From some book I remember this sentence: "For the pilgrim to reach his
destiny, it's essential to move instantly, but without hurry. It is so urgent
that he reaches his destiny, that there is no time to hurry." Could you
please comment on this?
"You have got caught into a verbiage; otherwise the message is very simple.
And it should> be simple to you, because that's what I'm saying in many,
" First...the situation is every moment urgent for the simple reason
that you cannot rely on the next moment; whether it will come or not is
not in your hands. So every moment we are living in urgency. If you want
to do something, do it now and here, because how can you postpone it?
"Secondly, you say, "From some book I remember this sentence: `For the pilgrim
to reach his destiny, it is essential to move instantly...'"
Certainly if you want to come to yourself you should not lose a single moment,
because there is always a possibility that death may interfere. But you
must have got into trouble because the sentence certainly comes from some
great mystic... "but without hurry."
Move instantly because it is urgent, but without hurry, because in hurry
you are not together, in hurry you are always late, in hurry you forget
the essentials, in hurry you need time. Just to be in a hurry you will require
time – and there is no time. This moment is all and all, and the situation
is urgent .
"You have been born without your agreement, without a contract, even without
your permission; that was not in your hands. You will die without any advance
information, without fixing a date and time – that is not in your hands.
Once dead you cannot complain; and not yet born you are nowhere. To whom
should existence ask, "Do you want to be born or not?"
"So what you have really got in your hands, solid and real, is only this
moment, in which you can act intelligently or stupidly; in other words,
in which you can act as a meditator or as a mediocre....
"But the statement is really beautiful. You got into a puzzle because you
cannot think what kind of madness this is. First you say it is urgent, and
urgency creates hurry; then you deny that there should be hurry, but the
question is so urgent that you should start instantly. You got puzzled into
the words. I will tell you how one can get puzzled into beautiful words.
"Two men met at a bar and struck up a conversation. After a while one of
them said, "You think you have family problems? Listen to my situation.
A few years ago I met a young widow with a grown-up daughter and we got
married. Later, my father married my stepdaughter. That made my stepdaughter
my stepmother, and my father became my stepson. Also, my wife became the
mother-in-law of her father-in-law.
"Then the daughter of my wife, my stepmother, had a son. This boy was my
half brother because he was my father's son, but he was also the son of
my wife's daughter, which made him my wife's grandson. That made me the
grandfather of my half brother.
"This was nothing until my wife and I had a son. Now the sister of my son,
my mother-in-law, is also my grandmother. This makes my father the brother-in-law
of my child, whose stepsister is my father's wife.
"I am my stepmother's brother-in-law; my wife is her own child's aunt, my
son is my father's nephew and I am my own grandfather. And you think you
have family problems?"
"Just don't get caught into words!
"The statement is very clear: the situation is urgent because you have no
guarantee for the next second. You have to start instantly because you cannot
postpone – the future is not insured – and yet you cannot be in a hurry because
hurry takes time.
"So silently, peacefully, without hurry, without any tension, without any
anguish, move into yourself instantly. It is urgent. Unless meditation becomes
urgent to you, it will never happen; you will die before it. Put meditation
on your laundry list as the most important, urgent...number one.
"But meditation in your life is just at the very end of your laundry list – and
the laundry list goes on becoming bigger and bigger. And before you finish
your laundry list, you are finished, so the time for meditation never comes.
"So I take that statement, whoever has made it, as tremendously significant.
Don't try to understand the sentence; I have cut it into pieces clearly
for you, so you are not confused.
"There is no time for hurry, there is no time for worry; in a single moment
what can you do? Only one thing: you can settle within yourself. That will
be the great transformation of your being. And certainly it is the most
urgent thing – which we have been trying to postpone as long as possible."
Osho, The Great Pilgrimage: From Here to Here Talk #10
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