger
if you have not lived it?
Nothing can be dropped without experiencing it in
totality. Only total experience helps you to go beyond.
The spirituality that comes without experiencing life is
impotent. That is the difference that I want to bring to
your consciousness. That kind of spirituality has
existed on the earth down the ages... and that’s why man
is so ugly. It is because of that kind of spirituality.
It has made you repressed; it has not transformed you.
It was against this, against that – against everything!
It was against life, it was anti-life.
It has not allowed you to live your life joyously – to
see, to feel, to experience, and to go beyond through
Knowledge liberates – not the knowledge that you gather
from scriptures, but the knowledge that comes through
experience. You become angry again and again and
again... and you start feeling the foolishness of it,
the utter ridiculousness of it, the poisonousness of it,
the destructiveness of it. One day the fruit is ripe –
not that you decide: ”I will never be angry” – but just
the fruit is ripe and it falls of its own accord.
And anger disappears as if it had never existed in you;
it simply evaporates. Live your life. Live a life of
variety, a multi-dimensional life, and you will be
richer. And, naturally, when a man has lived in all the
dimensions of his life and comes to enlightenment, his
experience is going to be richer. At least his
expression is going to be richer. And finally: you can
only come to enlightenment when you have lived truly.
Those who think that they have come to enlightenment
without living life are only deceiving themselves and
They are carrying the whole world in them – unlived, it
remains there. Seeds they are carrying. Patanjali
divides samadhi, enlightenment, into two types: samadhi
with seed and samadhi without seed. What he calls SABEEJ
SAMADHI – samadhi with seed – is when you have not lived
and subtle desires are still hankering to be fulfilled.
You have repressed the seed but it is there, and it will
assert itself when the right season arrives. When the
spring comes, it may start sprouting again.
You can repress your sex for your whole life, but even
at the moment of death it may assert itself.
Repression is not revolution. Revolution is through
experience. Maturity is through experience.
Enlightenment is ultimate maturity, beyond which there
is none else. How can you find a shortcut to it? – there
is none. You have to go through the whole life...
tasting its sweetness and its bitterness, feeling its
agonies and its ecstasies, watching its ups and downs,
the sunlit peaks and the dark nights in the valley, the
sadness and the joy of it – all has to be lived. You
have to be a sinner and a saint! One who is only a saint
is a poor saint, and one who is only a sinner is a poor
sinner – you have to be saint-sinner or sinner-saint. You
have to live ELL that God makes available to you.
You have to live it unconditionally. And then one day...
the quantum leap, the enlightenment.
A beautiful story for you to
Pope Paul XV lay in the Vatican close to death. Scores
of doctors were consulted, but none could come up with
an answer. A pall of anxiousness hung in the air. All
the possibilities were cancelled out. Finally one doctor
came and said that the Pope’s state was due to his
life-long celibacy and the only thing to do was for him
to make love – once would be enough.
A very embarrassed bishop came to break the awful news.
”Your-a Holiness-a,” he began, ”You hafta maka da love
to a woman-a to save-a your life-a. Terrible-a news-a I
have-a to geeve-a you.”
The Pope looked up slowly. ”Dees is a sad-a, sad-a day-a
for da Catholic-a church-a; there’s-a no-a other-a
The bishop shook his head. ”No-a, Your-a Holiness-a, I’m
”Well-a,” said the Pope. ”Eef I-a must-a, den I-a must-a
do-a dees-a terrible-a thing-a. But I do eet on-a four-a
”Yes, yes-a, anything-a,” said the bishop, some-what
relieved. ”And what-a are your-a four condeetions-a?”
The Pope drew a long breath.
”First-a, she must-a be a Catholic-a.”
”Of course-a, Your Holiness-a.”
”Second-a, she-a must-a be a virgin-a.”
”Yes, Your Holiness-a.”
”Third-a, she must-a wear-a a blind-a fold-a so-a she-a
does-a not see-a who ees-a doing dees thing-a to her-a.”
”Yes-a, Your Holiness-a, and-a da fourth-a?”
”Fourth-a, fourth-a, she gotta have da beeg-a tits-a and
da nice-a bum-bum!”
Source: "Walk Walk Without Feet, Fly Without Wings and Think Without Mind" - Osho
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